Cinema Mishmash

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Entries from January 2007

Pan’s Labyrinth

January 31st, 2007 · No Comments

While there is nothing as maddening as the inability to skip them, trailers on DVDs are a great resource to the discovery of films and filmmakers. I can’t recall what DVD had the trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone (2001), but I do remember being instantly intrigued. Despite a few hair-raising [...]

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Tags: Director · Drama · Foreign Language · Horror · Sci-Fi/Fantasy · War

Miami Vice

January 7th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Yes, I have Miami Vice (the TV show) confessions. Yet unlike my Superman confessions, I can’t say I’m very proud. While an eight-year-old wearing underoos and a bath towel around the house may be cute, a 13-year-old Sonny Crocket wannabe wearing a pastel cotton suit, t-shirt, and shades is, well, just sad. I used to [...]

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Tags: Action/Adventure · Crime/Noir

Princess Mononoke

January 7th, 2007 · No Comments

While Hayao Miyazaki’s beautiful creations can sometimes be scary, Princess Mononoke was significantly grittier than, say, Howl’s Moving Castle or certainly My Neighbor Totoro. And although I would prefer a child watch a Miyazaki film than many alternatives, the occasional carnage earns this film its PG-13 rating. Not unlike the recent Pan’s Labyrinth (see review), [...]

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Tags: Action/Adventure · Animation · Director · Romance · War

The King

January 7th, 2007 · No Comments

While probably not intentionally, The King succeeds in illuminating the difference between the level of a film’s craft and its ability to tell a meaningful story. With regard to craft, The King is outstanding. The purpose of each element — especially the writing, cinematography, and score — is to orchestrate a specific type of tension, [...]

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Tags: Crime/Noir · Drama