Last summer, Pixar Animation Studios President Ed Catmull had a message for fans of the studio, relayed via BuzzFeed: “moving forward, the animation studio plans to significantly scale back its production of sequels.” But apparently somebody forgot to get that memo to parent company Disney’s chief Bob Iger, who announced at a Tuesday shareholders meeting that the company is working on The Incredibles 2 and (ugh) Cars 3. The company quickly made it official on their Twitter page — where the background is an ad for their last film, the prequel Monsters University. Pixar, we’re going to have to talk about your sequel problem. … Read More
Film and architecture journal Interiors diagrams the interiors of popular films, exploring the use of space in cinema. This is usually analyzed in an accompanying essay, but the minimalist blueprints speak for themselves. The journal’s recent diagrams center on the films of David Fincher. “If cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame, David Fincher is an artist who is very much concerned about all four corners of his canvas,” journal editors Mehruss Jon Ahi and Armen Karaoghlanian write. But the duo doesn’t stop at the Fight Club director. The work of Stanley Kubrick, Sofia Coppola, studio Pixar, and more are also examined. Venture into cinematic space in our gallery, and visit the journal’s online store to purchase prints. … Read More
Today’s the 15th anniversary of A Bug’s Life, Disney and Pixar’s follow-up to the monumental success of Toy Story! Like its predecessor, it featured a star-studded cast of celebrity voices and a charmingly endearing collection of characters — ants, spiders, ladybugs, even fleas! While it didn’t spawn two sequels like Toy Story, it’s still a cute little movie that proved the power of computer animation back in the late ’90s. In tribute to A Bug’s Life, we thought we’d check in to see what Flik and the gang got up to after the credits rolled with those hilarious fake bloopers. … Read More
It’s fall, and there’s something in my eye. Or it’s allergy season. Or I’m newly sensitive to hyper-emotional filmmaking. Or maybe it isn’t just me; every year, when prestige movie season begins, we find ourselves sniffling and dabbing through moving, heartstring-tugging pictures, though this year seems to already have a surplus of big-time weepies. In the spirit of those pictures, here’s a rundown of the 50 most cry-worthy flicks in movie history — not just the saddest, mind you, but those most likely to move us to tears, be it through tragedy, triumph, or the sheer goodness of their… Read More
Deviant Artist Hyung plucked Disney characters out of the movies and set them on university campuses across America. These animated icons have been given a stylish and youthful makeover à la Monsters University. Hyung has even conceived of an updated storyline for each character — like Snow White, who sings in the school choir with Sleeping Beauty‘s Aurora and volunteers at the Animal Welfare Association on campus with Kenai and Pocahontas on weekends. You can explore the narratives on Hyung’s Deviant Art page, which we learned about from Design You Trust, but we enjoy the artist’s collegiate illustrations on their own. Take a closer look, below. … Read More
Conspiracy theories: they’re as fascinating as they are maddening. For every ridiculous idea that the stoner in your life insists on telling you about every time you see him/her, there’s another theory that sounds like it could just be true. Here at Flavorwire this week, we’re investigating conspiracy theories in pop culture: yes, it’s Conspiracy Theory Week! Don’t tell the Illuminati.
The most intriguing of today’s DVD and Blu-ray releases is Room 237, director Rodney Ascher’s ingenious montage documentary showcasing the wildest fan theories about Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining. Among them: that the film is an apology for the genocide of the Native American, that it is an examination of the crimes of the Holocaust, and (best of all) that Kubrick helped fake the Apollo moon landings while making 2001, and though he could never tell the truth about that job, he inserted various clues and explanations into The Shining as an apology/confession. Sounds crazy, huh? Well, there’s plenty more, even stranger movie theories floating around the Internet, and since we know how much you love this sort of thing, here’s a few of the odder ones. … Read More
For many filmmakers and audiences, cinema is the search for and realization of emotional truths. Countless studies have been done to examine the way movies elicit, and often manipulate, our emotions — but sometimes scientists or computers cannot measure these responses. This resonated with us earlier in the week when we discussed the poignancy of posthumous performances, in relation to James Gandolfini’s final starring role in Enough Said. There are a number of subjective reasons why people connect with a film, but they all have to do with an honesty and openness that invites us to embrace the characters, the story, or even a single scene we can relate to. We wanted to examine a few of those moments — when a scene captured our hearts and shared the beauty, sorrow, and joy we felt in our own lives and the world around us. Here are ten of the most emotional scenes captured on film. We’ve included video, and there are a few spoilers. Share your own favorites with us, below. … Read More