- Vancouver, British Columbia - Ever since Homeward Bound, which I foolishly watched far too many times as a child, I've personally loathed any film that has made the imbecilic choice of giving live animals human voices. I get it, kids supposedly love this stuff, but it has been very rare that it has been pulled off in an effective or timeless manner. Thus when I saw the initial trailers for Zookeeper, I had no interest in seeing the film, not even reviewing it for free. However, a new trailer premiered showcasing that maybe Zookeeper was not just another film with talking animals but something with heart and amusing situational comedy.
Film Reviews and Commentary
- Vancouver, British Columbia - The third Harry Potter series saw some significant changes that would forever take the series in a new direction. The biggest change of them would be the switch over from director Chris Columbus to Alfonso Cuarón. J.K. Rowling apparently quite enjoyed Cuarón's adaptation of A Little Princess in 1995 and deemed him suitable to direct the third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. This would become a trend through the franchise as it would see more directors before finishing.
- Vancouver, British Columbia - The world of media is being flipped upside down like never before. I don't think anyone could have predicted how the internet would change modern life as we know it or at least, been able to predict how fast it has happened. Page One: Inside the New York Times is not likely the first documentary to explore this concept, but it does offer some perspective by focusing specifically on how new media affects the once powerful news source The New York Times.
- Vancouver, British Columbia - A quick bit of background here: I love the whole Transformers mythos. I was raised on the cartoon(s), played the toys to death, read the comics, and bought miscellaneous merchandise aimed at appeasing nostalgic value. When the first movie came out (the animated one from 1986), I was three or four years old and it was one of the first movies I ever saw. My Dad even bought me the soundtrack on vinyl. Fast forward to 2007, when the first live action movie came out. I was psyched! I enjoyed the movie at face value, but ultimately had to concede it was okay at best. The second movie us in 2009, and I was getting pretty pissed off at lots of missed opportunities for greatness.
- Vancouver, British Columbia - In many films, cities serve as little more than the background to a story, or perhaps even worse, the city or locale is not even learned by the viewer. Cities like New York City, Los Angeles, London, and Paris are the types of cities that many of us have preconceived notions about, or if we have been to them, we forever have memories that are stirred up when we revisit those cities in film, photo, or discussion. Woody Allen's most recent film (and his 41st film at that) focuses in on Paris, a city that I adore and have visited probably at least eight times now. I had my own ideas about Paris from my travels there and admittedly was a little curious to see how a revered American director would highlight the city.