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FANTASTIC MR. FOX
Fantastic Mr. Fox is as attuned to Wes Anderson’s filmmaking idiosyncrasies as any of his past work, and yet somehow it’s never felt more appropriate. Stranger still, he manages to stay true to the spirit of the book, despite Roald Dahl having his own offbeat brand of charm and quirk. It seems though that Dahl’s story gave Anderson exactly the starting-off point he needed, and he used the decidedly more simple and focused narrative to fashion a movie uniquely his own, in the best way possible. Anderson’s symmetrical framing and artful use of color translate perfectly to the animated world, and the rough, makeshift design of the sets and character design add an imperfect appeal that most animators wouldn’t even consider exposing audiences to in this day and age. If there’s one area that might’ve benefitted from an update it’s the faces of the characters, because though the old-school models fit nicely with the rest of the film’s stylistic approach, they come dangerously close to looking like dead-eyed puppets. This would probably be more of an issue were the voice acting not so perfect, and were the pace of the movie not so delightfully fast and fun. In a year filled with spectacular animated films, Fantastic Mr. Fox manages to stand out amongst them as the most interesting and original of the bunch.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Two featurettes (“From Script to Screen”, “Still Life (Puppet Animation)”), and A Beginner’s Guide to Whack-Bat. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as 4 documentary featurettes (“The Look Of Fantastic Mr. Fox”, “The Puppet Makers”, “The Cast”, “Bill And His Badger”), a Fantastic Mr. Fox: The World Of Roald Dahl featurette, a DVD copy of the film, and a digital copy.
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A batch of new posters have hit the interwebs today, including a final one-sheet for Robert Zemeckis‘ A Christmas Carol, the Lionsgate horror sequel SAW VI and the book adaptation Men Who Stare at Goats starring George Clooney. Preview the posters after the jump.
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Grant Heslov‘s war comedy The Men Who Stare at Goats premiered recently in Venice and will soon be playing the Toronto International Film Festival. Positive reviews are coming in, and the underlying impression is that if you were hoping for a kooky, madcap comedy based on the trailer, that’s more or less exactly what you’ll get. To bolster that impression, distributor Overture has released a short clip featuring George Clooney and Ewan McGregor; see it after the break. Read More »
Let’s face it. As far as superpowers go, the ability to move things with your brain is pretty awesome. Sure, flying is cool, turning invisible would have fun benefits, and super-strength could always come in handy. Plus it’s a lot cooler than all the “problem” superpowers, like having your entire body burst into flame, turning into some disgusting creature, or having your power be that you’re just extremely fat, and bouncy, like the Blob.
It’s just not the first power that leaps into people’s minds when they get asked, “If you could have one superpower, what would it be?” Maybe because that other stuff is too sexy. However, it’s the real thinking man or woman who chooses telekinesis, because once you realize the full potential of that power, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. As the telekinetic Push opens up this weekend, read on for an ultra-brief history of telekinesis, and find out how it’s affected cinematic history.
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Bad and Ugly has the first set photo of George Clooney in costume on the Albuquerque, New Mexico set of Grant Heslov’s adaptation of Men Who Stare at Goats. Based on Jon Ronson’s 2004 book about U.S. military efforts to develop paranormal powers for American soldiers. Clooney plays a U.S. Army First Earth Battallon unit member who goes to battle using ancient Chinese mind techniques.
If you’re a moviegoer who doesn’t generally dislike George Clooney but reacts to movie news about him like an allergic reaction to salt-and-peppered dander, you’ll want to make an exception here. The actor is set to star in an adaptation of Jon Ronson‘s book, Men Who Stare at Goats, a wily nonfiction account of the U.S. army’s history of dabbling in the supernatural that leads up to the current quagmire in Iraq. Here’s a synopsis from Amazon…
“As Ronson reveals, a secret wing of the U.S. military called First Earth Battalion was created in 1979 with the purpose of creating “Warrior Monks,” soldiers capable of walking through walls, becoming invisible, reading minds and even killing a goat simply by staring at it. …But Ronson soon learns that the Battalion’s bizarre ideas inspired some alarming torture techniques being used in the present-day War on Terror. One technique involves subjecting prisoners to 24 hours of Barney the Purple Dinosaur’s song, “I Love You,” and another makes use of the Predator, a small, toy-like object designed by military martial arts master Pete Brusso that can inflict a large amount of pain in many different ways…”
Cool subject matter almost lending itself to a Coens-esque romp, no? The film will be directed by multitasker Grant Heslov, a partner in Clooney’s Smoke House imprint, with a script by Peter Straughan (the upcoming adaptation of Toby Young’s How to Win Friends and Alienate People). After the prototypically classy Michael Clayton and Leatherheads, it’s time Clooney put on a nappy wig and went a little batshit like Nic Cage in Raising Arizona or Tom Hanks in Cast Away. Between this project, foregoing too much current event storyline, and September’s dark and quirky Burn After Reading, it would seem he’s headed on a similarly looney, and successful, trajectory.
via Variety (oh yeah, and shame, shame)