December 24th, 2015

Ho! Ho! Ho!

'Tis the 24th of December, and thus 'tis Christmas time.

While I was born Jewish and am more pagan than anything else these days, I just want to wish all my LiveJournal friends and those who read LJ from time to time a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hogswatch, and a Happy Holiday season. Take care of yourselves, be good to yourselves, and remember, as a nice Jethro Tull song says: "The Christmas spirit is not what you drink."

Merry Christmas, everyone! :)

Movie Review: The Good Dinosaur (No Spoilers)

As noted in yesterday's blog entry, I decided to take a "movie day" and see a couple of movies. The first, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I went and saw on my own in an afternoon showing, but the second movie, The Good Dinosaur, I saw with my goddaughter, Ellie, and Kathy, DavidM, and Crystal.

While I'm about to talk about the movies somewhat here, there will be no spoilers for either film. (I'm not that cruel.) Here's the first of the reviews.

I'll start with The Good Dinosaur. The basic premise of the movie is very simple, but provides the opportunity of a really good "What if?" situation: What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Like I said, I'm not going to say too much about the plot. I think that The Good Dinosaur delivered some beautiful animation to a story that was quite worthy, even if it didn't live up the the usually lofty standards set by Pixar, but... It's a marvellous children's tale, where the dinosaurs are represented as the humans, and vice versa. In some ways, the film was a bit sloppy in how it got its messages across, and the fact that "villains" had to be present in the story felt very out of place. As I said, the animation is some of the best I've seen yet from Pixar, and overall this movie is a fun family adventure that kids and adults can bot enjoy. However, if you're expecting realism in terms of the dinosaurs...don't. :) My rating: 7.9/10.

Movie Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (No Spoilers)

As mentioned in the previous blog entry, I decided to take a "movie day" and see a couple of movies yesterday. The first, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I went and saw on my own in an afternoon showing, but the second movie, The Good Dinosaur, I saw with my goddaughter, Kathy, DavidM, and Crystal.

While I'm about to talk about the movies somewhat here, there will be no spoilers for either film. (I'm not that cruel.) Here's the second of the reviews.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens... What can one say? The basic premise of this movie, as really brought to light in the trailers for the film was: "Where is Luke Skywalker?" I was seriously concerned whether this movie could live up to the hype, but I can definitely say that it does. All the way! SW: The Force Awakens is jam packed with action and populated by both familiar faces and fresh blood, and it really recalls the movie franchise's former glory while injecting it with renewed energy. While it's great to see the old faces of Princess Leia and Han Solo (and some of our favourite robotic characters), the new characters of Finn and Rey carry the movie, the new droid BB-8 is funny and emotional in some ways, and the script bring the focus of the Star Wars story once more to two unlikely heroes. I loved the many homages to the original two movies, the various guest appearances in the film, much of the cinematography, but really liked *the story*. There are some lovely humourous scenes, some downright shocking scenes where I went "They didn't just do that!!", and a couple of warm and fuzzy scenes (for me, anyway), and overall, I thought the movie was quite good and definitely worth the price of admission. As for J.J. Abrams... Yes, the Force is with him. :) Rating: 9.0/10.