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Pixar movies aren't necessarily kids' movies, but they do all cater to audiences of all ages, so they have to be appropriate for children in particular. Animated films that are just for grown ups are rare, though not impossible to find (see this year's hit Sausage Party). If only the animation for adults looked and felt like Pixar, though, right? Well, now one does. Borrowed Time is a six-minute gem from co-directors Andrew Coats, who worked as an animator on Inside Out, Brave and Cars 2 (as well as Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs), and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, a "character modeler and articulation artist" for Brave, Wall-e, Toy Story 3 and The Good Dinosaur. It's a Western and a bit too bloody and...
- Christopher Campbell
The modern movie landscape can make some people feel like the best days of film are behind us. With remakes, reboots and adaptations very abundant, and original movies seemingly not raking it in at the box office, that is an understandable sentiment. But the BBC felt like there are a lot of recent movies worth celebrating, and that is why they set out to make a list of the 100 greatest movies of the 21st century. The list they came up with is nothing if not interesting, and it is definitely a reminder that there are a lot of great movies that have been made in the last 16 years.
BBC published the list on Tuesday morning, after taking months to put it all together. In order to come up with this list, they used nearly 200 critics from both print and online publications, as well as academics and curators. The contributors that were used spanned the globe, »
Last year, the BBC polled a bunch of critics to determine the 100 greatest American films of all time and only six films released after 2000 placed at all. This year, the BBC decided to determine the “new classics,” films from the past 16 years that will likely stand the test of time, so they polled critics from around the globe for their picks of the 100 greatest films of the 21st Century so far. David Lynch’s “Mulholland Dr.” tops the list, Wong Kar-Wai’s “In The Mood For Love” places second, and Paul Thomas Anderson and the Coen Brothers both have 2 films in the top 25. See the full results below.
Read More: The Best Movies of the 21st Century, According to IndieWire’s Film Critics
Though the list itself is fascinating, what’s also compelling are the statistics about the actual list. According to the the BBC, they polled 177 film critics from every continent except Antarctica. »
- Vikram Murthi
Ryan Lambie Aug 23, 2016
A critics' survey puts Mullholland Drive at the top of the list of the best films since 2000. Did yours make the cut?
Movie critics love Linklater, Studio Ghibli, the Coens and the surrealist stylings of David Lynch. At least, that's if a newly-published list of the 100 greatest films of the 21st century is anything to go by.
BBC Culture commissioned the poll, which took in responses from 177 film critics from all over the world. As a result, the top 100 includes an eclectic mix of the mainstream to independent movies, from dramas to sci-fi and off-beat comedies. Feew would be surprised to see things like Paolo Sorrentino's handsome Italian confection The Great Beauty propping up the lower end of the list, or that such acclaimed directors as Wes Anderson or the aforementioned Coens feature heavily.
What is pleasing to see, though, is how much good genre stuff has made the cut, »
Although we’re only about 16% into the 21st century thus far, the thousands of films that have been released have provided a worthy selection to reflect on the cinematic offerings as they stand. We’ve chimed in with our favorite animations, comedies, sci-fi films, and have more to come, and now a new critics’ poll that we’ve taken part in has tallied up the 21st century’s 100 greatest films overall.
The BBC has polled 177 critics from around the world, resulting in a variety of selections, led by David Lynch‘s Mulholland Drive. Also in the top 10 was Wong Kar-wai‘s In the Mood For Love and Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life, which made my personal ballot (seen at the bottom of the page).
- Jordan Raup
Simon Brew Jul 29, 2016
The co-director of Finding Dory on making the film. Plus, he recommends an awful lot of movies to watch...
From working as an animator on A Bug’s Life and Toy Story 2, through to directing shorts such as Burn-e and Toy Story Of Terror, Angus MacLane has worked his way up through his career at Pixar. So much so, that he’s now making his feature co-directing debut on Finding Dory, that lands in UK cinemas today.
He spared us some time for a chat – and it’s worth staying to the end where he starts firing out film recommendations….
I first spoke to you eight or nine years ago when you were talking about Wall-e, that you were supervising animator. And you told me then of an eight-year old who asked you a question about that film at a Q&A. And I do think »
The good folks at Pixar have done it again. Extraordinarily, twelve years have passed since Finding Nemo won hearts and minds all over the world and long-awaited sequel Finding Dory is another sure-fire hit for the peerless production studio. Writer-director Andrew Stanton - who was part of the team to get the Toy Story train rolling, helmed the former film as well as 2008's magical robotic tale Wall-e - and producer Lindsey Collins sat down with CineVue's Matthew Anderson for a chat about Pixar's continued successes.
- CineVue UK
Simon Brew Jul 28, 2016
Finding Dory swims (had to be done) into UK cinemas this weekend, with it already breaking records at the box office in the Us, and earning no shortage of acclaim too.
I think Finding Dory is important. The parent in me was delighted to find a film where the central character had something that really mattered about them. It brought back Vanellope in Wreck-It Ralph in that here you had this character with a flaw as such, but one tackled with positivity. What kind of reactions have you seen to the character of Dory specifically, and the core »
Movies’ voice performances used to be something of an afterthought, at least for audiences. Most people have seen “The Little Mermaid,” but few could tell you the name of the actress who breathed life into Ariel. (Her name is Jodie Benson.)
That’s changed. Dreamworks and the growing legion of Disney imitators realized there was real commercial value in casting celebrities for animated movies. (See: Martin Scorsese as a fish with huge eyebrows in “Shark Tale.”) And, as technology developed a life of its own, the sound of a recognizable human voice has grown especially comforting.
These days, we don’t need to call anyone to have a conversation with our phones. And yet, even in an age when computers can generate photorealistic people, the fully human voice is still inimitable. It’s safe to say that Siri has never made anybody cry (unless it was frustration), but Scarlett Johansson »
- David Ehrlich, Kate Halliwell, Steve Greene, Russell Goldman, Ben Travers, Zack Sharf, Chris O'Falt and Kyle Kizu
With $381 million in the bank after just three weeks of release, Disney-Pixar's Finding Dory is not only on track to be the summer's highest-grossing film in North America but the animation studio's highest-grossing title of all time domestically (the current record holder, Toy Story 3, finished with $415 million in the U.S. and Canada). So does that mean we can expect Pixar to keep pumping out sequels to their old hits at the expense of original properties? Studio president Jim Morris says no. “Most studios jump on doing a sequel as soon as they have a successful film, but our business model is a filmmaker model, and we don’t make a sequel unless the director of the original film has an idea that they like and are willing to go forward on,” Morris told Entertainment Weekly (via Polygon) in an interview. “A sequel in some regards is even harder »
- Chris Eggertsen
With “Finding Dory,” Pixar created quite a Rukus. That’s the acronym for the three biggest benchmarks in rendering, lighting and application management, which accounted for water and glass looking so rich in Pixar’s newest animated offering, along with the ability to animate Hank (Ed O’Neill), the complex octopus.
But, as always, according to Ed Catmull — unofficially the Yoda of Pixar, officially the president of Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios — it remains a culture of gradual change to further better storytelling and aesthetics.
“The approach we still take is that we systematically keep trying to improve something every single film. We have to evolve, we have to change, and in order to do that, we have to initiate the change,” Catmull emphasized.
At Pixar, there’s a development team that works independently of »
- Bill Desowitz
Andrew Stanton’s Finding Dory has jump-started a string of Pixar sequels that will welcome moviegoers back to the worlds of Toy Story, Cars and The Incredibles through 2019. But beyond that, the animation wizards have plans in place for four original movies, which ought to offset any cries of sequelitis.
That’s according to Pixar President Jim Morris, who told Entertainment Weekly that the studio’s blueprint has and always will place originality first; but there are times when a key creator such as Andrew Stanton (Dory) or Brad Bird (Incredibles) pitches an idea worthy of a sequel.
“Our plan had been to make an original every year and a sequel every other year, if the idea came forth to do it,” says Morris. “If we add the next films after the current ones, it actually comes out to exactly that: seven sequels in a spate of 21 originals, from the »
- Michael Briers
With Finding Dory out in U.S. cinemas and Cars 3, Toy Story 4 and The Incredibles II all on the horizon over the next few years, Pixar president Jim Morris has been discussing the studio’s approach to sequels, as well as revealing that there are no plans at present for follow-ups to Ratatouille, Wall-e and Inside Out.
“Most studios jump on doing a sequel as soon as they have a successful film, but our business model is a filmmaker model, and we don’t make a sequel unless the director of the original film has an idea that they like and are willing to go forward on,” Morris tells EW. “A sequel in some regards is even harder [than the original] because you’ve got this defined world which, on the one hand, is a leg up, and on the other hand has expectations that you can’t disappoint on.”
“Everything after »
- Gary Collinson
Pixar has undergone some criticism in recent years for their reliance on sequels be it "Cars 2," "Monsters University" and the recent "Finding Dory" along with three other announced follow-ups on the way every June for the next three years - "Cars 3" in 2017, "Toy Story 4" in 2018 and "The Incredibles 2" in 2019. In fact they're only one original movie on the way in the next three years - "Coco" next Thanksgiving.
Speaking with EW this weekend, Pixar president Jim Morris has revealed that for now there are no more plans for further sequels beyond the three already announced, and right now Pixar is only developing original ideas with four films currently in the works. Morris says: "Everything after Toy Story and The Incredibles is an original right now."
Of the four, two of those will hit in 2020, the next either entirely in 2021 or one pushed back into 2022. Of the two 2020 films, he »
- Garth Franklin
If you want to make a short at Pixar, the studio offers a special program where resident artists — those who work anywhere in the company — have the chance to pitch three ideas to a panel of directors. But “Piper” skipped that step entirely, in part because it grew out of an experiment Alan Barillaro was conducting in his spare time.
“In computer animation, the tools aren’t done yet. At Pixar, we’re constantly asking, ‘What’s the best way an artist can express themselves?’ and I take that pretty seriously, so there’s this whole laundry list I have in my head of how can this tool be more visual,” says Barillaro, who used his free time following “Brave” to see whether he could “sculpt” one of Pixar’s existing bird models into a sandpiper.
“I wasn’t planning on making a short,” says Barillaro, who repurposed a crow »
- Peter Debruge
Pixar has been going a little sequel crazy as of late. And while the Emmerville animation studio has a better track record of sequels than most, Pixar president Jim Morris confirms that there are currently no plans to sequelize Ratatouille, Up, Wall-e, or Inside Out. In fact, beyond the announced sequels the studio is slated to […]
The post No More Pixar Sequels Currently In Development Beyond ‘The Incredibles II’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
Back in April, we got our first look at the new Pixar animated short Piper, which will be attached to theatrical prints of the studio's animated sequel Finding Dory when it hits theaters this weekend. With just a few more days left until this short is unveiled, the first clip has surfaced, featuring the title character in action. This brief scene shows how tough it is for a young sandpiper to find food along a crowded beach.
The story centers on a baby sandpiper who is trying to both find food, and overcome hydrophobia, the fear of water. Longtime Pixar animator Alan Barillaro makes his directorial debut with this short film, which was inspired by the numerous birds he used to observe while running along the shoreline, just a mile from Pixar's Emeryville, California headquarters. While this short marks Alan Barillaro's directorial debut, he has worked as a Pixar animator for nearly two decades.
Alan Barillaro first joined Pixar to work on 1998's A Bug's Life. He also worked on Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-e, Brave and Monsters University, along with the shorts Jack-Jack Attack, Igor and Lifted. The first-time director revealed in April that he originally started toying with the character as a test, but he was encouraged to keep working on the project by his mentor, Finding Dory director Andrew Stanton. Here's what Alan Barillaro had to say about working with his mentor back in April.
"You always want to show directors, 'Hey, are these cool tools you'd like to use to make films?' So I showed Andrew the Piper tests thinking I was very much just showing him a test, but he kept poking at me, like, 'It's a cool test, but keep working on that story.' And then John [Lasseter] did the same. There's remarkable encouragement at Pixar that when you think of an innovative idea, don't forget the story. It was their encouragement or else I would have stopped at the test phase."
Since the short film is just six minutes long, and it hits theaters in just a few short days, it seems unlikely we'll get any more footage from Piper. The short film will most likely be included on the Finding Dory home video release later next year. While we wait for both Finding Dory and Piper to hit theaters in just a few short days, take a look at this clip below courtesy of Youtube. »
Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” the sequel to their 2003 film “Finding Nemo,” will soon enter theaters and the early buzz has been very positive. IndieWire’s own David Ehrlich described the film as Pixar’s “best sequel in years,” and said that it would give a whole new generation of kids the idea that sequels “aren’t de facto cash-ins, but rather films that are capable of retroactively adding new dimensions to beloved originals.”
But preceding “Finding Dory” will be Pixar’s latest short film “Piper,” directed by Alan Barillaro, about a hungry baby sandpiper struggling with hydrophobia. Watch a clip from “Piper” above featuring the sandpiper in question trying to pick up bubbles with his beak.
Read More: ‘Finding Dory’ Review Roundup: Critics Agree Pixar’s Newest Sequel Is a Delight
Pixar Animation Studios has released some of the most acclaimed animated films over the last twenty years. Some of their titles include “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “The Incredibles,” “Wall-e,” “Up,” and most recently, “Inside Out,” which took home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature last year. Pixar’s shorts have played a key role in the studio’s history, with many of the early shorts showcasing then groundbreaking innovations in computer animation. A new Pixar short has preceded every one of their features since their second film “A Bug’s Life.” Their shorts “Tin Toy,” “Geri’s Game,” and “For the Birds” have all won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.
“Finding Dory” will be released nationwide on July 17.
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- Vikram Murthi
“Finding Dory,” the ingeniously pleasing sequel to “Finding Nemo,” opens with a scene that merges our affection for a beloved character with a bit of a jolt. We see Dory, the friendly blue tang fish from the first film, back when she was a big-eyed toddler with a babyish gurgle, getting trained by her parents, Charlie (Eugene Levy) and Jenny (Diane Keaton), to tell a stranger (any stranger), “I suffer from short-term memory loss.” The thing is, poor Dory really does — she can’t even remember the phrase! It’s no wonder that her parents are aghast with anxiety. In a flash, a character with a singular and beguilingly funny trait — the inability to remember almost anything for more than 10 seconds — comes at us in a whole new way. She’s no longer a daffy amnesiac. She’s a child fish with a serious disability.
Have the creators of “Finding Dory »
- Owen Gleiberman
Andrew Stanton had built his entire career on animation, with films like Finding Nemo and Wall-e, before making his live-action debut with 2012’s John Carter. This summer’s Finding Dory brings him back into the Pixar fold, but he’s already looking to mix things up again. In a new interview, Stanton revealed that he wants to take a break from […]
- Angie Han
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