Month: June 2015

Inside Out (2015)

 Pixar Animation Studios have always delivered excellent quality in terms of their movies. But recently, their films have not had the same high-quality of storytelling like the studio’s previous efforts. That all changes with Pixar’s latest film “Inside Out”, a movie that pulls in both comedy and drama at the same time. With this movie, we get a return to the great form of storytelling that Pixar is known for, as well as some great animation to boot. “Inside Out” is a great reminder that Pixar can do good films, the public just isn’t aware of that factor. The plot centers on 12-year old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) who is moving from Minnesota to San Francisco. But what she doesn’t know, is that her emotions are coming along for the ride. These include Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Anger (Lewis Black). Together, these five emotions describe Riley’s personality on a daily basis, as well as trying to keep themselves in check. “Inside Out” is a great movie from Pixar that pretty much, everyone needs to see. The cast and characters are brilliantly designed, especially from the emotions who have unique personalities of their own, and everyone lends their roles to the character provided with great direction from Pete Doctor. The music by Michael Giacchino provides an upbeat tempo, as well as some...

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Jurassic World (2015)

 In 1993, the move “Jurassic Park” bases off the book my Michael Crichton of the same name, took the world by storm with its groundbreaking visual effects by emulating dinosaurs to the big screen, and sense of urgency. It became a massive success, and spawned a franchise like any other. However, the sequels were sub-par at best, and they really did not capture the excitement of the original. Now, we have “Jurassic World”, a completely new entry in the franchise, and the fourth film of that series. The hype is intense, and everyone is excited to go see it. And the end result of this latest installment is: okay. Nothing spectacular, nothing groundbreaking, just okay. There are some problems with the movie, but the good does outweigh the bad in this scenario. “Jurassic World” may not be perfect, at least it’s entertaining. The plot involves several characters all centered on a theme park known as Jurassic World, built on the same island where the first park was created. This time, the park gets an upgrade with bigger and better attractions. In the labs, however, scientists have created the world’s first genetic dinosaur, which is ready to be shown to the public in a few weeks. What could possibly go wrong? “Jurassic World” is an interesting entry in the franchise. For one thing, it does offer a nice much-needed upgrade...

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Jurassic World (2015) Movie Review

After the last two Jurassic Park sequels, I had to ask myself if we really needed another? I’m not sure if I can still answer that question with a yes. But, it is much better than the last two, that’s for sure. However; once the chaos in the park started I couldn’t help but think, is this really happening all over again? The first hour of the movie is so slow! Jurassic Park was slow as well, but it kept my attention because it was setting us up for something we had never seen before. There has been a lot of talk about Bryce Dallas Howard’s character, Claire in the movie. Unfortunately, I have to agree with the critics on this one. Her character is the stereotypical business woman who needs a man, Chris Pratt’s character, Owen to strip away the business and make her seem like a person with feelings. The kids in the movie really dragged it down for me. There is a “surprise” subplot about their family life that is so cliche and did nothing to make me root for them. Lazy writing. There were a lot of throwbacks to the original movie, which was fantastic. Be on the lookout for the DNA dude from John Hammond’s Jurassic Park video. Reasons it almost doesn’t make my list: 1) The subplots 2) The two kids 3) Predictable...

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SPY Movie Review

 After last summer’s Tammy, Melissa McCarthy needed to get her comedy mojo back. Luckily, she partnered up with her Bridesmaids & The Heat Director Paul Feig. I went into the movie hoping all the funny parts weren’t what I had already seen in the trailers. There are actually tons of funny parts not in the trailer! Many of them would have been censored to even play in any newsfeed or on TV. SPY is another example of how R-rated comedies can work. Perfect casting, great writing and enough of a plot where you don’t get bored. I wasn’t quite sure Jason Statham was going to work in a comedy, but because nailing the action star, he nails his comedic timing. Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Allison Janney and the rest of the cast are the reasons I expect people will like this movie. Jude Law was fine. I’m not a big fan of some of his recent work. Here is my list of the unexpected reasons SPY makes my list of movies to see this summer: #1 Melissa McCarthy’s disguises #2 The knife fight! #3 Miranda Hart, who plays Nancy Feig has really proven himself to be a comedy powerhouse and this one will just add to his comedy hits collection. SPY has all the elements and the right cast for this to be the beginning of a great series of...

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