BRAVE Pre-release - Page 2
Not a paid critic. But Seattle is a pretty good place for free screenings. In Brave's case, it's because it was one of the films being shown at the Seattle International Film Festival this year. So I paid to see it.
There IS a preview screening of it tomorrow night though!
I don't know where you live, Chris... but try going to www.gofobo.com and see if there are any free screenings in your area.
Not a paid critic, either, but a member of the press. So I saw this on Thursday at a screening so overflowing with children that they gave away all the press seats 15 minutes before show time. (Which is when I showed up.)
I still got in and got a great seat thanks to a very kind grandmother and granddaughter. But anyways. Yeah. Hopefully this starts turning into money someday but for now it's my hobby and I love it.
Getting back to Brave-- it's not out yet! Damn.
I liken Pixar to Hayao Miyazaki: even at his "worst", his movies are still better than almost anything else on the market. It's a little different at Pixar since there are several primary directors, each with their own sense of storytelling and style (I'm thinking specifically of Andrew Stanton, Brad Bird, Pete Docter and Lasseter himself), but even if Brave turns out to be a "lesser" Pixar (and I'm not sure that will be my reaction), I doubt it's going to be another Cars 2.
Although even that had its merits such as solid voicework throughout and gorgeously realized animation.
Speaking of Miyazaki... wanna be even more jealous?
This is happening in Seattle soon.
I honestly think you're going to see a lot of cooler reactions to Brave just because it's...well, in terms of the narrative traditions it fits in, it's kinda boilerplate. Standard. I mean, it's a princess film, and it's following in the wake of (ignoring the most recent two sequels) things like Up and Wall-E. Hell, Toy Story 3 got a ton of critical love too. And there's a good reason for that-- they're great. But they're also really unique.
Brave, taken at face value, isn't really unique. That's not a strike against it at all, as the film has grown on me more as I've gotten away from it, and I'm looking forward to my next screening with my wife and my mother-in-law.
FUCK. Nashville, step up your damn game! OK, I actually live in Clarksville, but driving up to Nashville takes less than an hour. I could easily do something like this in, say, summer or winter if it was nearby.
Meh. The Cinefamily just did a Ghibli retrospective, I don't need the- HOLY FUCK THEY'RE SHOWING OCEAN WAVES. AND ONLY YESTERDAY. FUCK YOU NOOJ. FUCK YOU SEATTLE.
I hope that fucking needle collapses under the weight of the smug and crushes you all in its wake.
If it didn't have the awful, awful subtext, I could forgive Cars 2 as well. The action was solid, loved the idea of one-off lemon cars as villains, Turturro's having a blast, and I'm way more amused by a kid's film re-enacting the Godfather III helicopter shootout than I should be.
Cars 2 led to some fun discussion around here, actually.
Mostly, I just don't really think about Cars 2 as a film. I forget that they did it. I saw it on video and was, "Ok."
I actually enjoy Cars.
Something else about the Ghibli series in Seattle: I think they may all be 35mm prints! They even give us the selection of Japanese or English dub!
Since I missed the boat on the Cars 2 discussion, I'm gonna take my opportunity to toss this out there: what the fuck was up with what are essentially the equivalent of physically disabled people within the world of that film being the villains of the story? People talk about Randian subtext in The Incredibles, but jeez louise.