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Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated (2014)

Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated (2014)
The Oscars are nearly here. While most movie-buffs are scrambling to get those last minute viewings of some of the big Oscar contenders in, the Academy has made it a bit easier to see some of the smaller pictures that will be getting attention this weekend: the short films. Strung together in a showcase that features seques with an animated ostrich and giraffe (standing in for Buzz Lightyear and Woody... 

Weekly Blend #308 – Brave Vampires, Angry Language

Weekly Blend #308 - Brave Vampires, Angry Language
A little too much “family time” and a lot of Louis C.K. means we open the floodgates on language for this episode. Join us as we offer up opinions on Brave, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Rock of Ages, and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. We also talk about Rafe’s observation about his recent family vacation and help promote [kind of] our own Doc Rotten’s podcast,... 

Brave [Review]

Brave [Review]
For the bulk of their movies, Pixar has relied on the idea of shared cultural experiences to base their movies on. We all know the heartbreak of losing a favorite toy (all three Toy Story films) or the desire for that one great adventure (Up) or have curiosity about the monsters we all know are lurking in the closets (Monsters Inc.). In fact, it was a departure from that approach to storytelling that... 

2012 Academy-Nominated Short Films Reviewed

2012 Academy-Nominated Short Films Reviewed
At last year’s underwhelming Oscars ceremony, there were awkward moments aplenty: Melissa Leo pretending that she swore by accident, the wildly uneven energy of co-hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway, and Franco in a dress for no discernible reason. The evening’s most exciting and genuine moment came from Luke Matheny, the writer/director of that night’s winner for Best Live Action Short Film,... 

Weekly Blend #280 – Butt-Clunching

I’m not even going to explain this week’s title. You’ll just have to check out this week’s episode to find out where it comes from. Within you’ll also hear our review of Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 3D, our response to Pixar’s recently announced Planes and what Pixar movies we’d like to see a sequel to, discussions of Bill Murray as a serious, dramatic... 

Margaret’s Trailer Park: Brave (Teaser Trailer)

Other than this one-minute teaser trailer, I know nothing about the film in the works by Pixar called Brave. While Pixar is still licking some wounds from Cars 2, I’m hoping they get things back on their normal track with this one by the summer of 2012. With a Celtic feel (as far as I can tell), we follow a beautiful landscape paired with an accent-rich narration until we see a brief face to face... 

Weekly Blend #273 – The Movies Keep Coming

Margaret is convinced I told her we could stop doing the podcast when the movies stopped coming. Since the movies keep coming, we’re still here. This week we look at Pixar’s strike-out with Cars 2, debate the merits of Weezer, argue about Andie MacDowell’s voice, talk about the casting of the new Superman flick, and hit on who will be (or more likely won’t be) at San Diego Comic... 

Cars 2 [Review]

I suppose it was inevitable. Just like no star sports player can go undefeated, eventually Pixar had to present a movie that didn’t live up to the high standards we’ve all come to expect from them. While there are some entertaining things to like about Cars 2, particularly for younger viewers, as a whole this is a terribly weak movie. With a ridiculous story, a poor change of focus, and a weak... 

Cars [Re-view]

I still remember the marketing blitz behind Cars in the weeks leading up to the movie’s original theatrical release. Every day Disney / Pixar was releasing something new to promote the movie – in particular character wallpapers and posters. There came a point where I really started to worry whether Pixar had its first dud on its hands. After all, the studio had never worked so hard to promote... 

Jeff’s Five and Dime: Summer’s Coming

Jeff’s Five and Dime is not your typical top-five list. Then again, what’s typical about Jeff? In this weekly column Jeff will bring you a top-five list meant to amuse and on the rare occasion, make you think. Ah, can you smell it? As we spring forward this weekend to allow the warm sun to keep its head above the mountains just a little bit longer than normal. I can smell it. Yes, summer is... 
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