Movie Review - Star Wars: The Force Awakens

This is Star Wars. Forget the prequels, hell forget the Ewoks. This is what got you excited to visit a "Galaxy far, far away" in the first place. The Force Awakens had a lot of goals to accomplish and I think it managed to do all of them (some better than others perhaps). It's not a literary movie, nor a particularly deep one but it is Star Wars. The Force Awakens is not a reboot in the traditional sense, but it does wipe about 80% of the slate clean leaving future movies somewhere… Continue reading...

Movie Review: Big Hero 6

Disney does superheroes, sort of. That's basically what Big Hero 6 is, but it's worth taking a moment to clarify what it isn't. It is not a Marvel animated movie, nor is it a Pixar movie. Approaching it expecting either of those things will likely end in disappointment. Generally Big Hero 6 follows a traditional Disney story arc. It executes it well and uses the trappings of superhero stories effectively but you can see its origins in The Lion King and other Disney classics.

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Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Well this was just plain fun. I had a smile on my face through almost the entire movie. And if you want a TLDR for this review, then fun pretty much sums it all up. Certainly this isn't an intellectually challenging movie but I think I can safely say that you'll enjoy every moment of it. When Marvel Studios announced they were making a Guardians of the Galaxy movie there was a lot of doubt online (where everyone thinks they are an expert) about the viability of taking a bunch of characters… Continue reading...

Movie Revew: X-Men - Days Of Future Past

There was a time some years ago when the X-Men movies were seen as the height of superhero adventure on the big screen. Things have changed a lot in the last decade. Mutants no longer reign supreme in the comics or the movies. Unable to participate in the great Marvel Plan and hampered by a truly atrocious movie in X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men movies just don't get the attention they used to. Which is a shame because if you look at the track record of the franchise it's really pretty good.… Continue reading...

Movie Review: How To Train Your Dragon 2

If I was to generalize I would probably say that Pixar produces sophisticated movies for the whole family while Dreamworks produces funny animal movies. It's an over-simplification and there are definitely exceptions on both sides, but that's my general impression of the two companies and their animated output. How To Train Your Dragon, however, was a case where Dreamworks eschewed funny animals and produced a sophisticated movie.  It's one of my favorite animated movies of the last… Continue reading...