Neil Gaiman’s Girls, Part Two – MirrorMask (2005)

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2012 Update: I doubt that you'll find anybody to argue that the world lost one of its great imaginations when Jim Henson died. Since he departed, The Jim Henson Company has continued to do admirable work, but its feature films have been hit-and-miss affairs.Unfortunately, MirrorMask, the company's most wildly imaginative post-Henson release, remains fairly obscure. I didn't discover it until long after it had left theaters, and that's a shame, because it is a big-screen spectacle par … [Read more...]

Neil Gaiman’s Girls, Part One – Coraline (2009)

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2012 Update: ParaNorman has opened to some enthusiastic reviews, and I'm eager to see it because it comes from LAIKA Entertainment , the same movie studio that turned Neil Gaiman's Coraline into a terrific stop-animation feature in 2009. In the three years since its release, I've grown more and more fond of Coraline; it's become one of my favorite animated films, strong work on every level.Here's my original review, which began a two-part focus at Good Letters on movies about "Neil Gaiman's … [Read more...]

MirrorMask

Wow.I...Wow.I am punishing myself today for not seeing MirrorMask in the theater.I sat down to watch this last night because I was tired and wanted something that wouldn't demand too much attention... something that would, basically, take my mind off of the busy day and help me shift gears toward sleeping.I wasn't prepared to see something that would send me running back to revise my Best of 2005 list.I should have trusted the Jim Henson Company... this is an addition to … [Read more...]


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