La Cité des Enfants Perdus (The City of Lost Children)

A beautifully surreal movie.
Ron Perlman played an excellent part, especially from the knowledge that he learned french for that part spoke it exceptionally well.
Definitely worth a watch if you haven’t seen it before. Fantastically original, well directed and finely produced. Just wish I’d seen it earlier!

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Arrival

Was great to see a take on an alien movie exploring the languages deeply, but it didn’t feel as grand as everyone made it out to be.
Just wish they hadn’t revealed so early either…

*spoilers*
In the flash ‘forward’ scene where her daughter had the drawing of her parents, there was also the drawing of the birdcage they used earlier which instantly revealed the movie [screenshot below]. This scene was 59 minutes into the film. It was always pusing the cyclical temporal theme anyway but this was the moment that unravelled the film.

I guess I yearned for more as that reveal left me a bit flat. I want to know why rather than ‘we need you 3000 years from now’. Especially when the tagline (on the poster above) says slap bang in the middle ‘WHY ARE THEY HERE?’ … well, we still don’t know…

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Le Magasin des Suicides [Suicide Shop]

The animation is well produced and the premise of the film is excellent but the delivery felt flat. It was mainly let down by the songs, although musicals aren’t a huge interest of mine therefore this is more subjective than normal.

*spoilers*
The climax of becoming a Crêpe shop didn’t quite work.. it all seemed too fitting for the ‘love at first sight’ story component to suddenly change them all. As well as Alain’s joy didn’t really imapct as much as I’d hoped, it was only the sister who really changed because of him.

Kubo and the Two Strings

Adored this film. The stop motion is beyond excellent, and with a great storyline it really exceeded expectations. It was an easy pleasure to watch.
The soundtrack was lovely too, Regina Spektor’s cover of ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ was very fitting.
Think y’all need to watch!

Hearts in Atlantis

A really lovely film, Hopkins and Yelchin deliver excellent performances.

Such a tragedy to lose Anton Yelchin. Hard to see IMDb reviews like this:

“Hopkins is great as usual , as is the boy, Anton Yelchin and the latter has a great career ahead of him”

Can’t really say much else on the story as I haven’t read the book, but hearing good commentry on how it differs and how the movie adaption works well. Will get round to reading more Stephen King.

Elysium

I was actually stunned at how atrocious this film was… such a shame too as the setting was sound, albeit Elysium being Halo-esque. The effects were the only entertaining part, most of the story fell so flat and none of the characters had depth.

*minor spoilers*

I think there’s enough reviews out there pointing out the flaws of this film but one of the most niggling ones was the narrative of how he came to get cancer, it was appallingly bad. It seemed to have been written just to force the story to work. There wasn’t even an explanation of why the factory was spraying highly radioactive material on the robots, which I don’t mind, but it was the fact that the systems detected organic material in the machine yet continued process. Especially in a factory using this manufacturing material in 2154… it was laughable.

The story would’ve been better if it was just about the power struggle between Elysium and Earth without having this forced illness, which seemed to have no effect on him when he had that exo-suit anyway.

Elysium being overridden by one core code was horrific too, even the electricity was tied to the AI reset code, with no human based failsafe in place either… Sci-Fi needs to have some basis or logical reasons at the very core of the story.

To top it off, even the base was conveniently bare when the bad guys took control. There was only a few of them, one facially reconstructed, beard too, from a grenade in the face in time to continue take over…

Don’t recommend.