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Time rates 'Life of Pi' as third best film of the year

NEW YORK--Oscar-winning Taiwanese director Ang Lee's “Life of Pi” was selected as the third-best movie of the year by Time magazine Tuesday, which lauded Lee's “poetic use of 3D” to conjure up lifelike creatures.

The 3D technology used creates “a looking-glass ocean, schools of flying fish and about a million meerkats,” the magazine said, less than a month after the film opened in the United States, India and Taiwan.

The magazine article, titled “Top 10 Best Movies,” also praises the motion-capture technology used to create the imaginary tiger called Richard Parker with whom the title character, Pi, develops a bond of rivalry and friendship during 227 days cast adrift in the Pacific Ocean.

“The line of ascension runs from 'Avatar' to 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' to this entrancing feat of magical realism,” the magazine said of Lee's film.

Writer Richard Corliss had earlier given accolades to the film's venture into the relatively unexplored realm of 3D, building on innovations heralded by James Cameron's “Avatar.”

December 6, 2012    johnny.brian@
Perhaps this movie will win more awards in Oscar Award than our very own Golden Horse Award. If Life of Pi won multiple awards, then DPP will jump into screen again, saying that this is the product of Taiwan....blah, blah, blah. DPP loves to talk "Pi" words (屁話), and they are worthy of the best award under the category of the Bumbler.
December 7, 2012    narawanda@
johnn.brian@ so the KMT will deny it is a product of Taiwan and say it is a product of China and 'Chinese' Lee Ang? That will make them and Bumbler Ma very popular.
December 7, 2012    carltanong@
johnny.brian@ wrote:
Perhaps this movie will win more awards in Oscar Award than our very own Golden Horse Award. If Life of Pi won multiple awards, then DPP will jump into screen again, saying that this is the product of Taiwan....blah, blah, blah. DPP loves to talk "Pi" words (屁話), and they are worthy of the best award under the category of the Bumbler.
I absolutely agree with u johnny brian.

December 7, 2012    inrequiem@
johnny.brian & narawanda & carltanong

You probably haven't read the book, went out to watch the movie.
You only know how to politicize something. Even if you don't understand the true meaning. I feel sorry for you gentlemen.
December 9, 2012    carltabrian@
Ang Lee's “Life of Pi” is a celebration of catharsis and survival. Politics is a toy for the bored that they won't let anyone else play with.
December 10, 2012    77piggies@
Poor but well-intentioned article. Invites some people to talk nonsense. "Those who can, do; those who can't, teach; those who can't teach teach the teachers; those who can't teach the teachers go into politics; those who can't go into politics read newspapers; those who can't read newspapers write nonsense."
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