Sunday, May 15, 2011

Screenings - Some films that pleasantly surprised me

Recently, I've watched a few films which I didn't expect to be a good as they were. That is not to say they didn't get good reviews. They did. But, not knowing anything about them other than the genre and title, I was surprised how much I enjoyed them.

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Writer: William Davies, Dean DeBlois
Director: William Davies, Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders, Cressida Cowell (novel)
Genre: Animated adventure (for the family, i.e. PG)

Good story, great animation—a beautifully done picture.

Megamind (2010)
Writer: Alan J. Schoolcraft, Brent Simons
Director: Tom McGrath
Genre: Animated action comedy (for the family, i.e. PG)

Excellent story, fine comedy—with a little philosophical insight à la the best of Pixar.

Kick-Ass (2010)
Writer: Jane Goodman, Matthew Vaughn, Mark Miller (comic book), John Romita Jr. (comic book)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Genre: Action Adventure comedy

This one you can stream from Netflix. It starts out as another off-beat, coming-of-age-comedy (Juno, Youth in Revolt) but unexpectedly shifts.

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