Archive for the ‘David Derks’ Category

Disney Zootopia Is A Howling Good Time

As far as films go, I’m not completely smitten with films that feature anthropomorphic characters. I grew up on films like Robin Hood, The Aristocats and The Rescuers and loved them as much as any person could, but the past decade has been loaded with animated cuddly animal films. It felt like I was seeing […]

Turkey Talk: FREE BIRDS (Film Review)

It isn’t Thanksgiving yet, but Hollywood is already serving up turkey. With the holiday season fast approaching, what better way to celebrate it than watching a time-travel film that includes a group of turkeys, pilgrims and a wise-cracking time machine? If you’re feeling adventurous and want to see a film that goes off the beaten […]

Before Thermopylae – 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE

In the second installment of a series of films that were discussed by the filmmakers at San Diego Comic Con, Warner Bros. hosted the director and cast of 300: Rise of an Empire that included director Noam Murro, Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green, and Sullivan Stapleton Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, 300: Rise […]

Looking Back at the Future: Filmmakers Discuss GRAVITY at San Diego Comic Con

With the recent success of the film Gravity, I thought it would be interesting for readers of Beyond the Marquee to read some of the highlights from the Warner Bros. press junket I attended at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con. The junket included a lively discussion with director Alfonso Cuarón and Sandra Bullock. At […]

Life in the Fast Lane: HIT & RUN (Film Review)

During the first part of 2012, it seems that films can be categorized as either a mega budget tent pole or low budget comedy. Most films that fall under the second category make up the lack of budget by either being slapstick funny or splattering the script with romance. Enter Hit & Run, a throwback […]

The Perfect Storm: MOONRISE KINGDOM (Film Review)

Quirkiness can be a difficult vehicle to tell a story. In the case of director Wes Anderson (who also co-wrote Moonrise Kingdom with Roman Coppola), it can sometimes mean style over substance. His films The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou and The Royal Tenenbaums were drenched in style that at times overpowered the essence of […]

Season of the Witch: ParaNorman (Film Review)

In a summer where a few tentpole films have underperformed at the box office, there’s a small gem that may be a bright light in the dog days of August. Directors Sam Fell and Chris Butler tell the story of a young misfit who sees dead people and becomes entangled in a witch’s curse that […]

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