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Toy Story 3: The End of One of the Greatest Trilogies Ever? June 21, 2010

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Pixar is on top of the world. They’ve made some of the best films of the past decade: Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Wall-E and most recently, Up. So what can they do after going on a running streak of masterpieces. Return to what they started by completing their beloved series: Toy Story.

The third installment has literally been teased for years through blooper reels, rough promotional posters (most revealing a different plot where all the Buzz Lightyears are recalled) but it finally hit theaters and audiences had a hunch, after Up and Wall-E, that it was probably going to trek through darker territory.

In Toy Story 3, Andy is leaving for college in a few days. Worried about being stuck in the attic, or worse thrown out, the toys make the decision to escape to a day care center. Still under the impression that he’s Andy’s toy and that he should always be there for him, Woody leaves day care to return to Andy. The other toys are greeted by Lotso, the head toy at Sunnyside Daycare. However, the toys realize that under Lotso’s cuddly exterior is a narcissistic tyrant who has created a strict caste system at Sunnyside. The film quickly turns into an energetic prison escape film homaging to classics like The Great Escape and Escape from Alcatraz.

Throughout the prison escape story arc great new characters are introduced including the ridiculously flamboyant, fashioned-obsessed Ken, the overly theatrical Shakespearean Mr. Pricklepants and of course Lotso who develops into one of the most surprisingly devious (and ultimately tortured) villains of the past few years. He truly is a manipulative force to be reckoned but the big reason he’s such an amazing villain is that all this trickery and evil is coming from this:

a character that’s ultimately a combination of Winnie the Pooh and Barney.

The writing is smart, proving once again that Pixar are truly master storytellers and frankly, remind us why we love all these characters in the first place. The visuals are very impressive although A. not as gorgeous as recent Pixar films and B. doesn’t really show itself off in 3D. The only serious problem about Toy Story 3 is that the ending gets a bit on the awkward side and (let’s hope to G-d not) can possibly give room for another sequel.

But frankly, that’s just me being as nit-picky as possible. This movie is fantastic, not just because it’s a fun, hilarious and deeply emotionally moving summer movie but it brings the series full circle in ways many didn’t think were possible. Toy Story is more than just about your toys coming to life and having adventures. It’s about overcoming the fear of loss and moving on to different, bigger and possibly scarier things. Similar to Where the Wild Things Are, it’s not exactly a kids movie but more of a nostalgic trip for those young adults and 20-somethings who grew up with the series. That being said, unlike Wild Things there’s no severe emotional breakdowns or tearing off limbs, so it won’t scare the crap out of kids: it’s still a family film to an extent. Pixar have truly made their mark on not just the animation world but the entire film industry and ending their first major series (especially on such an emotionally powerful note) is a truly remarkable achievement. Years from now, I think it’s safe to say that Toy Story 3 will be considered one of the best trilogies of our generation. After Wall-E, I said Pixar can’t top this. After Up, I said Pixar definitely can’t top this. Now after Toy Story 3, I can honestly say that this has to be the prime of their work. Not just because it’s a near perfect film…

…but because their next movie is Cars 2…


2010’s Most Anticipated Films: Part One January 9, 2010

Another year, another flock of movies that may or may not be considered classics. The following list of films are movies that have intrigued me. Will they be good? Well only time can tell but nevertheless, I have my eye on these movies. This is part 1 of a two part blog. In this segment, we will be talking about the anticipated movies from January to June.

Youth In Revolt

I’m a fan of Michael Cera, mainly cause I can relate to him and his awkward sense of humor. And while some might brush this one off due to their belief that he basically plays the same role in every movie, this one is a little different. In Youth In Revolt Cera’s character creates a bad boy alter-ego to win the heart of his love interest. As one would expect, chaos ensues. All this plus an eclectic cast featuring Justin Long and Zack Galafinakis (does anyone know how to spell his name?) and you have what might be a great way to kick off the new year. In theaters: January 8


How many horror action films can you think off that deal with a religious based apocalypse? Now how many of those aren’t horrible or starring Kirk Cameron? In Legion, God loses faith in humanity and sends an army of angels to eradicate the human race. That is until a fallen angel is bent on saving humanity by finding the woman who is pregnant with “the savior”. Yeah. And I didn’t even mention the crazy old lady who tells said pregnant woman that “her f***ing baby’s gonna burn” and then turning into a possessed demon/angel thing… or something. Oh and there’s another crazy demon/angel thing that drives an ice cream truck and crawls on all fours. This will kick ass. In Theaters: January 22

Valentine’s Day

With intertwining plots and an insanely huge ensemble cast this has potential of being a spiritual successor of sorts to Love, Actually (one of my favorite films). Whether it lives up to that promise or not, one can be sure that this will do very very well at the box office due to the variety of stars that will appeal to pretty much every age group. In Theaters: February 12th

Shutter Island

Okay. So the recent delay may have prevented it from prevailing the 09 Oscar season but I doubt that that will stop a Scorsese directed, DiCaprio starred thriller. Having to solve the mystery of the disappearing of psychotic killer seems like the kind of premise Scorsese would be perfect to work with. And honestly, is there any setting more terrifying for a crime thriller than a mental institution? Perhaps Shutter Island will prove that the months of January and February aren’t always dumping ground for mediocre projects. In Theaters: February 19th

Alice In Wonderland

Tim Burton isn’t exactly the best at remaking previous works *cough cough* Planet of the Apes *cough cough* however Tim Burton, the guy behind God knows how many imaginatively eerie works, doing a re-imagination/sequel of Alice in Wonderland just feels right. And sure he’s using Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter… again but with appearances by Alan Rickman, Christopher Lee and Crispin Glover sound really really promising. Not to mention, this will most likely be to die for in Digital 3D. In Theaters: March 5

Hot Tub Time Machine

Here’s the lowdown: John Cusack, Rob Corddry (The Daily Show), Clark Duke (Sex Drive, Greek) and Craig Robinson (The Office, Pineapple Express, Zack and Miri Make A Porno) time-travel to the 80s through a hot tub. It also features appearances by Chevy Chase and Crispin Glover. The last time traveling movie Crispin Glover was in was a very little-known movie called Back to the Future. Not to mention, it’s directed by Steve Pink who previously worked with Cusack on High Fidelity and Grosse Point Blank. Although it has to compete with pre-summer blockbusters like Clash of the Titans and How to Train Your Dragon, with the right marketing behind it, it might be one of the biggest comedies of the spring. In Theaters: March 26th


You don’t have to wait till may for a superhero movie. Matthew Vaughn, director of Stardust, just adapted the graphic novel Kick-Ass. Doesn’t sound familiar? Well it’s written by Mark Millar, the same guy who wrote Wanted and the renowned Marvel Civil War story arc. While I never read Kick-Ass, I’ve heard the story is over-the-top, eccentric, outrageously violent and takes place in the “real world”, so expect all of that in the movie as well. The movie stars (500) Days of Summer’s Chloe Moretz, Nicholas Cage and McLovin himself, Christopher Mintz-Plasse. There’s a very good chance this unconventional superhero movie will well…

Iron Man 2

Two words: War. Machine. In Theaters: May 7

Robin Hood

Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott return for the first time since Gladiator and will concentrate on the more action oriented mythology of the famed “steal from the rich, give to the poor” hero. This has potential of being action-packed, epic and a fantastic way to start the summer season along with Iron Man 2. All this and I’m a huge Robin Hood fan: from his unconventional sense of morality, to the Disney animated film to the fact that whenever I play a role playing game I always create a character similar to Robin Hood (I’m not that much of a geek I swear). In Theaters: May 14

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Hoping to be Disney’s next mature franchise, in the same vein as Pirates of the Caribbean, this is a video game adaptation and probably the first one that will do it right with Jerry Bruckenheimer and Harry Potter director Mike Newell at its side. The trailer has scorching eye-candy and Jake Gyllenhaal showing his potential as an action star. Even if this movie is necessarily good, it has potential of being a commercial success. And with Bruckenheimer’s history of hitting or missing. Let’s hope this is more Curse of the Black Pearl and less National Treasure. In Theaters: May 28

The A-Team

The cult 80s action show is getting a modern day reboot through film with a great cast and crew behind it. It’s starring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper and Sharlto Copley of District 9 fame. It’s also produced by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott and directed by Joe Carnahan (Smokin Aces). With such great names behind it, there’s a great chance it could be one of the biggest action films of the summer season. In Theaters: June 11th

Get Him to the Greek

The only Apatow-produced film this summer, follows Aldous Snow (aka Russell Brand), the obnoxious yet lovably hilarious rock star from Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Jonah Hill plays a music industry intern who must escort Snow to the Greek Theater in LA. A crazy road trip is probably in order. Be sure to expect cameos from Diddy, Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera and Dee Snider and more hilarious original songs like in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Hopefully, this will redeem the Apatow after the commercially disappointing results of his 09 projects. In Theaters: June 11th.

Toy Story 3

It’s been hinted at for years but after a decade of anticipation, the third installment of Toy Story will hit theaters. And we all unfortunately expected that Andy will eventually grow up and leave his toys. In the third movie, Andy goes to college and the toys are sent to day care. Ultimately, the story can go many different ways and after the masterpieces that were Wall-E and Up, anything can happen, even if it means branching into more serious territory. Not to mention, it will probably be to die for in Disney Digital 3D.


Teaser Trailer for Sequel to Extremely Unpopular Animated Franchise May 30, 2009

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Meh. A trailer to some movie called Toy Story 3 was released on the internet as well as alongside Up. You may or may not have heard of the other two… they apparently changed the animated movie industry and brought computer animation into the mainstream. Nothing special… Anyway, here’s the trailer.