Archives for January 2009

Auralia on Maple Mountain

Auralia's Colors is getting some attention at the Maple Mountain Story Club, and I'm grateful for S.D. Smith's enthusiasm! … [Read more...]

Offline until Tuesday.

I'm staying at a retreat center two hours outside of San Antonio where there is no wifi, so I'll be offline until Tuesday (probably). I'll give you an update when I get back.Until then, all comments will go into a "hold bin", waiting for my attention and approval. Thanks for your patience. … [Read more...]

Cyndere’s Midnight… and what’s next… next Thursday.

I'll be reading from The Auralia Thread at Food for Thought next Thursday at 12:30 in the afternoon at Seattle Pacific University's Library.I expect I'll read sections from Auralia's Colors and Cyndere's Midnight, along with a few words about where we can expect to see Cal-raven, the ale boy, the beastmen, and Auralia's colors next. And then I'll take some questions.Need directions? Here you go.Also... free Auralia Thread posters and postcards for anybody who wants them! … [Read more...]

Forget the Oscars. Things are already looking “Up.”

You can watch a new clip from Pixar's Up here. … [Read more...]

Skip the Oscars this year! Join me, and host a WALL-E party on Feb 22.

The Oscar nominations announced this morning are so spectacularly ridiculous that I'm not going to bother covering any Oscar news this year.How any of those Supporting Actress nominations were chosen over Rosemarie Dewitt in Rachel Getting Married... How The Reader could be chosen over WALL-E (oh, right, it's about The Holocaust!)... How Ron Howard could get a Best Director nomination over Andrew Stanton or Christopher Nolan... How The Fall could be ignored for cinematography... How Bill … [Read more...]

Browser: Horton’s hot air. Gran Torino. Bruce Springsteen. Razzies. Shaun Tan. A shirt. An action figure.

1. A few weeks back I got around to watching Horton Hears a Who. I've been putting together a review in bits and pieces since then, and I posted it today. In short, I wanted to turn it off at the halfway point.And speaking of thumbs-down reviews, what's going on with reviews for Gran Torino? I haven't seen it, but the split amongst critics is bewildering. And most of the film critics I know and admire are giving it a good thrashing. Maybe I'll wait for DVD.2. Here's Andy Whitman, longtime … [Read more...]

In just a few hours, Academy members have their chance…

... to show their utter lack of appreciation for animation as an art form. Or they can see what film critics across the country saw.They can decide that cartoons are just for the kids. Or they can get what the L.A. Film Critics, the Chicago Film Critics, the Online Film Critics Society, and it placed third (behind #1 Flight of the Red Balloon and #2 A Christmas Tale) in IndieWire's survey of 100 film critics.Check out Rotten Tomatoes.WALL•E deserves more than a Best Animated Feature n … [Read more...]

Gran Torino (2008): Looking Closer’s Film Forum

I haven't seen Gran Torino yet.Normally, I would rush out to see a Clint Eastwood movie. But I've been insanely busy the last several weeks, and I've had to choose my movies very, very carefully, so I'd be sure to pick a winner. So I started paying attention to what I read.I must say, I was alarmed when film critic Mike D'Angelo posted this on Twitter: … [Read more...]

Bella (2007)

Jose (Eduardo Verástegui) is a New York chef in his brother's Mexican restaurant, and he's such a good chef that the kitchen can hardly operate without him.But Jose would never win any of television's "top chef" competitions." His heart is too big. It's so big, in fact, that his eyes almost shine, and his face is so wracked with sympathy for people in need that it's easy to believe that he's actually Jesus in disguise.And that's a good thing for Nina (Tammy Blanchard), the waitress who … [Read more...]

The secret history of why Disney dumped Narnia

The LA Times reports what happened behind the scenes that led to Disney throwing Aslan out of the Magic Kingdom. … [Read more...]