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Film: WALL-E

January 23, 2011

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WALL-E Directed by Andrew Stanton (2008) jusco’s Rating: ★★★★ Pixar is genius. WALL-E is one of my favourite of their works. How does an animated film with an almost complete lack of dialogue, a robot that makes cute noises and a multitude of fat humans work so well? I don’t know, but Andrew Stanton still […]

Film: I Love You Phillip Morris

January 23, 2011

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I Love You Phillip Morris Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (2009) jusco’s Rating: ★★1/2 Jim Carrey is a great actor, though only at certain times (Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind). He is good in this one and it felt natural watching him play a likable gay guy. But watching Ewan McGregor as […]

Film: Music and Lyrics

January 23, 2011

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Music and Lyrics Directed by Marc Lawrence (2007) jusco’s Rating: ★1/2 Music and Lyrics flops in its desperate attempt to charm us. It tries hard, but at the crucial moments it always falls short of reaching the mark. We’re left dry and wanting something more, and are further disappointed when we don’t get that mushy, […]

Film: How to Train Your Dragon

January 18, 2011

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How to Train Your Dragon Directed by Chris Sanders & Dean DeBlois (2010) jusco’s Rating: ★★★1/2 Well done, DreamWorks. When you set your mind to it, you can create good animation films, despite being under the gigantic shadow of Pixar most of the time. How to Train Your Dragon is an excellent and enjoyable film […]

Film: High School Musical

January 18, 2011

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High School Musical Directed by Kenny Ortega (2006) jusco’s Rating: ★★★1/2 Confession: I like High School Musical a lot; not just the first but all three. Does it have cheesy dialogue and unrealistic romantic storylines? Yes. But what it does have are catchy songs, which greatly appealed to the singer in me. Yes, I sang […]

Book: Jane Eyre

January 18, 2011

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Jane Eyre Author: Charlotte Brontë (1847) jusco’s Rating: ★★★★1/2 Charlotte Brontë’s writing is so intricately structured, conveying clearly even the smallest of emotions to the reader. There is a stronger sense of relatable intimacy with the characters, which makes Jane Eyre a highly enjoyable and emotion-provoking read. Horrifyingly ill-treated as a child and eventually sent […]

Film: Shaun of the Dead

January 2, 2011

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Shaun of the Dead Directed by Edgar Wright (2004) jusco’s Rating: ★★★★ What do you get when you put the apocalypse, zombies and the chaotic duo of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost together? You get Shaun of the Dead, a marvelously crafted, written and acted comedy with everything thrown in: troublesome parental relations, a girlfriend […]