Posted on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 by Angie Han
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It’s a rare honor to receive a little gold man at the Academy Awards. It’s an even rarer one to receive a little gold man made out of Lego bricks. Think about it: Whereas thousands of Oscars have been handed out over the decades, including several dozen just last night, maybe a few dozen Lego Oscars have ever been given out at the ceremony, all of them last night.
But if you weren’t one of the lucky few to pick up a Lego Oscar last night, don’t worry — you can always make your own. A video shows how the Lego Oscars came together. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
The latest Screen Junkies honest trailer is bound to set some people off. It’s for The Lego Movie and while the beginning totally admits the film is sweet and entertaining, the rest does not. The Lego Movie Honest Trailer hammers home their idea that the whole film is just one big commercial for Lego.
This trailer mentions how the film was snubbed for the Oscar, lists every single playset released based on the film, discusses how the film helped boost Lego’s sales, and even includes a brand new song called “Everything’s a Product,” set to the tune of “Everything Is Awesome.” (Which actually was nominated for an Oscar.)
It’s bitingly cynical, and yes Honest, but does it cross a line? Watch The Lego Movie Honest Trailer below and let us know what you think. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
Hiccup and Toothless are proving unstoppable this awards season. Hot off their Globes win, How to Train Your Dragon 2 earned top honors at this weekend’s Annie Awards, and another five trophies besides. Meanwhile, The Boxtrolls picked up two (for production design and for Ben Kingsley‘s voice acting), while The Lego Movie took just one (for writing).
Get the full list of 2015 Annie Awards winners after the jump. Read More »
We expect the annual announcement of Academy Awards nominations to come with a healthy set of surprises, and usually a few snubs for films that arguably deserve to be in the final round of contention for one of the biggest arts awards in the world. This year’s set of snubs was more pronounced than most, with a set of nominations that ignores the diversity of great filmmakers and films that hit theaters in 2014. We know the Academy is made up of old (less than 14% under 50), white (94%) men (77%), but even with that understood, this year’s crop of nominees is sadly, even pathetically homogenous.
Granted, there are some pleasant surprises, too, if not nearly as many as there are snubs. Here’s a list of twelve major 2015 Oscar snubs and surprises.
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Posted on Thursday, January 15th, 2015 by Angie Han
One of the more surprising omissions from this morning’s Oscar nominations was The Lego Movie. Despite its immense popularity with both critics and general audiences last year, The Lego Movie somehow failed to secure a nomination for Best Animated Feature.
But it’s okay, because when the bad news came, co-director Phil Lord reacted the way any Master Builder would: he built his own. Meanwhile, co-director Chris Miller chose to celebrate the Oscar nomination it did get — Best Original Song, for “Everything Is Awesome.” See their reactions to the Lego Movie snub after the jump. Read More »
I was watching Gone Girl for the fourth time and admiring how David Fincher (and his cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth) majestically shot Ben Affleck‘s character Nick Dunne’s cat and I began to wonder about the cat’s true role in the story. The cat is featured too prominently to be just a background prop. What did the cat mean?
As I thought about this I began to realize that there had been a lot of big screen kitties this year. The New York Times notes in their review that “cats are the new dogs,” and judging from the list of animals in this article, they might be right. But as I started to think about it more, it wasn’t just cats but dogs and some actually amazing performances by other animals in this past year of film. So the list of best animal performances of 2014 grew and grew. After the jump you will find my examination of why 2014 was the year of animal movie performances and what it all means. Read More »
Oscar-nominations are just a few days away and one of the few you can all but lock up is that The Lego Movie will be nominated for Best Animated Feature. Once it’s nominated, the studio has to make a push for the win and they do that by releasing awesome videos like this.
They’ve just released a new featurette online that shows the absolutely stunning detail that went into creating the film. Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord talk about the extensive research, influences and so much more that went into making the movie look like it was actually made of Legos. Watch The Lego Movie Making of video below. Read More »
Top-ten lists can be predictable. They often feature the same 15 or so movies, recycled and reshuffled to a point where it’s pretty obvious those were the best movies of the year — or at least the ones that made it to the top of the consensus pile. But out of the hundreds of films released every year, why cut it off at ten?
This list is not the ten best movies of 2014. These are the films that almost made the cut. Numbers 11-25. I decided to feature them because, unlike my top ten, these movies are at least a bit more varied. Foreign films, independent films, documentaries, animation, the movies on this list come from all over and contain at least a few surprises in an otherwise tired format.
Make no mistake. The films I previously wrote about, in my opinion, are the ten best of 2014. But these movies are pretty damn great too. Below read my not quite top 10 movies of 2014.
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As the 2014 year has officially come to an end, I thought it would be nice to take a look at the highest grossing movies of 2014. How many of the top 10 grossing films had a superhero character? The answer is six. How many films in the top 30 grossing are not based on an existing property (adaptation, remake, reboot…etc) or a sequel? Only four! Hit the jump and you can find the top 50 grossing films of the year.
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Focus, simplicity and control. As I look back over the films of 2014, the ones that most stay with me are not the sprawling epics or the movies that tried to cram a surplus of ideas or technique into one story. (Sorry, Birdman and Interstellar.) They’re the movies, not even necessarily the “small” ones, that exhibit something specific in filmmaking technique, or unusually refined in their approach to story. 2014 was packed with movies I loved, and this list could easily be three times as long as it is. Below, you’ll find the ten films that have stuck with me most intensely, along with a page of extra picks that all offer something special, too. Read More »