8 items from 2017
Henry Bevan wants to know when animation will get the respect it deserves…
With the live-action Beauty and the Beast breaking records this weekend, it appears Disney’s animated classics are still cherished. Yet, as the original was the first animated film nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award, the remake’s success also highlights how Hollywood, and the wider public, view animation.
More times than not, animated movies are unfairly labeled as sub-par films for ridiculous reasons. After I published an article on Lgbtq representation in Disney movies, a commenter dismissed my analysis as being overly PC because “kids” movies shouldn’t be held to the same standards as “grown up” films. It seems there is a myth that cartoons can’t be serious cinema. This isn’t only wrong, but it also sets a dangerous precedent because the moral lessons taught in these cartoons are directly informing how a child views the world. »
- Henry Bevan
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
A number of Oshima and Godard films play together in a new series.
Films from Keaton and Bergman have screenings.
Museum of the Moving Image
The Scorsese series continues with a The Color of Money–The Hustler »
- Nick Newman
The 21st Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards ceremony was billed as a “Return to Hollywood.” Backdrops from classic films dotted the interior of the Ray Dolby Ballroom lobby. Johnny Crawford and his Orchestra kicked off the evening’s festivities with “Hooray for Hollywood.” Even a handful of the evening’s big winners were films that fit the theme perfectly.
As expected, “La La Land” continued its storybook run through awards season, with David Wasco’s team winning for Contemporary Film. In an upset, Wynn Thomas and the team from “Hidden Figures” took home honors in Period Film, despite “Hail, Caesar!” being the only of the category’s nominees to also pick up a nom for Oscars night. “It’s been a long journey to this moment,” said Thomas, who described being nominated at the very first Art Directors Guild award for “Mars Attacks!” “I’m so »
- Steve Greene
If you’re interested in making Fallout 4 super fun again then look no further than Matthew Swanton. You’ll know that in Fallout 4, Liberty Prime is one of the biggest characters in the game. But what if Liberty Prime was replaced? Swanton decided to replace Liberty Prime with none other than The Iron Giant. For those not familiar, The Iron Giant was an animated film that I personally think went under the radar. Despite being shot past the year 2000, the movie had a very 50s and 60s Disney style animation. It was a great tale of an “alien” Iron
The Iron Giant Destroys Everything in its Path in Fallout 4 Mod »
- Nat Berman
The honor will be presented at the 21st Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards on Feb. 11 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood
Adg President Nelson Coates said, “The Adg is thrilled to recognize the amazing contributions Brad Bird has made to narrative design, while so adeptly creating a visual cinematic legacy for generations to come. The amazing ways Brad and his teams have elevated the production design of animation, and live action, have raised and continue to raise the bar for all visual storytellers.”
The award is given “to those whose body of work in the film industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the movie-going experience.” Previous recipients include David O. Russell, »
- Dave McNary
Making friends is easy, keeping them is impossible... What in the heck is this? A trailer has debuted for an Australian kids adventure movie titled My Pet Dinosaur, which is literally being pitched as "E.T. meets Pixar". The story is about a boy who befriends a dinosaur, that is actually a creation of a military experiment gone wrong. But as they grow closer, he does his best to keep him safe and prevent it from being captured. Seems more like The Iron Giant than Pixar. Starring Jordan Dulieu, Annabel Wolfe, Christopher Gabardi, Tiriel Mora, Harrison Saunders, David Roberts, and Joanne Samuel. This is made by a VFX supervisor, so he knows how to make it all seem realistic, but that doesn't make up for the cheesiness. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Matt Drummond's My Pet Dinosaur, originally from THR: Short description: A troubled town is plunged »
- Alex Billington
It’s exactly what you need this week.
This is fast becoming a disturbing and sad week for news, politics, and life in general. There’s no one right way to combat the insanity, although lighting your computer on fire and tossing it out a window comes close. Before you do resort to that, I offer up this absolutely delightful trailer for My Life as a Zucchini. May it sooth you as it soothed me.
If you haven’t heard of My Life as a Zucchini yet, this would be the part where I would make some sort of joke about how it isn’t about becoming a vegetable (haha!), but we’re all film fans here. It would be hard to miss this film as it’s been making incredible headlines since its debut at the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes last spring.
- Siân Melton
Gas-guzzling monsters are the heroes in an over-inflated action yarn that is full of inconsistencies
You can imagine the pitch meeting that spewed out this idea: what if monster trucks were actually powered by monsters? The result is a screenplay that takes every off-road narrative short-cut available and ploughs its massive, over-inflated tyres over the clear influences that came before: Et, Gremlins and The Iron Giant, to name but a few.
A power company is drilling for oil in the hills above the small town where Tripp (Lucas Till) dreams of escape. The over-empathic score rumbles ominously when a company exec (Rob Lowe) sneers on to the screen, so it’s no surprise that he orders the drills to keep working at the expense of what might be an undisturbed ecosystem under the rocks. Three giant oil-drinking tentacled creatures escape, one of them taking up residence in Tripp’s half-built truck. »
- Wendy Ide
8 items from 2017
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