Articles tagged sigourney weaver

The Story of a Woman on the Morning of a War

Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising is a rich and complex work teasing out the personal price paid by soldiers set on the stage of grand ideological battles for liberty and against the backdrop of deep drama of military tactics. There couldn't be a better choice than Hilary Swank for the just-announced upcoming movie.

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Discover a Hero in ‘Cedar Rapids’

What's at first blush a light-hearted comedy is actually a much more profound tale.

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“Alien Resurrection”, the Unproduced Script That Shaped Joss Whedon’s Career

Prior to gaining fame as one of the foremost pop cultural creators, Joss Whedon gained fame within the film industry as a screenwriter and script doctor. But of these early efforts, it was his script for Alien Resurrection that contained themes that dominated much of his later work.

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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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20 Jul 2008 // 10:59 PM

Vantage Point

It’s almost rather brilliant the way the film betrays and sabotages itself as it comes down the home stretch.

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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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25 Apr 2008 // 3:29 AM

Baby Mama

If he's not precisely magical in Baby Mama, Oscar (Romany Malco) does function as wise advisor for white women who should know better.

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3 Apr 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Ice Storm

The general fuzzed-out sense of malaise that Lee is able to tap into while exploring the Nixon-era sexual revolution (and repression and adventure), creates a point of view that both ruthlessly observes and empathizes with these alien suburbanites.

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22 Feb 2008 // 3:20 AM

Vantage Point

As Vantage Point becomes increasingly busy with personal betrayals and redemptions, the ostensible politics, reductive to begin with, fall by the wayside.

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7 Oct 2007 // 10:59 PM

The TV Set

The TV Set on DVD, with its various articulations of anger and frustration, makes for entertaining therapy; now it's time for Kasdan to let go and love again.

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Part 4: Challenging Convention

As cinema went completely commercial, abandoning art for artifice, true aesthetic acumen was hard to come by. Luckily, for the movies included herein, it was their difference, as well as their diversity, that helped them stand out from the rest of the high concept hackwork.

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22 May 2007 // 2:00 AM

Snow Cake (2006)

Alex first appears in Snow Cake aboard a plane, embodying an obvious contradiction, in motion and still at the same time.

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