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Director Brad Bird talks Incredibles 2, spies and superheroes

Watching The Incredibles and Incredibles 2 before my interview with director Brad Bird, I was reminded just how much I appreciate the filmmaker’s choices, not just in his stories, but with his style and the personalities of the characters. Bird has an amazing gift for giving these characters depth and heart, and a feeling of reality, that we sometimes don’t see in live action films.

Media Box episode 3

Media Box Podcast: Episode 3

In the third episode of The GATE’s Media Box podcast: Billy Crystal talks about the new Disney Pixar film, Monsters University; highlights from back stage at the MuchMusic Video Awards with Ed Sheeran, Avril Lavigne, and Classified; interviewing the stars of CTV’s new home-grown comedy, Satisfaction; and a Blu-ray review of Jack the Giant Slayer.

A scene from Brave

Film Review: ‘Brave’ starring Kelly Macdonald

Like a lot of people, I have a soft spot for Pixar and their incredibly charming style of storytelling. Compared to their first few films though, the studio is not creating the vivid work we once were used to seeing, which is what established the company’s credibility with worldwide audiences from the start. That’s not to say that Brave is somehow a bad film, but the difference from a few years ago–when the studio released films with spellbinding stories–is just that Brave is not exactly exceptional.