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Fantastic Mr. Fox feels like the film that director Wes Anderson has been trying to make ever since his first feature Bottle Rocket. Anderson’s films have always had the tone of a classic book for young adults. But what was once a stylish affectation eventually mutated into artistic lethargy. 2007’s The Darjeerling Limited showed that Anderson was now using his style as a crutch instead of a means to effectively tell a story. But with Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on the classic 1970 Roald Dahl book, Anderson turns what had become his greatest weakness into his greatest strength and makes Fantastic Mr. Fox one of the best films of the year.
Fantastic Mr. Fox opens with a delightful limerick and sets the tone for the rest of the film:
“Boggis and Bunce and Bean, One short, one fat, one lean. These horrible crooks, so different in looks, were nonetheless equally mean. »
- Matt Goldberg
"American Idol" had 12 contestants sing tonight and judge Simon Cowell didn't seem blown away with the singers, calling one performance "forgettable." The first performer, Jackie Tohn, sang Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation" but it was her black leggings and high top sneakers that got the most acclaim. Judges Paula Abdul and Kara Dioguardi called her performance "fun!" "Perfect is sometimes boring," Paula told Jackie. Simon was not amused. "I don't think you did yourself any favors … and by the way I don't like the trousers," he said to Jackie. Ricky Braddy performed "A Song For You" by Leon Russell and Kara praised his singing calling it "effortless." Simon, however, said he still doesn't see the "star quality" in Ricky. Alexis Grace performed Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved a Man" and she was praised by all the judges. Simon called her "the best contestant" so far. "You have self belief, »
2 items from 2009
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