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Thursday, Apr 3, 2014
When you think animation, do you automatically think Disney, Pixar, Anime, Miyazaki, Studio Ghilbi and/or stop motion. Here are ten terrific examples that will broaden your perspective.

Perhaps a better title here would be The Best Non-Disney, Non -Pixar, Non-Anime, Non-Miyazaki, Non-Studio Ghilbi, Non-Stop Motion Animated Films of All Time. Yes, believe it or not, there are other offerings out there in the history of the artform other than the pen and ink (now mostly CG) spectacle of the House of Mouse, its computer supported partner, the fascinating finesse of the Japanese, and the entire Nightmare Before the Fantastic Mr. Fox frame-by-frame conceit. We would never know it, however. The merchandising machine built by Uncle Walt and his workers more or less covers the globe with its glad tidings, and the other studios in the system—Fox, Dreamworks, Paramount, etc.—can’t help but play Ice Age/Madagascar/How I Shreked Your Dragon catch-up. That just leaves the outsiders, the foreign entries and the independent wannabes who desperately hope your don’t mind a lack of Mickey, Minnie, Buzz, Woody, my neighbor Totorro or Porco Rosso in your latest trip to the cineplex.


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Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014
No matter what the box office receipts say, The Raid 2 is of greater value (and has a higher body count) than Sabotage.

Don’t worry, there are still a couple more months for the summer blockbuster films to rule the box offices, (or maybe just a week or two when Captain America will rise to the top). But this past weekend saw the release of two action films, the gun-wielding monster Sabotage featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger and the wily Indonesian martial arts film, The Raid 2. Fans of action films should skip over Sabotage, save their friends from seeing it, and instead all head to see The Raid 2 several times.


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Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014
This is a genuine delight, a smart film without so much of the CG filler these movies can often contain.

In the Avengers’ movie rankings, Iron Man is numero uno. He’s the head honcho, the big box office draw, and the one character Marvel is most concerned about when moving on within their ever-expanding cinematic universe. Thanks to Robert Downey Jr. and his pratfalling playboy performance, this is one superhero who will be sorely missed should his time with the comic book clan come to an end. Next up is Thor, though Norse Gods know why. He’s hunky and cute and all, but is he really the second best option among the mighty protectors of the galaxy? Third place it tricky, however. On the one hand, Hulk has really never gotten a good shot at solo success. Both Ang Lee and Louis Leterrier’s take on the character lacked something when delivering the necessary action spectacle, but within Joss Whedon’s billion dollar baby, the character was golden.


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Monday, Mar 31, 2014
Can showing short and experimental films in real movie theaters be a sign of disrespect?

Bear with me, this will take some explaining…


I work for the motion picture, broadcast and recorded sound division of the Library of Congress. Inside our facility, located in Culpeper, Virginia, there is a specially-built, well-appointed, and beautiful theater that seats just over 200.  Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, we show, for free, “vintage” films pulled straight from our vaults. Last month alone we showed A Hard Day’s Night, Moonstruck, “and Harold and Maude.


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Friday, Mar 28, 2014
Jack Benny meets a money pit.

According to the back of the box, Manhattanite Moss Hart moved to the country and renovated a Colonial estate. Out of this experience, he and co-writer George S. Kaufman hatched George Washington Slept Here, one of their many hit Broadway comedies. It was “opened out” into a film version that’s still funny today, despite or because of the loud and obvious nature of the humor, which involves Jack Benny falling through ceilings and down stairs with no more result than spouting one more exasperated, sarcastic one-liner.


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