“Wreck It Ralph” is one of my favorite Disney movies of the last decade. As a lover of video games (albeit a novice and terrible player of them), it was an absolute delight and had such a strong message of friendship and acceptance that still makes me cry every time I watch it. I even dressed as Wreck It Ralph for Halloween a few years back. So when they announced a sequel was in the works, I was thrilled! And I am happy to report it is as good, if not better, than the original! Continue reading ““Ralph Breaks the Internet” continues the excellent storytelling and life lessons of the original”
JK Rowling’s latest entry into her “Wizarding World” franchise hit theaters a few weeks back and immediately the reviews were mixed at best. I saw “Fantastic Beasts” upon its debut in theaters two years ago and was mildly disappointed. However, after a subsequent viewing, it has moved up to the prestigious ranking of “fine”. So going into “Crimes of Grindelwald”, my expectations were minimal. Continue reading ““Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald” has the magic, but lacks the polish”
Growing up, “Duck Tales” was one of my favorite shows. I had it on VHS even, along with the feature-length film. When I heard it was being rebooted by the Disney Channel, I had my doubts, as I always do. But then when I heard who the primary cast would be – Ben Schwartz (“Parks and Recreation”, “House of Lies”), Bobby Moynihan (“SNL”), Danny Pudi (“Community”) as Huey, Dewey, and Louie and none other than the 10th Doctor himself David Tennant (“Doctor Who”, “Jessica Jones”) as Scrooge McDuck, I was in without having seen a single second of the show. Continue reading ““Duck Tales” makes its triumphant return to TV with series reboot”
Say what you will about Disney remaking their older properties in live action. Is it a cop-out? Maybe. Is it working? Like gang busters. Continue reading ““Christopher Robin” encourages viewers to be kids again”
Believe it or not, 2004 was 14 years ago. I know, math, right? But that means it’s been almost a decade and a half since the original “Incredibles” was released in theaters. I loved it when I saw it in college, reveling in the by-gone design and old-school comic book-feel of the world writer/director Brad Bird had created. Then we waited. And waited. And forgot. Then remembered. Then probably forgot again. Then Disney/Pixar announced “Incredibles 2” was coming. And we got excited again. Continue reading ““Incredibles 2” is fun, action-packed, and worth the wait”
Did you miss the release of the latest season of “Voltron: Legendary Defender” on Netflix? Don’t worry, I did too. Thankfully, this and the latter season have been shorter runs, so we have seven new episodes to binge and catch up with the Paladins of Voltron.
Lotor and Allura are getting rather chummy as they work together to build a new ship to better fight the Galra Empire, which is fracturing further due to lack of central leadership. Lance is tormented by his unrequited feelings for Allura. Shiro struggles with his growing certainty that something isn’t write within himself. Hunk receives an education on Galra culture and is able to better cooperate with friendly Galra soldiers. And across the galaxy, Keith is working side-by-side with is long-lost mother to get through a quantum abyss and find an Altean on the other side, which shouldn’t be possible. And the ending of this season teases a huge moment the Paladins have no doubt been waiting for for years.
This season is packed to the brim with good stuff. There’s a Dungeons & Dragons-esque episode. There are epic space battles. There’s love and loss. Flashbacks, flash-forwards, time dilation. Comedy, tears, betrayal and reunion. And this is all in a children’s program.
I recently recorded an episode of my podcast about this season and my guest and I agreed that unlike most shows out there, this one hasn’t lost its steam. Each new season brings new excitement and anticipation and ends on such a perfect cliff hanger, viewers can’t wait for the next group of episodes to drop. It’s also one of the rare animated programs where the cast is so perfect, it would also work as a live-action program. The actors so completely inhabit their roles, you can almost picture their faces when the characters speak. The only other program I can compare it to is “The Emperor’s New Groove”, one of my favorite Disney films from the last 20 years.
According to Nerdist.com, the first episode of season seven will premiere next month at San Diego Comic Con, so be on the look out for when the full season will drop on Netflix, probably in the fall. I can’t wait!
Rating: 5 out of 5 Snack Packs
Lincoln L. Hayes is an actor and film maker living in New York City. He’s got a new “Jurassic Park”-themed video out and will have a new version of his movie review podcast very soon. www.lincolnlhayes.com
Recently on my podcast, my co-host and I picked favorite movies from our childhoods to re-watch to see if they still hold up. The film he picked was 2002’s “Like Mike” starring rapper Lil Bow Wow as a young orphan named Calvin Cambridge who finds an old pair of (supposedly) Michael Jordan’s Nikes and makes a wish to be able to play basketball “like Mike”. After lightning strikes him and the shoes (yes, really), he is imbued with the “powers” of NBA great Jordan, but all the while, only wishes someone would adopt him. Continue reading ““Like Mike” is a magical throwback journey with a dark underbelly of confusion”
Initially I had no desire to see “Paddington” in 2014 for any reason other than to review it for this series. Having only a passing knowledge of the children’s book “Paddington Bear”, I assumed it was purely for kids and I wouldn’t have any interest. But then it did amazingly well at the box office. And people were talking about it. And I said to myself, “Really…? Maybe I should see it then.” Then, four years later, “Paddington 2” hits theaters and even more people are talking about it, namely popular comedians from one of my favorite podcasts, “Never Not Funny with Jimmy Pardo”. And I tend to take their reviews to heart. So, the other night when the wife wasn’t feeling well, we snuggled up in bed and watched the first “Paddington” and I’m happy to say it is delightful! Continue reading ““Paddington” is a delight for the entire family”
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
I saw “The Last Jedi” over a month ago at the time of this publication, but it’s still quite fresh in my mind. Of course I pre-ordered tickets and saw it on opening night. Of course I wore one of my many Star Wars shirts. Of course I loved it. But it has been very polarizing in the world of film as well as for Star Wars fans. Continue reading ““The Last Jedi” is a welcomed new edition to the “Star Wars” franchise”