Movie Review: The Good Dinosaur

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So last week a buddy and I went to see the latest Disney/Pixar kiddie flick, The Good Dinosaur, as a exams-are-done-yay! treat. In retrospect, I wish we’d picked Creed; while a fun enough movie, TGD didn’t really feel like it was worth the ticket price.

Ironically, the best and worst thing about TGD was the pre-show short that always precedes a Pixar movie. This time it was Sanjay’s Super Team, an adorable little animated film about a little boy who imagines his father’s Hindu deities as superheroes. Although I’m not religious myself, or particularly little, I LOVED it. Cuteness aside, this is almost the first time I’ve seen someone who looks like me (dark-skinned, even!) on the big animated screen.

Don’t get me wrong, The Good Dinosaur is a lovely albeit bog-standard Disney movie – a poor man’s Lion King for the CGI age, with a scheming Scar replaced with a feral human child. And, in true Disney style, there’s an adventure to be had, a lesson to be learned, and a happy ending to be enjoyed. All in all, a thoroughly inoffensive romp, with some entertaining side characters (Sam Elliot as tough-talkin’ cattleherdin’ T-Rex Butch is particularly fun.) Wait for the DVD, though.

 

Webcrawl Wednesday, back from the wastlands edition

Hello, everyone! Long time no blog. Hopefully that’s going to change now. For the moment, have a few links.

 

With all the brouhaha at DC recently, it’s easy to forget that sometimes, comics can be sublime, beautiful, the perfect expression of what it means to be a hero. Like these gorgeous, minimalist posters by Adam Thompson that combine images of heroes with the inspirational, sometimes profound things they’ve said.

 

Love these pulp redesigns of the covers of classic novels. Pride and Prejudice is probably my favourite.

 

We don’t hear near enough stories like this one. Via Aunty Beeb, the Muslims who saved Jews from the Holocaust.

 

It’s a little late, but I really like this article on the feminist case for Fashion Week.

 

One more reason to hate Twilight: Proof that Kristen Stewart is actually a talented actress who got stuck playing a vapid wet noodle

Review: The Hunger Games

Or, as they say in France, ‘Les ‘unger gems!’

(Yes, I know it’s been forever since the movie came out, but I’m trying to clear my backlog of posts while I get back into the gear of this blogging thing. Pliss echoos.)

ImageBeing in France and not having much access to English bookstores and media in general, I’d somehow managed to completely miss the hype surrounding Susan Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy. Early in 2012, however, posters for the movie started to pop up everywhere, and so for a lark I picked up the first book.

From IMDB: In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided between 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’s younger sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.

Now, generally, I avoid dystopias like the plague. I like my futures more Star Trek than 1984. But The Hunger Games? I got so impatient with my slower reading pace in French and so desperate to find out what happened next that I stopped five chapters in, got the English versions of the trilogy, and devoured the lot in one sitting. That’s how good these books are.

Given how much I loved the books, I was extremely apprehensive about seeing THG on the big screen. I mean, just look at the Harry Potter films. But the intial reviews were good, so good that I decided to brave both the French dubbing and the wrath of my best friend for seeing it without her, and go ahead and book tickets.

And boy, am I glad I did.

The Hunger Games is amazing. It’s up there with LoTR in terms of sheer quality. Even having it in French didn’t bother me that much. I’ve never seen any of the actors in any major roles, so the different voices didn’t bother me. Plus, I thought the dubbers did a really good job.

Now for the movie itself. Please be warned that this review contains SPOILERS for The Hunger Games!

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Movie Review: Avatar

So a friend and I went to see Avatar, after much hassle getting tickets (seriously, the thing’s sold out for like two weeks straight, and this in a country which is historically not that big a market for Indian movies.)

Does Avatar have problems? Absolutely. They’re written about in exhaustive detail here and here, better than I ever could, so I’m not going to bother rehashing them. tl;dr for the linkophobes: Avatar is racist dreck. Pretty, but racist dreck nevertheless.

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