Directed by Brad Bird / Release (Wide): Dec 21, 2011 / R, 2 hr. 13 min.
Ratatouille and The Incredibles may not be my favorite Pixar films, but they are great nonetheless. I thought Warner Bros. Animation’s Iron Giant (released 1999) to be on par with these, if not better. These films are each tender in their presentation, but exciting to watch. The characters are full of whimsical personality, and still manage to carry dramatic weight under difficult circumstances. Those films have heart.
Why am I talking about those films? Because they are the three films that director Brad Bird took on prior to helming current blockbuster Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
Directed by Alexander Payne / Release (Limited): Nov 18, 2011 / R, 1 hr. 50 min.
Alexander Payne is probably best currently known for his work on 2004’s surprise hit, Sideways, which won several nods and awards, including an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Hopefully, his recognition is eclipsed by his latest effort, The Descendants, which stars George Clooney as a man whose wife is in a coma, who’s in the middle of a huge real estate deal, and who must now care for his 10 and 17-year-old daughters.
Except, that’s not really what the movie is about.
I was perusing the interwebs, as I often do, and came upon a promotion by Gofobo to see early (and free!) screenings of The Dark Knight Rises – Prologue, which is basically a glorified 6-minute trailer for next summer’s blockbuster movie event. The screening was held in several theaters around the United States, thankfully on real IMAX screens (in case you haven’t kept up to date, there are fake IMAX theaters out there. Beware!). All of the footage shown was true IMAX, in a screen so big it made me question my significance on earth.