Scott Tobias http://wvxu.org en 'Ralph': An 8-Bit Hero With Plenty Of Heart http://wvxu.org/post/ralph-8-bit-hero-plenty-heart After a very long engagement that began with the original <em>Toy Story</em>, Disney finally made an honest woman out of Pixar in 2006, when it paid the requisite billions to move the computer animation giant into the Magic Kingdom. But Disney's spirited 2010 hit <em>Tangled</em> made it abundantly clear that Pixar had a say in the creative marriage: The story of Rapunzel may be standard Disney princess fare, but the whip-crack pacing and fractured-fairy tale wit felt unmistakably Pixar. From now on, it would seem, Mickey Mouse and Luxo Jr. Thu, 01 Nov 2012 21:03:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 5644 at http://wvxu.org 'Ralph': An 8-Bit Hero With Plenty Of Heart 'Revenant' Mashes Up Undead Havoc, Anti-War Theme http://wvxu.org/post/revenant-mashes-undead-havoc-anti-war-theme Back in 2005, for the Showtime anthology series <em>Masters of Horror,</em> director Joe Dante and writer Sam Hamm were given carte blanche to make whatever they wanted, so long as it came in under an hour and could be classified as "horror."<p>They delivered, in <em>Homecoming,</em> one of the sharpest and angriest films about the Iraq war to date — a blunt allegory about U.S. soldiers who rise from the dead not to feast on the living but to vote the president out of office. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 21:38:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 2985 at http://wvxu.org 'Revenant' Mashes Up Undead Havoc, Anti-War Theme 'Cosmopolis' Captures Decadent Spirit Of The Age http://wvxu.org/post/cosmopolis-captures-decadent-spirit-age A matinee idol for the age of HDTVs and "retina displays," Robert Pattinson has a face that seems to require a higher resolution — glossy and ghostly pale, all sleek lines and alabaster skin. As Edward Cullen, the emo vampire in the <em>Twilight</em> saga, Pattinson plays a creature so immaculately inhuman that he literally sparkles in the sunlight. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 21:03:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 2630 at http://wvxu.org 'Cosmopolis' Captures Decadent Spirit Of The Age 'The Campaign': Just How Low Can Politicians Go? http://wvxu.org/post/campaign-just-how-low-can-politicians-go There's a devil-may-care recklessness to Will Ferrell that sets him apart from other screen comics — a willingness to commit to the moment without fear of embarrassment, even if the comedy goes right off the rails.<p>The classic Ferrell scene — like his <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A0-u85aAYg">"prayer to Baby Jesus"</a> in <em>Talladega Nights</em> — is a monologue that skitters along on weird and unexpected tangents that just barely tie into the speech's ostensible purpose. Thu, 09 Aug 2012 21:00:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 2237 at http://wvxu.org 'The Campaign': Just How Low Can Politicians Go?