Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Sunday, 27 November 2016



Fig 1. 'The Pixar Story' (2007) Poster

Directed by Leslie Iwerks, 'The Pixar Story' (2007) gives audiences a fascinating insight to the life and times of Pixar Animation Studios and the creative geniuses behind its success.

This documentary film gives you a look behind the scenes, showing never before seen footage of some of fans favourite movies, such as, 'Toy Story' (1995) and 'Monsters Inc' (2001). As well as this it begins to delve deep and show the viewer the road that people like Pixar's head honcho himself, John Lasseter gained the reputation they have within the company, from small beginnings to his current successes.

Fig 2. Film Still
This film acts like a fly on the wall, getting its knowledge first hand from Pixar directors and workers such as, John Lasseter, Pete Docter whilst also ganging interviews with co-founder Ed Catmull and notable actors who have provided their talents to particular Pixar animations, Tom Hanks and Tim Allen.
The film notes other animations created by its animated rivals, Dreamworks and their widely renowned movie 'Shrek' (2001) but doesn't indulge in this but rather skims over it and pushes it under the carpet to get back on track and speak about the almighty Pixar in all it's greatness. 
They discuss the studio as an artefact of history, speaking of how they created the first 3D animated movie, the pioneers in this newly found technology. 

'The Pixar Story' (2007) is an inspirational documentation of Pixar's rise to greatness. It's is a piece of cinema that can inspire audiences, just like Lasseter was once inspired by the book 'Walt Disney's Art of Animation' which he gives credit to within the film. 
In conclusion, Leslie Iwerks has created a wonderful piece cinema that gives audiences a real look at what its like for this creative studio to create the movies we all love, it's fascinating and works like a feature length version of a DVD's bonus features. A genuine joy to watch.


Figure 1. 'The Pixar Story' (2007) [Poster] At: Accessed on: 27/11/20106

Figure 2. [Film Still] At: Accessed on: 27/11/2016

Monday, 21 November 2016

Sunday, 20 November 2016





Fig.1 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Poster

'Mad Max: Fury Road' (2015) Directed by George Miller, the film that sees the characters go one way and then come straight back. Why? Well to exploit the petrol fuelled, high energy car chases of course. Miller keeps the character of Max, played by Tom Hardy on the edge of calm, his aggression comes out when it's truly needed, Robbie Collin of The Telegraph says 'With it's spare dialogue and dazzlingly choreographed and edited stunts, Miller's film often feels like a great silent movie - albeit a very loud one.' (Collin, 2015)

Exploitation cinema can be seen throughout many films and 'Mad Max: Fury Road' is just a small part of it. The Exploitation of something, for example, sex, nudity, explosions, can all drive the film towards a particular market/audience. In recent films there seems to be an an increase of Dwayne Johnson castings in big budget Hollywood movies, a likeable actor who gets people to see his films.
This idea of Exploitation was once and still is mainly seen in low budget b-movies but can also be seen in big budget cinema.

Fig.2 Film Still
'Mad Max: Fury Road' uses this idea of exploitation to its advantage. The plot is simple, they must make their way to the green land only to find its not there and then they go back to where they came from whilst simultaneously fighting their way through a post apocalyptic wasteland against the evil overlord Immortan Joe and his half-life boys.

Fig.3. Film Still
Director, George Miller, exploits particular people's love for cars and explosions to drive his film (no pun intended). He relies on the audience to enjoy a film that's soul purpose is to be a loud, destructive car chase whilst pushing ideas of feminism.
Max, played by Tom hardy is pushed to the side in this film by a strong figure known as Imperator Furiosa, played by Charlize Theron. She is the hero of this film, (although her name isn't in the title) the hero in a world overcome with masculine tone.
Adding this struggle of femininity to both the character and the story gives the film another dimension, so it's not just a film filled with exploitation, it deals with real world problems in a special way throughout. 

In conclusion, 'Mad Max: Fury Road' (2015) is a truly astonishing film, full of action and underlining real world tones. It attracts a wide variety of audiences, fans of the previous Mad Max Trilogy and also fans of the A-list cast within the film. Overall, it is a great film to watch and will one day be considered a classic within the history of cinema. 


Collin, R (2015) Mad Max: Fury Road Review: 'A krakatoan eruption of craziness' At: Accessed on: 20/11/2016


Figure 1. 'Mad Max: Fury Road' (2015) [Poster] At: Accessed on: 20/11/2016

Figure 2. [Film Still] At: Accessed on: 20/11/2016

Figure 3. [Film Still] At: Accessed on: 20/11/2016