A few months back, I won a contest and was sent a Kino Lober Blu-ray containing The Half-Breed (1916) and The Good Bad Man (1916). Both star Douglas Fairbanks Sr. That’s about all I knew. I wasn’t even aware they were both westerns until after I started Half-Breed. So my expectations were hopeful going into the movie but mostly they were non-existence. I received a notably pleasant surprise. Continue reading →
During a recent (late) night in, I sat down to watch this cute little documentary about the story of Aardman Animations. It’s the British animation company that has brought to the big screen movies like Chicken Run (2000), Flushed Away (2006), Arthur Christmas (2011), The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (aka The Pirates! Band of Misfits in North America, Australia, and New Zealand) (2012), Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015), their most recent feature Early Man (2018), and, of course, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005). They’ve also done other things like the loveable and playful stop-motion creation called Morph, Creature Comforts (1989), and Wallace & Gromit shorts. Primarily, Aardman is known as, though I’ve never heard anyone use these words, the king of stop-motion clay animation, with numerous Oscars to prove it. So, it was kind of a given to do a documentary about this amazing studio that started with two guys, a tiny room, barely any equipment, and a little Plasticine. Continue reading →
*Dusts off blog* It’s been a while. Well, let’s dip right back into it, shall we?
Ant-Man is a movie superhero I desperately want to like. While it’s a bit silly for a superhero’a most prominent power to be shrinking (and sometimes growing), Ant-Man has so much action, science fiction, comedy, and dramatic potential. You can see this in the many comics he’s been in but also in his first big-screen film, Ant-Man (2015), and even his brief appearance in the multi-hero blockbuster Captain America: Civil War (2016). But he’s also struggled to achieve the heights he’s capable of. Ant-Man (you can find my short review by clicking here) could’ve been a hell of a lot funnier, imaginative, and fun with its premise and the main character’s ability to shrink to bug size. Civil War instilled some hope, with some spot on writing from Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, that showed just how damn hilarious the character can be and also how creative you can get with the shrinking and growing. A pity then that Ant-Man took such a large step back in his third and latest appearance. Continue reading →