Review: 'Despicable Me 2' Starring Steve Carell & Kristen Wiig | The Playlist
"Despicable Me 2" lacks emotion and depth, and all the minions in the world can't make up for that. [C-]
Review: DreamWorks Animation's 'Turbo' Featuring The Voices of Ryan Reynolds & Samuel L. Jackson | The Playlist
There are a couple of dazzling moments in "Turbo" ("Dark Knight" cinematographer Wally Pfister served as a visual consultant), like when Turbo imagines the other cars in the final race as giant tomatoes, but these are few and far between, and don't make up for the huge gulfs in storytelling. What makes "Turbo" even more disappointing is that it follows "The Croods," a truly wonderful DreamWorks Animated movie from earlier this year. "Turbo" is one of the more disappointing big studio animated features this year, a movie can't even muster the energy to be visually engaging, let alone give you anything to care about story-wise. This might have sounded great in a pitch meeting, but as a movie it's dead last. [D]
Turbo was destined to suck from minute one.
I mean...SNAILS...racing against CARS?? Idiotic. The exec who green-lighted this dreck should be gut shot.
And I swear if I hear another preview with a horrid play-on-words like, "Shell, yeah!" or, "Snailed it!!" from Dreamworks (or see one on another of their god-forsaken movie posters, for that matter), I'm calling Morton's and having a goddanged truckload of table salt delivered to them. THAT **** AIN'T AMUSING.
Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Bullets are cheap. Life is priceless.
Comic-Con: THE AWESOMES Series Premiere Review and Panel Recap with Seth Meyers, Taran Killam, Bobby Moynihan, Kenan Thompson, and More
Too bad.The main problem with The Awesomes is that the series doesn’t nearly live up to the amount of talent that are involved with the show. The show isn’t terrible by any means, but that the series is so mediocre and lifeless is disheartening. The episode played before the panel to a big audience and although there were chuckles here and there, the lack of any big laughs was noticeable. The series also seems to have an odd tone to it. Meyers and Co. have created a lighthearted show with goofy, if a bit predictable, gags but when the characters drop some crude language for laughs, the sudden adult edge does not match the style or tone to the show at all.
This was just the first episode and one has to imagine that this was the series pilot that Meyers and Shoemaker pitched to studios and Hulu. There is a fun concept to the show and the voice talent involved with the show is incredibly impressive. If the series just suffers from a weak first episode (as a lot of shows do) is still unclear but, as of now, the episode does not give enough hope that there will be something excellent and hilarious waiting in future episodes. The Awesomes is slight, light, and just funny enough to make it a good time killer, though. It’s fitting that the series will be on Hulu where watching an episode could be a very welcome time killer while stuck at work or while you’re at the gym. If the series will become a must watch thing every week is something that we will just have to wait and see.
Comic-Con: FUTURAMA Panel Recap. David X. Cohen and Matt Groening Lead the “Last Comic-Con Panel Ever” | Collider
One of my few regrets of this con...missing this, MAN...Dave Herman and Tress MacNeill were there...I truly hope that FUTURAMA gets picked up...C'MON NETFLIX!!!!!
The panel ended with a clip montage that featured a Dalmatian Nibbler, a bit of Black Magic, satires of The Thing and Planet of the Apes, plus a short segment on Fry and his dog
Comic-Con: Directors Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Chris McKay Talk THE LEGO MOVIE, Creating the LEGO Look, and Choosing IP Characters
This looks like so much fun. And they talked extensively about folding cgi with stop motion so that you can't tell the difference. Between this and the Robot Chicken panels it was very fun to be me...a huge fan of the cripplingly slow art form of stop motion.
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Short Film: ĎMicro Mayhem!í Gets Fast and Furious with Claymation
Why Watch? This short from the team behind Robot Chicken cuts to the chase right away. In fact, itís pretty much all chase, but itís also a fantastic display of claymation molded to absurd, explosive heights.
Beyond the usual applause for painstaking stop-motion, the highlights here are clever ways of framing the destruction (battling inside the tunnel is especially cool) and a sound design fueled by gasoline and burnt rubber. Bombastic joy on a small scale, itís a fun adrenaline rush that would bring a smile to Quentin Tarantinoís face.