Epic

Epic

It took me a couple of minutes to place the tale, as Epic began. It has been quite a few years since my children were young enough to have me read the tale to them, however, as I heard the tiny soldiers refer to themselves as Leafmen, my memory of evenings with the William Joyce book suddenly snapped back into my brain. The Leafmen (and the Brave Good Bugs)! Of course! MK of Epic by Blue Sky The story is somewhat different than that wonderful children’s book, hence the new title: Epic. The story was in wonderful hands, however, since William Joyce not only co-authored the script, but was also the Executive Producer of the film. MK is a teen back from school, visiting her absent-minded, science obsessed, and possibly delusional father. Kudos to Blue Sky, by the way, for the female protagonist that doesn’t suck. MK soon finds herself in the middle of a battle between the good Leafmen, who protect the life force of the forest, and evil Boggens, who cause all the decay. MK, voiced by Amanda Seyfried, plays an integral part in the survival of the forest when the Forest Queen dies before the ceremony for the new Queen comes to pass. The Queen’s protector, Ronin, voiced by Colin Farrell is the ultimate chivalrous soldier and Nod, voiced by Josh Hutcherson, is his brash young student, who isn’t learning nearly quick enough to stay out of trouble. Luckily for MK, Nod starts getting his act together when she needs him most. Epic reminds me of a miniature Avatar in some ways. Many of the themes...
Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

Robert Downey Jr. takes over the screen once again as the head of Stark Enterprises, as he battles a new nemesis in the form of the Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley. Gyweneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle also return in their respective roles as Pepper Potts and War Machine in the fast-paced superhero film. Iron Man 3 doesn’t waste any time before they through you into chaos and mayhem. Of course, there’s nothing like giving the press your address to give to a set of psychotic lunatics to shake things up. I have a feeling Stark thought better of that move when suddenly the Mandarin is blowing up his home with Pepper inside! The third movie in this incarnation of the Iron Man saga doesn’t sit still very much. It starts off fast paced and stays there through much of the film. It slows down a bit when Tony Stark gets help from Harley Keener, played by Ty Simpkins. I really must say that I loved his interaction with this kid. Stark is rough on Harley, fairly mean and dismissive, but the kid just calls him on it, puts him in his place, and moves forward trying to help the superhero as much as he can. Ty Simpkins steals the show quite a bit with his quiet performance. Probably my favorite scene is when Tony Stark is having yet another panic attack, and Harley tells him to calm down and breathe, and then says: “You’re an engineer right?” Stark says, “Yeah… right…” and the kid says, “Well, why don’t you go make something?” This instantly calms down Stark as he...
Tron: Legacy – A Futuristic Blast to the Past

Tron: Legacy – A Futuristic Blast to the Past

The original Tron was released by Disney in 1982, two years after The Empire Strikes Back. Although the graphics were already outdated when it was released, because of the amazing work that Industrial Light and Magic was doing, there was something enduring about the film. <img src="http://pointofviewreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/lightcycle.jpg" alt="lightcycle from Tron Legacy" title="lightcycle" width="550" height="206" class="size-full wp-image-2385" srcset="http://pointofviewreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/lightcycle.jpg 550w, http://pointofviewreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/lightcycle-200×74.jpg 200w, http://pointofviewreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/lightcycle-300×112 more information.jpg 300w, http://pointofviewreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/lightcycle-150×56.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px” /> lightcycle from Tron Legacy For all of us who grew up in the age of the old video games played on the big arcade systems, the idea of being pulled into the game and ending up on the grid… or within the inner workings of the computer network (or Internet), which was just coming into being, was compelling and in some way weirdly magical. Coming back to Tron after all these years was fun, especially on the big IMAX screen in 3D, where the graphics of the Grid are able to shine. I have to admit that I really enjoyed seeing the updated versions of the game arena, the cycles, and the big transports. Although I had a good time in the film, the ticket price for IMAX 3D is really a killer. At $18.50 per ticket, it was a very expensive evening for two. Like its prequel Tron, some of the graphics were a bit outdated before the film hit the theater. The character of Clu is a computer generated character based on a young Jeff Bridges, but the character was noticeably computer generated at times, adding a visual distraction to the 3D strain. Especially after losing...
Tangled Gets It Straight

Tangled Gets It Straight

2011 Oscar Nominee for Music (Original Song): “I See the Light” from “Tangled” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater Disney’s latest release of Tangled is a delight from start to finish. If you have kids and you can only see one film during the holidays, then this is it. This updated version of Rapunzel is smart, cute, and simply a blast! Rupunzel, Flynn Rider, and Maximus in Disney’s Tangled® You would think that a girl locked in a tower with super long hair would be a real drag, instead she is a spunky, young girl (played by Mandy Moore) who uses her hair like the ultimate tool. Her side-kick is a cute little chameleon, who keeps reminding her of her dreams. helps her with her paintings, and her chores around the tower. No kitty cats for this girl. Rapunzel’s Chameleon One day while her “mother” is out, a rogue by the name of Flynn (played by Zachary Levi Pugh) is chased into the castle by a guard’s horse, Maximus, a rather determined fellow. Striking a deal with Flynn after knocking him out with a frying pan, Rapunzel sets out on the first journey of her life to see the floating birthday lights that have fascinated her all her life. What ensues is hysterical and wonder filled. [ad name=”Google Adsense-bottom”]Although Disney has come under fire for changing the name of the story from Rapunzel to Tangled, it seems as though an updated story deserves an updated name. When asked about it at the film’s release, Wikipedia quotes the directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard as saying,” You can’t...

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