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Greg Wright

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    If I were a character actor, Farnsworth or Dennehy is who I'd want to be.

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  1. I just signed a contract today with Christian Cinema to move PtP to their venue. They'll be hosting, promoting, and syndicating ptpopcorn.com's content in exchange for my services as a weekly columnist. I'll be focusing primarily on DVD releases, but Jeff Walls is going to come back on board for theatrical releases. We'll actually be getting better exposure and traffic with CC than we did with Gospelcom. So PtP is back, doing exactly what we had been doing, but as a strictly two-man show. (Though I imagine Jeff will be doing five or six reviews a week anyway!) New content will start showing
  2. Thanks, Jeff. It was a lot of fun being able to exactly what we wanted to do with reviewing. But we really did end up feeling a little bit held hostage by the ongoing Opening Day saga. You know, it occurred to me yesterday that in fostering an overweening commitment to delivering the "What Happens Next" fix to the moviegoing public, Hollywood's process of delivery has itself become a "What Happens Next" metaphor -- and the moviegoing public is as addicted to the process as it is the movies themselves.
  3. Actually, as of today, we've ceased publication. In talking through options for relocating and/or reformulating our vision for PtP, Jenn and I have decided that's it's simply time to wrap it up and pack it in. Ah, well.
  4. Past the Popcorn will be looking for a new "home" soon. If anyone's got a lead on a site that's looking for a body of film reviews to spice up their content, please direct them my way!
  5. Okay... the early returns are in, and my first impression was correct: I am in the vast minority on this one, and that with a "good but not great" opinion. The stupid junket made me think that I wasn't an alien. Ah, well. Party on!
  6. Heh. That argument doesn't cut the "mustard" here, Overstreet. Is anyone attacking critics who give the film positive reviews?
  7. Oh, my gosh... The Buy N Large site link to the Buy N Large Store is actually functional, and takes you to a Zazzle store. You can actually buy BnL logoed items. Wunner who gets the proceeds?
  8. Not that I noticed -- and I'm pretty thorough about going through those things, though I certainly could have missed it. There was certainly no mention of the site during the press conferences, while I was in the hospitality suite, or by other journalists.
  9. No -- I hadn't seen it! It's a hoot. Is there a link to this from the WALL-E site?
  10. Ha! Very little actually sticks in my mind. I actually have to go through lists of what I've seen to jog my memory!
  11. Excellent point, Peter, and apt comparison. I've used Koyaanisqatsi as a teaching tool precisely because of its self-awareness. I'd never think of using WALL-E in the same fashion, precisely because of the lack of self-awareness. I agree, Nate with your point about the irrelevancy of a filmmaker's hypocrisy -- to a point. But you'll remember, as you were sitting next to me, I had a pretty strong reaction to the film itself. My reaction wasn't shaped by what happened the following day -- which you missed, I'll note, though were actually on the premises earlier in the morning. The filmmake
  12. Yes. And that remains to be seen, in a commercial sense. My guess is that it won't be a significant factor because the public appetite for PIXAR is so huge. But I don't think it will get the repeat business other PIXAR films have. And who knows how it will affect the general appetite for PIXAR's films? And as I mentioned to Nate after the screening, I really did expect my reaction to be in the vast minority -- and not because minority opinions are superior. I was very surprised that the press corps the next day was so generally expressive of similar concerns. Well, I'm not calling on t
  13. I agree with Darrel that this has not been a stellar year thus far. This year's theatrical releases (that I've seen) with notable achievements: How She Move, U2 3D, 4 Months, The Counterfeiters, Horton, CJ7, Snow Angels, Young @ Heart, The Visitor, Forbidden Kingdom, S.O.P., Graduation, The Fall, Surfwise, War Inc., Lord Save Us From Your Followers, Reprise, Mongol, WALL-E. Of this group, though, relatively few I thoroughly enjoyed: Snow Angels, Young @ Heart, The Visitor, Forbidden Kingdom, Surfwise, War Inc., Lord Save Us, Reprise And only two that I think will stick in my mind as really
  14. Oh, yes, certainly -- and there was no question that Stanton had been pressed on such issues prior to the junket press conference. Ben Burtt explicitly said that such questions had come up regularly at test screenings. So Stanton was sensitive to skewing and biases, and was definitely in spin-control mode. But that sort of confirms that there's something problematic really there, and not just imagined -- doesn't it? If you're regularly getting questioned about what seems like corporate hypocrisy, isn't it time to start talking about the film you actually made rather than the film you inten
  15. You've completely missed my point, bowen. I'm not suggesting they should have softened the satire; I'm suggesting they should have been really brave and made it a little self-critical. Or, on the back end, admit it was pointed satire, and not dodge it as secondary and irrelevant. Or be really bold and cancel merchandising plans. But as it is, the fingers are all being pointed elsewhere. So... I was there. I see the filmmakers in front of me. I see that (with the notable exception of Jeff Garlin) they don't resemble the humans in the movie at all. I sure do know people who resemble WALL
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