When it was announced that Peter Jackson was making a screen adaptation of The Hobbit, I knew right off the bat that it would be a completely different experience than his Academy Award-winning Lord of the Rings films. Anyone who has read any portion of either The Hobbit or The Fellowship of the Ring can tell that The Hobbit is written for a younger audience and is meant to be enjoyed in a different way than Tolkien’s epic trilogy. They are different types of stories, and should be evaluated separately. For this final installment in the Hobbit trilogy, Jackson has dialed up the action with some epic Middle-Earth warfare. Continue reading The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies 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
When I first heard about the movie “Her”, I thought that it seemed like the kind of film that would play into the juvenile humor that you would expect from such a movie. The concept of a man dating his OS brings all sorts of images to mind. I was sure that there would be some sort of joke involving the phone’s vibrating feature, and I was certainly expecting some sort of scene where the main character looks up naughty images while talking to his AI companion. I also thought that there might be some sort of ridiculous message in the film involving all of the other characters being disgusted at the thought of this man dating his OS, while they should really just accept him for who he is.
Of course, I was completely wrong. Continue reading Her Movie Review