Animation

The Matrix, Ranked

The Matrix, Ranked

In 1999, The Matrix, written and directed by the Wachowski Sisters, was released and instantly became a cultural phenomenon, thanks to its ground-breaking visual effects and thought-provoking philosophical themes. The film launched an entire media franchise, and since then, three direct sequel films, an animated anthology film, three video games, a comic book series and numerous books have been released. While none of the subsequent films admittedly quite live up to the quality of that first film, a couple of them come damn close, even if the worse films in the franchise leave a lot to be desired. Here is…
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Review: Sing 2

Review: Sing 2

Year: 2021 | Rating: This may be a surprise to some of you, but I was actually looking forward to Sing 2 with cautious optimism. Illumination doesn't have the greatest track record of not making obnoxious movies that appeal to kids more than adults (in fairness, I'm not sure that can be considered a fault of an animation studio), but I rather enjoyed the first installment, so I was at the very least curious to see if director Garth Jennings could deliver the goods for a second time. And you know what? This movie isn't half bad. I know that doesn't sound like the…
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Quick Hits: My Fake Boyfriend, Justice League: The New Frontier, Windfall

Quick Hits: My Fake Boyfriend, Justice League: The New Frontier, Windfall

Quick Hits In the latest edition of Quick Hits, we've got a gay movie made by BuzzFeed that brings shame to the Queer Cinema Movement, one of the weaker films in the DC Animation Universe series, and a minimalist crime thriller that is well worth your time. My Fake Boyfriend Year: 2022 | Rating: My Fake Boyfriend is, without a doubt, one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my life. I knew when I saw the Buzzfeed Studios production logo at the beginning of the film that I should significantly lower my expectations, and yet it still managed…
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Review: The Bob’s Burgers Movie

Review: The Bob’s Burgers Movie

Year: 2022 | Rating: I'm just going to be honest, in the first few minutes of The Bob's Burgers Movie, I had a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach as I realized that one of my most anticipated movies of the year wasn't going to live up to my expectations. The voices, the animation style, the overall tone...it just felt off to me, for reasons that I still can't exactly put my finger on. But then the certified bop of an opening number, "Sunny Side Up Summer," got rolling and I felt much more optimistic that this was going to be a…
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Review: Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood

Review: Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood

Year: 2022 | Rating: Richard Linklater is back, ladies and gentlemen. I know that this is technically the second day of release of this film and that I should make this a strictly-critical review with proper analysis and all that jazz (and I'll get to that soon..ish...maybe), but you'll have to forgive me for "fanboying out" for a second, because this is a big deal for me. Linklater has been my favorite filmmaker throughout most of my adult cinephile life, but it's an observable fact that it's been a while since we've had a real "Linklater" film (the last one…
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Review: Turning Red

Review: Turning Red

Year: 2022 | Rating: Rarely have I felt so seen by an ancillary character in a film as much as I have with Tyler (Tristan Allerick Chen) in Turning Red. Apart from the obvious name similarity, I was twelve years old in 2002, and while I had moved on in my musical taste by this time, I was only a couple of years or so removed from a time in my life when the Backstreet Boys were my favorite band. I also went through a bullying phase in middle school, which was mostly designed to mask my own insecurities about…
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Review: The Mitchells vs. the Machines

Review: The Mitchells vs. the Machines

Year: 2021 | Rating: Wow, The Mitchells vs. the Machines was...surprisingly and aggressively bad. To be fair, it's really the third act where the whole kit and caboodle completely and utterly falls apart. The film starts off well enough with some good, slow family drama that you don't always see in animated movies like these. The middle of the movie starts to have some problems, mostly with plot logic issues, but there're some funny moments sprinkled in and it's at least engaging. But then the last third makes absolutely no sense, triples down on the cutaways that were only mildly…
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