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cars 3 – there’s some tread left

Cars 3 is the third installment in the Cars film franchise. Lightning McQueen has to deal with the new breed of racers and where he fits into the racing circuit. This film is directed by Brian Fee (he was a storyboard artist on Cars and Cars 2), it’s written by Kiel Murray, Bob Peterson, Mike Rich with a story Brian Fee, Ben Queen, Eyal Podell, Jonathan E. Stewart. It stars the voices of Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, Nathan Fillion, Kerry Washington and Lea DeLaria. Continue reading

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finding dory – it has heart and humor

Finding Dory is the sequel to Pixar‘s Finding Nemo. Dory is directed by Andrew Stanton, who also directed the first film, and he’s back as a writer and director, sharing the directing duties with Angus MacLane. Victoria Strouse and Bob Peterson share the writing duties with the original story by Stanton.
The film is about Dory finding her parents, but the problem is, she suffers from short term memory loss. It features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy. Continue reading

the good dinosaur – a very good movie

The Good Dinosaur is the latest Pixar film. It’s about an alternate timeline where the dinosaurs lived and a meteor didn’t wipe them out. The film follows an Apatosaurus named Arlo as he finds his way, not only with his family, but with his world.
The film stars Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Sam Elliott, Anna Paquin, A.J. Buckley, Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand and Steve Zahn. It was directed by Peter Sohn in 2014, previous to that Bob Peterson was the director.
This is the first time that, along with Inside Out, Pixar has released two feature films in the same year. Continue reading

inside out – get outta your head, and into this one

Inside Out is the latest Pixar film, it’s mostly set in the mind of a young girl named Riley, and how emotions lead her through life as she handles a move from Minnesota to San Francisco. These emotions are; Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear and Anger. Inside Out is directed by Pete Docter, with the writing credits going to Docter, again, and Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, with story by Docter and Ronnie del Carmen.
The film stars; Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader and Phyllis Smith. Continue reading

up – still holds… up!

UP, for those of you who haven’t seen it, is about an old man who’s done with his life and wants to take his house to where he’s always dreamed of going. A young Wilderness Explorer tags along on this journey and they battle the elements and some villains. Pixar/Disney released this film in 2009, it was directed by Pete Docter and written by Pete Docter and Bob Peterson. Continue reading

monsters university – graduates with honors

I saw Monsters University this weekend, and apparently so did everyone else.  It’s a prequel to Monster Inc., letting us know the back story of how Mike and Sully became such good friends.  And from the title, you guessed it, it’s when they’re in college.

The good; the animation is top notch, as always.  There’s moments where the film goes in to the human world, and it looks amazing.  The lighting is superb.

What really shines out in this movie, as opposed to other prequels, are the characters.  Mike and Sully are really really well thought out.  Not only are the leads solid, fleshed out, characters, but so is the supporting cast.  This is where the movie really shines.

The bad; other than it being a prequel, I can’t think of anything.  This film is thoroughly enjoyable.
The complaint I do have is that it IS a kids’ movie, and therefore… kids are in the theatre.  They really can’t enjoy this movie, and what makes their parents think that they can???

Overall, do yourself a favor and see this in the theatre, try not to see it with kids that are too young though.  The feature is also preceded by the short film The Blue Umbrella.  Another great coupling of films.

brave

I saw Brave at the El Capitan, with Vienna, Norin and Andrew. Always a treat at the El Cap.
The short of it, it’s about Merida a Scottish Princess who buts heads with her mother, the Queen. They argue over who and what Merida should be and how she’ll be married off. Through the course of a contest to win the Princess’ hand in marriage Merida chooses to change her destiny, be careful what you wish for… throw in some bits and gags and there ya go.

The good; it’s Pixar, it looks amazing. They pull out all the stops with the hair and Merida is the first female protagonist as well as the first period piece in a Pixar film.

The opening of the movie is incredible. It grabs you immediately with child-like wonder and then slams the brakes as danger approaches. Merida’s learning to shoot a bow and arrow, then wanders off in to the woods. Upon arriving back to her parents… a bear has followed her, Merida’s father, King Fergus, stares down a ferocious bear – opening title card, wow, it had me from that moment.

The spine of the story is very simple and relate-able, it’s about a child growing up and wanting to be their own person, and rejecting the person their parent imposes on them. Who can’t relate to this? It seems that it’s a part of life these days, must rebel and resist… older… people… ah what the hey, money money monies.

The bad; the trailer is misleading. Honestly not much here, just that the marketing was for a different movie. You’d probably never know this from watching those excellent trailers, but the movie is a mother/daughter movie.

I wanted more story and character moments, instead we got more action and thrills. This could be because the lead is a girl so they want to bring in the boy audience with the action.

Overall, check it out. Pixar delivers again. It’s fun for everyone and there’s something for all the members of the family. The brothers never say a thing through out the whole movie, I wonder why that was. Don’t get me wrong, they were still funny on screen, but that question just kept creeping in. Oh, and stay for the credits (as you should), there’s a dedication to Steve Jobs and a scene at the very end.