Directed by John Lasseter
Produced by Ralph Guggenheim & Bonnie Arnold
Written by John Lasseter
Erik von Detten
Music by Randy Newman
Editing by Robert Gordon & Lee Unkrich
Studio Pixar Animation Studios
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Release date November 22, 1995
Running time 81 minutes
Country United States
It’s hard to believe that Toy Story is 15 years old. Woody, Buzz and the gang are still fresh after all that time. Now with Toy Story 3 being released today I thought that I would relive the first two adventures.
Toy Story was the first feature-length CGI animated film and unlike Dreamworks’ Shrek, it doesn’t feel dated at all. I think that this is the great thing about Pixar in that they don’t just concentrate on pop culture references or fart jokes (unlike Dreamworks) but actually create characters that an audience can care for and a story that is engaging. It’s a bit hard to review Toy Story as it is a film that almost everyone has seen and I am sure enjoys. There is a lot of great humour and the characters, such as Woody, have real emotions that we can really empathise with.
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Produced by Lawrence Bender
Written by Quentin Tarantino & Roger Avary
Starring John Travolta
Samuel L. Jackson
Maria de Medeiros
Cinematography Andrzej Sekula
Editing by Sally Menke
Distributed by Miramax Films (U.S. theatrical)
Release date(s) May 1994 (world premiere—Cannes Film Festival)
September 23, 1994 (U.S. premiere—New York Film Festival)
October 14, 1994 (U.S. general release)
Running time 154 min.
Country United States
Pulp Fiction is another film that I just watched on Foxtel. I have watched this film many times since I first saw it in the cinema in 1994. It is undoubtedly one of my favourite Tarantino films and perhaps one of my favourite movies of all time. It features lots of Tarantino’s clever and snappy dialogue full of obscure references. Much of the music is great too.
It’s pretty futile talking about the plot of this film, since most of the population of the Earth has seen it. Samuel L. Jackson is brilliant as Jules, whilst this film helped to resurrect John Travolta’s career. There is also the dance sequence between Travolta and Thurman as well that everyone remembers.
The film is great there are only two things about it that are disappointing: 1) that Tarantino has not made a sequel that features Jules walking the Earth getting into adventures and sharing his wisdom and philosophies, 2) that we never got to see Fox Force Five on TV, as that sounds one thousand times better than any of the shit that is currently on TV. Both of these ideas would be awesome.
Denise Di Novi
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski
(Nightmare of Ecstasy)
Sarah Jessica Parker
September 30, 1994
October 7, 1994
Edward D. Wood Jr. is world-renowned as having directed some of the worst movies ever made. He was a director with lots of ideas and ambition but little talent or money. Most of the actors he used in his films were made up of friends, freaks and weirdos, as well as a drug addled and past his prime Bela Lugosi. Wood may have had little talent as a director and his films may be ridiculed as some of the worst of all time and they have an ill-conceived weirdness about them, yet they retain a sincerity in them and are never boring, which you cannot necessarily say about some of today’s big budget blockbusters.Despite his lack of talent and success there are very few Hollywood directors who can say that they have had their lives and career lovingly immortalised on film.
Depp is brilliant as Wood, in another of his quirkier roles. He plays Wood as someone full of childish enthusiasm for the movie business, and who doesn’t see his own limitations. He idolizes the great Orson Welles and in his own mind he is just as successful. I know that Burton must have taken a few liberties with the film, but I wonder if Wood honestly knew that what he was making was shit, or is he really thought of himself as an auteur making great works of art. Perhaps this is my own cynical nature that makes me think this, but there is no cynicism at all in Burton’s film. He and Depp portray Wood with all the reverence reserved for legends.
I must also make mention of Martin Landau’s Oscar-winning performance portraying screen legend Bela Lugosi, the original Dracula. He gives a sympathetic portrayal of Lugosi, who at the time he met Wood had hit rock bottom. His career was in tatters and he was in the grips of morphine addiction. A running joke throughout the film is when Ed tells potential backers that he is going to have Lugosi starring in his next movie project the response is usually, “Isn’t he dead?”.
This is a great little film that is very funny and quirky. It is a fascinating look at the life of someone who never knew that he was a failure and never gave up on his dreams.