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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Movie Review (2013)

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is the newest animated film from Studio Ghibli in my opinion is one of the greatest if not the greatest animation studio in existence. Please keep making movies! This film is directed by Isao Takahata who brought us Grave of the Fireflies (1988), one of the best anime film ever made and a very touching war story.
This film is based on a story in Japanese folklore called The Tale of The Bamboo Cutter, about a little girl who grows out of a bamboo, raised by a family, eventually turned into a princess, and eventually her odd and strange supernatural beginning come back to haunt her.
I was so excited to see this movie, not just because I love anime, but because Studio Ghibli has made some of the best animated entertainments ever. Hayao Miyazaki movies alone are some of the best movies ever made, not just animated movies. Have you ever seen My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Spirited Away (2001), or Princess Mononoke (1997) ? or any of his movie ? The man is genius, and Studio Ghibli continues their reign of awesomeness with this movie.
I love this film, it’s such a unique and original looking anime. I have never seen a movie with such bold and rich colorful artwork that just leap over the screen without any computerized elements getting involved with that. It’s just like the artists created this movie with their hands from scratch.

Another animation film you might like : Big Hero 6

Studio Ghibli's movies are largely viewed as kid’s films, certain one like Princess Mononoke and others like that aren't really kid’s films but for the most part they’re viewed as family entertainment movies, but they’re not like America’s family entertainment, trust me. Because this film especially has a very mature and realistic look at life.
As this girl grows up in the wilderness you see her enjoy life, she loves it, she loves to frolic around in the woods and when she’s forced to take on his princess role by her well-meaning but not entirely helpful father, life becomes very hard for her as various suitors coming try to woo her and you get to see a girl who really doesn't understand her place in the world which is the theme that is well explored in movies. Characters who are out of place or feel out of the ordinary which most people do to be honest, and that’s one of the things I loved about this film, it took that so seriously.
It shown such a mature and realistic and non glossy portrayal of what life can be like sometimes for adolescents. There isn't a part of this movie that feels fictional despite some of the supernatural elements that are happening which by the way there are moments of extreme beauty in this movie that had my mouth dropped, particularly the sequence where she burst out of her house in anger and runs into the woods. It’s some of the most impressive animation that my eyes ever witnessed.
Princess Kaguya is a movie of raw emotion, extreme childlike wonder and glee, amazing animation and one of Studio Ghibli’s best film.



Director: Isao Takahata
Writers: Isao Takahata (story), Isao Takahata (screenplay)
Stars (voices): Chloƫ Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Lucy Liu
Duration: 137 min

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Movie Review (2014)

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I admired The Hunger Games (2012) movie, really surprisingly almost love The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), and I was excited for this movie because it’s directed by the same person. The first movie had a lot of shaky cam which really annoy a lot of viewers but the second film is directed by Francis Lawrence, it was swift, it was fluid and it was really well directed an he is taking over the reign for Mockingjay Part 1 which was really exciting for me.
In this film continues the story of Katniss played by Jennifer Lawrence and a group of rebels who are going up against the evil Capital that’s been reigning over them with death and chaos and evil stuff for a long time. The way Catching Fire ended it’s like, “Yes, lets just see them just go against the Capital. Fuck those guys. They’re suck. They’re shady people, go kill them.
So in mocking jay I was really pumped to see that happen. This movie based off of one book however and it’s being stretched into two movies, which is the trend nowadays. The Twilight films did it, the Harry Potter films did it, and now The Hunger Games movies are doing it, and even The Hobbit movies are doing it. One book for three movies.
So I was really optimistic going into this movie, I wanted to like this movie and unfortunately this movie should have been called The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 (The Extended Trailer for The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2).
I want to make one thing really clear for The Hunger Games fans out there and for the people who really want to like this movie.  This is not a terrible movie, this is not what I would call a bad movie. It is a movie however where nothing really interesting happens until the last 20 minutes or so. Imagine if The Mockingjay Novel was a rubber band and you just took that rubber band and you kept stretching it, eventually it’s going to break.

Another sci-fi movie you might like : Interstellar, Left Behind

They’re trying to stretch the events of that book over two movies and with this film when it comes off as grasping for the tiniest little bit of details, they don’t really add anything to the movie going experience that really actually take away from it and make it kind of tough to get through because there really isn't much of any action in this movie at all.
And when I say there isn't any action in this movie I’m talking they were really isn't much action in the movie at all. The shot they promoted so often, the trailers of Katniss shooting an explosive arrow, that’s really the only thing she does in the movie. The majority of the movie is actually a camera crew filming commercials with her propaganda pieces to encourage the soldiers in their revolt against the Capital and that really is most of what she does in this movie.
Jennifer Lawrence is a fantastic actor and her character is very interesting and she gives a great performance once again in this movie. In fact all of the acting in this movie is very good. A lot of drama is really well done. There isn't one thing in the movie that you would pinpoint and go, “That is really bad”. But one of my main issue with this movie is actually the character of Katniss, I feel that she does not grow in this movie at all. I feel like she’s the exact same character she was in the last one. There’s no growth in her as a character in this movie. I don’t know that she’s matured or really learned much of anything in this film and for that reason she became less interesting around a story that was even less interesting, that is filled with endless political motivational speeches.
Katniss as a character does not grow at all. She’s the same as she was at the end of Catching Fire but she doesn't use any of that thrill that you got of her rebelling in this movie. Nothing really happened, she gives motivational speeches for commercials that are filmed for propaganda purposes. She sees a lot of dead bodies and cries a lot and stays underground for the entire movie.
Nothing happens in Mockingjay Part 1. The characters that are interesting don’t get to do anything interesting, they just sit around and talk and gives speeches and it’s not until the last 20 minutes of the movie that you feel anything of merit is actually happening and you feel like okay, I’m about to watch the actual movie and then it ends.
In the first film a shaky cam was so awful I couldn't stand it. So it’s great to see Francis Lawrence take the reign in the second one and make a much more smooth film. Unfortunately in this one, some of the shaky cam is back. I don’t know what the hell he was thinking when he decided he wanted to follow people running with a shaky handheld cam. Hasn't this series got enough flag for that? And didn't he fix that with Catching Fire? I’m really confused.
It is a well acted movie, it does have potentials but it’s filled with potentially awesome things that never reach their ark. This is a really easy way to describe a not so great movie but it’s true. This movie was boring.



Director: Francis Lawrence
Writers: Peter Craig (screenplay), Danny Strong (screenplay)
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore
Duration: 123 min
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Far Cry 4 Game Review (2014)

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There is not a lot you could say about Far Cry 4 that you couldn’t say about Far Cry 3. With the previous two sequels signal significant changes in approach, Far Cry 4 takes its predecessor and cranks everything up by several orders of magnitude. This make your fun sandbox is even more outrageous and the off-putting story and dialogue are even greater blight. Big turn-off in a game that doesn’t know when enough is enough. In other word, Far Cry 4 takes every elements of every major Ubisoft series and shoves them into one game, and as you can imagine, it’s big, crazy, entertaining, and problematic, all at once.
The over the top tensions actually start off in a promising manner introducing you right away to Pagan Min, the dictator of the Himalayan nation of Kyrat. You’re there to scatter your mother ashes, he’s there to make your life a living hell. The brutal scene that introduce Min are horrifying, he’s vain, vindictive, and lacking in empathy. He then disappears for most of the game leaving you instead with series of stereotypes, each one more embarrassing than the last.

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Every so often the game seems to be foist to make a point about you being an American, shooting up soldiers in the name of peace and freedom. But when you spend so much time instead listening to radio personality that fantasizes about becoming a serial killer that mere feces on the victim, it’s difficult not to cringe. There is not much treasure to be found in this thrash.
Far Cry 4 is awesome and messy, dumb and fun, gross and beautiful, and problematic. It’s when Far Cry 4 lets you off the leash then you find the thrill you seek. You grab a few guns, maybe a bow and arrow, maybe some molotovs and rush into the wilds, seeking to disrupt the land in the name of golden path freedom fighters.

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While the stealthy method of infiltrating an outpost still available, Far Cry 4 newest tools emphasize chaos and destructions. You can mount an elephant and charge forward launching soldiers into the air with their trunk. You can summon a friendly AI and set a place to blaze with flamethrower, or assassinate an artillery gunner and take over for him.
When you’re beyond outpost, you can find more ways to express your violence tendencies. The new auto driving feature which allow you to automate your trip through the way point isn’t very reliable but it does make it easy to launch grenade on pursuing enemies when you behind the wheel. You liberate the entire fort and climb upwards, goes quickly from cliff to valleys by activating your wing suit and unlock new areas by climbing the radio tower and hacking them.

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Competitive play is one more entertaining way of spending your time in Far Cry 4, a game already full of opportunities to make your own fun. One of Far Cry 4 biggest problem however, is it doesn’t trust you to find that fun. The game constant reminder to go do something other than the thing you’re doing right now are beyond irritating. You liberate an outpost, drive away, and in ten seconds, you alerted that the outpost is under attack again. And so you drive back fend off the attackers, leave and get the message again, and again.




Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
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Little Big Planet 3 Game Review (2014)

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Little Big Planet scrapbooked world of cardboard and metal grating is bigger and brighter in Little Big Planet 3. With more bits and bobs occupy your time and to go every last one of your fancy. It’s more of the same Little Big Planet you've come to know and despite a handful of unfortunate glitches, sincerely sweet new additions like new gadgets and characters keep the overall whimsy of the game intact.

Little Big Planet 3 Characters

The thing about these new characters is that while they’re fun to play, they’re not particularly playable. Each character is confined to the hub world in which they are unlocked. For example, once you unlocked Oddsock in the mingle with swamp hub you can only use Oddsock in the mingle with swamp levels. The same goes for Toggle and Swoop, but Sackboy is playable in all world and in some story campaign levels he’s mandatory.
Each hub world also offers only one point of small doorway at which we swap characters. I’m disappointing that after months of being tantalize with the idea of gathering three friends and playing all four characters at once, you rarely can. As Little Big Planet 3 launched, four characters levels are severely limited which is maddening and saddening all at once if you want to play the whole game as someone other than Sackboy.

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Level structure itself is very basic. Within each hub, Sackboy has to find marbles that when placed together will awaken that hub’s hero. Marbles are rewarded for finishing main campaign levels and when you’re not marble hunting you can explore hubs for hidden side quests and mini games. These mini games ranged from go cart building to lemmings like challenges in which you have to guide six or more Sackboys to the finish line. Each quest is introduced by NPC that is just as colorful and strange as the world itself.
Playing Little Big Planet 3 alone is great when you’re score chasing but playing with friends is infinitely better. Helping each other navigate tricky traps and collect prize bubbles is rewarding as it helps the game transcend from just something on the screen to something affecting the real world space. You and your play partner will shout at each other, laugh, and maybe engaging some playful competition.

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I can’t get over how beautiful this game looks. The world of Bunkum is bright and detail. The NPCs are also fully voiced for the first time in the Little Big Planet series. And between the myriad sounds and sights it’s like an adorable Technicolor acid trip in a beautiful and untouchable bubble of sunshine.
Little Big Planet 3 is entertaining and sweet but things get sour if you run in any of these strange bugs. Sackboy’s twitch uncontrollably or randomly bounce on the screen out of nowhere, or fail to respond in certain levels. A few times I spawn behind the moving boss character in side scrolling levels which broke the game force me to restart. These bugs can also make you lose progress and for more than once I find myself ready to give up because I had to begin levels again.



Developer: Sumo Digital
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
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Dumb and Dumber To Movie Review (2014)

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Dumb and Dumber To (DaDT) directed by the Farelly Brothers starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Back in the day every kid that was in my ages like Dumb and Dumber (1994), it was like the greatest movie ever made. I also lived through seeing Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003) where the only funny part being Bob Saget screaming about all the poop in his bathroom.
DaDT with bad grammar included picks up 20 years after the original film where Harry and Lloyd are coming back together because Harry finds out that he has an extremely attractive daughter living somewhere that he didn't even know about and so they embark on a road trip and it’s funny and stuff happens and you know crazy craziness.
My best way to describe my thoughts on DaDT to you are by giving you a little analogy. Imagine when you were younger you have an incredible friend, you guys did everything together, you had overnighters, you played video games, you watched movies, you played sports, you did everything, it was amazing and awesome, and you guys loved each other and then for whatever reason you kind of parted ways. Nothing happened, there was no argument and then twenty years later, you decide you know what? I want to see this guy again and you call him up and you guys hang out, you go to dinner. It was nice, you had a good time, it’s great to see him again but it wasn't like the old days. That’s Dumb and Dumber To.
Did you really think this movie was going to be better than the original? A film that has been quoted over and over again for 20 years, that everyone admires, that everyone enjoys watching, that has a nostalgic place in a lot of people’s hearts? Of course it’s not going to be better than that movie.
Is it a terrible movie? Is it a train wreck? I would say no, even if the Farrelly brothers haven’t really made a good movie in quite some time. I would say that the best part of this movie is seeing Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels with their amazing comedic chemistry back in these roles just having the time of their lives and giving their all to this physical comedy. That’s something that really have to commend both of these guys, for Jeff Daniels especially. They do a lot of rolling, diving and flipping and stuff, and these are things that a lot of action stars nowadays don’t even do.
Is the movie as funny as the original? Probably not. It does feel a little bit forced. There are times when a lot of the jokes fall flat, especially in the third act and once they actually do meet the girl they’re searching for, I think she was pretty much not funny at all.

Another comedy movie you might like : Birdman (2014), Big Hero 6 (2014)

I don’t know about that character, I think she kind of ruined a lot of the movie unfortunately because I didn’t find her funny in the least. She was very attractive, nice to look at but as a character she’s not funny and for a comedy you kind of need this character that they’re searching for to be as funny as they want her to be and it’s just didn’t work for me.
I do have to say that the overall vibe I think most fans will take away from this movie is disappointment. It’s a funny movie, it’s great to see these characters back and a lot of their jokes do hit because Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey just they work magic together. They are fantastic together in this movie. It’s not a complete disaster, it doesn’t tarnish those characters and that’s what I have to praise this movie for.
But just like in the first film, you didn’t give a crap about the actual plot. Does anyone really care about the murderous schemes going on in the background of Dumb and Dumber? No, we just like seeing Daniels on the toilet for two minutes straight. That’s why we watch Dumb and Dumber. The actual plot in this movie with Laurie Holden? You don’t care. It is the same as in the first film. You just want to see Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels doing funny stuff and you get a lot of that in this movie.
But I don’t want to let my nostalgia override the fact that the movie just isn't as funny as the first one and in some ways it feels like a clone similar to the way Home Alone 2 felt. Even the Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) is entertaining because I grew up with it, when you watch it and you watch the first one, you do have to admit they are literally exact same movie just in a different location.
It’s pretty much the same with Dumb and Dumber To, they follow the same formula. It would have been nice to see them do something of a little bit more difference with these now older characters rather than have them do basically the exact same thing they did when they were younger.
But Carrey and Daniels are hilarious in this movie. They really work well together. It is not an explosion of crap but it is a little disappointing because the third act, a lot of jokes got tired and the character they’re searching for, I really do not find funny at all. In fact it’s kind of annoying.



Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Writers: Sean Anders (screenplay), Mike Cerrone
Stars: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle
Duration: 109 min
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Whiplash Movie Review (2014)

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Whiplash stars Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. Miles Teller plays a drummer, but not just any drummer, he wants to be the next great one. J.K. Simmons plays a well respected music talent/teacher/coach/scout/really mean guy. He saw Miles playing one day and decide to ask him to come to his class, and then he just start grueling Miles Teller’s character. I’m talking devouring him in every sense of the word until he can't take it anymore, and the psychological battle of wits begin.
I remember the first I really took note on Miles Teller, that was the American remake of Footloose (2011) and it wasn't a good note that I took. He’s just seem like the guy who’s the next teen that wasn't going anywhere and going to be in this long string of movie like where he play in 21 & Over (2013).
With this movie, he’s really show me that he has a lot of talents, especially on the drums. He’s been drumming apparently since he was age 15 so he’s really was perfect for this role. However, J.K. Simmons in this movie is an absolute revelation. Imagine of J. Jonah Jameson shaved off his head, became a music instructor, and got really vulgar. That’s his character in this movie, he’s brilliant. He gave one of the best performance I’ve seen so far this year, he’s totally Oscar worthy.

Another drama movie you might also like : Birdman (2014), The Judge (2014), Gone Girl (2014)

Do you know all those YouTube’s montage videos of the best movie insult? You could take his character and fill the run-time of all of those videos with the things he comes up with. But what so beautiful about this movie is the drive that tells the characters feel, that desire to want to be good, the passion that he feels for a subject that he’s so incredibly excited about but he has a hard time communicating that with his family, his father, because it’s a really hard thing to express. I personally know all about that and I completely connect with that aspect of the character because I had the same type of childhood.
I had a really hard time convincing others of my love of movies and trying to get them understand and appreciate what I saw in them. That’s a really difficult thing to do when you younger, to express your love of an art form, because everyone around you just want you to work on a factory, or become a football player, or get a job in an office or something traditional. It takes that rare parents to understand the love of art, and that’s portrayed beautifully in this film, but the highlight by far is the budding of heads between Teller and Simmons.
This is an all accounts of psychological film. It’s not just a music film, it’s not entertaining and funny, this is a very serious psychological battle between two people who feel so strongly about their positions and their opinions and to see them clash is some of the most intense acting that I’ve seen in a movie this year. I’m not going to give anything but this film I think contains my favorite ending of the entire year. It has the most emotionally powerful last ten minutes I’ve seen so far in 2014.
Whiplash is an incredible film. If you’re fan of music, if you’re fan of art and you have a hard time expressing your love of art, if you’re fan of great acting, definitely check this movie out. Whiplash is one of the best film of the year.



Director: Damien Chazelle
Writer: Damien Chazelle (screenplay)
Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist 
Duration: 107 min

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Interstellar Movie Review (2014)

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Interstellar is directed by Christopher Nolan and stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain. This movie portrays our planet at some unspecified time in the future which we are running out of food. The dirt is just not providing food anymore like it used to and people are starving. When a possibility of interstellar voyage utilizing a worm hole becomes an opportunity for Matthew McConaughey, he leaves his family behind in search for possibly inhabitable world.
I was really excited to see this movie because Christopher Nolan in my opinion is one of the best director working today. His films are imaginative, they’re fun, they’re exciting, they’re big and they’re all really good.
So I was like, “Okay, Interstellar is going to be my favorite movie of the year, I can’t wait to see this movie, it’s going to be flawless, it’s going to be perfect,” Is it all those things? No, Interstellar is not a perfect movie, there are some flaws involved with it, the script has some issues, there are some narrative structure problems, some aspects of the way the film ended did not have the emotional punch that I felt was needed.
But I enjoyed the entire run-time of this movie because I genuinely did care about Matthew McConaughey’s character and his family, the entire setup of his family was so well done, and the launch into the space and that entire mission was so incredible, and the CGI was seamless. I barely even noticed any CGI, I mean honestly, the CGI becomes part of the movie, part of the environment, that is praiseworthy.

Another sci-fi movie you might also like : Left Behind (2014)

I don’t have to tell you that Hans Zimmer’s score is fantastic, that the movie directed very well, that the CGI is good, because you guys all knew those things are going to be good.
Now, how about the story? It’s very interesting, without spoiling anything I did think a lot of the aspect of the way the film concluded were great. But the last ten minutes of the movie, I felt were completely unnecessary, too convenient, and too much like a perfectly wrapped gift. It’s just all felt too perfect.
Like the way Inception (2010) concluded, where they aiming for that catharsis in Cillian Murphy’s character, and they got it, and it’s just felt like, “Oh yes, this is so emotionally powerful,” I didn't feel that way in the end of Interstellar. They wanted me to, but I just felt like, “Well, this is really well directed and I wish that I was feeling like I care more at this moment.”
I don’t want to come off like I didn't like this movie because for goodness sake I did. This is going to be day 1 blu ray purchase for me. I have to praise its ambitiousness because it really has a lot of huge ideas. It’s kind of like annoying just threw themselves at the mercy of everyone, just like, “Look, this is what I want to do, here is all of it,” just blow the gigantic vomit of ideas, and he just put it all out there, some of it doesn't work, and some of it really does.
There are moments of brilliance in this movie, there are long stretches where my eyes were glued, there are moments where my mouth dropped, I got goosebump at a couple parts. I had to pee for like the last 90 minutes of this movie and I didn't get up. I was so into it that it kind of eclipses my qualms with the way the film concluded.
Even though I wanted a little more ambiguity for the way the film ended and more emotional punch to the film, I still so entertained by everything that came before that. The movie’s theme is what our place in life is, what our existence is, what our purpose is, are all really well realized.
Anne Hathaway is very good in this film, despite not really caring all that much about her character, all round is amazing visual treats your eyes are getting. McConaughey is the anchor that bring this movie back down to earth. He is terrific in the movie. Is he as good as the character in True Detective? No, but True Detective had 8 hours to build the character. He was just perfect in this movie, he really was.
The space sequences were just mind blowing, some truly epic stuff going on. Definitely a lot of inspiration from Space Odyssey (2001) in there, and a really funny robot character that I truly did not expect to be as awesome as it was.
I felt attached to his daughter when he was still on earth, the emotional connection between them is so real, so raw and so powerful. I really felt that, it didn't seem fake. It felt totally real, like all of the space mission stuff was great. It’s just the way the film wrapped up.
Like I said, no spoiler. There’s a moment when you think the film might be ending. At that point, I feel that if the movie ended, then it would've been a lot better than it was. But it goes on for about another 10 minutes.



Director: Christopher Nolan
Writers: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
Duration: 169 min

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Big Hero 6 Movie Review (2014)

Big Hero 6 is the first Disney’s animated film to have Marvel Characters in it. That’s why this film is possibly inspired by the Marvel Comic of the same name. The story is about a young kid name Hiro who’s extremely smart. This guy is a genius.
When the tragedy happens which I won’t spoil in case you don’t know, he then take responsibility for this thing called ‘Baymax’. He’s basically an inflatable nurse. He’s meant to care for you and make sure you’re okay in every way he can. The film takes place in a futuristic city called ‘San Fransokyo’ which is like a hybrid of San Francisco and Tokyo, where tons of new technology being invented every day.
When Hiro invent something called Microbots and the wrong man gets his hands on them and decides to use it for evil, Hiro unites with five other friends to form ‘Big Hero 6’ so they can save the world.
I love this movie, and what makes it so special, is the relationship that forms between Hiro and Baymax. Baymax is one of the most lovable character I've ever seen in an animated film. This is the type of animated film that makes you sad these characters don’t actually exist, because I would love to just hug that thing. The bond that forms between them is what gives this film its emotional core.
This movie is like an amalgamation of The Incredibles, Iron Man, The Avengers and Terminator 2. In Terminator 2, young John Connors was trying to teach The Terminator how to be more human, how to be more lovable. The movie was Rated R and there’s a lot of blood and violence and everything, but let’s face it, you like The Terminator in that movie a lot.
So you could say that we've seen a movie like this before, and we have, but the movie was directed so well, it’s written so well, and it’s really very funny, and the characters are what draw you to this movie. It’s a very entertaining kids film, but as I said, science place a large theme in this movie. And I remember when I was a kid being vastly interested in science, and I wanted to be an adventurer and do all these amazing things. And this movie has that feeling and ingenuity in it and I can see tons of kids watching this movie being like, “I want to make something special for mankind right now!”
But I can not stress enough that Baymax really makes this entire movie. He really was one of the most entertaining character of the year. Everything that came out from his robot voice was hilarious. The 3D was also terrific and I saw this movie with a buddy of mine, he was there with his four children, all of his kids adored it, and he’s in his 40’s and he loved it too. This is a movie that will appeal to all ages, and that’s the best type of family film, the one where the entire family go to and feel like they learn something, they were entertained, there was emotions to be felt and it didn't feel forced, it didn't feel like they were trying to shoved it down to your throat.
This might be my favorite animated film of the year, and not just because how entertaining the action scenes are and how lovable the characters are, it truly did had me with the emotional hard felt core of this film, and I can not praise the film enough for that because that is really hard to do, especially with an animated movie. Because the movie has a way of sneaking up on you and telling stories that are more realistic that kids can understand that sometime in life certain things do happen, and even though this is a fictional fantasy futuristic movie there is a lot of human emotions in this movie that is very raw, and I think that is something that good for kids to know about.
And I also think that adults are really going to appreciate that, mature audience are going to appreciate the fact that the film isn't just a kiddy movie with actions and explosions and fun. It has a real emotional core to it. It’s a fabulous family movie, definitely go check this one out guys. You should have a lot of fun.



Directors: Don Hall, Chris Williams
Writers: Don Hall (story), Jordan Roberts (story)
Stars: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez 
Duration: 108 min

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The Babadook Movie Review (2014)

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The Babadook is an Australian horror film directed by Jennifer Kent and it’s her debut feature and it’s stars Essie Davis as a mother with a very annoying son. He’s very difficult, he’s very hard to deal with, he has tons of problems at school, he likes to carry around home made weaponry.
And both of them are still dealing with a very difficult lost that happened on the day her son was born. One night, when he request her to read a story for him, she finds a story on her shelf that she hasn't read to him before called ‘Mr. Babadook’. It tells a story of a tall monster that lives in your house and will visit you if you let him in. From that moment on, The Babadook became the scariest film I've seen in all year.
I didn’t know what to expect with this movie. I was getting tweets from people who already seen it in Australia or The United Kingdom tell me to check it out, but I didn't know it. It’s one of those things where you’re going to be like, “What? The Babadook? What is that thing?
I love horror movies, I watch all of them. Bad, good, theater, dvd, whatever. I love scary films. This film truly unsettled me to my core. I mean it. It really got under my skin, in the best way. And it’s because of the melding of a lot of really great things, some of those are a very good screenplay, an excellent and very exciting debut from Jennifer Kent who is in my opinion one of the best horror director I’ve seen in years –and  this is her first movie– and an honestly, truly Oscar worthy performance by Essie Davies. She was brilliant in this movie, she captivated me. Her performance was so real and so lifelike that I truly did not think I was watching an actress.
She was magnificent in this movie and in my opinion, is rising to the top of the list of best actress of the year. I’m not overselling it, she truly was amazing in this movie, and her young son also did a really good job because you started out really hating this kid. But the film has an excellent way of turning the table on you in regards to feeling sympathy for characters you do not want to feel sympathetic for.
Let’s talk about the creature itself without giving anything away, it’s practical, it’s frightening, it’s disturbing, because it is not overly shown. There are no stupid loud jump scares, and there is no over reliance on gore. This is a straight up, unsettling, disturbing psychological thriller.
The creature stuck on mind because of the excellent directing and cinematography and use of sound. The performance sells so well, the music and side effect of this movie is so incredibly disturbing. But there is something that a lot of viewers may not picked up on and that is a fact that this is not just a monster movie, this is a movie about grief, about depression, and about how that can affect you.
There are two different thoughts when it comes to this movie, and I’m interested in seeing what the overall viewer thinks when they leave this movie. Because a lot of people may view it just as a straight up monster movie. Others, while looking deeper under the surface, are going to see a lot more depth to be found, and it is very smart, in fact it’s masterful. Because there is a lot of metaphor imagery in this movie that can lead you to think certain things maybe happening, certain things might not be happening.
I’m not going to give any spoilers here. I’m just going to tell you that this is a very smart horror movie. It’s the kind of movie that is not just about something that goosebumps in the night, it’s about the scariest thing that goosebumps in the night, your past, your family, the people you care about, things that can affect your mind. These are the types of horror this movie explores, and it does it brilliantly. It’s the best horror film I’ve seen in 2014. It is far better than V/H/S: ViralAnnabelle or Ouija or any other crap that’s in theater right now that suppose to scare you.
If you have a chance to see The Babadook coming up this month at any point time, I strongly suggest checking it out. It’s going to be in theaters and DVD in November.



Director: Jennifer Kent
Writer: Jennifer Kent
Stars: Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Tim Purcell 
Duration: 93 min
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