Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Frozen: Snow

A Material Point Method for Snow Simulation

Posted by disneyanimation

Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Hunger Games 2

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire [PG-13]
2013 Lionsgate
Directed by Francis Lawrence

Grade: B-
Down-graded from B.

+1: Performances (Katniss Everdeen played by Jennifer Lawrence).
-1: Pace.
par: Challenges.
-1: Cliff-hanger ending.
par: Franchise serial installment.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks [PG-13]
Directed by John Lee Hancock

Grade: B-
Down-Graded from B.

-1: Casting (Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, Jason Schwartzman as Richard M. Sherman, B.J. Novak as Robert Sherman).
+1: Performances (Emma Thompson as P.L.Travers).
par: Story structure (interweaved flashbacks).
par: Historical inconsistencies (appearance of Sleeping Beauty Castle, Winnie the Pooh (1966) plush in 1961 setting).
-1: Lack of expository epilogue.

+ Clever opening “Walt Disney” title card.
+ Sample of P.L. Travers story meeting audio recording over beginning of end credits.

Thor 2

Thor: The Dark World [PG-13]
Directed by Alan Taylor

Grade: B
Up-graded from C.

Par: Cast.
+1: Loki (Tom Hiddleston).
+1: Everybody fights, almost (Frigga (Rene Russo)).
+1: Art direction and design (Ray Chan, Supervising A.D.; Wendy Partridge, Costume).
par: Franchise serial installment.

- Bonus scene after the end credits.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Frozen [PG]
Directed by Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Grade: B-
Up-graded from C

+1: Art Direction.
-1: Songs.
+1: Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad), a snowman looking forward to summer.
+1: Characters.
par: Story and plot.

+ New Mickey Mouse short before the motion picture.
+ Bonus scene after credits.

* Update:
+1: 3D.