Film #10: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, is a film with sensitive subject matter. Nine-year-old Oskar Schell (newcomer Thomas Horn) lives in New York City and very possibly has Asperger Syndrome. It’s not debilitating or anything, but he does have some trouble in social situations and he has a strong proclivity for logic and order. It’s hard for him when something happens that doesn’t make sense. And when his dad (Tom Hanks), the only one who seems to really “get” him, is killed in the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11, Oskar has a hard time coming to terms with it. A year after “the worst day”, Oskar finds a key hidden inside a vase in his father’s closet. Convinced that this is the start of an elaborate game set up by his dad, and hoping that by solving it things will make more sense, Oskar sets out to contact 417 people with the surname “Black” scattered around New York City.
February 1, 2012 | Categories: 7 - 7.5, Drama, Genre, Ratings | Tags: alexandre desplat, chris menges, eric roth, everything is illuminated, extremely loud and incredibly close, jeffrey wright, john goodman, Jonathan Safran Foer, max von sydow, sandra bullock, scott rudin, stephen daldry, thomas horn, tom hanks, viola davis | 1 Comment
In 1995 and 1999, Toy Story and its sequel made huge impacts on the world of feature-length animations, combining stunning visuals, solid stories and unforgettable characters – all in the relatively new field of computer animation. It’s been 11 years since we last followed Woody and Buzz. In that time, CGI has become ubiquitous and the Academy Awards have created the “Best Animated Feature” category.
Despite the age of its source material, Toy Story 3 stands up to both its predecessors and its contemporary competition. This is an excellent movie in every way.
June 13, 2010 | Categories: 10, Animation, Family, Genre, Ratings | Tags: joan cusack, kristen schaal, lee unkrich, michael keaton, ned beatty, pixar, tim allen, timothy dalton, tom hanks | Leave a comment