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Daily Plastic is a Chicago-based movie blog, a collaboration between Robert Davis and J. Robert Parks, the same pair who brought you the wearable movie tote, the razor-thin pencil pocket, and that joke about aardvarks. If you know the whereabouts of the blue Pontiac Tempest that was towed from the Plastic Parking Lot on the evening of August 7th, 2008, or more importantly if you've recovered the red shoebox that was in its trunk, please contact us at your earliest convenience.

Davis was the chief film critic for the late, great Paste Magazine (which lives on now as a website) from 2005 through 2009, and he counts this interview with Claire Denis among his favorite moments. Every once in a while he pops up on Twitter. He's presently sipping puerh in Chicago, even at this hour. Meanwhile, Parks, whose work has appeared in TimeOut Chicago, The Hyde Park Herald, and Paste, is molding unsuspecting, college-aged minds in the aforementioned windy city. Media types are warned to stay clear of his semester-sized field of influence because of the distorting effects that are likely to develop.

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The Lost World (Hoyt, 1925)
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UP Concept Art
Disney / Pixar
Rendered Still from UP

6 Responses to “Visual Quotation of The Lost World in UP

  1. Robert DAVIS says:

    I wonder if the Lost World folks came up with their famous craggy rock line after a trip to Normandie?

    They also had a narrative reason for the fissure: a dinosaur needs to rip a bridge down, and it needs to be seen in silhouette by the horrified explorers.

    UP seems to exist in the same world as the jungle madness movies like The Lost World and King Kong. Strange creatures, crazed individuals, treacherous terrain. I'd say there's a little bit of Conrad's Heart of Darkness or Apocalypse Now in there, too. Although the film is entirely suitable for kids, there are two glimpses of blood (one human, one bird).

  2. HarryTuttle says:

    I'm not saying this is the origin. The arch is missing. But this landscape is a famous icon in the collective unconscious too.
    There are probably closest examples of landscape templates in the Monument Valley or the Grand Canyon...

  3. Mike Stemle says:

    I'm really looking forward to this film... are you or J. Robert planning on reviewing it anytime soon? I'm really curious to see how you think the use of 3D compares to other recent 3D flicks.

  4. Robert DAVIS says:

    Mike, I'll have to ask J. Robert if he has plans to write anything about it. Normally, I'd say look for a review at Paste, but I'm not currently slated to review that one. Unless J. Robert has something up his sleeve, I may post a review here.

    By the way, in the movie allusions I listed above, I left out Werner Herzog's The White Diamond, which I thought of often during UP. (I mentioned it earlier in a tweet.)

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