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The first visitor from outer space in the ’50s sci-fi boom is one very curious guy, dropping to Earth in a ship like a diving bell and scaring the bejesus out of Sally Field’s mother. Micro-budgeted space invasion fantasy gets off to a great start, thanks to the filmmaking genius of our old pal Edgar G. Ulmer.
Scream Factory / Shout! Factory
1951 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 71 min. / Street Date July 11, 2017 / 27.99
Cinematography: John L. Russell
Film Editor: Fred R. Feitshans, Jr.
Original Music: Charles Koff
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer
One of the first features of the 1950s Sci-Fi boom, 1951’s The Man from Planet X set a lot of precedents, cementing the public impression of ‘little green men from Mars’ and »
- Glenn Erickson
As the major studios tinker with photorealistic character designs, can Hollywood find the future of animation in its past?
This weekend, families with hit their local multiplex to relive the wonder of Beauty and the Beast in its new live-action format. And whether the film is a runaway hit or only a modest success, Disney shows no signs of plugging its pipeline of live-action remakes. According to this 2016 Time piece, Disney is currently working on no fewer than twelve (that’s one-two) remakes of their popular animated films, meaning twelve more movies featuring up-and-coming actresses, revamped musical numbers, and CGI creatures that take a deep, deep dive into the uncanny valley.
While this brand new surge of Disney movies are likely to each be a technical wonder, for my money, there’s something oddly pedestrian about converting the beautiful Disney animated character designs into a series of photorealistic CGI models. While »
- Matthew Monagle
Jenna Elfman wants you to know that it’s not easy to have an imaginary friend. Or at least, it’s not easy to act alongside one. Elfman is the star of ABC’s new comedy “Imaginary Mary,” a new comedy about a mom whose childhood imaginary pal (a CGI concoction voiced by former “SNL” star Rachel Dratch) now follows her around in midlife. Elfman, who rose to stardom on “Dharma and Greg,” found the acting more challenging than she did for the 2003 live-action/animated feature “Looney Tunes: Back in Action.” “When we were filming ‘Looney Tunes,’ we had men in green suits, »
- Scott Collins
3 items from 2017
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