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- July 11, 2001
- Final Fantasy Opens to Negative
- More Osmosis Jones
- Final Fantasy Playing Digitally
in 7 Theaters
- News Link of the Day
- Final Fantasy Film - No Real Actors
Opens to Negative Reviews
digitalmediafx.com) Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within opened
to mostly negative reviews today as the realistic animated movie
made its way into 2,500 theaters nationwide. Here is a sampling
of critic comments:
Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter - "Unfortunately,
the visuals aren't the only aspect of the picture that appear
to have been computer generated. Boasting truly robotic storytelling
and laughably artificial dialogue that even the voice talents
of Donald Sutherland, James Woods, Alec Baldwin and Ming-Na are
unable to animate, this futuristic sci-fi snooze-a-thon will be
detecting little evidence of a box-office life force, at least
on North American soil..."
of the San Jose Mercury News - "Irrational exuberance
is no healthier for technology movies than it is for technology
stocks... Deflate your expectations now and you stand a much better
chance of appreciating Final Fantasy for the mixed achievement
of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - "...While the progress
in animation 'reality' is impressive, the characters sometimes
suffer a kind of weightlessness; the animators may have finessed
the human form, but not the effect of gravity on it. (Aki's hair
often floats around her face as if it were a live thing.) That's
not a problem for the aliens. They don't pay attention to gravity
or physics. They're things of creepy beauty, 'spirits within'
that are likely to tickle your geek within."
of the Dallas Morning News - "If only the story could
inspire more than moment-to-moment admiration. Final Fantasy is
a faux-spiritual spectacle that goes on about Guya and spirit
waves, all the while delighting in its own big guns and displaying
nary a clue about weaving a cogent tale."
of the Orlando Sentinel - "Final Fantasy joins
Tomb Raider and The Phantom Menace as movies whose
moronic stories are mere vehicles to get the viewer from one game-challenge
sequence -- a chase through canyons, a battle with aliens -- to
The Spirits Within is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence.
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(by digitalmediafx.com) Yesterday,
Digital Media FX published an article taking a closer look at
Warner Bros. Osmosis Jones movie. Here are three more images
from the movie:
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Playing Digitally in 7 Theaters
(by digitalmediafx.com) Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
opened today in more than 2,500 theaters with seven of those theaters
airing the movie digitally. Digitally theaters enhance the visual
presentation of the movie without "dropouts" often seen
in 35mm movies. Toy Story 2 was the first animated film
to ever be released digitally. Since then several animated films,
including Shrek and Atlantis: The Lost Empire have
had digital releases. Monsters, Inc. will also have a digital
theaters the film is airing digitally at are:
New York City
Edwards Irvine Spectrum, Irvine, Calif.
AMC Media 6, Burbank, Calif.
Cinemark Legacy, Dallas
Famous Players Paramount, Toronto
AMC Barrington, Chicago
AMC Van Ness, San Francisco.
Be sure to
request the digital screening of the film when ordering tickets
as it may also be playing on multiple screens in the 35mm format.
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of the Day - Final Fantasy Film Features No Real Actors
to the Philadelphia Daily News:
Actors Guild strike was narrowly averted last week, but that's
not stopping Hollywood from trying to eliminate its dependence
on live performers. Consider Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within,
the new, totally computer-generated science-fiction animated film
with synthetic thespians.
be the future of the movies, an indication of how little flesh-and-blood
actors are really needed?
here for the full story.
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