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  •  Ah, so happy to hear the love for Coraline. (3+ / 0-)
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    Ray Radlein, brainwave, Jay Elias

    It picked up the most nominations at the Annies (the animation awards), but I think it's going to steamrollered come awards time by both Up and Fantastic Mr. Fox.  Critics had been relatively lukewarm about Coraline, but I think it has strong support internal to the industry by people who understand the craft that went into it.  David Bordwell wrote a bit about the photography in Coraline, based on an article in American Cinematographer: both are well worth the read.

    Color me divided on Up: I loved the opening, and then grew progressively bored once the action hit the plateau (literally and figuratively).  One too many comic sidekicks for my taste, too.  Some nice touches throughout, though.

    This has been a banner year for animation, you're right: so I take back what I said above.  I haven't gotten a chance to see Ponyo yet, either.

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 07:10:11 PM PST

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    •  I absolutely loved Coraline (2+ / 0-)
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      Ray Radlein, pico

      Didn't see Up. Fanstastic Mr. Fox is a nice enough movie, but Coraline is every bit as much a work of art as, say, Pan's Labyrinth.

      What I want to know is why the Democrats in Congress aren't standing up for us ... in providing health insurance for every man, woman and child in America.

      by brainwave on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 07:23:46 PM PST

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    •  I dunno (2+ / 0-)
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      Ray Radlein, pico

      I think that a lot of the action in Up was still quite wonderfully inventive.  Sure, it didn't match the early going, but it was still new and surprising and fun.  And to ask for too much more seems to me a bit greedy.  Wall-E's ending didn't match its beginning either.  But it was good enough.

      The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it. ~ H.L. Mencken

      by Jay Elias on Mon Jan 04, 2010 at 08:19:13 PM PST

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