Monday, 14 December 2009

Review of 2009: July

Christopher Minos' Knight Fever was a fine example of 3D work, always a popular subject in my mailbag. Aaron Lampert is one of those talented guys from Trunk Animation, his expertly narrated Dillon’s Story reminding us of the haves and have nots in society. Hikikomori was another serious subject from Jonathan Harris about a boy lost in his bedroom, endlessly awaiting an email. Trunk Animation again, and this time Grigoris Leontiades, in a throwback to bygone animation days in Dancing Jack in the style of the Fleischer Brothers. Natalia Malgina is a talented Russian director, her Zina’s Walk funny, sentimental, well made. Swiss animator Georges Schwizgebel has a style that sets him apart. Les Jeune Fille Et Les Nuages is ravishing with its thickly daubed paint. It doesn’t seem much in description but a collection of walking people on New Yorks’ sidewalks can be fun in the hands of Jeff Scher: The Parade. Kara Nasdor-Jones (I Slept With Cookie Monster) survived to tell a scorchingly honest and yet amusing story that could have turned out so different. Talent and therapy. Rafael Sommerhalder plays productively with a flowerpot in Flowerpots, what else. An amusing little piece. Andrei Khrzhanovsky had his man walking throughout Soviet Russia on a pointless pursuit. There lived a man called Kozyavin was a classic animation with a real sense of style. Street of Crocodiles from the Quay Brothers demonstrated why they have been so influential, their dolls and the derelict factory they inhabit unsettling. Back to that word style again with Gianna Ruggiero’s Gretel and Hanzel in vivid colours. 3D a-plenty in the spectacular Flapflap & Mindplotter and Murray John made me nostalgic with his Goodbye London.

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