This weekend’s re-release of Terminator 2 in 3D very well may be the end of an era. At least, it feels like a period on the modern 3D era that started slowly around 2005, exploded in 2009 with James Cameron’s Avatar, and became almost all-encompassing in the years to follow.
Frankly, I’m an easy woman to impress. But even so, stop motion animation is next level. Each frame takes meticulous care, craft, and planning. Excellent stop motion is the result of an incomprehensible density and depth of talent. And out of all the great stop motion studios out there, Laika might be the best. This…
Part of the appeal of Laika's stable of films is their fantastic hand-made aesthetics. They're all stylistically interesting, but the commitment to traditional stop-motion animation is what makes them so great - and also means that next month you could own a little bit of Coraline, Paranorman or Boxtrolls!
All of the best comedies are subversive. And by that token, the new animated movie The Boxtrolls is a tremendous success — it takes the fabric of society and gleefully shreds it, showing how silly and easily manipulated most "decent" people are. Along the way, though, the film gets kind of heavy-handed, and a little…
ParaNorman, opening today, is one of the most thematically tight movies I've ever seen. Pretty much everything in the movie relates back, one way or another, to the central theme of being a misfit in a judgmental, self-involved world. The story of a boy who can see and hear ghosts, ParaNorman has a huge heart and an…
We loved Henry Selick's stop-motion adaptation of Neil Gaiman's creepy Coraline, and now the Nightmare Before Christmas director is taking on a second Gaiman tale, with a Disney-backed version of The Graveyard Book.
Artist Jon Klassen creates friendly but dark drawings and stories about imperiled ships, interesting animals, and castles. He was a concept designer for the movie Coraline, too. See more of his diverting work on his website.
While we're ecstatic that Avatar's loathsome original song didn't warble it's way into an Oscar nomination, those blue aliens and a few others did squeeze out a few of our favorites. Here's a list of the biggest genre snubs.
Yeah, according to leading Oscar soothsayers and prognosticators, James Cameron's Avatar has slid into the pole position. Is it worthy? Worthier than these three other genre flicks that should get the nod instead?
This was a year of extremes: huge CG-heavy spectacles and low-budget gems. Most of all, 2009 made us feel the boundaries of cinema were stretched... for good and ill. Here are the 10 best and 10 worst films of 2009.
As you're sitting down with your family for Thanksgiving dinner and trying not to say anything to piss off your uncle, just be grateful there are no vengeful ghosts or evil aliens crashing the party. Allow us to demonstrate.
The term "Stitchpunk" has quickly been attached to Shane Acker's astounding debut film, 9. But where did it originate? Should we take this new genre seriously? We take a look at Acker's influences and attempt to define the Stitchpunk genre.
Bringing Coraline and her world to life took more than a few puppet heads. The crew on Coraline followed a detailed cataloging system to bring even the smallest puppet facial tick to life. Watch Coraline's DVD extras reavealing the process.
You've read the book, enjoyed the graphic novel and loved the movie. But can you really call yourself a true Coraline fan without going to see the musical... especially considering the 56-year-old child star?
Hopefully by now, you've checked out the gorgeous stop-motion film Coraline. And now, a new collection of Coraline concept art sheds some light on how these characters came into 3D life.
The stop-motion animated Coraline scored big at the box office, raking in $16.3 million. But other genre entries, Push and Fanboys, lost out to Paul Blart, Mall Cop and He's Just Not That Into You.
A fairy-tale nightmare hand-made to frighten in 3D. From the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas and based on the award-winning children's book by Neil Gaiman. In theatres Tonight!
It's been way too long since we've seen an elegantly frightening story that makes us widen our eyes with both horror and wonder. But the newly released Coraline is bringing childlike fear back.