The Cat In The Hat – 6/10
Starts off brilliantly, really wacky and genuinely funny. Mike Myers is fantastic as the cat, but the film loses momentum in the second half. Few good jokes for grown ups in there which is always nice.
Nausicaa: Valley of the Wind – 8/10
Miyazaki’s debut feature (pre Ghibli Studios) from 1984, based on a manga which he also wrote. I love the look of this film, the detail is great and the animation is impressive for the time. The story is functional and the English dub is well done (including Patrick Stewart) but overall this film wins me over with its wonderful sense of otherworldlyness – much like the French animated film Les Maitres Du Temps from 1982. It also appears to include the inspiration for Final Fantasy’s Chocobos. This video has some good imagery of the underground caverns and the plantlife and nature with fan made ambient music.
47 Ronin – 7/10
I picked this up in the charity shop thinking the synopsis on the back cover sounded interesting. Apparently it’s a famous story, retold with some liberties taken – I.E. magical beasts and funky looking kimonos. Keanu Reeves does a great job of transporting Neo from the Matrix to feudal Japan. His love interest was cute. And despite the opening sequence being a bit shit, I’m glad I stuck with it as things only got better and it ended up being an entertaining film.
Spirited Away – 9/10
I didn’t rate this much when it was released, probably because it wasn’t Princess Mononoke, which I loved. But every time I go back to it I like it more. Great story and characters, lovely score by Joe Hisaishi and, of course, it looks absolutely beautiful.
Anchorman 2 – 8/10
This one was stupid, but in the best kind of way. Laugh out loud moments a plenty, especially from Brick. In fact, you can go watch his highlights clip on YouTube and its just as funny out of context, because Brick is always out of context.