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Finding Dory Movie Review

3.5 out of 4 stars

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Jacob Tiranno Accepts the 365 Day Movie Challenge

Happy New Years Everyone!

I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday and had a great time ringing in the new year. Like most of you, I compiled a list of resolutions for the year of 2016. But, when I was writing that list that we all know too well, I thought for this year I needed a real challenge. Something to test my will power and my never give up attitude. But instead of choosing something silly, I decided to take on the 365 Day Movie Challenge.

Jacob Tiranno accepts 365 Day Movie Challenge

Jacob Tiranno

Now for those who are unfamiliar with this 365 Day Movie Challenge, I am committing to watching one film a day, that I’ve never seen before. To some of you, this doesn’t sound very challenging. To you, nay I say. This is probably one of the hardest things to do. The 365 Day Movie Challenge will be a part of my life for one whole year. Every day my life for the next year will be revolving around the question of when can I sit down and watch a movie before the day ends. That not only intrigued me, it genuinely excited me.

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The Good Dinosaur Movie Review

Earlier this year, I watched Disney and Pixar’s film Inside Out. “[It] is one of the best movies of 2015 and one of greatest animated films ever made. It brought me joy, sadness, and fear, making it the emotional roller-coaster of a lifetime,” I wrote. The film struck me very strongly and in the back of my head I doubted that Pixar would ever be able to top it. That is until I sat down with a directing animator on The Good Dinosaur, named Rob Thompson. I landed the interview because Thompson visited the University of Nevada Las Vegas and gave a behind the scenes presentation of the movie. It was there that I got a sneak peek of the latest animated film, and for a second, I wondered, “Could this movie be better than Inside Out?”

Arlo & Spot in The Good Dinosaur

Arlo & Spot in The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur asks the great question, what if the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs missed Earth? But more specifically, it follows the story of a young Apatosaurus named Arlo (Raymond Ochoa), who is accidentally separated from his family. In order to make it home, Arlo goes on an epic journey, meeting an unlikely, human friend named Spot (Jack Bright), along the way. The movie was originally supposed to be directed by Bob Peterson, but in October of 2014, Pete Sohn took control of the film. Sohn had been working with Peterson on the movie since 2009 until Peterson was removed from the project in 2013. The cast and story were nearly changed in its entirety. During my interview with Thompson, he was sure to mention it the huge change of story and how it was reimagined, “When that happened, the whole movie changed.”

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The Peanuts Movie Review

Peanuts was a syndicated comic strip, which debuted in October 1950, and was written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz. This influential and incredibly popular comic strip ran for fifty years, totaling in over 17,000 strips published, and it continues to be a major icon in pop culture. Peanuts was read and seen in 75 countries and reprints appear in almost every U.S. newspaper today. The lovable characters from the strip eventually leaped off the page and appeared in several successful TV specials, such as It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and A Charlie Brown Christmas, and even theatrical films. Similar to the comic strip, these critically acclaimed specials still air during the holidays. Now, for the first time in 35 years the Peanuts gang return to the big screen for the new film—The Peanuts Movie.

Sally Brown, Charlie Brown, and Snoopy in The Peanuts Movie

Sally Brown, Charlie Brown, and Snoopy in The Peanuts Movie

 The Peanuts Movie tells the story of good man Charlie Brown (Noah Schnapp), a nervous, unconfident, but gentle boy. But that must all change so he can impress his new neighbor and crush, The Little Red-Haired Girl (Francesca Capaldi). At the same time, Snoopy (archival recordings of Bill Melendez), one of the world’s favorite dogs, takes to the sky to chase his arch-nemesis The Red Baron.

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Pixels Movie Review & Film Summary

You want to know how I feel about Pixels? Meh. I don’t feel anything at all. Do I think it is the worst crime against humanity, like some critics? No. Do I think it is a great movie? Absolutely not. I feel whatever about it. It was a movie that I’m not going to get riled up about it because it wasn’t important. I don’t mean I went into the movie thinking this, but after watching it, I came to this realization. I’m so indifferent, I’ve already forgotten most of it. Pixels is just simply there, some will notice it, but most won’t.

Donkey Kong in Pixels

Donkey Kong in Pixels

Like most movie-goers, I, too, have given up on Mr. Adam Sandler. The actor who used to make silly but solid comedies hasn’t given audiences anything satisfying since I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry—and I’m even in the minority for that one. I don’t know what exactly happened. He went from stupid comedies to better comedies, to dramatic roles, all the way back to the stupid comedies he started with. He managed to fall back to square one. But still, I don’t find myself at his door with a torch and pitchfork in hand. Sandler wants to make the kind of movies he wants, and as long as they make money, that will never stop. If that’s what he wants, that’s fine, just don’t ask me to like them.

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Minions Mostly Miss Their Mark

Five years ago, Gru, an evil villain appeared on the big screen in the animated film Despicable Me. Steve Carell did a great job voicing the character, but the main character wasn’t the best part of the movie. His sidekicks were, the minions! These little yellow, pill-shaped creatures stole the show. Their presence grew in the sequel, Despicable Me 2, which came out two years ago. T-shirts, toys, plush dolls, and cups, minions were everywhere, which meant only one thing. It is time for their own movie, directed by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin—Minions.

Bob, Kevin, and Stuart (all voiced by Pierre Coffin) in Minions

Bob, Kevin, and Stuart (all voiced by Pierre Coffin) in Minions

Minions tells the story of Kevin, Stuart, and Bob (all voiced by Coffin) who leave their tribe to find their new master, the evilest being they can find.

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Inside Out Is Full Of Emotions

Pixar Animation Studios, along with Disney, has been the key name in animation. However, Disney has recently taken on some animated films alone. Frozen, Big Hero 6, and Wreck-It Ralph, to name a few. This might because some were accusing Pixar of “losing their touch,” after making Cars 2, Brave, and Monsters University. However, I never doubted the company as they’ve brought some of the greatest animated films of all-time. Especially after interviewing co-directors of Inside Out, Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen along with producer Jonas Rivera, I knew Pixar was about to blow the world away. I was right. 

Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) in Inside Out

Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) in Inside Out

Inside Out follows young Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), who is moved from her hometown to San Fransisco, and her emotions—Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling)—who are figuring out how to deal with it.

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THE GOOD DINOSAUR Teaser Trailer Review

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Sofia Coppola Departs as Director of THE LITTLE MERMAID

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THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER, FOCUS, and JUPITER ASCENDING Blu-Ray/DVD Review

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