We are only beginning to see the creative and artistic potential technology enables, in the same way Vincent Van Gogh used his paintbrush, that crude piece of technology that consisted in horse hairs and wood, to create immortal masterpieces in culture, CGI and other technologies ( Like VR, 3D printing and computer modeling) will enable us to move to new and unimagined (yet) frontiers.
It is in this spirit that I share the preview of a movie some of my more artistic friends can’t wait to buy; Loving Vincent.
” Loving Vincent is a 2017 biographical animated drama film about the life of painter Vincent van Gogh, and in particular, the circumstances of his death. It is the first fully painted animated feature film. It is written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. The development was funded by the Polish Film Institute, and partially through a Kickstarter campaign.
Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 115 painters. The film premiered at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. It was awarded Best Animated Feature Film Award at the 30th European Film Awards in Berlin.” -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loving_Vincent
Well, I guess if you have to see an animated children’s movie, this is the one to see in 2017. That’s the impression I get from this review anyway; there are nice and smart comedic scenes, but charming and gratifying. “Based on 1936 children’s book The Story of “Ferdinand”, this charming tale about a lover-not-a-fighter bull is surprisingly relevant for a vintage property“, says Joyce Slaton, from Common Sense Media. “Inoffensive fun, but unlike its paperback forbear, the cinematic Ferdinand is unlikely to stand the test of time. said James Dyer from Empire. In what’s been an underwhelming year for big-studio animation, it’s the best of the bunch: sincere, likable, surprisingly funny, and overall true to its source material.” Peter Debruge form Variety. While the portrayal of Spain is good in terms of landscape, the general character personalities are American, keeping audiences from a true cultural immersion.
Finally the most appropriate for young children in the release weekend for “The Last Jedi”, one of the most popular and acclaimed movies since the much-criticized episodes I, II and III.
The 2017 movie that unites Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman, The Flash and Aquaman in one epic comic book to the big screen story that is blowing people’s minds. It’s always fun to show off your knowledge beforehand. Check out this movie review and get smart before the movie.
Critics Consensus: Justice League leaps over a number of DC movies, but its single bound isn’t enough to shed the murky aesthetic, thin characters, and chaotic action that continue to dog the franchise. – Rotten Tomatoes
A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas.
In Sony Pictures Animation’s THE STAR, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas. Written by Teaser-Trailer.com
Director: Timothy Reckart
Writers: Carlos Kotkin (screenplay by), Simon Moore (story by) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Aidy Bryant
Rated badly in rotten tomatoes, “From its bland story to its unremarkable animation, Leap! does little to distinguish itself from a long list of like-minded — and superior — family-friendly alternatives.”
Paris, 1884. An orphaned girl arrives in Paris from Brittany. Félicie Milliner is 11 and has no money but one big, passionate dream: to become a dancer. With nothing left to lose, Félicie takes a big risk: she ‘borrows’ a spoiled brats identity and enters the Opera Ballet School. But how long can she be someone else? Mentored by the tough and mysterious cleaner, Odette , Félicie learns that talent is not enough – it takes hard work to be better than her ruthless, conniving fellow students. That and friendship. Felicie’s inventive, exhausting and charismatic best friend Victor also has a dream: becoming a famous inventor. Together, they both encourage each other to reach for the stars.
Cast: Maddie Ziegler as Camille Le Haut, Elle Fanning as Félicie Milliner, Dane DeHaan as Victor Carly, Rae Jepsen as Odette
Surly (Will Arnett) and the park animals come upon a plot by Oakton City’s crooked mayor (Bobby Moynihan) to bulldoze Liberty Park and replace it with a dangerous amusement park. Surly gets help from the territorial street mouse gang leader Mr. Feng (Jackie Chan), who joins the park’s animals in thwarting the mayor’s plot.
Will Arnett as Surly, a purple squirrel who was at first loathed by the park’s animals, but is now considered a hero for helping to save them from a dire food shortage that he had unintentionally caused.
Justin Felbinger voices a younger Surly.
Maya Rudolph as Precious, a pug, who was formerly owned by the criminals Lucky and Fingers.
Jackie Chan as Mr. Feng, the territorial leader of a street mouse gang, who hates being called cute due to his small size and big eyes.
At a surprising 66% Rotten Tomatoes score and thus an understandable 97% “I want to see it” score, and its ultra dramatic crash scene now a trending virally on the internet Cars 3 is almost as good as the first one (Rotten tomato score “77%” on Cars 1). Here are a few behind-the-scenes, trailers, and sneak preview scenes from the 2017 movie, Cars 3.
“Cars offers visual treats that more than compensate for its somewhat thinly written story, adding up to a satisfying diversion for younger viewers.” -RottenTomatoes when talking about Cars… the first. Let’s see what they say when their official cars 2 review comes out.
The Film Cars Three is directed by Brian Fee and with a great voice cast, including Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen’s voice, Cristela Alonzo as the voice of Cruz Ramirez Chris Cooper, as our dear old Smokey’s voice and Nathan Fillion as Sterling’s voice.
When something deviates from its source material, the results are usually less than stellar; thankfully, that isn’t the case here. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 differences between the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies and comics.
00:38 #10. Yondu
01:32 #9. Drax the Destroyer Hates Thanos
02:14 #8. Origin of Gamora
02:56 #7. Knowhere
03:37 #6. Ronan the Accuser
04:13 #5. Drax’s Sense of Humor
04:58 #4. Origin of Drax the Destroyer
05:46 #3, #2 & #1: ????
“If you’re a TRUE fan of Twenty One Pilots, you better know these facts! Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be taking a look at our picks for the top 5 Facts about Twenty One Pilots! This American musical duo has gained a massive following since 2010 with their unique blend of hip hop, indie pop and electro sounds. But how did they do it? And what’s up with the masks they wear? Did you learn something new about these Suicide Squad soundtrack stars? Let us know in the comments below!”
Star Lord’s obscene gesture from the trailer was apparently improvised by Chris Pratt on set.
The film’s soundtrack, Awesome Mix Vol. 1, was the first film soundtrack to make it to number one on the Billboard chart without a single original song.
Knowhere, the starport visited by Peter Quill (Star Lord) and his crew was the severed head of an ancient being known as a Celestial. How his head ended up as a port of a call at the end of the universe is a mystery.
In the 1969 comic where they were introduced, the original Guardians were Vance Astro from Earth, Martinex from Pluto, Charlie-27 from Jupiter, and Yondu from Centauri IV. Yondu appears in the film, played by Michael Rooker, though in a more adversarial role.
In order to capture the big screen version of Rocket, director James Gunn brought a real raccoon, named Oreo, to the set. He was so helpful, that Gunn wound up bringing Oreo to the Guardians of the Galaxy red carpet premiere in Los Angeles. No word on which designer Oreo decided to wear.
Jason Momoa, best known for playing Drogo in Game of Thrones, was set to star as Drax but dropped out, reportedly because he didn’t want to be typecast as a giant warrior man. Instead, he will be starring in DC’s Aquaman franchise where he will be playing a giant warrior man.
The three circular lights that you see on the Nova Corps armor are meant to represent the three suns of Xandar, their home planet.
According to some websites, Guardians of the Galaxy has the highest body count in movie history at 83,871. Apparently the Death Star and Alderaan don’t count towards Star Wars’ total.
Peter Quill’s badass spaceship is named the Milano, named after 80s crush-bait Alyssa Milano.
Dave Bautista had to stand for five hours while they applied full body makeup and then for another hour and a half while they removed it. According to Chris Pratt, he never once complained.
Ronan the Accuser’s gigantic spaceship, The Dark Aster, is as big as the 1,454 foot Empire State Building turned over 11 times. That’s 15,994 feet for people who can’t do the math in their head.
Vin Diesel recorded the line “I Am Groot” over a thousand times and even did the recordings on stilts because that’s what you do when you’re a method actor playing a tree.
In a film about a sentient tree and his talking raccoon pal, fans were up in arms about an “unrealistic” scene in which Gamora floats in the vacuum of space after her ship was destroyed only to be saved when Peter Quill rescues her by also flying through space and giving her his breathing mask. NASA waded into the depths of the Internet to confirm that it was theoretically possible. More disturbingly, they cited evidence from experiments performed in the 1960s involving chimpanzees. Someone call PETA.
Director James Gunn recorded his own dance moves for his animators to use as a model for the immensely popular Baby Groot proving that white people can dance, as long as they’re pretending to be a tiny tree.
When first casting the voice of Rocket Raccoon, Marvel initially considered Adam Sandler or Jim Carrey. Both would have lent comic energy to the role, but at the end of the day, Bradley Cooper won the role. Because when you need someone to play a sociopathic raccoon, it’s a bonus if they’re super good looking.
Amongst the many well-known actors (Joseph Gordon Levitt, Eddie Redmayne, John Krasinski) who auditioned for the role of Peter Quill, the one who came the closest to taking it from Chris Pratt was Glenn Howerton, most famous for his role as Dennis on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. While most people agree that Pratt was near perfect, it would have been fascinating to watch Howerton turn a 5-star man into a Star Lord.
Rocket Raccoon’s accent in the comics was originally meant to be Cockney. And while nobody knew exactly what Bradley Cooper was going to do, his accent was most definitively not Cockney. Cooper cited Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci’s character in Goodfellas) as an influence on the final product.
Because Bradley Cooper wasn’t able to be on set for most of the shoot, the physical part of Rocket Raccoon was played by the director James Gunn’s brother Sean (best known as Kirk from Gilmore Girls). This led to several lines being improvised that weren’t in the original script as well as a fulfillment of James Gunn’s lifelong dream of ordering his little brother to act like a raccoon.
Chris Pratt claims that major influences on his performance as Star Lord were Han Solo and Marty McFly.
Three of the creatures that could be seen stuck in cages on the Collector’s base are a Dark Elf from “Thor: The Dark World”, a Chitauri from “The Avengers”, and a slug creature from “Slither”, a movie previously directed by James Gunn.
Yondu, played by Michael Rooker, was actually one of the original Guardians of the Galaxy that first appeared in the 1969 comic books. In the comics, he is an archer.
In the film, he took down his enemies with a sentient arrow.
In the film, there is a dog in a CCCP space suit in the Collector’s exhibition case. This dog is Cosmo, and in the comics, he was a Russian dog with psychic powers and was one of the main members of the Guardians of the Galaxy. He did not get along with Rocket, which is alluded to in the film.
Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista rehearsed their originally scripted fight scene for two and a half months. The Friday before they were scheduled to film it, James Gunn tossed it out and decided he wanted the entire fight filmed in one long shot. Pratt and Bautista only had a few hours to learn the choreography for the fight that ended up in the final cut. It took twenty-two takes.
Chris Pratt stole his Star Lord costume from the set for the sole purpose of wearing it to hospitals to visit sick children who might want to meet Star Lord.
The post-credit scene features Howard the Duck, the titular character from a series of existentialist comic books. The film adaptation which, according to many fans, missed the point of the comics, was widely panned by critics.
Howard the Duck may return for the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel.
Within thirty seconds of Chris Pratt’s audition, director James Gunn was willing to offer Pratt the role and joked that he would put a CGI six pack on Pratt if he failed to get in shape on time.
The opening scene was originally supposed to be set to the song “Hooked on a Feeling” but James Gunn changed it to “Come and Get Your Love” because he felt it worked better.
Although uncredited, Josh Brolin, who played Thanos, was the last person cast in the film. He based his portrayal of Thanos on Marlon Brando’s role of Colonel Walter E. Kurtz in Apocalypse Now.
Peter Quill uses a cassette player called the Sony TPS-L2. It was the first cassette player released in 1979 and called the Walkman. The popularity of the film has renewed interest in classic Walkmans to the chagrin of hipsters everywhere.
When measuring Djimon Honsou for his outfit, costume designer Alexandra Byrne remarked that he was so perfectly built, she could put a beanbag on him and he’d make it look good.
The Guardians of the Galaxy screenplay was written by Nicole Perlman, the first woman to ever be credited with writing a Marvel-produced screenplay.
The blue alien that Groot picks up by the nostrils in the Kyln was played by Nathan Fillion, space cowboy.
Karen Gillan shaved her head for the role of Nebula and then made a wig out of her hair.
Guardians of the Galaxy was the first non-Avengers Marvel film to be developed by Walt Disney pictures and fans claim there are several images of Mickey Mouse hidden throughout the film.
It was the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film to cross $300 million in domestic box office that did not feature Iron Man (who was meant to make a cameo in the first film, but didn’t because of contract issues with Robert Downey Jr).
Near the end of the film, Star Lord refers to Ronan the Accuser as “turd blossom” which is also the nickname George W. Bush used for Karl Rove, who also may be a supervillain hellbent on destroying the world.
Vin Diesel says that becoming Groot helped him through a very difficult time; he was grieving for Paul Walker, his best friend and co-star in the Fast and the Furious franchise, who died in a tragic car accident. “It was the first time I came back to dealing with human beings after dealing with death, so playing a character who celebrates life in the way Groot does, was very nice.
Top 10 Anime Characters That Are Better Than The Hero. Sometimes the protagonist just doesn’t stand up next to their sidekick. We’re looking at shows like Gundam 00, Mob Psycho 100, Oreimo, Attack on Titan, Naruto Shippuden, Kill La Kill, Death Note, Gurren Lagann, The Seven Deadly Sins, Tiger & Bunny, Mirai Nikki, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and many more to find out which side-characters are better than the hero. Will Ban, Kamina, and Homura Akemi appear along the way? Only one way to find out.
In the 2000s anime finally hit the mainstream with shows like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Gurren Lagann, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Death Note, and more. We’d check them out on Adult Swim and some of them still grace the tv screens to this day. Keep an eye out for shows like Mushishi, Baccano, Hajime no Ippo, and more.
The 1990s defined anime’s cultural boom in America with shows like Dragon Ball Z, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and more. We’re looking at series that appeared on the likes of Toonami and made many an Otaku as a result. Expect shows like Golden Boy, Slam Dunk, Revolutionary Girl Utena and more to appear along the way. And be sure to watch the rest of our series including the Pre-90s, 2000s and 2010s greatest anime series.
These are some of the scariest moments in anime. Death, gore, fear, decapitation, dismemberment, murder, mass genocide – it’s all here. We’re looking at anime series like Barefoot Gen, Tokyo Ghoul, Deadman Wonderland, Future Diary, Higurashi When They Cry, Kaiji, Berserk, Re:Zero, Parasyte, Psycho-Pass, Elfen Lied, Wicked City, Akira, Monster, and more to find the anime scenes that are downright terrifying.
00:43 #10. The Spider Woman
01:20 #9. Lucy’s Rampage
02:02 #8. Street Kill
02:55 #7. NERV Gets Tanged
03:38 #6. Mother and Son
04:18 #5. Rem’s Torture
04:59 #4. The Eclipse
05:44 #3, #2, #1: ???
The guys at WatchMojo must have lots of free time huh? This is a funny scary true list of animated women a bit to sexualized for their kid “friendly” content. There are a lot of sexy cartoon women, from heroes like Rogue and Wonder Woman to sultry villains like Catwoman and The Baroness, just because the shows are for kids doesn’t mean they don’t have innuendos or just flat out gorgeous women. Join WatchMojo as we count down our picks for the top 10 sexiest women in kids cartoon shows.
00:38 #10. Jem
01:25 #9. Sara Bellum
02:20 #8. Wonder Woman
03:13 #7. The Baroness
04:03 #6. Catwoman
04:53 #5. Rogue
05:37 #4. Sam, Alex & Clover
06:19 #3, #2 & #1: ????
These scenes and plot points made their anime series go from awesome to garbage. Missing plot? Endless filler? Character deaths? Anything can ruin a show. We’re looking at anime like Sword Art Online, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Bleach, Pokemon, Dragon Ball GT, Tokyo Ghoul, Rurouni Kenshin, Erased, Death Note, Naruto Shippuden, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and more to find out what the worst moments in these great series were. Will L’s Death, The Fourth Ninja War, and Endless Eight Appear? Just watch.
00:34 #10. ALFheim Online
01:14 #9. Ending
01:52 #8. The Fillers
02:32 #7. Brock Leaves
03:10 #6. Missing Plot Points
03:54 #5. Season Three
04:35 #4. Satoru Doesn’t Get The Girl
05:20 #3, #2, #1: ???
These are some of the gory, perverted, cringe, and weeb anime series around – and we love them anyway. In this list we’re looking at shows like Queen’s Blade, Oreimo, High School DxD, Hetalia Axis Powers (World Series), and more to figure out which anime we’re embarrassed to let people know we love. You might be nostalgic for them, love their ecchi side, or just find them hilarious. Either way, you’ll find plenty of sex, violence, and lame speeches.