Mini Reviews #3

What I have been watching over the last seven days:

Screen Shot 2013-11-05 at 11.39.19The Pebble And The Penguin (1995)
Director: Don Bluth and Gary Goldman
Starring: Martin Short, James Belushi, Annie Golden

A rather forgettable Don Bluth animation, no where near as good as his other offerings such as An American Tale or The Land Before Time. The story of a lost penguin and his adventure to get home with the perfect engagement pebble for his sweetheart. Made watchable by its rather impressive musical numbers, written by Barry Manilow and in the style of classic Broadway. 4/10.

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The Kings Of Summer (2013)
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Starring: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias

An endearing coming-of-age tale about three friends who escape the aggravation of their family lives and build a makeshift house in the woods. The film highlights the teenage longing for independence whilst at the same time portraying the reasons that they can rarely achieve it. Strong, impressive and all refreshingly different performances from the three male leads. A joy to watch. 8/10.

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room 237

Room 237 (2012)
Director: Rodney Ascher
Starring: Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns

A documentary exploring the numerous conspiracy theories that surround the meaning of Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film The Shining. Making cases for several theories from the Holocaust to faking the moon landing, Room 237 is interesting to any film geek like myself, but doesn’t make itself particularly accessible to those without prior knowledge of the subject matter. 6/10.

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