Coraline, a review by Critter
Director(s): Henry Selick
Run Time: 96 minutes
Plot: An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.
Dakota Fanning – Coraline Jones
Teri Hatcher – Mel Jones/ Other Mother/ Beldam
Jennifer Saunders – Miss April Spink
Dawn French – Miss Miriam Forcible
Keith David – The Cat
Robert Bailey Jr – Wybie Lovett
Ian McShane - Mr Bobinsky
• Deleted Scenes
• The Making of Coraline
• Feature Commentry
• Voicing the Characters
• Creepy Coraline
This is my first blu-ray DVD and one that is also watchable in 3D. I have never seen 3D at the cinema, let alone in my own home and I found this to be quite a fun feature. The only problem is that while watching it in 3D the colour of the film becomes quite distorted and everything has a sort of yellow/green tinge to it which could get annoying. It was worth it though to have certain objects literally jumping out of the screen at you. The 2D blu-ray version, while maybe not as thrilling as the 3D is still stunning in its own right as the true colour of the film is magnificent in many scenes.
I have seen this film before but when I watched it the first time it was of poor quality at a friend’s house (think a downloaded movie streaming through a TV. I enjoyed it then but I enjoy it so much more when seeing it to its full potential. As a fan of Henry Selick’s work ever since I saw The Nightmare Before Christmas I was looking forward to this film quite a bit. I love the stop-motion animation technique and am glad to see it is making somewhat of a comeback, what with The Fantastic Mr Fox soon to be released.
Aside from the visual beauty of this film I find the story to be compelling, especially after the dark turn in the second half. I’m also glad that Selick didn’t appear to hold back on the frightening elements of the film considering that it was marketed at children in it’s release. Coraline herself is a fantastic character for young girls especially, she is strong, brave and doesn’t take crap from anybody, yet she is also human and shown to make many mistakes. I think characters like these are important for young children who are watching these films.
Aside from Coraline herself the other characters in this film are rich and diverse in creativity. Whether it be the strange and wise talking cat, the spider like Russian performer who lives upstairs, or the two obese women obsessed with dogs who live downstairs. I enjoyed every character in the film immensely and can see myself watching this film time and time again, in both 2d and 3d.
(From Critter's Animated Film/Anime Marathon on December 21st, 2009)
Martian Child, a review by DJ Doena
John Cusack ... David Gordon
Bobby Coleman ... Dennis / The Martian Child
Amanda Peet ... Harlee
Sophie Okonedo ... Sophie
Joan Cusack ... Liz
Oliver Platt ... Jeff
Synopsis: Originally his wife and he wanted to adopt a child. But then his wife died and now he's alone. But he still decides to adopt a child and he chooses the child that is "allergic" to sunlight and who is not an Earthling at all but a Martian. Over the next months David tries to bond with Dennis and to get him out of his shell but it's a laborious experience for both of them and everybody who tries to help.
My Opinion: This is not really a comedy. It's a story about a guy who learns how to be a father and a child who learns how to be a son (that's the tagline of the movie but it pretty much sums it up). It's a very empathetic movie without cheap jokes and it's great to see when they finally bond. It was a blind buy for me, I didn't really know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the movie that I didn't expect.
(From DJ Doena's movie watchings 2009 on June 19th, 2009)
Charmed Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd
9. There's Something About Leo
Leo's announcement that he is an Avatar causes pandemonium in The Charmed Ones' lives. Blood is shed when the distracted sisters are unable to fulfill their duty to protect the life of an Innocent.
A good... but not great episode... it is one of those episodes I call a "what if Episode"... where something is brought out into the open... just for the one episode to see how things would turn out. There is nothing really special about this episode... but it isn't bad either.
10. Witchness Protection
Leo is forced to protect the Seer upon the Avatars' insistence that she has information that can help destroy the demons while Agent Brody shares his darkest secret with Paige.
This episode I really enjoyed a lot... unfortunately this is the last episode to guest star Charisma Carpenter.
11. Ordinary Witches
The underworld's most powerful demon transfers The Charmed Ones' powers to innocent bystanders who run amok with their new abilites.
A good episode... but once again nothing really special.
12. Extreme Makeover: World Edition
With the impending doom of the Avatars' Utopian transformation of the world where all humans must be put to sleep, The Charmed Ones become victims of a paranoia spell that attracts and kills an Avatar.
Once again an alright episode. For some reason I never really cared about the whole Avatar storyline. I am just glad that the Avatar storyline didn't last the whole season.
(From Charmed Marathon on July 13th, 2008)