Inside Out (2015): A Review

Pixar as a studio has always produced great films – but their best have always presented a unique skew on things we take for granted.

How can toys be alive? What do bugs do that’s so great? You’re old – you can’t be an adventurer! No way a robot can feel. The worst thing in a kitchen? A RAT!

With their latest release, Inside Out, the animation studio once again gives importance to something we take terribly for granted – our emotions, and how they define our actions, and ultimately who we are. The result? An all-time classic, and their best film in years.

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Jurassic World (2015): A Review

The Jurassic Park franchise – while beloved, doesn’t exactly have the greatest of batting averages. While it started with one of the greatest action-adventure films of the 90’s in 1993’s Jurassic Park, the installments which followed have been less than stellar, 1997’s flawed The Lost World: Jurassic Park and 2001’s abysmal Jurassic Park III.

Fourteen years later, Universal Pictures has brought us a fourth installment of the dinosaur franchise, and I’m very happy to say that while imperfect, Jurassic World is an absolute theatrical thrill ride, and a joy to watch…even if it doesn’t stand up to analysis afterwards.

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Tomorrowland (2015): A Review

On paper, Tomorrowland was a film designed and built for, well, me.

Directed and co-written by Brad Bird, who after The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is one of my favorite filmmakers, and set in a retro-future full of jetpacks, jumpsuits and beautiful angular buildings (an aesthetic I love, if the rocket in the Blast-O-Rama logo isn’t clear enough), the movie seemed to be checking off every box on my personal checklist.

The trailers had been mostly mysterious, a tale of a young girl and a pin, and a world beyond ours. But how did the final film turn out? I absolutely loved it.

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