Archive for May, 2009

Wall-E: when Theme and Plot get out of sync

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

It might seem odd to be musing about Wall-E on the weekend that Up is tearing up the box office, but I like to look back at films after all the initial hoopla has died down.  In the next few weeks I’ll also have some observations about some of the other animated films of last […]

Notes on ‘Battle for Terra’

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Battle for Terra, an independent CG-animated feature, opened last weekend to little fanfare.  It got some glowing reviews and some scathing reviews, but mostly didn’t get watched by the movie-going public (the opening weekend was just over a million dollars).  I understand that — it’s an independent science fiction film that takes itself pretty seriously, […]

Story Neglect?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

I just read the following comment in Michael Barrier’s review of Monsters vs. Aliens: Like many other CGI films, Monsters feels unfocused; the technology has absorbed so much of the filmmakers’ attention that more important matters, like the story, have been neglected. Comments like this bug me, as they do many people who work in […]

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