Skip to main content

2012 Reno Film Festival

This year's batch of films was quite something this year at the Reno Film Festival. All of the Oscar nominated shorts for animation, live-action and documentary were on display.

Review: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
The Oscar winner at this year's Academy Awards, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a delight for fans of animation. The film uses a multitude of different techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation) and incorporates them into a film that feels like what Charlie Chaplin would have made if he had been an animator. To put it succinctly this is why we love the movies.

Review: La Luna
A small boy starts learning the family tradition on this evening. Sandwiched between his hulking father and his spindly-but-wise grandfather, they row into the middle of seemingly nowhere in the ocean. The boy must make a choice: continue down the line of his family's work by the way his father chose, or the one his grandfather paved. I would reveal more, but the joy is in seeing this film clean. 

Review: The Shore
A Belfast expat (Ciaran Hinds) returns home with his American daughter by his side. He has come home in order to settle a grudge from his youth involving his best friend and ex-fiance. After reading that story summary, one would imagine that The Shore would be quite grim and dour, but Terry George's direction and the warmth in the performances given by Hinds and Kerry Condon liven it up. What we end up with is  gorgeous cinematography of Ireland and humor from the heart.

Review: Time Freak
The notion of time-travel has been covered before in other science fiction films, notably in Primer, The Butterfly Effect, and Timecrimes, but never before has such a massive and mind-altering concept been used for such benign activities. A quantum physicist finally cracks the secret for traveling through time and space. What does he use it for? Anything  but what you would think. Careless words thrown around at the dry cleaner's? Gone back and done over. Making a fool of himself in front of his crush? Reboot. Imagine if Woody Allen had discovered time travel on his clumsiest day and you have Time Freak.

Review: Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement
Barber, James Armstrong has seen it all: from Martin Luther King's triumphant rise and fall to the historic election of Barack Obama. A subject matter like race traditionally lends itself to preachiness, but 'Barber of Birmingham' is a spotlight on a man who has fought battles for equality and has lived to see another day.

Popular posts from this blog

Herman Melville and Office Space

Just from gleaning the surface of Office Space one would assume that there isn't anything simmering below the surface except for a raunchy work-comedy, but they would be wrong.
After the harsh critical reception of his greatest work Moby Dick Melville wrote a collection of short stories called Bartleby and Benito Cereno perhaps the greatest slam at the time against industrial America. Bartleby is the story of a Wall Street copyist who has his three employees proof-read and copy law forms. Shortly into the story Bartleby starts responding to work commands with, "I would prefer not to." Frustrated by his employee's subordination the Narrator tries to have him fired but Bartleby refuses to leave the office. The Narrator comes back the following morning to find Bartleby living inside his office. Bartleby becomes increasingly less apt to perform basic functions as eating after he is jailed for trespassing and dies in a jail cell. What at once starts out as a comedy has …

Paprika vs. Inception

Months before Inception hit the theaters forums were alive with rumors that Christopher Nolan either accidentally or intentionally stole some details from another film, the Japanese anime Paprika. The biggest point of comparison for some bloggers and forum runners was the fact that both of the films featured a device that allowed a person, or people, to travel into another’s dreams and delve into their subconscious.
Minor points of comparison include scenes in Paprika where the character Paprika breaks through a mirrored wall by holding her hand to it, as well as a scene where a police detective falls his way down a hallway. Claims have been made that Inception abounds with imagery similar to or exactly like the anime movie, but with the recent release of the film on DVD and Blu-Ray, and with Paprika available for several years now, an examination of the two plots can be made more fully.
Let us begin with the primary claim—Inception stole the idea of a dream machine from Paprika. It …

The Snowman Giveaway

The Snowman, a terrifying thriller based on the novel by Jo Nesbø, is being released on Oct 19th. To celebrate the release of the new thriller starring Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson, Never Mind Pop Film is hosting a Snowman Killer Blog App and a giveaway for readers.


The Snowman pack has:
1 - Limited Edition Snowman Plush Doll: This limited edition Snowman plush is only available via this promotion and has a run of 200 pieces worldwide. It is a replica of the killer’s Snowman and features a detachable head and the Snowman logo on the bottom.
1 - The Snowman Official Promo Shirt - An official promo T-Shirt featuring The Snowman logo on the front and the signature design on the back.
1 - Replica Snowman Killer Letter - A replica of the Snowman killer’s note, sealed.

All you have to do to win is follow @thesnowmanmovieand tweet @wordsbycbiggs with the hashtag #thesnowmanpack. You must submit your tweet by October 25th to participate. Giveaway open to the U.S. and Canada.