Even though things are apparently so easy a caveman to can do it, everything leading up to The Croods left me skeptical that animated movies were something they could tackle. With expectations set low, The Croods could only go up from there. [Read more...]
Megamind is a not bad but not great film that takes a very scatter shot approach at lampooning the superhero genre and never steps out with its own message or voice.
The premise of the film is familiar as it is basically ripping off every superhero movie before it. Megamind, like Superman, is jettisoned from his plant at the cusp of its destruction only he doesn’t have superpowers beyond high intelligence. But don’t worry; there is a Superman in this story. Megamind’s arch rival is sent out as his race’s last hope, a much more human like race, from Megamind’s neighboring planet before it too is destroyed. The two become rivals unlike any other in Metro City and they do countless battles where Megamind’s greatest victories are near ones. It’s when an unlikely twist is thrown into their relationship that Megamind is forced to rethink his ways.
DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon is an entertaining and adorable (don’t worry boys, you will still be manly if you see it) film that is by far one of their best attempts at removing Pixar from the computer animation throne.
In the Viking community a name can say a lot about the person; so with a name like Hiccup people probably aren’t going to expect that much from that individual. Growing into his name, Hiccup is seen as the community screw-up, far from one with the battle prowess of the others in the village. Especially when it comes to killing dragons, the village pest problem. Though everyone has little faith in what Hiccup is capable of, he has not given up on becoming a great warrior against the dragons and actually brings an elusive Night Fury down with one of his inventions during a dragon food raid on the village. With this final straw, the village warriors (AKA the majority of the village) leave to find and eradicate the dragon nest, leaving Hiccup to his own devices. However, when he finds the downed dragon he realizes that maybe he just doesn’t have what it takes to do what is expected with him, starting an unheard of friendship with the enemy. [Read more...]
The film follows our unlikely hero, Hiccup, who on an island full of Vikings that’s only goal is to fight dragons is not very good at the job. To make things worse, Hiccup is the son of the tribe’s leader and best warrior, Stoick. Hiccup spends most of his time as the town blacksmith’s, Gobber, apprentice and actually shows some skill as a craftsman. When the latest dragon attack brings the illusive Night Fury Hiccup gets a clean shot on it with a grappling device and takes it down in the woods outlying the city. When Stoick leads the village on an expedition to find the Dragon’s nest to try and eliminate the dragons for good, Hiccup gets enrolled in the dragon slaying training course with the local youths but has problems getting involved as he forms an unlikely bond with the downed Night Fury and the two become closer and closer friends.
For those of you who pay any attention to my postings then you may have noticed that there has apparently been little going on in my life, cuz let’s face it, we are not all as cool as Zac. I mean, I didn’t even have one thing to put in a suggestion box last week. Well I can explain. You see, this little game came out a couple of weeks ago called Mass Effect 2, which you may have heard something about. Anyway, for the most part my waking hours not dedicated to “healthy” activities like school, sports, and eating (well, and TV, but I don’t think my attempts to spin that one will make it “healthy”) have gone to fighting baddies throughout the universe. With that said, I did manage to slip two movies in there a while back that deserve to have a few words said about them. [Read more...]
Assassin’s Creed 2 Launch Trailer – I just finished this game (review coming soon) and can now officially feel good about pushing it. If for some reason you are still unsure as to whether or not you want it, check out the trailer here.
How to Train Your Dragon Trailer – A new 3D adventure from Dreamworks, now with dragons! Sure, they will probably make you coo more than full of fright, but dragons! Check it out here.