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Photoshop-induced giggles

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

My friend and colleague Dave Cornelius is good with the Photoshop, and he likes to make parody movie posters. Sometimes I have ideas for posters that I think he should make, that I cannot make myself because the Photoshop, I am not so good with her. So here are three that I have suggested to Dave in recent weeks that he has obligingly produced. Admire their craftsmanship, if nothing else.

“Journey to the Center of the …

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

“Journey to the Center of the Earth” makes “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” look like a documentary.

Some ‘WALL-E’ stuff

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

A couple of readers recently posted “WALL-E”-related questions that warrant attention…

I don’t know much about the Oscars, but are animated films eligible for best picture? (I’m thinking of “Wall-E” here obviously).

Yes, any type of film is eligible for Best Picture, including types for which there is also a special category, i.e., animated films, documentaries, and foreign films. Only one cartoon, “Beauty and the Beast,” has ever been nominated, though, and the addition in 2001 of the Best Animated Feature category kind of ghettoizes cartoons, in my opinion. Academy voters figure, “Oh, we don’t have to bother considering the animated films for the top honors, because they have their own special category over here.”

But the fact is, animated films are often among the very best movies of any kind in a given year, and there’s already talk that “WALL-E” might break through the barriers and get a Best Picture nomination. At any rate, it’ll definitely win the Best Animated Film category.

Can it be nominated in both categories? Yes.

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