Should the Academy Eliminate the Best Animated Feature Film Category?
There seems to be a group of people that believe animated films aren't "real" films, at least not in the same way as live-action films. As a result they don't think animated films should be considered for Oscar's Best Picture category. They often point to the Best Animated Feature category and say, "They have their […]Read More
BREAKING: Oscar's Best Picture Nominees Will Expand to Ten
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has just announced in a small blurb the Oscars this year will be bumping their Best Picture nominees from five to ten beginning with the upcoming 2010 Oscars President Sid Ganis announced today at a press conference in Beverly Hills. "After more than six decades, the Academy […]Read More
In My Opinion: Ranking Pixar's First Ten Films
Ranking Pixar's First Ten Films I wanted to post this list the same week Pixar's Up hit theaters, but I didn't want to put it together before rewatching a few of the Pixar films I hadn't watched for some time. Most notably was Monsters, Inc., which I had only seen once and definitely needed to […]Read More
Take Our Quick and Painless Pixar Quiz!
I haven't featured a quiz since posting our Kevin Smith Quiz last October, and before that the trio of Indiana Jones quizzes back in May of 2008, so I guess it is about time I got things in gear and created another one and what better time than a few short days before the release […]Read More
Oscar Update: Blockbuster vs. Contender... Setting the Record Straight
Photo: Walt Disney/Pixar There's a problem from the outset with the New York Times article headlined "Studios Are Pushing Box Office Winners as Oscar Contenders" in reference to Walt Disney's "decision" to push WALL•E for Best Picture and Warner "decided" to do the same with The Dark Knight. The article insinuates the studios are pushing […]Read More
Why wasn't 'Ratatouille' Nominated for a Best Picture Oscar?
CNN has posted an article asking "Was 'Ratatouille' ripped off in Oscar race?" The question is raised because it was the best reviewed film of 2007 and went on to earn $206 million dollars domestically and a whopping $620 million worldwide, not to mention selling millions of DVDs and Blu-ray discs. I'll admit that I […]Read More
Annie Awards Actually Think 'Bee Movie' is Good
The topic of conversation surrounding the nominations for the 35th Annual Annie Awards (better described as Animation Awards) is the snubbing of Beowulf in the Best Animated Feature category, but I am more concerned with the fact that Bee Movie was nominated for Best Feature along with a nomination for Patrick Warburton as the voice […]Read More
DVD REVIEW: Ratatouille
"Ratatouille is a very fun, albeit flawed, film. While it does not surpass the high standards set by Bird with The Incredibles, it is still worth your time. Ratatouille is a movie that can make for a good rental, and should be a no-brainer if you have kids or younger relatives." Get The Review Here! […]Read More
MAIL TIME: Defending My 'Ratatouille' Review
An email came in to the RopeofSilicon mailbox today; one that I feel is worth discussing. The email is from a guy who refers to himself as 'Justin' (I only mention this so that he knows, clearly you probably don’t know him) and even though I consider it wrong on many counts I will cede […]Read More
New 'Pirates 3' Feature and 'Ratatouille' Pics!
Disney just sent us 15 brand new images from their upcoming Pixar joint venture Ratatouille along with a new "Pirate Lords" featurette and two TV Spots for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. To check out the Ratatouille pics click here and enjoy the whole gallery. As for Pirates 3, well the new featurette […]Read More