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Recent Viewings – 2014 Sidewalk Edition.

September 2, 2014

A is for Alex

I thought this movie was fantastic. It’s hilarious and heartwarming and really quirky. It’s essentially about a husband and his pregnant wife, and their fears of raising a child. But it’s a lot more. The cool thing is the couple in the film are actually a couple, and the wife was actually pregnant. So, in a strange way, it’s partly a documentary, at least as far as the progression of the pregnancy goes. The couple was at the viewing for a Q&A and said the characters they play are very exaggerated versions of themselves. Anyway, it’s definitely worth seeing if you ever get the chance.
A is for Alex gets an A from Casey


This is a beautifully animated feature, but it’s far from perfect. I did really love the characters, and the world that you’re thrown into. Nocturna is the world that happens at night while us humans are asleep. The “jobs” of the citizens of Nocturna were really clever, from the guys who leave dew on the ground or scratch tree branches against your window, to the ladies who make sure all the children have the perfect bed head when they wake up. We follow a kid who notices one night, after he should be asleep, that the stars are disappearing. And the adventure to find out what’s happening begins. It really is a great idea, but the writing and dialogue are just poorly done. And the ending is pretty weak. It is clever and pretty, though, and worth spending time on.
B for the animation and imagination

Wild Canaries

This was the closing night film, and I can see why they picked it. It’s got a bit of something for everyone. It was a little slow at first and I didn’t think I was going to like it, but once the pace picks up, it’s pretty awesome. It was somewhat reminiscent of Bottle Rocket to me in its subtle humor and cluelessness of characters. It takes some wild turns and things happen that you definitely aren’t expecting, which makes it that much more fun to watch. See this one if you can.
A for the uniqueness and humor

Mood Indigo

This was pretty much what I expected it to be. It’s Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine, The Science of Sleep), so… super weird, and visually amazing. I also love Audrey Tautou, so that was a bonus. It’s a fun movie to watch, for the most part, but it gets pretty dark and then just sort of ends. I get it, but it’s not all that appealing, in the end. So is life, I guess. If you like Gondry’s stuff, you should give it a shot.
B for being visually crazy and fun


2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 2, 2014 4:12 pm

    i didn’t see any of these, but i’ll give your post an A.

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