Review: Frozen (2013)

Frozen

For a studio that, in its heyday, brought to the screens some of the most beloved animation films of our time, Disney have been struggling in recent years to emerge from the shadow Pixar, their powerhouse sibling, cast upon them. Their recent efforts, however, have displayed a huge amount of promise, with Tangled in particular worth honourable mention. But it’s their latest, the enchanting and extremely entertaining Frozen, that proves Disney’s classic formula can be adjusted to incorporate contemporary values. Continue reading “Review: Frozen (2013)”

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DVD Releases: May 23, 2011

Tangled

Director: Nathan Greno and Byron Howard

Starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi and Donna Murphy

Love & Other Drugs

Director: Edward Zwick

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway and Judy Greer

Morning Glory

Director: Roger Michell

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton

NEDS

Director: Peter Mullan

Starring: Connor McCarron, Mhairi Anderson and Martin Bell

Get Low

Director: Aaron Schneider

Starring: Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek

Barney’s Version

Director: Richard J. Lewis

Starring: Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike and Jake Hoffman

Route Irish

Director: Ken Loach

Starring: Mark Womack, Andrea Lowe and John Bishop

Cold Weather

Director: Aaron Katz

Starring: Cris Lankenau, Raúl Castillo and Robyn Rikoon

UK Box Office: February 25 – 27, 2011

1. Gnomeo & Juliet – £2,502,806

2. Paul – £2,073,462

3. I Am Number Four – £1,628,523

4. Yogi Bear – £1,465, 863

5. Tangled – £1,352,104

6. The King’s Speech – £1,207,963

7. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son – £993,485

8. No Strings Attached – £978,974

9. True Grit – £862.260

10. West Is West – £758,226

83rd Academy Awards: Winners

Best Picture

  • The Social Network
  • Winter’s Bone
  • The King’s Speech – WINNER
  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • True Grit
  • Toy Story 3
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • 127 Hours
  • Inception

Best Director

  • Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)
  • Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) – WINNER
  • David Fincher (The Social Network)
  • Joel & Ethan Coen (True Grit)
  • David O. Russell (The Fighter)

Best Actor

  • James Franco (127 Hours)
  • Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) – WINNER
  • Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)
  • Javier Bardem (Biutiful)
  • Jeff Bridges (True Grit)

Best Actress

  • Natalie Portman (Black Swan) – WINNER
  • Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone)
  • Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine)
  • Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole)

Best Supporting Actor

  • John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone)
  • Christian Bale (The Fighter) – WINNER
  • Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right)
  • Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech)
  • Jeremy Renner (The Town)

Best Supporting Actress

  • Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)
  • Melissa Leo (The Fighter) – WINNER
  • Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom)
  • Amy Adams (The Fighter)
  • Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech)

Best Original Screenplay

  • Mike Leigh (Another Year)
  • Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg (The Kids Are All Right)
  • David Seidler (The King’s Speech) – WINNER
  • Christopher Nolan (Inception)
  • Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson & Keith Dorrington (The Fighter)

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) – WINNER
  • Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours)
  • Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3)
  • Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (True Grit)
  • Debra Granik & Anne Rosellin (Winter’s Bone)

Best Animated Film

  • The Illusionist
  • Toy Story 3 – WINNER
  • How To Train Your Dragon

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Dogtooth
  • In A Better World – WINNER
  • Biutiful
  • Incendies
  • Outside The Law

Best Documentary

  • Inside Job – WINNER
  • Exit Through The Gift Shop
  • GasLand
  • Restrepo
  • Waste Land

Best Art Direction

  • Inception
  • Alice In Wonderland – WINNER
  • The King’s Speech
  • Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  • True Grit

Best Cinematography

  • Black Swan
  • The Social Network
  • Inception – WINNER
  • True Grit
  • The King’s Speech

Best Visual Effects

  • Hereafter
  • Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  • Iron Man 2
  • Inception – WINNER
  • Alice In Wonderland

Best Costume Design

  • I Am Love
  • Alice In Wonderland – WINNER
  • The King’s Speech
  • True Grit
  • The Tempest

Best Editing

  • The Fighter
  • Black Swan
  • The Social Network – WINNER
  • 127 Hours
  • The King’s Speech

Best Makeup

  • The Wolfman – WINNER
  • Barney’s Version
  • The Way Back

Best Short Film (Live Action)

  • Na Wewe
  • The Confession
  • Wish 143
  • The Crush
  • God Of Love – WINNER

Best Short Film (Animated)

  • Let’s Pollute
  • The Gruffalo
  • Day & Night
  • The Lost Thing – WINNER
  • Madagascar, A Journey Diary

Best Short Film (Documentary)

  • Killing In The Name
  • Poster Girl
  • Strangers No More – WINNER
  • Sun Come Up
  • The Warriors Of Quigang

Best Original Score

  • How To Train Your Dragon (John Powell)
  • Inception (Hans Zimmer)
  • The King’s Speech (Alexandre Desplat)
  • 127 Hours (A.R. Rahman)
  • The Social Network (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross) – WINNER

Best Original Song

  • Coming Home (Country Strong)
  • I See The Light (Tangled)
  • If I Rise (127 Hours)
  • We Belong Together (Toy Story 3) – WINNER

Best Sound Mixing

  • Inception – WINNER
  • Salt
  • The Social Network
  • True Grit
  • The King’s Speech

Best Sound Editing

  • Toy Story 3
  • Inception – WINNER
  • True Grit
  • Unstoppable
  • Tron: Legacy

UK Box Office: February 18 – 20, 2011

1. Paul – £5,517,121

2. Gnomeo & Juliet – £2,223,978

3. The King’s Speech – £1,685,180

4. True Grit – £1,466,979

5. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son – £1,433,778

6. Yogi Bear – £1,370,585

7. Tangled – £1,295,709

8. Just Go With It – £984,355

9. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – £820,592

10. Black Swan – £696,332

UK Box Office: February 11 – 13, 2011

1. Gnomeo & Juliet – £2,945,627

2. The King’s Speech – £1,986,871

3. Tangled – £1,969,148

4. True Grit – £1,823,254

5. Yogi Bear – £1,820,405

6. Just Go With It – £1,628,265

7. Black Swan – £1,069,931

8. The Fighter – £1,002,454

9. Never Let Me Go – £625,496

10. Sanctum – £361,832

UK Box Office: February 4 – 6, 2011

1. Tangled – £4,569,135

2. The King’s Speech – £2,739,204

3. The Fighter – £2,118,140

4. Black Swan – £1,725,630

5. Sanctum – £859,064

6. The Mechanic – £532,839

7. A Little Bit Of Heaven – £443,156

8. Gulliver’s Travels – £396,804

9. Brighton Rock – £352,815

10. The Green Hornet – £302,240

Review: Tangled (2010)

Tangled is the 50th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series and is largely based on the German fairy tale Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm.

After receiving the healing powers from a magical flower, the baby Princess Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) is kidnapped from the palace in the middle of the night by Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy). Mother Gothel knows that the flower’s magical powers are now growing within the golden hair of Rapunzel, and to stay young, she must lock Rapunzel in her hidden tower. Rapunzel is now a teenager and her hair has grown to a length of 70-feet.

The beautiful Rapunzel has been in the tower her entire life, and she is curious of the outside world. One day, the bandit Flynn Ryder (Zachary Levi) scales the tower and is taken captive by Rapunzel. Rapunzel strikes a deal with the charming thief to act as her guide to travel to the place where the floating lights come from that she has seen every year on her birthday. Rapunzel is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.

All the classic fairy tale tropes are here: a corrupt step-mother; humanised animal characters; a romance; and plenty of blisteringly energetic and feel-good musical numbers. What’s more, the animation is spectacular, as we’ve come to expect from Disney. It certainly trumps the likes of How To Train Your Dragon and Despicable Me, maintaining Disney’s animation reign.

Nathan Greno and Byron Howard’s direction is superb, accentuating the best elements in the sometimes frustratingly old-fashioned narrative. The clever characters, emotional core and tremendously emphasising use of 3D makes up for the feeling of deja vu, and opens the film up to a wide audience remarkably well.

Moore, Levi and Murphy’s voice acting is boisterous; all three bringing energy, emotion and depth to their respective characters. The style of the characters carefully constructed with the formula for Disney classics in mind, while still maintaining the individualistic feel with their differentiating mannerisms, set off a number of cartoonish elements that are so well-loved by long-time fans of Disney,

Tangled 3D was boisterously enjoyable, witty and energetic. Not Disney’s finest, but it was of high quality and entertainment nonetheless.

UK Box Office: January 28 – 30, 2011

1. Tangled – £5,106,612

2. The King’s Speech – £3,634,265

3. Black Swan – £2,566,346

4. The Mechanic – £921,554

5. The Dilemma – £669,368

6. The Green Hornet – £655,797

7. Hereafter – £601,728

8. Gulliver’s Travels – £585,250

9. 127 Hours – £409,363

10. How Do You Know? – £374,933

Cinema Releases: January 28, 2011

Tangled

Director – Nathan Greno and Bryon Howard

Starring – Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi and Donna Murphy

How Do You Know?

Director – James L. Brooks

Starring – Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd

The Mechanic

Director – Simon West

Starring – Jason Statham, Ben Foster and Donald Sutherland

Hereafter

Director – Clint Eastwood

Starring – Matt Damon, Bryce Dallas Howard and Cécile De France

Barney’s Version

Director – Richard J. Lewis

Starring – Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike and Jake Hoffman

Biutiful

Director – Alejandro González Iñárritu

Starring – Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez and Hanaa Bouchaib