Category Archives: Movies/TV

Review: The Boy and the Beast – Jungle Book… Anime style

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The Boy and the Beast is director Mamoru Hosoda‘s latest film. It’s about a nine year old boy named Ren whose world is unraveled when his mother dies. Hearing no news of his father he decides to run away and suddenly makes his way into the Beast Kingdom.

The good; I absolutely love this premise. This reminds me of the movies in the 80s (The Neverending Story, Flight of the Navigator, Labyrinth, Explorers…), it’s about a child being a fish out of water in a new fantastical world. Continue reading

Review: Ridiculous 6 – Titled Just Right

I was once REALLY into Adam Sandler movies. I have fond memories of watching Big Daddy MANY times. I’ve always admired his inclusion of pals in movies. It feels genuine, like they are there just for fun and joined the ride without any hesitation. He also seems like a really nice, approachable guy (not that I ever would if I ever saw him), especially after hearing him on Howard Stern recently.

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Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Star Wars! nuthin’ but Staar Waars!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally out. This is truly the most anticipated movie of the year. Now that the world has been given ample time to watch this film, here, we, go!
The Force Awakens takes place about thirty years after Luke became a Jedi and the second Death Star was destroyed. Now he’s disappeared and the First Order (what became of the Galactic Empire) and the Resistance (backed by the Republic and led by General Leia) search the galaxy to find him.

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Review: Tablo DVR – Perfect for Cord Cutters Who Want It All

It feels really great when you revisit a pastime that you once enjoyed. For me that’s watching the local news. How else will I know how the weather is affecting people in the community or see people complaining about gas prices? I know it’s old fashion, considering you can always get up to date news on the internet with a few key strokes. Maybe it’s just laziness or the fact that I’m doing a lot more juggling with a newborn that adds to the appeal of watching news on the TV now. It’s also nice to have a TV running for guests who aren’t as entertained by the sight of a host prepping a meal  or dying to watch a sports game. Let’s not forget how out of the loop one can feel when read live tweets an award show without being able to watch it. Continue reading

Review: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation – where Tom Cruise runs and runs well

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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is the latest Tom Cruise spy action adventure installment in the Mission Impossible franchise. This time around it involves Ethan Hunt uncovering anti-IMF Syndicate bent on world chaos. Christopher McQuarrie writes and directs this fifth installment.

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Review: Ant-Man – You’ll believe a man can shrink

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Ant-Man is the latest installment into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s about Scott Lang as he becomes the new Ant-Man, but his troubled past catches up with him when he plots a heist with an older inventor bent on saving the world from certain destruction, so this time his criminal skills are put to good use.
This film is directed by Peyton Reed with a screenplay from Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish and Adam McKay & Paul Rudd. The film stars Rudd (as Scott Lang), Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Pena, Tip Harris, Anthony Mackie, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, and Michael Douglas.

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Review: Terminator Genisys – Gonna Go Back In Time…

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Terminator Genisys is the fifth installment in the Terminator franchise, and the first of the films distributed by Paramount. The film is written by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, it stars; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clark, Emilia Clarke (no relation), Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Matt Smith and Lee Byung-hun.
What we know from the previous films has changed, because there’s always the time travel element, Genisys pulls a Back to the Future Part II and returns to the distant past of 1984 Los Angeles, where the events of the first film took place.

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Review: Inside Out – Get Outta Your Head, and into this One

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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.

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Review: Tomorrowland – Great, Big, Beautiful

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Tomorrowland is about a place that only a select few are allowed to go to, Frank Walker (George Clooney) went and was kicked out, now Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) gets her chance to go there. In Tomorrowland, events affect our world and vice-versa, but as to the extent… that’s up to our main characters. The film is co-written and directed by Brad Bird.

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Review: Pitch Perfect 2 – Still in key

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While Pitch Perfect had a modest box office gross, it received a much larger life in home video through word of mouth advertising by those who were pleasantly surprised at it’s funny lines and charming pop mashups. Considering Anna Kendrick’s “Cups” is still in regular rotation on top 40 stations, it’s not a surprise that a sequel was conceived.

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