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McDull, Prince de la Bun (2004)

In Animation on February 24, 2005 at 7:03 pm

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I love the first McDull movie My Life as McDull (2001). The new McDull movie McDull, Prince de la Bun is just as good and could be watched as a stand-alone. McDull (麥兜) is this long running cartoon piglet character created by Hong Kong illustrator Alice Mak and writer Brian Tse, a spin-off from their more children oriented McMug series. When I was little I had the wrong impression that they’re from France because of the faux Le Petit Prince water color drawings. I always prefer the McDull (over McMug) because they’re bittersweet stories for grown ups. The stories usually center around the silly, sad but dull “reality bites” life of this ordinary, not-so-bright young boy pig and his single-parent mother. Like any typical Hong Kong mother, Mrs. Mak has unrealistic extraordinary expectation from her painfully ordinary son who’s always bound to fail. Despite the silly, cute and quirky characters, the animated films are quite poetic and melancholy.

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Don’t Look Now (1973)

In Film on February 2, 2005 at 7:46 am

What a coincidence, I watched 2 movies and finish 1 book on the same weekend that were all made in 1973. Don’t Look Now was a beautifully filmed British horror/thriller directed by Nicholas Roeg, based on a story by Daphne du Maurier (Rebecca, The Birds) and starring Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland (he has same magnetic deep voice as his son Kiefer). It was a well-made creepy film loaded with symbolism for someone who loves the feeling of getting lost. ^^;; It’s good for multiple viewings and film classes analysis.

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