Film Reviews

A Monster Calls (2016)

Starring: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson Director: J A Bayona A story about grief and grieving for kids sounds like a hard sell, but this adaptation of a popular book by Patrick Ness focuses on deeper life truths to avoid the trite and mawkish. Conor (MacDougall) is a kid who has grown… Continue reading A Monster Calls (2016)

Film Reviews

Kubo & The Two Strings (2016)

Starring: Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes Director: Travis Knight Kubo is a little boy with a great ability. His music can make origami come to life, a skill he uses to make enough money to care for his mother, whom he lives in a cave with above the village. His mother is catatonic during… Continue reading Kubo & The Two Strings (2016)

Film Reviews

Finding Dory (2016)

Starring: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill Director: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane Dory (DeGeneres) is living with Nemo and his father Marlin (Brooks) in the reef when she starts to remember the parents she got separated from years before. She sets off to find them, with Marlin and Nemo in tow, til the two get… Continue reading Finding Dory (2016)

Film Reviews

Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders (2016)

Starring: Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar Director: Rick Morales Β In this 2016 cartoon movie, the original cast of the 60's Batman TV show reunite to voice the characters they played in the popular and very camp TV series. Batman and Robin, with the help of the ever faithful Alfred, fight to save the city… Continue reading Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders (2016)

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The Secret Life Of Pets (2016)

Starring: Louis CK, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart Director: Yarrow Cheney, Chris Renaud It has been pointed out that the basic plot of this film is a lot like the premise for the original Toy Story film. Max is a little dog who is his owners best friend and soul mate, living with her in a… Continue reading The Secret Life Of Pets (2016)

105 Must See Films

105 Must See Films: Grave Of The Fireflies (1988)

Starring: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi Director: Isao Takahata Although I loved this film, after it finished I needed a drink! It's very sweet and very sad. The film is about a boy Setsuko and his little sister Seita, at the end of WW2 in Japan. During an air raid their mother is badly injured and… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Grave Of The Fireflies (1988)

Film Reviews

Zootopia (2016)

Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba Director: Byron Howard, Rich Moore Perhaps the weirdest Disney film I've seen in a while, this film isΒ a anthropomorphic buddy cop movie about the dangers of racism, sexism and profiling. Whilst it's often hilariously funny, the message on the whole is highly political, and it's incredibly easy to… Continue reading Zootopia (2016)

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105 Must Watch Films: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1987)

A washed up Hollywood detective must get over his hatred of toons when a cartoon rabbit is framed for murder.Β  Starring: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd Director: Robert Zemeckis I love the idea that just over the fence from a studio lot in Hollywood, there's a place called Toontown. Frankly, the toons are often kinda scary,… Continue reading 105 Must Watch Films: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1987)


Whirligig Cinema: Art & Beyond DEC 3

This month we took on the mantle of covering some events for the great Whirligig Cinema showcases in Hackney, London. Click the link below to read the article: The first Wednesday of each month, three film makers are asked to showcase their work, with allotted time for screening and talking about their practices, which… Continue reading Whirligig Cinema: Art & Beyond DEC 3

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Persons of Interest: Paolo Kalalo, Animation Editor, Atomic Cartoons.

How do you edit a cartoon? For those of you who struggled through Film School locked in a darkened room whilst the delighted shouts of kids playing outside in the sun taunted you, you might be more familiar with the way in which editing works. Cutting long takes of shots into the bits you need… Continue reading Persons of Interest: Paolo Kalalo, Animation Editor, Atomic Cartoons.