Retro Week In Cinema: July 25-31, 2013

geri's game

Chess, a game I lived to play, and lose at, quite often!

I’m sensing a trend with this week’s movies,

Luxo Jr. (1986, John Lasseter, United States Of America) ****

Simple, to the point and beautiful. This is probably the first example of Pixar being Pixar, creating a gorgeous image based movie that manages to have emotion behind it, and they do it with lamps.

Red’s Dream (1987, John Lasseter, United States Of America) ***

The clown is a bit rough looking, but everything else around the clown is great stuff. The rain at the beginning and the end is a nice touch, the emotion given to the unicycle throughout is neato, and this is a very artsy film from Pixar, very interesting.

Tin Toy (1988, John Lasseter, United States Of America) ****

When it comes to looking at a basic situation in a different way this is yet another time I would say this is the first example of Pixar being Pixar. The idea is so simple, look at the interaction between a child and a toy through the eyes of a toy and make that toy relateable to the audience. Brilliant! Also, make it funny, because Pixar knows how to be funny.

Knick Knack (1989, John Lasseter, United States Of America) ****

They bend the rules a lot, with the snowman finding so many devices to get out of the globe, but it’s a great example of why you don’t need to stay within the realms of realism for the sake of the story, or more importantly the comedy. Again, it looks great, but it is so, so funny. And the end is bitter, and hilarious.

Geri’s Game (1997, Jan Pinkava, United States Of America) ****

Where did this come from? Wow, it looks amazing, so clean and so crisp, this is up there with some of the best animation Pixar has ever done. It’s also funny, I know I sound like a broken record, but it’s also touching and a little bit sad, the old man who has no friends left but himself.

Wrap-Up:

A whole lotta awesome this week, and I’ll bet you that a Pixar film is the best of the bunch! Bad humor aside, some great films to choose from, but for my money retro movie of the week honors go to Geri’s Game. I’ll be back next week with five more retro capsule reviews!

Cheers,
Bill

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