Disney continues to roll out live-action versions of classic childhood fantasies and although most consumers know it is a plot to take our money, the money is well spent.
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By Nick Marini
Episodes VIII and IX from Disney’s continuation of George Lucas’ “Star Wars” franchise have a new writer/director at the helm: Rian Johnson. The news broke late Friday morning.
He was the creative force behind the movie “Looper” (2012), starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt, which was one of the most critically-acclaimed, completely original sci-fi movies of the past 20 years, collecting over $66 million in US box offices and receiving numerous critics’ awards and nominations. He also wrote and directed the neo-noir “Brick” (2005), also starring Gordon-Levitt, which early-on solidified him in the industry as a young, refreshingly classicist, entertaining filmmaker that incorporates old-school skill to fast-paced plots and twisted stories. Arguably the best work in his filmography, however, included two of the most critically-acclaimed episodes of “Breaking Bad:” “The Fly” and “Ozymandias.”
Disney’s new film “Frozen” took box offices by storm over the holidays, blowing this year’s other animated features out of the water. A captivating story, wrapped in gorgeous animation, “Frozen” is the best children’s film in years without a major flaw in sight.