‘Monsters University’: Great sophomore effort

June 20, 2013

Monster U

It always seems niggardly to refer to a Pixar film as a great animated comedy. “Animated” seems almost like a pejorative; at a minimum, it seems to diminish the accomplishment of a comedy because, well, aren’t all cartoons funny?

Of course not – you don’t need to be a movie critic to know that. Any parent will tell you that most animated films are pretty dreadful. While it’s possible to create almost perfectly photorealistic images using digital tools, computers can’t find the funny – and neither can the screenwriters of most animated films. So most of what passes for animated comedy will barely make an 8-year-old laugh, let alone an adult.

As “Monsters University” (and its 2001 predecessor, “Monsters, Inc.”) proves, a solid comedy is a solid comedy, no matter how it’s made. (More…)


Terence Stamp takes the lead at last


It’s post-lunch hour and the lounge at the Gordon Ramsay at the London in midtown Manhattan is nearly empty as Terence Stamp settles himself into a banquette.

At 74, his eyes are still exceptionally blue and a little bit mischievous. He sits calmly, listens to a question about how often he is offered roles like the one he plays in “Unfinished Song,” and smiles. (More…)