Monday, 28 July 2014

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Review (Updated)











Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory


Release Date: 30th June 1971 - USA


Production Companies
Wolper Pictures Ltd.
The Quaker Oats Company


Genre: Family/Musical

Rating: G

Runtime: 100 minutes


Budget: $3,000,000

Box Office Gross: $4,000,000
(USA)


Plot Summary
The world is astounded 
when Willy Wonka, for 
years a recluse in his 
factory, announces that 
five lucky people will be 
given a tour of the factory, 
shown all the secrets of 
his amazing candy, and 
one will win a lifetime 
supply of Wonka chocolate. 
Nobody wants the prize 
more than young Charlie, 
but as his family is so poor 
that buying even one bar 
of chocolate is a treat, 
buying enough bars to find 
one of the five golden tickets 
is unlikely in the extreme. 
But in movie-land, magic 
can happen. Charlie, along 
with four somewhat odious 
other children, get the chance 
of a lifetime and a tour of 
the factory. Along the way, 
mild disasters befall each of 
the odious children, but can 
Charlie beat the odds and 
grab the brass ring?


Cast
Gene Wilder - Willy Wonka
Peter Ostrum - Charlie Bucket
Jack Albertson - Grandpa Joe
Julie Dawn Cole - Veruca Salt
Denise Nickerson - Violet
Beauregarde
Paris Themmen - Mike Teevee
Michael Bollner - Augustus Gloop
Roy Kinnear - Mr. Salt
Leonard Stone - Mr. Beauregarde
Nora Denney - Mrs. Teevee
Ursula Reit - Mrs. Gloop
Gunter Meisner - Mr. Slugworth
Tim Brooke-Taylor - Computer
Operator (Cameo) (Uncredited)

Crew
Director - Mel Stuart
Based on Book "Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory/Screenplay -
Roald Dahl
Screenplay - David Seltzer
(Uncredited)
Producers - Stan Margulies and
David L. Wolper
Art Director - Harper Goff
Costume Designer - Helen Colvig
Director of Photography - Arthur
Ibbetson
Musical Numbers Staging -
Howard Jeffrey
Film Editor - David Saxon
Music Conductor and Arranger -
Walter Scharf
Music and Lyrics - Anthony Newley
and Leslie Bricusse


Awards

1972 Academy Awards
Best Music, Scoring Adaptation and Original Song Score -
Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse and Walter Scharf (Nominated)


Review
Not dull-witted but immediately a simplistic, yet satisfying classic aimed for children with a sweet-tooth. That's how WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY is renowned as the last great flavour to the family musicals. I grew up with the 71 version where I came to watch it exclusively on DVD screening. At 10 years of age, it left me puzzled to watch what happens to those four nasty kids who disobeyed the rules. I won't tell you as I don't want to give a spoiler alert. This is what Tim Burton needs to think that the original is single-handedly superior to his demeaning remake, but comparing it with better visual candy isn't going to overpower the original 71 hit. WILLY WONKA is not only proud and sweeter for its highlighted songs. It's known for its good human-hearted nature and well-written story. I think it places Charlie in the spotlight as the lead hero rather than the title character played by Gene Wilder.

The famous actor Wilder fills in the attire, performing as his interpretation of Wonka and doing just about right with nice blend of manic and control. I don't care what some people think of the character as a grim psychopath, he is meant to be eccentric or be portrayed in a sarcastic tone. It's a pity none of the child actors got into film careers after WONKA, the actor who played Charlie moved on to be a vet. Other children transferred from cinema to some TV programs while trying to avoid of being typecast. For those who didn't know of the Brit sitcom THE GOODIES that exists. One of the actors Tim Brooke Taylor featured himself in a minor cameo role in WILLY WONKA. 

What a lucky date that I picked the right film adaptation of WILLY WONKA at this time. Though it could have been titled accurately as CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY when in its pre-production, it was originally that name. Don't worry if any of you have seen the Burton version first, although it maybe an average movie. The 1971 classic is of a particular undeniable value to be seen as a sweet sensation with the pure imagination. 

Star rating: (9/10) Excellent Movie


Monday, 21 July 2014

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Review (Updated)














How to Train Your Dragon 2


Release Date: 9th June 2014 - Australia
(Sydney Film Festival)


Production Companies
DreamWorks Animation
Mad Hatter Entertainment

Distribution
20th Century Fox Australia


Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 102 minutes


Budget: $145,000,000

Box Office Gross: $621,537,519
(Worldwide) 


Plot Summary
It's been five years since 
Hiccup and Toothless 
successfully united dragons 
and vikings on the island 
of Berk. While Astrid, 
Snotlout and the rest of 
the gang are challenging 
each other to dragon races 
(the island's new favourite 
contact sport), the now 
inseparable pair journey 
through the skies, charting 
unmapped territories and 
exploring new worlds. 

When one of their 
adventures leads to the 
discovery of a secret ice 
cave that is home to 
hundreds of new wild 
dragons and the mysterious 
Dragon Rider, the two 
friends find themselves 
at the center of a battle to 
protect the peace. Now, 
Hiccup and Toothless must 
unite to stand up for what 
they believe while recognising 
that only together do they 
have the power to change 
the future of both men and 
dragons.


Voice Cast
Jay Baruchel - Hiccup 
Horrendous Haddock III
Gerard Butler - Stoick the Vast
Cate Blanchett - Valka
Djimon Hounsou - Drago Bludvist
Craig Ferguson - Gobber the 
Belch
America Ferrera - Astrid Hofferson
Christopher Mintz-Plasse - 
Fishlegs Ingerman
Jonah Hill - Snotlout Jorgenson
T.J. Miller - Tuffnut Thortson 
Kristen Wiig - Ruffnut Thortson
Kit Harington - Eret
Randy Thom - Toothless

Crew
Executive Producer/Writer/
Director - Dean DeBlois
Based on Book "How to Train 
Your Dragon" - Cressida Cowell 
Producer - Bonnie Arnold
Executive Producer - Chris Sanders
Co-Producers - Michael A. 
Connolly, Doug Davison,
Kendra Haaland and Roy Lee
Head of Character Animation/
Story Artist - Simon Otto
Character Designers - Joseph 
C. Moshier and Tony Siruno 
Computer Graphics 
Supervisor - Max Bruce
Visual Consultant - Roger Deakins
Sound Designer/Supervising Sound Editor/
Mixer – Randy Thom
Film Editor - John K. Carr
Music - John Powell


Review
Some animated sequels have managed to ruin the flair of the original, so I was never hopeful for HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (HTTYD2) and hoping it would not fall into the category of cash-in sequels. During its post release, I was surprised it received unanimous praise but in saying this I still didn't think it would match the magic of the first. The original movie (click here) was a modern aged classic and it could never be surpassed by the second. I'd be so proud if DreamWorks would re-release the film again in 3D. HTTYD2 is a worthwhile sequel which allures everyone for seeing its more technically-crafted animation and the more flight-daring action to impress viewers.

Because of its maturity and darker tone, it feels a little more forced than the first one, but it does have a series of moments to build up the comedy and drama. Fantasy buffs will clearly recognise Cate Blanchett from LORD OF THE RINGS and Kit Harington from GAME OF THRONES for being here as voicing two of the newly-written main and supporting characters.

The story wasn't as fun and engaging as the original classic. It expanded differently from its predecessor and I would say it has remained faithful to its fanbase. It's a rather admirable sequel of which I would say that I am overwhelmed of its outstanding quality.

Star rating: (9/10) Excellent Movie



Monday, 14 July 2014

Vertical Limit Review











Vertical Limit


Release Date: 21st December 2000 - Australia


Production Companies
Columbia Pictures

Distribution
Sony Pictures Australia


Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 120 minutes


Budget: $75,000,000

Box Office Gross: $215,663,859 
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
When a vicious avalanche 
traps his sister atop K2, 
the world's second highest 
mountain, retired climber 
Peter Garrett must race 
the clock and battle the 
elements to save her.


Cast
Chris O'Donnell - Peter Garrett
Bill Paxton - Elliott Vaughn
Robin Tunney - Annie Garrett
Scott Glenn - Montgomery 
Wick 
Izabella Scorupco - Monique 
Aubertine
Temuera Morrison - Major Rasul 
Nicolas Lea - Tom McLaren
Alexander Siddig - Kareem 
Nazar
Ben Mendelson - Malcolm 
Bench
Steve Le Marquand - Cyril 
Bench
Roshan Seth - Colonel Amil 
Salim 
Robert Taylor - Skip Taylor

Crew
Producer/Director - Martin Campbell
Story/Screenplay/Producer - 
Robert King
Screenplay - Terry Hayes
Executive Producer/Producer - Marcia Nasatir
Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager/Producer - Lloyd Phillips
Executive Producer - Mike Medavoy
Production Designer - Jon Bunker 
Director of Photography - 
David Tattersall
Director: Avalanche Unit - Steve Kroschel
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator -
Simon Crane
Special Effects Supervisor - Neil Corbould
Visual Effects Supervisor - Kent Houston
Film Editor - Thom Noble
Music - James Newton Howard


Review
Chilling but certainly a thrill-packed adventure feature not seen before I did not see it until many years after its release. It was in a few DVD stores, then I borrowed it off from my uncle's movie collection with UNDER SIEGE 2 to not bore myself. The cold is charged up in VERTICAL LIMIT of its tension, it's an exciting movie that gives a feeling of winter, survival and tension. Although it is in fact action with a mix of drama to frame the movie of its plot. The film is shot in some of the scenes in New Zealand. There is a familiar movie trivia, the director was born into that country and he alone had his birthplace as one of the picture's main locations. To the actors I commend the most, Chris O'Donnell was nicely cast as the main lead. I'm surprised he didn't make his role a fiasco like playing in the two Schumacher Batman films. Bill Paxton performed a far more interesting role than his co-stars. 

My overall feedback for this movie is positive. Nothing can slow the picture of its massive peak of impact, to say it was overly intense. My recommendation is for you to watch VERTICAL LIMIT on the TV screen, if have not seen already. 

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie


Friday, 11 July 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction Review










Transformers: Age of Extinction 


Release Date: 26th June 2014 - Australia


Production Companies 
Paramount Pictures (presents)
Hasbro (in association with)
Di Bonaventura Pictures 

Ian Bryce Productions
Amblin Entertainment (Uncredited)
Platinum Dunes (Uncredited)
China Movie Channel (in association with)
Jiaflix Enterprises (in association with)

Distribution
Paramount Pictures Australia



Genre: Action


Rating: M

Runtime: 165 minutes


Budget: $350,000,000

Box Office Gross: $1,104,039,076
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Autobots and Decepticons are 
no longer wanted on Earth by 
humans and have gone into 
hiding. As humanity picks up 
the pieces, automobile 
mechanic Cade Yeager and 
his daughter Tessa come 
across Optimus Prime. 

However, once a bounty hunter 
learns that the leader of the 
Autobots is still on earth, he 
begins tracking him down.


Cast


Humans

Mark Wahlberg - Cade Yaeger
Nicola Peltz - Tessa Yaeger
Jack Reynor - Shane Dyson
Kelsey Grammer - Harold Attinger
Stanley Tucci - Joshua Joyce
Sophia Myles - Darcy Tyril
T. J. Miller - Lucas Hannery

Transformers
Peter Cullen - Optimus Prime (Voice)
Mark Ryan - Lockdown (Voice)
John DiMaggio - Crosshairs/
Leadfoot (Voices)
John Goodman - Hound (Voice)
Ken Watanabe - Drift (Voice)
Reno Wilson - Brains (Voice)
Robert Foxworth - Ratchet (Voice)
Frank Welker - Galvatron (Voice)

Crew
Executive Producer/Director - Michael Bay
Writer - Ehren Kruger
Executive Producers - Steven 
Spielberg, Brian Goldner and 
Mark Vahradian
Producers - Ian Bryce, Tom
DeSanto, Lorenzo di
Bonaventura and Don Murphy

Co-Producer/Unit Production Manager - Allegra Clegg
Co-Producer/First Assistant Director - K.C. Hodenfield
Co-Producers - Matthew Cohan and Michael Kase 
Production Designer - Jeffrey Beecroft 
Cinematography - Amir Mokri
Film Editors - Paul Rubell, Roger Barton and
William Goldenberg
Fight Coordinator - Garrett Warren
Special Effects Supervisor - John Frazier
Visual Effects Supervisors - Adhee Chiu and Jeff White
Co-Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM - Pat Tubach
Animation Director - Scott Benza
Music - Steve Jablonosky 
Composer: Additional Music - Hans Zimmer
Songs - Imagine Dragons


Review
Years after successfully managing my early reviews of Transformers (or making its alterations in now recent years) including the three live-action blockbusters. First, there was the 1986 animated movie (click here), then came 2007's TRANSFORMERS (click here) where I once gave it a star-rating of 5 out of 5. Again, I reviewed its average but mildly fun sequel of REVENGE OF THE FALLEN (click here) and it's improved third instalment DARK OF THE MOON (DOTM) (click here). I thought of it once as the series grand finale, I must admit, the director Michael Bay has a hard time of keeping up with the series issues as he was deeply focused on the movies impact. He has TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION re-modified in a whole new impression for the newly-matured fans. No longer it will be requiring the old human characters from the first three, replacing them with the new ones better with subtlety and appeal. The younger fans of hipsters can only recognise the new transformers from the vintage cartoon of G1 includes such fan-favourites like the Dinobots.

Amidst the brand new characters and story helped the movie in gearing to a new generation of hipsters. What I like about the movie is Mark Wahlberg whom is a good actor that performed the part very well. Call me crazy, but I have no idea he was playing the main human in a Transformers film. Having seen a few movies featuring the known actor, he proves more that he could do in a heroic, interesting type than Shia LaBeouf in a yearly ritual. If Shia could have just gotten a cameo appearance. Other actors Stanley Tucci and Jack Reynor also even displayed this co-excessive natural talent in the supporting character leads.

This is the beginning of a new trilogy with brand new characters and such, the new movie AGE OF EXTINCTION is dazzling whatsoever in accustoming the action and visual spectacles. More maturity and edgier than DOTM, the winds are keeping the change of the movie that kept the die-hard fans in power of anticipation.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever



Thursday, 10 July 2014

Film Guru Lad's Top Movie Villains: Part 2 (Updated)




Just finished with looking at part 1 of my hand-picked dastardly movie villains, haven't you! The list goes on with another one of my favourite menacing foes I've selected, you have to recognise them with your hate. It's evidently down to two more parts before the final top 3 of these despised evil characters. Oh, and don't mind about the error about 'Ernest Goes To Camp', I was trying to have it fixed when I accidentally set it to automatic not staying to its original date.

If you haven't looked on the first part of my top evildoers or either missed it, please (click here) for your viewing.



#11. Syndrome (The Incredibles)

There you have it, Syndrome
may have not been the 
strongest or yet have any 
superpowers to make him 
a super-villain. He was once 
a crazed-fanboy to the world's 
greatest hero Mr. Incredible 
and desperately wants to be 
his sidekick. Sadly, his idol 
only works alone, thus feeling rejected to lead him against the supers. A genius for techno-wizardry and easy for Syndrome to make his inventions lure the former supers into their deaths and become as one. To me, he is the only villain from a Pixar flick I most sincerely enjoyed and none of these villains are compared to Syndrome. 


#10. Hans Gruber (Die Hard)

In real life, the terrorism within
criminals can be quite
dangerous and so you not want
to list all the past and recent
ones in history just so you
won't have yourself killed or
your house bombed. Hans 
Gruber is the first one to be 
fictional and he does all the 
bad threats in the first 'Die Hard'
film. The variable acts he does 
are extremely worthy of his 
character, this includes the 
one where he attempts to 
eradicate and murder the people he held them in hostage. I now consider Hans to be the film's only character I favoured and it gives Alan Rickman to be in such a big break for he would soon portray these villainous types.


#9. Lord Voldermort (Harry 
Potter)

Okay, we now explored many 
more of my favourite arch-
foes. What about a dark 
wizard, our only known 
example of these evil wizards 
is Lord Voldermort of the 
'Harry Potter' series. Appeared 
facially as part-reptilian that 
might be from his dark magic. 
He is a half-blood biased 
against Muggles and firmly 
seeks ambition to be the 
more powerful sorcerer than 
Dumbledore who brought 
him to be his student and now became his unbeatable enemy. Voldermort does all of the dirtier deeds and this one takes the cake in trying to kill Harry Potter ever since he was a baby. Almost everyone who never opposes to face the dark wizard except for Harry. To be fair, he was the ultimate villain where no one would dare to speak of his name. He appeared in just only seven of the eight films with almost having the role of the main antagonist.


#8. Bellatrix Lestrange (Harry Potter)

If you only have ever seen a
male villain, think again, we
have a femme foe whose name
is Bellatrix Lestrange and she
is far more worse than his
master Lord Voldermort. Not
only she is loyal to him and
followed his order, unlike
many others who are afraid of
him, she is also notorious for
murdering her distant cousin and Harry's godfather Sirius Black. Evil and racism may have yet runs in the family of Malfoy, not with Bellatrix that she is ultimately mad and had sadistic tendencies. Particularly when one of the victims she tortured was one of the main heroes of the saga. This is the only real female antagonist I choose apart from Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman or some before her.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Blended Review (Updated)









Blended


Release Date: 12th June 2014 - Australia


Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures
Gulfstream Pictures
Happy Madison
Karz Entertainment

Distribution
Roadshow Distribution


Genre: Comedy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 117 minutes


Budget: $40,000,000

Box Office Gross: $126,794,610 
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Single parents Lauren and 
Jim go on a blind date that's 
a disaster when she spits 
her food up on him and he 
drinks her beer. The only 
thing they agree on at the 
end of the date is that they 
never want to see each 
other again.

When Jim realises the 
restaurant mixed up their 
credit cards, he goes to 
Lauren's house to switch 
them back and meets her 
sister, who happens to be 
dating his boss. However, 
she says the relationship is 
over, just as they were about 
to go on a trip to Africa. She 
gives her ticket to Lauren, 
who decides to take her 
boys. Meanwhile, Jim calls 
his boss and offers to buy 
the tickets from him so he 
can take his daughters. 
Neither realize what the 
other has done until they 
bump into each other at 
the same luxurious African 
safari resort and have to 
share a suite.


Cast
Adam Sandler - Jim Friedman
Drew Barrymore - Lauren 
Reynolds
Bella Thorne - Hilary Friedman
Emma Fuhrmann - Espn 
Friedman
Braxton Beckham - Brendan 
Reynolds
Alyvia Alyn Lind - Lou Friedman 
Kyle Red Silverston - Tyler 
Reynolds
Shaquellie O'Neal - Doug
Terry Crews - Nickens
Abdoulaye N'Gom - Mfana 
Kevin Nealon - Eddie
Jessica Lowe - Ginger
Zak Henri - Jake
Wendi McLendon-Covey - Jen

Crew
Director - Frank Coraci
Writers - Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera
Producers - Jack Giarraputo, Mike Karz
and Adam Sandler 
Cinematography - Julio Macat 
Film Editor - Tom Costain 
Music - Rupert-Gregson 
Williams


Review
Normally, I know that Adam Sandler has had a few disenchantments in his career and he is slowly losing his phase. His career started to spiral downwards which began with JACK AND JILL (click here). Though sources might say that the spiral had actually began in the 2000s. Every year, it seems he releases another film that people are anxious to see and then it once again either resort to bombing at the box office or becomes the subject of critical negativity. Fortunately, he brought us BLENDED and bringing back some much needed fun and smartly written humour. Starring aside the actress Drew Barrymore, the two have long collaborated in having three of their romantic comedies which include: THE WEDDING SINGER and 50 FIRST DATES. It seems with this movie that Sandler and Barrymore are yet to lose their winning streak of successful Rom Com (romantic comedy) accomplishments.

The movie had some truly wonderful moments, emotion, tenderness and humour. He hasn't established any of this warm-hearted feeling like this, not exactly like CLICK (click here) when the other film is more of a dramatic comedy and only brought tears in our eyes. There's even the display of great acting and unusual chemistry performed by Sandler and Barrymore. Even the supporting cast were a top-notch to BLENDED including the hilarious Terry Crews who appears in almost every scene he passes through.

You can't overlook BLENDED just because it didn't do so well on the box office biz. I'm giving this simplistic feature a seal of approval and I would recommend it for the people who have yet to see it. 

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie


Thursday, 3 July 2014

Film Guru Lad's Top 10 Animated Movies (Updated)


When it comes to features, they would be made by the animation better than live action and honestly, some people consider it to be a form of cartoon that kids could thoroughly enjoy but animation is actually a form of art that many might use it on movies and television that could attract to young and older audiences in either old fashioned hand-drawn or modern CGI. Here are the top set of the 10 animated films that I literally consider them as my favourites or the greatest in no matter what art-style it uses or which story it perfected. Not including the new Disney hit 'Frozen' which I've never watched or any Pixar feature in other spots, I'm definitely not featuring it or reviewing it. 





#10. The Simpsons Movie (2007): (Fox)

One of the few movies that uses the 
art of 2D animation rather than using
the current form of CGI and based 
on a long-running animated sitcom 
about a family that made a lot of 
hijinks on the town of Springfield. 
I suppose THE SIMPSONS MOVIE 
is clever with hilarity. Whereas it can
be better than most of the recent
season propaganda seen now on
Channel Ten and Eleven Australia.  



#9. Toy Story 2 (1999): (Disney/Pixar)

Did you only think that you may 
as well like 'Toy Story 1' or
'3' as the best. In my experience, 
I didn't see the third movie and 
never was into it because of the 
Ken and Barbie relationship ruins 
it. I instead went into a revisit with 
the second movie at my family's 
Christmas party. Now that you 
know, it's not as well-known than 
the third. I believe TOY STORY 
2 is the best of the three, I'm so 
into the opening scene, mainly 
because it has action and has 
the potential if Buzz Lightyear 
would be in his own film. This animation sequel works better than the original only the first time it received consent from the series creator.



#8Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011):
(DreamWorks)

KUNG FU PANDA 2 is an
interesting but still a silly chapter
to the first movie, the sequel has
highlighted a character-based
story and establishes a two-part
saga. Likeable and wise, it's still
over-the-top hilarious and delves
in to more character development
and adds any balance with the
darker aspects that does make it
like a better instalment. I raise
the vote for KUNG FU PANDA 2
as the best of the two animated
sequels and nothing about getting
the most acclaim from the audience.



#7. The Incredibles (2004):
(Disney/Pixar)

This film successfully accomplished
a perfect blend of laughs and CGI
superhero action. The blockbuster
THE INCREDIBLES justifies the
orientation of the superhero genre
for the first time and calls itself
a movie with a family of heroes.
It seems risky for the animation
giant of Pixar and Disney to super-
start and collaborate on a original
super-hero masterpiece. I'm not
going to lie, it ended up as a sweet
success and is not like the other 
previous Pixar bonuses. Bonus
points for Jason Lee in voicing as fan-boy turned-nemesis Syndrome. Might I say that Samuel L. Jackson also captures the essence of his portrayal of Frozone.



#6. Kung Fu Panda (2008):
(DreamWorks)

Looking for a better DreamWorks
film, one that doesn't need
references to other films or edgy
humour to create the laughs.
KUNG FU PANDA is awesome
and lets the studio better cement
itself as one of the all time great
studios specialising in animation
film. Containing with an original
sense of laughter and amazing
well-made fighting sequences.
I feel KUNG FU PANDA has
never been unique and simplistic
since The Lion King, it delivered 
the fans a story which they had never seen. This feature made no attempt to replicate the work of its predecessor films by DreamWorks.




I don't care what some people
think about ATLANTIS: THE
LOST EMPIRE
, it was an action-
packed animation of a Disney film
without any singing or explosions.
In fact, it has the feel of a Jules
Verne classic and an Indiana Jones
adventure and was brought to life
by tremendous visuals and Mike
Mignola's design artwork that
were put together to make
ATLANTIS an exciting and
mystifying look of a cartoon
adventure flick with a sense of
being a cult classic in its own right. It's favoured in opinions by others than critics who gave mixed views about the whole picture.



#4. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 
(1993): (Warner Bros)

While it isn't a spoiled cash-in by
Warner Bros which is how it got
flopped, BATMAN: MASK
OF THE PHANTASM
just only
follows the lines of the story and
the complexity and it's eagerly an
animated action-oriented feature
that doesn't need any comic relief
except for its main villain The Joker
who is funny but menacingly evil.
Better with the maturity and the
sad-filled moments which withholds
the basic structure of the comic
book character's mythology, the
movie MASK OF THE PHANTASM is suitably fast-paced and better than Burton's or Schumacher's Batman flicks that even aficionados of the caped-crusader could be seeing it at homes despite having all the acclaim it had.



#3. How to Train Your Dragon 
(2010): (DreamWorks)

Taking the studio DreamWorks
into soaring heights with glossy
animation and the outrageous
breathtaking view of 3D is
what HOW TO TRAIN YOUR
DRAGON
is all about. For me
that I can say, TRAIN YOUR
DRAGON
, this film conveys the
theme of establishing trust
between two unlikely companions.
Conveniently this is DreamWorks
greatest treasure, well-appraised
higher than 'Kung Fu Panda'.
I haven't forgotten that it pleases
the crowd with a lot of extraordinary moments.



#2. WALL-E (2008): (Disney/Pixar)

WALL-E is one of the few
animated science-fiction movies
ever to succeed at the box
office, it is full of breath-taking
visual eye candy for the audience
and explores the romance between
the two main robots. Primarily, the
movie's first half is dialogue-free,
but it sends a message about the
environmental issues affecting
our planet when it is covered in
too much garbage. This is probably
the most sentimental movie of
which Pixar takes the cake as the
best of the computer-rendering
that the animation studio had done to date, definitely a mesmerising and unique piece of animation cinema which will have long lasting value.



#1. The Lion King (1994)
(Disney)

Truly an ultimate masterpiece
for Disney in the 90's animation
renaissance and the one that I
literally grew up with is THE
LION KING (TLK)
. While still
partially based on Shakespeare's
Hamlet, it has a dash of all the
right elements. This includes a
beautiful epic scenery, talented
vocals, heartfelt emotion and
memorable composure is what
gives its dominance. It would have
being the second nominee for an
Academy Award for Best
Picture and there isn't a single classical-animated feature from Disney or any other studio in nowadays to top TLK. It's one of the studio's better flicks (alongside 'Atlantis') also appealing to adults, this 2D piece of artistic perfection will be remembered for generations to come.


Well, what do think of my top 10 list, what are your favourites. I would love to hear your feedback and hear what you think are the best 10 animated features of all time.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Blog Archive Menu Changed





I'm so sorry to inconvenience you, my problem is that three of my old reviews, I have noticed had some errors that I needed to correct. These reviews are actually in renovation and they have just being fully tweaked in an improved level of writing; These three films include 'How To Train Your Dragon', 'Now You See Me' and 'The Benchwarmers'. Also in a more convenient updates, it's actually real this time. I've also changed the review of 'Revenge of the Fallen'  back to my old but newly-improved opinion and I even gradually extended it.

Good news, I have changed the Blog Archive Menu. As you can see on the right, originally I had the archives displayed on daily categories. Whereas now I have changed it to monthly. What this means for you is that when you select a month it will bring up all the reviews that I reviewed for that particular month. You can then scroll down the page and at the top of each review you will see the date the day of that month that I uploaded that review.

Also, I've recoloured the link (click here) into aqua into my recent reviews and I intend to keep doing it so forth. Sorry, I fooled you viewers twice in what I've written is partially true to my news update. Cheerio!