As has become customary every four years, everyone is talking about the Olympics. While the conversation this year seems to mostly be about the conditions surrounding the games in Rio, Brazil this year, it’s still one of the most buzzed about topics right now, and even people who don’t care about the global sporting event end up pretending to just to be part of the conversation.
Now we have a reason to talk about the 2016 Olympics a bit (besides the new Rogue One trailer coming during the games later this week) as some of this year’s star athletes from Team USA have taken the time to share their favorite sports movies of all time. Did you favorite sports movies make the cut? Find out what the Team USA favorite sports movies the jump. Read More »
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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.
|BEST DVD PRICE
|Amazon – $17.99
|BEST BLU-RAY PRICE
|Amazon – $24.99
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The Fine Brothers love to spoil everything, In past years, we’ve featured their popular videos 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes and Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History. After seeing all of the big movies of 2009, the brothers are back once again. Their latest video spoils 50 movies released last year (including all ten best picture nominees) in one take, in under 4 minutes. Watch the video now, after the jump.
And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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There aren’t many genuine movie stars left. Will Smith is one. There are arguments for George Clooney, Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt, but none of those three can reliably open a movie the way Smith can. Until the second half of this year it seems unlikely that anyone would have argued for Sandra Bullock as a genuine star. She hadn’t been in a feature since 2007’s The Premonition, and she hadn’t been in a big feature for a few years prior to that.
But two of her three films in 2009 did massive business, with The Blind Side qualifying as a genuine surprise hit. That performance led a group of theater-owning execs to name Sandra Bullock as the top-earning star of 2009. Read More »