Happy 5th Birthday, WALL•E!

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Five years ago this weekend, Pixar brought us a vision of the future through the eyes — the amazing, expressive, binocular eyes — of a robot called WALL•E.A year and a half later, TIME Magazine named it the best movie of the decade.I think that was a bit extreme, but still... the first 20 minutes of this film remain the most astonishing advance in animation since Toy Story, and one of the most virtuosic flourishes of comedic visual storytelling since the days of Charlie Chaplin and Buster … [Read more...]

Preach It, Andrew Stanton!

Andrew Stanton, writer/director of WALL•E, accepting the award for Best Picture from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association last night: It's huge for us, huge. We've been trying since Toy Story to just make a film, and not have the word animated suddenly stick it in a different box. I mean to us, it's no different than choosing black and white or color on something. So, that shouldn't dictate the content. And, it's nice to just finally break the glass ceiling. … [Read more...]

The Los Angeles Film Critics: “WALL-E is the Best Movie of 2008″

Something is happening.Among American film critics, WALL-E is emerging as a favorite for the year's Best Picture. The L.A. Film Critics just joined TIME's Richard Corliss and The New Yorker's Anthony Lane, heralding Pixar's movie as the Best Film of 2008. The only film receiving similar love is Slumdog Millionaire.Will the Academy take notice? Will they realize that animated films are works of art worthy of comparison with live-action films? Will WALL-E be nominated for Best … [Read more...]

Browser: Gerard Manley Hopkins & Paul Mariani; A moratoriaum on Holocaust films?; Plus, U2, Katherine Heigl, Keanu and more 2008 Film Awards

Paul Mariani, one of my favorite poets, has now penned a new book on Gerard Manley Hopkins. Books and Culture has a review.More...  … [Read more...]

Make your case: Why We Love WALL-E.

It's the most joyous time of the year.Yes, I'm talking about Oscar season. … [Read more...]

The Kindlings Muse Movie Show is Back!

After taking the summer off, I was happy to reunite with the team for another Kindlings Muse movie show, recorded at Hales Pub and Brewery. Jennie Spohr was not able to join us; she's home enjoying the company of her newborn. Congratulations, Jennie! But I enjoyed a lively conversation with Greg Wright and Dick Staub about our favorite films of the summer, some new releases, some DVDs worth renting, and took a few moments to share some personal favorites that we consider "classics." … [Read more...]

Browser, 8:14: Ebert on “Clone Wars”; WALL-E’s wisdom; Woody Allen Reflects; Death Cab to despair?; Captain Ahab; Mountain Goats

ROGER EBERT ON "STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS"It begins: Has it come to this? Has the magical impact of George Lucas' original vision of "Star Wars" been reduced to the level of Saturday morning animation?' And later: This is the first feature-length animated "Star Wars" movie, but instead of pushing the state of the art, it's retro. You'd think the great animated films of recent years had never been made. The characters have hair that looks molded from Play-Doh, bodies that seem arthritic, … [Read more...]

Winner of the Looking Closer review contest!

Many thanks to the writers who entered the most recent Looking Closer review contest!I'm especially grateful for your patience, as I had to postpone my decision due to a pile-up of competing deadlines, interruptions, and responsibilities. … [Read more...]

WALL·E (2008) – A Review and a Conversation with Andrew Stanton

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This review and interview were originally published in the online edition of Response, a magazine published by Seattle Pacific University.-Who would have believed that a mechanical trash compactor on wheels would become the most lovable big-screen personality of the year?It’s happening. The moviemaking wizards at Pixar Animation Studio are winning raves from kids and critics alike with WALL·E, thanks to the help of a little robot with a big heart. Yes, it’s business as usual for the s … [Read more...]

Joe Morgenstern: WALL-E for Best Picture!

Film criticJoe Morgenstern says exactly what I was thinking after I saw WALL-E the first time... and the second time... … [Read more...]


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