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All's Fair at the Fair (1938)
One of the coolest shorts ever!
This cartoon is one I've seen countless times since I was a kid. It's got some great animation and incredible backgrounds. The art deco designs clearly went on to inspire later creations, and it's funny to see a sideways look at these utopian inventions. Fans of Fleischer won't be disappointed. I don't think anyone would be, really.
The bare bones story concerns Elmer and Mirandy, a married couple who go to witness the wonders of the World's Fair in all of its futuristic utopian glory. For you kids that have no clue what I just said, it means that it looks really, really cool.
If you can get a hold of a restored copy of this cartoon, do it. I happen to be stuck with a lousy VHS copy made sometime in the mid-80's. Any fan of classic animation will dig this- anyone in particular will enjoy it.
House of Wax (2005)
I Was Pleasantly Surprised
I went in to the movies on Friday and saw House of Wax. I expected it to be a mindless slash fest, but I was actually very satisfied with it. Let me tell you why. Most modern horror movies are formulaic, and while Wax was based on an old movie, it really impressed me. The two leads ( Cuthbert and Murray) are thoroughly likable, and thank God that Paris Hilton was not given much use- except as a corpse. Even though it doesn't beat the 1953 classic, it's still my kind of horror movie. It's actually moody and atmospheric, with something of an impending sense of doom. It was at least better than the Ring 2, Boogeyman, or Amityville-personal opinion. While not my favorite horror flick of the past few years ( my favorite is Sleepy Hollow), I'll still buy the DVD when it comes out. By the way, it's worth your money just to see Paris get killed.