Coraline

Put simply, Henry Selick’s Coraline (out on DVD yesterday) was one of the greatest visual experiences I’ve ever had in a movie theater.  Not to mention that its story was thoroughly engaging and effectively creepy and suspenseful.  Selick’s film actually is the first which shows a real generational leap beyond the  stop motion animation achievements of The Nightmare Before Christmas which had until now, in my experience, onlybeen paralleled (in The Corpse Bride) but not by surpassed.  Coraline takes stop motion animation to a whole new level of imagination and convincingness in my experience—in no small part due to the use of digital 3D.

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I have no idea whether the film’s full effect will be possible on the small screen or whether the ability to fully immerse in an alternate universe will be hindered by the lack of theatrical, big screen immersion, but I still wholeheartedly recommend you try if you haven’t yet.

There are plenty of videos about the fascinating process of making the film on the film’s youtube channel.

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


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