2017 Bobby James Awards | “…and the award goes to…”

  Achievement in Cinematography | Dan Lausten – The Shape of Water The Shape of Water is a beautiful film stamped with Guillermo del Toro’s signature. It is undoubtedly del Toro’s most cinematically pleasing work since Pan’s Labyrinth (2006). The strengths of this film though lie directly in its ability to transport you to another…

Bobby James Awards | Fan-Voted Categories: Voting Open Through Dec. 15!

It’s nearing the time of year when I release my nominees and selections for my “Best of 2015” lists. Over the past decade, these lists have become known as the Bobby James Awards. A few years back, I thought it’d be nice to open (or create) a couple categories for you all to participate in. I’m happy to announce…

Movie Comment: The Good Dinosaur

Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur marks the first time the studio’s released two features in one year (coming on the heels of Inside Out), and is the only Pixar story shared from the perspective of a juvenile character. The result is a breathtaking and heartfelt cinematic experience that embraces simplicity, while offering a fresh story to the…

Movie Comment: Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out + Insider Access

The Journey to Insider Access + Insider Access Yesterday was a gloomy, rainy day in St. Louis. Naturally, I found myself online looking up cinema show times. Then, I noticed something I never had before – a listing for “Insider Access to Inside Out,” a partnering between Disney and Fathom Events to debut Inside Out early…

The 2014 Bobby James Awards: Film

The time has come. This is the moment you’ve all been [passively] waiting for – the announcement of the 2014 Bobby James Awards for “Best of Film.” The awards go to… …first, let’s start with one of the fan-voted awards, shall we? Blockbuster Character of the Year: “Emmett Brickowski” (Chris Pratt) – The LEGO Movie…

A Media Comment: Hollywood’s New Obsession with Bizarre Sex

UPDATE (February 13, 2015): Forget about how bizarre Gone Girl was because this week, the film adaptation of E.L. James’ wildly popular book, Fifty Shades of Grey, opens nationwide. A lukewarm reception from American critics says expectations are met – and that the adaptation is a flatly acted soft-core porn that almost can’t survive against the…

Tops: 10 Best [Animated] Supporting Disney Characters

Welcome to Tops!  Wildly popular on As Seen By (2011-2013), Tops is a feature highlighting the “10 Best” [insert topic] in television or movies!  Lists like the Top 10 Animated “Awww” Moments or Ten 21st Century Documentary Films The May Make You Want to Occupy a Street are among the most popular ever written for As Seen By.  Now, I’m bringing the Tops…

A Media Comment: Animated Feature ≠ “Kid’s Movie”

Have you seen DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon 2 yet? If not, do so – it’s a fantastic animated feature that, in a roundabout way, is the basis for this post.  While I was surfing Facebook, I saw Moviepilot Animation’s article:  So Let’s Talk About How To Train Your Dragon’s Gay Character.  Upon completing the…

Angelina Jolie is wickedly enchanting as “Maleficent”

Being a fan of Disney and Angelina Jolie, I was predisposed to like this big-budget summer venture titled Maleficent.  A reimagining of the 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent is told from the point of view of the title character by a mysterious narrator.  A pleasant, but predictable third-act twist continues Disney’s notable feminist fairytale trend (recall last year’s hit Frozen?), leaving audiences with fond…

The Lone Ranger (movie review)

OK – I finally got to see The Lone Ranger! Having done so, I’m confused – why is there all this negative buzz flying around?  Why have the pompous mainstream critics broken out their thesauri to shred it? I don’t get it.  Then again, some critics didn’t use a thesaurus at all, yes, I’m looking at…

ENTERTAINMENT news: The Magical World of Disney

Disney has been the talk of Tinseltown this past week – from the strong weekend opening of Oz, The Great and Powerful ($79 million) to the announcement that Disney is shutting down their 2-D, hand-drawn animation division.  This week, Disney is adding more fuel to their blazing wildfire: they’re “re-imagining” Beauty and the Beast.  The newest…

The 2012 Bobby-james Awards: “Cloud Atlas” leads the nominations

In conjunction with Hollywood’s Award season, I present to you the nominess for the Best of Film 2012.  Cloud Atlas leads the pack with 7 nods, but is followed very closely by Life of Pi, The Hunger Games, and Lincoln, all of which boast 6.  And the nominees are… Cinematography: – Life of Pi –…