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[Posted by: Martin Keller]

Profile: Sylvester Stallone has an impressive resume: he has acting credits in over fifty films and television shows, starring in and immortalizing two major movie franchises, Rocky and Rambo; he has over twenty writing credentials, having written the screenplay to the original Rocky (1976), he’s directed eight films and even has a few soundtrack credits from Rhinestone (1984) and Paradise Alley (1978) So, say what you will about the lack of substance in his work or strength of his acting, but Stallone is a man bent on success and has followed its trajectory all his career. When he first pitched the screenplay for Rocky to producers, they loved it and thought it a vehicle for another, already established, major star. But Stallone envisioned himself as the lead and didn’t want it any other way. As they say, the rest is history. The film was critically and commercially successful, winning the Best Picture Oscar, inspiring generations to come and has even spawned a video game. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Danny Moltrasi]

“Round these parts, we don’t take kindly to cider poachers.”

2009 was a pretty special year for the animation world. The biggie was, of course, Pixar’s brilliant Up, but there was also another little gem in there that year, and that was Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, the children’s story by Roald Dahl.

If you have seen any Wes Anderson before, then there are a number of things that Anderson does that appear in here as well. The framing of each shot is so beautifully done, that you can forget that you are watching a film about a bunch of talking animals. It reminds of going to the theatre, how they often seem to be delivering in the audiences direction, but just looking past you, but as film allows, and Anderson does so well, the background is used to perfectly complete each image that he creates. Another fantastic component is, just like Pixar does so well, you forget that the film is aimed at children, and it is done so simply. By just treating children like adults, and understanding that you can make children and adults laugh with the same jokes. (more…)

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[Author: Danny Moltrasi]

Lee Unkrich, 2010 / “You got a friend in me.”

Toy Story 3 is the latest film to be produced by the masters at Pixar Studios, and although Toy Story 3 s not up to the standards of their previous works such as Up and Wall:E, it still maintains the high standards that has come to be expected for them. It is funny, sad, and an amazing effort that deals with mature themes while keeping them extremely family friendly. To start with, the short film, Day and Night, is a cute adventure that tells of two animated drawings that reasonable ghost-like characters on a black background, with one showing day-time images in its profile, and the other showing night. They go around showing the contrasting images, and the everyday sounds of each setting providing a humours soundtrack (for example, in Las Vegas). This simple use of sound and basic image gives these two simple images personality, and is in my opinion the best of Pixars short films. (more…)