Anastasia (1997)

Anatasia posterFox’s first attempt at an animated musical event succeeds surprisingly. Even today often mistaken as a Disney film, Anastasia definitely borrows elements from the reigning traditional animation studio. Because it does so deftly and purposefully it’s easy to forgive. Loosely based on Anatole Litvak’s 1956 film of the same name, Anastasia combines the intriguing premise shrouded in mystery, with a captivating road-trip that offers heart, music and most of all, an endearing love story.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)It’s a remarkable occurrence when the prominent promotional image of the film happens to be the principal opening shot. So when Ceasar’s distinguished grimace, with white and red warrior paint, kicks off the film it’s apparent that we might just get significantly more than the marketingcampaign has shown us. Indeed, the sequel to a prequel of a nearly fifty year old franchise, is without a doubt the summer’s best blockbuster for its elaborate telling of a rather small story. Much like its protagonist, rendered from the computer, there’s a lot more soul, meaning and amusement behind the apocalyptic façade than anticipated. However, by the time the screen turns black the movie hasn’t entirely wiped the taste of a Hollywood franchise installment away. Lees verder “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)”

Veronica Mars (2014)

In mei 2007 loopt een kleine blondine in een roze jack de straat op terwijl het regent. Albert Hammonds It Never Rains in Southern California draait op de achtergrond. Het grimmige contrast is tekenend in dit laatste shot van de onpopulaire tienerdetective Veronica Mars. De titulaire heldin heeft ongekende schade toegebracht aan haar omgeving dankzij haar instinct om de waarheid naar boven te halen. Juist … Lees verder Veronica Mars (2014)

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)Filmmakers generally make films for the sake of art. Sure, there’s the whole putting bread on the table part, but most of the people on the floor working on a movie put their heart and soul into it. For a considerable part of the audiences, films are art too. There’s something quite unique about pictures capturing an essence unattainable through other platforms. But for the most part, people go to the movies to be entertained. There’s not always a need for relevant social criticism or revealing subjects. One does not exclude the other, art and entertainment can perfectly blend together. Unfortunately, not too often are movies that solely aim for entertainment considered to be ‘great films’ or even ‘good’ for that matter. There’s a taboo on praising purely entertaining films for their value. Somehow blockbusters that aim for the masses simply by focusing on spectacle or comedy, are easily taken for granted. Which is ridiculous, especially when it comes to one of the smartest, fast-paced and deviously entertaining films of the all time: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl’.

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The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003)

Side note: There is a reasonable argument to be made that any episode in a series has individual value that might not coincide with the bigger picture. Surely, Peter Jackson’s adaptations of J.R.R Tolkien’s famous fantasy novels each have their own merit. But shot simultaneously, overlapping stories that are separated in the books and a decade of being viewed in marathons or sequenced airing, the three films are now best reviewed as one. Which is why this review focuses on the movies, though credit to Tolkien, where appropriate, is given.

Packing eleven hours of film, the extended editions of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ are long. Really long. almost painstakingly long. The story of Frodo and the Ring is a grand one, set in an extensive en elaborately described fantasy world. The details of Middle-Earth earn a careful, considerate treatment such as this one, but solely due to the effort Tolkien and Jackson put into its universe. Storywise, in a day and age when consumption is decisively quick, Frodo’s quest is too simple to take eleven hours. Lees verder “The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003)”

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Beauty and the Beast (1991)There are few films that transcend beyond art, scope and financial success. They’re set free into the world and quickly stop being the work of their creators. They fall into the lap of the audience that embraces them like they do a dear pet. They become a part of their lives and remain that way forever because they defy time or pop cultural skepticism. They’re classics. True genre defining films whose few flaws are forgiven for the entertainment, and consequently sentiment, they bring. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ for its few flaws, is a classic. It only just became an adolescent, with the fine age of twenty-one, but much more like a person this masterpiece, that confirmed Disney’s return to the throne of animation, is like a rose that never ages. Fresh, romantic and magical. Lees verder “Beauty and the Beast (1991)”