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...
Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas

© 2012 – Warner Bros. Pictures The latest ambitious project by the Wachowskis (Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski) is Cloud Atlas, an intricate tale of lives through the ages. This is a fascinating film from the creators of The Matrix. The script is imbued with philosophy, as is most of their work. They take us on a journey in Cloud Atlas with a storyteller, who weaves us through lifetimes to show us how a connection in one lifetime can sustain us or undo us. The course of the characters is so intricate that according to IMDb “the directors told the actors to think of their roles as a “genetic strain” rather than a series of individual parts, with actions in one story-line affecting another.” Love, of course, is the eternal bond that snakes its way through the ages. The desire to protect those we love, and shield them from harm can propel us to great deeds, as can the need to repay a debt of gratitude for a kindness extended or a life saved. Along with the love themes are the questions of courage and truth. Which things are worth risking your life, and what is the price to pay for cowardice or indifference? When is a hidden truth worth risking everything to expose? © 2012 – Warner Bros. Pictures – Still of Xun Zhou in Cloud Atlas In Cloud Atlas, you will watch as the cast transforms in each age in which they live. You’ll have to pay close attention because the stories are interwoven and Tom Hanks in one part of the tale is not the same...
Films of the Decade – 5. The Lord of the Rings

Films of the Decade – 5. The Lord of the Rings

No honest list of the best films of this decade would be complete without The Lord of the Rings. I don’t want to specify which of the three chapters is my personal favorite, because it is really one body of work. Upon the release of the first film, Peter Jackson became a household name and part of an elite club of filmmakers that are able to please mainstream audiences as well as critics. The name Peter Jackson can be grouped with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas as visionaries.

Avatar – A Breakthrough Film

Avatar – A Breakthrough Film

There are films that come along that change filmmaking. When I was younger, it was the original Star Wars films and 2001: A Space Odyssey. These films altered forever how we would look at film, space, science fiction, ourselves, and the world around us. Avatar takes us on a new exploration of those issues, once again raising the bar on our experiences.

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