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)