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...]
Drive Angry 3D is a fun idea that doesn’t nearly take full advantage of the premise it unleashes into the film. I mean, the film opens with Nic Cage breaking out of Hell to hunt down the murderers of his daughter, a satanic cult hoping to bring Hell Fire to Earth, how does this movie not rock?
It constantly teeters on embracing the silly insanity that it presents to us but sadly never grabs hold and runs with it. Part of the problem is Nic Cage isn’t nearly crazy enough in the picture. Sure he is a serious dead father on a mission but give us a little something; and he oddly loosens up in the film’s final moments of the film. Cage shows shades of cool and crazy but most of that craziness is left to the very cool William Fichtner. There is an almost compelling mythology built up in this world of Satanism and insane action but again it never really grabs on and goes with it.
When I originally heard that Disney was planning on making a feature length film based on the segment from the 1940s film Fantasia I was a little skeptical. Well, actually I was flooded with images of dancing hippos and potty training (don’t ask), but that’s neither here nor there. Like I was saying, I was skeptical; not Pirates of the Caribbean skeptical, but you get my point. And just like back in 2003 I am more than pleasantly surprised with the outcome.
Thinking past a mouse finding a roundabout way to do his chores, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice introduces a backstory spanning way back to the final days of the sorcerer Merlin as he fights to stop Morgana in the battle between good and evil. When the final spell has been cast Merlin lies dead, Morgana is entombed in a magical nesting doll, and Merlin’s apprentice Balthazar must now begin the long journey to find Merlin’s successor, the Prime Merlinian (feel free to take all the time you need to laugh that one off). After a long, long time of searching Balthazar finally comes across a young boy named Dave who just might be who he has been looking for all this time, and the best chance the forces of good have against stopping Morgana from ever being a threat again. [Read more...]
If I have learned anything from all the years of loving superheroes, I know this: it is pretty stupid to even consider emulating your favorite caped crusader. Well, good thing there are certain individuals who ignore their brain’s hazard signs, because it sure makes for a fun and highly entertaining movie.
In Kick-Ass (sorry mom), Dave Lizewski is a dorky, unpopular high school student who decides that he would like to be a superhero rather than just reading about them in comics. Unfortunately for him, he is not so skilled in the beat ’em up department, but what he lacks in superpowers he makes up for in persistence and good intentions. And what that doesn’t accomplish, well, there are others for that. Doing more than their fair share of the crime fighting thanks to their vengeful path of justice, the father/daughter team of Hit-Girl and Big Daddy live up to Kick-Ass’s name. [Read more...]