His Variety review of Veronica Mars was laced so much acid you could dump baking soda on it and call it a science project. It’s a nasty, mean girl screed about the Kickstarter-funded revival of the cult TV series that made it to the big screen … and yet, it’s not. It’s insults and nitpicking (and I know nitpicking), but not very much criticism. Mostly, he seems unhappy not only that the film exists, but how it came to exist.
Yet he’s in the minority on this one; Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a very respectable 72% as I write this. That’s from a $6 Million dollar budget. Think of how many $100-million-plus movies have resulted in steaming turds in the last few years, and you can see from where this stems. Going through the “rotten” reviews yields similar complaints, not commenting much on quality or storytelling so much as the audacity of crowdsourcing seeming to result in a success.
The critics have a sad, and it’s not hard to see why.
Sometimes a Kickstarter comes along and you want to go straight to the bank and withdraw everything you have and just throw all your money at the computer screen - this is one of those times.
Veteran Disney animators Aaron Blaise & Chuck Williams have joined forces to create something pretty magical - ART STORY!
It’s a story about an 11-year-old, meticulous boy, WALT, and his crazy, loopy GRANDPA — two complete opposites — who get stuck in a vast, imaginative WORLD OF PAINTINGS. Inside, they cross paths with a ruthless painted character determined to make it into our world. In order to get home and stop the villain, Walt and Grandpa have to set aside their differences, work together and navigate worlds where the rules can change around every corner.
It’s structured like a hilarious, character-driven, buddy picture (“Planes, Trains & Automobiles,” “I Love You, Man” etc.), but takes place INSIDE THE WORLD OF SOME OF THE GREAT MASTER PAINTINGS OF ALL TIME … where the characters change their appearance to match the style of each painting — and meet lots of wildly entertaining characters. It also explores and was inspired by that special relationship between a grandchild and their grandparent — not something you see often in films nowadays.
Joan Gratz gave us a great look into how the world of animation and fine art can blend in her Academy Award winning short, Mona Lisa Descending A Staircase. And I think Art Story is something that would take that to the next level.
Art Story looks and sounds like it could be a really great and thought provoking film. I highly recommend checking out and possibly donating to the films KICKSTARTER.
For more information check out a short interview that Aaron Blaise & Chuck Williams did over at Aint it Cool News.
Move your wall hangings into storage, namisu from Madrid and Edinburgh has created something a bit different for your wall. Their Kickstarter project for 3D printed Tyrannosaurus Rex Sculptures aims to bring together the tradition of fossil collecting and displaying with new technologies. In doing so this design team has played with nature’s creations to influence some of their own. The sculptures they have designed are wire frame fossils created with Selective Laser Sintering, which the team states “feels and looks more like something between wood and stone, rather than plastic. It actually feels like a fossil!” The project comes in two designs, one for walls, and one for tables. You can check out the rest of their Kickstarter project, and their video discussion, here.
Did you guys like the Pipeworks/Atari Godzilla video game trilogy (Destroy All Monsters Melee, Save the Earth and Unleashed)? Who didn’t?! Do you wish they’d make a fourth installment in the series, or at least a new, similar Godzilla/giant monster fighting game? Who doesn’t?! As such, you should really check this link out.
Simon Strange, one of the main guys behind the trilogy, is trying to create a new kaiju fighting game using the same tools and technology as the Pipeworks games. But he needs our help! The more we donate, the better this game can be. And it doesn’t just help him, we can take part in the rewards as well, ranging from getting a free copy of the game once it’s complete, to actually getting monsters of our own creation in the game itself!
And if that’s not enough to entice you, if the game does well enough and makes enough money, we might even be able to bring other franchises into the game, allowing such epic combinations as Godzilla vs. King Kong vs. Gamera vs. Ultraman! Or even Rodan vs. Gorgo vs. Cthulhu vs. Staypuft Marshmallow Man!
So yeah. If you like video games and giant monsters and especially video games about giant monsters, please help us out. At the very least, spread the word! This thing has the potential to become the greatest giant monster game of all time.