Category Archives: Animation

Trailer Time: Coco Trailer #1 (2017) “2017’s REAL Pixar Film”

Coco follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who sets off a chain of events relating to a century-old mystery, leading to an extraordinary family reunion.

This is pretty much the extent of what we know about Pixar’s non-Cars 3 related film of 2017.  What it has immediately in its favor….is that it is not part of the Cars franchise (for those new to the blog, I am covering Cars 3 the way any sort of media is covering the current presidential administration: there’s hyperbole, lots of facial redness, and there’s a truck involved).  It’s a part of my continuing healing process from having had to watch Cars 2.  I don’t let go of things easily.

From the trailer, it kind of seems like Ratatouille if the rat was a kid and instead of wanting to cook, he wanted to rock…..in the City of the Dead.  It ALSO has going for it, being the first film directed by Lee Unkrich since he made all of male America cry with Toy Story 3, so it is my expert opinion as a person who writes a little-read blog on moviedom….that this is your Pixar film to back this year.  Coco opens October 30, 2017.
Coco, Disney, Pixar

Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast (2017) “Tale Told Nearly As Well As Last Time”

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast was the most critically acclaimed animated Disney feature since Snow White, so the live-action turn was going to get incredible scrutiny even before Jon Favreau made a better Jungle Book than either the Disney animated film or the Kipling books.  So whomever followed that was going to have a high bar to clear or even match, and when it was followed by Beauty and the Beast, the early praise and jaw-dropping trailers we’d been seeing for nearly a year have experienced a load of critical backlash in the last month.  It IS a very difficult movie to review and compare to the original, but this is not the 70% film Rotten Tomatoes currently rates it at.  While this live action version of Beauty and the Beast does not reach the perfection of the 1991 film, it is the second fantastic musical we’ve had released for the screen in three months (at some point I may have to stop saying I hate musicals).  While comparisons can’t be avoided, and there are some pitfalls, Beauty and the Beast continues a stream of quality re-imaginings of Disney’s animated works, presenting an absolutely gorgeous, moving, film. Continue reading Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast (2017) “Tale Told Nearly As Well As Last Time”

Trailer Time: Despicable Me 3 Trailer #2 (2017) *Of COURSE He Has a Twin Brother*

I really liked the first Despicable Me a whole lot more than I thought I would.  Despicable Me 2 was just a blast and boosted me into Minion Mania!  Then Minions came out, and I was over the whole thing and was hoping it would all just…..aaaaand Gru has a twin brother.  His name is Dru.  They look like pudgier versions of the Woody Harrelson twins introduced in Now You See Me 2.  That was a franchise killer.  Just saying.  Despicable Me 3 releases June 30, 2017.

Gru, Minions, Despicable Me 3

My Favorite Scene: Beauty and the Beast (1991) “Ballroom Scene”

Tomorrow, Beauty and the Beast’s live-action adaptation will hit screens.  Last year, Jon Favreau performed a miracle with The Jungle Book‘s adaptation to the point where that film is now probably the definitive telling of Kipling’s stories.  I’m holding out hope, but the reviews seem to indicate that will not be the case with Beauty and the Beast.  The 1991 film is the only animated film to ever be nominated for Best Picture (and likely to remain so since a Best Animated Film category was created shortly after).  It’s my second favorite of the animated canon behind only Sleeping Beauty.  It’s quite simply everything that has made Disney animation something that has captured the child within the world over since Snow White first premiered in 1938.  It’s magic. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Beauty and the Beast (1991) “Ballroom Scene”

Poll: What’s Your Most Anticipated Summer 2017 Film?

Amazing as it was, it’s nice to finally put 2016 to bed and to get on to the business of a new year of movies.  I apologize for being a big behind on reviews, but I should have that caught up by the weekend.  The summer is traditionally where the movie industry showcases their biggest, loudest, splodiest, franchisiest entries, but-let’s face it=summer began last week with Logan.  Summer, now-apparently-runs from March to August, but we’re going to be all crazy traditional and limit this year’s Most Anticipated Summer Film to May – August (we’re wacky like that). Continue reading Poll: What’s Your Most Anticipated Summer 2017 Film?