The Christmas Chronicles

Between hearing great things about this movie and Netfilx’s recent releases, we decided this movie was worth a shot. Now, I don’t usually consider myself a “Christmas” person, and I find a lot of “Christmas” movies too predictable, cliche, surface-level, PC, “Just Another Re-Write,” and so on. I do have …


Big movie. Bright colors. Beautiful score. Brilliant animation.

Let’s start with story today. One of the reasons Pixar has become such a huge company is their absolute dedication to story, or so I’ve been told. I have to admit I haven’t been disappointed so far. This story, however, was interesting …

National Treasure

This one has me wondering, what makes a good movie, really?




What makes something enjoyable, memorable, a favorite? How do you make a movie that draws emotion and connects to the viewer and all that other jazz that we usually don’t think about? There are a lot

Cats Don’t Dance

It had been a while since I had seen an animated film.

   I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I am honestly often skeptical about animated films, although why this is escapes me.
   Anyway, the thing that stuck out to me most was the facial animation.

Wreck-It Ralph

This movie was a great example of how many ingredients it takes to make a good story.

   I was genuinely impressed. From concept to execution, characters to dialogue, set design to sound, the digital world to which we are introduced makes a great stage.

   The opening of the

Hedgehog in the Fog

Since you should really see this, I have taken the liberty of posting the video below:

   This film was animated in 1975 by Russian Yuriy Norshteyn. I first saw it a few months ago, but it sticks in your head. I encourage you to watch it twice. This is

Funny Face

Visually stunning.

   These were among the first words to pop into my head when the film began. The lights, the colors, the set, the choreography… Everything advances the plot in this movie.

   Let’s begin with the “Pink” scene. It is the background for the fashion industry. It’s bright,

Beyond the Mask

Corruption, redemption, bombs, secret identity, true love, Tories, Patriots and Benjamin Franklin; what more could you want?

   Probably a lot of things, but that’s not the point.

   Set in the 1770’s, this film makes use of authentic sets, costume, language and props, but stays modern at the same

E.T. the Extra Terrestrial

This was an interesting one.

   After doing a little research, you can appreciate this film more. There was very little story-boarding, the shots were chronological, and the kids were left as kids. These give the film a spontaneous, natural feel. At the same time, it feels disconnected and