Throwback Thursday – 8/3/17

On August 3rd, 2001, we got a glimpse into the life of a less than ordinary 16-year-old girl, and watched as her invisible life became front and center. She learned of her royal parentage and that she was anything but ordinary–she’s was a princess! Yep, Mia Thermopolis is the Princess of Genovia and we’re taking a look back at “The Princess Diaries” in this week’s…

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Throwback Thursday – 7/27/17

And so it’s July 27th. We’ll take this one waaaaaay back, 27 years to be exact, to the year 1990. In an age when unruly kids were all the rage in film, one stood out due to his ginger locks, fascination with bow ties, and inability to keep a home for the first seven years of his life. His name was Junior, and he was the quintessential “Problem Child,” and this week we’re looking at his journey in…

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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ is a thought-provoking clash of species

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Theatrical release poster. 20th Century Fox.

War for the Planet of the Apes” is the final installment in the Planet of the Apes trilogy and the follow up to 2014’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” It takes place after the events of the second film, building further the animosity between apes and humans. After the Simian Flu wiped out a large chunk of the human population and increased the intelligence of primate species, the quest for survival is at an all-time high as trust between species is just about lost.

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Throwback Thursday – 7/13/17

The date is July 13th. The year? Let’s bring it back to 2001. A spry, young college girl with a personality of pure positivity has just about everything going for her: she’s popular, the president of her sorority, has a successful boyfriend, and a seemingly wonderful future ahead of her. That is, of course, until her boyfriend dumps her, deeming her not serious enough for his future aspirations. So, what does this girl do? She applies to Harvard in order to pursue him and prove him wrong. Her name is Elle Woods, Legally Blonde’s lovable, Chihuahua toting, pink obsessed hero, and we’re taking a look back at her journey in this week’s…

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Spider-Man: Homecoming weaves a subtle web of Spider-Man lore

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Theatrical release poster. Marvel Studios.

The Spider-Man film franchise has been done several times before, but now Marvel’s Cinematic Universe took its shot at depicting the web-slinging super hero. Spider-Man: Homecoming differs from previous Spider-Man films in that it doesn’t focus on the origins of Peter’s transformation into Spider-Man, but instead delves into his journey already in progress. The film is sprinkled with throwbacks, references, and carefully placed surprises that keep you engaged throughout its run, but there are still some glaring missteps that plague the film as a whole.

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Spider-Man: Ranking the Films

As super hero movies go, few generate enough appeal to warrant a reboot that spawns two or more films. Sure, Marvel’s film universe has been so successful, but prior to the original Iron Man film that started it all, none of these titular super heroes had previous film series dedicated to them. But Spider-Man is a different story, with the third reboot hitting theaters this Friday. Prior to Spider-Man: Homecoming, the arachnid crusader’s story was depicted twice before in a series of five films that spanned over a decade long. With Marvel’s tremendous success with their film universe, it’ll be interesting to see how Spider-Man: Homecoming differs from the previous attempts at telling Peter Parker’s story. So for now, let’s take a look back at those prior films in a ranking, of my opinion, from worst to first.

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‘Despicable Me 3’ misses its minions despite the vibrant villainy

 

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Theatrical release poster. Universal Pictures.

As animated sequels go, there’s often a formulaic approach to replicate its predecessor as much as possible while freshening up the story with minor alterations. As the third installment in this main franchise, “Despicable Me 3” made its attempt at replicating it’s original charm and fun; however, it fell short in the sense that it missed out on a key component of the series: the minions. Not a bad installment at all, and it’s actually a step up from the second in the trio in my opinion, but at its core, the Despicable Me franchise is only as good as its first foray into the villain-turned-good story line.

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‘Cars 3’ races to its finish

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Theatrical release poster. Walt Disney Studios & Pixar Animation.

Cars 3” follows the story of Lightning McQueen, the once young and spry race car as he attempts racing glory once more amidst a slew of younger, more powerful racers on the scene. As the third installment in Pixar’s “Cars” franchise, it wraps the trio up nicely while still paving the way for other characters to shine in the possible future. Still, how many films about racing glory can we endure?

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‘Finding Dory’ won’t ever be forgotten

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Theatrical release poster. Walt Disney Studios & Pixar Animation.

Pixar’s seventeenth feature film, “Finding Dory,” takes place one year after the events of “Finding Nemo,” and thirteen years after the original’s release. That time lag means nothing, as this sequel still captures the same charm as the first, proving that these underwater characters have heart and determination to be remembered for years to come. The story follows the lovable, yet forgetful, blue tang Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) on her journey in finding her parents, but what she ends up finding is a world of so much more. The film focuses a lot on the belief in oneself while also hearkening back to the message of never giving up that made “Finding Nemo” so profound, making “Finding Dory” a top tier Pixar film.

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