5 items from 2015
“Once you do something, you never forget. Even if you can’t remember.“
A beloved film from the brilliant Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki delivers truly amazing video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release.
People call Hiyao Miyazaki the Japanese Disney and Spirited Away from 2001 is considered one of his very best, if not his masterpiece. The film starts like a fairly typical take on Alice in Wonderland or Narnia. A girl is bought into a fantasy world and has to find her way back. But Miyazaki takes it even further. His heroine, ten year old Chihiro is a typically modern girl, upset about moving into a new home and afraid of new changes in her life. But after her parents take a detour into a strange tunnel she finds herself trapped and worst of all, her parents have been turned into pigs.
Miyazaki’s fantasy vision is quite simply jaw dropping. »
- Tom Stockman
Let's all buy a round for Norm: Sitcom classic Cheers is being developed into a live theater version by CBS, with shows – under the straightforward name Cheers Live on Stage – expected to debut in 2016. The production will "showcase classic moments" from the series, Radio Times reports (via A.V. Club), though the company hasn't confirmed if any original cast members will be involved.
The original Cheers premiered in 1982 and ran for 11 seasons on NBC, overcoming low ratings in its first season to become one of the decade's most popular programs. »
Every few years at press tour, I find myself sitting down with Bill Lawrence — creator, co-creator and/or showrunner of “Spin City,” “Scrubs,” “Cougar Town,” “Ground Floor” and NBC’s “Undateable,” which returns for a second season Tuesday night at 9:30 — to talk about the state of TV comedy. As a guy who broke into the business during the ‘90s sitcom boom (his early jobs were on “Boy Meets World” and “Friends”), who’s worked extensively on both traditional multi-cam sitcoms and filmed single-cam comedies, and has now worked for both broadcast and cable (with “Cougar Town,” which concludes its run at the end of this month, he’s done both), he can take a global view of the genre in a way many of his contemporaries can’t, and he remains one of the champion talkers among showrunners of comedy or drama. Back in January, we talked about letting »
- Alan Sepinwall
You can always count on Pixar to deliver something original, and rather brilliant. Of course, the studio makes its sequels – also brilliant – but the concepts it produces are, without exception, beautifully developed. The next one to arrive is Inside Out – and this idea is, frankly, next-level stuff. This idea doesn’t just entertain children, it takes us inside the mind.
Check out the plot summary below:
“From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy-Award winning director Pete Docter (Monsters Inc, Up) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney Pixar’s original movie, Inside Out, he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all – inside the mind.
“Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, »
- Sarah Myles
You gotta hand it to a company like Pixar. Sure, they’re developing sequels to “The Incredibles” and making a “Toy Story 4,” but the studio’s been very devoted to creating their own original stories. And when they do make sequels, “Monsters” and “Cars," they’re based on their very own unique concepts. In fact, in the upcoming few years, we’ll be treated to another slate of new original films like “The Good Dinosaur,” a film centered on the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, and their upcoming picture “Inside Out.” Directed by Pete Docter ("Up"), "Inside Out" has a pretty bold concept. It will be set in the mind of a young girl, where five emotions — Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear and Sadness — try to lead the girl through her life. The voice-cast includes Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, »
- Edward Davis
5 items from 2015
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