Posts Tagged ‘Life of Pi’

2013 Oscar Nominations Announced; Ben Affleck Snubbed for Best Director

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

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That’s really all I have to say about the nominations, Ben Affleck got snubbed.  Argo was one of the best movies of the year and he didn’t get nominated for directing (although it’s up for Best Picture).  Don’t take this year’s nominations seriously; Flight got a nomination for writing.

The 85th Academy Awards will take place on February 24th, check out the nominations below:

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Cut To The Chase Review: LIFE OF PI (2012) – A time filled with wonder that I’ll always remember

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

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Cut To The Chase Reviews from The City of Films are spoiler free Reviews ‘abridged for your pleasure’. Quick, concise, and sometimes entertaining opinions on the go!

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I was able to see director Ang Lee’s Life of Pi this past weekend, about a young man who survives a disaster at sea and as a cast away forms an amazing and unexpected connection with a Bengal tiger.

The 3D adaptation of the supposedly “unfilmable” book, achieves a lot in the technical department and in the art of storytelling. I should start off by saying that the use of 3D was fine, but I would have enjoyed the movie just as much without it. Having said that, the film is still a visual feast that is well acted and a lot less pretentious than I walked in believing.

In the book, as in the movie, the story begins with an adult Pi telling his story through flashback to a visiting writer; this caused some bad pacing and a noticeable shift in the final act that just took me right out of the experience.  Other than that moment, it’s hard to pick any serious flaws out considering I don’t watch movies based on books in order to compare the two. Perhaps our readers will share their thoughts.

The movie didn’t convince me to believe in God, but it did make me believe that if movies like this can find audiences, we might just be able to see more of them. Life of Pi is mesmerizing and often stunning to the point of shock by fellow audience members.

If you’re looking for an emotionally rewarding movie to see this holiday season, Life of Pi is something you will remember long after the lights turn back on. It’s one of the year’s best movies.

Score: 4/5

The CoF Weekend Preview: The “Unfilmable” Book That Could

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

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Welcome to The CoF Weekend Preview, here is a look at what’s opening this weekend. Check out our Fall & Holiday Movie Guide for the rest of the year’s releases.

Life of PiRT (86%) – Trailer

Author Yann Martel’s work that President Barack Obama called “an elegant proof of God, and the power of storytelling” [true story] is finally hitting the big screen.  I’ve heard the bigger the screen you can watch it on, the better.  I will be seeing it on a very large screen in 3D and shall post my review this weekend.  Director Ang Lee has a pretty great track record, his best being Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and The Ice Storm; so it’s great to hear that M. Night Shyamalan was once attached to make this movie and obviously didn’t.  Thanks to everyone involved in that decision.

Red DawnRT (11%) – Trailer

It’s a patriotic weekend in the USA, grab your guns and flags, get out there to stop the…North Koreans?  Don’t mind if I don’t.

Rise of the GuardiansRT (72%) – Trailer

Here is something for the kids, Guardians looks enjoyable but for the elementary school crowd.  I’ll wait for the home viewing pleasure, and by that I mean when I’m out of things to watch.

TODAY’S LINKS: Oldboy, Mary Jane, Iron Man 3 Plot, Cloud Atlas and More

Friday, October 19th, 2012

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  • Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake will be out next October. [comingsoon]
  • Details About Mary Jane’s role in The Amazing Spider-Man sequel. [THR]
  • Open Road Films will distribute Machete Kills, here’s a first look. [image]
  • David Fincher wants Brad Pitt for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. [variety]
  • Ang Lee introduces the first clip from Life of Pi. [yahoo]
  • Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton plan And So It Goes. [empire]
  • The official synopsis for Iron Man 3. [denofgeek]

Here is a behind-the-Scenes featurette for Cloud Atlas:

Featurette for Ang Lee’s LIFE OF PI

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

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Ang Lee’s adaptation of the “unfilmable” novel Life of Pi is coming to theaters very soon, it premiered last month at the New York Film Festival to a positive response.  You can watch a featurette for the film below that focuses on how Lee tackles the adaptation of the novel, we hear from the author Yann Martel as well.

Director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a tragic disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While marooned on a lifeboat, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with the ship’s only other survivor — a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Life of Pi opens in 3D on November 21st.

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The City of Films Fall & Holiday Movie Guide 2012

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

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The 2012 summer movie season is over, so we focus now on our favorite time for movies, the fall and holiday season. The City of Films has put together a guide of all the films being released for the rest of the year. Join in on the dialogue on Facebook and Twitter.

Note: Dates are subject to change – CoF will keep it updated. Contact us for additions/changes.

SEPTEMBER & OCTOBERNOVEMBER & DECEMBER


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The Master  – September 14

Synopsis: A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future – until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.
Director:
Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams

Analysis: Paul Thomas Anderson is one of our best directors; his resume includes Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love and one of my favorite movies of all time, There Will Be Blood.  The Master is sure to be a controversial film and talk of the awards season.  Read – FOCUS: Paul Thomas Anderson’s THE MASTER.

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The City of Films Fall & Holiday Movie Guide 2012

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

fall movie guide

The 2012 summer movie season is over, so we focus now on our favorite time for movies, the fall and holiday season. The City of Films has put together a guide of all the films being released for the rest of the year. Join in on the dialogue on Facebook and Twitter.

Note: Dates are subject to change – CoF will keep it updated. Contact us for additions/changes.

SEPTEMBER & OCTOBERNOVEMBER & DECEMBER


wreck-itWreck-It RalphNovember 2
Synopsis: The bad-guy character in a classic game who longs to be a hero brings trouble to his entire arcade after sneaking into a new first-person shooter game and unleashing a deadly enemy.
Director: Rich Moore
Stars: John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Sarah SilvermanAnalysis: Why hasn’t this idea been done already? It has so much potential with the inside jokes and nostalgia that we all want to see, or it won’t not do it enough so it needs a sequel. Let’s just hope they reference Iron Tank, best game ever.
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Trailer for Ang Lee’s LIFE OF PI

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

life-of-piHere is the first trailer for Ang Lee’s adaptation of Life of Pi.  Without a word of dialogue in the trailer he’s to focus on the standout feature of the film, the visuals.  They look pretty great here and I’ll be sure to check it out when it comes to theaters.

I might be one of the few people around who didn’t read this book, let me know what you think of the trailer and what you hope for from the movie.

Life of Pi opens in 3D on November 21st.

The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.  The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger.

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TODAY’S LINKS: Fringe, James Bond 24, Wolverine and More

Friday, April 27th, 2012

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  • Kevin will sleep tonight, Fox will renew Fringe for  fifth and Final Season. [ew]
  • James Bond 24 confirmed for 2014, well that was fast. [nme]
  • The Wolverine to shoot in Japan, taking from the Chris Claremont & Frank Miller series. [comingsoon]
  • Fox shows first footage from Life of Pi, and says Planet of the Apes 2 a go. [thr]

Red Band Trailer for Hick and the opening scene of The Dictator

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