Animation

Jan Svankmajer – Flora (1989)

 Jan Svankmajer   Another Kind of Love (1988)

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The last moments of a creature made out of fruits and vegetables.
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Hayao Miyazaki – Tonari no Totoro AKA My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

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No number of superlatives that I could laud upon Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro could convey the amount of joy that it brings me, but I’ll throw out a few anyway. It’s Miyazaki’s finest work! It’s the best film of 1988! It’s the best animated feature ever made (even better than two other great animated films of ’88: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Akira!)! I’ve seen it countless times, but it never loses a bit of its enchanting luster. It invigorates me with the same sense of gleeful pleasure that most people talk about when they describe movies like E.T. and The Wizard of Oz, but I’d gladly take it over either of those two classics. There’s something special and elusive about the wonderland Miyazaki creates, and I think he gets closer to a child’s mindset here than either of those two films do. The main reason for this is probably because Miyazaki doesn’t saddle his movie down with an adult’s unnecessary desire for plot and meaningful action. Don’t get me wrong here: it’s not as if this movie has no plot, but it doesn’t play out in the schematic way that most coming of age films do. There are no big revelations, no momentous life lessons learned, and best of all no superfluous morality. The movie takes place in an overwhelmingly decent world, but it never harps upon that decency, so it feels intrinsic instead of tacked on. Read More »

Michel Ocelot – Kirikou et la sorcière (1998)

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In a little village somewhere in Africa, a boy named Kirikou is born. But he’s not a normal boy, because he knows what he wants very well. Also he already can speak and walk. His mother tells him how an evil sorceress has dried up their spring and devoured all males of the village except of one. Hence little Kirikou decides, he will accompany the last warrior to the sorceress. Due to his intrepidity he may be the last hope of the village. Read More »

Laurent Boileau & Jung – Couleur de peau: Miel AKA Approved for Adoption (2012)

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Comic-book artist Jung returns to Seoul for the first time since he was abandoned at the age of 5. Read More »

Serge Avedikian – Chienne d’histoire (2010)

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Palme d’or short films CANNES 2010

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Constantinople 1910. The streets are overrun with stray dogs.

The newly-established government, influenced by a model of Western society, uses European experts to choose a method of eradication before deciding, suddenly and alone, to massively deport the dogs to a deserted island away from the city. Read More »

George Herriman – Krazy Kat – Bugologist (1916)

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Krazy Kat and Ignatz set out for the wilds on Krazy’s bike; Krazy’s promises to teach Ignatz about bugology. After crashing the bike into a tree, they come upon a bee (Krazy says it’s sleeping, Ignatz says it’s dead) and an elephant. Krazy works his magic on one of them, Ignatz on the other. Hearts swell inside the animals’ chests.
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Jan Svankmajer – Another Kind of Love (1988)

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Svankmajer’s music video for Hugh Cornwell’s “Another Kind of Love.” Read More »