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A Short History Of Pixar Shorts

Pixar’s shorts have a long history– even longer than their features, actually. And with the release of Brave comes the release of La Luna, the twenty or thirty-somethingth short film from the animation studio, depending on what you consider canon. There are the theatrical shorts and home entertainment shorts, as well as the series of Cars Toons and Toy Story Toons.
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Beardface Lists The Top Ten Films of 2011

To be perfectly honest, these lists are kind of arbitrary. Actually, they are most definitely arbitrary and yet, people always get butt-hurt over other people’s choices or rules. I like to do them because they are just a good bit of fun and it’s also nice to take a few moments to reflect on films I found very special each year. Since this is my top ten of 2011, we’ll be playing by my rules. They are simple. Any film released theatrically (or on VOD) in 2011 is fair game. Pretty standard and straightforward yeah?

There are most definitely many great films I missed that may have made this list as well as many more that easily could have taken a spot from one of the ten below –  50/50Take Shelter, Young Adult, MI:4 Ghotocol, Warrior, Kung Fu Panda 2, The Adventures of Tintin, Captain AmericaSenna and Rango. However, I can’t see everything and not every great film can make the final ten. I don’t know about you but I think this year offered a pretty solid slate of flicker shows. And on that note, here are the films I’m calling the top ten of 2011…

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Beardface Reviews: THOR Dethrones Iron Man As Marvel’s Best Film… Yes, I Was Also Surprised.

As much as I worried about this one (let’s face it, the marketing was not good… too much comic relief, not enough Asgard) it delivers, big time. Besides the absolutely pointless addition of 3D, everything works so surprisingly well that I left the theater wanting a lot more of Thor’s hammer… wait, that came out wrong.

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Beardface Reviews: I Want to be Friends with Paul… And Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Too.

It isn’t going to make you bust a gut (well, maybe once or twice) BUT it had me smiling the whole way through. Paul is the perfect example of how a comedy full of smiles, good characters and a fun story can be better than one with a few big guffaws and little else.

There’s no denying the Simon Pegg and Nick Frost chemistry. They are friends in real life and their hetero-love for each other comes across every time they pair up on the big-screen, whether working with the usual menage a trois with director Edgar Wright or, like with Paul, teaming up with a new director. The new director this time around is Greg Mottola, the man behind Superbad and Adventureland (as well as plenty of Undeclared and Arrested Development). Continue reading