Finding Dory opens in theaters this summer, and we all know what that means: a new Pixar short film is on the way. The company’s latest short, Piper, follows a baby sandpiper that must conquer its fear of the water in order to eat. Alan Barillaro directed Piper, which he was inspired to make after witnessing thousands of birds flying away from waves, only to then return to the ocean to eat.
Below, Barillaro discusses his experience of making the Pixar short Piper.
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Between 2011 and 2014, Marvel Studios released five short films called Marvel One-Shots. Each short film told a side story that tied into part of the larger cinematic universe, featuring some of the films’ stars such as Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson, Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter and Ben Kinglsey as the faux Mandarin, a.k.a. Trevor Slattery. Each was released on home video packaged with one of the Marvel films, but after Thor: The Dark World, they stopped. However, in a new interview, Captain America: Civil War directing duo Anthony & Joe Russo hint at Marvel One-Shots returning, possibly in the form of original online content. Read More »
Even though Star Wars: The Phantom Menace only gave Darth Maul a total of 15 minutes of screen time and a handful of lines (which were delivered by Guardians of the Galaxy star Peter Serafinowicz instead of on-screen actor Ray Park), he is one of the favorite villains of the entire sci-fi saga. The villain may have met his demise in the movie, but he went on to live with the help of mechanical enhancements in The Clone Wars and has seen several other stories broaden the character’s history.
But a group of fans wanted to do Darth Maul a little more justice by crafting an impressive fan film. In Darth Maul: Apprentice, the Sith trainee must keep his training base a secret by dispatching with any Jedi Knights who happen to stumble upon his secret hideout where he’s learning the ways of the dark side. As you expect, some pretty amazing lightsaber fights ensue.
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Unfortunately, we have no idea when/if we’ll get another feature film from Spike Jonze, the director who brought us Her, Where the Wild Things Are, Adaptation and Being John Malkovich. That’s definitely a bummer, but to hold us over, Spike Jonze brought his filmmaking talents to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert by shooting a sweet short film to open the show instead of the usual lively title sequence. There’s even a familiar friendly face that makes an appearance to make it even more wonderful. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s not uncommon for films to be described as “love letters” to whatever city they’re set in. Just look at the way critics and cinephiles describe the New York-set works of Spike Lee or Martin Scorsese or Woody Allen, for example. But the “Cities of Love” film series make the connection more explicit. First Paris je t’aime travelled all through the city’s various arrondissements with narrative filmmakers ranging from Alfonso Cuarón to Wes Craven to Alexander Payne, then New York, I Love You did the same with Mira Nair, Brett Ratner, and Natalie Portman.
Now the franchise has traveled south of the equator to bring us Rio, I Love You (or Rio, Eu Te Amo). The film features ten short vignettes by Fernando Meirelles (City of God), José Padilha (Elite Squad), Paolo Sorrentino (Youth), and more, starring actors like Rodrigo Santoro, Wagner Moura, Emily Mortimer, John Turturro, Vincent Cassel, and Harvey Keitel. Check out the first Rio, I Love You trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Ugh, Mondays, right? It doesn’t matter if you actually love your job — the start of the work week can be rough. Here you are, coming off of two glorious days of fun and relaxation and freedom, and now it’s time to put all that out of your head and get back to the grind. It’s so tempting to sit back in that cubicle and just let your mind wander, trying to hold on to that warm weekend feeling just a little while longer.
All of which makes Monday morning kind of the perfect time to check out the delightful short film Darby Forever. Saturday Night Live‘s Aidy Bryant plays the title character, an unassuming fabric store employee who passes time by escaping into colorful fantasies. It’s the perfect antidote to your workday blues, and it runs about 20 minutes long which means it’ll bring you about 20 minutes closer to the end of your day. Retta, Natasha Lyonne, and Luka Jones also star. Read More »
Disney has released the first in a new series of Star Wars animated short films titled LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises a prequel to Episode VIII featuring characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The first short in the series, titled Poe to the Rescue, originally premiered on Monday, February 15th at 8pm ET on DisneyXD, but is now online for everyone to enjoy. Watch LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises Poe To The Rescue now after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Gareth Evans is one of the most gifted action directors working today. I cannot imagine what it would be like to shrug off The Raid or The Raid 2, but I feel sorry for anyone who can muster that reaction. Here is a filmmaker whose bravery behind the camera is matched only by the fearlessness of the actors, martial artists and stuntmen he places in front of it.
Anyway, Evans got bored and decided to make a short film. Okay, that’s a serious simplification of Gareth’s latest piece of action mayhem, but the Welsh director did just throw together an action packed short about three dueling warriors with a legit skeleton crew that’s more impressive than most big budget action movies.
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Posted on Friday, January 8th, 2016 by Angie Han
No one is better than Pixar at making grown-ups cry. They’re so good at it, in fact, that they don’t even necessarily need dialogue or a feature-length running time to bring on the sniffles. Sometimes, a few minutes of brightly colored animation is all it takes to get the eyes stinging with tears.
That was definitely the case for me with Sanjay’s Super Team, which premiered last fall in front of The Good Dinosaur. The seven-minute animation follows a boy whose Saturday morning cartoon-watching is interrupted when his father insists he join him in meditation. The boy is initially annoyed and bored, but some superpowered friends help him come to a better understanding of his father.
The premise is a simple one, but it sets up an intensely personal piece of work — it’s based on the real experiences of its director, Sanjay Patel — and it feels like one. In a new Sanjay’s Super Team featurette, Patel explains what the movie means to him, and shows us his father’s emotional reaction to the film. Watch it after the jump. Read More »