“Adventure is out there” is the motto of an entire generation of kids in the film Up. While today kids grow up wanting to be Jedis and superheroes, back in the opening years of Up every kid wanted to be an explorer and discover exotic new lands filled with fantastic beauty and fanciful creatures. Carl as a young child dreams of such daring deeds as trekking to the peak of Mount Everest and crossing the Grand Canyon. Continue reading Up (2009)
Wes Anderson has done it again. When I initially saw the trailer for the film something about it screamed failure. The archaic stop-motion animation, the lack of a strong plot and a cast of characters that look to be one dimensional all seemed like the potential for some wire thin filmmaking with covered up with a few charming elements. But once again Wes Anderson has flirted with near disaster and sidestepped simplicity by a narrow margin. And to make my own review a bit of a challenge I’m going to refrain from using the q-word that gets slapped on every Wes Anderson picture. Continue reading Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
SPOILER ALERT: Major plot points and ending discussed.
This could be one of the most impressive years for animated films. With such summer films as the post-apocalyptic 9 and Pixar’s yearly outing with Up as well as films on the horizon like Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Princess and the Frog it’s a great year to be an animation fan. But against such highly marketed and promoted films one of the most distinct, creative and surreal animated features is likely to get overlooked: the now distant Coraline. Continue reading Coraline (2009)
Post-apocalyptic filmmaking is on the rise. With recent films like the animated WALL-E, and Terminator: Salvation as well as the upcoming The Book of Eli and The Road its safe to say we are caught in the upswing of a moviemaking trend. But it’s safe to say that none will be quite like Shane Acker’s 9. The complex narrative, distinct visual style and creative universe ensures that whatever else comes, 9 will remain a unique and distinct movie experience. Continue reading 9 (2009)