life-of-pi-reviews

Some nice titles this week, including one of the surprise winners at this year’s Oscars, a charming character study of alcoholics, and some great catalog titles, mostly from Disney, and including Who Framed Roger Rabbit

New:

  • Hitchcock: As someone who knows the works of the director, I found this film appalling, but the film wasn’t made for people all that familiar with Alfred Hitchcock’s works. Make of that what you will.
  • Life of Pi: Though it retains the book’s controversial ending, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi is a visual wonder in any dimension. What you make of the story is what you make of the story.
  • Rise of the Guardians: DreamWorks big animated bomb is much better than its reputation, though it drew a lot of mixed reviews. Chris Pine leads a group of mythic kid figures in battling Scratch.
  • Smashed: Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul star in this nice little indie film that is nothing if not a showcase for the talents of Winstead in what is easily her most challenging role to date.

 

Classics:

  • The Blob, Ministry of Fear: The former isn’t the greatest film, but it’s a fun goofy horror film from the 1980’s. Fritz Lang’s Ministry of Fear is one his best English-language films.
  • Brother Bear / Brother Bear 2, The Hunchback of Notre Dame / The Hunchback of Notre Dame II, Mulan / Mulan II: Disney’s catalog dumping some of their most recent and most disappointing cel animated movies.
  • Christine, The Fury: Twilight Time put out these two cult favorites, though most pre-orders have already been delivered, and Christine is already sold out. But both are great, and if you haven’t grabbed The Fury yet you should while there are still copies available.  
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit? – 25th Anniversary Edition: I’ve been hearing mixed things about the film’s transfer, but there’s no denying that this mixture of live action and animation is a classic at this point.
  • Willow: 25th Anniversary Edition: Willow, however, is not. With a strong performance by Val Kilmer, the Ron Howard directed film leans a little too heavily on George Lucas (who produced) in this would-be Star Wars effort.

What are you picking up this week?