Saturday, September 25, 2010

Pixar Ruined Everything, Part Umpteen

I just watched Kung Fu Panda. It's not half bad, truth be told. The action sequences are very well done, and it's often beautiful, but even so, the whole thing is in that generic 3D style that has become dominant ever since Pixar came on to the scene.

And that's a terrible shame, because it opens with this:

I find it depressing that the US animation industry is in such a state that something like this is relegated to a dream sequence in a film, before we're right back to the boring old soulless cgi.

Ho hum.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Quickie Film Reviews: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

CLiNT #1

Long-time readers will know that I have little love for Mark Millar. He dragged himself up to being a fairly strong writer circa 1999-2000, but since then it's been all empty bluster and superficial shock tactics, as he swaggers around the comics world like some kind of rock star, rather than a ginger bloke from Coatbridge. On the other hand, this swagger brings with it a rampant enthusiasm for comics, and one which appears utterly genuine, even if some of the things he actually says on the subject are rather less so. If someone is going to try to rejuvenate the moribund boys' comics anthology, then it should be someone with this almost berserker level of energy; much as I tend to dislike his comics, I can't think of many better personalities to have as figurehead for a project such as CLiNT.

More here.