I’m really dreading one day having kids because of all of the children’s movies that we’ll have to go to. I’m sure that all of the other joys of parenting are very rewarding, but I doubt that many people have said that they really enjoyed their children dragging them into the cinema to see Cars 2 or The Lorax. There is also a plethora of excellent family films, some of which have been released this summer, but the kids never check the reviews before going into the theater. And the worst part is that, no matter what, you’re going to have to pretend that you liked the movie. You don’t want to look your kid in the eye and tell them about the bad acting and immature humor that you pray they won’t appreciate for much longer. At best, they won’t understand your complaints, and at worst, you’ll break their heart. I’m sure that many parents are fearing that they might experience this frustration this weekend as they are being pulled into Earth to Echo. Continue reading Earth to Echo Movie Review
Sleeping Beauty has always been one of my favorite Disney movies. Ever since I was a young kid, I loved the music, the characters, and especially the epic battle at the end. Because of this, Maleficent has always been one of my favorite villains of all time. I loved the mystery behind her, and how she was so pissed that she wasn’t invited to an infant’s birthday party that she set a curse upon the child. She was pure evil, and once it was revealed that she had the ability to transform into a dragon, I was completely sold.
Because of the love that I have for the original film, I was interested to see this new release dedicated entirely to my favorite horned enchantress. However, I soon found out that the Maleficent in this film isn’t quite as threatening as the sorceress in the original. Continue reading Maleficent Movie Review
What is it that makes a great sequel? More specifically, what is it that makes a great sequel to a beloved animated film? Pixar certainly nailed the formula with the Toy Story sequels, creating what many consider to be the best trilogy of children’s films ever to be released. Others, such as The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride and The Secret of Nimh 2: Timothy to the Rescue fall short, and don’t reach the exciting heights of the film that came before. I am happy to report that Dreamworks’ latest release, How to Train Your Dragon 2, falls squarely on the Toy Story side of that line, and in many ways surpasses the film that came before it. Continue reading How to Train Your Dragon 2 Movie Review