In my first post on this site I stated that I there are only 5 movie sequels that I love. Well, I saw Predators the other night…and that didn’t change the count, in fact Predators was bad. But the following night I got the kid some snacks and we saddled up Toy Story 3. I may be the last film nerd to have seen Toy Story 3, and I don’t have a great excuse (it has been on my DVR since May). But I expected the third one to be like the second one, loved by almost everyone, but lacking the magic of its predecessor. Toy Story 2’s themes of ownership did not strike a chord in me like the themes of companionship in the first. Toy Story 3 unlike so many sequels, is a great stand-alone film. Yes, that means there are now 6 sequels that I love, adjust your scorecards at home.
As I am sure many people will admit to, when I was little I seriously wondered if my toys could come to life when I wasn’t around. Then Toy Story was released, and though I was a very sophisticated seven year old (don’t make that face mom) it was hard not to hope that maybe my toys were at home right then doing something ridiculous. As I grew older I stopped looking for the life behind those beady little plastic eyes, yet while watching Toy Story 3 it’s impossible not to sink comfortably back into that childhood fantasy.
Mirroring the years that have passed since the last film, many years have passed for our beloved gang in Toy Story 3. Their owner Andy has grown up and is days away from leaving home to start the college experience, packing all the necessities he will need in his home away from home. Some things that have not made the “Things to Pack” list are the toys, who are coming to terms with this the best they can and accepting their future stored in the attic. [Read more...]
The third film in this trilogy takes place eight years after the events of the second film and the toys are dying for some attention. Andy is a teenager, about to head off to college, and the family of toys has gotten smaller and neglected from being played with for some time. The toys are able to deal with the lack of attention for the most part, they are more concerned with being thrown away or being split up more than anything and they are planning to make sure that doesn’t happen. But after a couple of close calls and detours the group ends up at Sunnyside Daycare where they will be seemingly be played with a revolving door of kids for years to come but Sunnyside might not be exactly as cozy as it seems.
Toy Story 3 Trailer – Andy is all grown up and moving on to college, leaving the toys behind. Oh yeah, and Buzz Lightyear’s bilingual! Check it out here.
The Book of Eli Trailer – Another bleak look at the apocalypse, but there is a lot still not explained in this trailer, so I am more than intrigued. Check it out here.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Trailer – When a deal with the devil is more than a fiddle duel, it apparently looks a little something like this. If that’s not intriguing enough, then know this is Heath Ledger’s last film. Check it out here.
Assassin’s Creed 2: Developer Diary #4 – This time they talk about weapons and the types of guards you will come up against in this game (including the improved AI). Check it out here.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Launch Trailer – Here’s just a brief look at some of the incredible moments of the game, which I can now say is a must play from my own experience. Check it out here.