This has been my most productive film-watching (and reviewing!) fortnight in a long time, even if none of the films I watched were for reviewing purposes. Aisha and I had a couple of sickly weekends (we’re both still under the weather now, but less so than before), and much of them were spent wrapped up warm in the familiar embrace of Pixar. Speaking of which, as there’s a lot to discuss this week, let’s get straight into what I’ve been watching recently. I’ll most likely be keeping it brief on the films I’ve discussed before, and focusing more on the new stuff: Continue reading →
I’ve been lacking inspiration for a Top 5 this week, with the best I could come up with being Hugh Jackman films, as its his birthday, but I’ve missed too many of his films for it to be a very conclusive list. So, in my desperation, I turned to my girlfriend, something I only ever do in the direst of situations film-wise. I’ve discussed her frankly laughable taste of films in passing before, but I believe I may have been unnecessarily harsh on some of the films she likes, so here’s my Top 5 list of the films she loves that I don’t necessarily hate. Apologies for any extravagant soppiness, it won’t happen again. And yes, Aisha got to choose the pictures.
5. Marley and Me Now, I wouldn’t like this film if I were to watch it on my own, but at present it’s Aisha’s favourite film, and it makes me happy to see her happy, so technically I must like it. But it can’t be any higher than number 5 on this list because a) it’s a terrible film, and b) she cannot watch it without almost drowning in the flood of dears she seeps towards the end. For you see, Aisha is a dog-person (I’m a no-animals-person, at best a fish-person), so any film featuring dogs, especially [spoiler] the dying of a pet dog, something she has lived through, result in an unquantifiable amount of sadness. But guess who’s around with a shoulder to cry on? That’d be me. Which is another reason I don’t hate the film, it’s made us closer as a couple. Continue reading →
It’s Richard Jenkins birthday! But as I’ve seen literally only six movies I remember him being in, it wouldn’t be a very fair list, especially seeing as I’ve yet to get to The Visitor, which is supposed to be one of his best. Apparently he’s in The Core, The Man Who Wasn’t There and Intolerable Cruelty, but I’m guessing they weren’t major roles. (5. One Night at McCool’s, 4. Step Brothers, 3. There’s Something About Mary, 2. Burn After Reading, 1. The Cabin in the Woods, Worst: Hall Pass)
So instead, it’s also Alexander Gould’s birthday! Who? He voiced Nemo in Finding Nemo, and today he turns 18 (God I feel old). So to celebrate, let’s look at some of the movie world’s greatest fish, and I’ll try not to take them all from Finding Nemo. Warning, this list contains spoilers.
It’s Cliff Clavin’s birthday! The Cheers alumnus is 65 years young today, and has appeared in every Pixar film to date, so let’s celebrate his greatest roles for the greatest animation company in history.
Taking a simple story, a father searches for his kidnapped son, and although transposing it to tropical fish sounds insane, the concept works, with Albert Brooks overprotective clown fish Marlin travelling to Sydney to rescue his son, who in turn is doing his best to escape the dentist’s fish tank within which he recently became imprisoned. As ever with Pixar, it is the myriad of supporting characters that make the film truly great, here ranging from the cabin fever crazed fish tank gang (voiced by, among others, Willem Dafoe, Stephen Root, Alison Janney and semi-regular collaborator Brad Garrett) to Ellen DeGeneres’ short term memory loss suffering regal tang Dory, probably the most popular and oft-quoted characters from the film.
Pixar rightfully uses the films running time to show off their immense design skills, displaying as many watery environments as possible (sewers, wide open oceans, docks, puddles) and a cornucopia of every widely recognisable aquatic lifeform, including sea turtles, jellyfish, sharks, pelicans, Aardman-inspired seagulls, stingrays, swordfish (fencing with upper class English accents), angler fish, whales and Bostonian lobsters.
It says something of the animating skill of Pixar that they had to degrade the quality of the water in this film, as initial feedback showed it was too realistic. Given enough time, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were able to make a seemingly live action film without anyone noticing.