I’ve always been very vocal about my love of DreamWorks Animation, and their willingness to take chances on creative ideas that companies like Pixar would never consider doing. Films like Monsters vs. Aliens and Kung Fu Panda are bizarre concepts you’d think would fail miserably. Yet, both were highly praised and financially successful. DreamWork’s release of How to Train Your Dragon in 2010 was, to me, their “play … Continue reading How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Review
Going into Alita: Battle Angel, I had no preconceived notion of what to expect, or what it was even about. All I saw in the previews was a wide-eyed, CGI girl kicking butt and taking no names, so I figured it was the perfect flick for me. Alita: Battle Angel is based on a Japanese manga series Gunnm, and directed by a true filmmaker’s filmmaker, … Continue reading Alita: Battle Angel Review
Everything is awesome! Everything is cool when you’re part of a team! At least, it was in the first LEGO Movie. Now, things have changed drastically five years in the future, especially since the outer space invaders of LEGO DUPLO have taken over their home of Bricksburg. It seems the entire LEGO world has succumbed to bitterness, negativity, and chronic brooding. All except for Emmet … Continue reading The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Review: A Creative Flick for an Unenthusiastic Audience
They Shall Not Grow Old is as deeply humanizing and empathetic as a documentary about World War I can get. The film is told through the voice over narration of dozens of actual veterans of WWI, most of whom fought for the British Empire. The narration is organized in such a way as to give the audience the full experience of a soldier who served in … Continue reading They Shall Not Grow Old Review
At last, M. Night Shyamalan’s dramatic conclusion to his superhero trilogy, Glass, has arrived. And while I was dissatisfied with Split, I had good faith that Glass would turn out significantly better. Glass brings superhero David Dunn (known as The Overseer and played by Bruce Willis) to a final confrontation with the villains Kevin Crumb (The Beast played by James McAvoy) and Elijah Price (Mr. … Continue reading Glass Review
I, like many, found the Michael Bay Transformers movies increasingly unbearable to watch. The first film started out as a so-so guilty pleasure. The second dropped off completely and was boring and racist. The rest were history. As fate would have it, another Transformers movie was produced less than a year after The Last Knight; a film that would act as a prequel to Bay’s entire franchise, … Continue reading Bumblebee Review: A Solid B!
After a 54-year gap between the release of both films, Mary Poppins Returns now ranks among the longest gaps between movie sequels (right next to Disney’s own Bambi and Fantasia). Mary Poppins Returns picks up many years later, as Michael and Jane Banks have grown up, and their parents have long since passed. Michael now owns his parent’s old house; and after the recent death of … Continue reading Mary Poppins Returns Review