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Mar 02, 15

2015 has just started. There may be other French-language animated features this year that have not been announced yet – but this is where the country is at as of the day of this posting. Les Moomins sur la Riviera (Moomins on the Riviera), directed…

Mar 01, 15

To preface, I’ve seen 500 Days of Summer maybe five or six times now and love everything about it. However, I’ve always been somewhat confused as to why Summer (Zooey Deschanel) goes off and marries someone else at the end of the film. via Pocket

Feb 23, 15

This is the 16th installment of my ongoing survey of French animated features – this week, a look at the features released only last year, with films by Jacques-Rémy Girerd, Stéphane Berla and Mathias Malzieu. via Pocket

Feb 21, 15

In the past week, Ryan Holiday read seven books, flew from Austin to Atlanta to Miami to Atlanta to LA to Maui, and juggled two demanding jobs: director of marketing at the controversial clothing retailer American Apparel, and partner at creative ma…

Feb 20, 15

I grew up being taught that it was OK to hold more than one competing thought in one’s head about a given subject at any one time. via Pocket

Feb 19, 15

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is likely to win the best picture prize at the Oscars on Sunday. Critics have been praising it for months, but more than the usual plaudits, it’s inspired a spate of uncommonly personal reviews. via Pocket

Feb 19, 15

When most people consider musical theater (if they do at all), they’ll think of jazz hands, kick lines, and show-stopping numbers, or at least a certain old-fashioned sincerity. via Pocket

Feb 19, 15

In Nathan Rabin vs. The IMDb Top 250, Nathan Rabin uses a random number generator to select one of the 250 best films of all time as chosen by the popular cinematic database, and then determines whether the individual ranking of any specific film se…

Feb 19, 15

1952 was an incredible year for world cinema. John Ford directed The Quiet Man, Akira Kurosawa made Ikiru, Vittorio De Sica released Umberto D., and Orson Welles premiered his version of Shakespeare’s Othello at the Cannes Film Festival. via Pocket

Feb 19, 15

All this week, we’re celebrating the losers — those talented filmmakers whom Oscar has foolishly overlooked. Landon Palmer interviews two film scholars responsible for a new book on the life and work of director Nicholas Ray, perhaps the most glorif…

Feb 16, 15

"Jupiter Ascending" has bombed at the box office and split the people who've seen it, who either find the Wachowski's space opera dull, familiar and seriously goofy or, alternatively, thrilling in its silliness. via Pocket

Feb 16, 15

This is the 15th installment of my survey of French animated features – this week a look at the features released in 2013, with films by new breed of diverse animators. Blackie & Kanuto (Black to the Moon 3D), directed by Francis Nielsen. 81 minutes…

Feb 16, 15

Devoted—or devout—moviegoers often describe the experience of seeing a film in a theater, with its communal response to an artist’s themes, images and “message,” as a quasi-religious experience. via Pocket

Feb 16, 15

It’s a crudely-animated, abbreviated one-joke anomaly of a cartoon short. And it’s one of the most unexpected and funniest bits of animation the world has ever seen. via Pocket

Feb 16, 15

Sad news to report today: Actor Louis Jourdan has passed away at the age of 93. Jourdan would be beloved to fans of musicals if he'd made only one film in his career, Vincente Minnelli's GIGI (1958). via Pocket

Feb 15, 15

Tangerine, a breakout hit from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is full of surprises. There’s the subject matter: transgender prostitutes working in a not-so glamorous part of Hollywood. And there are the characters: flinty, funny, nobody’s victi…

Feb 15, 15

Here we are with the twelfth part of my checklist of French animated features, continuing this week with a look at the releases in 2010 – with films by such diverse talents as Sylvain Chomet and once again, Luc Besson. L’Illusionniste (The Illusioni…

Feb 15, 15

Everyone loves James Cagney, right? Seriously, how could you not?! What an interesting, long, varied career he had. It didn’t start out that way, though. Cagney became a star with his portrayal of the ruthless gangster Tom Powers in The Public Enemy…

Feb 15, 15

The key to 80 Days' success lies in its sheer, terrifying volume of written content, suggests Inkle's Jon Ingold. Writer Meg Jayanth and he ultimately assembled some half a million words, a battering ram intended to plow through preconceptions that …

Feb 15, 15

“In the spring of 1945,” says the narrator, over bucolic springtime shots of the German countryside, “the allies advancing into the heart of Germany came to Bergen-Belsen. via Pocket

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