Author Topic: A Decade of Filmspots  (Read 5744 times)

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Re: A Decade of Filmspots
« Reply #130 on: January 16, 2018, 07:32:36 AM »
Ookami kodomo no Ame to Yuki / Wolf Children (Mamoru Hosoda, 2012)

Once you get past the very mediocre opening (ten minutes or so), this is basically a Ghibli-style coming of age film that goes a little further into adolescence than Ghibli usually does. It's charming as hell when they're little kids, and very moving when they get older and the mother has to deal with them growing up. She's almost impossibly great, but I guess I'm fine with that... having a sister who is currently raising her two children alone (they're respetively 8 and 7) made this hit very close to home: I'll be sure to make them watch this as soon as I can. The wolf thing works surprisingly well as a metaphor, both for the father and the children: not a subtle one certainly, but it's treated very matter-of-factly, which helps. A shame about that opening though. I didn't care for Hosoda's Boy and the Beast because it completely devolved into shoddy teenage melodrama, and there's a bit of that in there, though he does handle the teenage Ame and Yuki well enough. Curious to see more from him now, Summer Wars being the obvious next one to watch.

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Won Animated Film, beating Frozen, Kokuriko-zaka kara/From Up on Poppy Hill, Monters University and Despicable Me 2... which I have seen none of. Certainly a worthy winner in a vacuum though.
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Re: A Decade of Filmspots
« Reply #131 on: July 21, 2019, 01:53:10 PM »
Avatar (James Cameron, 2009)

Avatar tells a story that has been told many times and I don't think that James Cameron brings much fresh meat to chew on to the table. The way he delivers, however, is stunning and the visuals easily make up for the meager skeleton that constitutes Avatar.

Avatar won for Best Visual Effects in 2009. A no-brainer. I also liked third placed District 9, but maybe more for it's aesthetics, rather than the visuals as such.

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Re: A Decade of Filmspots
« Reply #132 on: Today at 01:43:42 PM »
17 Again (Burr Steers, 2009)

I tenderly hate the community for having made me watch 17 Again. It was voted Best Surprise in 2009, but either of the four other entries (Humpday, District 9, Moon and Paranormal Activity) would have been a more worthy winner, don't you think? All this makes me wonder if the Forum had a significantly different composite ten years ago than today, or am I just missing out on what's surprising about 17 Again?

The movie has a tightly written, I can give it that, but apart from this I don't see what warrants it the win in the Surprise category.

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Re: A Decade of Filmspots
« Reply #133 on: Today at 04:14:47 PM »
tenderly hate

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