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Being completely honest we all didn't think it was necessary to continue
with another Toy Story film since the trilogy seemed perfectly wrapped up. It was the end of Andy's journey playing with these toys and the end of these toys' incredible journey we've been on since 1995. I'm relieved to say it wasn't a greedy cashgrab move.
PIXAR has never lost its touch when it comes to the storytelling, now it's managed to leap to all kinds of bounds making it accessible for all ages.
9 years after Andy went off to college and gave away Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Ham, Slinky, the Potato Heads and the others to Bonnie this 4th entry serves as an epilogue of life after a toy's previous owner. It's the next step in anyone's life of what to do now.
Things seem to be going in a new and happy way but for Woody it would appear that his usefulness may be running out as far as making Bonnie happy during playtime. She's about to start kindergarden which is very scary in her eyes but during class she manages to create a brand new toy. This is a spork made of popsicle sticks, googly eyes, and wire cleaners which she names Forky. This concept of being a toy and coming to life is all new to him so Woody has to teach him the ropes but also make him understand that Forky isn't garbage and that Bonnie actually holds him of dear value.
During a road trip to a carnival the toys get separated when Forky wants to leave and of course Woody wants him to stay by Bonnie's side so she can have the vivid memories of him whenever she feels lost or scared. It then dawns upon Woody that he truly misses Andy and that Bonnie isn't exactly a replacement that can fill the void.
Buzz is also having to take up the mantle of leading the team this time around but begins having doubts about his ability to listen to his own conscience. It is a nice addition having this space ranger fight some insecurities that may be buried deep down.
Woody and Forky come across an antique store where several toys like a doll Gabby Gabby and her dummy associates never get bought. Gabby then sees an opportunity for her to be repaired so she can be loved by a child finally but it might cost Woody something precious. All she wants is to have that inexplicable bond with a young kid to make it through the hard times even if not all them feel the same way.
During all this chaos Woody then runs into an old familiar toy...Bo Beep from the first 2 films! She was largely absent during the third movie since she like a lot of other toys were given away or donated to charity. But after all this time Bo is not the same passive, agressive porcelan doll she once was; she is actually proactive in this day and age living life as a solitary soul, going from place to place, and never staying with one owner for too long. Bo is more of a free spirit living life to the extreme while helping other toys avoid dismal fates.
It is true of the natural cycle of a kid and their toy. A child plays for a few years then when they grow up the toy moves onto the next owner then it repeats.
Woody is then faced with a mid-life crisis choosing whether to remain part of a child's life for as long as possible or go his own path.
I won't lie I was literally in tears by the time it was over. But it's also very funny to boot particularly with newer toys like Duke Kaboom and Bunny and Ducky respectively.
The animation is at its best so far with all the rich details of the toys, the environments not to mention the humans, I was happy to see they brought back Bo
Peep after a long absence, and it's amazing in the storytelling how much more it connects with
adults. What happens when we've accomplished our goals in life, fulfilled
our purpose, outlived what we were set out to do?, is feeling loved by others better than feeling like you're worthless? It deals a lot with self-actualization which is a pretty grown up thing for both kids and adults to latch onto. We all reach a point where we breakaway from the roles we were originally given. Plus the only way for things to happen is to get out there and
not sit on the shelf forever, you never know how many great memories you can
create for others and not just you.
It is a universal truth, too that every kid in the world loses their toys almost every day whether by accident or by choice when they've outgrown them. Sooner or later we all have to cope with loss and moving onward.
An unusual choice to make another film after so long but this franchise is always more than welcome for longtime fans and critics. So if this is actually the last one it seems like a fitting closing curtain for one of the most beloved characters in animation and trust me, you will be filling up with all kinds of emotions after the credits start rolling.
I will forever love 'Toy Story' for infinity and beyond as a kid and as a grown-up :)
let's be honest nobody was really asking to remake this horror classic after 30 years
even original creator Don Mancini stated himself that he wanted no part of it without Brad Dourif returning to voice the killer doll after 7 installments
but whether we wanted it or not Hollywood decided to go this route
the movie itself wasn't awful thank goodness, it's quite short if pretty forgettable
the filmmakers managed to update it with our reliance on Apple like software Amazon-retail elements and state of the art tech
but because of someone with a grudge during the opening meddling with that can be dangerous especially when you remove all the safety measures and protocols the product itself can take a life of its own
once again the movie focuses on a young boy named Andy and his mother but since it's more of a modern, relevant take the focus here is that Andy is a tween and his mother played by Aubrey Plaza is seeing someone albiet a complete tool of a human being with a cat just as dismissive
a cop named Mike also lives with his mother in the same apartment building and it seems he's much more closer to her than Andy with his mom
Andy's mom just wants him to make new friends but the only solace he has is when she buys him a Buddi doll that connects to Kazlan tech which acts as an A.I. for the iPhone generation; all these dolls can be uploaded to our digital devices, respond to commands, and utilize the most advanced
Mark Hamill this time takes over voicing the psychotic plushie, he is actually delightful playing
Chucky even if it's not the soul of a killer
Chucky's only real source of villainy is that he cares too much for his best friend wanting him to be happy in any way shape or form, he wants to bring his own happyness to Andy through bloodshed
next to the laughs the kills are pretty sweet, too particularly when any of the Kazlan items can be hacked
Much of the doll is practical which helps the realism without relying on heavy CGI
the remake says a lot about us as being consumers of high-tech products, thinking all the education we need is from our phones, and oblivious to the fact that there's an entire world outside the digital one
and in Andy's case we never know who our true friends are, who will stay with us or who will leave us, is all we need just one friend and nobody else? every child deserves to have someone special in their lives, there's a proper way to raise kids and what to expose them too
Not a perfect remake but still serviceable enough with a more believable scenario than the original premise with lots of blood and updated technological innovations with terrifying results
based on a hit song and directed by Jim Jarmusch
a pretty cool cast from Bill Murray to Adam Driver to Chloe Sevigny to Danny Glover to Steve Buscemi to Selena Gomez to Tilda Swinton
a small town is just going about its business until one day the sun refuses to set properly since the Earth has rotated off its axis, the moon is giving off a purple flare, and the fracking beneath the ground has a big side effect
that side effect being that it has reanimated the dead turning them into flesh-eating zombies
they all begin to burst out of the graves in a cematary and make their way into the civilian population
the three officers in charge are the first to notice this occurance but 2 of them barely flinch while the third tries her hardest to keep it together
all the while a hobo living in the woods views the apocalyptic event from a distance
the movie has all the ingredients to be a classic zombie-comedy with some talented players and some gore to boot
the problem with the film is not every character is utilized to their best when they're on screen
plus it feels pretty directionless and aimless with barely any of them giving proper reactions to this intense situation
it just makes the whole viewing feel mundane
still it presents some familiar commentary we're used to with us as a population acting like mindless drones only interested in the materialistic things and addicted to new things, we consume everything in our path despite our best efforts
it also might hint that the younger generation is much more smarter and reliable these days
maybe the world is perfect already and you just have to appreciate the details
that twist ending has some meta stuff in it with a wtf moment that comes out of nowhere
to sum up this isn't something you should rush out to see, heck I won't remember it for a long while because it could've been so much more
Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling are dynamite together
written by Kaling herself, this movie covers the life of a late night comedy talk show host and how long her success can actually last in the eyes of her viewers
it's one thing for the American public to tune in and laugh at her material but it's also another when it starts to become stale and loses the appeal of the audience
that's what starts to weigh in on Katherine Newbury with her show facing her being replaced with someone fresh and new so she has to find a way to bring the ratings back up as well as win back her fans
enter Molly who worked at a chemical plant and the only stand-up comedy she's familiar with is her own voicing on the intercom
much of Katherine's staff is mostly made up of men and she dislikes the idea of hiring women to help her write comedy but Molly presents an opportunity here to bring some freshness back to her program
plus Molly doesn't want to be viewed as a diversity hire just because she's a woman and a woman of color, just because she was smart enough to get this job doesn't mean she's just as dumb in order to lose it
Katherine is advised to open herself up since she's not a people person and doesn't have many friends; Molly has her let others suggest ideas, voice her own stance on certain issues, she's a woman in her 50s and this program is her life essence not knowing what she'll do if she's let go
but she does have the support of Molly, her staff, and her husband played by John Lithgow even if she's too proud and stubborn to admit it
I was laughing a lot in this buddy comedy more than I was expecting which is always nice
the film also touches upon someone's success and how long they're legacies can be expected to run if handled the right way
plus it's very social tackling the oppressive male working environment for a minority or in this case two women hoping their work can be appreciated and not overlooked
when it comes to being a talk show host you're only as good if you can relate to people tuning in, hating yourself and making others feel the same is the wrong way to go, it's okay to get with the modern digital age of comedy too that way you can gain more support, we don't appreciate those around working with us until it's too late, your work is an expression of who you are
a deeply moving and hilarious female buddy flick
Octavia Spencer gives a very disturbing but effective performance
as a victim of teasing/bullying Suanne retaliates the only way she knows how against her abusers by targeting their children
it's unusual a complete stranger would help a group of youths who just want to party but new girl Maggie moves to this small town and this woman nicknamed 'Ma' helps them out
various flashbacks show how she didn't fit into the social ladder in high school so this feels like an opportunity for her to get into the spotlight
'Ma' lets them party in her basement but doesn't allow them upstairs for reasons unknown, later though those are slowly unraveled revealing her vengeful side
revenge is real, kids can pay for the sins of their parents, the past will always come back in horrible ways, and who knows if children can turn out just like the previous generations
the premise feels more like a Lifetime feature, there are pacing issues, and the crux of the whole thing doesn't occur until the very end
still, Spencer goes outside of her usual range with the filmmakers showing why she goes down such a dark path of torture
it's messed up and squirm-inducing but brilliant