5 items from 2015
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Running Time: 113 minutes
Synopsis: Ella (James) finds her blissful and carefree life turned upside down after the tragic deaths of her parents. Left in the care of her new cruel Stepmother (Blanchett) Ella finds herself demoted to Cinderella, a servant for her new family. Not one to give up hope Ella finds here fortune changed after a chance encounter with a handsome and charming young man (Madden). Her Stepmother and Step Sisters however have other plans…
Everyone knows the tale of Cinderella, the downtrodden young woman whose Fairy Godmother helps her achieve her dreams. There have been countless adaptations, both traditional and modern, that have come and gone over the years, but Disney‘s animated version is viewed by many as their favourite account. »
- Kat Smith
In the latest trailer for the second half of “Outlander” Season 1, Jamie tries to explain to Claire exactly how much he loves her. He's pretty good at it, too. I mean, what's the point of a Parisian education if you can’t string words together into an expression of unwavering devotion? Swoon ladies, swoon. Remember when David Bowie says “Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I will be your slave,” in “Labyrinth”? I imagine if Claire were to say this to Jamie, she wouldn’t even have time to finish the request before he declared “Done!” and swept her into the bedroom. "Outlander" returns to Starz on April 4th, at 9/8c. »
- Donna Dickens
You might not know who Gary Rydstrom is, but you've certainly heard him before. This is a man whose pioneering sound work has won him seven (!) Academy Awards and brought to life groundbreaking technological advancements like the first film presented in DTS sound ("Jurassic Park") and re-crafting sound mixes in 5.1 surround (after his breakthrough work on "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," he and James Cameron created a new multi-channel mix for the original "Terminator"). He's also directed a pair of Pixar short films ("Lifted" and "Hawaiian Vacation") and overseen the English language dubs of four Studio Ghibli movies ("Tales from Earthsea," "From Up on Poppy Hill," "Arrietty," and last year's Oscar-nominated masterpiece "The Wind Rises"). In short: he's kind of the coolest dude around.
And this weekend he adds another accomplishment to his already unfathomably long list, when his debut feature film "Strange Magic" debuts in theaters nationwide. This bizarre, George Lucas-produced animated fairy tale, »
- Drew Taylor
Every now and then, I find myself suddenly and unexpectedly angry at George Lucas, but not for reasons that have anything to do with "Star Wars." There has been a refrain we've heard from him over and over during the past couple of decades, where he talks about returning to his roots and making experimental films that could never exist inside the studio system, movies that aren't created to be commercial product, but that come from a very personal place. And over and over, those comments lead nowhere and nothing happens. I'd love to see him do it, though. I have a huge fondness for "Thx-1138," Lucas's first feature film, which evolved out of a student film he made. I take Lucas at his word that commercial filmmaking was never meant to be the complete detour it became after "American Graffiti" and "Star Wars" both blew up into mega-hits, »
- Drew McWeeny
Like any decent trick, "Strange Magic" came about as a bit of a surprise. Instead of the usual multi-year lead-up of most animated film releases, the release announcement for this film came as a bit of a shock when its beans were spilled last November.
The project is directed by Gary Rydstrom, a sound designer and editor credited with the majority of the most popular live-action and animated films ever made, from "Toy Story" to "Titanic," with the "Star Wars" prequels, "Jurassic Park," and "Saving Private Ryan" under his belt. He has 17 Oscar nominations (with seven wins), yet this is the first time he's credited as the director of a film.
The story is credited to Rydstrom's boss at Skywalker Sound, the one and only George Lucas. This is a straight-up fairy tale, complete with dark forests, goblins, elves and the like.
Oh, dear. Are you going to be some Lucas fanboy about this? »
- Jason Gorber
5 items from 2015
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