Inside Out (2015)

Going to the theatres two weeks in a row! Yay!  I’m catching up to my once a month theatre visit goal ;) That seems easy but its not…

Yesterday night, we decided to head out to see Inside Out and we ended up having 4 friends join us as well.  It was absolutely crazy since it was Canada Day so everyone was out and about.  It was intense to find space in the parking lot and I thank the whole buying tickets online thing and being able to pick it up.  Technology rules, at least sometimes, right? ;)

Let’s check out Inside Out!!

Oh wait! Before that, as usual there’s a short before the main feature called Lava.  It looks something like this.

Lava Short

In short, animation was great, the music was cute but somehow hmmm, not quite as great as the past few that I’ve seen.

Inside Out (2015)

Inside Out

Director: Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen

Cast: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Richard Kind, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan

After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.-IMDB

At its 15th movie, Pixar has had generally a good run.  I think a lot of us can agree on that.  Although most of the movies are box office gems, how many are actually worthy of whipping up those emotions and being just totally epic? That’s a question I started asking myself.  Inside Out is one that does that.  Just like Toy Story works on the whole childhood thing, Inside Out flips around and lets us see whats going on in our brains as the emotions fight for their spot while a young girl is uprooted and moved to San Francisco.  While the initial concept of Inside Out had me doubting it a little, its easy to say that the trailers won me over fairly quickly and I was totally sold for this idea. The story itself is unique and the way they told it made us not only connect with the emotions, especially Joy and Sadness but lets us also connect with our main girl, Riley.

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Pixar has wonderful animation.  There’s also something so beautiful about how they lay out the whole scene.  Inside Out is no exception.  Its simply wonderful to look at and perfectly sets the mood for where it wants the story to head.  Our characters all have their distinct feature, making them easy to connect to.  For example, Anger is red and Sadness is blue.  Our emotions are color-coded as well and that simplifies this plot a little.  I’m pretty sure that kids can relate with the imaginary friend and memories they have with parents, older children might connect with the whole puberty or school or new environment and adults will go in maybe churning up and remembering some of their childhood memories.  At the same time, we also get to remember that sadness and joy (and the other emotions) come hand in hand.  They all connect together to make us appreciate each moment even more.  Whats a story without having something we can take away from it, right? Right!

Inside Out

Plus, the voice acting.  Man, it was so fun.  The voice cast is outstanding with Amy Poehler being the bright and positive Joy and Phyllis Smith being the depressed Sadness. Disgust was believable with an attitude with Mindy Kaling adding some style and sass.  Whereas, Anger, voiced by Lewis Black was by far the most hotheaded one that brought on a ton of humor and his whole dynamic with Fear (voiced by Bill Hader) was awesome.  Having great vocal talents adds to any animation because its who brings the characters to life and the enthusiasm and personality each character had was completely believable. Moving on to the outside, Mom was voiced by Diane Lane, very much to my surprise.  Especially since I’ve been thinking of rewatching Unfaithful.  Besides the point, Mom and Dad’s emotions was great (as we saw in the trailer).  That part was hilarious.

Inside Out

I really want to give it a little more mention to Riley.  She’s an eleven year old girl.  While I can’t relate to the whole moving to a new city and starting over and that sort of emotional burden, there’s a lot of Riley’s life that we see in memories.  She’s just like any girl out there.  Seeing her life as seen from the inside, you can’t help be wonder a little because Pixar thought it out so well of how to portray the stages of life and the importance of our emotions.  Connecting to Riley’s life is kind of like a journey through our own.  Some of those memories, especially core ones (as they call it), like family really turns this into a heartwarming and emotional journey.

Overall, Inside Out is a unique story and has a great vocal cast to back it up.  Its able to mix a good balance of humor and emotions into the plot to make it memorable, while carrying a message about the importance of our memories and how certain memories stay with us while others are forgotten, about moving on, about changes and most importantly, that no emotion can stand-alone because one emotion will trigger another one to make things even better.  Why is Inside Out a definitely hit and a must see? Its because it connects well with the audience through our own memories and how we can relate to Riley even if we’re not a child anymore.  It’ll tug a little on our heartstrings and play on our own emotions.  I can tell you, at a few parts, I started getting all teary eyed.  Inside Out is quite simply awesome.  There are no other words to describe it.  There are fun characters and lots of laughs to be had between all the emotional moments.

Have you seen Inside Out? What did you think about it?

Genre Grandeur June Finale – The First Time (2012) – Tranquil Dreams

Kim @ Tranquil Dreams:

Check out my finale for this month’s Genre Grandeur over at MovieRob! My choice is a much newer choice from 2012’s My First Time with the very charismatic pair with Britt Robertson and Dylan O’Brien.
A huge thanks to Rob for letting me choose June’s genre for his monthly segment. I feel so honored! :) Head on over to check out all the other choices because they are awesome!
Next month’s genre is dark comedies. If you are interested in participating, you will find where and when to send the reviews.

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high-school-romanceFor this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – High School/Teen Romance Movies, here’s a review of The First Time (2012) by Kim of Tranquil Dreams

Thanks again to Kim of Tranquil Dreams for choosing this month’s genre.

If you missed any of them, here’s a recap:

This month we had 16 review for GG:

  1. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)Darren
  2. Easy A (2010) – Drew
  3. Pretty in Pink (1986) – Reut
  4. A Cinderella Story (2004) – Natasha
  5. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)Darren
  6. A Walk to Remember (2004) – Kim
  7. A Walk to Remember (2004)Darren
  8. Say Anything (1989) – Eddie
  9. From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) – S.G.
  10. The Fault in Our Stars (2014) – MovieRob
  11. Ocean Waves (1993)Darren
  12. Footloose (1984) – S.G.
  13. William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996) – Anna
  14. Clueless (1995) – Carly
  15. Easy A (2010) –…

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Grease (1978)

I’d like to consider myself pretty knowledgeable when it comes to musicals.  I know that there’s a ton that I haven’t seen but I’ve also seen a good bunch of them and they are possibly one of my favorite genres ever to watch.  Imagine the surprise when I tell you that before 2 weeks ago, I’ve never seen Grease before.  I know of Grease and I’ve seen the Grease based episode on Glee before.  I’m relatively okay with the younger days of John Travolta and I know that Olivia Newton-John is in it, even though I’ve never actually seen her in any movies.  Its always been on my list but I’ve just never gotten around to it.

Here we are! My friends dropped by with their little one (I talked about it HERE) and while we had nothing to do while she took care of her mommy duties, we sat down to watch Grease :)

Let’s check it out!!

Grease (1978)

grease

Director: Randal Kleiser

Cast: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Jeff Conaway, Stockard Channing, Didi Conn, Barry Pearl, Michael Tucci, Kelly Ward

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance? – IMDB

 I have no idea what has taken me this long to watch Grease.  Grease is a fun high school musical film full of great songs and great characters.  While I was completely convinced with the whole romance between Danny and Sandy and it begged for a little more development, the music and dance choreography was so great and really memorable.  Watching this actually  made me realize that I knew most of the songs before I even watched this.  Maybe my parents watched this when I was young and it stuck in my memory? I don’t know.

grease

My version of Grease’s review wouldn’t be complete without tackling the concept of young John Travolta.  I had a bit of respect for him until he really creeped me out in this year’s Academy Awards. He looks a tad plastic and I haven’t quite enjoyed his recent movies.  I can’t even remember them anymore.  But young John Travolta, early in his career, I believe, was fantatic.  Sure, like any musical brought to the big screen, there’s a tad of overacting and whatnot but Danny is such a great character.  He’s the school bad boy and the leader of the T-Birds but he falls in love for Sandy.  The choice now is deciding whether he can give up his image for this girl.  The character development of his character was pretty good from trying to hide his feelings to being an encouraging leader to his friends (especially about their rundown crappy car and turning it into Grease Lightning) and by the end, he’s changed in his own way. John Travolta in this role was really great.  He carried it amazingly and while I sat around wondering if John Travolta in his younger self was handsome, I do admit he had a bit of charm going for him as Danny.

Plus, he had his buddies in T-Birds and they made up for a lot of humor as well.  Just looking at the supporting role in his best friends Kenickie (Jeff Conaway).  That guy kind of grew on me a little.

grease

Turning to the other side, the ladies.  Sandy is from Australia originally and due to a change of events, she ends up in the same school as Danny.  And through some way, she ends up hanging out with the Pink Ladies lead by Rizzo (Stockard Channing), a independent girl who holds her on but really is quite soft-hearted when you get to know her.  Her and Kenickie have an interesting vibe.  The other Pink Ladies are all unique in their own way, each one has their own personality. Two of these girls are more highlighted: Rizzo and Frenchie.  Frenchie’s all about living in her dreams but uncertain about her future. Its a good reflection of high school and trying to figure out what to do with your future, at least a glimpse of it.

grease

Going back to our main lady, Sandy.  She’s a sweet, good girl.  She has her own principles and really likes Danny but she wants him to accept the guy that she spent the summer with.  The contrast between the characters and the individually they were all pretty good but the development of the romance between Danny and Sandy was a little lacking and same kind of goes for Rizzo and Kenickie.  Not to say that when they were together it didn’t have their own little spark but what made up for it was definitely the upbeat music.  I could get that the fast pace of events going on and the music and dance sequences really kept the audience engaged in the movie and that’s the plus to all this.

Overall, Grease is a fun upbeat teenage musical full of great dance sequences and amusing characters and catchy songs.  Its absolutely addictive to watch (and I’m saying this because I watched it a lot of times the week after I saw this which is what delayed writing this actual review…).  I love Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta as Sandy and Danny respectively.  Although their story could be a little more developed, same goes for Rizzo and Kenickie, there was still a nice chemistry going on between the couples.  Definitely a must-see and an awesome time altogether! :) I may be one of the few that haven’t seen this but if you haven’t, you should!

Have you seen Grease? What do you think of John Travolta? Which is your favorite song?

Opinions Battles Round 5 – Non Disney/Pixar Animated Movie

Kim @ Tranquil Dreams:

Welcome to Round 5 of Opinion Battles! This time we’re sharing our favorite films of non-Disney/Pixar animated movie. Anime was also excluded. My choice was none other than my childhood favorite that I watch at least once a year, Balto. I wonder if a lot people do know about this animation but still, its one of my favorites thats held up over time.
Head on over to check out the rest of the choices. There are some fantastic ones and remember to give your favorite a vote and share this with your friends so we can get more people involved in the poll :)

Originally posted on Movie Reviews 101:

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Non Disney/Pixar Animated films

This weekend we have just had ‘Minions’ come out so what better subject to look at than Non Disney/Pixar animated film. We have also chosen to avoid animé as we will look at them later in the year too. We all have a place in us that like to watch animated films but just which is our best choice.

Our next subject with be parodies/spoof (comedies that make light of a serious idea) films, if you would like to join in email moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk by the end 12th July 2015.

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

The Lego Movie (2014)ego

When I look for the best animated films I always look for one that I can pick up and watch from any point of the film. I enjoy watching this one because it has so many clever references, characters you will know in supporting roles but most…

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Cover Reveal: Killer Treads by Anthony Renfro

Welcome to the next cover reveal!

We have a new cover and re-release of a short story Killer Treads by Anthony Renfro.  He runs the blog Books, Movies, Poetry.  He writes awesome haiku poems for all sorts of topics including movie reviews.  I’ve also reviewed a few of his short stories and his novel earlier this year called AWOL. You can check that out if you’d like.

Killer Treads is available for free today (June 29th) and tomorrow (June 30th).  Don’t miss your opportunity to check it out.

I present to you, the new cover for Killer Treads!

Killer Treads

Synopsis

A short story about a man who sees a flashy ad online advertising a twenty dollar treadmill. He buys the machine, too cheap to be scared, and realizes much to his dismay that this machine has a taste for blood. Big Bob better run like his life depends on it, because in many ways it does.

Reviews

3 out of 5 stars: Kind of fun, kind of gory, and I liked it.

Where you can get the ebook on Amazon

US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D4BG0VK?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00D4BG0VK?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B00D4BG0VK?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

CA: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00D4BG0VK?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Genre Grandeur – A Walk to Remember (2002) – Tranquil Dreams

Kim @ Tranquil Dreams:

Check out my review over at Rob’s Genre Grandeur this month where I got the pleasure of choosing the genre. My choice was Teen/High School Romances.
There has been a ton of really good reviews for awesome choices already up that I had considered before choosing this one (and one later on). My choice here is for A Walk to Remember. I have reviewed it before here but it is a great teen romance featuring once of the best chemistry in an on-screen couple that always gets my emotions churning and tears flowing by the end of the movie.

Originally posted on :

high-school-romanceFor this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – High School/Teen Romance Movies, here’s a review of A Walk to Remember (2002) by Kim of Tranquil Dreams

Thanks again to Kim of Tranquil Dreams for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Reut of Sweet Archives.  We will be reviewing our favorite dark comedies. Please get me your submissions by the 25th of July by sending them to darkcom@movierob.net  Try to think out of the box! Great choice Reut!

Let’s see what Darren thought of this movie:

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A Walk to Remember (2002)

a walk to remember poster

Director: Adam Shankman

Cast: Shane West, Mandy Moore, Peter Coyote, Daryl Hannah, Al Thompson, Lauren German

Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore) and Landon Carter (Shane West) could not be more different. Jamie is the Reverend’s daughter and she is her own person not caring about about her appearance or how others see her…

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Unboxing: 1UP Box [June 2015]

Welcome to another unboxing! This time around, we’re looking at the 1UP Box.

So far, this has been a mixed bag BUT it has been increasingly intriguing.  I haven’t been following the themes of the boxes so its all a complete surprise to me, which I love the spontaneity :)

This month’s theme: Arcade!! How awesome is that?!?!?!

Let’s check it out!!!

1UP Box: Arcade [June 2015]

1UP Box

Spider-Man Zipper Pull

1UP Box

Who is a fan of Spider-Man? I know I am, for the most part.  And zipper pulls break a lot, maybe its the cold Canada winters.  I don’t know.  Either way, I’ll find some cool use for it or I’ll just use it for the ton of bags that I own. Who knows, right? I love practical stuff and this definitely is one!

Metallic Arcade Decal

1UP Box

Decals! This one does look absolutely cool.  I just always wonder…at the rate we have to change our phones and our computers (because they just break faster).  I’d pretty much lose the decal if I stuck it on there.  Maybe I can just keep it as a collectible ;)

Pac-Man Candy Tin

1UP Box

I’m really into arcades or at least arcade games.  Pac-Man has to be one of my top favorite games.  Its funny how the simplest games can be the most addictive.  I mean, just take Agar.io right now.  A huge hit, right? If you haven’t played it, well, its pretty intense and addictive.  I try to stay away from it.  I guess another related one would be like the Candy Crush Saga phenomenon, right? Pac-Man still has a special place in my heart though.

Space Alien Lanyard

1UP Box

I just got a new lanyard from Grand Prix Weekend but this one is pretty awesome. It has the space aliens and “PRESS START”/”GAME OVER”/”INSERT COIN” along the side.  Totally arcade stuff, right? Looks so great!

Street Fighter Bobble Budds [Guile]

1UP Box

Look, this box is winning me over.  Street Fighter was so huge when I fight learned about street fighter.  Mind you, my cousin the closest to my age and lived in Montreal also at the time was a guy and he got consoles so I was knowledgeable about these combat games along with some horror and adventure ones as well. So, YAY!! :)

Fight Fight Revolution T-Shirt

1UP Box

Okay, look, this t-shirt is ALL SORTS OF AWESOME! I kind of regret putting it in my boyfriend’s size.  If you don’t remember or you are a newer follower or you just happened to drop into my blog randomly, I did this (in hindsight) pretty ridiculous and kind of meaningless but somewhat awkward and funny video on a post where I talked about my absolute love for Dance Dance Revolution.  You can find that HERE and then followed with a DDR show HERE.  I’m probably going to regret sharing this but hey, it is fun! As stupid as it all looks, it is! Add that to Street Fighter and OMG! This is so awesome! I might consider stealing this one from my boyfriend…

Overall…This was THE BEST 1UP Box so far! I mean, they’ve had some great themes but this one just was all sorts of awesome: Street Fighter, Dance Dance Revolution, Pac-Man! All of my absolutely faves!! :)

What did you like from this? Are you into arcade games? Whats your favorite one?