Daily Archives: September 8, 2009

George Lucas presents the Golden Lion to Disney•Pixar at the Venice Film Festival

Kudos to the Venice Film Festival (La Biennale di Venezia) for recognizing John Lasseter and the directors of Disney•Pixar –Brad Bird, Peter Docter, Andrew Stanton, and Lee Unkrich– with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 66th Venice International Film Festival. Better still, they had George Lucas present the award. It’s a lifetime achievement award, and given the great work consistently produced by Disney•Pixar over the year’s, it is well deserved.

I also like because it supports in some part what I wrote about Brad Bird being an auteur.


In reviewing the new ‘Melrose Place’, Gina Bellafante writes:

“Much of the acting is marginally improved since the days when Andrew Shue, playing the doltish writer Billy Campbell, approached each scene as if the script demanded that he look like a 6-year-old told that he wasn’t getting a puppy for his birthday.”