Ratatouille – 8/10

Rat becomes chef.

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Ratatouille, whilst not in the same league as the Toy Story series or the special genius behind WALL•E, is still a brilliant piece of cinema and became an important turning point in the Pixar series.

Ratatouille marks a departure from films meant for kids but with adult elements (the still superb Finding Nemo for example) into films that appeal just as much to both age sets  (Up and Wall-E followed). In short Ratatouille was a bold move for Pixar.

Obscure food references, the name of the film itself (which had to be spelt out phonetically on the poster), a nod to When Harry Met Sally (made in 1989) and just generally poking fun at the French will all go over the heads of kids watching but this bravery pays off in spades. Like every Pixar film Ratatouille is funny, clever, visually stunning, warm without using cheap sentimentality (take note Disney), and a joy to watch. Ratatouille is further proof that there is a strong argument for the Pixar series to be the best film series ever made. I loved it.

REC – 9/10.

Finally got round to watching this, the Spanish original, after lazily watching the American remake (Quarantine) first.

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.A TV crew following a local fire service into a tower block encounter a killer virus.
What a brilliant modern horror film REC is.
I can’t remember seeing a more realistic cast reaction to what unfolds in any other film. It really does feel real for the most part. The acting is very authentic, it looks great and it is horrifyingly frightening. If you are looking for a scary movie to watch on Halloween you can’t go wrong with REC.
Once again foreign speaking horror trumps what Hollywood is putting out in terms of scares, acting and sheer imagination, and REC is without doubt a film that will stay with you and haunt your nightmares.
REC deserves to be spoken of in the same breath as Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity and Grave Encounters when it comes to found footage horror.