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Saying this only makes me look wet behind the ears and a greenhorn of a movie watcher: The Artist is the first silent film I’ve ever seen. Slap me on the hands, unsubscribe, believe me to lose any credibility I had, but I think admitting this is important to the impact this movie has had on me. For the longest time, I’ve put most movies made before the 1950s on the back burner because I’ve believed them to be ‘inferior’ and ‘a chore’ to watch compared to the colored, talking, and contemporary films that are being released today. And if the Artist is ANYTHING like the films made in the 30s, 40s, and 50s, then I’ve been wasting my time watching and reviewing movies like Real Steel and Happy Feet 2.

George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is an arrogant and proud silent film star. After he helps a charming Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) get a job in acting, he’s suddenly faced with changing times as the talkies begin to change the industry. When he gets left in the dust and watches Peppy on the road to stardom, George begins to take to drink and walks on a road to self-destruction.

[MAINTENANCE NOTE: I’ve added one more movie to the five movies to watch on certain days of the year. Check it out here for the mystery movie I shamefully forgot.]

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Musicals with animated animals have always been absolutely adorable.  So when the original Happy Feet opened, there was something even more adorable when we had an unlikely animal such as the penguin singing beats ranging from the 70s to now.  Throw in a likable penguin who can’t sing like the rest of the community but would rather dance and you don’t even stand a chance.  Maybe this is why it beat out Pixar’s Cars.  So how does the sequel stand up?

Mumble (Elijah Wood) is back with some kids of his own with his loved one Gloria (now played by P!nk due to the late Brittany Snow).  This time the community has embraced dancing and tries to teach it to its younger generation.  Throw in some elephant seals, some semi-likable Krill, a Puffin, a toned down Robin Williams,  and another global issue and you get a seemingly rushed and scrapped together film they call Happy Feet 2.  Despite all these issues, it still inspires some of the magic it once had through its spine tingling musical numbers and fantastic visuals.

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