5 items from 2013
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 28 Nov 2013 - 06:04
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2000, and another 25 overlooked gems...
The new millennium brought with it an eclectic range of hit films. Hong Kong action director John Woo brought us Mission: Impossible II, the most profitable film of the year at the box office. Ridley Scott enjoyed one of the biggest critical and financial successes of his career with Gladiator, while Robert Zemeckis created a memorable drama with Tom Hanks and a ball named Wilson in Cast Away.
From a comic book movie standpoint, 2000 was also a key year. X-Men not only established a successful film franchise which is still going, with X-Men: Days Of Future Past out next year, but also headed up a wave of big-budget Marvel adaptations which shows no sign of slowing down.
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Chris Meledandri felt terrible after losing $100 million making 2000's underperforming sci-fi animated title Titan A.E. "That failure was the price of admission for the rest of my career," admits the founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment, the studio behind one of the year’s biggest successes, Despicable Me 2, which is poised to clear $900 million worldwide. "Looking back, I don’t know if it was a blessing or a curse that I didn’t get fired," he said, speaking Saturday at the Visual Effects Society's annual summit at the W Hollywood. "It was very painful and very lonely. [Colleagues]
- Carolyn Giardina
Illumination Entertainment CEO Chris Meledandri said Saturday that the feature film business has entered an unprecedented period of volatility and that it is losing — or has already lost — the next generation of potential moviegoers.
“Everybody’s familar with the broad issues, wheether it’s the continued contraction of the DVD marketplace, the disappointment in the domestic sustainability of audience interest in 3D. Things are coming at us from all sides,” Meledandri told the Visual Effects Society Summit in Hollywood. “The thing I worry about the most is the competition for young eyeballs. We’ve got so many other competing forms of media and entertainment and content.”
Meledandri cited his own experience with his sons, who are 14 and 23. “I observe in them is a very different relationship to the cinema than I’ve ever seen in previous generations. Simply put: They don’t have to go to the movies. I worry »
- David S. Cohen
As we march bravely on through 2013, Thn will take a nostalgic yet critical look at the 53 Walt Disney Animated Classics, from Snow White to Wreck-it Ralph, through the obscurity of Fun And Fancy Free to the Golden Age of Beauty And The Beast. These are the films the Walt Disney company are most proud of, the ones that hold a special place in our hearts, the ones that still cost a fortune to buy on DVD. This time we join The Rescuers.
1977/ 77 minutes
One of the last films Walt Disney himself was involved in, albeit several years before production began, The Rescuers marked a return to dramatic storytelling, rather than the lighter, more comic films of the 1970s, and is also notable for a few technical innovations. Advancements in the xerographic process (which transferred pencil drawings directly from the page to the animation cel, »
- Rob Burch
"I don't know what my calling is, but I want to be here for a bigger reason. I strive to be like the greatest people who have ever lived." –Will Smith
Greetings from the apocalypse! It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock n' roll, but if you're Will Smith's kid it ain't that long. The thoroughly Thetan-free father-son gods among us will be exemplars of human perfection on screen this weekend, but that doesn't mean you have to give them your money. There's plenty to see, do, touch, taste, smell, snort and vomit with the fully stocked weekend of entertainment I have lined up for ya, kiddos.
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M. Night Shyamalan hasn't exactly been an audience's best friend for the last, oh, decade or so, which is why the studio wasn't generous in name-dropping him as director of "After Earth." Indeed, »
- Max Evry
5 items from 2013
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