while Deakins is quick to play down whatever small role he played in WALL•E's eventual enormous box office success, his creative contribution did not go unnoticed by others in the animation industry.
A flood of Oscar winners, nominees and those that should have been hit stores in the last few weeks. Here's a rundown of recent new films that have just debuted on DVD and BluRay.
From An Unexpected Journey's talented filmmakers and canny copyrights to the spiritually exhausted Tolkien estate, everyone's fighting for Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium as if their economies counted on it.
Was Tolkien describing the Amatola Mountains?
A roiling visual extrusion rendered from computer-generated imagery, Jack the Giant Slayer makes you long for the days of Ray Harryhausen.
The Cameron Crazies represent a unique combination of a comic book nerd's intellectuality with the determination of the most rabid Boston Red Sox fan, so attending a Duke basketball game is a marriage of theatre of the absurd with the loudest sporting event imaginable.
Texas Chainsaw 3D topped the box office this weekend with a robust $23 million. That this under-marketed film was still able to kick up a solid opening is proof of the franchise's long-standing popularity with genre fans (this is the seventh entry in 40 years).
Travel website Orbitz.com just released its 2013 forecast of all things travel and here's the inside scoop.
Even Tolkien realized The Hobbit would, and should, be seen as a prelude to his larger work. The world of Lord of the Rings took precedence, and The Hobbit was adjusted to fit that world.
I was elated to watch LotR consistently exceed my (initially not very high) expectations. But after The Hobbit, I feel dread at the thought that Jackson may decide to embark on The Silmarillion next.
Set off on your own adventure to the places that inspired the on-screen settings in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and the original "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
Recently, I went on a rant about the way the term "young adult" is more and more being used to describe books that are for children. Well, I think there is something of that same sensibility going on with the new Hobbit movie trilogy.
The more you love The Hobbit the more you'll hate this sorry commercialized excuse for an adaptation. Peter Jackson may look a bit like a Hobbit but don't let that fool you. He's Hollywood all the way.
As you celebrate this holiday season, be sure to save your digital memories by printing them out or backing them up. And beyond that, do everything you can to speak out for internet freedom.
While Middle Earth may be a fictional combo of legend and lore, the actual setting for the "Lord of the Rings" and the "Hobbit" movies couldn't be more real.
It becomes utterly disturbing when racial equality isn't even allowed to enter our fantasy films, which represent the furthest reaches of our dreamiest dreams.