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The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Trailer #1 (2019) *They Come in Pieces*

 

The LEGO Movie was one of the best surprises I’ve had at the movies this decade.  It combined a wildly inventive animation style with a script that had laughs and feels in it for anyone from 1 to 100.  Future LEGO installments haven’t been able to touch the magic of the original, and the sequel arrives early next year after a number of rewrites.  While the original voice cast returns, original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are only producers this time and the final script is only based on a story idea of theirs.

Everything is not awesome in Bricksburg.  Five years after Taco Tuesday, our heroes are in a post-apocalyptic DUPLO-created nightmare.  The first trailer for the sequel has some laughs and made me smile, but I’m honestly a more than a little worried that without Lord & Miller running this show it’s going to be hard to recapture the magic of the first film.  The LEGO Movie 2 will open in February 2019.  More from Coming Soon below. Continue reading The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Trailer #1 (2019) *They Come in Pieces*

My Favorite Scene: Parks & Recreation Season 3 (2011) “Ron’s Swivel Chair”

The state of comedy on television is at its lowest ebb in my life time.  It’s odd, given that television drama is in a golden age, that TV comedies are so mediocre that I can’t even think of one that’s worth watching.  Parks and Recreation was originally conceived as a spin-off of The Office, though the only thing the shows shared was the documentary-style format.  Though The Office plunged in quality at the end of its run, Parks & Rec stayed stellar through all its seven seasons on NBC, during which it was criminally ignored by the Emmys.   Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Parks & Recreation Season 3 (2011) “Ron’s Swivel Chair”

22 Jump Street Blu Ray/DVD Date and Details

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22 Jump Street was just as surprisingly as much fun as 21 Jump Street and 23 Jump Street is going forward (announced just today).  How that jives with the end of the film, which flashes through every possible Jump Street scenario possible, who knows?  As long as Phil Lord and Chris Miller are involved, the stupid awesomeness will continue.  22 Jump Street hits stores on DVD and Blu Ray on November 18, 2014.  Full details on special features below: Continue reading 22 Jump Street Blu Ray/DVD Date and Details

Movie Review: 22 Jump Street (2014)

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It blows my mind that the same two guys who brought us The LEGO Movie are responsible for 21 and now 22 Jump Street.  Phil Lord and Christopher MIller have my attention forever.  If you think that making a sequel to 21 Jump Street is a horrible idea, the movie agrees with you and steamrolls over most of your objections in a way that nearly breaks the fourth wall but just skirts the edge.  Think Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum look WAY too old to be undercover at a college?  SO DO THE STUDENTS!  They make relentlessly hilarious jokes at Tatum and Hill’s expense the entire film.

Tatum and Hill have a fantastic comedic chemistry and here’s the deal: if you liked 21 Jump Street, you’ll like 22 Jump Street.  It makes not a bit of effort to deviate from the formula that made the first movie work.  If anything, it’s sillier and looser in plot because they’re all just clearly having such a blast being around each other.  While there’s nothing that can top Depp’s cameo from the first film, seeing what Jump Streets XXIII – LXVII would have been is nearly as good.  Chris Miller and Phil Lord made me laugh again and are responsible for two of the five best movies of 2014 so far.
8.5/10

Movie Review: The LEGO Movie (2014)

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I went into The LEGO Movie expecting to like it.  I’m pretty much the ideal audience for it as I’m a guy who grew up on LEGOs, fell in love with them all over again through the LEGO video games and was really looking forward to this as a fun diversion.  I was not in any way prepared for what I actually got: the most fun I’ve had in a movie in years and the best family film in recent memory.  The LEGO Movie is smart, funny, relentlessly imaginative and utterly joyful.

Will Ferrell, The Lego MovieLike the best films that appeal to audiences of all ages, TLM operates on a number of levels.  There’s an extremely smart plot to the film operating on Orwellian themes and genere-bending quests, but it’s also just plain fun.  The adults in the theater were enjoying this film as much if not more than their kids were.  TLM takes full advantage of the number of licenses LEGO owns to bring in so many diverse characters from so many different worlds that you never know who is going to pop up next.

The main characters of the film, though, are wisely all new creations.  Emmet (Chris Pratt) is a construction worker in the utopian society of Bricksburg ruled by the not-so-subtly evil President Business (Will Ferrell in his best movie since Stranger Than Fiction).  Emmet’s life is turned upside down when he runs into a “master builder” named Wildstyle (Elizabeth Banks) who is searching for a secret relic that will be the key to President Business’ downfall.  Emmet actually finds the relic, fulfilling the prophecy of “The Special” who will save all the LEGO lands from tyranny.  Emmet and a band of eclectic followers set out on a journey that ends in a way so unique that I can’t ruin it for anyone.

Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, The Lego MovieTLM isn’t just occasionally funny, it’s pretty hysterical the entire film.  It’s a love letter to toys, to play, to imagination and to fun.  The animation style really pops in 3D and I’ve seen the film twice already in both two and three dimensions so I would actually recommend 3D because you’ve never seen animation like this.  It really is as if an entire world based on the physics of LEGO bricks comes to life and it looks amazing.  The one character cameo I can’t ruin since he’s featured in all the advertising is Batman (Will Arnett) who is a part of Emmet’s team for most of the film.  In a film filled with hilarious vocal turns from a cast of all-star actors, Arnett does the best send up of Batman I think I’ve ever seen.  You need to stay through the credits just to hear the full version of the song Batman writes for Wildstyle.

It’s hard for me to sum up in words the joy that this movie brought me.  It was like a shot of pure joy and fun.  Beyond that, the film is extremely witty, exceedingly smart, expertly paced and impeccably animated.  There is nothing whatsoever negative that I can possibly say about it.  2014 delivers in less than six weeks a better film than all of 2013 could provide.  Yes.  It is that good.
10/10

PS – This is not only a Toy Story-level animation landmark, it’s also probably the best non-Nolan Batman movie I’ve ever seen.