Kids Talk Film #18: Life of Pi

A number of people suggested that I take my children to Ang Lee’s Life of Pi as it was a discussion worthy ‘family film.’ While the raging tiger scenes scared my daughter off from going on this particular cinematic journey, my son, Willem had a few things to say about man eating islands, spirituality and religion as well as storytelling and suspension of disbelieve. This is a part of an ongoing series of short film discussion videos in which I take the kids to see stuff without the Pixar/Dreamworks/Disney label attached. Enjoy.

Further Episodes (as well as the Studio Ghibli Marathon done for Twitchfilm.net) can be found at the Kids Talk Film Vimeo Channel.

Go Get Tiger! Darren Aronofsky and Brad Pitt try (Again) to Make a Movie.

Tiger

So, Brad Pitt backed out of Darren Aronofsky‘s The Fountain (but it still turned out OK, with a reduced budget and Hugh Jackman), then The Fighter (which fell completely into the ether), and so the pair attempt to re-unite for a supernatural thriller to be written by Guillermo Arriaga (Babel, Amores Perros.)

According to Variety, Arriaga will be adapting an as yet unpublished non-fiction novel from John Vaillant, “The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival.” which is set on the “Siberian plain, where human development is encroaching on the tigers’ habitat — and one tiger turns on the intruders. With townspeople being tracked and hunted with an almost supernatural power, a conservationist game warden must face down the tiger.”

As per usual, I’m keen on seeing just about anything directed by Aronofsky, and given Pitt’s penchant for interesting and quality projects these days, I hope it all works out this time.

Review: The Hangover

Director: Todd Phillips (Old School, Road Trip)
Writers: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha
MPAA Rating: R
Running time: 100 min.


Feeling like the multi-plexes are strangely devoid of quality comedies that actually have a laugh factor of more than one for every thirty minutes? You and me both. Quality jokes are hard to put together; even harder to follow through with and harder still to get the butts in the seats during the summer with the onslaught of “mindless” cinema being released. Luckily, The Hangover seems to be doing all three – and doing it fairly well.

Low-brow, pretty standard plot line for a comedy: four buddies head to Vegas for a bachelor party and the time of their lives. We see them have a drink before hitting the town and then flash forward to waking up on the floor the next morning. The room looks like Hunter S. Thompson spent the summer there and the groom is missing. With no recollection of the previous night, the three “survivors” head out in search of their friend; retracing their steps with what clues they have: an abandoned baby, a missing tooth, a hospital bracelet and splitting headaches. Hijinx and hilarity ensue.
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