The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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D'Ambrose conjures a vast imaginary world of intellectual intrigue in tiny, antic touches, which provide the context for a febrile drama of youthful ambition and frustration.
If Mr. D'Ambrose doesn't quite earn his pretensions, it's refreshing to see a filmmaker thinking so far outside the box.
Notes on an Appearance relays a narrative teeming with incident - death, disappearance - through an elusive yet methodical style.
This tale of a young man who goes missing in Brooklyn has some intriguing moments and a unique visual style, but it proves far too elliptical to be of much more than academic interest.
We're in deep, art house territory, but not without a sense of humor.
Despite [its] flaws, Notes on an Appearance illustrates a confident director who leans heavily on his own idiosyncratic style, something that can't be faulted too much.
"Notes on an Appearance" feels constructed like a maze with no exit.
Zero-budget experimental minimalist thriller.
A small, curiously enticing movie with the aspect of a game about it, a deceptively simple looking game with only a few moving pieces, though you'll have to muddle through without the instruction book
This is a feature debut that proceeds with a forthright intelligence, moving in the exact thrilling and wonderfully bewildering manner that D'Ambrose wishes.
Outwardly the film comes off as a fussy exercise, holding emotion as well as spectacle at bay. Within the academic approach, however, is a desire for purity which has its apocalyptic side.
With an apparent budgetary austerity, [director Ricky] D'Ambrose squeezes every ounce of everything he has to generate a complex story, well assembled and with disturbing visual power. [Full review in Spanish]
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