Reel Reviews

Film Reviews by a Real Person, Not a Critic

Watership Down

Title: Watership Down
Year: 1978
Director: Martin Rosen
Voices: John Hurt, Richard Briers, Michael Graham Cox, Harry Andrews
Rated: PG

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Watership Down is another film that my boyfriend Netflixed because he saw this movie as a kid and wanted to see again. Wary of past childhood movies that he Netflixed and forced me to watch (e.g., Death Race 2000 and The Black Hole), I watched Watership Down with some trepidation. As it turned out, I didn’t have anything to worry after all.

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February 24, 2006 Posted by | Adventure, animation, Drama, Film Adaptation, Foreign, Social Commentary | Leave a comment

Team America: World Police

Note: I did a review of this movie on my other blog when I first saw it. I watched it recently on DVD, so I’ve modified the original post to reflect DVD viewing.

Title: Team America: World Police
Year: 2004
Director: Trey Parker
Voices: Trey Parker, Matt Stone
Rated: R

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South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone switched from computer generated animation to old-fashioned marionettes in this 2004 film to deliver their political message with their usual razor sharp wit.

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February 22, 2006 Posted by | Action, Adventure, Comedy, Musical, Satire, Social Commentary | 4 Comments

Mononoke Hime

Title: も???姫 (Princess Mononoke)
Year: 1997
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Voices: Yoji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yuko Tanaka (Japanese version); Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver (American version)
Rated: PG-13

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Unlike the cute and cuddly Tonari no Totoro, Mononoke Hime is much darker and carries a serious message about the delicate but strained relationship between human technology and nature.

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February 13, 2006 Posted by | Action, animation, Fantasy, Foreign, Miyazaki Films, Social Commentary | Leave a comment

Kaze no Tani no Naushika

Title: 風?谷?ナウシカ (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind)
Year: 1984
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Voices: Sumi Shimamoto, Goro Naya, Yoshihiko Sakakibara, Ichiro Nagai (original Japanese version); Alison Lohman, Patrick Stewart, Uma Thurman, Edward James Olmos (American version)
Rated: PG

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February 8, 2006 Posted by | Action, Adventure, animation, Drama, Fantasy, Foreign, Miyazaki Films, Sci-Fi, Social Commentary | 2 Comments

Fight Club

Title: Fight Club
Year: 1999
Director: David Fincher
Starring Cast: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter
Rated: R

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The first rule about Fight Club is…you do not talk about Fight Club.

The second rule about Fight Club is…you do NOT talk about Fight Club.

Looks like I’m going to have to break this rule 😉

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January 9, 2006 Posted by | Action, Film Adaptation, Social Commentary | 8 Comments

Brazil (Original Director’s Cut)

Title: Brazil
Year: 1985
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring Cast: Jonathan Pryce, Robert DeNiro, Katherine Helmond, Michael Palin
Rated: R

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Brazil is one of those movies that are often highly praised by movie critics (and armchair critics) because of how artistically it was filmed, because of its message, and so on.

I am not one of those critics.

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December 29, 2005 Posted by | Comedy, Satire, Sci-Fi, Social Commentary | 5 Comments