Saturday, July 13, 2024
From Director Chris Renaud, known for “Despicable Me” and “The Secret Life of Pets,” the 2012 feature film adaptation of Dr. Suess’ beloved children’s story, “The Lorax,” presents a sickening view of a future devoid of nature. The film opens in Thneedville, a fictional town in which grass and trees are made of plastic, and atmospheric pollution is so...
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the seminal classic film “Shrek 2” was re-released in theaters on April 12, 2024. Known as a record of success, “Shrek 2” was the highest-grossing DreamWorks film, making upwards of $440 million domestically and $950 million internationally during its 2004 release. The iconic film continued this successful path and even outweighed all expectations when the...
“The Wages of Fear” opens in a barren Latin American town where the skies are clear and the humidity is palpable. The town’s geography is never disclosed, but a plane ticket is seemingly the only way out. Wanting exactly this is Mario (Yves Montand), a suave Frenchman without work who loiters around the cantina. Mario treats his lover Linda...
Encapsulating the musical experience of Broadway’s longest-running show, Joel Schumacher directed a seamless transition from stage to screen in his 2004 adaptation of “The Phantom of the Opera.” With a notable track record of accomplished films, his ambitious execution resulted in a well-rounded installment. With preceding films paying homage to the novel, Schumacher's formidable adaptation was distinguishable as it...
Spoilers With a limitless medium in his hands and the ingeniousness to match it, Satoshi Kon produced some of animation’s most unforgettable work. In just nine years, the animator made four feature films, one television series and one short film — and though his life was tragically cut short in 2010, his stamp on the animation and filmmaking world had...
The question of why we exist has a plethora of unreasonable answers tied to it. At the heart of the query lies the butterfly effect, the idea that a seemingly trivial action can set off a chain reaction with monumental consequences worldwide. This unique and riveting idea is presented in the 1946 Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life." It...
Released in February 2009, “Coraline” is a stop-motion dark fantasy horror film that has become a must-watch Halloween classic. Directed by Henry Selik, the film, based on the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman, has many depths and layers that carry a big impact. It is designed as a children's and family horror film, so anyone can...
It begins and ends with the titular castle. Throughout “Howl’s Moving Castle,” the lumbering steampunk behemoth undergoes many physical changes, whether it be the shedding of its bulky exterior or the polishing of its teeming interiorities. And though it can’t talk or cast spells the same way its occupants do, the castle remains vital to the story, acting as...
“It don't take long to kill things. Not like it does to grow.” These are the words that Homer Bannon (Melvyn Douglas) utters after he witnesses a brutal execution of his hard-earned livestock in the 1963 film “Hud.” Life is slow on his Texan ranch, with work and casual leisure being all the surrounding town and its inhabitants have...
Throughout the history of cinema, a selective canon of “classics” has slowly been curated through the opinions of film lovers and critics alike. Western works such as Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” and Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” have cemented their positions among the greatest pieces of art ever created. However, Yasujirō Ozu’s “Tokyo Story” is...