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Oscar Horrors: The Death-Defying Effects of 'Death Becomes Her'

29 October 2011 4:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Oscar Horrors continues...

Here lies...the 1992 Oscar for Visual Effects – err, here he would be lying, lamenting his fate as a reward to the f/x folks behind Batman Returns or Alien 3, had he not been bewitched by Isabella Rossellini's youth potion. Now, he stands immortal on a mantle shared by Ken Ralston, Doug Chiang, Tom Woodruff Jr. and Douglas Smythe, who brought you the butt-tightening, head-twisting, belly-blasting cinemagic of Robert Zemeckis's Death Becomes Her.

Kurt here. I Love this movie – or should I say, I'm "Mad as Hel" for it. Regardless of what it might say about me, it's a major film of my youth. Prepping for this post, I planned to just skip around and watch the expensive effects scenes, but by the time a grossly overweight and psychotically vengeful Goldie Hawn was twisting her hankie and growling through gritted teeth, "I want to talk about Madeline Ashton, »

- Kurtis O

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Hot Rods & Droids: A George Lucas Profile (Part 5)

13 July 2011 12:08 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker George Lucas in the fifth of a six part feature... read parts one, two, three and four.

“One of the exercises I wanted to do after Jedi [1983] was to see if the companies I had built could survive not having Star Wars in their life,” stated American filmmaker George Lucas. “So we went fifteen years, and the companies not only survived but they prospered and we were now able to finance a $120 million movie.” The prequel trilogy chronicles the early Jedi Knight life of Obi-Wan Kenobi and the emergence of his pupil Anakin Skywalker as a lethal adversary. “That backstory was sketched out in a rudimentary fashion when I wrote the first trilogy, and there were certain things I knew even then. I knew for example, that there was a character known as Anakin Skywalker who grew up on a small planet, »

- flickeringmyth

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Mars Needs Moms – The Review

11 March 2011 4:53 AM, PST | | See recent news »

I’m going to begin by saying that I’m approaching this review for Disney’s Mom Needs Mars from a Mom P.O.V. – this is the kind of movie I’d like my kids to see. In director Simon Wells’ (The Time Machine, The Prince Of Egypt) adaptation of Berkeley Breathed’s book “Mars Needs Moms, we meet 9-year-old Milo (Seth Green). He has comic books to read, zombie movies to watch and bed-jumping to do. He doesn’t have time to eat his vegetables and do chores, no matter what his mom says. Mom (Joan Cusack) is sick of nagging, and Milo’s sick of Mom. Her good intentions and loving ways may not please Milo, but they certainly impress the Martian scouts who are looking for a good mom. But when he suggests moments later that he’d be better off without her, that’s when things get a little hairy. »

- Michelle McCue

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