The Secret Life of Pets (***1/2) and Sing (*1/2) shows Illumination is just pumping them out there regardless of quality

It's plain that Illumination is banking on a distinct visual flair while sacrificing originality of story (and, in Sing's case, distinct vocal talent). There are worse films out there, but it all makes me happy that my youngest one is 10 and I will likely be skipping more of the automatic animation viewing destinations in the future.

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Finding Dory (***1/2) is about new beginnings and never ending

If anything, this film shows us who the real star of the series is. There would have to be some major work done to incorporate Marlin as essential at this point. I am not sure Nemo ever mattered less.

Inside Out (*****) Pixar puts just enough thought into feelings

If you have kids, this film is a must. If you were ever curious about how you might be constructed, watch this movie. If you just want to be entertained, just watch this movie. If you like classic films, just see this movie.

Planes is straight arrow

Planes - 2013 Director Klay Hall Starring Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Priyanka Chopra, Brad Garrett, Cedric the Entertainer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Roger Craig Smith, John Cleese, Carlos Alazraqui, John Ratzenberger Screenplay Jeffrey M. Howard So Dusty Crophopper wants to be the fastest slug in the - er, wait.  That's a different movie.  Not that much different, though.  Dane Cook gives us as generic performance as his … Continue reading Planes is straight arrow

CPE and Em (and El): You don’t have to save the world to be Brave

Brave - 2012 Directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman Starring (voices) Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Kevin McKidd, Robbie Coltrane, John Ratzenberger Screenplay by Brenda Chapman, Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Irene Mecchi Expectations for Pixar lowered significantly over the last year.  Cars 2 was the kind of film released when a company is out … Continue reading CPE and Em (and El): You don’t have to save the world to be Brave

I Don’t Have A Vote: Cool Papa E Picks The 84th Oscars

2012 Academy Awards Please don't let this be the year that the gimmicky French film wins.  I would prefer that the real masterpiece that took place in Paris, France take home the gold.  The rush to crown The Artist as Best Picture feels a little like the time we anointed Brokeback Mountain the movie of our times.  If it … Continue reading I Don’t Have A Vote: Cool Papa E Picks The 84th Oscars

Cars 2 Looks like Pixar, plays like something less

Cars 2 - 2011 Directed by John Lasseter and Brad Lewis Written by Ben Queen Starring Owen Wilson, Larry The Cable Guy,  Bonnie Hunt, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Jason Isaacs, Thomas Kretschman, Eddie Izzard, Bruce Campbell, Tony Shaloub Discovering that the next Pixar sequel coming out was to be Cars 2 was disappointing.  Finding out that it … Continue reading Cars 2 Looks like Pixar, plays like something less