From 'Toy Story' to 'Inside Out': Ranking all of Pixar's films

Posted by · 12:21 pm · June 12th, 2015

Twenty years, 15 feature films, and a whole lot of quality work to go around. Ask us again next year and the order might be different, but for now, taking a stab at ranking the films of Pixar Animation Studios…

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In praise of the modern movie soundtrack

Posted by · 7:41 am · August 5th, 2011

I generally try to ignore film opinion pieces I think are fundamentally misguided — à chacun son goût and all that, plus the fact that fighting one mind is generally more trouble than it’s worth — but Ben Walsh’s idle article in The Independent today on the supposed demise of the movie soundtrack does such […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Dolla billz, y’all!

Posted by · 10:15 am · November 8th, 2010

A reader comment got me thinking on box office and Oscar as the usual blockbuster and genre fare led the way in ticket sales this weekend.  It dawned on me that pickins might be extra slim when it comes to representing populist filmmaking in 2010’s Best Picture crop. Box office and finding room for ratings-friendly […]

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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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Interviews with the winners

Posted by · 10:25 am · March 8th, 2010

Before we close the book on 2009, here’s one last rundown of our interviews with this year’s Oscar recipients.  It was lovely to meet with them all as this was truly, for the most part, a season of camaraderie. “The Cove” Louie Psihoyos (Best Documentary Feature) “Crazy Heart” Jeff Bridges (Best Actor) Ryan Bingham and […]

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If YOU had a ballot

Posted by · 11:52 am · March 7th, 2010

Tonight’s the big night, and as we close in on the final hours of the 2009-2010 film awards season, I thought I’d offer up this list (another one!), which reflects how you, the readership, would like the night’s festivities to go.  These are the results of the daily polls that accompanied our Oscar Guide series […]

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Guy’s final Oscar predictions

Posted by · 8:23 pm · March 6th, 2010

And so it comes to this: more months than I care to count of watching, thinking, sweating, fretting, writing, deleting and occasionally not caring boil down to single predictions in 24 categories. There’s a lot to get through here, and I’m not going to delay things with an introduction. Well, except for this one caveat […]

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Nut up or shut up: final predictions

Posted by · 11:36 am · March 6th, 2010

As I look over my final predictions for tomorrow night’s Oscar ceremony, I notice that I’ve made only one change — in the Best Live Action Short category — since taking my initial stab the day of the nominations.  And I haven’t made a single change since I started the Oscar Guide series. Am I […]

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Snark reigns during Oscar season

Posted by · 11:31 am · March 6th, 2010

More at College Humor.

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Picture

Posted by · 9:37 am · March 6th, 2010

And here we are. With one day until the Oscar ceremony, we wrap up our Oscar Guide series with a look at the 10 nominations for Best Picture. Yes, 10. The Academy decided to pump up the intrigue by expanding its Best Picture field this year in an attempt at securing some love for more […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

Posted by · 11:54 am · March 5th, 2010

Best Original Screenplay: 2009’s most difficult category to predict. Why? Certainly not because of each contender’s merits (when does that ever come into play with the Academy). No, this field is a hair-puller because you have a vibrant, likable personality up against the Best Picture frontrunner, always a recipe for a close race (and, sometimes, […]

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TECH SUPPORT INTERVIEW: Composer symposium, part two

Posted by · 1:22 pm · February 26th, 2010

I think everyone who has seen Pixar’s “Up” was utterly taken by the scene “Married Life,” where emotions ran high and three characters were built between images and music.  As Kris mentioned in this morning’s Oscar Guide, composer Michael Giacchino had the full aural attention of the audience for 10 minutes. Speaking to Giacchino, it’s […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Music (Original Score)

Posted by · 11:26 am · February 26th, 2010

For years the composers of the music branch tended to be a bit insular. Impressive newcomer talent was often ignored while the usual suspects showed up year after year. Not long ago, there seemed to be a shift, yielding slates much like the one we have for 2009. There is one first-timer, but other nominees […]

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2/22 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:01 am · February 22nd, 2010

• Scott Feinberg talks at length with Harvey Weinstein, who had a busy week of Pied Pipering the Oscar bloggers last week. [And the Winner Is…] • Presumed costume design frotnrunner Sandy Powell sure is making the rounds.  She sits down with Paul Gaita to discuss the threads of “The Young Victoria.” [The Envelope] • […]

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‘The Hurt Locker’ sweeps BAFTA Awards

Posted by · 11:34 am · February 21st, 2010

The writing, in case you hadn’t already read it, is on the wall. In the biggest BAFTA haul for a non-British production since “American Beauty” a decade ago, Kathryn Bigelow’s Iraq drama took six awards at the Royal Opera House, including Best Film, Director and Original Screenplay. Next up: Oscars. And plenty of ’em, I’m […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Sound Editing

Posted by · 10:43 am · February 16th, 2010

This year marked the first year in recent memory that the Motion Picture Sound Editors offered up its list of nominees prior to the Oscar nominations announcement rather than after. Generally that batch of tea leaves is therefore elusive for those of us looking for indicators along the way. Nevertheless, there wasn’t a huge shift […]

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‘Hurt Locker,’ ‘Hangover’ win with ACE

Posted by · 10:08 pm · February 14th, 2010

Friday we spotlighted the film editing category in our daily Oscar Guide feature.  Tonight at the Beverly Hilton, the editors themselves had their say at the 60th annual ACE Eddies ceremony. Bob Murawski and Chris Innis were the big winners in the drama category for “The Hurt Locker” (my prediction for the Oscar win), while […]

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Up, up and away

Posted by · 9:36 am · February 10th, 2010

Back in a November installment of Off the Carpet, I noted that, by my measure, the films of 2009 reflected a particular theme.  “I’ve always come back to one thought on this year’s slate of films: catharsis,” I wrote at the time.  “With expected exceptions here and there, in one way or another, the bulk […]

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