moana sing along

Disney’s animated hit film Moana will be returning to movie theaters nationwide in a new “Sing-Along” version on January 27th 2017. The sing-along version of “Moana” includes the full feature film with on-screen lyrics, so audiences can belt out the words to their favorite songs. Find out the full details, after the jump.
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2017 pga nominations

One of the big surprises of this awards season so far has been Deadpool‘s emergence as the scrappy little superhero movie that could. While its Golden Globe nomination wasn’t entirely unexpected, its Writers Guild nomination raised a few eyebrows. And now the Merc’s managed to wrangle himself a Producers Guild nomination as well.

Otherwise, it’s business as usual for the PGA nominations, which also went to favorites like La La Land and Moonlight. See the full list of 2017 PGA nominations below.  Read More »

the SlashFilm Top 15 of 2016

For the past week, the entire /Film team has been bidding adieu to 2016 in style, publishing our personal lists counting down our favorite movies of the year. But those were just appetizers to the main event: the overall /Film top 15, where the personal lists of the entire staff are brought together to form one big list representing the site as a whole.

Blood was spilled. Tears were shed. Numbers were crunched. But we did it. This is the official, mathematically proven /Film Top 15 Films of 2016.

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Angie Han’s Top 10 Films of 2016

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Let’s skip the usual blather about whether 2016 was a good year for movies or a bad year for movies and just get right to it, shall we? I saw a lot of films in 2016. Here were some of my very favorites.

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Top 10 Movies of 2016

On occasion, there has been some argument among other film bloggers and journalists on Twitter as to whether this was an awful year for movies or not. When we look at the summer blockbuster season, it was mostly a bust this year. But if you were paying attention for good movies that were playing at the nearest indie theater, or ventured our to catch the lower key releases that only stick around the big multiplexes for a week or two at a time, that’s where the good stuff was.

The year 2016 was a bad one for sequels and reboots, but it was a good one for independent cinema, original science fiction, coming of age drama, family struggle, and incredible musical moments. All of this and more can be found in my personal list of the Top 10 Movies of 2016. But beware of some potential spoilers if you haven’t seen them!. Read More »

David Chen’s Top 10 Films of 2016

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This is a year where you had to work to see great films. Unlike last year, the vast majority of my favorite movies of 2016 weren’t movies that received wide releases, nor were they films that earned over $50 million at the box office. Instead, they were often quieter releases that I had to read up on in order to make sure I caught them during the 1-2 weeks they were playing in my city.

The good news is, if you did the work, you were richly rewarded. While the movie industry as a whole is not doing so hot, movies as a form of storytelling still feel as vital as ever. What follows are my top 10 movies of 2016.  Read More »

Moana Shiny Tamatoa (Jemaine Clement)

Much as I adore the Moana musical numbers, I can’t say I was particularly surprised by most of them. “We Know the Way” was heavily promoted in all the marketing materials, “How Far I’ll Go” is clearly being positioned as the next “Let It Go,” and of course the film’s second lead, Maui (Dwayne Johnson) would have to get a musical moment or two. So going into the theaters, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect from the soundtrack. But I definitely did not see “Shiny” coming.

Sung by Tamatoa — a big, mean crab voiced by Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement — “Shiny” is the antithesis to everything Moana stands for. Tamatoa twirls and sparkles as he preaches the importance of “be[ing] who you are on the outside,” all the while trying to capture Moana and Maui. Oh, and it’s also an obvious David Bowie homage, with Clement serving up his best impression. It’s weird and it’s unexpected and it’s totally delightful, and now that the Moana Shiny clip is out you definitely want to revisit it below. Read More »

Moana Print by Tom Whalen

This Friday, Cyclops Print Works will be releasing a brand new screenprinted poster Walt Disney Animation Studio’s new classic. Moana is one of my favorite movies of 2016 and I will definitely have to get my hands on this stunning Moana print by Tom Whalen. . Hit the jump to check out this beauty in full and find out where and when you can buy it!

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moana how far I'll go

I never wrote a full review of Moana, but I very much agree with the rave review published by our own Ethan Anderton. Veteran animation directors Ron Clements and John Musker have taken the Disney formula and polished it to a beautiful sheen, picking and choosing the ripest fruits from across the company’s canon and repurposing them in surprising, funny, and downright lovely ways. And then there’s the soundtrack from Lin-Manuel MirandaOpetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina, which makes Moana not just a fine entry in the Disney filmography, but a great musical. I’ll never forgive (the otherwise wonderful) Frozen for loading its first half with great songs and then deciding to stop being a musical in its third act. But Moana doesn’t have that problem.

Anyway, the real news here is that the full “How Far I’ll Go” sequence from the film has made its way to YouTube and you can watch it right now.

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Moana We Know the Way Clip

Chances are you’ve already seen Moana, and if you’ve already seen Moana, chances are you’ve got the songs stuck in your head. Maybe you’ve tried to get your fix by streaming the soundtrack on Spotify or downloading it on iTunes. But it’s just not the same without the bright, expressive visuals by Disney Animation, is it?

Happily, the Mouse House is sympathetic to our plight. The studio previously shared a clip showcasing Dwayne Johnson‘s big musical number “You’re Welcome,” and today they’ve unveiled another clip featuring “We Know the Way.” (Yes, Hamilton fans, that’s the one where you can hear Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s vocals.) Watch the Moana “We Know the Way” clip below. Read More »