The quirky chameleon Rango (Johnny Depp) is used to the simple life. Never having to worry about shelter, food or water, he reigns as king of his tank. The only thing he lacks, is friendship. When a sudden turn of events leaves Rango to fend for himself, he discovers that life is not so easy on the other side of the glass. Stumbling upon a small town called “Dirt”, Rango’s charm and telling of tall tales soon land him the position of Sheriff – and his sworn duty: to protect the towns dwindling water supply.But when the last of the water is taken from right under his nose, Rango must either embark on an adventure to retrieve it, or face exposing who he really is and lose the only friends he ever had. —thefilmbuzz.com
Gregor “Gore” Verbinski (born March 16, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American film director, screenwriter, producer and musician. He is best known for directing the films The Ring, the Pirates of the Caribbean film series and the Academy Award-winning Rango.
Verbinski was born the third of five children to Victor and Laurette Verbinski in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. His siblings are Janine, Claire, Diane and Steven. His father was of Polish descent and worked as a nuclear physicist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In 1967 the Verbinski family moved to Southern California, where a young Gregor grew up in the town of La Jolla. Gregor was an active Boy Scout and surfed regularly. He went to Torrey Pines Elementary, Muirlands Junior High, and La Jolla High School before attending UCLA Film School. Verbinski graduated with his BFA in Film from UCLA in 1987. He is now the father of two boys, Anton and Ivan.
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A thoroughly enjoyable animated homage to Western movies - full of unexpected references and a cast of surreal characters in a vibrant and colourful world. Fantastic textures, surprisingly gritty, and featuring genuinely funny performances all around, and a very imaginative story - no less was expected from the man behind Mouse Hunt (although, the Pirates is tiresome).
Gore Verbinski’s maligned The Lone Ranger receives consideration as not merely popcorn thrills but something defined by smarts, and wit.
The full list of nominees and winners of this year’s Academy Awards.
Also: Jason Reitman stages a reading of Reservoir Dogs with an all-black cast.
Best Picture, Director and Cinematography. Nice showing, too, for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Runner-Up: The Tree of Life, for which Terrence Malick wins Best Director.
The previews would have kept me away from Rango but the many rapturous reviews brought me in to see it. Really, a pretty amazing accomplishment. Obviously a lot of critics were won over by the many… read review
With its unhinged vibe, gunslinger clichés, and cast of minutely detailed rodents and reptiles, Rango plays as something like an acid western for kids—which is such a strikingly odd… read review