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The Illusionist (2010)

The Illusionist (Chomet, 2010)

The previous year was an incredibly strong year for animated films the world over. Japan delivered the strongest showing with Summer Wars, Ireland brought the fantastic The Secret of Kells, and France yielded the joyous display of absurdity known as A Town Called Panic. And once again we find ourselves in France for Sylvain Chomet’s adaptation of Jaques Tati’s script for The Illusionist. While Chomet plays his comedy in a broad sense, likely a departure from Tati’s signature style, the pull of the film is located in its ability to balance strong emotional scenes with the tension of an ever changing world. Continue reading

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Top 97 Films (Part Two)

Exactly one year ago today, well actually one year and two days ago today, I published my list of Top 97 Films at the older version of Processed Grass with the intention of revisiting the list one year later to see how things had changed. As I compiled my list this year I found quite a few surprises, some films that did not settle as well as I had originally perceived, and one major shake up that was about three years in the making. As usual, I will revisit this list next year on August the 17th and post a third updated list. But so much for the talking, let’s get to the films! Continue reading