Here is a cute sleeper of a chick flick that might have been overlooked, but should not be missed. It was one of those rare films that Freddie Prinze Jr. did not make with constant co-star Matthew Lilliard during the early 2000s, and that in itself makes it worth the watching. However, the focus is not on Freddie’s character of Jim Winston, but on his cute, clumsy paramour Amanda Pearce (Monica Potter). The couple themselves is a great story, but the supporting cast really lifts them up, and will keep you laughing for quite awhile. Read more...(604 words, 92 images, estimated 2:25 mins reading time)
This movie has several titles, was released in several nations, and came screeching in on the tails of other underwater animated films of much higher quality like Finding Nemo and Shark Tale. It did not get much press or advertising, and rightly so. Even though it has a brilliant voice cast, the story was weak, and had been done far too many times. Let’s get back to the beginning, back to the polluted waters of Boston Harbor.
Pi (Jimmy Bennett) is a small fish that lives with his parents in the over-fished Boston Harbor. A pod of porpoises is passing through during migration season, and Pi makes friends with Percy (Dylan Cash). So, considering Pi’s situation, life could be rougher, and it is about to become that way. A fishing trolley sweeps the harbor, and Pi and his family get caught in a net. Pi is small enough to escape, but has to watch as his parents disappear to the surface with a school of cod. His mother tells him to get to the Reef and find help from his Aunt Pearl (Fran Drescher). He catches a ride to the Caribbean with Percy and his pod. Along the route, Pi (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) and Percy (Trent Ford) grow up, and they find the reef to be protected and amazingly colourful. Read more...(636 words, 86 images, estimated 2:33 mins reading time)
When this film came out everyone hated it for no good reason. The critics because it was not Academy material and the gamers because it compressed stuff from the first 3 games into the screen adaptation. Adaptation, when you take many different parts of a whole to make a representation for easier consumption. The film as itself is quite good with fast paced action, drama and plot twists that you would love in other films. Forget that this is based off a video game and see it for what it is, a space drama with enemies, heroes and stumbling blocks. All the things you want for a great film. When looked at in that light this is a wonderfully brilliant film that you will want to see over and over for its content and story. Read more...(505 words, 42 images, estimated 2:01 mins reading time)