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Film: 30 Movies in 30 Days: Day 23

August 8, 2010 4 comments

This post is part of a month-long project, answering thirty topics about movies over thirty days. The subject for the twenty-third day is:

Favourite animation

When it comes to the top tier of animation films there are really only two studios competing, Pixar and Studio Ghibli, and for me those two are ahead of classic Disney and the other big animation movies (although films like The Lion King and The Land Before Time are excellent). Both studios already have one entry so far in this project, with Pixar’s Up making an appearance on day one and Studio Ghibli’s Grave of the Fireflies on day four, each ahead of live action films in their respective categories. When it comes to absolute favourite I think I have to go with:

WALL-E

WALL-E

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WALL-E is pretty unusual for a blockbuster movie release, even for a studio like Pixar that always comes up with unusual scenarios for its films. WALL-E himself has an incredibly limited vocabulary, only able to manage a few words, and so does EVE, the other main character of the film. Most of the start of the film has almost no dialogue and Pixar really shines there, telling their story and plenty of jokes without words. Even when proper speaking characters are introduced it’s still WALL-E and EVE who carry the film and do so wonderfully.

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Film: 30 Movies in 30 Days: Day 17

August 2, 2010 6 comments

This post is part of a month-long project, answering thirty topics about movies over thirty days. The subject for the seventeenth day is:

A movie that disappointed you the most

One film immediately came to mind for this one as an ideal example, but I’ve subsequently thought of something else that is at least as relevant that I also want to cover here. That means this will be a double entry, kicking off with the one I thought of first:

 

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End

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The first film in the series, Curse of the Black Pearl, was a real surprise. Pirate films haven’t exactly been much of a success for some time but the film was fun, had a great cast (with Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow and Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa being the highlights), and a lot of great moments (such as Jack’s initial entrance on a sinking ship). It told an entertaining story of cursed pirate gold and betrayal and was a great film, so expanding it into a trilogy didn’t sound like a bad idea.

Then came Dead Man’s Chest, and like most sequels it threw in a few more storylines to keep track of. With Barbossa defeated in the first film it added two new villains, Davy Jones (who ferries those lost at sea into the afterlife after offering them the chance to join his crew) and the East India Company’s Cutler Beckett. Jack needs to find Jones’ heart (stored in the titular chest) to force Jones to call off the kraken that’s been sent after him, Beckett wants the heart to control Jones and the kraken to give him control over the entire sea and wipe out all pirates, and Will wants the heart to stab it and free his father from Jones’ service. There are a lot of threads running concurrently and there are some action sequences (the island tribe and the lengthy sword fight) that go on a bit too long but I still liked the film, which was a lot of fun and managed to further develop its characters and give them some great moments.

Then came At World’s End. One of the strangest things about the film is that it was filmed back-to-back with Dead Man’s Chest but doesn’t in any way feel like it, coming across more as a sequel that the writers tried to shoe-horn onto a predecessor that wasn’t set up for it.

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Film: 30 Movies in 30 Days: Day 01

July 17, 2010 5 comments

This post is part of a month-long project, answering thirty topics about movies over thirty days. The subject for the first day is:

The best movie you saw during the last year

It’s a fairly general question. Should I just include films that released within the last twelve months? Should I just include films I’ve not seen before? Or should I include any film I’ve seen within the past year, even if I’ve seen it before? The latter is no good because question thirty is about my favourite film of all time, which will be one of several choices that I’ve watched again within the last twelve months, so I’d be repeating myself. With that in mind I’ll answer all three versions:

The best movie you saw that released during the last year:

Carl and Russel

Up

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Pixar really are fantastic, and the way they’ve managed to make Disney relevant again is an incredible feat. While I don’t universally adore all their films (Ratatouille and Cars did little for me) they really have put out some of my favourite films (not just animated or childrens’ films). Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and especially WALL-E are all marvellous.

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Web – The Psychology of a Bleep

January 18, 2010 Leave a comment

In internet terms this is a little old (almost a year!), but I’ve only just seen it. Before I post it I’ll embed the original version, Sesame Street’s Count singing about how he loves to count:

Now check out this version, where every ‘count’ has been replaced with the beep typically used to mask swearing:

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This Week 13 – January 10th, 2010

January 13, 2010 Leave a comment

The web gets a little quieter over the holidays so there wasn’t quite enough to justify a This Week post (especially as the holiday period also meant I spent less time on the internet finding things). Everything is back in full force now though and I have a healthy collection of links to share:

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I knew that Disney liked to recycle a lot of their older stuff (from things like this collection of images), but this video highlights just to what extent:

(via Cracked)

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Film: Prince of Persia trailer does its job

November 4, 2009 Leave a comment

That is, it does a convincing job of looking to be an entertaining fantasy film that possibly isn’t butchering the source material:

Of course, trailers are supposed to present their films in the best possible light (that’s pretty much their entire function), but there’s nothing particularly worrying there.  The dagger and Sands of Time are in, as is the prince, and there seems to be an epic battle for the fate of the world that also happens to involve some climbing and acrobatics.  That would be faithful enough for me, especially as the Prince games do seem to go through regular reinventions, so an acrobatic prince in a Persian setting who saves a princess/the world is pretty much all it needs to have to stay true.

It doesn’t mean the film will be any good though, and I imagine most gamers are long past the point where they look at video game adaptations (or even just any film with a gaming element) with any sort of optimism.

Gaming: Epic Mickey Looks Interesting

October 16, 2009 Leave a comment
GameInformer fact: "Mickey's iconic mouse ears are always visible on screen, no matter what direction he faces - a guidelines for the character straight from Disney."

GameInformer fact: "Mickey's iconic mouse ears are always visible on screen, no matter what direction he faces - a guideline for the character straight from Disney."

Having been rumoured for a while now, GameInformer has the official reveal and preview of Epic Mickey, the new Wii exclusive from gaming legend Warren Spector, and his first game as part of Disney Interactive.  It’s apparently an attempt to “re-launch” the character of Mickey Mouse, making him more like the original character before he became wholly pure, friendly and rather bland.  Spector himself seems to be something of a Disney fanboy – at least, the early Disney – which, when combined with his gaming talents, make him the perfect person to handle such a task.

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