Rosalyn's Blog: September 2014

Anohana the Movie: The Flower We Saw That Day (2013)

Japanese title: 劇場版あの日見た花の名前を僕達はまだ知らない
(Gekijouban Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai)

Comments on Movie: Anohana the Movie: The Flower We Saw That Day (2013)
"An unusually melancholic exercise in grief, regret and the vagaries of memory, an anime that didn't have a traditional plot arc but which tended to derive much of its dramatic and emotional momentum out of the interior worlds of its characters." - Jeffrey Kauffman,

"If you are a fan of Anohana, there is definitely enough that is new here to make it worth a watch. Just don't expect a coherent, well-paced film." - Richard Eisenbeis, Kotaku

"Certainly a tear inducing anime about love and friendship and it is also probably the most beautiful hide and seek story we'll ever come across." - Rosalyn Lim.

Anime Comedy Drama Friendship Romance Supernatural 
2D Animation Rosalyn's Favorite Animated Feature

Various Thai Animation Studios

About Various Thai Animation Studios
Thailand is a charming country with charming people and culture! I have only visited the country twice my whole life as of writing but I love them especially the friendly people and delicious Thai food!!

Okay, let's go straight to the most important point - this means I am not an expert about Thailand but I know and am sure their films are interesting just like their people, culture and language!! 

So, for these reasons, I am exploring Thai animated features and will share with you all this October!! 

Mermaid in The Adventure of Sudsakorn (1979)

Here's a short history of Thai animation; it is said that the Thai animation began after World War II when artist Sanae Klaikluen was asked by the Thai government to make a short animated cartoon that instruct Thai citizens to follow a certain dress code. 

An assumption, the first animated feature originated from the country is The Adventure of Sudsakorn (1979) which is also the only traditional animated feature ever made in Thailand. The Cinema of Thailand is about one century old; they do have a strong Film & TV industry with many popular local films and TV dramas but there are not much animated features out there. Most of them are released locally and never dubbed in English except Khan Kluay (2006)! 

A-and, The Life of Buddha (2007) is one of the very few animated feature films about Buddhism. It is produced by a Thai businesswoman named Wallapa Phimtong. The film is released in celebration of The Royal Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 80th birthday and it is self-financed so she could distribute free copies to schools nationwide! Isn't that noble?!

PS. Can't provide movie quotes and can't cover all titles though; have no access to some of these films!

Rosalyn's Movie Marathon
The Adventure of Sudsakorn (1979)
Khan Kluay (2006)
The Life of Buddha (2007)
Nak (2008)
Khan Kluay 2 (2009)
Yak: The Giant King (2012)
Echo Planet (2012)
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Free Birds (2013)

Free Birds (2013)
Changing the main course of history!
Hang On To Your Nuggets!

Comments on Movie: Free Birds (2013)
"Not only rediscovers the giddy joy of being truly silly, it's confident enough to make us laugh without resorting to regurgitated pop-culture references or grownup double-entendres." - Katherine Monk,

"After a brief lesson in American history, British kids will probably have a fine time. And there's just enough double-edged comedy to keep grown-ups from squawking too." - Andy Lea, Daily Star.

"There are some good gags, the cast is incredibly likable and, most importantly, it held my kids' attention the entire time." - Mathew DeKinder, Suburban Journals of St. Louis.

"The film does boast an appealing buddy pairing in Wilson and Harrelson, a dash of conceptual originality, and some genuinely funny jokes." - Tara Brady, Irish Times.

"Watch this with a light heart, it's actually a very funny movie with plenty of gags" - Rosalyn Lim.

Adventure Comedy Family Thanksgiving 3D Animation Animated Feature

ParaNorman (2012)

ParaNorman (2012) Poster.

It's all fun and games until someone raises the dead.
You don't become a hero by being normal. 

Comments on Movie: ParaNorman (2012)
"The film avoids the pandering of many animated features, bringing an acerbic edge and a thrilling intelligence to its story." - Bruce Diones, New Yorker.

"An entertaining and visually attractive family-friendly story." - Claudia Puig, USA Today.

"ParaNorman has plenty of rambunctious thrills to give the kiddies goosebumps, while older connoisseurs of stop-motion animation will appreciate the Laika studio's inventive visuals." - Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"It's filled with clever detail, both old-school and state-of-the-art." - Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times.

"Ghoulish? Yes. Funny? You bet." - Cath Clarke, Time Out.

"Everything in this movie is carefully and beautifully crafted. With plenty of virtuous and classic horror elements from the beginning until the end, the movie as a whole is a little dramatic yet quite an amusing adventure." - Rosalyn Lim.

Adventure Comedy Family Fantasy Friendship Horror Supernatural
Stop Motion Halloween Rosalyn's Favorite Animated Feature 

The Boxtrolls (2014)

The Boxtrolls (2014) Poster
Dare to be square

Comments on The Boxtrolls (2014)
"It is joyously witty and profoundly weird. I recommend it heartily. But think twice before taking young children." - Brian Viner, Daily Mail UK.

"What Laika is able to accomplish on a technical level is to be admired as much as their social concerns, but The Boxtrolls just doesn't resonate in quite the way we're used to from them." - Travis Hopson,

"There's plenty of Tim Burton-like wit and humour behind the Boxtrolls concept. The film boasts some lively voice work, too. Its problem is a script that is as flat as cardboard. It takes quite a while to work out what is happening or why." - Geoffrey Macnab, Independent.

"A surprisingly charmless and aimless movie from Laika Studios, who previously crafted the wonderfully dark Coraline and Paranorman, this latest venture seems destined to disturb young viewers while thoroughly boring their parents." - Alonso Duralde. TheWrap.

"Although this is brought to us by the makers of Coraline and ParaNorman, the earlier films' knowing, child-aware sense of menace is nowhere to be seen." David Edwards, Daily Mirror UK.

"This cheese-obsessed and boxtroll-fearing movie is not that simple and parental guidance is necessary. There are several things to ponder about and in the end, this film is able to give the us the viewers some food for thought on how societies should actually work!" - Rosalyn Lim.

Adventure Comedy Family Fantasy Stop Motion Animated Feature

New Initial D the Movie Legend 1: Awakening (2014)

New Initial D the Movie Legend 1: Awakening (2014) Poster 

Japanese title: 新劇場版「頭文字D」
(Shin Gekijō-ban Inisharu Dī)

11th Japanese Film Festival

Comments on Movie: New Initial D the Movie Legend 1: Awakening
"Decent revisit for the longtime fans and entertaining enough for the general audience...but its probably not worth paying the regular price for 1/3 of a "movie"" - Tony Teh,

"Quite hilarious to watch." - Rosalyn Lim.

There are not much comments on this movie available as of writing.


Coraline (2009)

Coraline (2009) Poster
Be careful what you wish for.

Comments on Movie: Coraline (2009)
"Eerily inhabiting the netherworld where a young girl's wildest dreams become her cruelest nightmares, Coraline is a dark delight." - Justin Chang, Variety.

"Coraline lingers in an atmosphere that is creepy, wonderfully strange and full of feeling." - A.O. Scott, New York Times.

"A work of wondrous animation with engaging characters, charming dialogue and more than a few intense moments." - Rafer Guzman, Newsday.

"Coraline is disturbing not for gory images but for the story it tells. That's rare in itself." - Roger Ebert,

"It is visually entertaining and the plot is eerie in an harmless way." - Rosalyn Lim.

Fantasy Horror Mystery Thriller Supernatural Stop Motion
Halloween Rosalyn's Favorite Animated Feature

Corpse Bride (2005)

Corpse Bride (2005) Poster

A Grave Proposal. The love of his life. The love of her afterlife.
Loving You Is Like Loving The Dead

Comments on Movie: Corpse Bride (2005)
"A wondrous flight of fancy, a stop-motion-animated treat brimming with imaginative characters, evocative sets, sly humor, inspired songs and a genuine whimsy that seldom finds its way into today's movies." Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter.

"What makes Corpse Bride sing, ultimately, is the breadth of imagination that it demonstrates; creating a cluttered, textured and mysteriously beautiful world that we're loathe to leave at the end." - Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times.

"As animated films go, this is easily the best of a weak year." - James Berardinelli, ReelViews.

"This macabre musical about a young bridegroom who mistakenly weds a girl from beyond the grave is an endearingly schizoid Frankenstein of a movie, by turns relentlessly high-spirited and darkly poignant." - Justin Chang, Variety.

"Beautiful and enchanting; dark and gothic. It is a tragedy with mixed ending, with totally unexpected love story." - Rosalyn Lim.

Adventure Fantasy Musical Romance Supernatural Stop Motion
Halloween Valentine's Rosalyn's Favorite Animated Feature

September's Update

Hello everyone >< I just wanted to share that I've been actively involved with productions. Although I am quite busy irl (might be posting in irregular manner and responding a little late if you guys sent or shared anything), I won't let it affect my film blog! ♥

I've also joined Moviepilot recently and I quite like the site so my movie reviews will also be made available there from now on. Need some time to settle things down but join me there alright? 

Rosalyn's Moviepilot Account

A-and a big THANK YOU for all of your supports!

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Most of you are from (in alphabetical order) Australia, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States!! Really, thank you so much for supporting my film blog in every little ways everyone, really really appreciate it!!

My film blog is about 4 months old now and the experience has been pleasant! 
Will start posting on Laika films and more interesting stuffs coming soon! Take care!