9 items from 2014
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet; Screenwriters: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Guillaume Laurant; Starring: Kyle Catlett, Jakob Davies, Helena Bonham Carter, Niamh Wilson, Callum Keith Rennie, Judy Davis; Running time: 105 mins; Certificate: 12A
From the director who brought you Amelie comes another cute and whimsical, magical realist fable, this time adapted from a children's book by the American novelist Reif Larsen. It's ably fronted by button-nosed tyke Kyle Catlett, who somehow manages not to be completely upstaged by the dreamy effects that take us into his genius mind. It's the unlikeliest 3D movie of the year, but Jean-Pierre Jeunet appears to have a better grasp on the technology than your average action maestro.
Helena Bonham Carter is the closest we get to a grounding influence in this story, playing mother, a kooky entomologist who married a sullen cowboy (Callum Keith Rennie) and is raising Ts and his big sister Gracie (Niamh Wilson) in the gorgeous prairielands of Montana. »
One of the open questions about Sony Imageworks’ move from Culver City to Vancouver is whether its key talent will be willing to immigrate to Canada to stay with Sony.
In the case of one of Imageworks’ most prominent employees, chief technology officer Rob Bredow, the answer seems to be “No.”
Bredow is leaving Imageworks for rival Industrial Light & Magic, where he will be a visual effects supervisor. Ilm is on board to be lead visual effects studio on the upcoming revival of the “Star Wars” series and is in the unusual position of having a predictable, steady stream of work for about the next decade. Therefore the company is expanding, hiring staff and making long-term investments.
“I’m thrilled to be joining Industrial Light & Magic and their renowned team of supervisors,” Bredow told Variety in an email. “It’s truly an exciting time in the company’s history with »
- David S. Cohen
Motion capture has certainly come a long way since creeping people out in The Polar Express. I didn't think it could get better than Avatar; that is until now. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes looks to show off what might be the best use of the technology to date. The impressive video below looks at the comparisons between motion-capture performance and the final product completed with visual effects. It's a must watch. The 'Ape Evolution', gives you a »
- Graham McMorrow
Think of Snowpiercer as The Hunger Games meets Noah’s Ark meets The Polar Express. Mankind’s efforts to fight global warming have backfired, and the Earth is now a frigid iceball where the last remnants of humanity survive in a class-based system inside a perpetual-motion train known as the Snowpiercer. Tilda Swinton plays the train’s fascist leader (of course) while Chris Evans is a reluctant leader of the unwashed underclass.
- Jeff Labrecque
If heaven is for humans only, then “Beyond Beyond” answers the mystery of where bunnies go instead, spinning a lavishly illustrated, yet hard-to-follow animated fable in which a lapine lad travels to extraordinary lengths to reunite with his dead mother. Drawing on aspects of the Scandi folk-tale tradition, director Esben Toft Jacobsen (“The Great Bear”) and writing partner Jannik Tai Mosholt invent an elaborate mythology around an impressive figure called the Feather King, who guards the realm where Johan, the rabbit boy, must venture, though the trip proves too dark and complicated for family crowds, limiting export prospects.
From the master concept to the individual character designs (big-headed, spindly-armed critters which look adorable when viewed head-on, but awkward from any other angle), someone failed to think everything through up front. Setting this Orpheus-like journey in a world of animated rabbits might have seemed an appealing way to help kids cope with grief, »
- Peter Debruge
- Adam Chitwood
The actor posted a picture of himself with Sinise and Williamson, who played Lieutenant Dan and Bubba respectively in the 1994 movie, on his Twitter.
"Hadn't seen these old friends for too long," he tweeted along with the photo.
As the classic heartfelt movie approaches its 20th anniversary, we take a look back at what the main stars of the drama have gone on to accomplish since.
Berlin — Rising Hollywood star Sophie Nelisse (“The Book Thief,” “Monsieur Lazhar”) will play the title role in “The Great Gilly Hopkins,” joined by Glenn Close, Kathy Bates, Danny Glover and Octavia Spencer (“The Help”). WestEnd Films is selling the pic at the European Film Market in Berlin.
The pic is to be directed by Stephen Herek (“101 Dalmatians,” “The Three Musketeers,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus”), and produced by William Teitler (“What Maisie Knew,” “The Polar Express,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus”).
“Gilly” is the adaptation of Katherine Paterson’s young adult Newbery Award winning novel, published in more than 20 territories, and a regular on school curriculums. The 2007 Disney hit adaptation of Paterson’s “Bridge to Terabithia” grossed more than $200 million worldwide.
As with “Bridge,” “Gilly” has been scripted by David Paterson, who »
- Leo Barraclough
One of the bright spots this past film year was the success of Disney’s Frozen. On the strength of it’s more modern princesses and an infectious score, the film set box office records and has garnered two Oscar nominations, Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Let It Go”, its infectious hit. In honor of Frozen’s nomination, we figured it was time to take a look at the history of animated movies in Original Song.
The history of animated films picking up nominations and wins in Best Original Song is a tale as old as time (see what I did there?). Since the 1930s, animated films have won this award 13 times and over 50 nominations, which you can see below. This is an even greater feat when you think about the consideration that animated films get when lists of musicals are made (they »
- Terence Johnson
9 items from 2014
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