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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 05:51
The underappreciated films of 1999 are the focus in our last list of 90s overlooked greats...
The year 1999 was a significant year for film in many ways. Apart from being the year that George Lucas began his Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace, it also saw the release of The Blair Witch Project, a horror film which became one of the first to use the internet as a marketing tool, resulting in a massive hit. The Matrix ushered in a new age of special effects filmmaking, arguably paving the way for the superhero blockbusters crowding into multiplexes today.
Mainly, though, 1999 was simply a brilliant year for film. Justly lauded movies like Fight Club, The Green Mile and Eyes Wide Shut aside, there were a huge number of films that didn't get the critical or financial success they deserved - so many, »
Actor-comedian Patton Oswalt will host the Independent Spirit Awards. The ceremony, which honors the best in independent films and whose nominees often overlap with the Oscar picks, will be held in the afternoon on the beach in Santa Monica on March 1. Oswalt, whose credits include Ratatouille, Big Fan and Young Adult, next will be seen in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Video: Independent Spirit Awards 2013: THR's Video Diaries "Patton has been a long supporter of our organization," Film Independent president Josh Welsh said. "He has participated in several Film Independent Live Reads at Lacma and
- Tatiana Siegel
2011's "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" was about as big and as pleasurable a surprise as you could imagine. Four movies into the franchise, which had already weathered a series of ups and downs, returned in fine form with a beautifully directed, wonderfully exciting installment directed by a filmmaker making his live action debut, Brad Bird ("Ratatouille"). Beyond the smashing creative accomplishment, it was also a genuine blockbuster; not only was it the highest grossing entry in the franchise, but also the highest grossing movie starring Tom Cruise. Ever.
So the pressure's on for "Mission: Impossible 5" to actually deliver. Much about the sequel remains unknown, although considering producer J.J. Abrams is back on board, it's safe to assume that at least some of the characters from the fourth film will make it back (the team dynamic was so great there). At least we now know when to look for »
- Drew Taylor
Patton Oswalt is many things to many people. To most, he’s known as the funniest comic working today, whose routines will never allow you to look at “Star Wars” or KFC’s Famous Bowls in the same way again. To others, he is an outstanding dramatic actor, having delivered powerhouse performances in films like “Big Fan” and “Young Adult” as well as on the FX series “Justified.” To the child in all of us, he will always be Remy, the culinary rodent in “Ratatouille.” Then there’s Oswalt the performance artist: the man who once stood perfectly still for three minutes during the opening scene on “King of Queens,” has elevated Twitter to an art form, and penned thoughtful, moving essays on everything from heckling to the Boston Marathon bombings.
Even Oswalt admits that his fan base is becoming “more complex” every day. “I know people who like ‘King »
- Jenelle Riley
Community Season 4 is released on DVD this week alongside the Season 1-4 boxset, and to celebrate we’re testing the knowledge of all you Community fans with this Community 101 quiz. We’ve trawled through all four seasons of the show to put together 101 questions – at least one on every single episode! – about one of the finest sitcoms to have aired on televisions over the last decade. The questions are split up by season, and you’ll find all of the answers (complete with a bit of extra Community trivia for each) on the last page.
1) Pilot: Which John Hughes movie is referenced throughout the Pilot?
d) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
2) Spanish 101: Which of the following lines does not appear in Troy and Abed’s ‘Spanish Rap’?
a) Los bigotes de la cabra es Luis Guzman. »
- Joe Cunningham
2013 has been, by all accounts, a forgettable year of mainstream animated films at best, and a woeful one at worst. With only two fully animated films left to be released on a wide platform—the upcoming 20th Century Fox film Walking with Dinosaurs is partially animated—it’s not likely that anyone will look back on this 12-month period as being a landmark year for animation. (Those two fully animated films are Free Birds, opening this Friday; and Frozen, opening at the end of the month. My hopes are much higher for the latter. Also, Hayao Miyazaki’s final film, The Wind Rises, will have a 1-week release very soon for Oscar consideration, hence the “wide platform” qualifier.) Up until now, the best animated film of the year has been, almost predictably, from Pixar Animation Studios: Monsters University, a prequel to the widely beloved Monsters, Inc.; it’s being »
- Josh Spiegel
Time for some wholesome fun – what are the best movies for the whole family to enjoy? From Bambi to Spirited Away, here are the Guardian and Observer critics' top 10
• Top 10 romantic movies
• Top 10 action movies
• Top 10 comedy movies
• Top 10 horror movies
• Top 10 sci-fi movies
• Top 10 crime movies
• Top 10 arthouse movies
Roald Dahl and Ian Fleming previously collaborated on You Only Live Twice, but this feels closer to a true fusion: James Bond for juniors with a modern fairytale element. It's easy to unpick who did what: from Fleming's side you get a gadget-stuffed car, a heroine with an absurdly suggestive name (Sally Ann Howes' Truly Scrumptious), a Bond-style baddie (Gert "Goldfinger" Frobe) and a daring assault on his secret lair. It was also produced by Bond-merchant Cubby Broccoli, with sets by Ken Adam. And from Dahl's side you get empathetic children's plight (essential with two »
Feature James Clayton 25 Oct 2013 - 07:09
This Halloween's Toy Story Of Terror leaves James contemplating the horror undertones lurking in the Pixar franchise...
Toy Story Of Terror! is a new 22-minute short film produced by Pixar in time for Halloween. This is a timely and tantalising prospect, because we like Toy Story and we like watching scary movies (even if they are only mini-movies) at this time of year. The TV special has already aired in America, and British screens (well, those with Sky Movies) get the seasonal gift this weekend.
Pixar's fresh short feature offers audiences the following - an original Toy Story tale about characters we know and love, coloured with extra terror. The title tells us this much, and they've punctuated it with an exclamation mark so you know it's going to be super-fun and super-terrifying.
Typed out as Toy Story Of Terror it sounds pretty feeble. »
Ben Child: Pixar's rumoured to be developing Cars 3. It's time they put this franchise on the scrapheap
• Cars 2 - review
• Tom Lamont on The Great Big Pixar Conspiracy
Pixar may have changed the face of film-making in the 1990s and ushered in a brave new world of CGI animation, but it could do with a top-up of critical goodwill. The rumours that Cars 3 might be entering production soon are more likely to have fans – or at least anyone over the age of nine – spluttering in dismay.
Michael Wallis, an expert on America's iconic Route 66 and the voice of Sheriff in the previous two Cars movies, told Wgbz radio in Illinois that the next film in the series will return to Lightning McQueen's adopted hometown of Radiator Springs. That means a return to Route 66, which runs through the small isolated town, and a visit to another famous real-life road, »
- Ben Child
The Motion Picture Sound Editors will honor Randy Thom with the Career Achievement Award at the 61st Mpse Golden Reel Awards, the organization announced today.
The Career Achievement Award recognizes those who have made outstanding achievement in feature film and television sound, and who have set an example for sound editors to come. Thom began his career in 1979, and has since amassed more than 100 film credits. He also serves as director of sound design at Skywalker Sound.
“I am pleased and excited that the Mpse will be honoring Randy Thom with our Career Achievement Award,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “His creative skills and dedication to the importance of sound in the filmmaking process is inspiring.”
The first film Thom worked on was “Apocalypse Now, »
- Alex Stedman
Each one of composer Michael Giacchino's movie scores took a lifetime to write. Be it the forties French jazz of Ratatouille, the hyperactive pulsation of Speed Racer, the retro-futuristic adventure ballads of Star Trek, or the unexpected melancholia of Up, Giacchino's orchestral sounds aren't just logical responses to a picture. They're the culmination of the composer's vast pop culture memory, and when Giacchino starts banging out the notes that will eventually comprise the score to a movie like The Incredibles, he's tapping into his affection for film and letting it pour. Vulture talked to Giacchino about the instincts, inspirations, and instrumentals that helped him discover the sounds of his feature film work. How did he know that arrangement at that moment would work that well? Here's a look back at Giacchino's finest big-screen moments and the composing lessons they each illustrate. (Oh and one small-screen lesson from Lost because »
- Matt Patches
.@ConorMeechan1: @BradBirdA113 @DamonLindelof Hey Brad, who will be scoring Tomorrowland?. @m_giacchino, of course!. Brad Bird (@BradBirdA113) October 1, 2013 They.re not exactly Steven Spielberg and John Williams, but composer Michael Giacchino has a deep and lasting professional relationship with Brad Bird, so it.s very little surprise that he.ll be doing the music for the director.s next feature, Tomorrowland. As you can see, Bird confirmed the news on his own Twitter feed. .Of course!. he proclaimed. You see? It.s obvious to everyone. And it should be. They worked together on Bird.s Mission Impossible sequel, Ghost Protocol: On the Pixar animated smash Ratatouille: As well as The Incredibles. So yes, they clearly are very familiar with each other and their work habits. For Tomorrowland, Giacchino will have to score what exists as a mysterious project to us (at least). We know that Bird is working »
If there was ever a man to write the perfect emotive movie composition, then I believe Michael Giacchino is very high up the list. He’s the man behind that heartbreaking opening score to Up, then in Star Trek he got you unexpectedly when James T Kirk arrived into the world and do you remember the slow-mo they all met up on the beach in ‘Lost‘ and Sun and Jin met up after a long break? Yeah, that was Giacchino *wipes happy tear* to name but a few.
But before we get all emotional, Brad Bird has signed up the composer for Tomorrowland, the mysterious new project from Walt Disney. The film stars George Clooney, Judy Greer, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw and goes with this official synopsis:
Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to »
- Dan Bullock
Briefly: Though this will come as no surprise to most cinephiles, it's at least good to confirm. After collaborating previously on The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, composer Michael Giacchino will reateam with director Brad Bird to compose the score for his original sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland at Walt Disney Pictures. Giacchino is coming off Star Trek Into Darkness, and with John Williams returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII, he wont be reteaming with director J.J. Abrams for that sci-fi venture. We'll be hearing plenty more of Giacchino's music since he's also scoring Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for Matt Reeves and Jupiter Ascending for Andy and Lana Wachowski. »
- Ethan Anderton
A number of animation studios, who aren’t the likes of Pixar or Disney, have been mixing up their indie potentials by sharing their talent across the world. This time Toonbox Entertainment have taken artists from the likes of Canada and Korea to bring us this squirrel and rat heist-movie The Nut Job, directed by Peter Lepeniotis.
Although it may not look like the most original plot idea in the world, at least they’re giving it a go in the vein of South African studio Triggerfish who recently released Zambezia and are also about to show us Khumba. These first clips look fun enough, with a few echoes from Ice Age’s Scrat but with that quick-witted chat akin to Ratatouille. In fact, director and writer Lepeniotis has previously worked on Casper, Toy Story 2 and his own short – on which this movie is based – Surly Squirrel.
- Dan Bullock
The last year that passed without a Pixar movie in theaters was 2005, one year after The Incredibles and one year before Cars. Since then, every summer has been blessed with a Pixar release, eight straight years with a blockbuster that’s earned at least $191 million and resulted in five Oscars for Best Animated Feature. But yesterday, Disney announced that The Good Dinosaur, its movie about a time when dinosaurs and humans co-existed, had been delayed and its release date was being shifted from May 30, 2014 to Nov. 25, 2015.
The news wasn’t a complete surprise: just last month, Pixar had replaced The Good Dinosaur’s director, »
- Jeff Labrecque
You hear that sound? That is the sound of millions of voices suddenly crying out in anguish. They’ve just learned that Pixar has pushed The Good Dinosaur back from next year to 2015, which means that – barring some other unforeseen change – there will be no new film from the Emeryville crew next year. That’s it folks: End Times.All right, so we should probably calm down and stop fear-mongering. The writing was on the cave wall for The Good Dinosaur when word arrived that director Bob Peterson was being removed because the Pixar Brain Trust wasn’t happy with the movie’s creative development. No direct replacement has been named, and now it means that the studio is putting the film back in the workshop for more development. This can surely only be a good thing, because the filmmaking team has a good track record with halting projects and making them work (see, »
I blame Paris Hilton for The Goldbergs.
This could be a long review.
A family sit-com that looks back at life in the ’80s, The Goldbergs takes inside a household before cell phones and the internet, and back to a time when dysfunction was something you held up like a coat of arms. Murray (Jeff Garlin) and Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) – because that’s the sort of names people had back then – are the parents of a very mixed bag of personalities, and we’re on board to watch by way of youngest son Adam (Sean Giambrone – voiced as older Adam narration by Patton Oswalt) and his new toy, a video camera. Our family drama is mostly spurred on by our teen children – Barry (Troy Gentile) and Erica (Hayley Orrantia) – and Grandpa (George Segal).
The premise behind this show, which you might expect to be something from the official synopsis, like, »
- Marc Eastman
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb....
The Dissolve offers their own perspective on the changing of directors on Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur...
"As the [La] Times notes, this is not the first time Pixar has replaced a director in the middle of production; in fact, it’s the fourth time in eight movies that it’s made such a drastic change. Sometimes that decision has worked out creatively; Brad Bird subbed in for Jan Pinkava on Ratatouille, and helped make that movie one of Pixar’s biggest creative successes. Sometimes that decision has not worked out creatively; Lasseter wound up completing Cars 2 after Brad Lewis started the film, and even he couldn’t save that sinking ship."
Read the full article here.
- Flickering Myth
Pixar president Ed Catmull confirmed a report from earlier this week that director Bob Peterson has been removed from The Good Dinosaur. The studio is still planning on hitting the May 30, 2014 release date that is already in place. Here's what the studio president had to say in a brief statement.
"All directors get really deep in their films. Sometimes you just need a different perspective to get the idea out. Sometimes directors ... are so deeply embedded in their ideas it actually takes someone else to finish it up. I would go so far as to argue that a lot of live-action films would be better off with that same process."
The report from three days ago revealed that the studio removed the first-time director due to issues they were having with the story. Until a replacement director can be found, a number of Pixar filmmakers are overseeing certain aspects of the project, »
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