(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs.)
With Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson returns to the magical world of stop-motion for the first time since Fantastic Mr. Fox. The results are frustrating. On one hand, Anderson has crafted a genuinely emotional, frequently funny adventure focused on man’s best friend. On another hand, Anderson has, for some inexplicable reason, decided to use the film to turn Japanese culture into a punchline.
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There are plenty of featurettes released every week that have talking heads from directors, actors, producers and other crew members to help explain to audiences what’s so special about the movie they’re working on. Every now and then, one comes along that does something a little different, and this time it’s director Wes Anderson and his stop-motion animated adventure Isle of Dogs.
Instead of talking to the voice actors behind the dogs with a cardboard cutout of the poster behind them, Wes Anderson had Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Liev Schriber, F. Murray Abraham, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Bob Balaban, and Tilda Swinton interviewed about the movie, and then created animation as if their canine characters were doing the Isle of Dogs cast interviews themselves. Read More »
Isle of Dogs, one of /Film’s most anticipated films of 2018, just had its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, and reviews are leaping in. The consensus? They’re very good dogs, folks. Wes Anderson’s latest stop motion marvel features an all-star cast that includes Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunichi Nomura, Ken Watanabe, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Courtney B. Vance, Fisher Stevens, Nijiro Murakami, Harvey Keitel, Koyu Rankin, Liev Schreiber, Bob Balaban, Scarlett Johansson,Tilda Swinton, Akira Ito, Akira Takayama, F. Murray Abraham, Yojiro Noda, Mari Natsuki, Yoko Ono, and Frank Wood.
Below, feast your eyes on our early Isle of Dogs reviews round-up.
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There’s a new Isle of Dogs clip, and it’s predictably delightful. Wes Anderson‘s new stop-motion film boasts a stellar cast of voice actors while once again transferring the filmmaker’s trademark style to an animated playing field. The new Isle of Dogs clip is light on plot, but big on personality and dog fights. Watch it below.
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Wes Anderson‘s latest stop-motion extravaganza Isle of Dogs looks pretty darn charming, brimming with Anderson’s trademark visual flare and style (only shrunken down into miniature form). A brand new Isle of Dogs poster just arrived online, and it is loaded with very good dogs (and also some robots). See the Isle of Dogs poster below.
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Sooner or later, Netflix gets everyone. Renowned documentary filmmaker Errol Morris is bringing his unmatched talents to the streaming platform with Wormwood, a genre-blending mix of documentary and narrative drama. Wormwood examines the can’t-believe-it’s-true story of one man’s search to discover what caused his father’s death. Was it suicide, or did a more nefarious conspiracy involving the CIA play a part? The Wormwood trailer teases the shocking saga ahead of its release this month.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Aside from that pretty wonderful holiday short film/commercial released last month, things have been pretty quiet for director Wes Anderson in the wake of 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which was a critical darling, a box office hit, a genuine Oscar contender, and very much the best movie released that year. A little over a year ago, we learned that Anderson was making another stop-motion animated movie, that it’s about dogs, and that it will follow in the footsteps of his previous film and feature an impressive ensemble of actors.
Today, we finally know more. The film is called Isle of Dogs and Anderson revealed the full cast and a tiny snippet of footage.
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Posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2016 by Angie Han
This fall’s best comedy may be one that’s skipping theaters altogether. Last year Netflix scooped up Christopher Guest‘s Mascots for release, and today it’s revealed the first full-length trailer. The premise is certainly unusual — the film follows a bunch of sports mascots competing for the Golden Fluffy award — but otherwise this looks like a typical Guest movie. Which is to say it’s a mockumentary that looks hilarious in a dry sort of way, full of oblivious oddballs that somehow still come across as strangely lovable.
Mascots also brings back many of Guest’s usual favorite actors including Parker Posey, Jane Lynch, Ed Begley Jr., Fred Willard, Jennifer Coolidge, and Bob Balaban. They’re joined by some newer additions including Chris O’Dowd, Sarah Baker, Zach Woods, and Tom Bennett (the comedic breakout of Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship). Watch the Mascots trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 by Angie Han
There’s been speculation that Wes Anderson hates dogs, based on the various horrible fates that have befallen Man’s Best Friend in his movies. But would a guy who hates dogs plan to make an entire stop-motion animated movie about them? Presumably not.
And he certainly wouldn’t cast the likes of Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Edward Norton, and Bryan Cranston to voice them, as has just been reported. Find out about the Wes Anderson stop-motion film casting after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 by Angie Han
Mascots marks new territory for Christopher Guest in that it’s his first-ever movie for Netflix. But the team he’s assembled for it will look pretty familiar. Jane Lynch, Bob Balaban, Parker Posey, and Jennifer Coolidge are among the Guest regulars lined up for his latest mockumentary, according to a new report. Get the latest Christopher Guest Mascots casting updates after the jump. Read More »