13 items from 2015
Cast: Ryan Potter, Scott Adist
Running Time: 102 minutes
Synopsis: The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.
Kids’ films are curiously difficult to get right. The best examples take their audience seriously, and often offer rounded appeal – meaning parents can enjoy the experience too. Take, for instance, The Lego Movie: fun for all the family, exploring deeper themes while providing plenty of laughs and a supremely enjoyable ride. Sadly, Big Hero 6 isn’t particularly fun even for the kids.
Meshing a predictable underlying narrative with a handful of ridiculous plot twists and set pieces, Disney’s latest Marvel adap ultimately ends up feeling patronising, even toward its youngest demographics. It’s set in the fictional city of San Fransokyo (which »
- Chris Wharfe
Director: Don Hall, Chris Williams; Screenwriters: Jordan Roberts, Dan Gerson, Robert L Baird; Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Tj Miller, Genesis Rodriguez, Damon Wayans Jr; Running time: 108 mins; Certificate: PG
Disney mines the Marvel Comics back catalogue for its latest animation Big Hero 6, a delightfully entertaining East/West genre blend that's a neat addition to the ever-expanding superhero genre. Think of it as an Avengers aimed at tweens.
The story takes place in the fictional future city of San Fransokyo where Hiro (Ryan Potter), a 14-year-old tech whizz, and his brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) live with their Aunt Cass (Maya Rudolph). Hiro is directionless and constantly running into trouble, but through his older brother he begins to develop his interest in robotics.
Baymax, a rotund vinyl-clad healthcare android, is Tadashi's prize invention. Able to scan a patient for illness and injury and treat them, he comically waddles »
Joyous and exhilarating. A fresh and funny animated adventure that subverts genre clichés at every turn. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Superhero origin stories are ubiquitous in our comic-book-happy pop culture, but none of them has been as sheerly, simply delightful as Big Hero 6… maybe because it barely feels like an origin story at all. Oh, all the familiar elements are here, in this gorgeously animated Disney flick: a young genius tormented by grief; high-tech gadgets; a complex villain; funny sidekicks. But the movie is so utterly unself-conscious that even the moments of self-referential humor — the kind that are inevitable when one of the superteam is a big ol’ geek who has been actively trying to reinvent himself as a comic-book character — play like something we’ve never seen before. (You’d probably »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Big Hero 6, 2015.
The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.
With Pixars’ John Lasseter and Edwin Catmull involved, you know they’ve probably done well, and in Big Hero 6, there is very little disappointment. This is the next film to surface after the “redemption quadtrilogy” of The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Wreck It Ralph (a personal favourite), and the musically unending smash hit Frozen. Since bringing these guys in, Disney have totally turned it around, with some saying that Pixar has actually taken a little hit in creativity since Catmull and Lasseter assumed control of both studios. »
- Irwan Lowe
★★★☆☆ Comic book adaptations are fast becoming a staple element in the diet of blockbuster cinemagoers and, despite already owning Marvel, Disney have now decided to get in on the action themselves. Their first foray into the superhero universe comes in the eminently cuddly form of the inflatable robot Baymax (Scott Adsit), whose Kuleshov care warms the heart of Big Hero 6 (2014). He's a roly-poly nanny, designed to soothe aches both physical and emotional in the futuristic synthesis of East and West that is the city of San Fransokyo. Envisioned as the ultimate carer, he provides a loveable axel around which the colourful animation and madcap fun can revolve.
- CineVue UK
Appropriate Behavior (2014) Film Review, a movie directed by Desiree Akhavan, and starring Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Scott Adsit, Halley Feiffer, Anh Duong, Hooman Majd, Arian Moayed, Aimee Mullins, Christopher James Baker, Robyn Rikoon, and Gracie Beardsley. Already a victim to the typically myopic Hollywood group-think in which every film [...]
Continue reading: Film Review: Appropriate Behavior (2014): Akhavan’s Film Bristles With Potential »
- Victor Stiff
Stars: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph, Abraham Benrubi | Written by Jordan Roberts, Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird | Directed by Don Hall, Chris Williams
Cursory Wikipedia research suggests that Disney’s latest animated feature bears little resemblance to the Marvel property on which it is based. Which is fine; feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think there’s exactly a horde of Big Hero 6 fans to outrage. Disney’s film is certainly a lot more cutesy than the source material. At no point does Baymax, the movie’s inflatable, medical robot, transform into a ‘battle dragon’. Rather, he is the creation of Tadashi Hamada, a university student who tragically dies in a fire shortly before successfully inspiring his younger brother, Hiro, to make more of his outrageous »
- Jack Kirby
She’s overeducated, underemployed, badly sexed — you might think you’ve heard 20-something Shirin’s story before, but you haven’t. Written and directed by and starring newcomer Desiree Akhavan, “Appropriate Behavior” borrows the flashback structure, New York hipness, and bittersweet wistfulness of “Annie Hall,” but in service of a startlingly new love story that’s sexy and searching, queer and contemporary.
Caught between her well-heeled Iranian-American parents’ expectations and her self-serious ex-girlfriend’s Lgbt activist dogma, Shirin’s pursuit of her true self isn’t just a story we’ve rarely, if ever, seen on film; it’s the »
- Inkoo Kang
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled its 2015 line-up which includes films representing 54 countries, 23 world premieres and 53 U.S. premieres. The U.S. premiere of Niki Caro’s McFarland USA will close out the 30th fest. Based on the 1987 true story and starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, the film follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. The unlikely band of runners overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.
The festival runs from January 27-February 7.
Below is the list of World and U.S. Premiere films followed by the list of titles by sidebar categories.
A Better You, USA
Directed by Matt Walsh
Cast: Brian Huskey, »
- The Deadline Team
Disney and Marvel's animated collaboration, Big Hero 6, delgithed critics and audiences alike when it released last year, and now fans will get the chance to bring it home on blu-ray in February. Come inside to check out all the details on special features for the upcoming release.
I loved Big Hero 6 and so did my kid (and 2 soon-to-be stepchildren), it was just an amazing movie. I can't wait to watch it again, and I'll get my chance along with everyone else when it hits blu-ray on February 24th, but if you can't wait that long, it'll be digitally available on February 3rd. Check out the press release below for all the bonus features coming with it:
From Walt Disney Animation Studios (“Frozen,” “Wreck-It Ralph”), Disney's “Big Hero 6” introduces you to a lovable robot who will change your world. Join Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit) and Hiro Hamada »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
From Walt Disney Animation Studios (Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph), Disney's Big Hero 6 introduces you to a lovable robot who will change your world. Join Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit) and Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter) in a comic adventure that will make your heart soar as they learn about teamwork and becoming more than you thought you could be. Disney will release Big Hero 6 on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere (Dma) formats starting February 3, with the Blu-ray and DVD arriving a few weeks later on February 24.
With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Big Hero 6 is an action-packed comedy adventure that introduces Baymax, a lovable, personal companion robot, who forms a special bond with robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, »
Amazon Studios’ first pilot season of 2015 will debut Thursday, Jan. 15, unveiling seven drama and comedy projects as well as a half-dozen kid-centric pilots.
Already due to debut via Amazon Studios this year are the first full seasons of Bosch, Hand of God and Red Oaks, plus Season 2 of Transparent. (Chris Carter’s The After meanwhile just had its series order scrapped.)
The dramas and comedies are as follows (click photos to zoom):
Written, starring and directed by young starlet Desiree Akhavan, Appropriate Behavior is her feature debut after a rather successful short TV series with The Slope, which – in its own words – focused around superficial, homophobic lesbians. In this film, she plays Shirin, who doesn’t find it easy being part of a so-called perfect Persian family.
For Shirin, acceptance is eluding her from all sides: her family doesn’t know she’s bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend, Maxine (Rebecca Henderson), can’t understand why she doesn’t tell them. Following a family announcement of her brother’s betrothal to a parentally approved Iranian prize catch, Shirin embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of pansexual escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine.
- Dan Bullock
13 items from 2015
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