February 18, 2013

The films in the category of Animated Feature are wonderful, and I have struggled to find my favorite. My first review in this category, for The Pirates! Band of Misfits, is submitted for your consideration.


Dog’s Eye View

February 18, 2013

Review of the animated short: Adam and Dog.

With time running out as the Academy Awards approaches, I have to choose which movies I will have time to review. I have seen all the major films, and at time of writing, reviews of Argo, Lincoln, Les Miserables (to name a few) exist only in my mind. But given the limited time remaining, I have decided to focus first on the movies that touched me the most. And so my most recent reviews are for Animated Shorts – available on YouTube and worth your time and consideration.

Animated Wonder

February 16, 2013

A new review of Head Over Heels.

I want to take a moment to stress the wonder that is occurring in the realm of animated films. Year after year, films in this category recall and employ the acts of eternal storytelling. But more than that, they further use the milieu to enhance the visual element, taking us to places not possible in a real-action movies.

Head Over Heels joins a pantheon of great animated films this year. With all of the story elements it manages to convey, in 10 minutes and 27 seconds, with no dialog, it takes its place among the movies of the year.


Poster, finally

February 13, 2013

Thank you, Academy, for waiting until February 12 – and twelve days before the Academy Awards – to release your official poster.

The design is not bad – a definite improvement from recent years, but you can do better. Look again at 2002.

Zero Dark Thirty

February 12, 2013

New review of Zero Dark Thirty. I never thought I’d say that a film that runs 2.5 hours deserves to win for Film Editing.

The Best Picture of 2012

February 3, 2013

Did you like Lincoln? Argo?

Try this – this is the movie of 2012 – Amour.

The Soundtrack to Our Lives

February 3, 2013

New review of “Waiting for Sugar Man“. This is a story for the ages, and the gold-standard example of what is a documentary.

Have you seen a documentary lately? I posit you have not. Not because you haven’t seen a film so classified, but because we have become lazy in our standards of what a documentary is. No commentary. No editorializing. No political or social message. Just a story – a story we all should see and hear.

And to the story itself: can you transform a generation, and a nation, and not even know? Watch this film and find out.