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    Film Nerd 2.0: 'Babe' vs 'Tron' on Blu-ray

    Type: Post | Date: Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011

    Do the boys prefer disc wars and the MCP or Farmer Hoggett's farm?
  • Babe - DVD

    Type: Event | Date: Sunday, Nov 1, 2009

    A young pig fights convention to become a sheep dog -- or, rather, sheep pig -- in this charming Australian family film, which became an unexpected international success due to superior special effects and an intelligent script. The title refers to the name bestowed on a piglet soon after his separation from his family, when he finds himself on a strange farm. Confused and sad, Babe is adopted by a friendly dog and slowly adjusts to his new home. Discovering that the fate of most pigs is the dinner table, Babe devotes himself to becoming a useful member of the farm by trying to learn how to herd sheep, despite the skepticism of the other animals and the kindly but conventional Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell). Because technically impeccable animatronics and computer graphics allow the farm animals to converse easily among themselves, first-time director Chris Noonan can treat the film's menagerie as actual characters, playing scene not for cuteness but for real emotions. The result is often surprisingly touching, with Noonan and George Miller's script, based on Dick King-Smith's children's book and, indirectly, a true story, seamlessly combining gentle whimsy and sincere feeling. These same qualities are embodied by in Cromwell's beautifully understated performance as Farmer Hoggett, which anchors the film. Despite its unlikely premise and low profile, Babe's inspirational story was embraced by audiences and critics, and the movie became an international sleeper that won an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. It was followed in 1999 by the less successful Babe: Pig in the City. ~ Judd Blaise, All Movie Guide
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    Off the Carpet: Ang Lee's position in all of this

    Type: Post | Date: Monday, Jan 28, 2013

    We now return to our regularly scheduled programming
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    Where the Wild Things Are - DVD

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Mar 2, 2010

    Max Records enters the world of the Wild Things, and eventually becomes their king