WELL, ‘TOY STORY 4’ IS ABOUT AS PERFECT AS A SEQUEL CAN GET

It’s well known I poo-poo most sequels sight-unseen because I’m a movie snob. But every once in a while, a great film warrants a second and even sometimes a third. Very rarely can a film series surpass a trilogy both in need for more from the story and in audience interest. So, naturally, when I heard about “Toy Story 4”, I said, “Oh come on. ‘Toy Story 3’ was a masterpiece! How could they possibly make another one?” Well, they did and I’m here to tell you it’s about as perfect as perfect can get. Continue reading “WELL, ‘TOY STORY 4’ IS ABOUT AS PERFECT AS A SEQUEL CAN GET”

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‘TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES’ IS A FUN ROMP WITH THE DC SIDEKICKS

Most people would agree that the Marvel Cinematic Universe stands supreme in the world of superhero movies. DC hasn’t quite figured out the formula of good writing, competent directing, and a balanced use of computer graphics. What they have been long-successful with are their animated series and films, many of which I have devoured excitedly. One I hadn’t seen much of due to not having the Cartoon Network was Teen Titans Go! I have watched all of Teen Titans and Young Justice thanks to Netflix, but had only caught glimpses of the newer series. Watching this on HBO Go recently, I am pleased to report Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is a delightfully fun and silly movie kids would love with plenty of jokes for the grown ups too. Continue reading “‘TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES’ IS A FUN ROMP WITH THE DC SIDEKICKS”

“Smallfoot” has a great cast, but lacks clever laughs or memorable songs

On a recent flight, I decided to watch 2018’s “Smallfoot”. I’m a fan of Channing Tatum (he once said hello to me on a film set) and Zendaya (“The Greatest Showman”, “Spiderman: Homecoming”) and the movie looked cute in trailers. Sadly, it did not deliver much more than an in-flight distraction. Continue reading ““Smallfoot” has a great cast, but lacks clever laughs or memorable songs”

“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” proves everything is still awesome (even when it’s not sometimes)

“The Lego Movie” was a surprise hit for me when it came out in 2014. I had no idea what to expect and it ended up being not only one of my favorite movies of that year, but of the last five years at least! I laughed, I cried, and I really wanted to go to my parents’ basement and play with all my old Lego sets! The ending of the film sets up a sequel pretty obviously, so I was not at all surprised when I saw the first trailers for “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” come out. Again, I had no idea what to expect (because how you can top greatness?), so I just waited for my chance to see it. Continue reading ““The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” proves everything is still awesome (even when it’s not sometimes)”

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” continues the excellent storytelling and life lessons of the original

“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”

“Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald” has the magic, but lacks the polish

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”

“Duck Tales” makes its triumphant return to TV with series reboot

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”

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