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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”

Movie Review: Inside Out (2015) *Pixar is Back in CLASSIC MODE!*

Inside Out

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 Movie Review: Inside Out (2015) *Pixar is Back in CLASSIC MODE!*

Trailer Time: Inside Out Trailer #2 (2015) *Is Pixar Back?*

 

 

I know, I know, I know!  It’s just been raining trailers lately, but after such a long drought how can I not pass along little nuggets of hope that the rest of the year is going to be better than the start has been.  We just talked about Director Pete Docter in this week’s My Favorite Scene.  Pete has four films on his resume: Monsters Inc., WALL-E, Up and now Inside Out.  I’d have that tattooed on my forehead and just stare at people during job interviews.

Pixar, as quality as most of their films have been, haven’t always been the best at putting good trailers together.  The first trailer for Inside Out was very good and got me excited.  The second trailer relaxed me, because I’m completely confident we’re going to get a treat when Inside Out opens on June 19, 2015
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Trailer Time: Inside Out Trailer #2 (2015) Could Pixar Be Back?

This HAS to be GREAT.  Not good.  Not ok.  GREAT!  Why?  Because it represents the best hope for a Pixar classic of days of yore; of the likes we have not seen since Toy Story 3.  The schedule after this is clogged with sequels which are total toss-ups.  The could be phenomenal (Toy Stories 2 and 3), they could be ok (Monsters University) or they could wreck the entire image of the company (Cars 2 anyone?).  The Good Dinosaur is out there on the horizon, yes, but as I’ve lost count of the number of directors that have worked on it, I’m not holding out a lot of hope.

Pete Docter has directed three movies.  Three.  Monsters Inc.  Wall-E.  Up.  That’s his resume.  I’d just write that on a slip of paper and hand it to anyone who ever disagreed with me.  “Hi, my name is Pete.  I directed these three films.  You were saying….?”  Pair him with a stellar voice cast and a genius premise (each character is an emotion inside a teenage girl’s head and the film shows how the feelings work together to produce the actions of the girl) and you’ve got one of my most-anticipated movies of 2015 and our best hope for an original Pixar classic for a looong time.  No pressure.

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