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Roundup: 'Frozen' is a hit, but is it selling itself short?
Also: 'Banks' doesn't make bank with Brits, and the Coppola connection in 'Her'
Disney's "Frozen" has been doing rather well for itself this week -- not just commercially, but with critics who have largely welcomed its return to some of the studio's classic formulae. The same degree of goodwill, however, has not been extended to the rather gauche marketing campaign for the film, which strenuously downplays its female leads, fairytale origins and musical elements. In a bang-on piece, Justin Chang understands the commercial strategy behind this, but still thinks it's a mistake: "It’s not unreasonable — especially since truthfulness and transparency are among the movie’s key themes — to wish that it were being presented with less self-loathing and more honesty, as well as more confidence in its considerable artistic virtues." [Variety]
David Ehrlich's video montage of his 25 favorite films of 2013 is a beautiful thing. [Film.com]
Commercially, "Saving Mr. Banks" has opened softly in the UK, placing behind "Free Birds," with a lower screen average than the "Carrie" remake. Can it still be a holiday hit Stateside? [The Guardian]
The remarkable aural landscape (okay, seascape) of "All is Lost" is the focus of this video profile. [SoundWorks Collection]
Writing before yesterday's NYFCC vote, Joe Reid braces himself for the onslaught of critics' honors. [The Wire]