Articles tagged john ratzenberger

Summer of Same: May 2009

May's titles include the fourth films in two aging franchises, more Pixar perfection, and the reboot of a TV series from 40 years ago. And they say there are no new ideas.

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The New Classics - The 30 Best Films of 2008

Unlike previous years, where classics came crawling out of the celluloid woodwork with regular reckless abandon, 2008 was more calm… and considered. That's not to say that choosing 30 top titles was hard. The difficulty in placing them in some manner of rank order suggests the actual depth of quality involved.

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Off the Radar - The Top 30 DVDs of 2008

Oddly enough, while the major studios continue scratching their heads over how to sell yet another new format (Blu-ray) to disinterested consumers, several outside distributors made sure that this would be a digital year to remember.

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8 Jan 2009 // 9:00 PM

Wall-E

The first half hour of Wall-E is a lyrical, magical achievement in filmmaking, which if it ended there, would make the movie an undisputed classic.

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The end is here: 9-11 attacks and the new millennium revive apocalyptic movies

Flooded cities. A plague of blindness. Humanity huddled in bunkers. It’s just another night at the movies. The Katrina documentary “Trouble the Water,” the

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‘Wall-E,’ Pixar’s surprisingly political postmodern masterpiece

Conservatives love to complain about Hollywood liberalism, but most of the political films that shuffle through the cineplexes are standard-issue leftie hackwork that neither persuade

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30 Jun 2008 // 9:00 AM

Robot Holocaust

In the second half of our Disney discussion, the way in which the dystopian world of WALL*E was sold to a susceptible public is dissected.

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29 Jun 2008 // 9:00 PM

Consumer Apocalypse: WALL-E

As part of a double dose of Disney Monday, Chris Barsanti looks at the recent release from CG savants Pixar.

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27 Jun 2008 // 1:25 PM

‘WALL*E’ is Wonderful!

By its very definition, imagination is limitless. The only true restrictions to the notion exist in the connection to actual human thought. Clearly, whoever is

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27 Jun 2008 // 2:00 AM

WALL∙E

For much of WALL∙E, the titular robot speaks not a word, but instead whimpers or exclaims, his language an assortment of expressive erps and eeps.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: June 2008

If May almost tent-poled itself out of existence, June will be even worse. After all, are audiences really ready for 13 major release in less than two months -- with more to come?

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Part 5: The Return of the Auteur

That noise you heard near the start of the new millennium was the creative din of a brash new breed of filmmakers tearing down the traditions of mainstream moviemaking. Their motion picture mission statements -- including the ones featured on this list -- remain the rulebook for new generations of anxious film artists.

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Cheers: The Complete Eighth Season

The classic Woody one-liner doesn't further a plot, but it does reaffirm his earnest oddness.

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Toy Story: 10th Anniversary Edition (1995)

Ten years on, much of Pixar's Toy Story, the first computer-animated feature film, is as sweet and smart as ever.

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7 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Incredibles (2004)

Its snark makes The Incredibles one of those cartoons that mainstream, self-knowing adults might appreciate along with their kids.

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5 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Incredibles (2004)

Instead of dolls and fishies, the stars of the The Incredibles are angsty adults, specifically, superheroes whose flying-high heyday is over.

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3 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Spirited Away (2001/2002)

America is better off with Miyazaki playing in the malls and the multiplexes than Monsters, Inc.

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Double Take: 'The French Connection' (1971)

// Short Ends and Leader

"You pick your feet in Poughkeepsie, and we pick The French Connection for Double Take #18.

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