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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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Ants in Your Pants of 2006

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"The Ant Bully" is now available through HBO On Demand and HBO Go until December 18.

A boy, a wizard and a war--that's the basic formula for many children's adventure stories. In "The Ant Bully," as the name suggests, this story takes place in the insect world, but the bully is the boy named Lucas (voiced by Zach Tyler Eisen). This modest morality tale doesn't go for big laughs but does deal with situations that young kids will inevitably face.

Based on John Nickle's 1999 book by the same name, this 2006 feature was the first animated film produced by Legendary Pictures. "The Ant Bully" followed two better known 1998 ant-themed films: DreamWorks' "Antz" and Disney's "A Bug's Life." All three movies have messages, but are aimed at different audiences.

"The Ant Bully," rated PG for mild violence, is definitely targeted at young children--preteen kids who might feel powerless, so far outside of the adult world. In the movie, 10-year-old Lucas has no friends and is the target of the neighborhood bully. He turns his frustrations on the anthill in his front yard, causing the ants to scurry about when he floods the anthill.

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Six of Herzog's less-known documentaries, streaming

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God's Angry Man (1980) Herdsmen of the Sun (1989) Les Blank's "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe," Part One (1980) Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe, Part Two Nobody Want to Play With Me, Part One (1976)

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The Unprecedented Defence of the Fortress Deutschkreuz (1967) Herakles (1962)

My blog entry The Ecstasy of the Filmmaker Herzog, with videos of him discussing the 3D Cave documentary. A conversation between Errol Morris and Werner Herzog. From Ebertfest 2004, a conversation with Werner Herzog. Photo of Herzog at Boulder 2010 by Ebert.

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Have you ever seen a Tintin story?

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I find them addictive. Taught myself a little French after finding them in my daily paper at Cannes. The Europeans love him, but many Americans may not have ever seen one of Herge's pages. I wonder if the Spielberg film will inspire sales of the English editions. Here are all the book covers:

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