WALL•E: Talking with Andrew Stanton, and the Film Forum Reviews

As I sat braced for my ten-minute conversation with Andrew Stanton, the writer and director of my favorite Pixar movie, Finding Nemo, I tried to imagine how I might make something useful out of such a short span of time.I was a bit anxious about meeting one of my heroes. There was so much I wanted to say to thank him. Not many entertainers can cast a spell over audiences of children and adults the way Stanton can — only a few other names come to mind: Jim Henson, Brad Bird, and once upon a t … [Read more...]

I almost forgot… The Great Kid-Flicks Contest!

I need to resurrect this contest, because I nearly forgot about it. Looking back, I realize that I didn't receive enough entries for the contest to be complete. So, read this challenge again and send me your list. (If you already have, don't worry, I have your entry.)I'll call the contest quits this Friday. … [Read more...]

The Great Kid-Flicks Contest

Imagine the folks at The Criterion Collection called you up and pose you this question:"We're starting a special series on the world's greatest films for young people (12 or younger). We want to see your top five recommendations."Which titles would you recommend?Here we go... Looking Closer's Great Kid-Flicks Contest!Send me your top five, in no particular order, or go all the way to ten if you like. Post them here as a comment (no anonymous lists accepted), or email them to … [Read more...]

Weeping Camel Charms Toddler!

My friend Stef writes: … [Read more...]


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