Category Archives: Animation

Big Hero 6 review — A light, slight cartoon

Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, written by Jordan Roberts,  Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird, based on characters and concept by Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle Disney's animation studio is picking up the slack their Pixar colleagues have been letting slip. Wreck It Ralph and Frozen were huge successes, packing in the kids and offering…Read More

How To Train Your Dragon 2 review

Directed by Don DeBlois, adapted by DeBlois from a book series by Cressida Cowell Steering clear of all things Transformers this week—does anyone really need another one of these Michael Bay monstrosities?—I decided to catch a friendlier looking sequel. I do have to say, there's something kind of shameless when a sequel comes out with…Read More

The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) review

Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki If this is to be Miyazaki's final film with Studio Ghibli—which, despite many false retirements, he says it will be—a romantic, historical drama about an engineer is an unorthodox subject matter to go out on. That said, it still has plenty of the fantastic and surreal whimsy he's become…Read More

Frozen and The Lego Movie reviews

Frozen  Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee Written by Jennifer Lee, Story by Buck, Lee, and Shane Morris, adapting Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen Tom Whalen's super-cool poster The Lego Movie Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Written by Lord and Miller, Story by Lord, Miller, Kevin Hageman and Dan Hageman I…Read More

The Adventures of Tintin review

Directed by Steven SpielbergWritten by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, based on the comics by Hergé.I think my experience with this film speaks directly to my undeniable and unavoidably lofty expectations.I'm a longtime reader of the Tintin comics, since I was a child. This summer I reread almost the entire set—my copy of…Read More