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Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill is a five star performance in a three star vehicle. Audra McDonald, the reigning grand dame of American theater, gets to reprise her history making role, and her work is wondrous. Electrifying, terrifying, defiant, wounded, broken, and heartbreakingly fragile,” read more

2 years ago
JxSxPx posted a review of Political Animals

Political Animals

“Political Animals wants to act like a distaff West Wing, a thinly veiled account of Hillary Clinton’s failed 2008 presidential bid. A great foundation for a juicy story about politics, journalism, and family legacies in the public sector is laid, but then it veers off course. Wildly off course, in” read more

2 years ago
JxSxPx posted a review of Princess Arete

Princess Arete

“Positively lovely to look at, blissfully quiet for long stretches, and wonderfully feminist, Princess Arete should have been a slam dunk, an underrated classic just waiting for rediscovery. It was not to be, as the pacing drags all over the place, like a theme park ride that comes to a screaming hal” read more

2 years ago
JxSxPx posted a review of Anastasia

Anastasia

“Borrowing liberally from the Disney Renaissance template, Anastasia plays as fast and loose with historical figures and events as the Mouse House’s own Pocahontas or Mulan. There’s the basics of names, a few historically accurate trivia tidbits thrown in, some musical numbers, and cutesy sidekic” read more

2 years ago
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Anastasia

have watched

7/10

Princess Arete

7/10


2 years ago
JxSxPx posted a review of Horton Hears a Who!

Horton Hears a Who

“Whereas 1966’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a model of pacing and narrative economy in adapting a piece of children’s literature, Horton Hears a Who is a slightly bloated affair. Too many songs slow things down, and perhaps there just wasn’t enough story here to justify a full twenty-five” read more

2 years ago

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

“This is twenty-five minutes of absolute perfection. A hugely successful artistic marriage between the adaptor and source material, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is as much of a mighty, towering classic as the beloved Dr. Seuss book.   For me, this is perennial viewing. Christmas is never quite c” read more

2 years ago
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Horton Hears a Who!

have watched

6/10

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

10/10


2 years ago
JxSxPx rated Boys
Boys
 Boys 8/10
2 years ago

The Phantom Tollbooth

“Here’s an underrated and barely known quantity in Chuck Jones’ career. His lone feature-length film, The Phantom Tollbooth is his second dip into Norton Juster’s work, but with less explosive results than the adventurous “The Dot and the Line.” It’s still a very enjoyable and enjoyably s” read more

2 years ago
JxSxPx posted a review of A Chipmunk Christmas

A Chipmunk Christmas

“Despite growing up during the 80s resurgence of the Chipmunks, I was never much of a fan of their helium voiced harmonies and sitcom-level shenanigans. I didn’t hate them (I still don’t, although I don’t recognize the grotesqueries they’ve been turned into by the modern live-action films), b” read more

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This Time for Keeps

have watched

5/10

Fiesta

4/10


2 years ago

The Pogo Special Birthday Special

“The creative tension and falling out between comic strip creator Walt Kelly and Chuck Jones mares The Pogo Special Birthday Special. It’s like listening to an orchestra playing while being ever-so-slightly off key the entire time. The individual pieces are all there, but they’re just not assembl” read more

2 years, 1 month ago
2 years, 1 month ago
JxSxPx posted a review of Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather

“Even by the already lax standards of a musical, the narrative of Stormy Weather is a wispy thing. A mere formality to string together a series of revue numbers from an all-black group of entertainers. Don’t come around here if you want typical dramatic stakes like character arcs, emotional develop” read more

2 years, 1 month ago

The Pumpkin Who Couldn't Smile

“The narrative stakes in these Raggedy Ann and Andy specials are just bizarre. Strange things in which they are impossibly low, but lacking in a certain sparkle of interest that you begin to pay closer attention to the fact that none of it makes sense. And that’s taking into account that you’ve a” read more

2 years, 1 month ago

The Great Santa Claus Caper

“It’s a bit hard to review this mess as there’s not much there to speak about. The plot makes zero sense, even going by the wide margins of which we accommodate Christmas specials tied to merchandised characters, and the whole thing consists of only a handful of scenes with little in the way of w” read more

2 years, 1 month ago
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Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy in the Pumpkin Who Couldn

have watched

6/10

Raggedy Ann and Andy in The Great Santa Claus Caper

4/10


2 years, 1 month ago
JxSxPx posted a review of Lilting

Lilting

“Lilting is best in the quiet moments, of which there are many, where we patiently observe character interactions and how they’re processing their grief. It’s delicate and quiet, carefully choosing what needs to be communicated aloud and what shall remain subterranean. At times, this choice makes” read more

2 years, 1 month ago
JxSxPx posted a review of Mowgli's Brothers

Mowgli's Brothers

“For his final dip into Kipling’s work, Jones decided to tackle the biggest character, and the first story, in The Jungle Book, Mowgli. Nothing against Disney’s film version, but Jones’ television specials are the clearly superior versions. There’s no need to describe the story, as you’re a” read more

2 years, 1 month ago
JxSxPx posted a review of The White Seal

The White Seal

“A few months after Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Chuck Jones once again returned to the world of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book with this version of “The White Seal.” Two-thirds of his Kipling trilogy consists of the more obscure tales from that classic tome, and that’s partially why I appreciate the” read more

2 years, 1 month ago
JxSxPx posted a review of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (1975)

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

“1975 ended the Cricket series, but it also launched the three Rudyard Kipling adaptations that Chuck Jones made between 1975 and 1976. These three specials are among the best of Jones’ work, capturing both the darkness of the original stories and providing a template for Jones’ artistry to go wi” read more

2 years, 1 month ago
JxSxPx posted a review of Yankee Doodle Cricket

Yankee Doodle Dandy

“Between 1975 and 1976, much of America’s pop culture ephemera was drunk upon the upcoming bicentennial. Don’t believe me? Well, then look no further than the third and final installment in the Cricket specials, Yankee Doodle Cricket. Purporting to tell the unknown truth about the American Revolu” read more

2 years, 1 month ago
JxSxPx posted a review of A Very Merry Cricket

A Very Merry Cricket

“Picking up right where The Cricket in Times Square ends, A Very Merry Cricket reunites us with Tucker the Mouse and Harry the Cat on a story that’s part road trip and part lukewarm variation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. New York City, introduced through a nightmare hallucination of location ” read more

2 years, 1 month ago

The Cricket in Times Square

“Between 1973 and 1975, Chuck Jones produced three specials based upon The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden. This first entry plays the story straight, complete with an ending that feels somehow rushed upon given the leisurely pace of the rest of the piece.   There’s a quietness and gent” read more

2 years, 1 month ago

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