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The Best Movie You Never Saw: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Jun. 28, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Welcome to The Best Movie You NEVER Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it’s time or has aged like a fine wine.

This week we’ll be examining Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated film FANTASTIC MR. FOX

THE STORY:

An urban fox cannot resist returning to his wild-animal nature, raiding the farms of three prominent farmers, causing a retaliation against the entire animal population. The fox must find a way to save his community, while mending the relationships with his family and coming to terms with his own mortality.

THE PLAYERS:

Filmmaker Wes Anderson teamed with screenwriter Noah Baumbach to adapt the classic story written by Roald Dahl (CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH) and rounded up a stellar cast, including George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, and Owen Wilson.

THE HISTORY:

A devout fan of author Roald Dahl and stop-motion animation, director Wes Anderson teamed up with screenwriter pal Noah Baumbach to craft an animated tale based on FANTASTIC MR. FOX, which coincidentally was the first book Anderson ever owned. The indie director wanted to capture the spirit of the old stop-motion animated films of his youth and craft a tale that retained the integrity and wit of Dahl’s novel, while adding his own signature touch (which included a first and third act).

The project was originally set to be directed by Henry Selick (THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS), but he later dropped out to work on CORALINE, another stop-motion project (although he continued to advise Anderson throughout the production). Anderson immersed himself in Dahl’s world, writing the film on the author’s estate, where he incorporated everything from locations, sets, costumes, and characters, making it as “Dahl-like” as possible. The dialogue was recorded at a farmhouse in Connecticut in order to retain a natural feel to the audio, capturing it in various locations: the forest, the attic, underground, etc. In addition to taking great pains with the audio, Anderson shot the film at 12 frames per second in order to highlight the stop-motion animation and shot using a Nikon D3, which offers a significantly higher resolution than even that of full High Definition (And it looks amazing in blu-ray).

FANTASTIC MR. FOX was released in November 2009, making a worldwide total of $46 million from a $40 million budget. By animation standards this is a big flop, even with a modest budget in comparison to the larger scale animated pics. Critical reviews were exceptionally good, but the film failed to connect with audiences in theaters. It has since started to gain a small cult following, especially with stop-motion animation enthusiasts.

WHY IT’S GREAT:

Let’s get the inevitable “I hate Wes Anderson” stuff out of the way to start. If you hate his work, there’s very little here to convince you otherwise. Some people just don’t dig his style, commonly referring to him as an indie hipster. Whatever. You could label just about every director as one thing or another based on their style (or lack thereof). I’m a huge fan, so take my bias for what it’s worth. That said, I don’t love every one of his films and I certainly have an order of favorites and FANTASTIC MR. FOX sits at the top of the heap, which is a tough choice given my affinity for RUSHMORE, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, and THE LIFE AQUATIC.

Now, onto the film. FANTASTIC MR. FOX is an amazing achievement in stop-motion animation and not because it’s necessarily groundbreaking, but because it’s wonderfully nostalgic to the medium, paying attention to every small detail you can imagine, right down to the purposeful imperfections. The story, like many of Anderson’s films, revolves around family, but has a deeper meaning underneath, which ultimately is about mortality and survival. In many ways this is a film too deep for young children, yet appeals to them just the same. To me, it's the best kid's film that’s not really for kids.

As a kid, I grew up watching Jim Hensen’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas over-and-over again. I was fascinated by the level of detail they put into the sets and wanted nothing more than to live in those worlds. It’s so rare that a film makes you want to do that (save for those troubled folks who need therapy because of their desire to live in AVATAR’s Pandora). Watching FANTASTIC MR. FOX is like being transported back to Emmet Otter’s world again, times a thousand. The detail is astounding and it gets me all goose-pimpled with nostalgia each and every time I see it.

“When I saw the movie…it was a bizarre experience, because I had seen what the puppets were gonna look like. I’d seen them in real life.  And I had recorded my voice part for it, but, still, when the lights went down and the movie came up it was like one of the most mesmerizing and weird experiences of my whole life. It was just so beautiful. There’s nothing really like this movie I feel like…and it’s unusual and unique amongst other stop motion movies I feel like, too…” – Jason Schwartzman (Ash)

George Clooney voices Mr. Fox with all the charm, resonance, and character that you’d expect from the actor. He makes Mr. Fox come alive, flaws and all. Meryl Streep as Mrs. Fox is quiet, hurt, and stern as the spouse who can’t figure out why her husband can’t just be happy with what he has in life. Jason Schwartzman is an absolute blast as their kid, Ash, a “different” fox who wants nothing more than the approval of his dad, who seems to favor his nephew, Kristofferson, over his own son. Bill Murray as Badger, Mr. Fox’s attorney and Wallace Wolodarsky as Kylie, the awkward opposum are perfectly cast, as is Michael Gambon as the villainous Mr. Bean, who unleashes his full fury on the Fox family, and Willem Dafoe as Rat, the hired “muscle” that serves Bean simply for his famed cider.

The fairly simple story involves Mr. Fox, in the throes of a mid-life crisis, setting out to steal food from the three biggest local farmers, Boggis, Bunce, and Bean under the guise of supplying his family with food. In doing so, Mr. Fox taps into his primal urge to hunt and kill, or to simply “do as foxes do.” It’s a central theme that runs throughout the film, which is acknowledging our natural desires, but also realizing how to come to terms with them in order to ensure your own survival. For Mr. Fox, his own desires end up putting the entire animal population in jeopardy, not to mention his own family’s lives.

There are plenty of quirky moments (including the use of the word “cuss” in place of actual profanity), as in most of Anderson’s films, but they never feel forced or pretentious. They fit perfectly within the confines of the story, which is an anthropomorphic world that blends perfectly into the “real” one. It’s clever in that way, as they bounce from Mr. Bean hunting Mr. Fox with a shotgun to Mr. Bean conducting a hostage negotiation with a ransom note. Both worlds exist without question and it’s a fun suspension of disbelief for the setting.

"It’s an animated movie, y’know, you can say  well ‘parents can like it or kids can like it,” but I think, I mean, I like it, and I’m both, y’know? I felt completely comfortable in this movie.  I can laugh at everything and I see the intention of the story, and the power of the emotions, and I enjoy the silliness of it, and the whimsy of it, and you cannot deny this sort of magic that is the work” – Bill Murray

The film is seeped in the oranges, browns, and yellows of the autumn season and it remains consistently so throughout. It’s consistently gorgeous and atmospheric and each and every time I watch the film it makes me yearn for the season to approach. Like most stop-motion animation films, the color and atmosphere play a tremendous role, almost like a character in itself, and it works beautifully here. The score by Alexandre Desplat is a whimsical joy and the song selection, as usual for Anderson, is great, featuring music by The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, and Burl Ives, which fit the mood of the film every bit as much as the visuals.

FANTASTIC MR. FOX is a grown-up tale disguised as a kid’s movie, but it’s really not as simple as either. It has plenty to offer all ages, but allows each demographic to find their own meaning, which is not something you can do with every "kids" movie. It also doesn’t get too serious or bogged down that it can’t have any fun. There’s plenty to laugh at and thankfully none of it comes down to fart and booger jokes. Some people may be put off with calling a film like this sophisticated, but they shouldn’t be. It’s sophisticated only in that it has something to say rather than just to steal children’s brains away for 90 minutes.

Love or hate Anderson, there’s no denying that a massive amount of love and passion was poured into FANTASTIC MR. FOX. It shows in every frame. From the animators to the art crew to the music department to the cast and to Anderson himself, the dedication and excitement to tell this tale are on full display.

“It’s just basically a children’s film as a rating that it has to be kept within. But other than thinking of it that way at the beginning, I don’t really think we ever particularly thought of it that way as we went along. We just tried to do whatever we liked, whatever we thought would make the best movie in general. So I think it wasn’t directed exactly at children. We were just trying to make it seem like Roald Dahl. We were trying to imagine what Roald Dahl might have, how he might have done it. So it’s our version of that I guess.” – Wes Anderson

MEMORABLE SCENE:

This is a film that saturates your eyeballs with imagery so it’s very hard to choose any one scene as THE scene. However, one scene I feel encapsulates the entire film (as does Anderson) is the one where Mr. Fox, Kylie, Kristofferson, and Ash see The Wolf in the distance and communicate with him. It's the perfect picture of the duality of civilization and wilderness, which is Mr. Fox's greatest struggle. It's the moment where he kind of accepts his fate, in a way, as just seeing that a wild animal still exists is enough to fulfill him. Kind of deep for a kid's movie, eh? Here's a short bite from the scene:

“I feel like it’s the climax of the movie, for some reason. And, that ended up being kind of what it was all about, for me, anyway. This sort of guy in corduroy that doesn’t want to lose contact with his wildness…” – Wes Anderson

WATCH IT:

FANTASTIC MR. FOX is available on blu-ray (the ONLY way to watch it) and digital download. Get it here!

PARTING SHOT:

"Wes is a hard taskmaster. When you work with somebody who's really, really good, they generally do drive you mad. But it's worth it. I think Roald would have loved it. I can hear him quietly laughing as we watched it. We've had two full screenings now [in 2009] with various members of the family, and there's a very wide range of ages in the family, and they've all loved it. One of my grandsons, who's 13, hit the nail on the head: somebody asked him, "Do you think children will like this?" And he turned round and said, "Well, they'll be pretty boring if they don't."' - Felicity Dahl (Roald Dahl's widow)

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3:08PM on 06/29/2013
Well, i have to admit it, you just convinced me to watch it. I'm a huge fan of Wes Anderson (who isn't...) and i've seen all of his movies, except one, "The Fantastic Mr. Fox". The reason why i skipped it, was because i thought it was a children's movie (a PG rating drove me to this conclusion), and i'm not interested in this kind of stuff, but after i read the full article somehow I'm teased to give it a shot. So by the end of the next week I think i'll watch it, and see if it's worth it.
Well, i have to admit it, you just convinced me to watch it. I'm a huge fan of Wes Anderson (who isn't...) and i've seen all of his movies, except one, "The Fantastic Mr. Fox". The reason why i skipped it, was because i thought it was a children's movie (a PG rating drove me to this conclusion), and i'm not interested in this kind of stuff, but after i read the full article somehow I'm teased to give it a shot. So by the end of the next week I think i'll watch it, and see if it's worth it.
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4:07AM on 06/29/2013
One of the great things about these columns & the site is introducing or encouraging us film fans to films some of us may have seen. I have never been one who is a bandwagoneer & has to like or hate certain movies just because it's posted on here. I know alot of popular films get mentioned & I have caught a few on Netflix & yes very much ended up liking them. I have not seen seen Fantastic Mr. Fox, but this review has now brought it to me attention as a must see.
One of the great things about these columns & the site is introducing or encouraging us film fans to films some of us may have seen. I have never been one who is a bandwagoneer & has to like or hate certain movies just because it's posted on here. I know alot of popular films get mentioned & I have caught a few on Netflix & yes very much ended up liking them. I have not seen seen Fantastic Mr. Fox, but this review has now brought it to me attention as a must see.
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1:05AM on 06/29/2013
I actually saw this film on a very very long flight from the US to Europe. I thought it would be a total bore, but I ended up really enjoying it. Sad it gets slept on the way it does. I'll admit, I slept on it too....
I actually saw this film on a very very long flight from the US to Europe. I thought it would be a total bore, but I ended up really enjoying it. Sad it gets slept on the way it does. I'll admit, I slept on it too....
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10:41PM on 06/28/2013

One Word Review:

AWESOME!!!!!
it's a shame that this great movie didn't get the recognition that it deserves. every time i watch it, i'm totally glued to the screen from start to finish!
AWESOME!!!!!
it's a shame that this great movie didn't get the recognition that it deserves. every time i watch it, i'm totally glued to the screen from start to finish!
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8:27PM on 06/28/2013

CMon, Joblo!! This site used to pick their features so much more apt!

I have seen this movie about ten times, own a copy, and most people I know who like movies have seen it, it is not like it was under the radar, it is Wes Anderson's first and only animated film, voiced by non-other than George Clooney (arguably the most appealing actor his age) and Meryl Streep (definitely the most accomplished actress OF ALL TIME!!). Then you have Jason Schwartzmann, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, and then the usual cast of Anderson veterans, Owen Wilson etc.. Yeah, this film was
I have seen this movie about ten times, own a copy, and most people I know who like movies have seen it, it is not like it was under the radar, it is Wes Anderson's first and only animated film, voiced by non-other than George Clooney (arguably the most appealing actor his age) and Meryl Streep (definitely the most accomplished actress OF ALL TIME!!). Then you have Jason Schwartzmann, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, and then the usual cast of Anderson veterans, Owen Wilson etc.. Yeah, this film was so obsure (sarcastic)!!
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11:30AM on 07/01/2013
Check the box office numbers: it cost $40 million to make and it made $46 million. That means a lot of people, outside of you and your film geek friends, either never heard of it or haven't seen it. That makes it worthy for this column.
Check the box office numbers: it cost $40 million to make and it made $46 million. That means a lot of people, outside of you and your film geek friends, either never heard of it or haven't seen it. That makes it worthy for this column.
8:11PM on 06/28/2013
AH! I cussing love this cussing brilliant movie!
AH! I cussing love this cussing brilliant movie!
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4:58PM on 06/28/2013
Amazing film, stunning animation. LOVE MR. FOX
This is one of my all time favorite animated films.
Amazing film, stunning animation. LOVE MR. FOX
This is one of my all time favorite animated films.
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4:13PM on 06/28/2013
Absolutely love this film. By far my favorite Wes Anderson film. I thought it should have won over Up for an Oscar. Can't agree enough that this is definitely one of the best movies that a lot of people missed out on the first time around.
Absolutely love this film. By far my favorite Wes Anderson film. I thought it should have won over Up for an Oscar. Can't agree enough that this is definitely one of the best movies that a lot of people missed out on the first time around.
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3:47PM on 06/28/2013
Great movie, and a huge huge supporter of Anderson's. Have to admit though, I saw this drunk at first, which greatly enhanced the experience. I still don't remember what happens at the end..
Great movie, and a huge huge supporter of Anderson's. Have to admit though, I saw this drunk at first, which greatly enhanced the experience. I still don't remember what happens at the end..
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3:02PM on 06/28/2013
I don't LOVE Anderson's style, but I usually enjoy enjoy his movies. I can't really remember this film at all, but I remember thinking that it was only okay after watching it. However, with the effusive praise that everyone is pouring on it in this column, I think I'm going to have to revisit it. Oh, and by the way, I'm sure this is going to double or triple-post, because that happens every time I post on this site.... so apologies in advance.
I don't LOVE Anderson's style, but I usually enjoy enjoy his movies. I can't really remember this film at all, but I remember thinking that it was only okay after watching it. However, with the effusive praise that everyone is pouring on it in this column, I think I'm going to have to revisit it. Oh, and by the way, I'm sure this is going to double or triple-post, because that happens every time I post on this site.... so apologies in advance.
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2:27PM on 06/28/2013

even though i'm a huge wes fan

based on trailers i thought i would hate it. so much for loyalty and faith, eh? i LOVE the fantastic mr. fox, it's one of my favorites by him. i was surprised by how hilarious it was. great movie!
based on trailers i thought i would hate it. so much for loyalty and faith, eh? i LOVE the fantastic mr. fox, it's one of my favorites by him. i was surprised by how hilarious it was. great movie!
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2:21PM on 06/28/2013

A marvelous and great film!

Wes Anderson's second best film, right behind "The Royal Tenenbaums". I felt bad that I did not see it in theaters, rented it then bought it immediately on blu ray. A wonderful film.
Wes Anderson's second best film, right behind "The Royal Tenenbaums". I felt bad that I did not see it in theaters, rented it then bought it immediately on blu ray. A wonderful film.
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1:41PM on 06/28/2013

never saw? the CUSS you say?

watch this a few times a year. its more fun than a whack-bat turney!
watch this a few times a year. its more fun than a whack-bat turney!
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12:51PM on 06/28/2013
Sadly I didn't get to see this movie until it was out on DVD it's a great movie !
Sadly I didn't get to see this movie until it was out on DVD it's a great movie !
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12:31PM on 06/28/2013

My favorite Wes Anderson Film

Love this movie, I have a 7 week old and can't wait til she is old enough so I can experience this beautiful film with her.
Love this movie, I have a 7 week old and can't wait til she is old enough so I can experience this beautiful film with her.
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12:47PM on 06/28/2013
I'm sure she'll love this film too.
I'm sure she'll love this film too.
12:54PM on 06/28/2013
I introduced this film to my son early on (he was born the year it came out) and it is now a staple of his childhood. I couldn't be happier with that outcome, because he easily could've hated it. Introducing movies to your wee ones is one of the best aspects of being a parent for us movie nerds. Enjoy it, bro!
I introduced this film to my son early on (he was born the year it came out) and it is now a staple of his childhood. I couldn't be happier with that outcome, because he easily could've hated it. Introducing movies to your wee ones is one of the best aspects of being a parent for us movie nerds. Enjoy it, bro!
12:28PM on 06/28/2013
sorry dreaded double post
sorry dreaded double post
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11:49AM on 06/28/2013
I approve of this one being featured in this column. It was criminally underseen upon its release. And it's absolutely a cult film, to a greater extent than most of Anderson's work, because it's in stop-motion.

I absolutely loved this movie. I grew up with Roald Dahl and stop-motion (Will Vinton's claymation work particularly shaped my young mind). I'm totally for Anderson turning out more family entertainment, because this and Moonrise Kingdom are some of the best examples I've seen in a
I approve of this one being featured in this column. It was criminally underseen upon its release. And it's absolutely a cult film, to a greater extent than most of Anderson's work, because it's in stop-motion.

I absolutely loved this movie. I grew up with Roald Dahl and stop-motion (Will Vinton's claymation work particularly shaped my young mind). I'm totally for Anderson turning out more family entertainment, because this and Moonrise Kingdom are some of the best examples I've seen in a while. He kind of reminds me of a younger Tim Burton, in that his aesthetic bleeds into every frame of his movies.
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11:48AM on 06/28/2013
This was really a fantastic movie. The first trailer I saw, I knew I had to see it. The movie is fun and imaginative. I really enjoy it. The best line is "YOU WROTE A BAD SONG PETEY"
This was really a fantastic movie. The first trailer I saw, I knew I had to see it. The movie is fun and imaginative. I really enjoy it. The best line is "YOU WROTE A BAD SONG PETEY"
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11:44AM on 06/28/2013
Coming from someone who thinks Wes Anderson is just okay, I love this movie. I make sure to re visit it every once it a while because I often forget how clever and funny it is without getting full of itself. I would love for him to do another stop motion kids film like this.
Coming from someone who thinks Wes Anderson is just okay, I love this movie. I make sure to re visit it every once it a while because I often forget how clever and funny it is without getting full of itself. I would love for him to do another stop motion kids film like this.
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11:30AM on 06/28/2013

Big Anderson fan

And initially, I didn't really like Mr. Fox, but overtime, it grew on me.
And initially, I didn't really like Mr. Fox, but overtime, it grew on me.
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11:28AM on 06/28/2013

Fantastic Indeed.

It's really sad when movies like this don't get the acclaim that they deserve. Other than a high rating on IMDb or Rottentomatoes (both of which mean absolutely nothing), films like these just stay in cult-o-sphere for as long as they exist; occasionally being used by film schools in an attempt to show students something "unique". Wes Anderson is a genuis and the work that goes into making something like this is tiresome and just downright insane. Great film and a f*cking awesome buy on
It's really sad when movies like this don't get the acclaim that they deserve. Other than a high rating on IMDb or Rottentomatoes (both of which mean absolutely nothing), films like these just stay in cult-o-sphere for as long as they exist; occasionally being used by film schools in an attempt to show students something "unique". Wes Anderson is a genuis and the work that goes into making something like this is tiresome and just downright insane. Great film and a f*cking awesome buy on Blu-Ray.
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11:14AM on 06/28/2013
Ahh, cider..
Ahh, cider..
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11:04AM on 06/28/2013
Who the hell hasn't seen this? This movie is only 4 years old and by Wes Anderson. It had more than enough coverage, including on JoBlo. It has a 7.8 on IMDb and garnered over 46 million world wide.
I agree with violentbuddha, the name of this column needs a change. The choices are all over the place.
Besides that, it is a great fucking film.
Who the hell hasn't seen this? This movie is only 4 years old and by Wes Anderson. It had more than enough coverage, including on JoBlo. It has a 7.8 on IMDb and garnered over 46 million world wide.
I agree with violentbuddha, the name of this column needs a change. The choices are all over the place.
Besides that, it is a great fucking film.
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11:31AM on 06/28/2013
I appreciate your feedback, but I think you're missing the point of the column. This is about examining films that didn't make it into the mainstream and weren't box office smashes (many of them were flops - like Fantastic Mr. Fox). As I've said before, there will ALWAYS be a movie that SOMEONE has seen. Don't take the column title so literal. This is a place to come and talk about cool, under-appreciated films. There's no time-frame that can't be covered. I've got movies coming up from the
I appreciate your feedback, but I think you're missing the point of the column. This is about examining films that didn't make it into the mainstream and weren't box office smashes (many of them were flops - like Fantastic Mr. Fox). As I've said before, there will ALWAYS be a movie that SOMEONE has seen. Don't take the column title so literal. This is a place to come and talk about cool, under-appreciated films. There's no time-frame that can't be covered. I've got movies coming up from the '70's and movies from just the last few years. It's all fair game if the content is worthy.

As for the "all over the place" comment. Absolutely. And, that's on purpose. I'm not going to write about gritty crime dramas every week, especially when there are films in ALL genre's that haven't gotten the love they deserve. There's more under-appreciated movies out there than mainstream love fests and they come from everywhere.

Relax. Have a drink. Enjoy. Cheers.
11:50AM on 06/28/2013
Paul, good reply. I like that you defend your columns against trolls. This guy does it for nearly every post.
I couldn't care less what the column is called. Neither should anybody. Just read the friggin review, why does the title matter. Get over yourself. Stop whining on every article Kill Billonair. Man alive I'm tired of seeing your shit comments.
Paul, good reply. I like that you defend your columns against trolls. This guy does it for nearly every post.
I couldn't care less what the column is called. Neither should anybody. Just read the friggin review, why does the title matter. Get over yourself. Stop whining on every article Kill Billonair. Man alive I'm tired of seeing your shit comments.
11:59AM on 06/28/2013
I hear you man, and I really hate to be that guy (again). But "didn't make it into the mainstream" and "weren't box office smashes" is 90% of all movies. Like I've said before; I really dig your writing, it's evident that you do a shitload of research for this column. But it's therefor all the more poignant that you often pick quite well known films like Arlington Road, Sunshine and Fantastic Mr. Fox and that makes the whole concept of this column rather moot.
Just check the Strikebacks, I'd
I hear you man, and I really hate to be that guy (again). But "didn't make it into the mainstream" and "weren't box office smashes" is 90% of all movies. Like I've said before; I really dig your writing, it's evident that you do a shitload of research for this column. But it's therefor all the more poignant that you often pick quite well known films like Arlington Road, Sunshine and Fantastic Mr. Fox and that makes the whole concept of this column rather moot.
Just check the Strikebacks, I'd say that at least 80% of the comments consist of people saying they've seen the film and like it etc. So, if this column isn't introducing films that are unknown to the majority of its audience, it makes me wonder what the point of it is.
As for Ryan44: Shhh. Let the grown ups talk.
12:04PM on 06/28/2013
Can't you just appreciate that someone is giving some much deserved praise and recognition to a great movie that didn't necessarily get all of the praise and recognition it should have. Does it have to be some fucking pissing contest where you have to prove the title of the column wrong? It ain't trying to stump you.
Can't you just appreciate that someone is giving some much deserved praise and recognition to a great movie that didn't necessarily get all of the praise and recognition it should have. Does it have to be some fucking pissing contest where you have to prove the title of the column wrong? It ain't trying to stump you.
12:31PM on 06/28/2013
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My inspiration for doing the column was to make something that celebrated the movies we love. Plain and simple. Recently, I've seen a trend of "hate culture" on movies, where sites enjoy tearing down movies and making a mockery of them. That's good for a chuckle here and there, but I felt that we were getting away from what we love and turning it into something ugly. This column is meant to be a remedy for that.

At a movie site like this, I expect many people to have seen the movie I
KB

My inspiration for doing the column was to make something that celebrated the movies we love. Plain and simple. Recently, I've seen a trend of "hate culture" on movies, where sites enjoy tearing down movies and making a mockery of them. That's good for a chuckle here and there, but I felt that we were getting away from what we love and turning it into something ugly. This column is meant to be a remedy for that.

At a movie site like this, I expect many people to have seen the movie I choose. They wouldn't be movie geeks if they haven't. However, there are more than enough folks who may not have seen the film. We tend to think that strikebackers are the only ones who read these columns, but the daily hits dictate otherwise. In that sense, it would be impossible to know just how many have or haven't already seen the film in question.

So, the point, more than anything, is to shed some light on some of these great films, new or old, that barely made a blip on the radar in terms of box office success or mainstream audience appeal, yet were great films nonetheless. You'd have to really define "well known" in order to say it's moot or not. Well known to fans or average moviegoers? It's a wide spectrum when you use "well known."

Coming up, I've got William Friedkin's Sorcerer, Corman McCarthy's The Road, and John Woo's Hard Boiled, amongst a laundry list of others. It's my hope that folks come here just to enjoy talking about movies that don't get the love they deserve and to offer their feedback and feelings on the film. This should feel like a group of movie buffs talking movies over dinner. One of the most common phrases I hear when that happens is when a friend brings up a movie one of the others hasn't seen and shit goes nuts. "You haven't seen INSERT MOVIE???"
I mean, what's better than introducing someone to a kick ass movie? Okay, topless Jennifer Aniston, but second to that.

Hence, the birth of The Best Movie You Never Saw.

5:06PM on 06/28/2013
Haha, amen on the Aniston comment.
Alright, you sold me. You won't hear me bitching anymore. After this; by "well known" I mean, for instance, the difference of votes on IMDb. Light Sleeper (good pick) has 2573 votes and The Hunted has 2841. Then on the other side of the spectrum we have; Arlington Road with over 55.000, Fantastic Mr. Fox has over 82.000, and Sunshine well over 128.000. That was the point I was trying to make, but this doesn't matter anymore.
What sold me was this line you
Haha, amen on the Aniston comment.
Alright, you sold me. You won't hear me bitching anymore. After this; by "well known" I mean, for instance, the difference of votes on IMDb. Light Sleeper (good pick) has 2573 votes and The Hunted has 2841. Then on the other side of the spectrum we have; Arlington Road with over 55.000, Fantastic Mr. Fox has over 82.000, and Sunshine well over 128.000. That was the point I was trying to make, but this doesn't matter anymore.
What sold me was this line you wrote; "This should feel like a group of movie buffs talking movies over dinner." When you put it like that I fully get and appreciate the spirit of this column. I guess I got a bit too hung up on the title (which, in all fairness, just does not coincide with how you're selling it) but I enjoy your writing and I get where you're going so I'll just quietly go along for the ride.
5:47PM on 06/28/2013
Glad to have you aboard. We have much road to cover. So, pull up a chair to the table and let's talk some movies!

I'm glad to have everyone's feedback. Okay, MOST everyone. In the long run, its YOU guys that make or break these columns, so your interest, comments, feedback, SHARES, LIKES, TWEETS (hint, hint) help keep it going. So, in that sense, I'm honored to keep the ball rolling for as long as you chaps will have me.

See ya next week!
Glad to have you aboard. We have much road to cover. So, pull up a chair to the table and let's talk some movies!

I'm glad to have everyone's feedback. Okay, MOST everyone. In the long run, its YOU guys that make or break these columns, so your interest, comments, feedback, SHARES, LIKES, TWEETS (hint, hint) help keep it going. So, in that sense, I'm honored to keep the ball rolling for as long as you chaps will have me.

See ya next week!
11:00AM on 06/28/2013
If you don't like The Fantastic Mr. Fox all I have to say is cuss you.
If you don't like The Fantastic Mr. Fox all I have to say is cuss you.
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10:59AM on 06/28/2013

I would love to see this movie but......

I actually wanted to see this movie but there is George Clooney in it. I heard it was his best acting job because it was just his voice. So instead of seeing him play the same character he has played in every single thing he has ever done we got a little range by not actually being able to see him. I'm surprised he didn't make the fox wear a fancy suit for the film since that is his only costume he's ever worn. Oh wait, batman suit with nipples. Almost missed that one. Sorry.
I actually wanted to see this movie but there is George Clooney in it. I heard it was his best acting job because it was just his voice. So instead of seeing him play the same character he has played in every single thing he has ever done we got a little range by not actually being able to see him. I'm surprised he didn't make the fox wear a fancy suit for the film since that is his only costume he's ever worn. Oh wait, batman suit with nipples. Almost missed that one. Sorry.
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12:36PM on 06/28/2013
fancy suit? guess you never saw O Brother or the Descendants or The Men Who Stare at Goats. not to mention each character he played in those three pics were definitely NOT the same character.
fancy suit? guess you never saw O Brother or the Descendants or The Men Who Stare at Goats. not to mention each character he played in those three pics were definitely NOT the same character.
10:55AM on 06/28/2013
I think you need to rename this column.
And I love this movie. Mr. Fox vs Atty. Badger made me shoot beer out of my nose.
I think you need to rename this column.
And I love this movie. Mr. Fox vs Atty. Badger made me shoot beer out of my nose.
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10:55AM on 06/28/2013
Imagine Wes Anderson's movie as a cartoon. This movie IS that cartoon. It has every charisma of Anderson's movie and now it even has many appealing characters for kids and adults to enjoy. Forget flashy CGI movies. Stop Motion like Fantastic Mr. Fox is hard to come by. Great choice for the column as well!
Imagine Wes Anderson's movie as a cartoon. This movie IS that cartoon. It has every charisma of Anderson's movie and now it even has many appealing characters for kids and adults to enjoy. Forget flashy CGI movies. Stop Motion like Fantastic Mr. Fox is hard to come by. Great choice for the column as well!
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10:54AM on 06/28/2013

Yes!

Incredible movie, may be my favorite Wes Anderson and animated movie of all time. Smart, funny, witty, and just all enjoyable all around.
Incredible movie, may be my favorite Wes Anderson and animated movie of all time. Smart, funny, witty, and just all enjoyable all around.
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10:51AM on 06/28/2013
I love this movie. Sad this wasn't a major hit it deserved to be.
I love this movie. Sad this wasn't a major hit it deserved to be.
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10:46AM on 06/28/2013
I felt high the entire time I watched this movie.
I felt high the entire time I watched this movie.
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