Category Archives: Animation

In Theaters This Week (8/11/2017): Annabelle Creation, The Glass Castle, The Nut Job 2

Brie Larson in The Glass Castle

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  Last weekend’s box office was the weakest of the summer yet, and unless you have a deep affinity for creepy dolls, this looks like a weekend to catch up on your TV as well.

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In Theaters This Week (7/28/2017): Atomic Blonde, The Emoji Movie, An Inconvenient Sequel

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Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  July 28th begins a two-month period of uncertainty at the box office before the fall heavyweights check in, so we have three very different options: hyper-action, eco documentary, or animated film about poop emojis (I couldn’t make this up if I wanted to….or had sunk that low). Continue reading In Theaters This Week (7/28/2017): Atomic Blonde, The Emoji Movie, An Inconvenient Sequel

In Theaters This Week (7/21/2017): Dunkirk, Valerian, Girls Trip

Dane DeHaan in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  July 21st brings three VERY different films into theaters, all currently getting mixed-to-rave reviews. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (7/21/2017): Dunkirk, Valerian, Girls Trip

My Favorite Scene: Toy Story 2 (1999) “Jessie’s Story”

Disney recently announced that Toy Story 4 is set for release in 2019. That sparks in me the immediate reaction that we don’t NEED another Toy Story, because we already have three perfect ones. Granted, I had this reaction when Toy Story 2 was announced AND when Toy Story 3 was announced, and while it’s hard to differentiate between how perfect these films are, the sequels are probably both better than the original.  I hope the same kind of care to the legacy of these characters (much more recognizable to the children of the world today than Mickey, Minnie, or Pluto) is upheld.

Toy Story 2 introduced a number of new characters to the gang, most notably, Jessie the Cowgirl (voiced by Joan Cusack). Unlike the toys of Andy’s room, Jessie had lead a much more tumultuous life. She preferred life as a collectible, because being loved by a child hurt too much (as all the toys would learn in the next installment) when that child outgrows them.  Woody finally gets her to open up and tell her story, which is sad enough, but oh no, no, Pixar wasn’t satisfied with jumping up and down on your heart strings. They wantonly deployed Sarah McLachlan, the master of vocal tear generation, to sing the beautiful “When She Loved Me” over Jessie’s tale.

Pixar’s been in a rut for the most part over the last few years. It is heartening to hear the sequels are stopping after Toy Story 2, and we have had a few gems like Inside Out and Finding Dory, but when you watch a scene like this, you remember what Pixar was and should be again. There isn’t a demographic on Earth not moved by some part of this scene. They didn’t make films for kids, they made them for all ages in a way that never pandered to any age. This is the bar they face in Toy Story 4. So….good luck with that!
Woody and Jessie in Toy Story 2

Movie Review: Ghost in the Shell (2017) *What a Beautiful Mess*

Scarlett Johansson, Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell is a visually stunning film with cutting-edge F/X that will, ultimately, bore you senseless.  Between Scarlett Johansson and the art direction, there’s a lot of beautiful things to look at, but it can’t save a dull and awkward script from making a hash of an anime classic.  There are, by the way, about 16 different “this shell is hollow” jokes that I passed up because-honestly-after sitting through this I’m suffering from sensory overload and intellectual underwhelm (it’s a thing). Continue reading Movie Review: Ghost in the Shell (2017) *What a Beautiful Mess*