Carnage (2011)

A cruel and cynical dissection of grown-up morals, or lack thereof. Infernally funny, intentionally and extremely contrived, more than a bit tone-deaf at times.

Heavily indebted to Virginia Woolf and similar classics. Maybe in my book of theatrical futility.

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La maison ensorcelée (1908)

Odd trio visits strange building. Chaotic, weird, occasionally tedious. Not scary at all, though somewhat funny.

Bizarre, but not in my book of horror.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo2EKNRIQlE&t=6s

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La grenouille (1908)

The frog itself is quite impressive, actually almost believable despite the reasonably uncomplicated disguise. Otherwise this is a painstakingly handcolored though somewhat boring succession of alternating, supposedly beautiful and funny clips rather devoid of storytelling.

Not hurtful to look at, but not in my book of rotation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ed1kBEO1bPs

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The night before Christmas (1905)

Santa is hard at work with the final preparations while the children wait eagerly, unable to sleep.

Almost zero drama or humor, just the expected course of events. Not in my book of pillow fighting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ0_JCz8uzU

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Le rêve de Noël (1900)

A quick collection of extravagant moving tableaux – meticulously detailed, merrily rhapsodic, and highly incoherent.

The dreamy parts are somewhat interesting to watch, but still far from my book of meaningless entertainment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie1jfG9LzQo

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Santa Claus vs Cupid (1915)

A large and diverse array of characters introduced in hasty succession creates a rather confusing start, and unfortunately it takes too long for things to get clearer.

All is well that eventually ends well for both rich and poor, but this one doesn’t qualify for my book of multiple Santas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_9vM4f9O9w

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Café Society (2016)

– Dreams are dreams.

Yet another one of Woody Allen’s – almost innumerable – charming bagatelles. His patented sly jokes and jewish bickering are a little lacklustre this time, but the permeating melancholy slowly seeps into you.

Impressive sets, likable characters – and nice dialogue, of course. Too bland for my book of complicated choices in life, however.

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