Ny?cker! (The District!)

?Budapest gets the South Park treatment in District, a rap-infused, animated musical love story that morphs into a satiric geopolitical thriller? (Variety). {loadpositioncontent_adsensecontent2} A group of kids from the slums devise a totally reasonable way to get rich. Find a way to go back in time, bury a pit full of mammoths under the Hungarian…

Evangelion: 1.0

One of the great truths in Japanese film and television is that giant robots are rarely just that. Even in the shallowest works about great machines making ruins of Tokyo, the robots are often mirrors for their pilots ? grand symbols of alienation and loss in a technological age. {loadpositioncontent_adsensecontent2} Based on the Japanese TV…

Corpse Bride

Corpse Bride carries on in the dark, romantic tradition of Burton?s classic films Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas. {loadpositioncontent_adsensecontent2} Set in a 19th century European village, this stop-motion, animated feature follows the story of Victor (Depp), a young man who is whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious Corpse Bride…

Valiant

{loadpositioncontent_adsensecontent2} From the team that created the fantastic Shrek franchise comes a tale for the birds, pigeons to be exact. Because while s ome pigeons eat crumbs, others make history. While the story is set in WWII, Valiant is described by insiders as more Private Benjamin than Private Ryan, following a lonely and comically misfit…

Monsters Versus Aliens

An alien invasion once again threatens Earth, but this time some older baddies from our past want a crack at the creeps. Just to add a little parallel, Dreamworks wants a crack at your wallet and Pixar’s 3D animation market share, so who will win out? Just about anyone after a lighthearted flick built around the dated monsters of the 50s and the outmoded model of extraterrestrial threats.

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The story begins with the origins of the central monster in this mess, one Susan, or Ginormica as she is named when she reaches her full 50′ height. A distant planet explodes, sending shards in every direction, including toward us. As luck would have it, Susan is in the line of fire as the rock crashes to earth on her wedding day.

Her sudden transformation into the 50′ Woman (sans the 50s vengefulness) lands her in a secret prison where some other familiar 50s icons await, all imprisoned after their own debuts. The missing link (a take on the Creature from the Black Lagoon), Dr. Roach (a ripoff of the Fly), Insectasaurus (a 265′ tall grub) and Bob, (a comic relif “blob” with no brain) are all tenants of the prison, from which she is told she will never leave.

Of course, that marriage-wrecking rock brings the attention of the destroyer of the previous world, one evil octopoid alien (Gallaxhar) whose need for the element now in her bloodstream means a conquest is in order. The failures of the military, the president’s musical talents and a number of other cliches lead to the inevitable, the demand by General W.R. Monger that his monsters meet the threat head on.

 

Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea (Gake No Ue No Ponyo)

Hayao Miyazaki’s magic continues with his latest animated film, Ponyo on the Cliff (get the Theatrical Release), an absolute crowd pleaser that turns on all his usual sweetness to charm your socks off. Fans of Studio Ghibli films will probably know what they are in for – another Miyazaki winner that will no doubt draw…

A Bug’s Life

A Bug’s Life, the story is at heart similar to the Aesop fable about the ant and the grasshopper, only with a 90s twist. The ants do all the work and the grasshoppers bust up the hill and take most of it. As the story begins, Flik (David Foley) accidentally alters the status quo and…

Shrek 2

Princesses are stunning beauties who dream night and day of Prince Charming. Both meet, share a passionate kiss, tie the knot and what happens next? They live happily ever after…, or do they? Wake up to reality my friend. Any discerning adult would know that is utter crap. Fairytales are make believe and what really…

Persepolis

Persepolis is the poignant coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic Revolution. Cannes Film Festival’s Jury prize winner, Persepolis is the poignant story of a young girl coming-of-age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is through the eyes of precocious and outspoken nine year old Marjane that…

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