January 27, 2017No Comments

Your Name, Makoto Shinkai, 2016

Here it is, the animation film to make you feel old and obsolete beyond recycling. Your Name is a racing experience from top to bottom, a charge of intense visual and aural elements (of the “never before seen” caliber - made in Japan style).

On top of the sensorial rush, lies the actual story, that for the most part needs a hand map to follow.

We’re following two teenagers who:

- dream of each other;

- literally swap between each other’s bodies;

- love each other obsessively;

- are part of a planetary event where parts of a comet (yep) come crashing on Japan;

- time travel IN DIFFERENT moment while body swapping.

Confusing as it is, the film delivers pleasure - you giggle at its insane details and colours.

November 17, 2016No Comments

Ma Vie de Courgette, Claude Barras, 2016

Stop motion stuff. Courgette is a gloomy little orphan (who accidentally killed his alcoholic mother). He lives in an orphanage now, together with other gloomy orphans. They all turn out to be very good kids, even the bad kid. Courgette falls for a newly arrived orphan girl. All kids go for a winter break in the mountains. Their caretakers are good people, a couple, expecting a child. Problems appear when an evil aunt comes around. They get solved.

What’s special about it then? It has a great tone, a tender, humanistic expression. It’s delicate. Simple. Direct. The hardest things, right?

November 14, 2016No Comments

Beauty and the Beast, 1991

I wasn’t exposed to the ‘90s wave of Disney features. This one’s the first from the lot I see. At first, I’m all smart about it, I think it’s propaganda, it must be, I’m looking for coded messages. But in half an hour I find myself rooting for the guys. I mean, she’s nice, the guy deserves a chance, the bad guy’s Trump material, so fuck yeah, love should win. But do these morality re/enforcement tools actually work? I’d love to read a study that reflects the difference between children being exposed to Disney films (and the way this affects their transformation into an adult in terms of values, world views) as opposed to children who didn’t have Walt for breakfast. Are the baddies really turned to goodies while watching this as kids? Are there actually baddies and goodies out-there? Or just us, too many mice on a too little a boat. This is a Post Trump-elect Blues post.

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