January 30, 2014 |
The five Academy Award nominees for animated short film this year split up into two disparate groups: happy meal and white tablecloth. Originally shown with the Disney feature film "Frozen," "Get a Horse!" is the best known and most seen of the bunch. As with "Saving Mr. Banks," Disney has mined its archives to bring us a 3-D meta update of 1920s Mickey Mouse cartoons. It's a blend of folly and nostalgia that won a nomination over "The Blue Umbrella," the whimsical Pixar short that ran before "Monsters University.
May 10, 1998 |
Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro's stunningly surreal 1995 fantasy, a fable of longing and danger, of heroic deeds and bravery, set in a brilliantly realized world of its own. Perched on pilings in the sea outside a port is an amazing and sinister laboratory/aerie of a distraught scientist named Krank (Daniel Emilfork), who is rapidly aging because he lacks the capacity to dream.
April 10, 1992 |
"Delicatessen" (Fine Arts) is a nightmare comedy with a childlike center of gravity. Set in a truly bleak future--a post-Apocalypse French city where meat-eaters prey on each other and vegetarians are underground insurgents hiding out in the sewers--it adopts a bizarre, playful tone. The macabre imagery and horrific shocks and jolts--the decaying hotel rooms and acts of insane violence--are recorded with a wistful, wackily innocent eye.
August 25, 1986 |
After two of his duets taped in the early '80s are shown on "Alive From Off Center" tonight (at 10 on Channels 28 and 50; at 11 on Channel 24), post-modern dance-maker David Gordon introduces his "Panel," a more recent, non-dance creation that offers playful commentary on middlebrow arts journalism.
August 28, 2013 |
The director of the 2001 French movie "Amélie" has expressed his displeasure over the planned adaptation of his movie for the musical theater, although he acknowledged that he gave his approval for the stage production. Jean-Pierre Jeunet said in a recent interview with a French radio station that the prospect of a musical version of his movie "disgusts me," and that he only agreed to it for the money, which he plans to give to a children's charity he helps support: Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque (Patronage for Cardiac Surgery)