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Old February 26 2010, 06:21 PM   #253
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Re: Movies Seen in 2010

District 9 - A
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - B+
The Wrestler - B
V for Vendetta - C+
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone - C
Corpse Bride - C
Battlefield Earth - F
There Will Be Blood - A
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - B
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - B
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - A
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - B-
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - B
Faust (1994) - A
Night on Earth - B
Schizopolis - B-
The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes - B
Primer - B
Ryan (2005) - B
Lost Highway - C+
The Seventh Seal (1957) - A
Metropolis (1927) - A
Kagemusha - A
Following - B+
Masters of Russian Animation 1, 2 - A
The Old Man and the Sea (animated) - A
The Man Who Planted Trees - A

The actual animation in Masters of Russian Animation Vol. 1 was kind of weak at times, which is typical of the time period covered (1960s). However, as a window into the politics of the time, it was an eye-opener. "A Frame", which is a critique of the communist system, is the highlight here, and the satirical content "Passion of Spies" and "Film Film Film" is quite funny. Vol2 covering the 1970s was very strong, and "Contact", "Firing Range" and "Hedgehog in the Fog" were three of the most visually striking animations I've ever seen. If there's a better short-form anti-war parable than "Firing Range", I'm not aware of it. A

The Old Man and the Sea - 2000 animated short oscar winner uses oil painting on glass frames to create a stunning visual effect. A

The Man Who Planted Trees is a classic Canadian animation about the difference one person can make. Not quite the ecological message film I was expecting (though, it is that), the point is more about finding a vision and seeing it through in an effort to improve the world. A
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