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Nov 06 2015

The Oscar Eligibility List for Best Animated Feature

The 16 official submissions for the Best Animated Feature Oscar have been revealed.The finalists include expected high-profile entries like Pixar's Inside Outand the still-to-come festival darling Anomalisa,and some you are maybe hearing about for the first time.Here's the list:

After racking up Pixar's second highest domestic gross, Inside Outis the early frontrunner.Its potential is also boosted by its Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay prospects,and it has the blend of brains and heart that have lead Pixar to more wins in the category than any other studio.There is also The Good Dinosaurcoming for Thanksgiving and hoping to celebrate Pixar's first dual release year with dual nominations.
Pixar isn't alone in bringing a high pedigree. Anomalisastands to benefit from its uniqueness among the pack: already boasting the Academy-approved pedigree of Charlie Kaufman,it's also a rare entry intended squarely at adults.GKIDS,who have found favor in this category with lovely low profile films,have three eligible candidates,including Studio Ghibli's When Marnie Was There.Will Blue Sky's The Peanuts Movieregister with nostalgic love or will it have similar poor luck to the other releases by the studio?

This category also has some tricky qualifications to note.The short version is that there couldbe five nominees (provided every single one of these meets release qualifications),but that depends on how well the nominating committee rates each film.If they think the field is weak,we could see less than five.
Sep 27 2015

Box Office: Vampire Hospitality,Unique Internships,and Drug Wars

ThoughHotel Transylvania 2and the Anne Hathaway/Robert DeNiro pairing inThe Internsurprised no one by taking the top two spots at the weekend box office,the big story was at the tail end of the top ten chart where Denis Villeneuve'spossibly Oscar nomination boundcartel-dramaSicariolanded despite still being in very limited release still,with less than 60 locations.That's what's called playing to sold out crowds.I split the charts below into limited and wide release though soSicariotakes the #1 spot on the limited half of the cinema equation.We just talked about that stunning dramaon the podcast.

There don't seem to be estimates on SPC'sGerman Oscar contenderLabyrinth of Lieswhich is a pity since we're curious.

800+ screens (Sept 25th-27th)
01Hotel Transylvania 2$48NEWTim on the director Genny Tartakovsky
02The Intern$17NEW
03Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials$13.8 (cum.$51.4)
04Everest$12.1 (cum.$22.1)
05Black Mass$11 (cum.$42)
06The Visit$6.5 (cum.$52)
07The Perfect Guy$4.6 (cum.$48.7)
08War Room$4.2 (cum.$55.9)
09The Green Inferno$3.5NEW
10A Walk in the Woods$1 (cum.$27.2)
11Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation$.9 (cum.$193.4)
12Grandma$.8 (cum.$5.1) Review,Poster

Under 800 Screens - Excluding Previously Wide (Sept 25th-27th)
01Sicario(59 screens)$1.7 (cum.$2.2)Podcast,Emily on a roll
02Pawn Sacrifice(781 screens)$1 (cum.$1.3)
03Lost in Hong Kong(28 screens)$.5NEW
04Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos(364 screens)$.2 (cum.$8.8)
05Meet the Patels(63 screens)$.2 (cum.$.4)
06Unbranded(58 screens)$.1NEW
07Sleeping With Other People(102 screens)$.1 (cum.$.3)Review
08Stonewall(129 screens)$.1NEWInterview,Review,Podcast
09Goodnight Mommy(28 screens)$.1 (cum.$.2)Interview,Oscar Submission
10Phoenix(85 screens)$.08 (cum.$2.8)Interview
11Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution(10 screens)$.04 (cum.$.2)
12The New Girlfriend(45 screens)$.04 (cum.$.09)Review

Sicario's success excepted,it was a bloodbath at the arthouse.Stonewallmet vitriolic reviews (my "D"grade review is somehow comparatively nice!) and a disastrous less than $1000 per screen average despite a fairly well publicized opening weekend.In other weak openings,99 Holmes,the housing crisis drama with Michael Shannon and Andrew Garfield debuted on only 2 screens andMississippi Grind,a pool shark drama with Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds,on only one (what the hell,movies !?) and with those extremely nervous toes in movie theater waters,neither made even the top 12 at the arthouse despite well liked indie directors pairing famous stars with reliable well loved character actors to the tune of positive reviews.

Finally,we neglected to mention the opening of the French trans dramaThe New Girlfriend(starring Romain Duris,left) last week and though the François Ozon drama hasn't made much of a stir at the arthouse (an entire year's wait for a release afterits festival debutcan't have helped) but it adds to 2015's strong impression that the floodgates are now open for the T to be amply represented in LGBT cinema.

What did you see this weekend?

Sep 25 2015

Tim's Toons: A Genndy Tartakovsky Primer

This weekend sees the release of 2015's latest animated feature,Hotel Transylvania 2,and it is somewhat hard to get excited for it.Being an animated sequel will do that.

Being a movie where all the shots were being called by Adam Sandler will do that,too.Being an animated sequel under the control of Adam Sandler in the same calendar year that witnessed the deeply repugnant Sandler vehiclesThe CobblerandPixelswill do that most of all.But let me put on my bravest face and try to tell you about the thing that is noble and interesting aboutHotel Transylvania 2despite all the obvious ticks against it: it's a Genndy Tartakovsky picture.

"And who is Genndy Tartakovsky?"you may now be asking yourself
.I very much hope you are,since answering that question is the reason we're here now.The simple answer is that Tartakovsky is one of the great stylists in contemporary American animation.

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Dec 04 2012

Annie Award Nominations - A Real Race For Once

Michael Chere to see if the Annie Award nominations shed any light on this year's rare neck and neck Oscar race for Best Animated film.

Frankenweenie captured critics and Annie noms.But not audiences.Will Oscar take to the (un)dead dog?

Animated Feature

  • "Brave"– Pixar Animation Studios
  • "Frankenweenie"– Walt Disney Studio
  • "Hotel Transylvania"– Sony Pictures Animation
  • "ParaNorman"– Focus Features
  • "Rise of the Guardians"– DreamWorks Animation
  • "The Pirates!Band of Misfits"– Aardman Animations
  • "The Rabbi's Cat "– GKIDS
  • "Wreck-It Ralph"– Walt Disney Animation Studios

Without a slam-dunk frontrunner draining the suspense out of the category for once it's worth sifting through the tea leaves looking for omens.Unfortunately the Annie's nominatedeverythingso it doesn't clarify much. At least they had the good taste to leave outThe Lorax,Madagascar 3andIce Age 25,which I believe takes place in the early 1970's.

Lots more after the jumpincluding predictions and celebrity voice acting.

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Sep 30 2012

Box Office: Hotel Transylvania vs. Looper

The animation business is a good one to be in.Sure,the movies cost a lot to make but profit margins can be something else with global family appeal and franchising / merchandising opportunities.Hotel Transylvaniatook a bite out ofLooper's grosses but one guess as to which film people will still talk about next year.(PerhapsLooperwill be one of those rare films that doesn't drop much at all in its second weekend?)

But the weekend's big story might just be strong showings forPitch Perfectat only 300+ locations and a promising 100 theater expansion forThe Perks of Being a Wallflower.In very limited releaseRobot & Frankjust crossed the $3 million mark...almost entirely on word of mouth.Have any of you seen it?

Box Office Dozen
03END OF WATCH$8(cum.$26.1)
04TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE$7.5(cum $23.7)
07FINDING NEMO 3D$4(cum.$36.4 this time around)
09THE MASTER$2.7(cum.$9.6)Team Experience

What did you see this weekend?Did you love it?

Jul 28 2012

Two Animated Films I'm Excited About (Will Oscar Be, Too?)

This year I had made a silent goal to myself to talk about animated films more often at The Film Experience since I sometimes really enjoy them even if I don't say so and you definitely enjoy them but we tend to not cover them.亚博主页So far so getting better. Here are two films I'm looking forward to that I didn't even realize I was excited for because I almost forgot they existed.

1.Me and My Shadow(2014)
This upcoming effort released a teaser poster a few days ago and has a cute concept.It will reportedly be a blending of traditional animation and CG animation with the traditional being the shadow world and the CG being for the "real"world.From the official synopsis...

Stan (Bill Hader),our hero's shadow,yearns for a more exciting life but happens to be stuck with Stanley Grubb (Josh Gad),a timid guy with an extreme aversion to adventure.When a crime in the shadow world puts both of their lives in danger,Stan is forced to take control of Stanley...

My mind immediately lept to Steve Martin's body controlled by Lily Tomlin's spirit inAll of Me(1984) and Linguini's body going all marionette for Remy inRatatouille(2007) so the concept is just rich for potentially golden physical slapstick and awkward charm.Not that it's easy to be as good as either of those pictures!

More after the jumpincluding Oscar potential...

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