10 October 2009

L.A. Confidential; My Neighbor Totoro

L.A. Confidential is a great crime drama. The period (1950's) atmosphere is cute and the screenplay is very good. What really makes the film is Guy Pearce's character. His political scheming is oddly compelling and, since he is sort of a nerd, I really wanted to root for him.

My Neighbor Totoro is supposed to be the iconic Miyazaki film, but I didn't love it. There were some good elements (the interplay between the children is adorable) but overall it seemed very disjointed and random at times. Of course, maybe I would have interpreted everything differently if I had known, at the time that I was watching it, that the film is an allegory in which the Totoro is the grim reaper...

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