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Gus Van Sant has worked within his comfort zone with [i]Paranoid Park[/i] and succeeded in crafting an intimate, passive, unnerving examination of the mind of a young skateboarder. An excellent soundtrack and unique use of voiceover bring the audience inside the world of the film, which fluently blends beautiful reality with moments of surrealism. The photography is both dreamy and nightmarish and Van Sant makes meaningful use of focus, lighting and slow editing. Integrated seamlessly is the murder element which creates drama and intrigue as it torments the main character to whom we have already become so accustomed. [i]Paranoid Park[/i] works as many things: a painting of a culture, a study of a person in an extreme situation, and most rewardingly as a meditative, fluid piece of cinema.
[color=wheat][i]Youth Without Youth[/i] is an experimental, melodramatic fantasy film that intertwines a whimsical spy thriller with a grand philosophical adventure tale, all the while maintaining a central focus on linguistics. It is an ambitious, fun, lightweight and self-aware endeavour that is unique in many ways, including both narratively and visually. All of this is reflected in the playful cinematography that fluctuates between the mundane and the beautiful. The themes are complex, convoluted and tightly integrated into the narrative in an unfortunately palpable manner. Coppola may have overreached in his attempt to mutate together as many different genres as possible, but [i]Youth Without Youth[/i] is not without its share of intrigue and superficial pleasures.[/color]
There is a lot to enjoy in [i]Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium[/i]. There is the great use of music, which ranges from Classical to Cat Stevens; the fancy performances from the entire cast, especially Zach Mills; the snappy, amusing dialogue; and the constant whimsical visuals that although they may not be the most accomplished special effects, they do create a colourful, crowded frenzy onscreen. Strangely, in a film so filled with 'real' magic, it is actually in the quieter, character driven interactions that the magic of the story really shines through, and is even touching at times. With a little more ambition, it could have really been something extraordinary, but as it is, it is perfect for kids and sufficiently passable for adults.