Take a Guild Wars 2 Engineer with the conman talents of a Mesmer, align him with a water Elementalist, and bring him to battle again two power-hungry Elementalists, one fire and one air, add some steampunk-based psychedelia, since in the time period of the early 1900s, all the supposedly bad narcotics were commonly used in various over the counter products and totally legal, and you have Oz the Great and Powerful. This movie takes a new approach to the story of a land that can only be found by route of tornado from our world, and tells us how the great Wizard of Oz became such a legend in Americana pop culture. Just like the original movie, the prologue starts in a black and white Kansas setting, but not on a farm in the 1930s. This time it is 20 years earlier in a travelling circus, and focus of the tale is on a mesmerizing illusionist and conman, Oscar Diggs (James Franco), or Oz for short. He has his usual little bag tricks on and off stage, and his escape routes are planned before anyone even know what hit them. He’s a player with the ladies and a charmer for just about everyone until his secrets get out. Read more...(836 words, 7 images, estimated 3:21 mins reading time)
It was the 1990s and animated movies were outstanding, no matter whether hand-drawn or computer animated. The tales come from the studios of Disney, Universal, and Warner Brothers were amazing, and our millennial kids could not get enough of them. The Magic Sword: Quest for Camelot is one of those movies. A new take on the Arthurian legend, this focuses on Kayley(Jessalyn Gilsig), the daughter of Sir Lionel (Gabriel Byrne) and Lady Juliana (Jane Seymour). Kayley is enamored with all the ideals of what a true Knight of the Round Table stands for, and wants to be a knight just like her father. At this time, the kingdom is very prosperous and at peace, but too peaceful for one knight in particular. Sir Ruber (Gary Oldman) has become greedy, and looks to take Arthur’s land for himself. To do this, he must obtain Excalibur, and after attacking Arthur to steal it, Sir Lionel is caught between them and takes a fatal wound. Ruber succeeds in getting the blade, and gives it to his hench-creature? Griffin (Bronson Pinchot) to fly back to his keep for safe-keeping. Read more...(448 words, 7 images, estimated 1:48 mins reading time)
As if it is possible for Disney movies to get any better, they keep do! Zootopia is one of those kinds of movies that you can keep watching over and over again and never get tired of, which is pretty much the standard with many Disney movies. This story takes place in a very modern city, but it is the “tail” of Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), a cute little bunny from Bunnyburrow, one child of over two hundred children of Bonnie (Bonnie Hunt) and Stu (Don Lake) Hopps, that want to be a police officer in the city of Zootopia. The country folk of Bunnyburrow think she will fail, and should be a carrot farmer like her parents, but she is determined to prove them all wrong. A while later, she is off to the police academy, training in all kinds of climates and terrain. All the other recruits are large predators or bigger herbivores like rhinos or hippos, but Judy uses her bunny gifts and dexterity to rise above her problems and soon graduates at the head of the class. Read more...(602 words, 7 images, estimated 2:24 mins reading time)
This is one of the finer movies that I have seen to depict both dystopia and utopia all in the same film. You have both young and old, representing both and you see what happens when you feed the wrong wolf. That is something from the movie. It is making the point that is you feed the negative, all you will get is the negative but if you have a positive outlook then anything is possible, allowing you to see your dreams come true.
I found that the acting was both fun and frivolous and just a joy to watch. It has a high caliber cast and just with most Disney films a rollercoaster of highs and lows that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Since the film has already been reviewed by my wife, link below, I will not get into the specifics of the film right here. What I will tell you is that after watching this film you will want to watch it again. It is a film that the whole family can enjoy over and over again. Read more...(270 words, 164 images, estimated 1:05 mins reading time)
This great family movie is a wonderful wake-up call, and an amazing adventure rolled up into one somewhat confusing journey. It starts with a short cartoon about history and progress, and how everything man creates to better his world usually ends up getting to destroy it. Then we discover there is a secret place where artists and engineers can work together without government intervention to make the world a brighter, cleaner, and healthier place. A place that does not fear science or art, and when one tries to take in a bit of culture, they do not be berated and told to remember their place. This place was design by four of the most brilliant men of the 19th Century. Tomas Edison, Nikolai Tesla, Jules Verne, and Gustave Eiffel. The cartoon ends, and our story starts where we see Frank Walker (George Clooney) in the process of recording some sort of video about an upcoming doomsday. We hear the the voice of a young woman criticizing his words, offering up suggestions on other ways he might want to get the message across. He decides to tell his story from where it all began for him. Frank was an very young, aspiring inventor on his way to the 1964 World’s Fair. Most likely one of the most futuristic expos at the time. The set looks like something right out of The Jetsons, but this expo was a real place, and it was done during a time when the Space Age was at its height, and the sky was no longer the limit. Read more...(1008 words, 7 images, estimated 4:02 mins reading time)