Inside Out

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If you are like me, you were a little worried about Inside Out.  Based on what you have seen so far, it didn’t look too good.  It didn’t seem to catch your imagination from the trailers, and it looked a little too junior for you.  Well I am here to tell you to throw out all those prejudices and get to the first screening you possibly can for Inside Out.  The best Pixar movie ever made.

Whoa whoa whoa…The Best Pixar Movie Ever Made?!?  Yes!  I am not discounting the ground breaking work Toy Story did, or the amazing level of feelings we never felt for an animated character before from Boo and Sully in Monsters Inc.   Those movies were stellar amazing works of art and I am not saying they are any less great.  However Inside Out is a work of pure genius.  A culmination of 20 years of work finding the best artists, computer scientists, actors, writers, and directors, and every other person who touched this movie to make one of the most creative, amazing, funny, beautiful, pieces of animation that has ever been created.  I truly think every person in the world should see this movie by the time they are 8 years old and then every couple of years after that.  It is a amazing look at ourselves, our minds, and who we are as a people, and maybe help everyone understand everyone else just a little bit more.

I can not say enough good things about Pete Doctor the writer and director of Inside Out, and writer of Toy Story and Monster Inc.  He is truly a creator of amazing works that touch us in amazing ways and I think Inside Out is his best work.  I hope he never stops creating and and we get to see more from him.

I think without Amy Poehler and Lewis Black this movie might not have been as great as it was.  Both of them with their amazing way they conveyed their very specific characters with their voices was pure perfection.  They helped make the vision of Inside Out come to life in an amazing way.  I think this movie is the best movie of the year, and might be the first time an animated movie will win best picture at the Oscars.

It is so hard to say more without explaining what happened in this movie, so I am not going to say anything more about it.  Just that you should go see it tonight if you can.  Take off of work tomorrow.  Take your kids this weekend, whenever you can find the time.  Inside out truly is a magical experience, and well worth the full, 3-D whatever super ++ theater experience you can see it in.

5 Stars for Inside Out

Entourage

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I have never watched this show.  It just seemed like a bunch of douchebags being rich dicks, and their useless friends who are even more pathetic.  So I have no context of this movie in relation to the show.  Obviously it seemed like going into the movie I already had a bias.

After watching the movie, would I go back and watch the show?  No I would not.  However the movie isn’t bad.  It does seem like I was right in my assumptions, douchebags being rich dicks.  They are not as bad as I thought though.

Entourage feels like I long episode.  A good long episode, with lots of cameos, a solid script and some funny moments.  It really came out as less angry and more about some solid friends, who for the most part are tight and do not hurt each other.  Which is something I was not expecting.  I think if they had even focused more of the behind the scenes of making a movie and less about the women and relationships with women, it would have been an even better movie.  However they needed to get the boobs and the random girls in the movie and it seemed to take away from a lot of the main focus and helped it get lost along the way.  This complaint is minor however and for the most part I did have fun watching Entourage.

I think there are a lot of people divided on this movie.  I understand their bias, but I think even with that bias they might have a good time with this movie.  It isn’t necessary to run to the theater to pay full price.  I think most people will have fun with Entourage.

3 Stars for Entourage

San Andreas

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No one divorces The Rock!

I love disaster movies.  Well, I enjoy disaster movies.  The cheese, the score, the fuzzy science.  They are  just great fun, and if you don’t take them seriously they are popcorn perfection.   Some are better than others.  My favorite up until I saw San Andreas was The Day After Tomorrow, which has a scene where the cold is chasing people.  They have to outrun the cold, or they will die.  So as you can tell the bar I have for disaster movies is pretty high up there, and I never thought that bar could be crossed, but I forgot about The Rock.

San Andreas has now taken the top spot as my favorite disaster movie.  However it isn’t because of fuzzy science, and all the other things that make disaster movies great.  Which San Andreas is full of.  It is because it took the formula for a disaster movie, added The Rock, and turned it up to 11.  This movie was non-stop.  Earthquakes, explosions, helicopters, rescues, tsunamis, building collapses, The Rock, divorce, millions dead.  This movie did not try to sugar coat the level of destruction.  It was fast paced, and put together very well for a disaster movie.  It all worked so very well.  There was all the things you would expect, but it seemed like it took it to a little bit higher level of seriousness than the other movies.  That they felt like they were making something good, instead of just making a cash grab.  It really worked well, and was a very fun time.  It was one of the better times I have had at the movies this year.

This is no award winning movie.  It has all the things that most people groan about in disaster movies.  So if you can’t at least be ok with the disaster movie formula you will probably not like San Andreas.  If you are ok with the disaster format, you should go pay for San Andreas this weekend at full price.  Go see it in the theater because this level of destruction is worth the big bucks.

4 Stars for San Andreas

Tomorrowland

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Before you read this review you should know that my most favorite place in the entire world that I have experienced, is Tomorrowland at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.  So A movie inspired by my most favorite place in the world is going to be a little biased.  I just thought I should give you fair warning.

So right out of the gate Space Mountain is in the skyline of Tomorrowland.  We see it very early on and I get excited.  The amount of Disney nerd glee in the first 20 minutes of this movie is high.  The future, the 1964 world’s fair, which was a milestone for Walt Disney, Jet Packs, and Tomorrowland.  It all hits you right of the gate and you are just dying to find out more.  Then the plot starts to unfold.

It has robots, toys, pins, rockets, interdimensional portals, and a whole lot of other future goodness, and for the most part the plot is pretty good.   The movie is beautiful and moves along fairly well for the most part.  It is exciting, funny, and very well done.  The CG is top notch and everyone in the family will be entertained by this movie.  But…but but…I have soooooo many questions.

How was this done, why did that happen.  How did he become the guy.   Who, what, why, where, how.  This I am sure is just my super nerd brain and love of movies colliding with my super nerd brain’s love for the Disney parks, but I want so much more.

By the end of the movie I was loving the story and the message, and letting the questions fall away as I was getting wrapped up in everything going on.  To be able to let all of that go and just watch the movie is saying a lot.  I am very happy with it and I will watch it many more times I am sure.  Everyone will have a good time with Tomorrowland, but I want so much more.  At 2 hours and 10 minutes it already has a lot in it, but not enough for me.  I am sure it is not something most people will notice or care about.

4 Stars

Mad Max: Fury Road

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There is a part of me that wants to know what was going on in this movie outside of the cars, trucks, fire and guitars.  Like is this a sequel to the other movies?  Who is this bad guy?  Are all these tribes enemies?  Are they refining gasoline somewhere?  What is with the blood bank?  I have a lot of questions.

So Mad Max: Fury Road is exactly the movie that you expect it to be.  It’s got cars, trucks, fire and guitars.  They are going across the land and there are explosions and fights, and guns, and guys on sticks, and people with no hair, or clothes.  There is no water and they are traveling one way for a reason.  That reason, I could not tell you, but they have to get there, and they have to survive.

This is pretty much the whole movie.  There is one or two sentences spoken that makes tries to help you understand the next 20 minute action sequence you are about to see.  Then there are cars, trucks, fire and guitars.  Then another set of sentences.  It is very fun, very well shot and worth watching.  Does it make much sense?  Not even close.  I could not even tell you what the reason was for a lot of the things I saw on screen.  I think that might be why Mad Max: Fury Road is a fun movie.  It doesn’t answer those questions.  It just did what it wanted, and made it entertaining enough that you don’t need to know the rest of the stuff.  You can just watch it and have fun, and maybe when you get home you can look up what actually happened.

4 Stars

Hot Pursuit

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Rated: PG-13

Nudity: None

I was excited.  I find Sofia Vergara quite funny on Modern Family and I have always liked Reese.  So I figured that this would would be pretty good.  I figured it would at least be fun.  A new attempt at a woman’s action comedy that didn’t have Melissa McCarthy in it.

It was none of those things.  It felt like a horrible sitcom style show put into movie format.  With weak jokes that were geared toward the lowest common denominator.  I was clearly in the minority however because the audience loved it.  Laughing and in the comments afterward everyone said they thought it was hilarious.   To me it felt weak, poorly put together, rushed, and having a real weak plot that did not make much sense.  Which is fine for a comedy if it is funny.  Neither leading lady felt like they had the feel for this movie down and it just didn’t work for me.  I think I laughed twice in the whole movie.  These two did not work together and it shows through painful jokes and slow scenes that are strung together by the supposed plot that felt like it was put together by the action comedy dart board.

I am so sad to say this because I wanted to like this movie but this is a complete skip.  No matinee, no money should be spent on this movie at all.  It wasn’t even worth the free Hot Pursuit branded nail file I got the screening.

1 Star for Hot Pursuit

Avengers: Age Of Ultron

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Lets start by saying this movie is good enough to pay for, everyone that sees it should like it, and there is no need to pay for 3-D or watch it in 3-D.  This is your simple movie review, that this movie didn’t break anything, and you will have a fun time with it.  If you want to hear my complaints about it, and the things I have thought about more and more as I nerd out on the movie then you can keep reading.

Ok on with the nitpicking that made this movie just a 3.  Ultron is weird.  I don’t mean weird in a AI robot that wants to rule.  I mean weird like he has a mouth.  He has feelings, like neurotic feelings.  He thinks far too simply for a hive mind robot AI system.  He wants to end all life on earth in a very simple, way.  I don’t mean simple like efficient, I mean simple, like caveman.  He doesn’t think like a robot, he doesn’t act like a robot, and he for sure does not seem like threat that needed the whole team together for.   The first Avengers had a big problem.  This Avengers, they could of done it with Banner and Stark, till the last scene.

Everything about this movie was less than the first.  Everyone is comfortable, and they are just going through the motions for the most part.  The threat is smaller, the stories are all wrapped up, everything seemed too simple.  It was only a super hero movie, and did not deal with the complexities of being those super heroes for the most part.  This left a big hole for me, that they have been doing so well in other Marvel movies.

They also have a different Quicksilver then from Days Of Future Past Quicksilver, which bothered me, and I don’t mean the actor, because I can be ok with different actors.  I mean this was a completely different guy, he dressed different, acted different had an accent.  It really bothered me, and my super dream of full movie storyline integration, like comic books.  It really felt like they disregarded that character (which I liked much better than the Avengers Quicksilver).

So all of these things, are minor.  They just have kind of drilled on my mind for the last few days and are coming out now.  I do not think most of these things will bother most people, but Avengers is a high bar, and because of these things I do not think they met that bar.

3 Stars




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