Scott Tobias http://weku.fm en 'Ralph': An 8-Bit Hero With Plenty Of Heart http://weku.fm/post/ralph-8-bit-hero-plenty-heart After a very long engagement that began with the original <em>Toy Story</em>, Disney finally made an honest woman out of Pixar in 2006, when it paid the requisite billions to move the computer animation giant into the Magic Kingdom. But Disney's spirited 2010 hit <em>Tangled</em> made it abundantly clear that Pixar had a say in the creative marriage: The story of Rapunzel may be standard Disney princess fare, but the whip-crack pacing and fractured-fairy tale wit felt unmistakably Pixar. From now on, it would seem, Mickey Mouse and Luxo Jr. Thu, 01 Nov 2012 21:03:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 35199 at http://weku.fm 'Ralph': An 8-Bit Hero With Plenty Of Heart For X-Men Franchise, A 'First Class' Reboot http://weku.fm/post/x-men-franchise-first-class-reboot There's much to admire about <em>X-Men: First Class</em>, a combination reboot and prequel for a three-film mutant-superhero series that peaked with its rousing <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1249629">second entry</a>, then hit the wall in <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5435143">a by-the-numbers adventure</a> that languished between workmanlike and perfunctory. Thu, 02 Jun 2011 20:07:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 5407 at http://weku.fm For X-Men Franchise, A 'First Class' Reboot 'Hobo With A Shotgun': Hauer, Harmed And Dangerous http://weku.fm/post/hobo-shotgun-hauer-harmed-and-dangerous Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's <em>Grindhouse</em> double feature — consisting of Rodriguez's <em>Planet Terror</em>, Tarantino's <em>Death Proof</em>, and a bevy of fake trailers and vintage '70s "Coming Attractions" tags — was intended to evoke the pungent exploitation trash that once screened in drive-ins and seedy Times Square movie houses. Thu, 05 May 2011 21:12:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 3012 at http://weku.fm 'Hobo With A Shotgun': Hauer, Harmed And Dangerous In Russia, Loving 'Raymond' Takes Serious Work http://weku.fm/post/russia-loving-raymond-takes-serious-work "My job was to create a family, a very specific family," says creator Phil Rosenthal of his immensely successful sitcom <em>Everybody Loves Raymond</em>, but he's only half-right. While it's true that Rosenthal and his collaborators, led by comedian Ray Romano, mined the domestic minutiae of a middle-class family for nine years, 210 episodes, and an ongoing eternity in syndication, <em>Everybody Loves Raymond</em> didn't exactly reinvent television. Fri, 29 Apr 2011 03:24:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 2514 at http://weku.fm In Russia, Loving 'Raymond' Takes Serious Work 'Stake Land' Is Your Land (If You're Feeling Bitey) http://weku.fm/post/stake-land-your-land-if-youre-feeling-bitey Over the past decade, the movies have obsessed over doomsday scenarios of all kinds — global warming, global cooling, nuclear war, earthquakes, asteroids, aliens, zombies, shortages in water, oil or food, or the inability to scribble down salon appointments on Mayan calendars after Dec. 21, 2012.<p>The art-horror indie <em>Stake Land</em> adds vampires to that list, but its true novelty comes less from its apocalyptic scenario than from its vision of how America adapts. Thu, 21 Apr 2011 21:00:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 1994 at http://weku.fm 'Stake Land' Is Your Land (If You're Feeling Bitey) 'Rio': A Chaotic Carnival, And Largely For The Birds http://weku.fm/post/rio-chaotic-carnival-and-largely-birds It's a Pixar world. Thu, 14 Apr 2011 21:40:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 1572 at http://weku.fm 'Rio': A Chaotic Carnival, And Largely For The Birds 'Korkoro': Freedom's Music, Muffled By Cliche http://weku.fm/post/korkoro-freedoms-music-muffled-cliche The opening credits of Tony Gatlif's <em>Korkoro</em> appear over an image common to many films about the Holocaust: a close-up of barbed wire stretched between wooden posts, with rows of internment-camp barracks lingering in the background. And then, improbably, the barbed wire starts to shimmy like the plucked strings of a harp, and out comes a simple piece of music, jauntier than the setting would ever seem to warrant. Rest assured, what follows is not a tasteless World War II musical romp. Thu, 24 Mar 2011 21:02:00 +0000 Scott Tobias 238 at http://weku.fm 'Korkoro': Freedom's Music, Muffled By Cliche