La La Land (2016) Intimate and grand, reinventing the classic musical in a warm, nostalgic, and tongue-in-cheeky way. Emma Stone’s face and voice are both remarkably touching in this charming mixture of fantasy and reality. Love, sacrifice, and consequences – … Continue reading
Too much of nothing can make a man feel ill at ease, as the bard sings. The flamboyant and superficial extravagance of Baz Luhrmann’s flawed take on new money versus old actually serves to heighten the existential angst of the … Continue reading
In only three minutes, this has everything: tempo, style(s!), emotion, playfulness, colour – and a real story with a real ending! There are a few seconds of sloppiness scattered here and there, but I’ll write that off on the expressionist … Continue reading
– Politics and crime, they’re the same thing. Too long, slow, and clumsy – but still far better than its reputation! For example, I have no problems at all with the heavily criticized acting of Sofia Coppola. The dramatic climax … Continue reading
No story, no dialogue, not even any fleshed-out characters. Only movement and emotions with a soundtrack – a kind of music video, really. For me as an illustrator every monochrome frame of this is devastatingly beautiful and profound. Almost crying … Continue reading
An apple in rain. A nursery rhyme. A child breastfeeding, then falling asleep. A tiny grey wolf. Autumn and light. Surreal dreams of family, animals, play, music, skipping. Wind, passing trains, falling leaves, decay, shiny cars disappearing, fire. Dancing. Men … Continue reading
Hilariously immoral and tongue-in-cheek yarn about a careless husband, his wife, and a postman that doesn’t even ring once. Crisp script, organic and somewhat sloppy hand-made animation. In my book of accidental circumstances.