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Сеча при Керженце [The battle of Kerzhenets] (1971)

Yuriy Norshteyn’s second endeavor is a medieval-looking cut-out stop-motion animation with glowing colours plus some evocative and nice-looking effects, even if the film taken as a whole is too limited and »empty« to have much staying power in my mind. … Continue reading

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Dip’n’dance (2014)

Digital animation with a delightfully oldfashioned look matching an anachronistic story about faulty gadgets. The script works mostly as an excuse for drawing all kinds of fun stuff! Quite nice, though not in my book of short circuits. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjGnktw_kR8

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Jeg er Dina (2002)

Marketed as the most expensive and most beautiful Scandinavian movie ever made, which actually sounds a trifle dubious as selling points. And dubious this is, swaying wildly from lavish visual extravaganza to cheap B horror looks, from sensible detailing to … Continue reading

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Dave & the big heavy (2014)

Simple and potent use of symbolism elevates this otherwise ordinary tale of hardships and endurance. Nice and reasonably well-rounded for its short running time, though not in my book of weight.

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Jess & the mighty journey (2015)

A »True Story« moniker makes any script harder to criticize, but to be honest this does feel slightly simplistic. Otherwise execution is effective throughout, even if I do have issues with the rather weird design choice that has left characters … Continue reading

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Steven & the tightrope walk (2016)

Another short from the One In Ten series. Good voiceover and documentary feel, but too short and generic to reach the emotional depths needed for this kind of story. Still a commendable project, even if this installment doesn’t qualify for … Continue reading

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Anya (2015)

Well-meaning and well-made awareness-raiser, chronicling the growth of a russian orphan girl. Definitely endearing and a worthy cause indeed, but too rudimentary for my book of volunteer productions.

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