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BY Steven D. Greydanus
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
Saturday Morning Cartoons – 1960’s, Vol 2
Saturday Morning Cartoons – 1970’s, Vol 2
New from Film
Movement, Munyurangabo is a revelation in many senses:
a vision of an unknown Rwanda unlike that of previous films; a surprising first
film from a talented Korean-American filmmaker, Lee Isaac Chung; a moment of
illumination for its title character, Ngabo for short, a young Tutsi boy on a
mission of vengeance.
Filmed over two weeks while Chung
worked as a teacher at a Christian relief camp, the film uses nonprofessional
actors to create an authentic vision of post-genocide Rwanda.
Rwanda and Beyond the Gates
offered a picture of Rwanda seen through guilt-ridden Western eyes and even Sometimes
in April told its story in English, Munyurangabo
is the first film ever shot in the Rwandan language.
Language becomes absolutely critical
in a key scene late in the film in which Ngabo unexpectedly encounters an older
boy who notices the machete handle in Ngabo’s backpack and responds in a wholly
unexpected way. This exhilarating scene, a long single take, transforms the
movie from a story of alienation and tragedy into something that is grieving
but hopeful, open to grace.
New on DVD, Ice
Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a disappointment: not only another
unworthy sequel to the 2002 original, but the first film from Blue Sky Studios
to indulge in the sort of crass suggestive humor more associated with
Another new family offering this
week might be worth a rental if you have fond memories of Saturday mornings: Saturday
Morning Cartoons, 1960’s, Vol 2 and 1970’s, Vol
2. Like the first volumes released back in May, it’s a whirlwind
tour of old Hanna-Barbera standbys — Magilla Gorilla, Tom & Jerry, The
Banana Splits — augmented this time out by various iterations of “Bugs
Bunny/Road Runner” and “Batman and Robin,” among others.
A lot of this stuff isn’t great —
did anyone ever really like “Grape Ape”? — but there’s nostalgic appeal to the
best of it, and occasionally even some educational interest (“Valley of the
Dinosaurs” works in siphoning and leverage). I still want “Clue Club” and more
Content advisory: Munyurangabo: Some strong language, domestic violence and other
mature content. Mature viewing. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs: Recurring crude and/or suggestive humor; cartoon slapstick and action
violence; a scene involving an intoxicating helium/nitrous oxide type gas; a
few rude words. Saturday Morning Cartoons:
Slapstick violence and various other issues. Mostly okay family viewing.