Oz the Great and Powerful is a solid start for Disney’s return to that merry old land, but it works best when blazing its own path and not being beholden to The Wizard of Oz. [Read more...]
Cars 2 is fun, funny, fast paced, and an exciting spy movie that improves upon the original Cars and has fun with the genre its playing in; while turning in some quality set pieces that a lot of action movies wish they had.
Check out my review of the Toy Story Toons short in front of Cars 2; Hawaiian Vacation.
The original Cars has grown on me every time I’ve seen it and while it’s still my least favorite Pixar film I still think it is quite a good little movie. One thing I realized recently about Cars, don’t know why it took so long, is that it is almost without a plot. Sure there is the race but it is just a character piece more or less and that realization even furthered my enjoyment of the original film. And it wasn’t till we got to Radiator Springs in Cars 2 that I realized how much I liked and missed these characters and their stories. I honestly think I would have enjoyed Cars 2 had it just been another nice and easy character piece in Radiator Springs and this sequel made me retroactively appreciate Cars even more for its great character work.
People that were affected, consciously or not, by Cars lack of plot will have no issues here as Cars 2 is full of it. [Read more...]
The newest animated tale from Sony Pictures Animation is an entertaining and fun adaptation of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs that successfully appeals to all audiences but doesn’t do anything particularly special to launch itself into the upper echelon of animated works, especially this year.
Our story follows Flint Lockwood a loner scientist who has spent his whole life inventing little odds and ends to try and better his life and the worlds. His latest project turns water into any food you can imagine and is built with the hope that it will help his little island town have a variety of food options as they are left with nothing to eat but sardines as their economy struggles after the Sardine company that gave them purpose has shut down. When Flint unleashes the invention onto the world it shoots itself into the atmosphere and begins to cause a weather phenomenon where it rains whatever food Flint transmits to the machine. Giving him a brief bout of popularity the situation soon becomes dire as the fate of his town becomes at stake. [Read more...]