Incredibles 2, review

Starting where we left them 14 years ago, The Incredibles return with Helen at centre stage. After the events of the previous film, an attempt is made to make superheroes legal with Elastigirl as the family’s primary hero whilst Bob is left at home to take care of the kids. 

Brad Bird has returned to write and direct the follow up to the best version of the Fanstasic Four we will ever get. It may not reach the heights of its predecessor, however it’s a worthy sequel thanks to its inventive action sequences whilst keeping it about family.

When we left our favourite superhero family at the end of the first film, they were facing the Underminer, a villain who comes from the underground to launch his attack. Their proceeding efforts to thwart him get the family arrested under the breach that they are no longer supposed to be active. A lot of property damage later and the Parr family are living in a motel with no backup plan after the superhero programme is shut down. It doesn’t take long for a new opportunity to arise in the form of philanthropist Winston Deavour and his tech genius sister Evelyn, who want to see the heroes of their childhood back in the limelight. A plan is presented which involves putting Helen at the centre with Bob side lined to take on a challenge of his own: staying at home to look after the kids.

With a 14 year break between the two films you’d be forgiven for assuming that there would be a time jump however Brad Bird stated that he wanted to have some time in between the two films if he were ever to do a sequel. Continuing in this way has allowed the dynamic to switch between Helen aka Elastigirl and Bob as Mr Incredible naturally expects to be the at the centre of this new scheme. Elastigirl truly takes the reigns of this film and steers it in her direction, calling back to her old interview where she doesn’t want to leave it to the men to save the world. She takes on a new villain known as Screenslaver who preys on those who rely on technology and can enslave anyone using any sort of screen or monitor. Her chase scenes and fight sequences are proof of Pixar’s technology improving due to their slickness.

Whilst Bob may feel he’s been sidelined, some of the best moments comes from his struggles at home as he attempts to remain as grounded as possible. His issues in dealing with Dash’s homework (“Why would they change math?!”) as well as Violet whose adolescence kicks into full gear are aspects which many parents can relate to. However without question it’s Jack-Jack who becomes the biggest challenge as he steals every scene with his adorable innocence, especially when he becomes part of an unlikely double act. He comes into his own with the multiple and unpredictable powers he possesses during a scene which has to be one of the finest Pixar moments as he faces down a raccoon. It’s a sequence which matches that of any classic silent comedy.

Most comedy sequels amplify the personality of its characters, be they main or supporting, there seems to be some ridiculous shift in how they behave. However The Incredibles 2 keeps its characters on a believable level, with each interaction feeling natural and needed. Especially when Frozone is being yelled at by his wife again and Edna is as Edna as ever. Whilst not as good as the first it is still a worthy sequel, going deeper thanks to the dynamic switch and showing the mounting pressure parents are under their children no matter what. It’s a thrilling film with some incredible sequences better than most modern action films we have whilst keeping it’s heart and family values firmly at the centre.

4 out of 5.

Weekly Round-Up: 24th June, 2018

Well, well, well, it’s that time of the week again! However I must admit I’ve been a bit lazy this week, I’ve not shared as much but to be fair I was ill. Give me a break! Anyway, this week, we see Creed vs. Drago (is it 1985 again??), John Lasseter’s replacements have been announced, Tom Holland “accidentally” reveals the title of the next Spider-Man film and of course much much more!

Trailers and Posters

Creed II

The sequel to Creed is coming, with a fighting chance of being better than the original. Still looking for validation in and outside of the ring, Adonis comes back as history repeats itself. Check out the trailer and poster below.

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Yeah, there’s yet another couple of posters for the upcoming 20th MCU film (WHICH WE HAVE TO WAIT AN EXTRA MONTH FOR but I’m not bitter…) *sigh* Anyway, here are the posters, it’s pretty cool but what more can I say now??

The Meg

It’s impossible to tell you how excited I am for this film, it looks beyond stupid! But Jason Statham punching A MASSIVE SHARK in the face?? That’s high quality entertainment right there. Here’s Meg trying to swallow anything ot can…

Welcome to Marwen

Whilst it may not sound as if it’ll work as a film, the premise of Welcome to Marwen is a man uses dolls (or as some are calling an art installation) to get past a traumatic attack in which he loses his memory. Drawing on his real life, Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell) bases these characters on those in his real life. Take a look at the trailer below.



Jamie Bell has been cast as Elton John’s longtime songwriting collaborator Bernie Taupin in the semi biographical film, Rocketman. Loosely based on his life and his music together, this is being pegged as a musical rather than a straight adaptation of Elton John’s life. Here’s hoping we see some moves from the former Billy Elliot actor 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3

I’m so sorry everyone but a third Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film is in the making with Paramount hiring writer Andrew Dodge to create a new script. Just leave it alone! 

Nothing Like a Dame

If you’ve not had a chance to catch it yet, Nothing Like a Dame is on BBC iPlayer now until 2nd July. Do yourself a favour, ignore the football and swap it for something decent to watch. Enjoy!

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Tom Holland has apparently revealed the title for the the next Spider-Man film after holding up this during an Instagram video. It looks like the sequel will be called Far From Home however there has been no confirmation on if this the final name. If it is, I wonder how far they are talking because it’s not like he can get any further away at the moment…


LUUUUUUFFFFFFAAAAAAAAA is coming back to BBC as it’s been announced Idris Elba is reprising his role for season 5. Four episodes have been confirmed for the new season which should be on our screens this year. Series creator Neil Cross says, “We missed some old friends. And we wanted to make the biggest, scariest, darkest, most thrilling series of Luther there’s ever been. So that’s what we’ve come back to do.” Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley and Patrick Malahide are all back as DSU Martin Schenk, Benny Silver and George Cornelius, with recent recruit Wunmi Mosaku as DS Catherine Halliday.


Industry News

Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee announced as John Lasseter’s replacements

After announcing that he will be leaving at the end of the year, John Lasseter’s replacments have been announced as Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee. The pair have worked at Disney and Pixar for quite some time, both creating some of the studios most famous films. Here’s more on the story which broke earlier this week.

Lucasfilm Deny Spinoffs Are On Hold

After Solo’s “poor” reception at the box office, it was being rumoured that the spin-offs were on hold so that Lucasfilm could focus on Episode IX and other projects. However they were very quick to deny this, which makes sense seeing how previous rumours got out of control. You can read more about the story here.

Diversity Still Needs a lot of Work 

Frankly this will surprise no one, but diversity in movies released in 2017 was pretty poor. The Director’s Guild of America (DGA) released a data analysis this week which shows that only 16% of films from last year were directed by women. Check out more on this report and what DGA President Thomas Schlamme had to say on its findings here.



Mini review: Ocean’s Eight.

After spending more than 5 years in prison, Debbie Ocean reveals a plot to steal a $150m necklace from the Met gala. As she puts her team together you get the impression that this is just taking parts from the 2001 film and recycling them.

The entire plan never feels very as well planned as they were in the George Clooney days, it’s a heist movie without ever feeling like one. Whilst there are a few enjoyable moments, it’s a shame to see such a superb ensemble cast wasted on a weak script with forced links to the original trilogy. And James Corden needs to fuck off.

2 out of 5

Keep. It. Reel.

Pete Docter And Jennifer Lee Taking Over At Pixar And Disney Animation 

It’s been announced that Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee are taking over at Pixar and Disney animation after the announcement that John Lasseter is stepping down at the end of 2018. The pair will be reporting to Alan Horn, Chairman of Walt Disney Studios.

Speaking of their appointments Alan says, “Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter are two of the most gifted filmmakers and storytellers I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. Pete, the genius creative force behind Up, Inside Out, and Monsters, Inc., has been an integral part of Pixar almost since the beginning and is a huge part of its industry-leading success. Jenn, in bringing her bold vision to the boundary-breaking Frozen, has helped infuse Disney Animation with a new and exciting perspective. Each of them embodies the unique spirit, culture, and values of these renowned animation studios, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have them to lead us into the future.”

Docter who joined Pixar in 1990, has directed Inside Out, Up and Monsters Inc, as well as being an animation supervisor of Toy Story and Executive Producer on Monsters University and Brave. Lee’s credentials include writing Frozen, Zootropolis and Wreck It Ralph. She started at Disney Animation in 2011 and is currently working on Frozen 2, whilst overseeing Ralph Breaks the Internet as Executive Producer. They are taking over from Lasseter after he was accused of inappropriate behaviour by several staff members. Initially put on sabbatical for 6 months, it was announced recently that he will permanently step down at the end of 2018. You can read more about this including his statement here.

Keep. It. Reel.

John Lasseter To Leave Pixar At The End Of The Year

It’s been announced that John Lasseter will permanently step down from Disney Pixar at the end of 2018 after taking time off last year to acknowledging his own inappropriate behaviour. Disney announced that he will remain at the company as a consultant until the end of the year. 

In November 2017, a statement was released by Lasseter saying he was sorry to anyone “who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line in any way, shape, or form.” He indicated that he wanted to return to Disney after taking an initial six month sabbatical.

In a statement from Friday, Lasseter says, “The last six months have provided an opportunity to reflect on my life, career and personal priorities. While I remain dedicated to the art of animation and inspired by the creative talent at Pixar and Disney, I have decided the end of this year is the right time to begin focusing on new creative challenges.” He is one of many high profile figures who have been taken down by the #metoo movement, prompting a change in how both women and men are treated in Hollywood and other industries. 

Being one of the founders of Pixar and having a distinctive fashion sense with his Hawaiian shirts, Lasseter has been a recognisable face in the animation world for decades. His work as a director includes Toy Story, Cars, A Bug’s Life and multiple Pixar shorts as well as being thr creative force behind Wreck It Ralph, Zootopia and Moana. His successor is yet to be named. 

Keep. It. Reel. 

Coco, review

A young boy called Miguel who dreams of becoming a musician is sent into the land of the deceased on Day of the Dead and he has until sunrise to return before he’s trapped there forever.

Death is a tricky subject to approach in any film, the aftermath is rarely given a second thought. It’s a refreshing beat to see Pixar handle it so well, whilst having respect for it’s audience of all ages it creates a world that will help those who are having a hard time explaining it and dealing with it.

The story begins with a monologue from Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), a boy who lives in Mexico with his large family including his great grandmother Coco (Ana Ofelia Murguía) who is on the verge of giving in to her dementia. He explains that after his great great grandfather walked out on his wife and daughter to pursue a career as a musician, all forms of music were permanently banned. He dreams of becoming a musician like his late hero Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), who was considered to be the greatest singer of all time but died under the weight of a huge bell dropped on top of him. After discovering that Ernesto is the disgraced family member, he runs off to enter a talent competition and through a twist of fate he is sent to the Land of the Dead.

His journey sees him meet deceased family members world and desperate con artist Héctor (Gael García Bernal), trying to scam his way into the real world to see his family. The rule is if no one has put your photo up on Day of the Dead, you cannot cross over. The pair agree to help each other to see their families again.

Coco speaks directly to the world as it is now, it includes issues such as borders and immigration, where you are stopped from seeing loved ones if you don’t have the right credentials. For an animation to be so politically aware as well as dealing with a deeper understanding of mortality, whilst appealing to adults and children alike shows a level of sophisticated storytelling which many studios fail at. Going even further Coco teaches us aspects we may not know about this sacred day and that it’s about family and remembering those who are no longer with us. Basing it on Day of the Dead is more than just a random choice, it’s a chance to understand what this day means to those who celebrate it.

Whilst it sticks with the Pixar formula (our protagonist finds themselves in a difficult situation which they have to get out of before their time runs out), it works perfectly thanks to its difficult and moving moments. It’s not that Coco constantly plucks at the heartstrings for its emotional beats, it’s that it has these occasional riffs that make you think of the difficult questions about life. Containing some of the most beautiful scenery seen on screen that will leave you breathless, combined with a score by Giacchino which rivals his best work, it’s classic Pixar doing what they do best.

4 out of 5.

Keep. It. Reel.

The week in news: November 28th 2016

So much news. Very little time. A week to be exact. With any luck this will be a regular feature every week on either Sunday or Monday where I round up a bunch of news, just in case you’ve missed anything. Yes, I can be THIS nice. As well as these regular news updates, I’ve got a few new bits coming in the new year which I’m hoping will become regular features. Stay tuned. In the mean time, let’s get this started.

Cars 3

And we begin with Cars 3 trailer. This is without question the least Pixar the Cars movies has ever looked. A very gritty, off-kilter, shocking and a greyish trailer which comes with a message: From this moment everything will change. What does that mean? Are they destroying Cars as we know it? Will people actually like this one? (I’ve not seen either of them so I can’t comment but apparently Cars and Cars 2 sucks.) Has the colour been turned down for good? No-one knows but we will certainly find out in 2017.

John Boyega in Pacific Rim: Maelstrom 

We’ve just seen John Boyega featuring in a new image from Pacific Rim 2. It was announced a while ago that he was part of the sequel, he then released a photo to show us the title which is Pacific Rim: Maelstrom. And that’s it. That’s pretty much all we know (without reading more about it to avoid spoilers) however I do hope that we’ll see more dumb awesomeness with even more massive robots punching massive monsters!


Release of Rogue One tickets

They are out people! This is not a drill! I’ve booked my ticket to watch it on the 17th December. I’m very excited, I love the idea for this film and it look great from the trailers. Rogue One this year, Episode VIII in 2017, Han Solo movie in 2018, Episode IX in 2019 and another spin-off in 2019. So much to look forward to if you’re a Star Wars fan, which I wasn’t a while ago. But that’s something for another time. You can book your tickets here.



Deadpool 2 director announced

Director of Deadpool 2 announced as  David Leitch, who is the man behind 2014’s John Wick starring Keanu Reeves. This is going to be a challenge for Leitch. First of all, John Wick was very successful, enough to make a sequel in fact, however it was dark, there wasn’t much humour in it. But the action scenes were superbly choreographed and the entire film was well directed. It’s an interesting choice after Tim Miller departed due to creative differences (there are lots of rumours, related to budget constrictions, disagreeing on who to cast as Cable and so on) but it’ll be a good one that’s for a sure.


Emilia Clarke in Han Solo movie

That’s it. This is all we know. She’s paying the female leads apparently and that’s it. I think it’s a good move for Clarke to go into such a major franchise considering her work besides Game of Thrones hasn’t exactly been strong. Time will tell, this is going to be the second spin-off for Star Wars with many more planned especially as they have recently announced that after Episode IX, there will be no more Episode films. It makes sense, there’s only so far a story can go and there are plenty of other ideas to be explored.

Silence trailer and poster

Can you imagine working on something for 28 years, finishing it off and then releasing it to the world? Well this is exactly what the film Silence is to Martin Scorsese. The trailer for his epic new film, starring Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson has finally been released. Check out what all the fuss is about right here. They also released a poster, looking forward to this.


Sherlock Season 4 images

We’ve seen the trailer, now check out these images! Yeah okay, they aren’t that great but frankly I very eager to see what they have planned for this set of episodes which might be the end of Sherlock. It certainly needs to end. Season 3 was good but not as good as 1 and 2, plus the main duo are constantly busy with other films and stage performances. It all beings again on January 1st 2017. I’ve thrown in all of the new images, a couple of old ones AND the trailer. Enjoy your Sherlook-gasm…

The Comedian trailer

This is what he doe best. Good character acting. I love the look of this film, it looks charming, funny and warm, plus the role of DeNiro’s character seems to be a much stronger one than he’s played recently (all I will say is Dirty Grandpa). Check out the trailer below.

A few more trailers from the week

The Book of Love Official Trailer

T2 TRAINSPOTTING International Trailer

Barry trailer


Keep. It. Reel.


Top 10 movies of 2015

2015 was an incredible year for films, we were spoilt with a plethora of huge blockbusters. Lots of films released from established franchises including new ones from Bond, Star Wars, Mad Max, a couple from Marvel, Jurassic World and one of the best Pixar films we’ve ever seen. But there were also new and fresh stories to be told, other worlds to be taken to and other times we haven’t seen before.

It’s hard to come up with a top 10 of the year however I feel these were the best movies released in 2015. What do you think?

  1. Still Alice

The movie the won Julianne Moore an Oscar for Best Actress (one of the few awards which was handed out to the right person during that particular ceremony), here she plays Alice Howland, a professor of linguistics whose life slowly seems to be deteriorating due to Alzheimer’s. It’s a real mark of an actor when they can be as accurate as possible when playing a character with such a debilitating disease and Moore did just that. Her research went above and beyond to ensure that she treated those who had it with respect and with that came a heartbreaking performance that will never be forgotten.

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road

A dam good choice to replace Mel Gibson as the title character, Tom Hardy is Max in this blisteringly brilliant reboot. It was praised for having a tough female character in Charlize Theron’s who rebelled against the oppressive regime of Immortan Joe. Theron’s performance was different to most female characters we see on our screens these days, she was tough, fearsome, had a not-to-be-messed-with attitude, even when it came to the brutality of Max. Director George Miller mostly shunned visual effects and all of the vehicles were built as we see them and made to work. The stunning landscape shots were created by Cinematographer John Seale, who was able to show the harsh realities of surviving in a baron wasteland, an incredible achievement. The small part of VFX that was used is in the sky where they changed the colour, pretty much. It’s nothing and that’s one of many reasons why this film is so enjoyable.

  1. Steve Jobs

It was very surprising that this film made it into production after the lead actor and first choice director both changed hands a couple of times. How they pulled of something as entertaining and smart as this is beyond anyone. Well, it’s not beyond the likes of Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin. A dream duo team, who proved you can make a good Steve Jobs film. Not only is it good, it’s great, it’s funny, it’s whip smart, it has trademark Sorkin lines and fast talking in it, it has Boyle’s direction. It’s hard to find fault with this film at all. It takes place at three product launches all of which Jobs, played by Michael Fassbender, is involved in. The story is everything that’s happening in the background of these launches, his confrontations with various people in his life which is pretty much everyone. The beauty in this film lies within the script, one which I described as a Sorkin sharp script in my review. The one liners he has composed along with his exceptionally long speeches (yet another Sorkin-ism) for the characters are quintessential traits for the writer and something that makes all of his movies and TV scripts a joy to watch.


  1. The Martian

There was a lot of buzz surrounding this one, mostly because of how accurate most parts of the book were. The author, Andy Weir, did a painstaking job when it came to research by posting bits of his book online and asking those within the science community for feedback on his books authenticity. After a while he had a brilliant and almost accurate piece of science fiction in his hands. This became The Martian last year, starring Matt Damon as the lead character who needs to be saved from Mars after a few things go wrong. Damon is a very reliable star, however we rarely see him do comedy, but it turns out he’s dam good at it! The Martian has plenty of laughs in it, as well as on the mark scientific terminology, but not so much that it bores you. It keeps you entertained with the fact that it’s not dumbed down, smart enough to keep you interested, you become emotionally invested in Damon’s Mark Watney as he shows what astronauts are probably really like when they go on a mission. Frankly it looks like a lot of fun! (Minus the peril, obviously.)

  1. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

A horror movie without the horror, pretty much. This vampire movie is set in the fake Bad City and creates an atmosphere just like any other horror film but with a couple of added twists. This isn’t a film who sexualises its main character, she a vampire out to kill, simple as that. And that’s what she does. It’s a black and white film and told mostly from the perspective of The Girl who goes after those who have wronged anyone else. She seems to be a peace keeper in her own way, even following a delinquent young boy just to threaten him. Within the film, there are some stunning shots and an even more stunning soundtrack, using the song Death by White Lies in a scene that almost looks like it could be written for the track. A horror movie with little horror shouldn’t work but the director, Ana Lily Amipour has almost created a sub-genre: the non-horror horror.

  1. Star Wars. Episode VII: The Force Awakens

I don’t have to say too much about this but it has now become the biggest grossing movie of all time. But this isn’t a surprise and it’s not the reason why it’s in my top 10. I get occasionally nervous before watching a film and for this the anticipation was incredibly high, but I did wonder if we would have something as disappointing are the prequels. Fear not, you should always have faith in J.J. Abrams. What were given was a true return to form, an end lightsaber battle for the ages, enthralling action and a great new cast who mix well with the old ones. It makes me excited to see what’s coming next but it’s safe to say the Jedi has returned. For my full review, click here.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens..L to R: BB-8 and Rey (Daisy Ridley)..Ph: Film Frame..? 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Right Reserved..

Star Wars: The Force Awakens..L to R: BB-8 and Rey (Daisy Ridley)..Ph: Film Frame..? 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Right Reserved..

  1. Inside Out

One of the best Pixar films we’ve ever seen, Inside Out was yet another emotional ride for anyone who watched it. Who else cried when the toys almost died in Toy Story 3? Pixar are far too good at doing this most of the time. Inside Out was the film that used emotions to play with our emotions, those clever guys! It showed what it’s like to grow up; not knowing much about life, not knowing why things are happening, not knowing who you are. We’ve all been there when growing up and it’s brought to the screen so eloquently. From the imaginary friend, to emotions bonding with one another, to the turmoil the girl is put through, it’s presented in a relatable way that tugs at your heartstrings and makes you appreciate the childhood you had. This is one of the best films you will see.

Disney?Pixar's "Inside Out" takes us to the most extraordinary location yet - inside the mind of Riley. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Anger (voiced by Lewis Black), Disgust (voiced by Mindy Kaling), Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Fear (voiced by Bill Hader) and Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. Directed by Pete Docter and produced by Jonas Rivera, "Inside Out" is in theaters June 19, 2015.

Disney?Pixar’s “Inside Out” takes us to the most extraordinary location yet – inside the mind of Riley. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Anger (voiced by Lewis Black), Disgust (voiced by Mindy Kaling), Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Fear (voiced by Bill Hader) and Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. Directed by Pete Docter and produced by Jonas Rivera, “Inside Out” is in theaters June 19, 2015.

  1. Sicario

The premise of Sicario sounds very generic, as if we’ve been here so many times before: a task force is taking on the war on drugs between the U.S and Mexican borders. Not much to it right? Wrong. This is one consistently created an extremely tense atmosphere in several scenes, used one piece of music which sounds like a heartbeat, the landscapes are stunning whilst at the same time being hot and harsh. Sicario will put you on the edge of your seat and leave you there with your heart beating faster than before.

  1. Bridge of Spies

From the trailer, you wouldn’t expect this film to be funny at all. It had the feel of a Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy thriller but this was far from the case. Bridge of Spies turned out to be a brilliantly witty, smart take on the spy movie genre, with Mark Rylance being the best thing about it. His delivery and timing of the lines fed to him by the Cohen brothers and Matt Charman was spot on and the constant calming look across his face was a delight to watch. Directed by Steven Spielberg and also starring Tom Hanks, this felt like a totally different spy movie, that turned the genre on its head, it didn’t have as many intense scenes. There were conversation, explanations and interesting interactions, but they saved they best until last with the end scene creating an intensity that it had slowly been building to throughout the movie.

Brooklyn lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks) meets with his client Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), a Soviet agent arrested in the U.S. in DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 PIctures' dramatic thriller BRIDGE OF SPIES, directed by Steven Spielberg.

Brooklyn lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks) meets with his client Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), a Soviet agent arrested in the U.S. in DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 PIctures’ dramatic thriller BRIDGE OF SPIES, directed by Steven Spielberg.

  1. Amy

I had been looking forward to watching this ever since I heard they were making it and it did not disappoint. The death of Amy Winehouse shocked me and didn’t surprise others; her constant abuse of drink and drugs, to some, made this inevitable. But not to me, I was saddened and in a state of shock. Mostly because she hadn’t fulfilled her potential as a recording artist. There was so much more to give, so much more to do, so much more to record. This documentary shows her slow decline and how it happened without pointing the finger too blatantly. Asif Kapadia, the man behind Senna, has created a film out of archive footage, new and old interviews, mobile phone clips and unheard tracks. It’s a superb documentary that appears to remain neutral about its subject matter.

Keep. It. Reel.

The Good Dinosaur, review

Pixar films have always been about a very simple theme, whether it’s family, friendship, love, loss or all of those wrapped into one neat digitally animated package. And that’s really one of its key points, the animation is a really huge feature of this film ,they have clearly upped their skills as so many scenes looks almost real. They have a way of creating this through animated characters you care about, who pull at your emotional heartstrings, making you feel something that you’re not used to when it comes to cartoons. The Good Dinosaur follows this tested theme and, whilst it does it well, it doesn’t do it as good as the others.

Arlo (Raymond Ochoa), one of the dino babies of his farmer parents Poppa (Jeffrey Wright) and Momma (Frances McDormand) has a hard time completing his tasks around the farm, due to a chronic fear of virtually everything. So Poppa gives him the task of getting rid of a critter who keeps stealing their food. Failing to do so leads to Arlo being taken on a chase by the river and, when a flash flood occurs, he and his father are separated. Arlo wakes up dazed and confused, not knowing where he is and eventually realises that he is a long way from home and has to find his way back. During his journey, he makes an unlikely human friend who helps him to survive the initial pitfalls of being stranded in the middle of nowhere.

When you look at this film from a comparative perspective, it’s easy to see that there are some similarities to Finding Nemo with regards to one of the main characters who embarks upon an unintentional journey of self-discovery. Arlo meets several characters on his way, some friendly, some not so much and one who has lost his way entirely but provides some much needed comic relief. It becomes a test of Arlo’s strength and courage, two things his father wanted to teach him at their farm.

The whole movie has a very western feel, especially noticeable when Arlo comes across three Tyrannosaurus Rex who are trying to keep their herd of buffalo together, away from rustlers and then again when we see pterodactyls attempting to help at first. Pixar have a way of producing realistic voices and movements for all of its animalistic creations. The way the sharks move in Finding Nemo is majestic and the same can be said about these dinosaurs. The T-Rex runs as if their top halves are human and bottom halves are horses, it give the almost illusion of cowboys riding their stallions.

The director, Peter Sohn, has ample experience at Pixar and is very familiar with their working process and what it takes to make a great Pixar film, but it seems as if he hasn’t taken a lot of this on board. What he has done however is up their animation game, it’s impossible to think of another animated film that has landscapes as breathtaking as this not just with regards to their colour but how realistic they are. Sohn has done his research, having spent a lot of time in the countryside of America and on the waters, trying out white water rafting, so his knowledge is second to none.

There’s no questioning whether this is a brilliant film or not, when Pixar come out with anything, it’s an event. This film has several merits including it’s loveable dinosaurs, the stunning landscapes and the music which perfectly sums up this western film. However, it seems they have let the ball drop slightly with this, its emotional moments do not have the same impact as Up or the end of Toy Story 3. With several sequels in the pipeline, (Finding Dory, The Incredibles 2, Toy Story 4) it’s hard not to be a little disappointed by something that may be Pixar’s last original feature for a while.

3 out of 5

Keep. It. Reel.

Why Toy Story 4 is a terrible idea.

This week, Disney Pixar announced some truly horrific news. Personally I thought the rumour of this was dead and gone forever, but unfortunately it has now been resurrected. Toy Story 4 will be released on June 16th, 2017. Shortly after the third film was a hit, several rumours surfaced of a fourth film brewing and I immediately tried to think of any plausible storyline in which this would make sense. There’s nothing, no link I could come up with, no story which needed be told, nothing needs to be done to carry on the antics of Woody, Buzz, et al.

Andy gives away his toys at the end of Toy Story 3 before he embarks on a new life at college. This point was brought up in Toy Story 2 when the Prospector asks Woody “Do you really think Andy is going to take you to college, on his honeymoon?” And a third film was born. It’s the most bankable cartoon franchise, with the final movie making more the $1 Billion worldwide, however that is no excuse to make a fourth film and here’s why.

The end of Toy Story 3

This was perfect. From the start of the film, we can see that things have changed for Andy and his toys. He no long plays with them, he is preparing himself for college and life will have changed for everyone at the end. For anyone who watched it, this was a brilliant ending to the best animated trilogy ever. To make another one would completely ruin this. With Andy giving away his toys, a new chapter beings, will Toy Story 4 be the start of a new trilogy? I really hope not.

Toy Story 1 and 2

The first film created a world which everyone who had toys at some point in their lives could relate to with toys coming to life when no one is around and this carried on through the second film which smartly created more characters who were related to Woody and his past. It’s in this second film where they mention Andy going to college and having a honeymoon, they have planted the idea for the this. Both of the films make reference to the fact the one day Andy will grow up and grow out of his toys and film three is where they show that. In actually fact, Andy doesn’t play with his toys in film three until the end scene where he gives them away. I was surprised when they came out with Toy Story 3 but I’m glad they did. Toy Story 1 and 2 were really loved and they still are along with the final part. Toy Story 4 could be the film the undoes all of Pixar’s brilliant work.

The people have spoken

Pixar has never gone the way of any typical Disney movie, which is one of many reasons for their success. But with Toy Story 1, 2 and 3, they have gone the way of many other animated franchises and created sequels to phenomenal success. It’s with this and the fact that each film has been better than the last one (a controversial statement I know!) that they have broken the rules constantly. When rumours started to come out about Toy Story 4 in 2010, it was met with a lot of shock and anger, mainly because there was no where this franchise could go but here we are, waiting for Pixar to push ahead with these ludicrous plans. The fans love the trilogy and, as you can see from Empire’s survey below, they don’t want this film.

I think it’s safe to say that no one wants this film at all, three films was the perfect amount and now it’s about to be ruined by the fact the people are more obsessed with making money than making brilliant films. Has Pixar gone too far this time? In recent years, they have made questionable choices in the films they’ve made, including Cars, Cars 2 and Monsters University seeing how this is the studio who made such brilliant films like Wall E, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo.

Bottom line, this is one hell of a risk for Pixar to take, which is what they have done for years with their tricky ways of telling simple stories. However this time, I think they are toying with the wrong idea…

What do you think?

Keep. It. Reel.


Toy Story Horror

Toy Story is one of the best animated films of all time. No question. Despite the fact that it is a 100% digital creation, it’s still got the heart of a classic Disney film, it’s able to stand with the greats such as Lion King and Bambi. But what if things changed? What if it wasn’t the heart warming, charming, witty creation it’s pegged to be? Well luckily that’s not the case. Had it been anything short of what it is when released in 1995, it wouldn’t have spawned 2 sequels and a short in the shape of Toy Story of Terror.

Someone, however, has changed this first film into something else. Something unpleasant, something tainted, something very un-Disney and un-Pixar. I bring you a trailer for TOY STORY HORROR. This, whilst slightly disturbing, is a superb show of what you can do when something like Toy Story is re-cut and mashed together to bring you a film of a different nature and of a different genre. Using the scariest parts of Toy Story, we see Woody threatening Buzz, Woody screaming with terror, a dark room filled with mangled toys as well as the horror standard of thunder and lightning. Using many more scenes to create this trailer, even the colour has been toned down to make a darker movie.

See what you think, I think it’s brilliant and makes you wonder what the full movie would be like. Just click here: Toy Story Horror

Keep. It. Reel