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Saturday, 01 March 2008 |  Written by Jerry Del Colliano  | 
Simpsons Movie, The The concept of “jumping the shark,” as famously coined by Howard Stern “Wrap-up Show” host John Hine, speaks to the time at which a television show loses its edge and goes downhill creatively and/or in terms of popularity. The actual etymology of the term “jump the shark” comes from the 1977 episode of Happy Days when Arthur Fonzerelli (Henry Winkler) actually jumped over a shark on water skis (wearing a leather jacket, I might add) and, alas, the show was never the same. On, the mighty Simpsons franchise enjoys healthy enthusiasm for being one of the shows the site’s readers say potentially never jumped the shark, but oh, are they wrong. Some suggest it was the episode when Maude Flanders died (kind of dark, but made the Flanders family even more interesting). Others suggest it was the 1999 season, ...
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Friday, 01 February 2008 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
Ratatouille This is probably the best movie of 2007; it’s definitely in the top ten of the year. When better CGI-animated films are made, Pixar will make them, and did so again with “Ratatouille.” Though somewhat too long with a few too many climaxes, this lively movie is great fun, and the best love letter to great cooking since at least “The Big Night” and maybe even “Babette’s Feast.” Here, the chef is a rat (rendered relatively realistically for an animated film); his smallness inability to speak human languages limit him—but these are challenges to overcome. Which leads to this being the best story of a rodent and a human friend since Disney’s “Ben and Me,” lo these many years ago. (That short was released in 1953.) This time out, the writer-director is the immensely talented Brad Bird, who also made ...
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Friday, 01 February 2008 |  Written by Mel Odom  | 
Surf's Up “Surf’s Up” can almost be broken into two films. The first half focuses more on Cody (Shia LaBeouf) and his trials and tribulations of becoming a surfer. The documentary feel of really hits its stride here (despite being in computer animation), but that’s not necessarily a good thing. Too much dialogue and the events are shaped by real documentaries, some of them about surfers or other sports people, and the detailed attention to those almost sucks the fun right out of the film. If you turned off the video and listened only to the audio, you’d imagine people instead of animated penguins. The material is redundant at this point, though it is certainly realistic. The turning point in Cody’s young life was the surprise visit from Big Z (Jeff Bridges), the most famous and successful surfer in the world. Big Z ...
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Friday, 01 February 2008 |  Written by Christopher Joseph  | 
Tekkonkinkreet Traditionally, anime has been an artistic endeavor reserved for Japanese filmmakers. Having spent the last ten years in Japan, Los Angeles born director Michael Arias introduces audiences around the world to his animated masterpiece, “Tekkonkinkreet.” Arias is obviously a student of the genre, having worked for acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki as well as additional sequence directing work for one of the “Animatrix” shorts. In “Tekkonkinkreet,” Arias shows that he has his own distinct vision and style while still incorporating the essential elements of traditional anime: head scratching philosophy and mind blowing visuals. Based on the popular manga by Taiyo Matsumoto, “Tekkonkinkreet” tells the story of two young orphan brothers, Black and White, defenders of the fantasy world that is Treasure Town. Black is the older of the two and assumes a paternal role to his savant like brother, a dreamer in ...
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Tuesday, 01 January 2008 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Meet the Robinsons "Meet The Robinsons" is another family-friendly movie from the creators over at Disney. However, unlike "Cars" and "Ratatouille", this film is not from the geniuses at Pixar. Nonetheless, it is an exceptional film, definitely on par with its predecessors. Lewis (Daniel Hansen) is a 12, nearly 13 year-old, boy living at an orphanage. He also happens to be a budding genius inventor. After numerous failed inventions, and determined to remember and find his mother, Lewis begins work on an invention dubbed the "Memory Scanner". The creation, entered in a school science fair, turns out to be another disappointment for Lewis, as it explodes in everyone's face. Little did Lewis know, he was sabotaged by a tall, stinky, lanky, man in a bowler hat. Lewis returns back at the orphanage only to destroy his invention notebook and sulk on the rooftop of the ...
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