The Incredibles 2 – My Review

It may not be much of a surprise, but my favorite movie of all time is The Incredibles. I have waited anxiously for the sequel and after viewing it over the weekend with my teenage kids, I was not disappointed. If you don’t count the Toy Story movies (all three are so brilliant, 2 and 3 hardly seem like sequels), then Pixar got into the business of making sequels back in 2011 when they made Cars 2. That movie alone instantly cheapened Pixar’s brand as soon as it came out. The rest of their sequels have been better, but all … Continue reading The Incredibles 2 – My Review

Inside Out – A Delightful Head Trip

It’s been a few years since Pixar has put out a  movie that is an original story (not a sequel). There has been some speculation among fans about the possibility that the golden days of Pixar were over. Cars 2, Planes, and Monsters University were all good movies, but they weren’t the instant classics that Pixar had successfully put out  year after year beginning in 1995 with Toy Story and ending with Toy Story 3 in 2010. Even Brave in 2012, though a really good movie, seemed to be missing some of the Pixar magic. Had the animation crown fallen … Continue reading Inside Out – A Delightful Head Trip

Great Fathers in Movies

I’m a father of four wonderful kids. I know from personal experience and from professional studies that I’ve come across how important fathers are to the well-being of families. Their role is huge. Most fictional fathers, portrayed in television and movies, are bumbling clueless oafs, a fact that saddens me to no end. However, over the years I’ve come across a few movies that feature smart, loving and resourceful fathers. With Father’s Day just a few days away, I thought it would be appropriate to spotlight some of my favorite movies that feature strong father figures. 1. COURAGEOUS (2011, Sherwood Pictures) – Short Summary: When a tragedy … Continue reading Great Fathers in Movies

Pixar Top 5

In honor of Inside Out being released June 19th, the first non-sequel Pixar film since 2012 (Brave), I took an informal poll on my Facebook page to get an idea of which Pixar movies are most popular among average viewers (not film critics). A big thanks to all my friends who participated. That poll is below. After that, I’ve listed my personal favorites. Top 5 Pixar Movies – Personal Poll on Facebook 1. Finding Nemo 2. Toy Story 1 3. The Incredibles 4. Toy Story 3 5. Wall-E My Personal Top 7 Pixar Movies 1. The Incredibles 2. Wall-E 3. Toy Story 3 … Continue reading Pixar Top 5

Summer Movies For Kids

This is my list of summer 2015 movies that have great promise of being well-made entertaining movies AND appropriate for kids (some are for older kids, maybe 12 and up). These are the ones I’m personally looking forward to. I plan to see every one of these eventually, but the two that have me about to jump out of my skin in anticipation are The Avengers 2 because the first Avengers movie is possibly the greatest movie every made, and Inside Out because it’s the first Pixar movie that isn’t a sequel since Brave in 2012. And, in my opionion, Pixar movies are … Continue reading Summer Movies For Kids

My TOP 10 Funniest Supporting Characters in CG Animated Movies

INTRODUCTION – Long before computer animation came along, it was a given that every G-rated animated movie would have at least one goofy sidekick character injected into the script to keep the audience laughing. That’s because dangerous situations and evil villains are as necessary in kids’ movies as they are in movies for adults. Therefore, there had to be some way to keep movies from getting too dark or sad. The solution? Humorous supporting characters. These characters are never the star of the film, but they’re always somewhere close to the stars. They provide the balance that keeps us moviegoers … Continue reading My TOP 10 Funniest Supporting Characters in CG Animated Movies

The FROZEN Formula

FROZEN, by Walt Disney Animation Studios came out on Blu-ray and DVD March 18th. By the time that day ended Frozen had sold 3.2 million copies (in one day) to make it “one of the biggest sellers on home video in a decade.” according to Variety.com. “Frozen has now earned $1.032 billion at the global box office and is the 13th highest grossing film ever released.”, the article goes on the say. Read the full article here. This is evidence that Walt Disney Animation has succeeded in reinventing itself and is back on top of the major motion picture animation business. I’m sure … Continue reading The FROZEN Formula