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The-Boxtrolls-6THE BOXTROLLS is based on Alan Snow’s childrens novel “Here Be Monsters”, part of a series of rather ghoulish but quirky and very clever childrens’ books.

Just as in their previous film CORALINE, Laika Animation has worked really hard to stand out with their unique stop motion movies, and their genuine stop motion is so exquisite in every detail and is uniquely charming, as amply demonstrated in the trailers for their third American animated feature length film BOXTROLLS. I am an absolute fan of movie animation in its many forms, however the physical process of creation by the frame-by-frame alteration of every character, still is a very welcome treat for my eyes. Continue reading Boxtrolls

The Devil’s Violinist

Jared Harris as  Urbani and Andrea Deck as Charlotte Watson
Jared Harris as Urbani and Andrea Deck as Charlotte Watson

Pinnacle Films is soon to release a new portrait of nineteenth century violin virtuoso Niccolò Paganini. It focusses on Paganini’s London debut at the expense of impresario John Watson, who eventually hosts the virtuoso. Watson is played with unmistakable English urgency by Christian McKay.

The true highlight of this version is violinist David Garrett starring as Paganini. He not only is executive producer, but captures the essence of the violinist in a commendable first foray into acting. He is also a driving creative force behind the film’s musical content. Continue reading The Devil’s Violinist