November 8, 2013 |
"Speciesism: The Movie" feels like, and is, a product of youth. Director Mark Devries began making his awkwardly titled first-person documentary in college, and its tone is so painfully earnest it might well have begun as a class project. Heavily influenced by PETA's messaging and inflammatory tactics - the first half-hour is practically an ode to the animal rights organization - the film is more polarizing than persuasive. Devries initially models himself after Michael Moore, affecting a gee-whiz naiveté that's both grating and implausible.
November 7, 2013 |
To see "The Wind Rises" is to simultaneously marvel at the work of a master and regret that this film is likely his last. Japan's Hayao Miyazaki, perhaps the world's preeminent animator, beloved for "My Neighbor Totoro" and an Oscar winner for "Spirited Away," has announced his retirement. If he holds to that, it's fitting that this final film, inspired by but not limited to the life of brilliant aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi, is quintessentially his: stunningly beautiful and completely idiosyncratic.
November 6, 2013 |
Animal rights advocates are preparing for a legal showdown after a federal appeals court this week temporarily banned the slaughter of horses in New Mexico and Missouri, with the activists pledging to continue to fight for the welfare of domestic horses nationwide. The issue of slaughtering domestic horses has been divisive nationwide, spurring debate in Congress and dividing horse rescue and animal welfare groups, ranchers, politicians and Indian tribes. The last U.S. horse slaughterhouse closed in 2006, the same year Congress essentially banned the practice by eliminating funding for inspections of those facilities.
November 5, 2013 |
Nineteen films have been submitted for the Oscars' best animated feature race, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday, a number which suggests that the category could have five nominees despite a relatively weak year for feature animation. The list contains big studio films, such as the likely front-runner, Disney Animation's "Frozen," as well as DreamWorks Animation's "The Croods," Universal's "Despicable Me 2" and Sony Pictures Animation's "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. " There are also several small and foreign entries, such as Japanese animator's Hayao Miyazaki's final film, "The Wind Rises," which is being distributed domestically by Disney, and niche distributor GKIDS' French-Belgian production "Ernest and Celestine" and its Japanese movie "A Letter to Momo.
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November 4, 2013 |
Orange County may soon have a Megan's Law-style website for dangerous dogs. The website probably would list the addresses of homes where dogs deemed to be dangerous or vicious are being kept, along with a description of each animal and how it got into trouble in the first place. "We know where dangerous sex offenders are living in our community," county Supervisor Todd Spitzer said. "The public has the right to know where owners are harboring a dog declared vicious or dangerous.
November 1, 2013 |
Composer Robert Lopez was surfing YouTube recently when he came across a video of a music box playing "Let It Go," a stirring, radio-friendly empowerment anthem that he and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, wrote for the upcoming Walt Disney Animation movie "Frozen. " This is the second Disney feature film for the couple, who also helped write the music for 2011's "Winnie the Pooh. " But it's the first time their work has ended up in a pink box with twirling princesses - and in the lofty realm of Disney tunes that people can't seem to stop humming.