Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Movie Screening: The Good Dinosaur

With the hub bub of life, I haven't been able to take the time to watch all the awesome movies that have been coming out. Luckily I have really awesome friends and family that don't mind taking my place :p. Everyone please welcome the lovely Kim C. as she takes over as today's guest blogger!
"The Good Dinosaur" asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?  Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

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Initially when I saw the preview of Good Dinosaur, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought it might be similar to a rendition of the Dinosaur movie back in 2000; I must say I was hugely mistaken. This was basically based on the idea that the meteor that eradicated all dinosaurs missed the planet therefore dinosaurs continued to live. It’s a heartwarming story about the relationship between a dinosaur named Arlo and a cave boy named Spot fighting through external forces of nature and surviving. My daughter also watched it and when I asked her to describe the movie, she said it took her on an emotional roller coaster but in a good way. 

I have to say one of the best things about this film is how realistic everything looked - from the shrubbery to the waterfalls to the movement of each character right down to the details of the Arlo’s skin and Spot’s hair. It was pretty amazing!  But that’s Pixar for you; they put in a lot of detail into all their movies.

Like a lot of animated movies, the humor is really set for adults but the kids seemed to enjoy it. There was a particular part that was made specifically for adults. It seemed like all the adults in the theater were dying of laughter including myself. My daughter on the other hand leaned over to me and asked, “What’s going on?” I’m not going to tell you exactly what happened but just to give you an idea Arlo and Spot accidentally ate hallucinogenic berries. It was pretty hilarious!

This movie is another great addition to the Pixar collection! Would me and my daughter watch this again? Absolutely!

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Directed by Peter Sohn and produced by Denise Ream (“Cars 2”), Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” opens in theaters on Nov. 25, 2015. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Movie Screening: Avengers: The Age of Ultron

The moment I saw the trailer for the new Avengers movie, I knew I had to see it ASAP. The first Avengers movie locked me with all the action and attention to detail so I knew this follow-up movie was going to be epic. For those of you who missed all the excitement, here's a little synopsis for you:

"Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jump start a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision."

 This movie had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. It was completely entertaining from start to finish. I was definitely expecting all the action, but I was thoroughly surprised at how often I actually laughed throughout the movie as well. In this follow-up series you can feel the bond amongst the crew. It's as if they were like siblings in a way, bickering every so often and poking fun at their "brother". The wittiness and light - hearted spirit kept the movie fun and entertaining. To me, it even helped bond with the characters a little more. The thing I liked the most about the spunky dialogue was that it was so family-friendly. There were movies in the past that I've taken JAM to and the sly sarcasm and jokes would go right over his head. It was a nice change of pace to get to giggle together and recap the scenes after the fact.

As easy as it is to choose Captain America, Hulk, or Iron Man as the fan favorite, JAM and I both agreed that Hawkeye captured our hearts this time around. I know that you're reading this thinking we're crazy. Honestly, Hawkeye stepped forward with his fancy bow and arrow right into the shiny spotlight. He naturally was always looked at from the shadows or as a sidekick but I really loved how his character shined in the Age of Ultron. You'll have to check it out if you don't believe me. Overall, JAM's movie favorite was the Maximoff siblings. Their powers of speed and mind manipulation had JAM floored. Plus, they're like the new "shiny toys" of the movie so I can't blame him.

The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.
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