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NYFF 2012 Review: Life Of Pi

Piscine lives with his brother and parents in Pondicherry, India. When he isn’t spending time with the animals at his family-owned zoo, an inquisitive Pi is off exploring different faiths of which he adopts three. When Pi makes an attempt at befriending the zoo’s tiger, Richard Parker, his father steps in to teach him a rather harsh lesson, one that rattles his beliefs and curiosity.

At 17, Pi’s parents decide it’s time to seek a better life so board a Japanese cargo ship with their animals and set sail for Canada. Along the way, the boat encounters a vicious storm, sinking the ship and leaving just one human survivor, Pi. But Pi is not alone. He shares his lifeboat with Richard Parker.

Talk about bringing Yann Martel’s book to life. The instant the opening credits kick in, you know you’re in for one of the most vivid experiences the movies can offer. Ang Lee’s use of 3D throughout the film isn’t distracting in the least, but during this opening montage, the animals really do pop off the screen and the fact that the images are so colorful and crisp makes the effect particularly impressive and striking.

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Review: Prometheus

prometheusposterThere are enough loose ends in life; who needs more via cinema? While few enjoy being jerked around by a convoluted plot there are also the films that don’t merely let you sit back, relax and enjoy the show; you’ve got to work for your entertainment. However, in Prometheus’ case, director Ridley Scott offers up the best of both worlds. You could put yourself on cruise control and enjoy an alien action movie, but it’s highly recommended to watch this one with a keen eye as the details are a stimulant, heightening that action and making Prometheus a notably enthralling experience regardless of some loose ends.

The year is 2089. Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway (Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green) have added yet another finding to their collection of symbols drawn repeatedly by entirely separate ancient civilizations. They deduce that these symbols are a star map and Weyland Corporation founder, Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), opts to fund their expedition to a location pinpointed on this map.

Fast-forward to the year 2093. The crew of the Prometheus, including Elizabeth and Charlie, are waking up from an extended sleep during which, an android named David (Michael Fassbender), monitored the ship’s trip to a moon on that very map. Shortly after arriving, they spot structures and the ship’s captain, Janek (Idris Elba), sets Prometheus down nearby. With Elizabeth and Charlie at the helm, a group of crewmembers venture inside one construction to find what Elizabeth dubs “engineers” and believes preceded humanity.

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Interview: One Day’s Anne Hathaway

It’s hard to imagine a successful actress like Anne Hathaway feeling insecure. Ever since her big screen debut back in 2001 in The Princess Diaries, Hathaway has had the opportunity to be part of some fantastic productions like Brokeback MountainThe Devil Wears Prada and Rachel Getting Married, just to name a few. But still, like anyone who truly loves what they’re doing, the fear of these fantastic experiences fading away is only natural and, after an experience like One Day, it’s no wonder this issue became a topic of discussion during a recent roundtable interview.

Based on David Nicholls’ popular book, One Day stars Hathaway as Emma, a young woman who strikes up a friendship with Dexter (Jim Sturgess) after graduating from Edinburgh University on July 15th, 1988. From that year forward, the film visits the duo on ever July 15th, a process through which the audience watches their relationship grow, disintegrate and turn back around as they pursue their own dreams, their paths diverge and occasionally collide.

As much as Hathaway enjoys working on massive Hollywood productions like Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, which you can read about right here, she also expressed her appreciation for this “honest, complex, beautifully drawn character.” One Day is a bit of a period piece and yes, it did involve Hathaway jumping into some unique and timely costumes, but there was also a great deal of character exploration far deeper than Emma’s clothes, accent and current environment. Read all about the extra lengths that Hathaway went to to bring this character to life in the interview below and be sure to catch the results when One Day hits theaters on August 19th.

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