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Blogs Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum (podcast) x 09

On a Full Forum Super-Seven-Student Panelpalooza, Joel and Alan survey animation students who study animation at Boston's extra-prestigious School of the Museum of Fine Arts about their likes, dislikes, and the future of future animation futures. During the course of the discourse, many fundamental life questions are questioned; what's the best way to animate glitter raining down on a stripping cat?, would you really give up your right pinky for the abilities of a changeling?, how can one take a shower in the classroom?, and most importantly, can Hamburger Helper help you to help yourself?

Blogs Blu-ray Buzz – Blu-ray Shutters

It’s another light week for good new releases, but again the trio of films in this week’s column is really worthy of attention. Martin Scorsese, Wong Kar Wai and Oscar-winning animation make for a great week on DVD and Blu-ray.

Pick of the Week
Shutter Island
Martin Scorsese’s twisting and turning thriller is a great mind game. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Teddy Daniels, a U.S. marshal investigating the disappearance of a patient at a remote mental institution. The amazing cast includes Ben Kingsley, Mark Ruffalo, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams, Max von Sydow, Patricia Clarkson, Elias Koteas, Jackie Earle Haley and John Carroll Lynch. Scorsese is such a master of the filmmaking he knows exactly how to set the right haunting mood from the start. In the end this film turns into a great character piece as well as a psychological thriller.

Blogs Movie Review & Red Carpet Interviews: 'Marmaduke'

I was invited to the red carpet premiere of MARMADUKE at the annual surf dog beach party held at San Diego’s Imperial Beach on May 22, 2010, and interviewed director Tom Dey and voice talents Owen Wilson (Marmaduke) and George Lopez (Carlos the cat). I give Marmaduke 3.5 starfish. It is packed with humor, romance, and action.

Blogs SPLICE (2010) (**)

This horror film is about scientists who take risks, much like its director Vincenzo Natali does with the story. The problem is these are bad scientists. I mean that in what they do and how they do it. They fool around with experiments they shouldn't… or should they. The film likes to put out these kinds of ideas, but isn't really interested in developing them. It's interested in getting to its Freudian nightmare of an ending.

Blogs SPLICE (2010) (**)

This horror film is about scientists who take risks, much like its director Vincenzo Natali does with the story. The problem is these are bad scientists. I mean that in what they do and how they do it. They fool around with experiments they shouldn't… or should they. The film likes to put out these kinds of ideas, but isn't really interested in developing them. It's interested in getting to its Freudian nightmare of an ending.

Clive Nicoli (Adrien Brody, THE PIANIST) and Elsa Kast (Sarah Polley, DAWN OF THE DEAD) are famed biogeneticists. The couple and partners have successfully combined the DNA of various creatures to create a new life form. The giant maggot-looking creatures are named Fred and Ginger. The pharmaceutical company they work for will make millions on the animal disease cures the creations will create. While the company wants them to synthesize proteins for the next five years, the duo want to take their experiments to the next level by including human DNA into the mix. Of course company crony William Barlow (David Hewlett, TV's STARGATE: ATLANTIS) won't allow it, not because the firm has moral objections, but because it would be a marketing disaster.

Blogs GET HIM TO THE GREEK (2010) (***)

Arriving in 2008, Nicholas Stoller's FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL was a surprise comic gem. Now Stoller brings back the sexually charged rocker, Aldous Snow, in his own movie. Going into this spin-off, I was leery of how it would work bringing the broadest character in the previous film to the forefront. Plus you don't have the charm of Jason Segel or Mila Kunis in this movie either. But GREEK avoids all the potential problems by simply making Snow a real character.

Snow (Russell Brand, BEDTIME STORIES) is now on a professional and personal free fall. His latest album "African Child" was named not only the worst album of the decade, but the worst thing to happen to Africa since apartheid. He's in a long-term relationship with pop star Jackie Q (Rose Byrne, TV's DAMAGES), think of a less subtle version of Lady Gaga, which blows up in his face in a very embarrassing televised interview. And after what she said about him, he falls off the wagon big time. Meanwhile, record exec Sergio Roma (Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, MONSTER'S BALL) is looking for the next big thing. Intern Aaron Green (Jonah Hill, playing a different character than he did in SARAH MARSHALL) suggests having an anniversary concert to celebrate Snow's legendary performance at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. Roma warms to the idea and tasks Green to go to London and retrieve Snow and bring him to the concert.

Blogs Blu-ray Buzz – Stick with the Classics

While others will be running out this week to rent ALICE IN WONDERLAND or WOLFMAN, I’d stick with classic releases instead. A lot of Clint Eastwood profiled this week and an underrated Spielberg film.

Pick of the Week

The Man with No Name Trilogy
Sergio Leone massively influential trilogy of Westerns is now available in this Blu-ray set. In actuality my pick of the week is THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, because it's the only one I've seen. I have no excuse so I'm not giving one. Eastwood and co-stars Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach shine as the good, the bad and the ugly, respectively. And it’s key to note that the good means skilled not holy. The trio is looking for $200,000 worth of gold buried in a grave at a cemetery. Eastwood’s Blondie knows the name on the grave and Wallach’s Tuco knows the cemetery. Van Cleef’s Sentenza is looking for them. This iconic Western is a visual treat where Leone likes playing with our expectations.

Blogs Where are the standards? How come the film industry is always behind in adopting and creating new developments?

How come that every cheapo 100-Dollar point-and-shoot digital still camera automatically records EXIF data (metadata) about lens size, F-Stop, etc., and I can put any autofocus lens on every 500-Dollar SLR camera out there, and it does the same, but the 20/50/180,000-Dollar (or the I'm-so-expensive-you-can-only-rent-me) digital film cameras don't have that?

Blogs MAX 2010 Announces Official Kai-Ki Hyaku Monogatari Contest

Attention aspiring film makers and writers. Here is your chance to put your creative talents to work. The grand prize: your work will be debuted at the world premiere of Kai-Ki: Tales of Terror From Tokyo at Club Nokia on July 1, 2010.

Blogs Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum Podcast on MemorRADdaycal Weekendture

Welcome to The Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum's MemorRADdaycal Weekendture Hiatus-Restus Episode-Reload BBQ R'nR'n-Stravagastic Ameri"can-of-beer" Party-bration Party-storm Party-Down Get-away Club! Join Joel, Alan, Myself, and my new love, Sam Olschan, in a hearts-across-the-globe citizen-fest of remembering, eating, traveling, economy-boosting, and kick-off-summering while we all rest our ears and grow fond our hearts 'til the brand new Epsiode 9 posting of the Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum podcast next Sunday! Until then, check out episodes 1-8 while you wait in traffic.

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Blogs MICMACS (2010) (****)

Jean-Pierre Jeunet makes films full of whimsy and imagination. Most will remember Audrey Tautou as the irresistible waif in his modern classic AMELIE. Jeunet takes the same wide-eyed innocence and mischievousness of that film and mixes in a little HUDSUCKER PROXY and YOJIMBO and comes out with a delightful satire with boundless originality.

When Bazil (Dany Boon, JOYEUX NOEL) was young, his father was killed by a landmine. The tragic event drove his mother mad. As an adult, he takes a job at a movie rental store where one fateful night he is a victim of a random accidental shooting. Luckily, he survives with the bullet still lodged in his head. Unluckily, he loses his job and end out on the streets where he begins performing for pocket change.

Blogs PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME (2010) (***)

Mike Newell's film is the best movie adapted from a video game made thus far. It also happens to be the first good movie based on a video game. But the bar was set pretty low so Prince Dastan could easily jump over it with the help of Mr. Spectacle producer Jerry Bruckheimer. While I'll probably need the sands of time to travel back and remember the film by the end of the summer, the journey while I was sitting in the theater was a nice trip.

King Sharaman (Ronald Pickup, NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN) had two sons — Tus (Richard Coyle, TOPSY-TURVY) and Garsiv (Toby Kebbell, ROCKNROLLA). One day out in the market, he has a run in with Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal, BROTHERS), an orphan boy who saves another young child from having his hand cut off by palace guards. Taken by the boy's spirit, the king adopts Dastan as one of his own.

Blogs MICMACS (2010) (****)

Jean-Pierre Jeunet makes films full of whimsy and imagination. Most will remember Audrey Tautou as the irresistible waif in his modern classic AMELIE. Jeunet takes the same wide-eyed innocence and mischievousness of that film and mixes in a little HUDSUCKER PROXY and YOJIMBO and comes out with a delightful satire with boundless originality.

Blogs PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME (2010) (***)

Mike Newell's film is the best movie adapted from a video game made thus far. It also happens to be the first good movie based on a video game. But the bar was set pretty low so Prince Dastan could easily jump over it with the help of Mr. Spectacle producer Jerry Bruckheimer. While I'll probably need the sands of time to travel back and remember the film by the end of the summer, the journey while I was sitting in the theater was a nice trip.

Blogs J-Pop Idol Mano Erina and Tales of Terror From Tokyo land at Club Nokia

The J-Pop/J-Rock presence at the Los Angeles Anime Expo continues to grow. Yes, Mano Erina will be attending the world premiere screening of her first film Kai-Ki: Tales of Terror from Tokyo. She will also be performing.

Blogs 17th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 11:31am

The 17th edition of the International Trickfilm Festival of Animated Film, May 4 through 9 in Stuttgart, Germany was definitely bigger and better than ever. The only problem I had was that there was so much to see and do that I had to make some difficult choices.

Blogs The Filmmaker’s Toolbox Continues to Expand – On Set Pre-Viz and Compositing

The Previzion system allows the user to pre-composite on set thereby greatly reducing the labor required for post production compositing. This will prove a great asset to editors as they will have clean, possibly final versions of green screen shots that they can rely upon while cutting the film.

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