Monday, December 30, 2013

Saving Mr. Banks – Early Thoughts



Well this was something new for Disney.  A biography film that involves its founder and the woman he fought with for twenty years to get a film made of her book.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Frozen - Early Thoughts



I went to see the latest Disney movie so now let’s talk about it.  Full spoilers are under the cut as always.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Let's Review a Movie: Santa Claus is Coming to Town (1970)



Well the holidays are upon us and with them come endless Christmas songs, holiday specials, and nostalgia for the days of yore.  So let’s look a movie that combines all of that.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Independence Spotlight: Persistence of Vision (2012)



My last feature film at the Giraf festival was this documentary directed by Kevin Schreck on Richard Williams’ would be masterpiece The Thief and the Cobbler.     

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Independence Spotlight: The Congress (2013)



Continuing my time at the Giraf festival I went to see the latest film by director Ari Folman.  It’s beautiful, thought provoking, and the first in the category I’ve lovingly decided to call “what on Earth did I just watch?”

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Short Subject: Chief Your Butt’s on Fire (2013)




Well I had the pleasure of attending the Giraf Animation Film Festival recently and they had the world premiere of Steve Moore’s latest short film.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Let’s Review a TV Series: Mummies Alive



Well last year around this time I looked at the first season of the Legend of Korra.  While the second season of that show certainly has lots to be discussed it’s still airing and will have to wait.  So instead I’m jumping in the way back machine and going all the way back to 1997 to talk about the one and only season of Mummies Alive.  And hey mummies are a scary monster staple and totally appropriate for Halloween.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Short Subject: The Skeleton Dance (1929)



Welcome to a new idea for the blog where I’m taking a look at short films all on their own.  Today I’m looking at a short that is totally appropriate for this spooky season.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Let’s Review a Movie: All About Eve (1950)



So today I’m looking at the winner of the 1950 Oscar for best picture and the movie that is tied with Titanic for the most Oscar nominations in history.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Let’s Review a Movie: The Rescuers Down Under (1990)



Finally after a summer of bad and mediocre sequels I’m going to review something awesome!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Let’s Review a Movie: Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (2007)



Okay so if Cinderella II expanded a story that didn’t really need to be developed further.  Then the best follow up to that film is to erase all of it along with the original film completely!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Let’s Review a Movie: Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (2002)



So fifty years after the release of the classic film that still has high marketability even today some high executive at Disney decided that it needed a direct to DVD sequel that would help define the early 2000s as a Dork Age for the company.  So for this Disney fan that rather liked the original Cinderella both for its look and story my response to this thing is a resounding…meh.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Let’s Review a Movie: The Lion King 1 ½ (2004)



You know the title card for this film where the background cracks apart just really sums up this film in a nutshell.  This thing is wrecked on arrival.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Let’s Review a Movie: The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride (1998)



Well The Lion King was the highest grossing animated film in its day, and still is in the category of traditionally hand-drawn films.  Therefore the powers that be decided that it certainly needed to get a straight to video sequel to rake in the cash and who cares if it measures up to the original or not.    


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Monsters University – Early Thoughts



Well I’ve decided to declare it sequel summer for the blog and I will be looking at sequels to films I’ve already reviewed.  So what better place to start than with Pixar’s latest sequel to their 2001 hit movie Monsters Inc.  Please note that this review contains spoilers under the cut.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Let’s Review a Movie: Superman Doomsday (2007)



The first release of the DC animated direct to DVD animated movies done by Bruce Timm and his great creative team after completing their long run on several superhero TV shows from Batman the Animated Series all the way up to Justice League Unlimited.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Let’s Review a Movie: Cinderella (1950)



Well this film doesn’t need a big introduction.  It’s the well-known rags to riches story that with this adaptation provided that for the Disney studio as well.  It was a huge success that pulled the studio back from the brink after the lean years post world war two.  Opening the doors for more feature films, more television shows, and of course Disneyland.  But is it as good now as it was then?

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Star Trek: Into Darkness – Early Thoughts



The first review I ever did for this blog was on Star Trek 2009.  I didn’t like it and spent a lot of time discussing the few pros and the laundry list of cons I thought that film had.  So now that the sequel has finally arrived what do I think of it?  Well…let’s just say there’s still a lot to talk about.  This review contains FULL SPOILERS for the film you have been warned.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A few notes on Star Trek: Into Darkness



Well anyone familiar with my blog will know that I don’t care that much for the latest incarnation of Star Trek.  With the sequel just days away now I thought I’d give my views going into this next release.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Let’s Review a Movie: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)



Well it’s a happy 76th birthday for George Takei today.  To celebrate the occasion I’m taking a look at the last film with the original cast and it’s a damn find send-off.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Let’s Review a Movie: Peter Pan (1953)



This is one of many adaptations of J. M. Barrie’s play, but is probably the most well-known one.  

Monday, April 1, 2013

Let’s Review a Movie: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)



“It’s going to be of interest mostly to trekkies, and then only so they can analyze what’s wrong with it.”

Well I agree with Mister Ebert so let’s get this ball rolling.  The sooner I start the review the sooner it’s over. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Let’s Review a Movie: Mind Meld: Secrets Behind the Voyage of a Lifetime (2001)



Happy 82nd birthday Leonard Nimoy!  I hope Shatner saved birthday cake to share.  Sometimes I still can’t believe that these best friends who on top of knowing each for over half their lives, playing iconic characters, were born only four days apart.  Life is really amazing sometimes.  And what better way to celebrate than looking at the project where they reminisced about their lives together.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Let's Review a Movie: The Captains (2011)



It’s my pleasure to wish a very happy 82nd birthday to William Shatner.  A man who apparently doesn’t know the meaning of the word retire.  He is still going strong today as he was when he was a young man.  So in his honour I will be looking at one of his most recent projects.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Let’s Review a Movie: The Lion King (1994)



Last year when I reviewed Disney’s 101 Dalmatians I mentioned that it was my favourite Disney film until a certain film from the Disney Renaissance came along; and this is that film.  The Lion King claimed the throne as my Disney favourite movie when I was a kid and all these years later it still reigns supreme.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Let’s Review a Movie: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)



James Doohan would have been ninety-three years old today.  So in honour of the man who seemed to enjoy us fans so much, was a great actor, and a genuinely nice guy it is my pleasure to review my favourite of all the Star Trek movies on his birthday.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Let’s Review a Movie: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)



Well, last time we had a film that dealt with aging, death, and no-win scenarios.  This time we have a film about friendship, loyalty, love, and resurrection, and is it as good as Wrath of Khan?  No not really.   

Friday, February 8, 2013

Let’s Review a Movie: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)



You know this film really should have been horrible.  People came in to head the project that weren’t familiar with Star Trek, and the project was a sequel too.  And sequels are usually quick cash ins that studios crank out for money regardless of whether there is a real story to tell or not.  With the theme of aging the filmmakers were acknowledging that the actors, and thus the characters, weren’t the bright thirty something’s they were in the original series anymore, something that the last film avoided like the plague.  The film crew was working on a much smaller budget and if that wasn’t handled properly the film could look very cheesy. Then to top it all off they wanted to kill off a main character, a move that is often done just for the sake of shocking the audience, but with no real substance to it.  This film should have sucked and sucked hard. 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Let’s Review a Movie: Stagecoach (1986)



It’s Deforest Kelley’s birthday and since I didn’t want a review of a Star Trek’s lackluster first attempt at filmdom to be the only thing to mark the occasion I’ll be looking at a western today too.  Unfortunately it’s not a classic western just a remake of one.

Let’s Review a Movie: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)



Well Star Trek: Into Darkness is hitting the theatres in less than six months, and so in the run up to the release I decided to take a look back at the other films in the franchise.  

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Let’s Review a Movie: Be Kind Rewind (2008)



A film directed by the French filmmaker Michel Gondry that tells the story of two guys trying to save there video rental store by ‘sweding’ the movies when all the tapes accidentally get erased.  

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Early Thoughts



Well I’ve been out to see another film, and a rather popular and well-received one at that.  Full spoilers as always you’ve been warned. 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Rise of the Guardians - Early Thoughts



Well after trying for over a month I finally got out to see this movie.  I’ll warn for spoilers in case there’s anyone else left who hasn’t seen it yet before it hits the DVD shelves.