10 items from 2013
If you grew up in the 80s, you remember the first time you watched Halloween and Friday the 13th; you remember how dark the room was, how the popcorn tasted, and how many times you almost peed your pants from fear. You also probably remember the first time you saw Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator and From Beyond. Call me crazy, but I have much more vivid memories of watching Gordon’s not-so-popular horror gem, Dolls (1987). Picture this: during an all-girls sleepover in the heart of suburbia, my friends and I walked to the video rental store with a few dollars. While browsing endless titles, out of the corner of my eye, I caught the front cover of Dolls on VHS with the skeletal doll holding her gouged eyeballs – I couldn’t resist. That night I became the bravest girl in the fourth grade; I stayed up to watch Dolls alone in the dark, »
- Lianne Spiderbaby
Exclusive: Robert Bookman continues his signing frenzy since moving to Paradigm from CAA. He has just brought over William Broyles Jr, the journalist-turned-screenwriter whose past work includes the Robert Zemeckis-directed Cast Away and The Polar Express, Ron Howard’s Apollo 13, Clint Eastwood’s Flags Of Our Fathers and Sam Mendes’ Jarhead, along with the superb TV series China Beach, which he co-created. Broyles most recently rewrote the sports drama McFarland for Disney. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Last weekend the wall-eyed animated nightmare The Croods was an unexpected slam-dunk at the box office. Like many of you, we were sent into fits of existential panic over the lumpy, prehistoric countenances of the film's jug-faced-yet-allegedly-lovable lead characters, and probably won't be checking out the film anytime soon. After all, we already have plenty of other kid-targeted flicks to pepper our dreams with flashes of unintended terror. Here are a few of the most scarring examples.
(Note - we're focusing here on kids' movies that are way creepier than they probably intended to be, so classic kid-scarring genre flicks like The Dark Crystal, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Watcher in the Woods, etc. are off the table.)
I remember seeing this bizarre Canadian family film in the theatre when it came out in 1985, and I still have an irrational fear of homeless ghosts, paintbrushes made of human hair, »
For many families, the next two weeks signal Spring Break, which means you're either lucky enough to go on vacation or -- if you're like my husband and me -- you're trying to entertain your brood with a combination of movies, day trips, play dates, and an overnight mini holiday you stumbled across on Groupon last week. Regardless of how you spend Spring Break, one thing's for sure: Your kids will want more screen time than usual. So here are some short and sweet suggestions for family movie watching -- especially if you're roadtripping and need a break from the constant calls of "Are we there yet?" Happy Spring! G Pick - Sister Power: "Secret of the Wings" (2012, 75 minutes) Netflix Amazon Instant iTunes Kids Will Love: Although parents might assume that Tinker Bell only appeals to girls, little boys will also enjoy this story about Tink and her long-lost fairy »
- Sandie Chen
Roger Rabbit: Zemeckis' classic blend of animation and live action will have a 25th anniversary screening at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in April Upon its release in 1988, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was called a landmark mix of animation and live action; the Robert Zemeckis-directed movie also marked the beginning of the renaissance of the Walt Disney Animation Studios, which had hit rock bottom in the '80s after decades of steady decline. In celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary, the Academy will present a new digital restoration at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at its Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. (Pictured above: a youthful-looking Zemeckis and pal Roger Rabbit.) Zemeckis, who has since made his mark in performance capture animation features (for instance, 2004's The Polar Express, with Tom Hanks and 2007's Beowulf, with Angelina Jolie), will be present for a post-screening onstage chat about his movie. »
- Andre Soares
Radcliffe and Stewart pose with Oscar winner Rick Carter Kristen Stewart and Daniel Radcliffe -- Bella S. and Harry P. have finally joined forces -- presented production designer Rick Carter with this year's Oscar for Best Art Direction for his work on Steven Spielberg's historical drama Lincoln. (Jim Erickson was the set decorator.) The film was vying for 12 Oscars, but ended up winning a mere two: besides Carter's the other statuette went to Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis. Among the Lincoln losers were director Spielberg, producer Kathleen Kennedy, Best Supporting Actress nominee Sally Field, Best Supporting Actor nominee Tommy Lee Jones, and screenwriter Tony Kushner -- at one point a favorite to win the screenplay award. (Pictured above are Stewart and Radcliffe, accompanied by Carter. Make sure to scroll down for more Stewart images on the Oscar red carpet.) Carter had already received an Oscar for his work on James Cameron's 2009 sci-fier Avatar, »
- Zac Gille
By Joey Magidson
It’s common belief that the Academy Awards are steeped in tradition, but that distinction doesn’t apply to all Oscars categories. There are some exceptions, the most notable of which is in regard to animation. The Best Animated Feature category is among the newest at the Oscars, having been added just at the 74th Academy Awards ceremony.
With this being only the 12th year in which a Best Animated Feature is being crowned, I thought it was about time to see if there’s a formula that Oscar hopefuls should follow in order to maximize their chances of being nominated. Over the years a blueprint has emerged, even if it’s not an altogether clear one at this point. There are storylines, themes and trends that successful nominees take heed of when campaigning for a citation by the Academy, and the devil in the »
- Joey Magidson
Denzel Washington gives a towering performance in his least sympathetic role to date – as an alcoholic airline pilot
Robert Zemeckis, a protege of Steven Spielberg, is a gifted writer-director who has turned his hand to almost anything from Beatlemania to animation, and has pursued certain themes over the course of some 30 years without achieving the status of auteur. One recurrent subject has been ordinary people suddenly transported into challenging circumstances, most famously the teenager taken back in time in the Back to the Future trilogy. During this past decade, he has been preoccupied with legendary tales retold using motion-capture animation – The Polar Express, Beowulf, A Christmas Carol. Perhaps reacting to this, he has embraced a realistic contemporary story, part thriller, part moral drama.
- Philip French
As the New Year celebrations start to fade into the distant memory, February fast approaches, and we are swiftly reminded of just how quickly time flies. Even with all our advancements in technology, we still haven’t come close to the success of Doc Brown and his time-travelling Delorean, so unfortunately there is nothing that we can do.
On the upside, in a year that already promises a host of fantastic films, the month of February not only provides a day for loved ones to re-affirm their love for one another, or singletons to find romance. The new month also represents a whole new range of films to feast your eyes upon. So whether you’re looking for that special film to take a loved one to or a film to help mend a broken heart, let’s take a look at the 10 must-see films of February 2013 (in the UK »
- Jeffrey Winston Aidoo
Having recently remembered that there are still perfectly good human bodies walking the Earth, Robert Zemeckis seems to have corrected his post-Flight course by abandoning at least one of his most high-profile performance-capture projects—his long-gestating remake of The Beatles' Yellow Submarine. Disney already killed the project nearly two years ago, but as Zemeckis' films like The Polar Express and A Christmas Carol have shown, there is no hollowed-out corpse that Zemeckis cannot bring to disturbing, mockery-of-life with his digital trickery. But now that Zemeckis has regained some perspective and appreciation for the warm touch of the living, he »
10 items from 2013
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