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Did Pixar rip off a French short with “Up?”

Posted by · 5:39 pm · June 16th, 2010

That seems to be the possibility put forth in this detailed /Film post, which concludes (somehow) that it was all a coincidence.  But truly, I wonder.  One of the commenters mentions “Finding Nemo” supposedly bearing a striking resemblance to a French children’s book. I have no answers.  None of consequence will likely be coming.  But […]

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The best films of a decade

Posted by · 5:10 am · December 21st, 2009

This column has been the elephant in my living room for months. Putting together a list of the year’s best films is easy. It’s fresh. It’s in your mind. It’s, in many ways, the expected culmination. Putting together a list of the decade’s best films is a different chore altogether. Yearly rankings fly out the […]

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Regrettable: ‘Ice Age 3’ becomes highest grossing animated film overseas

Posted by · 4:24 pm · August 6th, 2009

Those who follow the site know I’m a “Finding Nemo” devotee.  The film has grown on me more and more over the years, and despite landing at #3 on my 2003 top 10, I’ve been toying with the idea of including it in my top 10 films of the decade list (which will be unveiled […]

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‘Up’ becomes Pixar’s second-highest grosser ever

Posted by · 10:22 am · July 5th, 2009

I expect Chad may get into some of this later in today’s Sunday Cents column (unless his silly inflation observation gets in the way), but Pixar’s “Up” grossed another $6.5 million today, bringing the domestic total to $264.8 million, surpassing the $261.4 million “The Incredibles” racked up in the fall of 2004 to become the […]

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THE LISTS: Ranking 14 years of Pixar

Posted by · 12:34 pm · May 26th, 2009

This weekend, Pixar Animation Studios will be releasing its 10th feature film, “Up.”  For many, with the film having successfully opened this year’s Cannes International Film Festival, the occasion has marked another milestone in the studio’s continued maturation. In my recent review of the film, I wrote, “Watching Pixar Animation grow and develop as a […]

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Pixar on Blu-ray…whither ‘Nemo?’

Posted by · 1:28 pm · April 2nd, 2009

Probably the most beautiful films to watch on high definition are animated films, and at the very top of that tier, Pixar’s lot looks astounding.  I own each of the available titles (yes, even “WALL-E,” much to the shock of those who still think I hated the film).  But so far it’s just “Cars,” “Ratatouille” […]

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Revisiting ‘Nemo’

Posted by · 4:47 pm · July 17th, 2008

I still haven’t made it out to see “WALL-E” since returning to the States, but today I thought I’d pop “Finding Nemo” into the player and soak up some of that old Andrew Stanton goodness in the meantime.  And it really does stand-up as the most sensational entry in Pixar’s steadily increasing portfolio. Back in […]

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What is the most watched film of all time?

Posted by · 3:46 pm · July 8th, 2008

It’s a question that just came to me this evening when talking with some friends.  What would you say is the most watched film of all time?  How many films would even be on that list of contenders? Off the top of my head I would have to consider “The Wizard of Oz” and “It’s […]

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Counting down the best of Pixar

Posted by · 1:53 am · June 27th, 2008

In honor of today’s release of Walt Disney/Pixar’s “WALL-E” (it seems we’re sticking with the hyphen), the gang at New York Magazine’s Vulture blog have offered up a countdown of the best films in Pixar’s consistently impressive portfolio. I have to say, I share their opinion that “The Incredibles” simply…isn’t all that.  I was on […]

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