I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Honestly, I have a whole pile of half-finished articles sitting on my hard drive, but for some reason I’m having a hard time finishing anything. Motivation is hard to come by.
I figured I’d take a chapter out of someone else’s book and just write some short thoughts on various things I’ve been thinking of. Continue reading →
I was scouring the internet today and guess what I came across?
Yep, you read that right. Beyblade and live-action all in the same sentence.
You remember Beyblade? The high action game with spinning tops? There’s going to be a full blown movie about them and frankly, I cannot wait. It has been over a decade since I first got into the series, but I do remember it quite fondly (well as fondly as I can with a series like that). The Beyblade I got into was the old school show; the one with Tyson, Max, Kai, and Rei. Once they introduced new characters, I gave up the show for good. Continue reading →
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen pushes himself beyond his limits and suffers a huge crash. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez. Proving that 95 isn’t through yet, he will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage against his new rival, Jackson Storm.
When the Scooby gang visits a dude ranch, they discover that it and the nearby town have been haunted by a ghostly cowboy, Dapper Dan, who fires real fire from his fire irons. The mystery only deepens when it’s discovered that the ghost is also the long lost relative of Shaggy Rogers!
The story deepens in the music-driven sequel to the global smash hit “Descendants,” as the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains — Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay (also known as Villain Kids or VKs) — try to find their place in idyllic Auradon. When the pressure to be royally perfect becomes too much for Mal, she returns to her rotten roots on the Isle of the Lost where her archenemy Uma, the daughter of Ursula, has taken her spot as self-proclaimed queen of the run-down town. Uma, still resentful over not being selected by Ben to go to Auradon Prep with the other Villain Kids, stirs her pirate gang including Captain Hook’s son Harry and Gaston’s son Gil, to break the barrier between the Isle of the Lost and Auradon, and unleash all the villains imprisoned on the Isle, once and for all.
Before The Secret Life of Pets has even finished it’s run in the regular theaters, Illumination has already announced the sequel and it’s release date (July 13, 2018). If you follow my blog you already know what I thought about the first movie. I just wasn’t the biggest fan even though critics and audiences seemed to like it and give it positive reviews. The Secret Life of Pets got a 75% “certified fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has grossed (as of August 8. 2016) $502.9 million worldwide.
Even though I didn’t really like The Secret Life of Pets, I haven’t completely disregarded the sequel. In fact for the Despicable Me franchise I actually liked the sequel more than the original, so it’s completely possible that I will like this sequel more than the original. Though, I actually really liked the original Despicable Me in the first place, while I wasn’t a big fan of The Secret Life of Pets so this sequel is going to have to be like 100x better for me to enjoy it. They haven’t released any sort of summary about what the movie would be about, but it probably will be some sort of variation of this movie with wittier lines, a more cohesive story, and better character development.
I wish this was how I was awaiting the sequel.
Apparently Illumination believes that The Secret Life of Pets is successful enough to constitute a new franchise around it, making it the second from Illumination after Despicable Me. Illumination was founded in 2007 and it’s first movie, Despicable Me, was released in 2010. I remember in 2010 walking through my mall there were HUGE posters of the characters hanging from the ceiling, there were McDonalds Despicable Me toys, and the commercials were airing all the time. Everywhere I turned there was something Despicable Me related! There was no way that you could miss that the movie was coming out. All that marketing payed off because the studio grossed $543.1 million on a $69 million budget. For a studio’s first film it really became extremely successful with the second film grossing $970.8 million and the Minions spinoff grossing $1.159 billion. I wonder will The Secrets Life of Pets franchise be as successful? Honestly, I don’t think so but I also didn’t think the original movie was very good and most people seem to disagree with me so who knows? I’ll probably keep an eye on this franchise out of curiosity, but I don’t see myself participating much in the consumer craze.
Max (Louis C.K.) is a spoiled terrier who enjoys a comfortable life in a New York building until his owner adopts Duke, a giant and unruly canine. During their walk outside, they encounter a group of ferocious alley cats and wind up in a truck that’s bound for the pound. Luckily, a rebellious bunny named Snowball swoops in to save the doggy duo from captivity. In exchange, Snowball demands that Max and Duke join his gang of abandoned pets on a mission against the humans who’ve done them wrong.
Ratchet is the last of his kind, a foolhardy lombax who grew up without a family. Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. After stumbling upon a weapon that can destroy entire planets, they join forces with a team of do-gooders known as the Galactic Rangers. Together, they must stop the evil alien Chairman Drek from utilizing this dangerous technology. Along the way, Ratchet and Clank learn valuable lessons about heroism, friendship and discovering one’s own identity.
I felt like there really wasn’t a lot of marketing for this movie. I figure that this movie is about a dinosaur and a human that learn to become friends and eventually learn to become a family. Honestly, from the trailers it looks like a pretty standard film, and if it weren’t for the fact that it was Pixar I don’t know if I would be that interested in seeing it.