Rudy Park (7/1/09)

07-01-09 (Rudy Park)

I’m not sure why there needs to be a conflict between mainstream and independent film when both camps have something valid to offer. My favorite movies of 2009 have been the decidedly mainstream Up (which tells the story of a man hitching his house to balloons and flying to an exotic South American locale in order to fulfill a promise to his dearly departed wife) and the easy-to-miss Azur & Azmar (which tells the story of two brothers who yearn for the love of a mythic fairy imprisoned in a far-away land). Both movies are gorgeously animated and completely inspiring. If I were rigid in my movie-going choices, I would have almost certainly missed one of these masterpieces, and for no good reason at that.


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