Congratulations, Pixar

Posted by · 4:57 am · September 7th, 2009

I just realized I probably should have posted something about Pixar (and directors John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Brad Bird, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich) receiving the Golden Lion for career achievement in Venice yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately, not having been present for the occasion, I can’t offer much beyond that fact.

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In praise of model and practical effects work in ‘Moon’

Posted by · 9:25 am · August 17th, 2009

The success of Neill Blomkamp’s “District 9,” (thoughts) and hopefully (eventually), Duncan Jones’s “Moon” (review) has fed into what I’ve been consistently calling a banner year for sci-fi cinema in 2009.  That is, of course, assuming “Avatar” does come along and lay a giant egg in December. One of the galvanizing aspects to, well, two […]

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‘American Graffiti’ — why it still resonates, 36 years later

Posted by · 8:56 am · July 24th, 2009

George Lucas grew up in a small town, Modesto, California, where on Friday nights the guys hopped in their freshly washed and waxed cars and cruised the streets, rock and roll blaring out of the rolled down windows. Everyone knew each other so the streets were alive as though one big party were happening. Lucas, […]

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Unfortunate then and now

Posted by · 9:03 am · June 15th, 2009

(Courtesy: /Film)

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TRUTH

Posted by · 1:10 pm · October 9th, 2008

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Edward Norton and the not-so-jolly green giant

Posted by · 9:51 am · June 24th, 2008

What can be said of the fearless Edward Norton, who recently became an on-screen comic book hero?  I never understood his choice to take on the role of Bruce Banner, a.k.a. The Incredible Hulk.  And now, post-release, I’m still puzzled. He walked into a franchise that became a fast mess just five years ago.  And […]

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‘Crystal Skull’ biggest Indy?

Posted by · 10:51 am · June 9th, 2008

Forgive me if I’m wrong, but I believe this weekend “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” passed “Raiders of the Lost Ark” to become the most successful of the Indy films. Granted, counting in inflation, “Raiders” might still be ahead, but probably not for long. One has to wonder how long it […]

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Will Francis Ford Coppola ever see an Oscar again?

Posted by · 5:03 pm · May 13th, 2008

The first time I saw “Apocalypse Now” I staggered out of the theater stunned by what I had seen on screen. I remember sitting on Bloor Street with this burning need to tell people what I just witnessed, what I had seen and how profoundly it had galvanized my soul. At that moment I began […]

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Fans anxious for the ‘Dark’ — What about Dr. Jones?

Posted by · 12:43 am · May 12th, 2008

When I posted last week’s poll regarding most anticipated summer films, I had an inkling Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” would be a heavy favorite. I didn’t, however, expect it to claim nearly 75% of the readership’s votes. Impressive, indeed. (And you all know which direction I leaned on that one.) “Indy 4” and “Wall-E” […]

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