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  • Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

    Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

    ★★★½

    Film #4 of Scavenger Hunt #52
    Task 4: To celebrate the 4th of July, watch a film that screams FREEDOM to you

    Period epic sports musical with a touch of romance (yup, super cross-genre!) this was enjoyable and entertaining, if a bit overlong. There are no surprises; it follows the expected beats for a underdog sports team film. You kinda anticipate that pretty quickly though and it does not detract from the film. Our hero, Bhuvan, is very likable and…

  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★★★

    Film #15 of Scavenger Hunt #52
    Task 30: A film featuring swordplay

    One of the finest films ever made. I thought that the first time I saw this years ago and rewatching it only confirms my opinion. Kurosawa was a master, and if this isn't my favorite of his films (I do love Rashomon more), it still stands high as a triumph of cinema.

    I have no criticism here, and any praise I could lavish has already been said by…

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  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★★

    Totoro is a perfect film; charming, magical, nostalgic. Totoro is a movie of simple beauty, of the enchantment of childhood and the magic of nature. It's a film of patience and the unfolding of life around us. It's a film with a simple story and superb animation. It's a film about wonder, about growing up, about responsibility, about children who act like children, and the profound reality of being human. A perfect film. Sit back and enjoy.

  • Corpse Bride

    Corpse Bride

    ★★★★

    Film #16 of Smiler Grogan's Scavenger Hunt
    Task 10/30: A film with a score by Danny Elfman

    Film #1 of Hoop-Tober 3.0

    This is a seasonal favorite of ours; we try to watch it every year. It's such a practically perfect Halloween film. The atmosphere is superbly gothic, creepy, otherworldly. This is done with every detail - the character design, the choice of color palette, and, of course, the music. Both the score and the songs really work to enhance…