Trafic (1971)

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In context with the rest of Tati’s work, Trafic is disappointing. As its own film, it fails to hit its stride until late into the film, leaving a lot of low, slow scenes that lack zest or life. While there are certainly trappings of Tati’s work, it’s disappointingly his most straightforward fictional feature film. Continue reading

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Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (1953)

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Mr. Hulot’s Holiday belongs to a rare class of films. It’s one of those titles that evokes such a warm, vibrant mood that there’s something intangibly magical imbued into its runtime. It’s a film about a holiday that shares the relaxed, idyllic pace with the audience without ever feeling droll or overstimulating. Even moments when the film seems like it should be distressing, there’s too much warmth imbued in the film to feel anxiety or stress. Each moment where the film should lul into boredom, is brought back from the brink by an interesting gag. Continue reading

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Jour de Fete (1949)

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Writer/director/performer Jacques Tati began feature filmmaking without his beloved and iconic Monsieur Hulot. While Jour de Fete lacks one of the primary features of most of Tati’s films, it still sets up many of the ideas, themes and techniques that Tati would develop and mature over his film career. While still not fully formed, Jour de Fete will be instantly familiar to anyone who has seen Tati’s later films. Continue reading

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TV: The Tatami Galaxy 4-6

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4 Disciple Wanted

Once again the Protagonist finds himself facing the endless possibilities of campus life before him. This time around, he does something different and decides to not chose any of the groups. Instead, he ends up in the discipleship of Higuchi, who now seems to be an ordinary, older student. Another fellow disciple of Higuchi is, of course, Ozu. The two disciples team up to wage the proxy war on another student that Higuchi is locked in deadly battle with. Continue reading

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Big Hero 6 (2014)

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Note: An early twist in the film is discussed. It is in some of the promotional material for the film.

The problems of cramming long-form comic book storytelling into a feature length film plague Big Hero 6. The slow-building origin story takes up over half of the film’s runtime. The heroes don’t suit up for the first time until the halfway point of the film. By the end of the film, only two of the six titular heroes have gone on any sort of personal character arc. There’s too much story crammed into the film’s modest runtime. Continue reading

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