Posts Tagged ‘Monsters Vs. Aliens’

New DVD Debut: Monsters vs. Aliens, The Wizard of Oz

September 29, 2009

Monsters Vs. AliensTuesday brings us a new DVD Debut over at

As high concepts go, it’s a better idea than Cats & Dogs. A meteorite turns Susan Murphy into the 49-foot 11-inch woman just as she’s about to walk up the aisle. Dubbed Ginormiac, she’s taken to a top secret government installation and joins a posse of monsters dating from the 1950s. The blob-like B.O.B., Insectosaur and the rest are called to comedic arms when a giant robot menaces San Francisco. DreamWorks’s 3D CGI extravaganza features the voices of Reese Witherspoon and Seth Rogen.

2009 3D

April 9, 2009

3dIs 3D the future? The L.A. Times throws the idea out. On, Jerry Beck throws it back. It’s a time when knowing your history is instructive … or oughta be. In the 1950s, 3D was considered a TV-killer by the studios, as was Cinemascope and Cinerama. By offering audiences the sensation that things were coming out of the screen, it was hoped they’d turn off Milton Berle and spend their evening with the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Cut to half-a-century on and the threat to cinema is bigger–DVDs, films on demand, Netflix, home theatre systems which are more impressive than some hole-in-the-wall multiplexes … ugh! So again we have 3D, seen at its spiffiest in Coraline and Monsters vs. Aliens. We also have big, big screens, at least if you have access to a nearby IMAX theatre. The thing is, these tactics have been employed by the studios before and turned out to be passing fads. So does 3D, if you will, step off the screen and into our lives permanently?


Your Questions Answered: Monsters vs. Aliens

March 28, 2009

Did the Monsters Vs. Aliens animators draw the villain to look like Jeffrey Katzenberg?

Sorry … I needed something to get me started today.

Monsters Vs. Aliens Metaphor/Simile Watch

March 27, 2009

monsters-vs-aliensRichard Corliss, Time: “A heroine the followers of Hillary Clinton could believe in … Like some supersequel that never bothered with any setup episodes … like they’re ready to leap into your lap … Catskills entertainers, tossing gags into the audience like confetti, sweating to please you every single moment … like the spiffiest sitcom … your standard-issue blowhard … a visual encyclopedia of antique pop culture … another crowd-pleasing, expert-babysitting vaudeville turn.”

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: “A constant nudge in the ribs saying never mind the story, just see how neat I look … if they escape, they could terrorize the subway on a senior pass … like a giant Leggs pantyhose container bred with an iSight camera.”