19 items from 2013
Nominations for the 41st Annual Annie Awards were announced and "Frozen" and "Monsters University" led the pack with 10 nominations each. "Despicable Me 2" and "The Croods" followed closely with 9 noms each.
I am rooting for "Frozen" to win! It's a return to form to what Disney does best -- affecting fairy tale with memorable musical numbers. "Monsters University," on the other hand, was bland. The film bored me on second viewing.
Steven Spielberg will receive the Winsor McCay Award for career achievement at the awards ceremony happening on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. Patrick Warburton will serve as host.
2013 Annie Award Nominations
1 . Best Animated Feature
A Letter to Momo . Gkids
Ernest & Celestine . Gkids
Frozen . Walt Disney Animation Studios
The Wind Rises . The Walt Disney Studios
2 . Annie Award for Best Animated »
You may have noticed that we’ve gone a little review-happy over the past few days here at SciFi Mafia; there are two reasons for that, and they’re both good. One, we’ve been getting a lot of great things to review as the holidays approach, and two, we wanted to get these reviews posted for you before the Big Shopping Onslaught begins.
In fact, we’ve gathered the reviews for the year all together for you in an easy reference list below that we are calling the SciFiMafia.com Shop From Your Recliner Blu-ray/DVD, Soundtrack, and Book Gift Guide 2013. It’s a list of links to all of the movie and TV Blu-rays, DVDs, and soundtracks, and books we reviewed this year, followed by the star rating. Click on the link and you’ll see the review, and at the bottom of the review is an Amazon ordering link. »
- Erin Willard
Catalina Denis cast in Paul Walker thriller Model and film actress Catalina Denis has been cast as the female lead opposite Paul Walker (Fast & Furious 6) and David Belle (Malavita) in Camille Delamarre’s Brick Mansions. The action thriller is EuropaCorp and Relativity Media’s English-language remake of the 2004 French-made action / thriller District B13. In Brick Mansions, Paul Walker incarnates an undercover cop out to defuse a bomb in possession of drug warlord RZA. Catalina Denis will play David Belle’s romantic interest. Luc Besson, who specializes in run-of-the-mill, Hollywood-style French-made action thrillers, is one of the film’s producers. Directed by Pierre Morel (Taken, From Paris with Love), and co-written by Luc Besson and Bibi Naceri, District B13 / Banlieue 13 stars David Belle, Cyril Raffaelli, Dany Verissimo-Petit, and co-screenwriter Naceri. The film performed modestly at the French box office; according to Box Office Mojo, District B13 was no. 51 on France’s 2004 box-office chart, »
- Zac Gille
A Tough Tobacco Road
A recent study by researchers in India and the U.K. has reinforced a strict anti-smoking campaign begun last year by the central board of film classification that requires any actor who portrays a character seen smoking in a film or TV program to make an anti-smoking video. Bollywood audiences have been exposed to more than 14 billion images of tobacco use every year, according to the paper, by Delhi Ngo Hriday and London’s Imperial College, titled Tobacco Imagery in Bollywood Films: 2006-2008. The study analyzed 44 top-grossing films released in that period. The central board’s campaign stipulates that the anti-smoking vids, each 20-seconds long, must in the case of a movie run before the start of the film and at intermission (all films released in India have intermissions). In addition, an anti-smoking message must be displayed during the smoking scene.
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- Variety Staff
Chicago – Just as there are tiers of animation in the United States, there are varying degrees of quality in our imported product as well. In the States, we know not everything can be Pixar. I suppose the French equivalent is not everything can be “The Illusionist” or “Triplets of Belleville”. And so we shouldn’t approach the recently imported 3D family film, “A Monster in Paris” with that standard of movie magic. The script for this fantasy is a bit thin and the visuals can be disappointing but it has a pleasant spirit, bouncy energy, and air of romance that allow it to work well for a rental. And it’s not weighed down with the gross-out jokes and pop culture references that often sink Hollywood 3D animated productions.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
It can be easy to forget sometimes that there are animated films that don't come from Pixar and Disney or Dreamworks considering how they tend to dominate American theaters and leave little room for foreign competition. However, every now and then a little gem from the likes of Hayao Miyazaki or some other even smaller studio makes it into the fray, and it's important to take note of them. Back in 2011, French Director and writer Bibo Bergeron created a fun little animated adventure called A Monster in Paris that had some creative visuals with a resemblance to a slightly stockier, more angular Dreamworks film but above all it had a fantastic musical number by Vanessa Paradis and Mathieu Chedid (aka -M-). The musical number is the primary reason anyone should seek the film out, as the creativity of the story and the comedy don't hold up to scrutiny nearly as well. »
- Lex Walker
Here’s a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases, which includes the latest from Quentin Tarantino and a Criterion release of a cult classic. Django Unchained (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) - $22.99 (43% off) A Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia [Blu-ray] - $17.99 (28% off) Iron Man: Rise of Technovore [Blu-ray] - $19.49 (37% off) A Monster In Paris (Blu-Ray + 3-D Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - $18.99 (24% off) Repo Man (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] - $27.86 (30% off) »
- Adam Chitwood
There are tons of awesome, foreign animated films out there, and the newest film to add to that list is “A Monster in Paris,” a new 3D-animated adventure that’s now on 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. The French film, directed by Bibo Bergeron and starring singer Vanessa Paradis, is a unique and heartwarming tale about finding friendship in people (or monsters) you’d least expect. Below, we’ve got tons of stuff for you to check out. First of all, there’s a cool slideshow of the film’s Parisian tour. We’ve also got some clips from the film and the film’s trailer. As you watch the trailer, I think you’ll find the [ Read More ]
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Django Unchained Obviously the #1 title for most people this week will be the release of Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-winning film Django Unchained, but where will you buy it? Obviously many will turn to Amazon, which is where the Buy Now link below will take you, but did you know you can pick it up at Target with exclusive steel book packaging and a bonus disc? Best Buy also has special steelbook packaging for you to conside. If you're picking up the Blu-ray edition it looks like you're going to be paying $22.99 no matter which of the three options you choose, the question is, which will you choose?
Repo Man (Criterion Collection) I've actually never seen Repo Man though I've heard and read many times it's a film I ought to give a shot. Netflix used to have it on streaming and when they did I almost watched it several times, »
- Brad Brevet
Moviefone's Pick of the Week "Django Unchained" What's It About? Quentin Tarantino's Western about a German bounty hunter freeing a southern slave (and all that comes with it), is at once a commentary on how barbaric the idea of slavery is/was and also a dark comedy about the horrors of the slave trade. See It Because: Some moments you'll be laughing out loud and at others you'll be morose and silent. In the end, you'll be cheering aloud for protagonist Jamie Foxx (Django), who's gunslinging badassery is one of the most memorable performances of the year. Moviefone's Blu-ray Pick of the Week "Repo Man" Criterion Collection What's It About? Uh well.... Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton star in this 1984 punk classic as a pair of repossession agents that race against rival thugs and government agents to locate a classic Chevy Malibu that may or may not have »
- Eric Larnick
This week: Quentin Tarantino's eighth film, the Oscar-winning "Django Unchained," starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson, finds emancipation on DVD and Blu-ray after a celebrated run at the box office.
Box Office: $163 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 89% Fresh
Storyline: Jamie Foxx plays the titular unchained slave in Quentin Tarantino's latest opus, which is set two years before the Civil War. After Django is set free by German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), the doctor convinces Django to help him hunt down the murderous Brittle brothers. Django remains focused on a singular goal: rescuing his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), whom he lost years ago to the slave trade. Fate intervenes when Django and Dr. »
- Robert DeSalvo
On Demand DVD New Releases April 15-21: Celebrate sending off your taxes with a movie! There’s a handful of new releases to choose from this week, including the Oscar-winning Django Unchained. If documentaries are more your speed, try Sushi: The Global Catch; for kids, consider A Monster in Paris or the animated Iron Man:Rise of Technovore. 33 Postcards A man is surprised when the young Chinese orphan he has sponsored for many years arrives in Sydney unexpectedly to thank him. Guy Pearce, Zhu Lin, Claudia Karvan (Nr, 1:34) 4/15 3 Blind Saints When Sam’s latest scheme blows up, he and his cohorts Jamal and Frankie have [...]
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- Meredith Ennis
“A Monster in Paris” is a critically acclaimed French animated movie directed by animation veteran Eric Bibo Bergeron (who directed “Road to El Dorado” and “A Shark’s Tale” and worked on countless others). It’s French so it’s no surprise that Luc Besson produced the film, as he has a thing for getting not just his own work out in the world, but other French filmmakers’ works as well. Taking place in 1910s Paris, the city has been flooded by the Seine River. The Eiffel tower is ankle deep in water and there are more boats in some parts of the city than there are cars. Raoul is childhood friends with Emile, a quiet film lover who works at a local cinema and longs to gain the confidence to speak to his crush Maud. Raoul on the other hand is all confidence and charm, even if it’s a bit misguided. »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 16, 2013
Price: DVD $14.97, Blu-ray 3D Combo $24.97
Studio: Shout! Factory
Rated PG, the foreign romance film tells the story of Franc, a monster created from a reaction between a flea and a crazy scientist’s mystery potion. Despite his strange looks, Franc is a soft-centered soul with a talent for music who becomes the talk of the town with the help of enchanting nightclub singer Lucille. But Franc also attracts the attention of Paris’ egotistical police commissioner, who’s hell bent on securing a big prize to help his battle to become mayor.
A Monster in Paris was produced by Luc Besson (Lockout) and written and directed by Bibo Bergeron (Shark Tale). The movie features the voices of Catherine O’Hara (Frankenweenie), Adam Goldberg (Miss Nobody »
Genre: Comedy | Adventure
Director: Bibo Bergeron
MPAA Rating: PG
Run Time: 90 minutes
A wacky inventor, his camera-crazy best friend and a madcap monkey make a massive mistake when let loose in a mad scientist’s laboratory. With lotions and potions spilling everywhere, the troublesome trio accidentally creates Franc, the product of a reaction between a common flea and one of the scientist’s mystery concoctions. What they fail to realize, however, is that this ‘monster’ is actually a soft-centered soul with an astounding talent for music.
With the help of an enchanting nightclub singer Lucille, Franc becomes the talk of the town, just as stories of Paris’s newest monster attract the attention of the egotistical police commissioner, hell bent on securing a big prize to help his battle to become mayor. The unwitting scientists and the singer must team up to protect Franc, »
- Jess Orso
La légende de Sarila (English title: The Legend of Sarila)
Directed by Nancy Florence Savard
For all the diversity and vibrancy one can easily find in Canadian culture, from ‘coast to coast to coast’ as the uniquely Canadian saying goes, the stories of the First Nations are the least shared in film, theater, television and music. Whether the brunt of the responsibility for this equally diverse culture’s lack of presence in traditional media lie with collective disinterest, some unwritten and unspoken stigma or even both, the fact remains that their history and stories remain mostly a mystery to the populace at large. In fairness, there have been exceptions to the unfortunate rule, such as the memorable film Atanarjuat from 2002 and the hit television series North of 60 which lasted several seasons. For the most part, it simply does not seem like »
- Edgar Chaput
Takings for Les Mis, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty warm up as the snow melts
Les Misérables opened spectacularly a couple of weekends ago with £8.13m, then suffered a hefty 46% drop on its second frame when blankets of snow discouraged cinemagoing across the country. For round three, would the stage musical adaptation rally its forces to man the box-office barricades, or crumble?
To the presumed delight of backers Universal and other interested parties, Tom Hooper's all-singing extravaganza has held up just fine, with a very modest 9% drop, for third-weekend takings of £4.01m, and a cume of £24.61m. Only four films released last year – Avengers Assemble, The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – managed three consecutive frames at £4m-plus, and all of them went on to achieve box office in excess of £50m.
- Charles Gant
The biggest title of note in today's batch of MPAA ratings is Zack Snyder's Superman film, Man of Steel, which like producer Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise is rated PG-13. No surprise there, but I'm sure some will be interested in the reason for the rating, which is "for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language." Whatever that could mean, I'm not too sure, but there you have it. Additionally we have a rating for Raman Bahrani's At Any Price (watch the trailer here), the upcoming thriller Dark Skies, the Weinstein's animated film Escape From Planet Earth and a late-in-the-game re-rate (well, actually just a new reason) for this Friday's comedy release, Movie 43. Finally comes a rating for a movie titled Unfinished Song, which is actually the new title for the Weinstein's Song for Marion, which was once thought as a potential Oscar contender, »
- Brad Brevet
2012 was a bumper year for family-friendly movies, both at the cinema and on DVD/Blu-ray. From the claymation efforts of Aardman, to the CG animated movies from Dreamworks, the year has seen many great movies released that appeal to kids of all ages – including me! These are my Top 5 favourites of 2012 (that I’ve actually seen), presented in no particular order:
Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, & directed by Joss Whedon from a screenplay by Joss Whedon, Marvel’s The Avengers (or Avengers Assemble as it was known here in the UK) is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series first published in 1963. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull »
19 items from 2013
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