Monday, May 18, 2015


Like, as I write this, 100%.

And Eric Kohn points out:

Cannes premiered a big animated feature and an abstract Thai drama that have more in common than meets the eye.

Film festivals often provide focal points for discovering connections between various movies that might otherwise never land side by side. There may be no greater instance of such happenstance than at the Cannes Film Festival, a global showcase for cinema of all stripes. In a single day, this year's program included two projects clearly pitched at separate sensibilities.

But when viewed side by side, they sing the same tune: "Inside Out," the latest venture from Pixar, offers a lively take on the way emotional impulses form human identity. That fairly abstract idea takes on more cryptic dimensions in "Cemetery of Splendour," from Thailand's master of lyrical encounters, Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Seen together, however, these enormously satisfying projects form a complimentary package for exploring the hidden forces governing everyday existence. ...

There are similarities to Disney's earlier Cranium Command and Reason and Emotion, but so what? There is nothing 100% fresh and original under the sun, and if earlier shows (one of which Mr. Docter worked on, offered a nudge of inspiration, that's a good thing, isn't it?

The larger issue is, does IO satisfy audiences? The answer seems to be resounding yes.


goodboi said...

Did you expect anything less from the best animation company in the U.S.?

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