Author: moviedude

St. Vincent (2014)

 This movie opens up with our main character telling a very dry joke, which sets up the tone for the rest of the film. “St. Vincent” is a comedy that puts focus on one grumpy old man trying to come to terms with his life. The resulting effort is a gem of originality that has not been seen in quite some time. While the movie does go into dramatic territory, and there are some issues with the story, the film is great by showing what age can do to a comedian, and still poke fun at life. “St. Vincent” is a unique comedy that shows a more human side to those who are grumpy. The story involves an old man named Vincent (Bill Murray) trying to keep his life in check, while adjusting to modern society. He gets new neighbors in the form of Maggie and Oliver Bronstein (Melissa McCarthy and Jaeden Lieberher respectively); Maggie must work long hours at the hospital, so she lets Vincent oversee the care of Oliver, and the two become good friends. Along the way, Vincent must cope with financial issues, a drinking habit, gambling, and his wife who is in a home. Life pretty much sucks for Vincent. “St. Vincent is a remarkable comedy. The script, written by Theodore Melfi (who also directed the film), offers at how old age can effect a...

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Big Hero 6 (2014)

 Ever since Disney purchased Marvel back in 2009, we have gotten a lot of good action/superhero films that have a strong connection to their continuity. However, with today’s feature, Marvel and Disney are branching out and creating something completely different. The finalized product is the motion picture for today “Big Hero 6” based off Marvel’s comic book of the same line. What’s interesting about this particular project, is that Disney is including this film into their main animation line-up; odd for a superhero flick. While the movie does suffer a bit from the story department, the rest of the movie is full of great action, and using a great moral in the process. “Big Hero 6” may not be a giant when it is compared to its big budget counterparts, but it is definitely a start in something quite unique and interesting. The story involves an alternate universe where the cities of San Francisco and Tokyo have merged together in order to create the city of San Fransokyo. Here, we have our main character Hiro (Ryan Potter) wanting to be a scientific genius like his brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney). Tadashi has created a super robot named Baymax (Scott Adsit) that can function as a fully-fledged hospital. Unfortunately, an explosion at the science lab at the local college campus kills Tadashi, scarring Hiro in the process. Things get even more...

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The Book of Life (2014)

  Halloween is a typical holiday where things tend to be a bit on the scary side. Then there’s the Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday similar to Halloween, but with a more remembrance and focus on those who are gone from the world. And Hollywood is known for releasing films that are focused on Halloween; not so much on the Day of the Dead. Enter “The Book of Life”, a great animated film that is perfect for the season. We need more films like this, and hopefully, in the wake (no pun intended) of this movie’s release, we will see more soon. “The Book of Life” is an extraordinary animated film that will hopefully gain younger audiences to learn more about the holiday known as the Day of the Dead.  The plot involves a love triangle between three people. We have Manolo (Diego Luna), a bullfighter who wants to be a musician, and Joaquin (Channing Tatum), an egotistical soldier. Together, they are in love with Maria (Zoe Saldana), and try to win her heart. This is all part of a wager between two spirits, to see who will marry Maria first. Even if that means Manolo will travel to The Land of the Remembered to win Maria’s heart. “The Book of Life” is a fantastic animated film that needs to be seen. The story is simple, yet...

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Persepolis (2007)

 The Middle East, in more recent years, is starting to become a place full of violent content. Everywhere one looks, there is a sense of fear and terror throughout, making it impossible to stay or even live. So getting a documented look at the place is tricky. Luckily, we have the 2007 animated feature “Persepolis” to show how life in the Middle East is uncomfortable. Based on the graphic novel of the same name by Marjane Satrapi, who also co-directs the movie, this breathtaking film showcases how strong animation can be for adults, and make something brilliant in return. “Persepolis” is a gritty look at how one woman saw through her eyes the radical changes of her country. The story is told as an autobiographical tale of Marjane and her life growing up in Iran as a girl, and eventually as a woman in Europe. Unfortunately, Marjane sees many terrible things happen along the way. Things like the Islamic Revolution, the war between Iran and Iraq, being a foreigner in a new place, and many more. So, Marjane must adapt to the changes of society as she grows up into a woman trying to find her identity in this crazy world. “Persepolis” is a fantastic film worthy of watching multiple times. As stated before, the story is an autobiographical piece of work, with a few fictional elements thrown in....

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

 Oh, Michael Bay. First you ruin modern horror films. Then, you ruin a toy line from the 80s four times now. And now, you’re getting flack for taking a beloved comic book/cartoon, also from the 80s, and making it into a more realistic film. That property being “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, an idea so stupid, it worked. Now with this modern retelling, how has Bay screwed this one up? The answer: not really. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” from Michael Bay definitely strays from its source material, but, it’s fun nonetheless. The story involves a reporter named April O’Neil (Megan Fox) who discovers four genetically altered turtles who are named after the Italian Renaissance masters trying to stop a a businessman and a robot named Shredder from destroying New York. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is technically a bad film. So, let’s get the negative aspects out of the way first. First off: the story. Based on the comic by Eastman and Laird, the film adaptation does a terrible job at providing the backstory for our main heroes, as well as a generic plot that we have seen before. But, hey, it’s a popcorn flick, so what? The cast is all right, but nothing to spectacular. Especially from Fox who plays one of the most well-known damsels in distress. Another gripe is that the filmmakers totally forgot to include one of...

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