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Spies in Disguise, Review: Walter, Pigeon and These Guys

Spies in Disguise, Review: Walter, Pigeon and These Guys You might say that being in disguise is an essential qualification of being spies, so why give your film an obvious title? There is a rhyme and reason. The spy in this film turns into a pigeon, no less, upon drinking a serum, invented by a teenager called Walter Beckett, and that is one hell of a disguise! Use of the plural is questionable, though, since there is only one spy in the picture, while the other guy in ‘disguise’...

Maleficent-Mistress of Evil, Review: Feynix rises from the ashes

Maleficent-Mistress of Evil, Review: Feynix rises from the ashes When a studio like Disney decides to give it the works, it usually works. It is difficult to find fault with the execution of the plot in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, unless, of course you begin with the title itself. As viewers will discover early in the film, she is not the mistress of evil. Then you might consider the fact that there are several killings and a full-blooded war depicted, in a film aimed at young children and ...

The Lion King, Review: The Lions Sing

For a film production company that has been in the animation business for 90 years, and earned its initial popularity by creating Mickey Mouse, making a film, replete with state-of-the-art, photorealistic computer images of a host of animals and birds, has to be basic instinct. That it tells the story of lions, hyenas, vultures, and other creatures whose names one needs to look-up in Google, or Oxford or Cambridge or Merriam Webster dictionaries, that possess human instinct rather than animal ...

Aladdin, Review: Aladdindeed

Aladdin, Review: Aladdindeed Believe it or not, Aladdin is a one-in-a-thousand-and-one story, part of The Thousand and One Nights (also called The Arabian Nights), stories narrated by a queen called Scheherazade, at bedtime, without revealing the end, to save herself from being killed by her husband, the murderous sadist who kills all his wives the day after he marries each one of them. Disney made an animated version in 1992, and here comes their live action CGI, musical avatar, directed and...

Dumbo, Review: Have ears, will fly

Dumbo, Review: Have ears, will fly When they first thought of a new Dumbo, perhaps the best decision Disney and Burton made was to remake their 1941 animation film in live action, adding 3D for the heightened reality effect. The first Dumbo rescued Disney from financial disaster arising out of three previous expensive films. Its 2019 avatar has a different storyline, though the name and the basic premise—that of a baby elephant that can fly--are retained. Abounding in the usual generic ...

Christopher Robin, Review: It’s always a sunny day, When Christopher Robin comes to play

Christopher Robin, Review: It’s always a sunny day, When Christopher Robin comes to play Christopher Robin was seen by us critics on the day when he was much needed in England as the day’s play in the cricket test match between India and England was washed out due to rain. There was no sun around. It is this sunny demeanour of helping people--living by principles and loving animals as if they were people--that is at the core of Christopher Robin. And with Winnie the Pooh at the ce...

Star Wars-The Last Jedi, Review: The Lost Jedi

Star Wars-The Last Jedi, Review: The Lost Jedi George Lucas maintains that his Star Wars films were for kids. Back in the late 70s, when the trade-mark skewed angle intro rolling text greeted us as the film began, I was not a kid. Maybe the sensibilities of an Indian film-goer at 25 were akin to the school-kids in the West, but I loved what I saw. Since, I have seen most, if not all, the core movies and the spin-offs/anthologies, most of them likeable, but the 40th anniversary release saw me ...

Cars 3, Review by Siraj Syed: Car-actor roles

Cars 3, Review by Siraj Syed: Car-actor roles Imagine this. You are a fading racing veteran and suddenly you lose a race to a rookie? What do you do? Seek professional help and training, even dig out your late mentor’s buddies and have a go at the next race. Now imagine all these characters are cars, not human beings, and you know you are watching the new Disney-Pixar enterprise dubbed Cars 3. It’s as human as human can be, but then again, it is as automobiley as automobiley can g...

Siraj Syed covers CommunicAsia 2017, Singapore: Post event reportage, 01: Accedo and Les Mills

  Siraj Syed covers CommunicAsia 2017, Singapore: Post event reportage, 01: Accedo and Les Mills Video Service, Created by Accedo, Gives Les Mills Group Fitness Instructors Instant Access to Exercise Programmes Accedo (http://www.accedo.tv), the video experience pioneer, announced at CommunicAsia 2017, Singapore, that it has partnered with Les Mills International to create an exercise, music and education video service,...

Siraj Syed reviews Beauty and the Beast: A veritable feast

Siraj Syed reviews Beauty and the Beast: A veritable feast Beauty and the Beast is a treat for young and old alike, with generous doses of humour and an enchanting musical score to go with it. It is not often that you see a kettle, a tea-cup and saucer, a dressing stool, a wardrobe, a piano, an antique clock, a floating, curvaceous  plumage and a candelabra (no, that’s definitely not a typo)  share screen space with the titular duo, that happen to be Beauty and Beast in this c...

Siraj Syed reviews Rogue One, A Star Wars Story: While there is war, there is hope!

Siraj Syed reviews Rogue One, A Star Wars Story: While there is war, there is hope! “Learning to make films is very easy. Learning what to make films about is very hard.” — George Walton Lucas, Jr. "It's the reality of war. Good guys are bad. Bad guys are good. It's complicated, layered; a very rich scenario in which to set a movie." --Gareth Edwards. It has been reported that the creator of Star Wars, George Lucas, liked Rogue One very much, and that th...

Siraj Syed reviews Doctor Strange: Surgery and sorcery go hand in hand

Siraj Syed reviews Doctor Strange: Surgery and sorcery go hand in hand Comics can be victims of overkill, especially when they traverse the distance from page to screen. Casting might be (mis)guided by name and fame, when suitability is of greater import. Marvel’s Doctor Strange, with part Disney talent and full distribution channels in tow, is ridden with both pitfalls. It’s a marvel then that the film manages to serve above par, enjoyable fare, for which credit largely goes to t...

Siraj Syed reviews The Queen of Katwe: Chess champion comes from Ugandan slums

Siraj Syed reviews The Queen of Katwe: Chess champion comes from Ugandan slums Madina Nalwanga, the Ugandan teenager who plays the titular role in The Queen of Katwe, was asked after the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) what she would like to do next. She replied, “I want to go back to school. And I want to continue with acting and also dancing.” Madina’s native tongue is Luganda, and she had to work very hard to speak the English required for the...

The Jungle Book, Review: Unputdownable

The Jungle Book, Review: Unputdownable A fitting tribute to the 1967 version on its golden jubilee, The Jungle Book is unputdownable. You might find differences in the two versions, and in the book itself. Don’t bother comparing. If the smooth-sailing songs make you sing-along (a friend seated on my left just wouldn’t stop), even better. Gaze into the volcanic eyes of the animals, marvel at the resourcefulness of the man-cub, and applaud the imagination of the writer who spun this...

Shaun the Sheep Movie, Review: Shaun is on

Shaun the Sheep Movie, Review: Shaun is on An animated comedy from a non Pixar/Disney/Dreamworks DNA, Shaun the Sheep could be the mouse that roared. Just above 80 minutes long, this Aardman Animations (Bristol, UK) production provides plenty of laughs in the ‘stop motion’ technique of old-style animation. Humans, animals, birds, fish, cars, buses and an entire city are all ‘cartoonised’ to come across as credible, endearing and detestable, according to the storyline. ...

Tomorrowland, Review: Human dystopia, robotic utopia

Tomorrowland, Review: Human dystopia, robotic utopia You could look at as a mammoth promo for Disneyland. That might mean great advertising but cinematic disappointment for those you have not visited the parks, and a sense of déjà vu for those who have. Instead, I suggest you watch Tomorrowland for the bedazzling effects and compelling performances, and you will imbibe a science fiction story with a twist, that is smoothly packaged and painstakingly executed. Walt Disney Pictur...

Le MIAFF! @ Berlin 2015 line up premiere animation & Cinderella! Disney animation adaptation to live film

Our programmers spent a while week in Berlin seeking original animation films  from all around the world to grace the screens at le MIAFF! Montreal April 16-19th 2015. Programming details to  be announced on our website http://www.lemiaff.com At Berlin this year 2D to 3D were well represented at the market.  Interactive, Graphic novels and experimental to children's programming - the palette of animation on display at  EFM was colorful and inspiring.   Rep...

"Feast", the new animated short movie from Disney

One month ago, Walt Disney Animation Studios announced the synopsis and title of their new animated short movie "Feast". This 6'mn short movie produced by Kristina Reed premiered at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival on June 10, 2014. Such event was eagerly awaited by the public. This new gift from Disney features Winston, the dog of a young photographer. The story is told through the eyes of Winston who uncovers his master's lov...

The Importance of Being MALEFICENT: Angelina Jolie Schools Us

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   So, ignore the horns and watch for spoiler alerts here: MALEFICENT is the role of a lifetime for Angelina Jolie. Yes, a lot of the credit goes to screenwriter Linda Woolverton (Lion King, Beauty & The Beast), who gets Angelina and wrote a touching life lesson disguised as a Disney movie. "We tried to bring you what you love about this story," Jolie says in the behind the scenes featurette (see it on http://screenma...

How Pixar Changed Disney Animation from Within - Ed Catmull Talks Creativity

CBC.ca When Disney bought Pixar eight years ago, the Mickey Mouse creator was coming off such lows as the non-hit Chicken Little. That made it critically important for Pixar, which had a string of hits such as Toy Story and Finding Nemo, to maintain its own creative culture, nurtured under tech genius Steve Jobs and creative director John Lasseter. But the turnaround the merger wrought on Disney’s animation house was the real surprise, says Ed Catmull, now presi...

The 2014 Academy Awards Oscars with Adrienne Papp

  By Adrienne Papp I get invited to a lot of social events  as a journalist / publicist, but there is nothing quite like the Oscars.  Excitement is in the air, everyone is full of wonder, looking forward to this fairytale-like evening with its never ending magic. The unexpected always happens just to keep things fresh year after year ( just likeU2 performing live  on stage.)  The 86th Oscars was really by far one of the best ever produced in Ho...

The 2014 Academy Awards Oscars with Adrienne Papp

By Adrienne Papp I get invited to a lot of social events  as a journalist / publicist, but there is nothing quite like the Oscars.  Excitement is in the air, everyone is full of wonder, looking forward to this fairytale-like evening with its never ending magic. The unexpected always happens just to keep things fresh year after year ( just likeU2 performing live  on stage.)  The 86th Oscars was really by far one of the best ever produced in Hollywood. O...

Sunscreen Film Fest Video Podcast 15, Exclusive Interview with Star Wars Author Matthew Stover

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  Sunscreen Film Fest Video Podcast 15, Star Wars sold to Disney, plus an exclusive interview with Star wars Author Matthew Stover, The Hobbit movie, Dexter, Game of Thrones and more!    Watch here http://youtu.be/Sl2oZFP_1nA   Read Matthew Stover's latest book http://www.amazon.com/Caines-Law-Acts-Caine-Atonement/dp/0345455894/ref=la_B000APO1ZK_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1352056460&sr=1-3   Contact Sunscreen at info@sunscr...

THE TRAILER FESTIVAL

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Submissions are now open for the third Trailer Festival. This event is quite unique - only the film industry attend, and the sole focus is on sales.   So far we have had over 200 requests for DVDs and scripts, and 11 deals.    ...

Anne Hathaway playing Catwoman in the Dark Knight Rises

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The next Batman installment, “The Dark Knight Rises,” will feature Hathaway as Catwoman. Hathaway rose to prominence largely featuring in Disney teen comedies. Hardy has been cast as “Bane,” who will likely be the chief bad guy in the film. It will be the final within the series from director Nolan. He won’t be getting any more unsecured loans to produce more films. Post resource - Anne Hathaway confirmed as Catwoman in the Dark Knight Rises by MoneyBlogNewz. Ann Hathaway hired ...
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