Tagged with animated films

Review: Boy and the World, 2015, dir. Alê Abreu

Review: Boy and the World, 2015, dir. Alê Abreu


“Last year, animation distributor GKIDS managed to score two nominations in the AMPAS’ Best Animated Feature Film category: Tom Moore’s Song of the Sea and Isao Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya. By contrast, their 2015 slate looks less prestigious, with two mixed bags in Extraordinary Tales andKahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, plus the good but … Continue reading

Review: Extraordinary Tales, 2015, dir. Raul Garcia

Review: Extraordinary Tales, 2015, dir. Raul Garcia


“Extraordinary Tales, a seasonal piece of spookery by Raul Garcia, means well but haunts only half-heartedly. The film is a meta-monument to the works of Boston-born, Baltimore-dead Gothic-Romantic wunderkind Edgar Allan Poe, chiefly his short stories but with a side helping of poems: “Annabel Lee” and “A Dream Within a Dream” start us off alongside … Continue reading

Review: Inside Out, 2015, dir. Peter Docter

Review: Inside Out, 2015, dir. Peter Docter


The speed and immediacy of access we all enjoy courtesy of the Internet tends to breed knee-jerk thoughtlessness. As a result, we live in a non-complex world where a single strike against an established entity in the entertainment industry – a movie, a television show, a celebrity – is enough to declare it substantially bankrupt. Years … Continue reading

Interview: Seth Green, ‘Yellowbird’

Interview: Seth Green, ‘Yellowbird’


“Seth Green is an industry veteran of roughly three decades, and the sort of actor who needs no introduction, but we’ll give him one anyways. You’ve seen him in movies and TV shows ranging from Idle Hands and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to the Austin Powers films and Party Monster; you’ve heard his voice in Family … Continue reading

Review: Song of the Sea, 2014, dir. Tomm Moore

Review: Song of the Sea, 2014, dir. Tomm Moore


“Tomm Moore’s Song of the Sea might have made a better video game than a motion picture. That’s saying something, because as motion pictures go, it’s an absolutely visceral stunner: you may find yourself wishing you could interact with its characters, live in its vividly realized world, participate in its defining ancestral conflicts. In fact, … Continue reading

Review: Rise of the Guardians, 2012, dir. Peter Ramsey

Review: Rise of the Guardians, 2012, dir. Peter Ramsey


Thinking about Rise of the Guardians, Dreamworks’ latest offering, I can’t say for sure whether Pete Ramsey mixed a heart-warming, energetic childrens’ film with a story of secular subversion or vice versa. Most likely, it’s the former; there’s little doubting that Rise of the Guardians exists first and foremost to entertain and dazzle theaters full … Continue reading

Review: Brave, 2012, dir. Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman

Review: Brave, 2012, dir. Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman


​It’s no secret that I’ve been eagerly awaiting ​the release of ​Brave​ since 2009 (back when it still bore the superior title of ​The Bear and the Bow​); it hits theaters today, and it turns out there’s bad news and good news. The bad news about Brave is that it’s lesser Pixar. The good news is that lesser Pixar is still magical, transporting, and beautiful. Continue reading