THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS

Twenty-one years ago, Toy Story started a revolution. Not as a breakthrough in computer animation — though it was that as well — but as a breakthrough in imagination. What went on when our backs were turned? Once we left the room and shut off the lights, would inanimate objects spring to life, establish political systems, social hierarchies, develop romantic relationships and carry grudges? It’s a romantic notion to turn objects into friends with personalities, but those personalities are only as inventive as the humans who conceive of them. That is what makes Toy Story, and its subsequent sequels, so … Continue reading THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS

Movie Beat – 07.03.13

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me – It takes balls to call your band “Big Star” and even bigger balls to call your first album “#1 Record” but that was the way of Big Star. Quite possibly the most influential band you’ve never heard of, they released three albums in the 70s, received a lot of acclaim, but disappeared back into the ether. A decade and change later, they were rediscovered when alternative bands credited Big Star as a huge influence on them. If you like the music of The Replacements, R.E.M., and Oasis, then you will probably dig Big … Continue reading Movie Beat – 07.03.13