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Friday, December 12, 2014

‘Exodus’: Sinfully Average

Big, expensive, all-star Biblical epics were all the rage back in the late 50s and early 60s, most likely due to the fact that Cinemascope was the new thing in movies to bring couch potatoes, who had become fixated on their newfangled television sets, back to the theaters. The first widescreen epic was, in fact, a Biblical movie, The Robe (1953), and the fad had reached a climax with Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments (1956).

It doesn’t seem like it’s been three years since the original Horrible Bosses hit the big screen, but it has. In my original review, I enjoyed the cast but hated the script which forwent logic for stupid jokes. The film certainly was popular enough, though, to earn the sequel treatment and here we are with Horrible Bosses 2.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Big Hero 6 is Not Just for Kids

Everyone, by now, is familiar with the Pixar name and the high quality animated movies that studio produces, from the original Toy Story to Wall-E. Pixar has become known for the length of time they take to develop a story or nurture a script before even rendering a single pixel of information. They do have the occasional stumble (Cars 2), and are facing some backlash after announcing a fourth Toy Story movie, but for the most part they put out the best of the best in CG animated films.

Disney’s CG animation arm has not been as successful, at least as far as critics are concerned. Most of their animated films are geared more towards the younger crowd… who will want all of the merchandise that goes along with the movie… and scripts usually are too juvenile for adults to bear. But, since Disney has folded Pixar into the company (complete with Pixar’s John Lasseter heading up the animation unit), their CG films have grown up. Their Secret of the Wings was a pretty solid effort considering it was a direct-to-video film with limited theatrical release, and that also seemed to be a test run for the studios best (and most popular) CG animated film yet, Frozen. And now Disney has released a new CG animated film with the curious title of Big Hero 6.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Channel Surfers’ Delight


Animation appreciation – There has never been or will never be anyone else like Pee-Wee Herman, the most animated human to ever grace Saturday morning TV. The ingenious creation of comedian and writer Paul Reubens, man-child Pee-Wee Herman appealed to both kids and adults. Pee-Wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series (Shout Factory), which premiered on CBS in 1986, running for five years, was like watching all previous kids’ show hosts – such as Captain Kangaroo, Soupy Sales and Shari Lewis – on an acid trip. Pee-Wee shared his playhouse with a variety of puppets, as well as live characters, including Cowboy Curtis (Laurence Fishburne), Captain Carl (the late Phil Hartman), postal employee Reba (S. Epatha Mrkerson), Miss Yvonne, the most beautiful woman in Puppetland (Lynne Marie Stewart), and the usually shirtless Playhouse lifeguard Tito (Roland Rodriguez), who brought more than a little homoerotic tension to the show. The show also made good use of claymation and featured vintage cartoons. The digitally re-mastered eight-disc blu-ray set includes brand-new interviews with members of the cast and crew.

Over the past few years, we’ve seen movies based on toys and games, most notably the Transformers and Battleship movies. There are movies in the works based on the classic board games Monopoly and Candyland as well. Just in time for Halloween, the newest game-to-movie production debuts as Ouija comes to the big screen.

Depending on your personal beliefs, the Ouija board is either just a game or a tool of the Devil used to open a portal to a demonic world. The movie capitalizes on these beliefs that playing with a Ouija board will only lead to bad things.

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