VIDEO: MOVIE: REVIEW: The City Of Lost Children (1995)

Watched in 2004, but never reviewed on this blog.

This is an AMAZINGLY GREAT, VISUALLY SPECTACULAR, twisted,¬†anachronistic¬†fairytale, from the director of Amelie (2001) and Delicatessan (1991). This was the movie he made in between those. (Let’s not talk about Alien:Resurrection.)

“A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process.”

That doesn’t even begin to address how awesome this movie is.

The cinematography is amazing.
Ron Perlman before he was known to me is amazing.
The sets are amazing.
The concepts are amazing — things never thought of in any movie I’ve ever seen.
Even the children are great.

There is a scene as twisted as one of the murder scenes from Strange Days, yet this movie is almost a fairy tale.

This could be a Tim Burton movie. But it’s not. It’s better ;)

Native rating: 7.7/10, 3.7/5 stars.
Our rating: 9/10, 5/5 stars.

LINK URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112682/

Here’s my picture (bottom center), published & credited in Metal Hammer Magazine (Bulgaria edition):

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VIDEO: MOVIE: REVIEW: Jesus Henry Christ (2012)

Clint/Carolyn: 4/5 stars, 8/10.

Native ratings: 3.0/5 Netflix stars, 6.1/10 IMDB.

Carolyn adds: “Quirky. Not as comedic as Clint lead me to believe.”

W.L. Swarts points out that this is basically a Wes Anderson movie: http://wlswarts.blogspot.com/2012/04/dennis-lee-makes-wes-anderson-film.html

Yea. This was definitely a very unique and quirky indie comedy-drama, though the comedy stops and it simply becomes an interesting dramatic story.

The real gold in this movie are the quirky, absolutely unique characters. They’re worth getting to know for 90 minutes!

Best line? “Why were you expelled?” “Heresy.” Very funny coming from a 6-year-old who’s smarter than every adult in the movie.

LINK URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1393742/

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VIDEO: MOVIE: REVIEW: RE-REVIEW: Mind Game (2004)

Clint:::::: 3.8/5 stars, 7.4/10.
Carolyn: 3.6/5 stars, 7/10.

THIS IS A SERIOUS DOWNGRADE from my previous rating of 5/5 stars, 10/10, after watching it 7 yrs ago in 2005, where I reviewed it on my blog at https://clintjcl.wordpress.com/2005/08/09/best-movie-ive-seen-in-a-long-long-long-time/

… Simply put, I didn’t like this as much as the first time. I wasn’t as impressed by the crazy, style-changing animation as I was the first time around (perhaps).

The film won Japan’s most prestigous anime award, and is pretty inspiring and very unique… But it just doesn’t hold up to a rewatching as well as we’d hoped.

Sucks to have to downgrade from a 10 to a 7! 50% of people who watch this movie give it 9-10/10, so it’s still quite good, and better than 95% of anime out there. Perhaps one’s enjoyment of this movie is based on one’s mood?

Studio 4oC is an awesome studio, though, and I automatically pay more attention to something if “4oC” is attached to it.

LINK URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0452039/

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