Like Avatar before it, Life of Pi is the kind of Oscar-y prestige pic that also stands as a benchmark for the medium—a whopping widescreen spectacle displaying the latest in CG, 3D, and OMG imagery. Say what you will about David Magee’s boilerplate script, which fumbles religious themes and offers very rusty bookends, but the vast second act of Ang Lee’s boy-and-his-tiger tale is pure cinema on a grand scale, bringing myriad wonders of ones and zeroes to his stranded protagonist. Just as its sheer scope conveys the humbling hugeness of life, the sea provides Lee and his F/X wizards with a great canvas on which to work, leaving ample room for neon-hued whales, flying fish, and a carnivorous island crawling with meerkats. What’s more, all of that comes after the film’s gargantuan inciting incident—the most awesome ship-foundering since James Cameron sunk the Titanic. In short, Life of Pi is, with next to no doubt, your victor in this category, unless some scandal emerges about, say, animal cruelty, toward the scant few animals that weren’t uncannily crafted by digital artists.
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Big Bird stopped by Weekend Update as debate-night gaffes were spun into gags on SNL.
Jaime Christley, Glenn Kenny, Miriam Bale, and others take part in Criticwire’s latest survey, which, in light of Argo and Seven Psychopaths, focuses on the best films about filmmaking.
Jay-Z rode the R train to his final Barclays Center performance this weekend, then treated guests to some duets with Beyoncé.
Manila Luzon mourns the loss of boyfriend and fellow Rupaul’s Drag Race icon Sahara Davenport, who died of heart failure last week.
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Colson Whitehead on learning from B movies.
Nicole Brenez on transgression- and revolt-serving Jean Epstein.
The first feviews for Ridley Scott’s Promethus are not great.
Forfer Liberian president and once-powerful warlord Charles G. Taylor was sentenced on Wednesday to 50 years in prison over his role in atrocities committed in Sierra Leone in the ’90s.
Blind, guitar-picking master Doc Watson passed away yesterday. He was 89.
Junot Diaz dishes about his new story, “Monstro.”
Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner sequel becomes official.
Related, and a bit belated: Scott breaks his silence on his complex 3D space odyssey Prometheus.
Facebook IPO rises 11% at open.
Chloë Sevigny cried every day she had to wear a fake penis.
The music industry remembers the Queen of Disco.
Socialist François Hollande wins French presidency.
The legacy of Adam Yauch.
Joe Biden endorses gay marriage.
No Doubt announce the release of a new album.
Kate Beckinsale wants her dad inside her vagina.
Guillermo del Toro says Prometheus killed At the Mountains of Madness.
With an asterisk, World Trade Center is back on top in NYC.
The New Yorker’s Sasha Frere-Jones, who was allowed to see Kraftwerk at MoMA, explains how the pop band ended up at the museum.
Sad New Yorkers and longtime listeners called into 98.7 Kiss FM for the last time yesterday, as the iconic station switched off its transmission at midnight to make way for sports talk radio.
In French election, sobriety is new sign of times.
One of the films on Steven Shaviro’s list is also on mine.
The 100 most influential people in the world according to Time magazine.
U.S. troops posed with body parts of Afghan bombers.
Part one of Olaf Möller’s look at the globe-spanning work of Michael Glawogger.
More from Nick Pinkerton.
The genius of Alfred Hitchcock…in pictures.
Boston Globe film critic Wesley Morris reacts to winning the Pulitzer.
After 25 years, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has finally revealed his real-life inspiration for the town of Springfield. D’oh!
How Bill Maher managed to occupy an important place in the national conversation.
Lollapalooza announces its lineup.
Paul MacInnes of The Guardian previews Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.
David Simon doesn’t want to tell you how to watch The Wire.
The New York Times was among the 1% allowed to experience Kraftwerk at MoMA.
Bitter, yes, but given all the black-clad “tastemakers” present at night one, not so much anymore.
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The Avengers will assemble for what may be the most overstuffed tent-pole ever, and Katy Perry will unleash the first movie that could actually give you cavities, but that doesn’t mean this summer’s cinema landscape is a wholly barren wasteland.
Between superhero orgies (The Avengers) and bubblegum 3D concerts (Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D), there’s a rich array of warm-weather fare, from pint-sized love stories (Moonrise Kingdom) to sci-fi prequels (Prometheus) to breakout festival faves (Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Queen of Versailles). In addition to catching the final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Batman saga (The Dark Knight Rises), we’re dying to see Joachim Trier’s follow-up to Reprise (Oslo, August 31st), Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest sure-to-be humanistic triumph (I Wish), and a twisted revenge-horror flick that’s already made waves in Australia (The Loved Ones).
If there’s time after Channing Tatum’s semi-autobigraphical strip show (Magic Mike), we might squeeze in a sit with The Avengers, but only if they promise to deactivate Katy’s whipped-cream boob cannons for good.
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- channing tatum
- chicken with plums
- christopher nolan
- hirokazu kore-eda
- i wish
- jeremy renner
- joachim trier
- john hillcoat
- katy perry
- katy perry part of me 3d
- lauren greenfield
- magic mike
- moonrise kingdom
- nick cave
- oliver stone
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- sacha baron cohen
- Steven Soderbergh
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R. Kurt Osenlund disssects the Prometheus trailer.
The G.O.P. nomination is becoming a one-man race.
Jeb Bush endorses Mitt Romney.
How will Hollywood adapt Mockingjay, the chaotic third book of the Hunger Games trilogy?
David Hudson remembers Tonino Guerra.
Also gone is Ulu Grosbard.
Whatever happened to non-linear films?
Jason “KONY 2012” Russell diagnosed with reactive psychosis after masturbating near Sea World.
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- sea world
- terence davies
- the hunger games
- tonino guerra
- ulu grosbard