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Henry Selick

Features

Thursday, January 7 2010

The Best 30 Films of 2009

In one of the rarest rating periods ever, several on the staff could successfully argue for any of the Top 30 choices as a potential number one. While not all classics, they remain the consistent cream of 2009's crop.


Reviews

Thursday, February 5 2009

Coraline

The other mother in Coraline is mother-love gone berserk, all-consuming and self-serving.


Wednesday, October 25 2006

Tim Burtons The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

In a digital animation era, where cartoons are meticulously rendered, Nightmare plays the role of elder statesman.


Saturday, December 31 1994

Monkeybone (2001)

In 'Monkeybone', we are given visual representation of (presumably) every man's internal struggle, between his social conscience and his unbridled testosterone frenzy.


Saturday, December 31 1994

The Nightmare Before Christmas (2000)

Jack's ultimate epiphany is in keeping with the themes that usually apply to Burton's benevolent losers.


Blogs

Sunday, August 1 2010

All I Dream of Is a Friend - James and the Giant Peach: Blu-ray

Using the stop motion animation techniques that have made him an artform ace and staying relatively true to Dahl's daft vision, Selick's take on James and the Giant Peach is terrific.


Thursday, December 3 2009

Coraline - 2 Disc Collector's Edition

Coraline - 2 Disc Collector's Edition - Universal [$34.98]


Sunday, July 19 2009

Coraline - 2 Disc Collector's Edition (2009): Blu-ray

We critics are often accused of celebrating the theatrical experience to the detriment of those who can only afford (or socially tolerate) the home video


Tuesday, February 3 2009

'Coraline' is a Classic

The nostalgic effect of stop motion animation is potent. Indeed, the moment a member of an earlier generation sees the static, superlative work of such


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