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Film Reviews: Borgman (2013) and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)
Borgman (2013). Written and directed by Alex van Warmerdam. The film starts with a man getting dressed. He loads a gun and gets his dog from a cage outside. The first man walks to the house of a second man, where he is sharpening a large metal pole. Both men then walk to a local church where they meet a priest, who is given a shotgun by one of his staff. Borgman's certainly odd, but also interesting. It sits between horror and thriller, but is perhaps more of the latter. The story is slow and smouldering, rather than fast paced, but it sustained the atmosphere for me. There's some great performances and cinematography. Those who like story's fully explained should beware, as this leaves a number of unanswered questions. Recommended for those who like creepy and unusual thrillers. 4/5 (Good)

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015). Written by Stephen Hillenburg and Paul Tibbitt, and directed by Paul Tibbitt and Mike Mitchell. The film opens with a live action sequence. Burger-beard the pirate (Antonio Banderas) and his crew of seagulls are looking for a magical book on an island, which they find. Meanwhile in Bikini Bottom, Plankton is again trying to steal the Krabby Patty formula. As someone who has seen all ten seasons of SpongeBob SquarePants more times than he can remember I am somewhat of an authority on it. I've seen the first film many times also, which although more of an extended episode does manage to sustain the pace and add some amusing extras. Ultimately though the first film still manages to maintain the silly charm of the series, and improve on it. I'm not sure the second film quite hits that mark though. For starters there's a lot more live action, and towards the end of the film SpongeBob and the other characters get the CG treatment, which I wasn't that taken by. The story feels rather basic also, and at times like they're trying too hard. Also there's just less of that charm. Of course any SpongeBob fan is going to see this, and my daughter thought it was great (despite seeming bored halfway through). 3/5 (Average)