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Early Man (2018) Review



There’s been many styles of animation that many powerhouse studios have utilized over the years when crafting a cartoon animated feature film. While 2-D (two-dimensional) was one of the earliest and had the most longevity within the animation genre, 3-D (three-dimensional rendering) through computer animation has been the latest and greatest usage of bring animated characters (and their world) to life through a cartoon motion picture. However, the usage of clay animation (a form of stop-motion animation) has been utilized and proven to be effective in cartoon storytelling. One particular studio of this unique style of animation is Aardman Animations. This British based animation studio has proven to have several clay animated movies, including Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the WereRabbit, and Shaun the Sheep the Movie. Additionally, the company has dabbled into the art of computer-rendering animation with like Flushed Away and Arthur Christmas. For most part, Aardman Animations, while not outpacing animated juggernauts Disney, Pixar, or DreamWorks, has still generated mostly positive reviews (on average) for their animated features as well as grossing nearly $ 1 billion dollars revenue for their films (altogether). Now, Aardman Animations (as well as BFI and StudioCanal) and director Nick Park present the newest clay animation project with the movie Early Man. Does this latest stop-motion animation endeavor worth a glance or should it be sent by to the pre-historic stone age? Read more

I Can Only Imagine (2018) Review




With dozens of films genre being released each year, a typical one that gets overlooked by the more popular ones (action, drama, comedy, animation, etc.) is the subgenre category of religious movie. These films (sometimes called “faith-based” features) usually center around the struggles and ideas of a person (or groups) identity of a religious faith, which is, more or less, has a profound event or obstacle to overcome. While not entirely, the most commonplace religious type movies focus on the religion of Christianity, sometimes venturing back into the past in cinematic retelling classic biblical tales, including famed epic films like Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur (the original 1959 version) to some more modern endeavors from Hollywood like Risen and The Young Messiah. Other Christian “faith” films finds a more contemporary setting to tell its story, with some being “based on a true-life account” like the movies Unconditional, Heaven is Real, and Miracles from Heaven, while others might find inspiration from literary novels like The Shack, Unbroken and Same Kind of Different as Me. Regardless, whether finding inspiration from true life, references from the bible, or originality, these movies usually speaks on a person’s faith and the inner struggle he or she has within or one society’s views, spreading a message of belief and the understand of one’s belief. Now, Lionsgate (and Roadside Attractions) and directors Jon and Andrew Erwin present the newest Christian religious drama film with the movie I Can Only Imagine, based on the true story of Bart Millard (the lead singer of the Christian music group MercyMe). Does this feature find its religious stride or does its Christian overtones fail to bring this cinematic tale to light? Read more

Top 10 Best Movies of 2017

The year of 2018 is now in full swing and, with the year of 2017 completed, it’s time to exam the “best” and “worst” movies that of that year. Indeed, there was a lot of movie releases seeing in 2017. In total, I’ve personally seeing (and reviewed) over 81 new movies in 2017, some that were very recognizable, while others were “sleepers” that flew underneath the mainstream radar. There were also a lot of movies that made big money at the box office in 2017 as well as some that gained critical praise from both critics and moviegoers. Read more

A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Review




Since the company’s inception, Walt Disney Studios has produced a plethora of feature films, with some animated cartoons while others live-action motion pictures. In amongst those two categories, the studio has told some original stories in the cinematic storytelling, but has also derivate many either classic fairy tale source material (i.e. Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, etc.) or adapted from literary novels. Of the latter, Disney has crafted films to entertain its audience viewers by bringing these book stories to life (from page-to-screen). Such perfect examples of this notion are movies like 1954’s 20,000 Under the Sea (based on Julies Verne’s classic) or 1964’s Mary Poppins (loosely based on the novels by P.L. Travers). Disney has continued this “book-to-film” adaptations for many years, including recent endeavors like in 2005’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (based on the beloved children’s book by C.S. Lewis) and 2016’s The BFG (based on the book by Roald Dahl). Now, in the latest installment in adapting popular books into motion pictures, Walt Disney Studios and director Ava DuVernay present the film A Wrinkle in Time, which is based on the Newberry award-winning book by the author Madeleine L’Engle. Does this movie shine bright and reach for the stars or does it get lost within its cosmic understanding of light and dark? Read more

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