Tagged animation

Throwback Thursday: American Pop Charts a Course through Our History

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. Once again, another year passes, and I take stock of my life: what has worked, what hasn’t, and where I want to go. It’s hard to figure out the latter, however, when you don’t think about where you came from. A film I absolutely love that shows this journey...

Everything Is By Design in Disney’s Moana

There is something to be said about Disney and its love affair with Hawaiian and Polynesian/Pacific culture. With Moana, in theaters today, we are once again introduced to the beautiful Pacific with Disney’s new princess. However, unlike in Lilo & Stitch, there is a bit of a misconception about this film. It is not a Hawaiian film at all—instead, it centers on the South and North Pacific lore of the demigod Maui by reinventing much of the preexisting stories and intertwining them with...

Throwback Thursday: The Historical Impact of Heavy Metal

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—“classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important/interesting/fun or all of the above. I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I try to base my columns on certain themes, such as, “feel-good films,” “winter,” “The cinematic adaptations of Philip K. Dick,” etc. Occasionally, I will have a random film, but having a theme allows me to focus my genre love and gives...

Geek Recommendations for the MSP International Film Festival: April 7–23, 2016

I feel like a bad film geek. An especially bad film geek. Here I am every week extolling the virtues of films from around the world in my Throwback Thursday column, and yet I didn’t know there’s an annual festival right here in town that celebrates the diversity of films from around the world. To make up for this grave oversight, I’d like to share with you some information about the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. It’s been...

Throwback Thursday: More Human Than Human? Logging in to Ghost in the Shell

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—typically “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. Following the huge animation jump of 1989’s Akira, anime took another leap in 1995 with Ghost in the Shell. Using a mixed process of digitally generated animation, which combined cel and computer graphics in a new and unique way, it was a box-office hit in Japan and did fairly well in its US...

Throwback Thursday: The Last Unicorn

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—typically “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. In this day and age of Disney and Dreamworks keeping an incredible tight grasp on American animated films, let’s take a look at an animated classic of days gone by. When men wanted to be magicians and a Unicorn wanted to find other Unicorns.  Today we’re going to look at a film from...

Throwback Thursday: Dystopian Dick—A Scanner Darkly

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—typically “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. As mentioned in my previous columns, with CONvergence coming up in July and running with their theme of dystopian visions, I’m delving into the film adaptations of Philip K. Dick. I will stay away from comparisons to his novels and short stories as much as possible and focus specifically on the films themselves. This week,...
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