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Trailer Time: Beauty and the Beast Trailer #2 (2017) *Final Invitation*

This is just stunning.  The teaser and the two trailers for this film have been clinics on how to sell a film to an audience.  The only criticism I can lay is I can’t imagine that any other rendition of the original Beauty and the Beast anthem that’s played over this trailer can equal the original, but so much looks so good that I’m going into this expecting something very special.  Beauty and the Beast opens March 17, 2017. Continue reading Trailer Time: Beauty and the Beast Trailer #2 (2017) *Final Invitation*

Trailer Time: Despicable Me 3 Trailer #1 (2017) *Despicable Three*

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…..oh and here’s the Despicable Me 3 trailer and I’m sure Minions 2 isn’t far behind.  Thank you, Disney and Pixar, for (mostly) carrying animation.  Despicable Me 3 releases June 30, 2017.

Gru, Minions, Despicable Me 3

Trailer Time: Beauty and the Beast Trailer #1 (2017) *Be Our Guest*

Well, no sooner than I said earlier today that we should be getting a full trailer for Beauty and the Beast soon, and it appears!  This is just stunning.  So true to the animated film (my second favorite of Disney’s), and every touch seems right.  Unlike The Jungle Book, this should be a musical, and in Alan Menken’s hands, with this cast, and Oscar-winning director Bill Condon…I think it may just give Mowgli and crew a run for their money. Continue reading Trailer Time: Beauty and the Beast Trailer #1 (2017) *Be Our Guest*

Beauty & The Beast Official Poster and More Stills Released

Emma Watson, Belle, Beauty & the Beast

Before this year’s Jungle Book, I was of the opinion that the Disney live action remakes of their animated catalog was a money grab.  The live action film division of Disney is the last bastion of the hucksterism that drove that company for the longest time.  Bombs like the Pirate sequels, The Lone Ranger, and Tomorrowland have continued to come forth from its depths while the rest of the company has become synonymous with quality.  Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, and the resurrected animation department have made the studio the best in Hollywood, and now, after being utterly dumbfounded by how good The Jungle Book was, I look upon next year’s Beauty & the Beast as one of the first films of 2017 that is absolutely must-see.  Disney has released more stills showing the Beast, Gaston, more of Emma Watson as Belle, and while I think the Beast looks a little dodgy….I’m so in.  You’ve probably already seen the teaser a million times, but I don’t know if you’ve realized that it is shot-for-shot a remake of the teaser for the 1991 animated film.  Seeing them side-by-side and hearing Alan Menken’s haunting piano theme begin to play, you sense that this is going to be as special as our visit to the jungle was this year.  Check out the new pictures and this comparison trailer.  Beauty & the Beast will release March 17, 2017. Continue reading Beauty & The Beast Official Poster and More Stills Released

My Favorite Scene: Inside Out (2015) “Family Dinner – Inside and Out”


Pixar’s brilliant romp through human psychology (honestly, they cover more in this movie than my freshman psych course did), Inside Out, is another feather in the cap for the studio’s most accomplished director at this point: Pete Docter.  The film won a much deserved Best Animated Feature Oscar last year.  It’s not as funny a film as some of the Pixar classics, but it is endlessly imaginative and at times packs as big an emotional punch as any film in Pixar’s canon.  The number of people who have told me that Bing Bong messed them up for days is stunning.  That’s not to say that the film isn’t hilarious in parts while exploring human thought processes.  The pinnacle of the look inside our minds is the dinner scene in which Riley’s parents do a pretty fine job of exemplifying the difference between how the genders think in a three-and-a-half minute sequence.  It doesn’t just work for Inside Out, though.  I found this brilliant smash-up of the dinner scene with Walter, Jesse, and Skylar from Breaking Bad cut together with the same mind processes and it’s just as good and just as funny.  Pixar recently announced that the sequelizing of their previous films (with Cars 3, Toy Story 4, and Incredibles 2 on the horizon) will end and they’ll be back to making original features.  That’s good news for all movie fans, because when they’re on, Pixar pushes the bound of imagination like no other studio can.

Something happened to Pixar post-Toy Story 3…..it became just another animation studio.  Whereas (with the exception of the abomination that was Cars 2) Pixar has been cranking out some of the best animated films ever created since 1995’s original Toy Story, the last few years have been just…good.  But good isn’t good when great is the expectation, and ever since I heard the concept for Pete Docter’s (Monsters Inc, Up) film, I’ve been longing to see Inside Out.  Docter does not disappoint and delivers Pixar’s most imaginative triumph to date.  I’m not saying Inside Out is Pixar’s best film, but I can’t think of any other title in their catalog that has so many literally mind-blowing ideas stuffed into one movie. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Inside Out (2015) “Family Dinner – Inside and Out”