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  • The Emperor's New Groove

    ★★★★½

  • Four Weddings and a Funeral

    ★★★★★

  • Alice

    ★★½

  • The Lair of the White Worm

    ★★★★½

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  • The Emperor's New Groove

    The Emperor's New Groove

    ★★★★½

    The Emperor's New Groove doesn't feel like a Disney film. Instead, it feels like a Looney Tunes short from Warner Bros. There's wacky sound effects and the comedy beats feel more syncopated somehow. This really make for an A-tier Disney film, a curiosity in the studio's output. The moral lesson or journey does seem rather obvious and telegraphed which is the main element that reminds you you're watching a Disney film. Otherwise, excellent stuff.
    Recommended.

  • Alice

    Alice

    ★★½

    Does Alice in Wonderland really need large amounts of taxidermy? Probably not, but it makes for an interesting experience.

    This interpretation of Wonderland could only come from a country experiencing the last days of communism, such is the display of decay and the mundane turned into the fantastical and disturbing.

    It's a very disconcerting watch, unnerving even. Having every line of dialogue replaced by close-ups of Alice's mouth narrating alone is equally strange. Credit where credit is due though, it's all artistically valid and the stop motion animation is very good indeed.
    Rent it.

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  • The Lure

    The Lure

    ★★★

    Gotta give The Lure props for keeping me open-mouthed in awe for most of its runtime. It feels so original and strange it kind of sucks you in. I went in fairly blind so discovering it to be a musical was somewhat of a shock.

    I give it props for daring and originality though it felt pretty damn long for a runtime of only 90 minutes. Pretty conflicted myself, but if you're interested in quirky European cinema, watch it.
    Recommended.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    ★★★★

    Shocked that I liked this as much as I did. It gets back to the visual flourishes and original design of the original three, yet keeps the increasingly dreary world building of the second and third parts of that trilogy. The character of Henry Turner is a complete wet blanket but so was his dad so it's pretty much par for the course.
    The effects were awesome and the villain was properly menacing and creepy. Even some nice character stuff for our legacy players. A fitting enough end for the series until they start flogging it again.
    Recommended.