ABC Film Challenge – Animation – C – Coco (2017) Movie Rob’s Pick

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“Music’s the only way that makes me happy. And, you wanna take that away! You’ll never understand! ” – Miguel

Number of Times Seen – Twice (7 Jan 2018 and 3 Aug 2020)

Link to original review – Here

Brief Synopsis – A young boy with a deep love for music despite his family’s ban on music travels to the Land of the Dead in order to find his great-great grandfather, a famous singer.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall so many people loving when it came out a few years ago.

I liked it a lot, but didn’t think it was as spectacular as some of the other PIXAR films of recent memory.

This series gave me the perfect excuse to revisit it and see what I think about it.

The film has a great story that is filled with lots of love and heart throughout.

Things feel quite unique and original in the way the present the story and plot and that helps make this quite enjoyable to watch unfold.

The choice of having most of the story take place in the Land of the Dead also enhances things because we get to see a place unfamiliar to the viewer.

The film’s animation is done really well (as PIXAR always does) and they choose some really great color schemes for the story which help it really stand out from a visual perspective.

The film has a great musical score and a theme song ‘Remember Me’ that heavily utilize the Mexican and Latino culture and heritage and help make things stand out.

The film has a great message and themes that allows for the ideas of the importance of family along with remembering loved ones who have passed on that reverberate and resonate throughout all that they do here.

This film was definitely a deserving winner of Best Animated feature at The Oscars, Golden Globes and BAFTA that year even if they didn’t have any really heavy competition from another box office hit.

Not among PIXAR’s best, yet still quite fun to watch.

Bottom Line – Great story with a lot of heart. The characters and story line are quite original and they find a way to keep thing fun and enjoyable from start to finish. The animation is superb (as always with PIXAR), and they are able to give such amazing visuals along the way. The music enhances the story even more because it helps take us into the world of the Latino culture.  The message and themes of this film reverberate really well especially since they deal with the importance of family and of remembering those that have left us. Deserving winner of Best Animated film at the Oscars, Globes and BAFTA Awards that year.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In active production between 2011 and 2017, it set the record for being the Pixar animated film with the longest production schedule. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)

The Woman in Black (1989) Movie Review

The worldwide Blu-ray debut of The Woman in Black is available exclusively from the Network website on 10 August

Director: Herbert Wise

Writer: Nigel Kneale (Screenplay) Susan Hill (Book)

Starring: Adrian Rawlins, Bernard Hepton, David Daker, Pauling Moran, David Ryall, Clare Holman

Plot: A lawyer travels to a small seaside town to settle the estate of a recently deceased woman, but soon becomes ensnared in something much more sinister.

Tagline – A spine-chilling ghost story
Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Nice Little Ghost Story

Story: The Woman in Black starts when Arthur Kidd (Rawlins) is assigned to head to Crythin, a seaside town where he must attend to deal with the will and sale of an estate. Arthur finds himself needing to meet the locals with Sam Toovey (Hepton) filling in the history of the town, before Arthur starts getting to work.

Once Arthur arrivals at Marsh House, he starts hearing unusually noises, which includes screaming from the marsh, where nobody is, along with a childish voice trying to communicate with him, before seeing the mysterious woman in black in the shadows.

Thoughts on The Woman in Black

Characters – Arthur Kidd is a young solicitor from London that gets assigned to a job in the country, one away from his young family, he must take it to move forward with his career, he must learn how the small town operates, learn about the mystery of the town before dealing with horrific screaming him keeping him up during his stay. Sam Toovey is the local lawyer that usually handles everything around the town, he guides Arthur through the history and offers him the shelter he needs in during the troublesome times. We do have the boss who sends Arthur, who is uses his own desire to improve himself to make him work more, the fellow towns people who have their own stories and other course the mysterious woman in black that is haunting Arthur.

PerformancesAdrian Rawlins in the leading role is the strongest performer, showing the fear he is going through coming off strong. The rest of the cast do work well through the film, showing us just how they would fit the small village.

StoryThe story here follows a young solicitor that must travel to a small town to deal with a death only to find himself dealing with a ghostly figure haunting him, pushing his own sanity. This is from the novel of Susan Hill and slowly builds up the tension as we are left to see just how the hauntings start simple and become more intense along the way. Having the typical towns people guide and the mystery about what is happening keeping us guessing along the way does add something to the story, while it doesn’t seem to reach the full levels of horror that could have been created.

Horror/MysteryThe horror side of the film is the hauntings, while the screaming Arthur hears is great to keep us wondering, it doesn’t seem to capture everything when it comes to the inside hauntings, with the mystery being about the screaming, which does have a surprising conclusion.

SettingsThe small-town setting does add to the creepy side of the story as we learn how the town has accepted what is likely to happen here.

Scene of the Movie – The boat trip.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not enough haunting in the house.

Final Thoughts This is a nice ghost story that has a great mystery about it, only it does seem to hold off on the top scares, even if it is saved with a ending you won’t see coming.

Overall: Easy to watch horror.

ABC Film Challenge – Animation – C – Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) Movie Thoughts

Director: David Soren

Writer: Nicholas Stoller (Screenplay) Dav Pilkey (Novel)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Thomas Middleditch, Jordan Peele, Kristen Schaal, DeeDee Rescher

Plot: Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

Tagline – Putting the “Mighty” in “Tighty Whitey”

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: One for the Youngest Audience

Story: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie starts as two school best friends George and Harold find themselves getting into trouble, known for pulling pranks with their principle Mr Krupp always trying to expose them and put them back in line.

After the latest prank, the pair have been threatened with being separated at school, which see them hypnotize Mr Krupp into thinking he is a superhero, Captain Underpants, their creation from years before.

Thoughts on Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Final Thoughts When it comes to animated movies, we know we will see the youngest audience entertained the most, if we can get entertainment to the older audience, it is always a bonus and usually succeeds on the level of family comedy levels, this one doesn’t appeal to the older audience and ends up sinking to the lowest form of comedy, toilet humour, which is even jokes about along the way. There is a message about friendship and how the two must do anything to remain friends through anything that comes their way, but if we are honest, this is one that should have remained in the comic books never becoming more.

Overall: Toilet Humour Animation.

Blinders coming to Frightfest 2020

Blinders World Premieres at Arrow Video FrightFest
Neo-Noir Thriller Heads to Digital Edition
Tale of Violent Obsession for the Digital Age
 Screens for the First Time August 31st

In the wake of a messy break-up, Andy decides to start fresh, relocating from Austin to Los Angeles. Eager to make new connections, he befriends Roger, an unusual rideshare driver. But when Roger’s behavior gets too strange for comfort, Andy blows him off, choosing to focus on a budding relationship with Sam. This unhinges Roger, who begins to torment Andy, ensuring that his stay in L.A. is short-lived.

Liza, Liza, Skies Are Grey (2015) Movie Review

Director: Terry Sanders

Writer: Terry Sander (Screenplay)

Starring: Madison Iseman, Mikey Madison, Kristin Minter, Valarie Rae Miller, James Austin Kerr, Kris Park, Sean H Scully

Plot: A coming-of-age California motorcycle road trip set in the 60’s, combining elements of “Romeo & Juliet” and “The Odyssey”.

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Nice Life Experience Movie

Story: Liza, Liza, Skies are Grey starts in the summer of 1966, Liza (Madison) is seeing the changes in the world, with the draft taking her friends, and her relationship with Brett (Scully) is starting to get serious, with the pair deciding to go on a road trip on is motorbike over the summer, enjoying the open country.

As the young couple travel, they get to experience the best and worst of life, knowing these moments are going to be the ones they remember for years to come.

Thoughts on Liza, Liza, Skies are Grey

Characters – Liza is the teenage girl that is starting to experience the first stages of growing up in the 1960s, she want the perfect moments in her life, she doesn’t have the strongest relationship with her mother and wants to experience love with her boyfriend Brett, see the world that might not be there tomorrow, due to the uncertainty the future has with the problems in America. Brett is the boyfriend that has been forced around the country with family members, he will help Liza see the country being one of the honest guys in the world, that wants to give Liza the time of her life. We only focus on the two lovers, with the people in their lives, including Liza mother that doesn’t approve of the couple.

PerformancesMikey Madison does bring the innocent side to her role, showing us just how much it would feel to go further in life, with her chemistry with Sean H Scully who does bring us a bad boy with a heart of gold to life with ease.

StoryThe story here follows two young lovers as they look to escape their lives and have a summer they can remember together and experience life in a way they couldn’t have imagined. The story uses the backdrop of the uncertainty of the future in the 1960s America, with worries about nuclear war and the change environment people are living through, it shows why the couple take their chance, they know it would be their only chance to experience the world, before everything changes. It is a traditional love story one that will create memories that will be the most important part of their lives.

SettingsThe road trip setting helps create the backdrop which gives us spots of beauty along the way.

Scene of the Movie – Any scene that makes you want to stop and explore the landscape.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The random thugs, don’t really make the threat they could have been.

Final Thoughts This is a fun life experience movie that shows us just how difficult finding love can make you want to break away from the normal life.

Overall: Enjoyable Road Trip Film.