I made a list of genres I’m least familiar with. My top three are classic films (‘80s and older), costume dramas (period pieces and historical films), and animated films. I was surprised when I saw animated films on that list. I don’t see myself as someone who despises animated films and yet, I haven’t seen some of the most famous animated films ever made like Grave of the Fireflies; Monsters, Inc.; and Ratatouille. I used to watch a lot of anime and cartoons back when I was a kid. But for some reason, I outgrew that habit.
In an attempt to rekindle my love for animation, I decided to devote most of my free time this month to watch animated films. Aside from the usual suspects (Pixar, Disney, and Dreamworks), I will also take a look at the works of Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville, The Illusionist), Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro), and Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress).
Let’s get the ball rolling, shall we?
40. Kung Fu Panda
Slapstick. Formulaic. Ordinary.
41. The Illusionist
A little too quiet for my taste, and that girl is so friggin' annoying!
42. My Neighbor Totoro
Imaginative and perfect for kids.
43. Ghost in the Shell
Too complex to be fully understood.
44. Perfect Blue
If the speculations are true that Black Swan was inspired by this film, I wouldn’t be surprised. A tense, gripping psycho-sexual thriller that elevates animation to a whole new level.
45. Fantastic Mr. Fox
This sits comfortably on the top of my favourite animated films of all time, together with Wall-E and Finding Nemo. Witty, hilarious, and uberly fantastic!
I take a short break from animation to catch some live-action fare.
46. The Adjustment Bureau
Interesting conceit elevated by the palpable chemistry between Emily Blunt and Matt Damon. It doesn’t hurt that it is also exhilarating and mysterious.
47. I'm Here
Spike Jonze directs this short film about robots in love. The premise is not that original, but the outcome is undeniably heart-warming. Need more encouragement? Andrew Garfield stars as the robot. Go figure. ; )
48. Senior Year
Last year’s MMFF Indie breakout hit is finally on our theatres. Catch it while you can. Senior Year is the authentic high school movie. Click here to know why.
49. Country Strong
Not even Holly Holiday and Blair Waldorf can save this mess.
A little silly. A little funny. But with more than a little sex.
Too bad Disney won’t be making a new Princess film anytime soon.
52. The Triplets of Belleville
It made me feel grossed out, confused, and amazed all at once.
53. Princess Mononoke
An epic animated film with an ecological message to boot. Mystical, highly original, and visually stunning.
54. Grave of the Fireflies
I prefer a version with downplayed drama. But in its current form, it is undeniably moving.
Unadulterated family entertainment.
It deals with themes that are not quite kid-friendly, despite the kid-friendly visuals.
57. The Secret of Kells
As boring as a Sunday mass.
My New Year resolution is to watch 211 films this 2011. As of March 15, I’ve already seen 57 films. Not bad, right? This is how I keep track of the films I’ve seen, click here.