Elf (2003)

After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father. (IMDb)
Light on plot (feels like the climax in Central Park was the first major event), and the “Christmas spirit” motif feels a little shoehorned in on top of the family/redemption arc, but Ferrell’s goofy and (syrupy) sweet fish-out-of-water schtick is infectious (answering the phone: “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favourite colour?”) and is complemented by a good smattering of other delights (see Newhart’s matter-of-fact Papa Elf and the rest of the solid supporting cast; stop-motion North Pole).
6.5/10 (Alright)

Lord of the Flies (1963)


Lost on an island, young survivors of a plane crash eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational boys’ attempts to prevent that. (IMDb)
The largely improvised dialogue walks the line between an appreciable authenticity and disjointed awkwardness; Aubrey and Chapin bring natural charisma as the two opposing leaders but a more streamlined script still would have been nice (not to mention a more spooky soundtrack in line with the film’s horrific content–as it is, the music is repetitive and much too cheery). The black and white look and the camerawork is excellent though, particularly in the dark and chaotic pivotal final scenes.
6.5/10 (Alright)