A mostly pleasant surprise in a year that has produced a lack of stellar animated outings.
Peter Sobczynski is a contributor to eFilmcritic.com and Magill's Cinema Annual and can be heard weekly on the nationally syndicated "Mancow's Morning Madhouse" radio show.
His work has also been seen in such places as the Daily Herald, playboy.com and NYFA.org and he has contributed to the upcoming book "World Film Locations: Chicago."
He saw his first movie ("Dumbo") at the age of three and hasn't stopped talking about them since. His favorite film is "Buckaroo Banzai," his favorite director is Brian De Palma and his favorite actors are Dick Miller and Nastassja Kinski.
An interview with Rupert Wyatt, director of "The Gambler."
An appreciation of Nastassja Kinski, on the occasion of a tribute to her at the Film Society at Lincoln Center from November 27-December 3, 2014.
An interview with Bennett Miller, director of "Foxcatcher," "Moneyball" and "Capote."
An interview with Laura Poitras, director of "Citizenfour."
A conversation with "Dear White People" writer/director Justin Simien at the 2014 Chicago International Film Festival.
A recap of the awards winners of the 2014 Chicago International Film Festival.
An appreciation of "1941" and interview with Bob Gale.