Opinion – Why Animated Movies Fail in Hollywood

Looking back at 2017 as a whole, particularly in the animation features department, there have been some hits, such as "The Lego Batman Movie", "Despicable Me 3", and "Cars 3", but there were so many misses this year.  It seems that as a whole, we have hit a slump in the industry, while the summer [...]

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Bringing up the Main Issue I Have with the Academy Awards While I Still Have Some Sanity and Oscar Buzz

Oscar 2017-18 Prediction: War for the Planet of the Apes Nominations: Best Picture (will lose to another independent art-house film, just like its predecessor did.) Best Director: Matt Reeves (will receive a nomination for Best Director but will lose to someone else) Best Actor: Andy Serkis (who should receive a Life Achievement Award and should, [...]

“The Disney Store” and Netflix

On August 14th, 2017, Variety's Todd Spangler wrote a piece concerning the Walt Disney Company's decision to pull their films from Netflix.  While this may at first sound troubling, according Piper Jaffray & Co. analysts Michael Olson and Yung Kim, who conducted a survey of 538 subscribers to the internet giant and noted that only [...]

The Road that Takes You Home: The Opening Credits for “Gods and Generals”

Metaphorical Credit: Opening or closing film credits which carry symbolism through visual or song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XtNTJhyEYo&ab_channel=ufgt1989 Perhaps the finest example of the metaphorical credit, at least in the modern era of cinema, is to the widely criticized, but still very good, "Gods and Generals" (Maxwell 2003). After the Ted Turner logo, the credits begin with a quote [...]

Go To Their Graves Like Beds: Accuracy in Historical Films – Introduction

In early 2003, the American public was probably not focused on Civil War history; they were still grieving over the September 11th attacks, and the War in Iraq was just beginning. Still, nonetheless, a four hour film starring Stephen Lang and Robert Duvall along with Jeff Daniels, came onto the screen. The sequel/prequel to 1993's [...]

This Is Not About Talking Bunny Rabbits Anymore: The Current State of Animation and Why It’s Troubling – PART TWO – The Emoji Movie

The Emoji Movie, which had it's release on Friday, is perhaps the prime example of what the current state in mainstream American animation is - if it is not a Disney property, it is most likely mediocre at best. According to Variety, the box office for the first day of the animated comedy is not [...]

Box Office: Spiderman: Homecoming and Despicable Me 3 Record

The Hollywood Reporter's Pamela McClintock reported on Saturday, July 8th, 2017 the opening weekend "success" of Marvel's newest addition to the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, "Spiderman: Homecoming". The reboot is set to become the third biggest box-office domestic opening of the year with $50.5 million with a projected $120 million-$125 million by Sunday's end. "If that [...]