Tag: Animation

  • My Favourite Films of 2018.

    My Favourite Films of 2018.

    2018 has been a rather disappointing year for my personal cinema expeditions. With the exception of The Shape of Water, award season was a collection of deflated disappointments with the likes of Lady Bird, Three Billboards and I, Tonya all leaving me a little let down in their mere adequacy. The most unexpected treats of […]

  • My Life as a Courgette.

    My Life as a Courgette.

    After the passing of his alcoholic mother, a young boy is processed at a police station. Nicknamed Courgette by his mother, he refuses to answer to his real name. He carries with him two precious possessions; memories of each parent he has lost. Courgette finds himself at a small home where other children who “don’t […]

  • Moana.

    From the creators of Aladdin and The Little Mermaid comes Moana, Disney’s latest animated treasure. Daughter of the village chief, Moana resides on the idyllic island of Motunui where her people live off the land in paradisiacal surroundings. As a toddler, Moana is chosen by the sea, leaving her with a constant longing to explore […]

  • Ethel & Ernest.

    Ethel & Ernest.

    The cinematic adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ graphic novel, Ethel & Ernest tells the story of the artist’s parents – their marriage, their lives, their triumphs and tragedies. It opens with a brief interview with Briggs where he briefly describes how he remembers his parents and their relatively undramatic relationship. What follows is the tale of […]

  • Finding Dory.

    How do you follow up perfection? Many of us remember being enchanted by the staggering, animated ocean beds of Finding Nemo thirteen years ago – moved to tears by both the film’s wit and emotional story of an anxious clown fish on a journey to find his missing son. Although Monsters Inc. is undoubtedly my personal […]

  • The BFG.

    To celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday, cinemas, organisations and arts venues up and down the country are celebrating with the Film Hub Wales initiative ‘Roald Dahl on Film’. Nostalgic screenings of childhood favourites such as Matilda, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach are just some of the movies being […]

  • Zootropolis.

    Zootropolis is full of lovely ideas, satisfying wit and charismatic characters. In the progressive city of Zootropolis, predator and prey live in harmony without judgement or threat. New on the job, young and ambitious Judy Hopps, the first Rabbit Police Officer in the city’s history, is determined to make a difference. When a variety of […]

  • Anomalisa.

    Anomalisa.

    Within the beige walls of a mediocre hotel, Michael Stone chats awkwardly to his wife on the phone, orders room service and makes painful small-talk with employees. From the first moments we meet Michael we sense his exhaustion. Attempting to communicate and interact with those around him, for whom he does not care, Michael maintains […]

  • The Best Films of 2015.

    This has certainly been one of the most challenging years for me, in terms of great cinema access. I moved back to Preston for my first graduate position and found myself, for the first time in four years, living in a town with no independent cinema. Stuck between a bad Odeon and a more than […]

  • The Good Dinosaur.

    Whether it’s to parents, to Andy’s bedroom or to the headquarters of Riley’s consciousness. Pixar movies, more often than not, revolve around physical journeys. Whether these be metaphorical journeys into adulthood or simply into change and new life experiences, we are familiar with following Pixar protagonists as they try to return to the safety and […]