The Secret of Kells is an interesting little film. It is a picture of great beauty, with a mesmerizing art style that is sure to keep the viewer captivated through the entirety of the films short run time.
Kells tells the story of a village lead by a religious man who has built a wall to defend them from an impending viking invasion. Throughout, the film constantly throws spectacle after spectacle and it is clear that each scene was handled with love and care by the artists. In many ways this feels like a series of cut scenes in a video game with a Legend of Zelda look and feel. The plot is sufficient, but it feels sparse, even with the short run time. I was in aw of the film, although it did not effect me emotionally.
Overall, Kells is one of the finest traditionally animated films in awhile, possibly one of the best of the decade, but only when taken on its visual merits. As a whole it falls short of greatness, but only barely. It will be exciting to see what the makers of this film come up with next.
A fantastic entry to Batman's already robust list of animated movies. The animation, while a bit underwhelming, shines during the well choreographed action sequences, and the voice acting is solid all around. The third act is truly affecting, and in terms of plotting it could be one of the best final acts in super hero film history. This is a violent, dark, and moving tale, not for the faint of heart or small children, but made for true fans of the Batman series.
Greenberg is kind of a challenging film to watch. On one hand you have a great performance by Ben Stiller as an extremely awkward character, on the other hand you have Ben Stiller Playing an extremely awkward character. This is the kind of film that I can admire, but not exactly enjoy. If you like intense, understated character studies with a hint of dark humor, then give Greenberg a look. Greenberg is well acted, well written, and well directed for what it is,just not exactly my cup of tea.
Edgar Wright has really outdone himself with Scott Pilgrim, showing an affection for all things geek that no other mainstream director has ever managed to fit into a mainstream film.
Within the very opening moments of the film, you are either completely sucked in or left out in the cold. Although this is a highly entertaining romp, with action, comedy, and style to spare, it is a film made by geeks for geeks. If you haven't embraced video games, you may not be able to embrace this film to the extent that the fanboy sitting next to you will.
Much like 2008 underrated Speed Racer, Scott Pilgrim is a trippy visual feast that is both head ache inducing as well as thrilling, constantly throwing in inventive, video game and comic book inspired flair into its crazy cinematography. The action scenes are some of the best you will see this year, each unique and extremely well choreographed.
The acting is fantastic, with a cast that instills each character with zany, manic charm, and gleeful insanity, making for one of the most colorful and enjoyable casts in a film this year. Special props to Kieren Culkin for a hilarious performance as Scott's homosexual roommate, who really steals the show when on screen.
Although many viewers will not be able to get into the film, those who do are in for a treat, a film that may be the cinematic highlight of the year for those who get it. It is a celebration of everything I love, and I can't wait to see it again.
The Eclipse is an uneven film that is equal parts character study and supernatural horror film. Ciaran Hinds is great as a man tormented by both himself as well as strange visions of grotesque and mutilated beings. The love story between hinds humble lead, a woman and an American writer, is where the films strength lies. The horror bits just bring the whole thing down, and actually nearly ruin the film. Give this one a chance if it tickles your fancy, you could do much worse.