The Jungle Book (2016 USA)

Too much CGI can go stale very fast if the story cannot keep up. The seams will start to show and the minutes will turn to hours. Looking at all the frames of The Jungle Book, other than Neel Sethi as Mowgli, everything is wall-to-wall CGI. But the sense of story is so compelling I lost myself totally in this world. I was awestruck by the level of visual details of each creature that occupies the screen. The facial expressions mirroring its running gamut of emotions, the physical movements of each animal, the pitch-perfect voicing – who wouldn’t believe they possess a human soul? Jon Favreau really cemented his directing skills with this film.
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The Man Who Would Be King (1975 UK)

man The greatest “buddy film” of all time. What makes this so? Firstly, casting two real life friends, Sean Connery and Michael Caine. Second, other “buddy films” are comedies. And while the Man Who Would Be King has some laughs in it, Connery and Caine bounce off of each other almost as good as Pete n Dud. The story itself is a drama. And what a drama it is! [Read more…]

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