TGB Episode 161: Catching Up With Pixar (Guest: Kate Erbland)
by Tim Buel
June 20, 2013
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, hosts Tim and Jeremy are joined by Kate Erbland, from MSN Movies & Film School Rejects, to go through their picks of the week, the newest DVD & Blu-ray releases, new trailers for Noam Murro's 300: Rise of an Empire and Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and much more. The main topic was a discussion on Pixar's cinematic output since the topic was last broached on the show in 2010, coinciding with Monsters University hitting theaters this week. The group talks over their last few films and how the company has/hasn't changed and where they hope to see them go.
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Kate Erbland: @katerbland
Picks of the Week:
Jeremy: Roku 3
Kate: I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)
Tim: God of War
Pick of the Week: 9:42
New Releases: 22:50
Trailer Watch: 300: Rise of an Empire: 31:35
Trailer Watch: Wolf of Wall Street: 40:14
Topic of the Night: Pixar Take 2: 45:48
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Appreciated you guys mentioning James Gandolfini. RIP.
DavideCoppola on Jun 20, 2013
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KateErbland on Jun 21, 2013
I think the evolution of Pixar sort of encapsulates the evolution/rise of any studio. At first, it's about telling great stories and making great films. Making films that you feel that aren't quite getting made and that there is a market for. The filmmakers are hungry and passionate....then as it evolves, it naturally just becomes less creatively fueled and fueled more by a desire to keep studio going and staying successful. Remember when Lionsgate was the house that Jigsaw built? That they were a studio that was kind of trusted to deliver interesting/unique horror films like Saw and The Devil's Rejects? They have success, and now they are swallowing up Summit, and delving into blockbuster franchises like The Hunger Games. I don't believe that it's necessarily a "bad" thing, it's just sort of an evolution...you START making films out of passion and desire to tell stories, and eventually you are doing it just because it becomes your bread and butter. I don't think it's a secret that a lot of film directors, for example, end their careers with films of lesser quality than their 'best' work. There are exceptions, of course.
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