Inside Out Movie Review

Inside Out Movie Review

We decided that we would take our five year old to this movie. I am not sure why Minions did not come out on the fourth of July weekend as it would have been a great weekend for that to open.

Anyways Inside Out follows a girl named Riley. Actually it opens with Riley being born and the first thing she knows is joy. Joy last for 33 seconds before sadness joins into the list of emotions. Soon Fear, Anger, and Disgust join her list of emotions. Everything is going great for Riley, she has a good family, a best friend, a passion for hockey, and just enough silly to make life fun. Of course this balance is shaken to its core when the family picks up and moves to San Francisco.

The story itself has some funny moments, some that are sad, well a few that make you sad, and even a little adventure. I do like how it depicts the brain and how it functions. How memory’s are made, stored, and used. Sitting next to my five year old at times the story went way over his head and at other times it hit home with a lot of ways to relate to it. I would say that really this film to be best captured you would need to be seven to twelve. Though it does have a few moments that only an adult would understand. Under seven the child will still enjoy the movie but may not get the emotions. I know our son asked a lot of questions which is fine as other kids were doing the same thing. My only complaint is the story in the middle does drag on a little longer than my comfort level allowed. Things get rather bleak for a while and it seems that maybe this section was a little long. Even though the writers put in a little comic relief to break the mood some it did just seem to stretch this section a little long for my liking.

The animation in Inside Out was excellent as expected. It had some real sharp colors and really did some neat things with the animation. Along with the animation the sound and music also went well with the film. That includes the voices used for the characters.

Overall it felt like Inside Out was a very short film. The film itself is 94 minutes but really felt short. With that it did feel like the movie just kind of ended. Still it was good and one section of the movie is not enough to ruin it. It kept me interested and it kept my son interested. It is the kind of movie that you have to be prepared to cry at as at times it does pull at your heart strings a bit. I did enjoy the movie and even though it is not perfect I still thought it was good. I would give it a 3 out of 5.
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‘Sesame Street’s Maria, Is Retiring After 45 Years

Sonia Manzano, ‘Sesame Street’s Maria, Is Retiring After 45 Years

Sesame Street is losing one of the neighborhood’s longtime residents. Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on the PBS show, is retiring after 45 years. Manzano, 65, revealed her retirement earlier this week at the annual conference of the American Library Association, which tweeted the news. Manzano retweeted the announcement and thanked her supporters but said “don’t be bummed!”

Manzano, who shared 15 Emmys as one of the writers on Sesame Street, joined the show in 1971 and became a permanent cast member three years later. Her character, Maria, initially played a Puerto Rican teenager working at the neighborhood lending library. Later she moved to the Fix-It Shop alongside Luis, the show’s Mexican-American handyman. The characters later married and had a child, Gabi, who was initially played by Manzano’s daughter Gabriela.

Born in a Puerto Rican neighborhood of The Bronx, Manzano attended Manhattan’s High School of Performing Arts then Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She began her show business career in the original cast of Godspell, which began as a student production on the Carnegie Mellon campus. She moved with the production to a club in Greenwich Village, then to Off Broadway and later to Broadway.

Confirming Manzano’s retirement, Sesame Workshop said “She will always be a part of the fabric of our neighborhood. During her 44-year career as the iconic Maria, and the first leading Latina woman on television, she was a role model for young girls and women for generations.”


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Podcast Episode 108

The Nut Gallery Review Podcast Episode 108

Jurassic World . July Movies: Terminator Genisys, Magic Mike XXL, Faith of our Fathers, Self/Less, Minions, The Gallows, Ant Man, Trainwreck, Mr. Holmes, The Vatican Tapes, Pixels, Southpaw, Paper Towns, American Heist, Vacation. July DVD & Bluray Releases: Maggie, Kill Me Three Times, Paul Blart Mall Cop 2, The Longest Ride, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Ex-Machina, It Follows, Home. July Video Game Releases: Pneuma Breath of Life, Rocket League, Deception IV The Nightmare Princess, Gods of War III Remastered, Godzilla, Rory Mcilroy PGA Tour, F1 2015, Lost Dimension. Movie Classic: Black Sheep. The List: Favorite video game weapon or gadet.

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Jurassic World Review

We have waited a long time for Jurassic World to come out.  With that expectations have run high over the years.  We have waited for the return of big creatures with lots of teeth.  That is exactly what you get in this movie.

What used to be cool at Jurassic Park soon fades and a new nasty needs to be introduced.  After creating the full scale of dinosaurs the park thinks it would be a great idea to splice several creatures together to make the biggest nasty of them all.   Of course a Jurassic movie would not be complete without the appearance of a t-rex, raptors, and some pterodactyls.

The movie itself is full of action but nothing we have not seen before.  Containment on a creature is broken and kids are in the path of the destruction.  Same story as we have seen before so what makes this one stand out.  Well the creatures are bigger than before and smarter.

What did I like about this film.  Chris Pratt as the male lead is excellent.  Very believable and plays the rugged guy very good.  Bryce Dallas Howard is also excellent in the female lead.  Even the two kids in the film seem to have pretty good chemistry.

I would like to caution everyone that thinks that dinosaurs are good for small children.  This has a few graphic scenes in it and something that will scare small children.  Including those that were there the same time I was.

Overall the film is very predictable.  Being short on surprises might also be because the story is the tried and true formula of kids being in danger and someone coming to rescue them.  I guess a Jurassic movie would not be complete without it.

On a star rating I would give it a 3.5 out of 5 only because it was the same story with a new and bigger dinosaur causing all the trouble.
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X Files Reboot first look

X Files Reboot first look at the main characters

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise roles as paranormal investigators
The first image of FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully was released via the official “X-Files” Twitter account Wednesday.

In the photo (below), Scully is dressed in a crisp black pant suit, while Mulder is sporting a more casual look with a green army jacket and jeans.

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will reprise their roles in the reboot of the 90’s series about two special agents investigating the paranormal.

Fox announced in March that the show would return as a limited series. “I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” series creator Chris Carter said in a statement. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”

During its initial nine-season run, “The X Files” became one of the most successful television dramas of all time, hitting a peak ratings high in 1997 when more than 27 million people tuned in to the Season 5 premiere. The show had earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award.

I have to say that I have never seen the entire series but what I have seen has been enteraning. I am excited about this project and hope it goes well. I am sure if it goes well more would follow.

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Daredevil to have some punishement

Daredevil Season 2 has cast Punisher

The Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal has joined the Netflix superhero series in the role of The Punisher, one of Marvel’s most popular characters, reports.

Per Marvel lore, Frank Castle (born Francis Castiglione) was a well-decorated Marine who saw his wife and children killed during a Central Park picnic, after they inadvertently witnessed a gangland execution. When the corrupt police force proved unable to follow up, Frank adopted the persona of The Punisher to exact his revenge, and more.

If you have not read it yet please see the season one review of Daredevil that Mike Anstett did on the series in April.


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Bad Boys 3

Bad Boys 3 could happen

Sony Pictures has been building up its franchises quickly, and now I’m hearing that Bad Boys 3 is looking like a strong possibility to get going. Safe House scribe David Guggenheim wrote a strong draft that now has Joe Carnahan in early talks to do a quick pass to possibly direct. I’m hearing this is all moving quickly as the studio wants to have the movie for Will Smith to consider as his next slot after Suicide Squad. Smith starred in the first two high-action films with Martin Lawrence in 1995 and 2003. which Michael Bay directed. Carnahan certainly has that combustible style that goes with the franchise. He most recently directed the superb thriller The Grey.

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Ant-Man to have 6 minute preview

Ant-Man to have a 6 minute preview that will play before Jurassic World

Like you need another reason to go to Jurassic Park. Actually I am not sure this makes any difference but it sure is a great marketing tool for this film.

Marvel will debut a six-minute extended look at “Ant-Man” in front of IMAX 3D screenings of Universal’s “Jurassic World” starting on June 12, the studio announced Monday.

That’s more than a full month before the comic book movie hits theaters, as the film is slated for release on July 17.

In “Ant-Man,” Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) leaves his criminal past behind and unlocks his inner hero with the help of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and the Ant-Man suit.


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‘Akira’ movie alive at Warner Bros.

Marco Ramirez will write the script based on the popular Japanese manga

kira” is alive and well at Warner Bros., which has hired “Daredevil” writer Marco Ramirez to adapt the popular Japanese manga.

Leonardo DiCaprio and his Appian Way banner are producing with Andrew Lazar (“American Sniper”) and his company Mad Chance. Warner Bros. executives Drew Crevello and Nik Mavinkurve will oversee the reconfigured project for the studio.

Jaume Collet-Serra was set to direct “Akira” back in 2012 but Warner Bros. pulled the plug on the project due to issues surrounding the budget, script and casting. At the time, the studio had been in discussions with Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Ken Watanabe and Helena Bonham Carter.

The original “Akira” manga followed two brothers in rival biker gangs who clash when one of them begins abusing his new telekinetic powers.

Ezra Miller had been eyed to play Hedlund’s brother, indicating that the studio was interested in the actor long before casting him in its comic book movie “The Flash.”

Ramirez wrote many of the best episodes for the first season of Netflix’s “Daredevil,” and he’ll serve as co-showrunner on the second season along with Doug Petrie. The duo are replacing Steven DeKnight, who just joined the “Transformers” writer’s room at Paramount.


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Marvel to reboot the comics

Marvel Comics to Relaunch With Female Wolverine, Elderly Captain America

Reboot promises an “All-New, All-Different Marvel” this fall that could impact movies
Marvel will reset all of its comic books this fall in a relaunch initiative dubbed “All-New, All-Different Marvel,” with possible implications for the company’s cinematic universe down the road.

According to Mashable, the relaunch will revert all of the publisher’s comic books to No. 1s, with new creative teams and new storylines for all titles. New characters will be introduced, while existing characters will receive significant changes.

Among the developments teased in new images released by Marvel (see above and below) are an aging Captain America and Wolverine, a separate female Wolverine likely inhabited by Logan clone X-23, the Fantastic Four’s Thing as a member of Guardians of the Galaxy and two versions of Spider-Man.

It’s from the Ultimate universe that many of the storylines and character directions of Marvel’s cinematic universe have been mined, providing the primary fuel for speculation several months ago that the next movie Spider-Man might be something other than white; the Spidey of the Ultimate universe is black-Hispanic Miles Morales, presumably the second Spider-Man pictured.

But while the “All-New, All-Different” initiative will bring significant changes, Marvel promises it will not be completely unfamiliar to longtime readers.

“There’s no red sky, there’s no icecaps,” Alonso said. “But there will be new places on the map, there will be new characters that were just too cool to not bring back from ‘Secret Wars.’ There are new teams that are necessary to deal with new threats.”

The new No. 1’s will be staggered throughout the fall, over a period of three to four months.

The biggest question is how will this impact the future of the cinematic universe? Will it continue in its own direction or will it also be rebooted?
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