Category Archives: Movies


Toy Story 3:

-In their most productive week of production, Pixar completed 3.5 minutes of animation.

– Buzz’s original name was supposed to be Lunar Larry

– Originally, Bo Peep was supposed to be a Barbie doll.

– Barbie and Ken’s outfits are modeled after real life dolls

After seeing three of the animators at Pixar come to Columbia to speak last year, I am fascinated by the fact that the studio is so incestuous.  Many of them attended the same school, and were even taught by the same professors.  Andy, for example, is named after Brown University professor Andy Van Dam, who taught many of the staff members on this film.




Long time no see!

Hello blog readers, I know my absence has hit you all hard… But today I’m back and I have the short film “Logorama” for you to check out.

This short video was actually made by a french animation collection- “H5”. Directed by François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy and Ludovic Houplain, and produced by Autour de Minuit. Winner of 2009 Cannes, and of the Best Animated Short at the 82nd Academy Awards. Old news, but awesome.

The video is made entirely of logos of major corporations. It is sixteen minutes of violence and greed in the corporate world… please watch.


BTS Star Wars

WUT?  Slating happens IRL?

BTS: Labyrinth

Behind the scenes of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth.

Nobody Panic!!!

I’m still alive.   For the past several weeks however, I have been doing the impossible: living without the internet.  Apart from the immense relief I feel from having given up online news, tetris, Facebook, and checking my email every four minutes, I actually feel the loss of this blog, which has proved distracting.  I’m currently in a Starbucks.

On New Years Resolutions:

Lots of people say they don’t believe in making a resolution, but I disagree. I love the idea of reinventing yourself and the intangible “New” year seems like the perfect time.  It is the universal calendar by which we all measure time.  Why not?  In 2010, I finished my very first New Years Resolution.  I watched 100 new movies.  I thought it would get hard towards May, but then I realized having little friends and a Netflix account can really help you go the distance.  My 100th movie was Black Swan, which I saw in theatres with Kevin on the day it came out.  He paid and everything.

Even though I winced through 20% of the film, I really thought it was mindblowing.  Natalie Portman is already close to my heart thanks to Garden State (kidding), but I ws honestly blown away by how well she played the maniacal ballerina.  And it’s worth mentioning the amount of training the girls must have done to prepare for a film like this… Some of the scenes were obviously more about shock value than actual story development, but I thought the skin peeling and mirror shattering was all quite dramatic and thus worthwhile.

The lesbian scene which has been built up for months now really wasn’t what I expected.  I know that’s really the only reason Kevin took me in the first place, but it wasn’t as graphic as I was expecting.  Kind of tasteful actually, all things considered.  Somehow the whole movie managed to be very overtly sexual, without really any sex at all.  Also, am I the only one who previously had no idea what Swan Lake was about?

Anyway, it’s a resolution I’m really proud of.  This year I have decided that I’m going to finish The Bible (a continuing resolution for the third year in a row).  But so far that’s all I’ve got.  Tell me what your resolutions are.  I promise I’ll see you again soon.


127 Hours

I have been so busy.  If it wasn’t for the fact that my daily hits are still relatively high, I’d be neglecting you all.  Just a quick post because its 2am and I have to be at work really early tomorrow:

If you have heard anything at all about this movie, the following shouldn’t be a spoiler alert… but just in case, I’ll warn you.  This movie was fantastic.  Based upon a true story, James Franco portrays Aron Rolston, a hiker who is all by himself when he slips and falls, wedging himself underneath a rock.  After a grueling 127 Hours, he is forced to cut himself free, after realizing that it’s his only way out.  And yes, it’s very graphic.

Even ignoring the fact that I think James Franco is totally dreamy, this film was a hit.  The challenge of making an hour of this movie go by with very minimal cutaway shots is mind blowing… but writer/director Danny Boyle makes it happen.  Franco shuffles through a sleu of embarrassingly honest emotions during the days he is stranded, most of which are communicated with no dialogue.  It was very intense, I smell a best actor nomination…

Aron chronicled his entire journey with a video camera, and I have to say that the points when he films himself in the movie were by far my favorite… watching this adventurous person turn into a madman will probably bring you to tears.  In short… go see this movie.


Okay, here are my thoughts on the above diagram:
-The first and third LOTR should be higher than the second…
-Also, the first Spiderman was so awesome!  WTF!
-But can I get a hell yeah for the Jurassic Park!?

Oh, and guys, I finally saw Indiana Jones!  I am well aware that it had been a long time coming, and I feel like a little bit of my life has fallen into the right place.  I’ve been a brat about seeing them because I don’t love action movies, but I will admit… it was good.  Thanks for making me watch, Dave.