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There is joy and wonder in this marvelous mounting of a human mind, and a thrilling audacity in how it dares at such a strange and impossible thing. I’m “biast” (pro): mostly love Pixar’s films
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I have some misgivings about this Inside Out movie. Only five emotions in a little girl’s head? Only Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness? Maybe things will get more complicated when she’s an older girl… but even the grownups here have only those five emotions. I dunno about that. Cuz in my not-little-girl head right now, Doubt is telling me “There’s no way you can do justice to this movie, so don’t even bother trying,” and Procrastination is agreeing, saying, “See? It was right to put off writing this review. Let’s put it off some more, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Inside Out, 2015.
Directed by Pete Docter.
After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.
Moving away from monsters, toys and old-aged pensioners, Pixar’s 15th feature delves into something even larger namely the mind of a young girl, Riley. Uprooted at the age of 11 from Minnesota to move to San Francisco, her life is turned “inside out”, taking her away from her friends and her hobbies. Such thunderous events can reek havoc on the minds of the best of us, but what of that of a young girl who is still discovering about the world, still soaking up information and surroundings like a sponge, free »
- Scott J. Davis
The 90s saw Joe Eszterhas become the world's most famous screenwriter, selling scripts for up to $4m apiece. But what became of the films?
By the end of the 1990s, the screenwriting career of Joe Eszterhas was in sharp decline. His hyped Hollywood satire, Burn Hollywood Burn: An Alan Smithee Film had come, bombed and swept the Golden Raspberry Awards. Furthermore, projects that were previously live and kicking were being swept under the carpet.
But for a long while, Joe Eszterhas was that rarest of things: a genuine Hollywood writing superstar. And in a movie era where the writer seems to have, for the most part, fallen down the pecking order again, I thought it was worth digging through the many big money scripts that Joe Eszterhas sold in and around the 1990s, to see just what ultimately became of them. Some you'll have heard of, but I'd wager »
Twin Peaks, Season 2, Episode 17, “Wounds And Scars”
Written by Barry Pullman
Directed by James Foley
Airs Thursdays at 9pm (Et) on Fox
“You and Cooper can handle it. It’s a pretty simple town. Used to be. I guess the world’s just caught up to us.” – Sheriff Harry S. Truman
Of the many sins committed by the plots of Twin Peaks season two, the most egregious of them is that they destroyed the sense of unity that held the show together at the outset. Without Laura Palmer to serve as a central story element, characters lost their excuse to interact with each other, winding up isolated in narrative dead ends like Civil War reenactments and mechanic murder conspiracies. There was no sense of interconnectivity to these stories, no sense of anticipation at seeing these stories brush up against each other, and nothing other than a sense of relief when »
- Les Chappell
Showtime's highly-anticipated Twin Peaks revival hit a snag this spring, when series co-creator David Lynch left the project over money issues. Thankfully, just one month later, Twin Peaks was back in business, with David Lynch returning and the series expanding from nine episodes to 18. It was never confirmed if the show would still air in 2016, as originally planned, but it seems that is not the case anymore, according to series co-creator Mark Frost. During a visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame last month, Mark Frost confirmed that production will begin this September, but the show won't debut until 2017.
"A lot of people always look back at Twin Peaks and say that was the start of this explosion we've had in good television drama, but we did it in a time when there were still only three networks. The challenge for us is to try and come back and raise »
Like the prototype for Nadine Hurley’s silent drape runners, Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival seems to have hit a snag.
“We’ve finished the scripts, we start production in September, and that will be coming out on Showtime in 2017,” he said.
Given the bizarre nature of the offbeat drama, it fits that Frost’s comments were made during »
Showgirls is reportedly the biggest-selling MGM DVD of all time. So how did it go from flop to hit?
In the build up to the release of Paul Verhoeven's now-infamous 1997 movie, Showgirls, the signs were looking positive. Uniting the creative team - Verhoeven and writer Joe Eszterhas - who had generated the gigantic hit, Basic Instinct, MGM was gearing itself up for a further success. In the run up to the film's release, the Showgirls website was proving to be one of the most successful to date on the-then burgeoning public world wide web, with over a million people accessing the site. This at a point where AOL had barely pressed a million of those infamous CD-ROMs promoting its service, we'd wager.
So confident was MGM that it had a must-see movie on its hands that it didn't insist on Showgirls being cut for an R-rating. As such, it »
Inside Out, the newest Disney Pixar film, delves into the emotional spectrum (both literally and figuratively) to mine gold and to tell the story of a young girl's life after the emotionally and socially devastating effects of a cross-country move. The premise itself is simple, but the subtext runs deeper -- much deeper -- to a true emotional level, as the real stars of Inside Out are the emotions that we all feel, brought to life in unique and sometimes hilarious ways.
Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias) and her family, Mom (Diane Lane) and Dad (Kyle MacLachlan) live a quiet, happy life in Minnesota. A life of good friends and of hockey and the bond that only a family shares. But on the inside, Riley is controlled by her five emotions, Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling), each adding to »
Now that David Lynch is back on board, fans of Twins Peaks are eagerly looking forward to Showtime’s revival of the cult series, and during an interview with Deadline actor Kyle MacLachlan has been sharing his thoughts on his upcoming reunion with Lynch and turning to the role of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper.
“I’d always harbored, I guess, a fantasy that I might be able to revisit the character in some way–Dale Cooper. I so enjoyed him and he was such an interesting mix of…he’s just a complex person. I didn’t know what form that would take. I said ‘I hope it happens,’ but there was no real campaign on my part to try and get David to do anything. But David and I are friends, so we would sometimes get together and have a cup of coffee and we’d reminisce and talk about stuff. »
- Gary Collinson
The road to Twin Peaks was bumpy for a bit, as David Lynch publicly negotiated to get the revival the financial support needed. With the filmmaker back aboard to direct the scripts penned by Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost, the episode order has been expanded and production is set to get underway this fall. As…
- Samuel Zimmerman
With a long-ranging and eclectic career under his belt–from David Lynch's Dune in 1984, to Twin Peaks, The Doors, Hamlet and Sex and the City to name a few–Kyle MacLachlan could afford to rest on his laurels and relax, but instead he's recently been hard at work on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, a show MacLachlan particularly enjoyed."I certainly miss the character," he says, "I miss the range that that character allowed me to play with." He also voiced the father of 11 year-old… »
It says a great deal about Kyle MacLachlan‘s work in Pixar’s Inside Out that I didn’t even recognize him at first as the voice of Riley’s father. I just accepted the character as exactly who the film presents him to be, without thinking of the actor behind the role. Some of that comes from the fact that MacLachlan […]
- Russ Fischer
Kyle MacLachlan Says He’s Open to Returning to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Despite his busy schedule promoting his new film Inside Out and prepping to shoot the Twin Peaks revival, Kyle MacLachan has spoken about possibly returning to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the future.
Kyle MacLachan played a prominent role in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s second season as Skye’s father Calvin Zabo Aka Mr. Hyde. The season finale concluded his time on the show and closed out the arc dealing with Skye’s family, but the actor told Collider that we may not have seen the last of Calvin.
They’ve left it open. We haven’t really spoken about it, so I don’t know what to expect. I think they left the door ajar for him. He’s still around. He’s in a happier place now, but who’s to say if that’s going to remain that way. »
- Mufsin Mahbub
The second season of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. managed to transform a struggling McU spin-off into one of the stronger comic book adaptations on TV. One of the season's biggest highlights was Kyle MacLachlan, who played the role of Skye's father, 'Calvin Zabo' (a.k.a. 'Mr Hyde'). The emotional finale appeared to conclude MacLachlan's time on the show, wrapping Skye's family's story arc - but, as the veteran actor explained to Collider, it may not be the last we'll ever see of him: "They’ve left it open. We haven’t really spoken about it, so I don’t know what to expect. I think they left the door ajar for him. He’s still around. He’s in a happier place now, but who’s to say if that’s going to remain that way. I don’t know. It would be fun. I would enjoy it." With Season »
Pixar’s latest animated feature Inside Out gives a unique and wholly original glimpse into Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s (Kaitlyn Dias) mind, where five Emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) – are hard at work. When Riley’s family relocates to a scary new city, the Emotions who thought they were there to help guide her through the difficult transition quickly find themselves venturing through unfamiliar places in Riley’s mind, while the lighthearted optimist Joy just wants to make sure Riley can be happy again. While at Disney Studios for a press day for the film, actor Kyle MacLachlan (who provides the voice of Riley’s father) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how proud and honored he is to be a part of Inside Out, how closely the film stuck to what he was originally pitched, »
- Christina Radish
Disney•Pixar released their new animated film, "Inside Out," into theaters today, June 19th, 2015, and all the top, major movie critics have submitted their reviews. It turns out that most of them thought it was the greatest film on Earth, giving it an overall 93 score out of a possible 100 across 41 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith, Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan. We've supplied blurbs from a few of the critics,below. Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal, gave it an excellent 100 score, stating: " The level of invention is so high, and the density of detail is so great, that it’s impossible to absorb everything in a single viewing." Matt Zoller Seitz over at RogerEbert.com, gave it a 100 grade as well. He stated: "The best parts of it feel truly new, even as they channel »
- Andre Braddox
Please note, there are some spoilers or at least implications thereof. Don’t make a joke about coffee. Don’t make a joke about coffee. That was the loop playing inside my head as I walked down the hall of the Team Disney building to interview Kyle MacLachlan. It was also a mantra of caution as he has most likely heard coffee jokes every single day since his character first became known for praising a "damn fine cup" on Twin Peaks 25 years ago. It was just too easy....
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Inside Out, 2015.
Directed by Pete Docter.
After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
Inside Out boasts the imaginative concept of emotions being controlled from a desk by office workers in your head (Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger), which would have been enough to base a movie around for any other animation studio, but this is a Pixar production, meaning things only expand further into complexity, wowing both children and adults on different levels.
The single greatest accomplishment in Inside Out is how fleshed out and thought-provokingly conceived the world inside our minds is depicted. With a story by Pete Docter (director of Up) and Ronnie del Carmen, »
- Robert Kojder
Kyle MacLachlan is all over the Emmy ballot this year, with his name listed in three different categories: both guest acting races as well as supporting drama. As he confesses during our recent webcam chat (watch below), “I like variety, I like to trying different things, never know if it’s gonna work or not. In these instances I’ve been very lucky.” -Break- Watch dozens of video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders He is competing for his guest turn in the comedy sketch series “Portlandia,” in which he reprises his role as the Mayor for the fifth straight season. He admits, "for me improv is something I’ve come to later, particularly with ‘Portlandia,' so what we do is we start with really big ideas and directions, and we’ll continually hone in." He explains, “we’ll work on that for a couple of hours, long takes, and then »
Continuing in the grand tradition of Pixar masterpieces, Inside Out is an ingenious animated romp about life, the universe, and everything. By transforming nebulous emotions into relatable characters, directors Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen have created nothing short of a roadmap into the pre-pubescent mind. It’s not always a happy place, which is entirely the point. Often surreal and always delightful, Inside Out is a rousing tribute to pure imagination.
For a child, life is pretty simple; maintain joy at all costs. Inside the mind of a young girl named Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), the competing emotions of Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (a brilliant Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Anger (Lewis Black) try to find the delicate balance needed to ensure psychological bliss. At first, it’s easy, »
- J.R. Kinnard
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