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Darth Brutus's Baadasssss Film Diary for 2021

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People who added this item 221 Average listal rating (173 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 7.2

I didn't like it. Honestly, I love Latin America, Mexico and all that kind of stuff, but this film just didn't deliver. I found it boring, nothing interesting happens until an hour in, you never get any insight into things or get to know people, there's no adventure and the ending is pretty lame. That, and they still just recycle their character models over and over again, no individual style.
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People who added this item 937 Average listal rating (635 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.8
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Slightly better than the first one, but still no cookie. Cartman's redemption arc was the closest thing this ever got to being good.
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People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8

It's really not that hard to see why this short became such a beloved classic. The humor is extremely dark, but at the same time these guys really seem to get the style of the genre exactly right and it's just constant laughter.
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People who added this item 42 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
Repentance (1984)

Second time watching this film, and if I thought I got a bang out of this film the first time, it completely blew me even more now.

The villain of the film is something of a caricature of a dictator mixed with charasteristics of Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, etc, but he also rules like a Roman emperor and even has his own praetorian guard and knights of the round table and he rules his kingdom like Satan himself.

His character closely resembles that of a classical tyrant defined by Aristotle in a sense that his main driving force is envy towards anyone and anything he feels is more talented or better than him. Thus he only breeds incompetence and causes anything of value turn to garbage.

At the end his body may be dead, but the spirit still lives on. His grand vision was to create a new man, but as with anything else he only managed to corrupt human spirit and produce garbage into this world.
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People who added this item 23 Average listal rating (17 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 7.5

I hated it. I really, really hated it.

I thought South Park couldn't get any more boring after the latest seasons, but this was the worst. There's absolutely nothing here, it's completely soulless and devoid of anything even remotely interesting satire going on. I guess they just sold out and ran off with the money and that's about it. I encourage people to watch this just so you could see how lame this thing is.
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People who added this item 111 Average listal rating (46 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 4.7 IMDB Rating 6.7
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People who added this item 160 Average listal rating (91 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
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People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.9

I didn't even know I needed some old school stop motion in my life right now.
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People who added this item 1762 Average listal rating (1135 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2

Still the best DreamWorks film since The Prince of Egypt.
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These films were always bad, but this is just insulting. Home Alone was a dead franchise for a reason: the first film was already a one trick pony with nowhere to go but oblivion and they still decided to keep it going as long as they got anything out of it. The sixth installment feels like the sixth circle of hell from Dante's Inferno, and I think there's still room for something even worse.
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People who added this item 30 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 4.2 IMDB Rating 5.9

DreamWorks is dead.
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Usually I love this kind of stuff but Plympton's film feels so random it gets boring very fast. Sure, it's very rough and does all kinds kinky stuff, but a good enjoyable film needs more than just that.
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The death of Pat Martino made me instantly want to watch this documentary. Pat was one of the leading guitar players of the world for decades. Back in the 1980's he was diagnosed with a brain tumor that nearly killed him, the operation saved his life but wiped out his memories nearly completely. Martino had to learn everything from the scratch, but at the end he managed to surpass his former self and become even greater god of his craft.

The documentary is way too dry and boring. At this day and age many of his friends and family members had already died and Martino was living the twilight years of his career, so there wasn't much to work with.
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People who added this item 329 Average listal rating (169 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Crumb (1994)

I had plans to re-watch this classic for at least a year now, but only recently found enough time to really dive into it. Crumb is one of the most in-depth looks into a mind of an artist, not just Crumb but also his brothers who in turn are extremely talented and flawed individuals. Luckily they're also very aware of their own psyche and discuss topics like sexual fantasies, obsessions, fears and stuff. If you study psychology you'll most likely end up watching this thing numerous times just for the honest psychological depth alone, and I can clearly see why.
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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
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Rob Zombie clearly loves 90's animation and that's cool.
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People who added this item 1868 Average listal rating (1203 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.5
Pleasantville (1998)
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I didn't like it. There's so much things stuffed into this mess that it made my head hurt, very few of them are any creative. This time there's lots of political correct stuff too instead of just innocent fun, so be prepared to face the wrath of the internet.
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Fancy little ghost story about an intellectual loneliness of a man who blows a cursed whistle he found on a beach. The beginning is very slow and the ending very silly, but the amazing cinematography alone makes up for it.
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People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 10 IMDB Rating 7

Very stylish and atmospheric little gothic horror film. It's a tale of a painter who ends up selling his loved one to a rich man who's said to be ugly as a devil. Later the beauty-obsessed student becomes a rich and famous painter and master of his craft, but after the memory of his deceased mentor brings back some old memories, he sees a vision of dread and horror of his loved one, now dead and united in death for eternity with her devilish owner and husband.
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This is still a great documentary about a life of a bullshit millionaire and his eventual downfall and tragic death. Somewhere around early 2000's this man was a sensation but at the end of a day he was just a con man and more talk less substance kind of guy who sold more big words and false images than anything else.
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People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.4

The Finnish dub is a work of art.
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People who added this item 7628 Average listal rating (5383 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.5

Goddamn I hate those songs.
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People who added this item 134 Average listal rating (90 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 5.9

Technically this film is amazing, but only when considering animation and sound department. The writing on the other hand is absolutely terrible and makes little to no sense, apparently there's a radically different version of the film where many of the plot points actually somehow work, but for some reason they ended up changing things for the worse.
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People who added this item 6838 Average listal rating (4782 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
Shrek 2 (2004)

Ah, much better in pretty much every possible way imaginable.
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People who added this item 8726 Average listal rating (6412 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8
Shrek (2001)

The biggest flaw of this film is that it's so influential, everything it does or says has become a massive cliche in the 2000's, so Shrek itself feels very outdated.
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People who added this item 208 Average listal rating (158 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 0
Luca (2021)

One of the weakest Pixar films I have seen in years. This is more like an aimless summer film where stuff just happens without a coherent plot. But here's the thing: Luca feels like a very rushed film where the creators forgot to add some vital details, like who are these sea men, what do they actually do, why do they turn to human and why any of this stuff happens, you know, to really flesh out the characters.

At times the story feels very absurd because of these strange plot holes, like the sea people parents go around splashing people in public to find their kids while knowing that the people around them are afraid and want to kill them all if they happen to see them. It makes no sense at all.

Then there's the villain. I mean if your story is supposed to be like Totoro where the aimless childhood summer is the whole point, then why have a villain at all, makes little sense to me. Not just that, but the villain is cheesy as hell, one of the weakest I have seen since at least Frozen.

I'm probably starting to repeat myself already, but I don't like the art style. I've read that they tried to imitate Hayao Miyazaki and Ghibli, but it all looks like that crappy "CalArts" style that's everywhere nowadays. Sure, it looks childish and works fine in this context, but I still don't like it. They don't really do anything too non-realistic to justify making this a super expensive animated feature instead of fancy live action, so I think the whole thing is kinda pointless.
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People who added this item 5244 Average listal rating (3578 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8
Aladdin (1992)

There's not much I can add to this one. Aladdin is a story about the imprisonment of Genie, Aladdin, Jafar and Jasmine, who in their own way are trapped in their miserable life, Genie being a slave, Aladdin being poor and hopeless, Jasmine being a princess and Jafar a pawn and servant without any honest way to real power. At the end Jafar's freedom leads to him becoming a slave and others being freed from their chains.
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Almost there, but not quite. This is the darkest and most operatic film Disney has ever made, but they also had to add in pointless and rushed comic reliefs that could have been made right, but as they are they only ruin the mood. The design and the story are wonderfully complex and interesting despite it being Disney and having to appeal to kids, the soundtrack is up there with the best.
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People who added this item 3812 Average listal rating (2528 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
Mulan (1998)

Wonderful, just wonderful.
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People who added this item 3017 Average listal rating (1931 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Tarzan (1999)

Some may disagree, but this film is a work of visual poetry. I didn't understand it at first back in the day, but now it's clear as a crystal, I can see what they were going for. For example, Clayton is an embodiment of typical idealistic old-school adventure hero who's in for fighting the beast and savages alike for the sake of what he believes to be right, but as an ironic turn he only brings the savagery with him. He is thus no different than the leopard seen before, just a beast in man's clothing. Since the story is all about the relationship of man and nature, he is quite ironically the biggest antagonist of the story despite his true beastly nature and at the end he only succumbs into his own bloodlust despite being warned by Tarzan. Man can thus be the most dangerous and most emphatic animal of all, not just towards the nature but towards himself and other people. It's a jing-jang thing, free will and stuff.
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People who added this item 22 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 4.4 IMDB Rating 4.8

This suuuuuuccckkkkkkkkkkssssssss.
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People who added this item 1616 Average listal rating (1028 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.8
Brother Bear (2003)

If Lilo & Stitch was supposed to be a cheaper Disney film, then this cost only half of it. And most of that sum must have gone to the actors and visual artists alone, since the story is kinda lame. According to the writers this was originally supposed to be King Lear with bears, similar to what Lion King had done to Hamlet, but the screenplay went through multiple changes and they had to settle on this little messy thing.
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People who added this item 2931 Average listal rating (1864 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2
Lilo & Stitch (2002)

This film was originally designed to be a cheaper and more simple Disney flick, and maybe that's the reason it has so much charming personality and balls to get rid of all the usual Disney cliches. It is very lighthearted and fun, but very unique and well made.
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People who added this item 1484 Average listal rating (948 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2

One of the most underrated of all Disney films. Around the time this flick got out the market was flooded with other similar animated films, so nobody cared about this one and it is still to this day considered one of their "worst". I say bullshit to that one, this film was just a victim of the changing markets. The character design and animation are wonderful work of art, but cgi mostly sucks and there's just too much going on at the end of the day, including annoying comedic sidecharacters and stuff.
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This film was originally supposed to be a massive epic that would have utilized Incan culture and mythology, but it got stuck in production hell and pretty much everything was scrapped and the team moved to other project. Whatever they had was cannibalized into a light comedy that is Emperor's New Groove, a huge mess of every Disney clice imaginable, but with more screwball comedy of Mark Dindal who is a wonderful director.
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People who added this item 2994 Average listal rating (1966 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.3
Hercules (1997)

This film is a glorious mess of pretty much everything imaginable. Originally the leading men behind Hercules had another project (Treasure Planet) in mind, but they had to settle on this for business reasons. The end result turned out to be a musical parody of superhero films and dumb celebrity culture with art design by Gerald Scarfe from Pink Floyd: The Wall. There's direct references to likes of Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan, who were worshipped like gods back in the day.

I honestly miss the time Disney still used to experiment with actual visual design instead of just recycling all their character models like they do nowadays.
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People who added this item 1765 Average listal rating (1103 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.9

The art and sound design, characters and the humor of this film are great, but the narrative sucks hard. The very first scene they just throw this whole thing at you and there's literally no mystery or excitement in the whole thing until the last 20 minutes. The story itself is full of massive plotholes and goofs that don't make any sense, like there just happens to be a massive navy ready to go to some expedition, the Atlanteans can just talk and understand any language they want etc.
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People who added this item 2099 Average listal rating (1362 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
Rango (2011)

Gore Verbinski's best film, easily. The man has a great sense of visual style, but the live-action antics clearly keep him down from blossoming. Here the man truly shines, despite being all cgi there's a lot of genuine personality and the timing is almost perfect throughout. The man truly deserved his Oscar.
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The fact that they actually made this film baffles me, since the hand-drawn films were already on decline, the markets were saturated and the last few films of theirs flopped already. Not just that, but basic adventure films like this have never been as big as musical fairy tales.

As for the film itself, I don't think it's any bad, but it is less good than the last two or three DreamWorks films. Crappy cgi mixed with more traditional animation makes it look very dated.
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Yes, this is more like it. El Dorado was produced at the time traditional animation was on decline, mostly because the market was oversaturated with similar films, so it's no wonder this and many others were underperforming and thus labeled really bad, when in fact this is really, really damn good. The only complaint I have here is that it's just an adventure film without anything that deep or interesting like Prince of Egypt had, but that doesn't really hurt the film that much. I like a good adventure film every now and then, and this time they even got the colors right.
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People who added this item 2671 Average listal rating (1713 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.5
Antz (1998)

As a film this thing is very well written and surprisingly adult, but the outdated ugly animation and lifeless color palette suck all the life out of it. And for the love of god I still can't understand why they got Christopher Walken into this thing.
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People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 4 IMDB Rating 7.3

I didn't have a slightest idea that Nina Paley had released a new film. Seder-Masochism is more or less the same as Sita Sings the Blues, but the central theme revolves around femininity and patriarchal religions.

I'm not going to lie, but I really didn't like this one. It's still one big stream of consciousness, but this time they didn't have enough budget to get any professional actors onboard, so they had to do everything themselves. The end result is just a chaotic mess with occasional interesting parts, but the wonderful magic of Sita is mostly gone.
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People who added this item 1952 Average listal rating (1252 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.1

Damn, I didn't remember this film was this good. From the animation standpoint alone it's one of the best ever, but the storytelling is also kickass and the soundtrack just nails it, I even like the usually lame musical numbers.

Do not be fooled, this is not a film for kids but adults and the plot and the characters aren't as shallow as they might seem at first. I think the misguided marketing destroyed this film for lot of people who still think this as either a Disney musical or biblical propaganda when it's more like an operatic historical epic with Chaplin-like drama-comedy.
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People who added this item 1655 Average listal rating (1090 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.4

Whoever made this film should be whipped to death for raping such a great animated series, it's like Ghost in the Shell all over again. They had literally everything served on a gold platter and they still managed to fuck it all up. Not only that, but they managed to completely destroy both the original and the wonderfully talented director's career in the process.
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People who added this item 64 Average listal rating (44 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3

This short is so good. It kinda combines an epic scale of a space opera with the bonkers humor of Don Hertzfeld. The result is just legendary.
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Mom, look! Another over-hyped animated film with flashy lights and noisy sound effects. It must therefore be a five star masterpiece just like every other similar cgi-fart that has been released since ever. It even has lousy product placement and boring color palette similar to Emoji Movie. Oh, and the Finnish dubs suck ass.

Now people who never watch any animation nor understand anything about it have another best film evah until the next Disney film comes along.

Oh, and it's very entertaining too.
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What a huge disappointment. Static Cling is like pastiche of everything I hate about these modern reboots: for example, most of the actual content is filtered clean for the modern pussyhat audience, lacking the real substance. The empty shell of a special episode is filled with clumsy nostalgia baits and fan service from the beginning to the end with very little interesting going on.

Even that trans-thing is just there, they don't do anything with it when the original series would have bombarded the viewer with edgy and politically incorrect jokes about the subject matter. They even boasted about working with some political retard think tank to make sure, that the end result is as politically correct as they come, so no good jokes were allowed this time. And they did it themselves, not the big bosses, not this time.

That said, I still love the art style and the characters, and seeing Filbert's family was a nice touch, I just wish they had done the same for the Wolfes. The little social satire they did have here was also very on point.

Edit. It took me few additional days, but I think I finally understand what Joe Murray is trying to say here. Nickelodeon is a greedy corporation now and they were planning to cash-in with their older properties and people's nostalgia whether or not the original creators approved it. So what Murray did he decided to come back to give his own take on the matter, which means parodying these stupid nostalgia baits, laugh at himself with all this trans-stuff and at the end tell people to carry on with their lives. That's kinda funny...
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It actually took me this long to watch my first film of 2021 but here it goes, my niggas!

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