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Hello all

This is a rare set of reviews, only two revisits and last time I watched either of them was at least ten years ago. Sorry about posting so late, kind of a stressful day because of that test but all’s well now. I hope you enjoy these…

82. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (Kurt Kuenne, 2008) – 5.5/10 <- – Overall I enjoyed this very much, only the second time a film has ever made me cry. I think given this film’s contents and as you learn more and more about the main character’s life, it’s impossible NOT to be upset. The story is absolutely heartbreaking, the documentary itself is a bit weak but the viewer should be able to look past this. I would not necessarily recommend this film, but it’s a decent watch.

83. (revisit) The Iron Giant (Brad Bird, 1999) – 5/10 <- – A good deal of the films on this list are a gear-up for The A.V. Club’s New Cult Canon Animated Month. This was the first on the list and only coincidentally the first viewed. I had very few memories of this movie, and it’s a little hard to believe that it’s only ten years old. I am really excited to see the writer of that feature’s take on this film.

84. Les Triplettes de Belleville (Sylvain Chomet, 2003) – ?/10 <- – Another film that will be in the New Cult Canon feature, I have to say I really enjoyed it but would need to watch it again to fully understand what was going on.

85. What Just Happened (Barry Levinson, 2008) – 5/10 <- – There is nothing particularly bad about this film, its downside is the fact that there is nothing particularly exceptional about it either. It warranted a few laughs, writing was not terrible, but I would not recommend running out and seeing this.

86. Alice (Jan Svankmajer, 1988) – ?/10 <- – This film could very well be the strangest creation I have ever seen. I did not score it because I am incapable of doing so. Another film on that list for the New Cult Canon.

87. Killshot (John Madden, 2008) – 6/10 <- – A friend of mine recommended me this film and I am glad I finally checked it out, it was a really enjoyable watch. The entire plot was pretty easy to figure out about a quarter of the way through, does not mean that there aren’t elements that one may like.

88. Happy-Go-Lucky (Mike Leigh, 2008) – 6.5/10 <- – This was such a nice little film, not much happens in its runtime but you grow affectionately closer to Poppy (the main character) as the film progresses. Her cheery nature is absolutely fascinating and it had quite an ending for such a minimalistic film.

89. Elegy (Isabel Coixet, 2008) – 5/10 <- – This was not too bad of a film, its first half was extremely weak though and it picked up the best it could in the second still struggling to make a decent film overall.

90. Marley & Me (David Frankel, 2008) – 5/10 <- – An extremely nice story and a great date movie. Unlike in Elegy where I felt no emotional connection with the characters, even if this is a chick flick or whatever you may call it, I sincerely felt for the characters in this film. I have to say I honestly enjoyed most of it.

91. (revisit) Dumbo (Ben Sharpsteen, 1941) – 6.5/10 <- – Acquired this and put it in because I had not seen it in forever. There really is basically nothing to this story insofar as it is barely an hour in length and in that hour almost nothing really happens. I guess a story of an elephant with enormous ears can only go so far, now with that being said, I am really glad I revisited this film.

That’s it for now, expect an update tomorrow (or later today) and thank you for reading. 


Written by thomasbalkcom

April 1, 2009 at 5:48 am

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