Friday, May 29, 2009

In Theaters: Up 

Compared to last year’s cosmic Wall-E,Up is a more humble film, but no less interested in the triumph of courage and the human spirit.

As with previous Pixar movies, the characters who find their courage are unlikely—in this case, old widower Carl Fredricksen (Edward Asner) and young Russell (Jordan Nagai), a Wilderness Explorer scout with a lot of enthusiasm and few friends. Unlikely heroes are the stock-in-trade of animated features, but Up is triumphant in finding humanity in the archetypes of the cranky old man and clueless youngster even as it puts them in progressively wilder adventures.


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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Speaking in my capacity as a professional critic... 

...I give Joseph P. Larkin's response to negative criticism of his book Arcade of Cruelty a D-.

Which should only earn me a light maiming, I think.


Friday, May 08, 2009

In Theaters: Next Day Air 

If you get the idea you’ve seen Next Day Air before, it’s because you have. There is not one scene, not one line of dialogue, not one character arc or joke or conceit that does not have an ancestor in a Guy Ritchie or Quentin Tarantino film, and if you’ve seen enough of those you’re going to be spending your time picking them out. Even the “two guys opening a trunk” POV shot makes an appearance.



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