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Reviewin' the evenin'

It's the simple things in life that matter. Like having a nice chat with someone over the phone. Or enjoying a mocha peanut butter shake. Or watching a movie straight through without having to get up once.

I'd go into how the Internet is too finicky at times to leave a sincerely nice afterglow, but that would ruin the moment. I think I need more movie nights.

Speaking of which, I shall quickly review two I've rented in the last few days:

There's no question of why I rented this on whim. There was a fox on the cover. Where could it go wrong? And for the most part, this was a fine little movie. Soft and fuzzy, grand scenery with a comfortable documentary pacing, with a fairy tale undertone. As the title suggests, its about a fox and a girl. The girl patiently tracks the fox over the course of three seasons, eventually earning the fox's trust.

The cinematography is jaw dropping, and the wildlife just put the frosting on the cake (is that a marten?). And again, how can a movie go wrong when it features so much of a fox in its screentime? The only quirk was the end, which...was a little odd compared with the soft atmosphere of the rest of the film (heck, this had a lot less heart-racing moments than Milo and Otis. *reflects* Oooookay, bad comparison. I think most horror movies have less heart-racing moments than Milo and Otis). But, in total, I got this for a $1 rental and it was worth every cent.

Cor. This was the one I watched tonight and it caught the spirit of the book perfectly. It added some elements, it omitted a few elements, but the final product is incredible in total. Every scene had some sort of brilliance. The fact that the entire film is riddled with the same brand of dark twisty humor the book laid out just made it all the better. (Ah, a movie that makes me snerk darkly is one to be valued.)

If you watch this, read the book either before or after. Both are brilliant, but both will be appreciated better when in tandem.

The cat was awesome. Dude. The mice were awesome. The creepy octopus plushy was awesome. EVERYTHING IN THE FILM WAS AWESOME.

And before all that, called some fellow from a podcast called "Nobody's Listening." Heck, I like the opportunity to call people I only know from ambiguous connections of the Internet. Makes them seem somewhat more real. It's like leaping off a cliff into the unknowns. The falling is when the phone is ringing. The plunge is when a real person answers the other side.


Nov. 12th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, I, too, only watched Coraline fairly recently. :)
Although I do have yet to read the book...
Nov. 13th, 2009 01:51 pm (UTC)
Oh yus. Both are almost equally brilliant. Each does what they ought to do with their respective mediums and can each stand alone as awesome. ^^