6/19 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:47 am · June 19th, 2009

• What is “entertainment news?” [CNN] • The top 10 Woody Allen proxies, in honor of Larry David’s performance in “Whatever Works.” [Spout Blog] • Hollywood sets its sights on “happening” Washington, D.C. [USA Today] • A few days after we discussed the exciting social networking cinephile destination The Auteurs, Andrew O’Hehir writes at considerable […]

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INTERVIEW: 20 questions with ‘Up’ director Pete Docter

Posted by · 12:49 pm · May 29th, 2009

Pete Docter’s filmmaking career is as tethered to the history of Pixar as it gets.  After all, he was the third animator hired by John Lasseter back in 1990, when the company was a fledgling computer-animation house making it’s name in short films and commercials.  Nineteen years (and 10 features) later, the studio has more […]

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One against ‘Up’

Posted by · 7:57 am · May 29th, 2009

No surprise that the first unmitigated critical slam for “Up” should come from the reliably cranky Armond White, who has made his disdain for Pixar’s output clear on a number of previous occasions. His review goes on to lay out his wider problem with “Pixarism” (good word, that), namely that the films are just too […]

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Never occurred to me

Posted by · 10:25 am · May 27th, 2009

Our own John Foote made an interesting point in our Pixar list from yesterday.  Concerning the final shot of “Monsters, Inc.” (which brings your humble teddy bear servant to a near tear every time), Foote writes that it is a “lovely Chaplin homage…when the big monster (Sully) opens the door to Boo’s room and smiles […]

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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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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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