Monday, 31 August 2015

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation Review (Updated)













Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation


Release Date: 30th July 2015 - Australia


Production Companies
Paramount Pictures
Alibaba Pictures Group (in association with)
Bad Robot
China Movie Channel
Odin
Skydance Productions
TC Productions

Distribution
Paramount Pictures Australia


Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 131 minutes


Budget: $150,000,000

Box Office Gross: $682,330,139
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
With the MIF disbanded, 
and Ethan out in the cold, 
the team now faces off 
against a network of highly 
skilled special agents, the 
Syndicate. These highly 
trained operatives are 
hellbent on creating a new 
world through an escalating 
series of terrorist attacks. 
Ethan gather his team and 
joins forces with disavowed 
British agent Ilsa Faust, who 
may or may not be a member 
of this rogue nation, as the 
group faces their most 
impossible mission yet.


Cast
Tom Cruise - Ethan Hunt
Jeremy Renner - William Brandt
Simon Pegg - Benji Dunn
Rebecca Ferguson - Ilsa Faust
Ving Rhames - Luther Stickell
Sean Harris - Solomon Lane
Alec Baldwin - Alan Hunley
Jens Hulten - Janik Vinter
Simon McBurney - Attlee
America Olivo - Turandot
Rupert Wickham - Austrian Chancellor
Tom Hallander - Prime Minister

Crew
Story/Screenplay/Director -
Christopher McQuarrie
Based on Television Series:
Mission Impossible - Bruce Geller
Story - Drew Pearce
Producers - J.J. Abrams, Bryan
Burk, Tom Cruise, David
Ellison and Don Granger
Production Designer - James D. Bissell
Cinematography - Robert Elswit
Stunt Coordinator - Wade Eastwood
Film Editor - Eddie Hamilton
Visual Effects Supervisors -
Kee-Suk 'Ken' Hahn and
David Vickery
Writer: Theme from Mission Impossible -
Lalo Schifrin
Music - Joe Kraemer


Review
In 2011, I first got into the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE series when I first saw the fourth movie GHOST PROTOCOL (click here) at the cinemas and began reviewing each of its three previous instalments from the ongoing film franchise. Now that I've seen all five of them, there's no denying that I would rewatch ROGUE NATION and revisit the series to see all of its spy-fi action again. Throughout the years, the series at first was controversial among fans and few of the actors from the well-known classic TV show since 1996 with the release of the first movie by Brian DePalma. Now J.J. Abrams created a new vision in the third and then the fourth instalments which helped resurrect the series and career of its leading actor Tom Cruise. ROGUE NATION embedded the deep-seated blockbuster mayhem strings together which continues the series resurgence through its remarkable plotting and action sequencing. Nothing in the movie gets undermined by the plausibility of Christopher McQuarrie's direction.

The continuation of the acting is remarkable to come from Tom Cruise who is a seasonable acting veteran of all time and has been in the series for almost 20 years. While being his devotion, he appeared to have signs of ageing, although I must say for a man in his 50's, he is still looking youthful and healthy. The other actors like Simon Pegg continue to be the comic relief and Rebecca Ferguson is on a great career path as she becomes the film's leading lady. It is Sean Harris who takes a gander in delving the maliciousness into his major villain role similar to how Phillip Seymour Hoffman did it without being hammy in the third instalment (click here). 

ROGUE NATION is still in the same vein as the fourth film but whether it's successful or not, it did blend the elements that were originally used in the previous instalments. This is one movie that you may not want to miss and features Tom Cruise in fine form.

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie


Monday, 24 August 2015

Ice Age Review












Ice Age


Release Date: 21st March 2002 - Australia


Production Companies
20th Century Fox (presents)
Blue Sky Studios

Distribution
20th Century Fox Australia


Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 81 minutes


Budget: $59,000,000

Box Office Gross: $383.257,136
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Twenty thousand years ago,
at the dawn of the Ice Age,
three completely mismatched
creatures have been brought
together by a twist of fate.
Sid, Manfred and Diego
reluctantly team up to
help return a human baby
to his father.


Voice Cast
Ray Romano - Manny
John Leguizamo - Sid
Denis Leary - Diego
Goran Visnjic - Soto
Jack Black - Zeke
Cedric the Entertainer - Carl
Stephen Root - Frank/Start
Alan Tudyk - Lenny/Dodo/
Freaky Mammal
Diedrich Bader - Oscar
Chris Wedge - Scrat/Dodo

Crew
Director - Chris Wedge
Co-Director - Carlos Saldanha
Story/Screenplay - Michael J. Wilson
Additional Story - James
Bresnahan, Doug Compton,
Mike Thurmeier, Jeff Siergey,
Galen T. Chu and Xeth Feinberg
Screenplay - Michael Berg and
Peter Ackerman
Executive Producer - Christopher Meledandri
Producer - Lori Forte
Head of Story - Yvette Kaplan
Production Designer - Brian McEntee
Character Designer - Peter DeSeve
3D Layout Supervisor - Robert Cardone
Film Editor - John Carnochan
Music - David Newman


Awards

2003 Academy Awards
Best Animated Feature - Chris Wedge (Nominated)


Review
It's been a while since I last watched an ICE AGE movie and having only posted the fourth addition CONTINENTAL DRIFT (click here), I have not done any of the first three chapters recently which I barely have time to do and watch them all. At the dawn of the millennium, computer animation was coming to its own as features such as Disney/Pixar's MONSTER INC (click here) and DreamWorks' SHREK were the big winners at the time and no young child should ever miss these two nor the whole family. ICE AGE was released in that era in a varied degree of success and as the years roll by, it became a cash cow series soon after its success. Most people would get to choose the original over the next three, simply because it's not as saccharine and relies on some sheer heartbreak. This came to no surprise to me that in the several times, I have watched it right through from when I was ten years old until now, it's clearly the best instalment of the series. Naturally, ICE AGE 1 still retains its spunk and the formula inside of it, I don't see why this was substantial enough to be the start of a franchise whatsoever. 

Outstanding and terrific are the words of praise for the voice acting and characterisations that were conceived for this animated buddy comedy. Ray Romano lents his voice and so is John Leguizamo and Denis Leary for three of the main characters that were unlikely mismatched to be together as a trio. I noticed that Jack Black and Alan Tudyk provide the additional voice talent for the two supporting antagonists.

Visually, the animation is nothing special within the first ICE AGE feature, indeed some of it shows its age compared to modern animated movies, that's why it's good for a laugh as well as being an exciting film. I decide to all viewers that the sequels are not as good as its predecessor.

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie


Thursday, 20 August 2015

The Thing (1982) Review












The Thing


Release Date: 20th August 1982 - Australia


Production Companies
Universal Pictures
Turman-Foster Company

Distribution
Universal Pictures Australia


Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: MA15+ (Not Suitable
for Young Children)

Runtime: 109 minutes


Budget: $15,000,000

Box Office Gross: $1,923,573,582
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
In the winter of 1982, a 
twelve-man research team 
at a remote Antarctic 
research station discovers 
an alien buried in the snow 
for over 100,000 years. 
Soon unfrozen, the form-
changing alien wreaks 
havoc, creates terror and 
becomes one of them.


Cast
Kurt Russell - R.J. MacReady
Wilford Brimley - Dr. Blair
Keith David - Childs
Donald Moffat - Gary
T. K. Carter - Nauls
Richard Masur - Clark
David Clennon - Palmer
Charles Hallahan - Vance Norris
Richard Dysart - Dr. Cooper
Peter Maloney - George Bennings
Joel Polis - Fuchs
Thomas G. Waites - Windows

Crew
Director - John Carpenter
Based on Novel "Who Goes
There" - John W. Campbell, Jr.
Screenplay - Bill Lancaster
Co-Producer - Stuart Cohen
Producers - David Foster and 
Lawrence Turman
Production Designer - John J. Lloyd
Special Make-Up Effects
Creator and Designer - Rob Bottin
Additional Make-Up Effects -
Stan Winston (Uncredited)
Director of Photography - Dean Cundey
Special Visual Effects - Alfred Whitlock
Film Editor - Todd C. Ramsay
Music - Ennio Morricone


Review 
1982 was the best year for movies that were released despite showing some that suffered from the heavy competition and the under-performing at the box office. This had happened to two of the other landmark films from the science fiction genre that were released in the same day as E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL (click here) which would soon win the audiences over. The first of these movies was BLADE RUNNER (click here) which has since gone on to have a cult following and widely regarded as one of Ridley Scott's best films. The other from these two is the 1982 interpretation of THE THING which at the time was not successful and never got the recognition until it entered that territory in later years. I have heard the name of John Carpenter elsewhere before as I only seen one feature from the director, but not seeing into other of his great classics such as THE THING in its original definitive version. Not bad though but not that great for a science-fiction horror, I can't expect the 1982 version to have its scare factor so it has to put chills into our spines when it reflects the mood of claustrophobia. That is what Carpenter is able to pull it off in his skills as a first-rate director in having the film contently shown with splatter and without boredom. 

Layered with the brilliant make-up imagery that spurted the gruesomeness and frights that were a benchmark for practical effects in its time. The acting is very spellbinding as Kurt Russell starkly imagines a good character with a cynical edge inside of him to reveal. It helped make him into a huge star for which he continued to be through the 80s and the 90s.

Many people truly believe that the 1982 interpretation THE THING is one of the greatest horror movies to come out as rediscovered in history. I on the other hand have a different opinion on this nightmarish classic, but I did enjoy it in a good taste. 

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie


Monday, 17 August 2015

Chariots of Fire Review (Updated)










Chariots of Fire


Release Date: 24th September 1981 - Australia 


Production Companies
20th Century Fox Film Corporation (present)
Allied Stars Ltd. (present)
Enigma Productions
Goldcrest Films

Distribution 
20th Century Fox Australia


Genre: Drama

Rating: PG

Runtime: 118 minutes


Budget: $5,500,000

Box Office Gross: $58,972,904
(USA)


Plot Summary
England's first athletes 
have begun their quest 
for glory in the 1924 
Olympic games. Success 
brings honour to their 
nation. For two runners, 
the honour at stake is 
personal and their 
challenge one from 
within.


Cast
Ben Cross - Harold Abrahams
Ian Charleson - Eric Liddell
Nicholas Farrell - Aubrey Montague
Nigel Havers - Lord Andrew Lindsay
Ian Holm - Sam Mussabini
John Gielgud - Master of Trinity
Lindsay Anderson - Master of Caius
Cheryl Campbell - Jennie Liddell
Alice Krige - Sybil Gordon
Struan Rodger - Sandy McGrath
Nigel Davenport - Lord Birkenhead
Patrick Magee - Lord Cadogan
Peter Egan - Duke of Sutherland
Daniel Gerroll - Henry Stallard
Dennis Christopher - Charley Paddock
Brad Davis - Jackson Scholz

Crew
Director - Hugh Hudson
Original Screenplay - Colin Welland
Executive Producers - Dodi Fayed
and Jake Eberts (Uncredited)
Producer - David Puttnam
Athletic Consultant - Tom McNab
Costume Designer - Milena Canonero
Director of Photography - David Watkin
Film Editor - Terry Rawlings
Music - Vangelis


Awards

1982 Academy Awards
Best Picture - David Puttnam (Won)
Best Writing (Original Screenplay) - Colin Welland (Won)
Best Costume Design - Milena Canonero (Won)
Best Music, Original Score - Vangelis (Won)
---------------------------
Best Director - Hugh Hudson (Nominated)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Ian Holm (Nominated)
Best Film Editing - Terry Rawlings (Nominated)


Review
As I can remember first seeing the 1981 historical classic CHARIOTS OF FIRE on a DVD packaging when I was just a child. I was blown away in my mind by the opening scene of its beautiful images where the runners are sprinting through the beachfront near the waves and the majestic theme tune is playing in the entire sequence. Many years onI have never forgotten this iconic movie and the classical piece of music by Vangelis. I didn't realise that after I was watching the feature, it was going to be my favourite type of film. I understand how it would have been necessary for the filmmakers to add more historical facts of relating the true story of the two characters competing in the Olympics. Especially when parts from history have been altered in the feature to dramatise each of their perspective. I really thought that these pair were going to interact together in a few more scenes before and after the racing, it would have best suited for their upstanding rivalry.

On a positive note, the performances are surprisingly good from lesser-known British actors Ian Charleson and Ben Cross. Cross who after this movie has gotten into more movie roles in later years, most are recently known like Spock's father Sarek in J.J. Abrams' retool of STAR TREK (click here). While Ian did only some for his acting and never got the chance to be a known thespian after his life was cut short tragically of AIDS at the age of 40. 

Overall, CHARIOTS OF FIRE was mostly historical inaccurate. It is a great film with amazing directing, brilliant acting, scenery and musical score. It has very little to be critical of.

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie


Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Edward Scissorhands Review










Edward Scissorhands 


Release Date: 21st March 1991 - Australia


Production Companies 
20th Century Fox (presents)

Distribution 
20th Century Fox Australia


Genre: Drama

Rating: PG

Runtime: 103 minutes


Budget: $20,000,000

Box Office Gross: $86,024,005
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Once upon a time in 
castle high on a hill lived 
an inventor whose greatest 
creation was named 
Edward. Although Edward 
had an irresistible charm, 
he wasn't quite perfect. 
The inventor's sudden 
death left him unfinished, 
with sharp shears of metals 
for hands. 

Edward lived alone in the 
darkness until one day a 
kind Avon lady took him 
home to live with her family. 
And so began Edward's 
fantastical adventures in a 
pastel paradise known as 
Suburbia.


Cast
Johnny Depp - Edward 
Scissorhands 
Winona Ryder - Kim
Dianne West - Peg
Anthony Michael Hall - Jim
Kathy Baker - Joyce
Robert Oliveri - Kevin
Conchata Ferrell - Helen
Caroline Aaron - Margery
O-Lan Jones - Esmeralda
Vincent Price - The Inventor
Alan Arkin - Bill

Crew
Story/Producer/Director - 
Tim Burton
Story/Screenplay - Caroline 
Thompson
Producer - Denise Di Novi
Production Designer - Bo Welch
Costume Designer - Colleen Atwood
Special Makeup Effects and
Scissorhands Producer - Stan
Winston
Director of Photography -
Stefan Czapsky
Film Editor - Richard & Colleen Halsey
Music - Danny Elfman


Awards

1991 Academy Awards
Best Makeup - Stan Winston and Ve Neill (Nominated)


Review
I have been meaning to watch and review EDWARD SCISSORHANDS for quite some time now. As a child, when I first saw it, I was amazed and the film always stuck in my memories. I thought it was a sinister horror flick about a demented psycho killer, no, what was I thinking! It was showcased instead as a dark fantasy drama and even now, it's still a beautiful well-told story about this outcast character who is isolated and misunderstood by the society. Johnny Depp did a heartfelt and graceful performance as the man whose hands are built out of scissors and has an innocence of a fragile human being. If Depp was not cast to portray this warm, gentle person, it is my thoughts that pop singer Michael Jackson instead could have been a good alternative as the lead actor for this film! Funny of how that he was rumoured to be considered for the title role and was rejected for not being versatile enough in film acting. 

Other actors that continue to do exceptional performances besides Johnny includes Winona Ryder and Vincent Price of which this is one of his swan songs where he sincerely acts before his passing. I was breathless that half of the set pieces of the suburban areas and cities are built to be as colourful in the contrast to the Gothic mansion where Edward lives. I was then enamoured by Danny Elfman's beautiful, breathtaking compositions of his dramatic score and it greatly enhances the magic and beauty of this story.

After two hours of re-seeing this movie of EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, somehow this ended up as Tim Burton's and Johnny Depp's first and better feature together and pave the way to their close working partnership of films to come as the main team of director/lead actor. Time would tell that everyone else who may yet to experience it will be further recommended as shown below in the film's star rating.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever


Monday, 10 August 2015

Jupiter Ascending Review









Jupiter Ascending


Release Date: 19th February 2015 - Australia


Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures
Village Roadshow Pictures
Anarchos Productions (in association with)
RatPac Dune Entertainment (in association with)

Distribution
Roadshow Distribution


Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 127 minutes


Budget: $176,000,000

Box Office Gross: $183,987,723
(Worldwide)



Plot Summary
In the future, a young 
destitute human woman 
gets targeted for assassination 
by the Queen of the Universe, 
and begins her destiny to 
finish the Queen's reign. 


Cast
Mila Kunis - Jupiter Jones
Channing Tatum - Caine Wise
Sean Bean - Stinger Apini
Eddie Redmayne - Balem Abrasax
Tuppence Middleton - Kalique Abrasax
Douglas Booth - Titus Abrasax
Nikki Amuka-Reid - Diomika Tsing
Christina Cole - Gemma Chatterjee
Nicholas A. Newman - Nesh
Ramon Tikaram - Phylo Percadium
Arizona Bakare - Greeghan
Maria Doyle Kennedy - Aleksa
Frog Stone - Aunt Nino
David Ajala - Ibis
Doona Bae - Razo
Gugu Mbatha-Raw - Famulus
Edward Hogg - Chicanery Night
Tim Pigott-Smith - Malidictes
James D'Arcy - Maximilian Jones
Jeremy Swift - Vassily Bolotnikov
Kick Gurry - Vladie
Larrisa Kouznetsova - Irina
Demetri Theodorou - Moltka
Lieve Carchon - Lyudmila
Oleg Nasobin - Zeno
Emily Warren - Mikka
Vanessa Kirby - Katherine Dunlevy
Spencer Wilding - Falque
Andy Ahrens - Dante Rothmere
Charlotte Beaumont - Kiza
Samuel Barnett - Advocate Bob
Terry Gilliam - Seal and Signet Minister
Hazel D'Jan - Shiro Miku

Crew
Writers/Producers/Directors - Andy &
Lana Wachowski
Executive Producers - Bruce Berman and
Steven Mnuchun
Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager - Roberto Malerba
Producer/Unit Production Manager - Grant Hill
Co-Producer/First Assistant Director - Terry Needham
Production Designer - Hugh Bateup
Costume Designer - Kym Barrett
Director of Photography - John Toll
Visual Effects Supervisors - Dan Glass, 
Michael Mulholland and David Rouxel
Visual Effects Designer - John Gaeta
Visual Effects Consultant - Marc Kolbe
Creative Director - Charles Darby
Film Editor - Alexander Berner
Music - Michael Giacchino


Review
Based from what I've heard about JUPITER ASCENDING, it's a colossal space epic that is much like THE PHANTOM MENACE (click here) as both movies were ambitious and fallen over through the over-reliance of CGI and incoherence of the plot. Unlike the Star Wars prequel that started it all to become an unexpected hit aside its misgivings, JUPITER bombed all of its income at the box office and didn't do well deservingly with criticism either, nothing more could be done to continue the directional efforts of The Wachowskis. Strictly speaking, the siblings have not done a bad film of their own since MATRIX REVOLUTIONS - it being the lacklustre conclusion to the MATRIX seriesJUPITER is too much a confusing, over-the-top sci-fi melodrama with most parts that shouldn't exactly belong here as there are some lines of wooden dialogue that'll ruin the whole feature.

The acting from such notable actors as Eddie Redmayne and Channing Tatum put me in no mood for me of liking their bad acting. I could never expect the award winning British actor like Eddie would do such a thing in starring in this unpromising feature, given he had already been an exclusive actor for his Oscar winning portrayal of Stephen Hawking. But God help us he can't even get a villainous portrayal right for which he can only do in a whisper and yell like an overgrown spoiled child when angry. The only performances from the best actors I can compliment on JUPITER is Mila Kunis and Sean Bean and it's a pity their talents were wasted as the film succumbs itself into a big cluster of visual spectacles. 

The Wachowskis could at least do some better work on the script, acting and editing. Even it is moments away from being the worst science fiction film, this movie is almost as bad as BATTLEFIELD EARTH (click here). Never more will I go through watching JUPITER ASCENDING again as much I can appreciate its visual design and its creative approach, it's more common to a less average film as some should believe.

Star rating: (3/10) Disappointing


Thursday, 6 August 2015

Osmosis Jones Review














Osmosis Jones


Release Date: 1st August 2002 - Australia


Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures
Conundrum Entertainment


Genre: Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 95 minutes


Budget: $70,000,000

Box Office Gross: $14,026,418
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Frank, whose body is the
"City of Frank" and host
to its inhabitants, falls
victim a viral infection.
It's up to white blood cell
cop Osmosis Jones, who
patrols the city, to fight
against the biological clock
and stop the invading
virus with the help of a
cold tablet named Drix.


Voice Cast
Chris Rock - Osmosis Jones
David Hyde Pierce - Drix
Laurence Fishburne - Thrax
Brandy Norwood - Leah
William Shatner - Mayor Phlegmming
Ron Howard - Tom Colonic
Kid Rock, Joe C, Uncle
Cracker, Kenny Olson,
Stefanie Eulinberg, 
Jason Krause and Jimmy
Bones - Kidney Rock (Cameos)

Live Action Cast
Bill Murray - Frank Detorre
Elena Franklin - Shane Detorre
Molly Shannon - Mrs. Boyd
Chris Elliott - Bob


Crew
Producers/Directors - Peter and Bobby Farrelly
Animation Directors - Piet
Kroon and Tom Sito
Writer - Marc Hyman
Head of Story/Storyboards - Mark Andrews
Producers - Dennis Edwards,
Zak Penn and Bradley Thomas
Co-Producer - Marc S. Fischer
Production Designer: 
Animation - Steve Pilcher
Production Designer: Live
Action - Sidney Jackson Bartholomew, Jr.
Animation Character Designer - Caroline Hu
Special Makeup Designer: Live
Action Sequences - Tony Gardner
Costume Designer - Pamela Ball Withers
Director of Photography - Mark Irwin
Head of Background - Dennis Venizelos
Film Editors - Lois Freeman-Fox, 
Stephen R. Schaffer and Sam Seig
Music - Randy Edelman


Review
In my response to watching INSIDE OUT (click here) which takes place in the human mind on the inside, I decided that my next review of a film to be OSMOSIS JONES which it is overlooked and serves as an inspiration for PIXAR's latest animation. This live action/animated comedy was made in 14 years before both Disney and PIXAR took the concept in reverse and made it through succession. Instead of the setting being in the subconsciousness, the plot shows the other way around centered on the human body's immune system patterned with clich├ęs seemingly reminiscent of many buddy cop flicks. I had a history of watching OSMOSIS as a kid and before that I watched the television spin-off OZZY & DRIX on the Cartoon Network as I have never seen the original film before. I give thanks to OSMOSIS for its potential, character design and vivid-like animation but the live action segments were painfully slow in a rapture as these suffer from the hallmarks typical of the lesser film efforts of direction of the Farrelly brothers. I do not like the film of how it is baulked with  juvenile displays of flatulence and toilet humour that puts disgust into it.

Aside the courtesy of bathroom jokes, I have mixed feelings about the casting in this picture. In the live action scenes, the choice of hiring Bill Murray to play the main human is definitely not the suitable type needed for this role. The fact that this character Frank should have been overweight and more appropriately given to a notable large-weight actor. The voice acting for the animation scenery is much better when it has characters that are voiced by Chris Rock, David Hyde Pierce and William Shatner who show lots of enthusiasm and energy. A highlight of the vocal performances is Laurence Fishburne for doing a sinisterly turn as Thrax, what's interesting about this virus character is that he kills others in a gruesome enough manner to provoke the film into having a PG rating. 

I don't hate this movie as I occasionally re-watch it a few times. Why is it that OSMOSIS JONES can't be a self-serving picture when it's not giving us good health? For target audiences, this is for young children as this feature film generally only fits into their appeal.

Star rating: (4/10) Below Average


Monday, 3 August 2015

Inside Out Review









Inside Out


Release Date: 9th June 2015 - Australia
(Sydney Film Festival)


Production Companies 
Walt Disney Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios 

Distribution 
Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures Australia 


Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 102 minutes


Budget: $175,000,000

Box Office Gross: $857,427,711
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary 
Growing up can be a 
bumpy road, and it's no 
exception for Riley, who is 
uprooted from her Midwest 
life when her father starts 
a new job in San Francisco. 

Like all of us, Riley is guided 
by her emotions – Joy, Fear, 
Anger, Disgust and Sadness. 
The emotions live in Head-
quarters, the control center 
inside Riley’s mind, where 
they help advise her through 
everyday life. As Riley and 
her emotions struggle to
adjust to a new life in San
Francisco, turmoil ensues in
Headquarters.

Although Joy, Riley's main and 
most important emotion, tries 
to keep things positive, the 
emotions conflict on how best 
to navigate a new city, house 
and school.


Cast
Amy Poehler - Joy
Phyllis Smith - Sadness
Bill Hader - Fear
Lewis Black - Anger
Mindy Kailing - Disgust
Richard Kind - Bing Bong
Kaitlyn Dyas - Riley
Diane Lane - Riley's Mom
Kyle MacLachan - Riley's Dad

Crew
Screen Story/Screenplay/
Director - Pete Docter
Screen Story/Co-Director -
Ronald Del Carmen
Screenplay - Meg LeFauve and
Josh Cooley
Additional Dialogue - Amy
Poehler and Bill Hader
Executive Producers - Andrew Stanton
and John Lasseter
Producer - Jonas Rivera
Production Designer - Ralph Eggleston
Character Designer - Deanna Marsigilese
Animation Director - Jaime Landes Roe
Cinematographer - Patrick Lin
Film Editor - Kevin Nolting
Music - Michael Giacchino


Review
In a defiance of PIXAR revisiting its glory days of churning out one of the latest animations of 2015, I guess that I'm fortunate enough that I experienced INSIDE OUT as a newfound piece of storytelling that takes you to a strange journey of what's inside the human subconsciousness. This takes me back in my childhood memory to a earlier feature I've seen of OSMOSIS JONES except it has a different plot-line and similar set-up with Bill Murray in only the live action scenes. Thankfully, the creative team of PIXAR has made a better version in INSIDE OUT with the strong story and themes commonly used many times in the company's previous modern classics. This film sees PIXAR return to the critical appraisal after taking a few small downturns like CARS 2. I was impressed at its digital animation that creates the movie's generous look and it even becomes bizarre at one time where the three characters wind up in a room where they keep changing into three forms of dimensional art. 

It delves into the unique cleverness and colourfulness with its subject matter with poignancy served as the main core for the emotions of the film. The voice acting is exceptional with Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader and Richard Kind are definitely giving credit to their characters. The score by Michael Giacchino is so perfect to hear in its vibrancy and it resonates well in the movie at the best since THE INCREDIBLES (click here) and better than JURASSIC WORLD (click here).

INSIDE OUT is as close to getting what's best in animated movies. It looks and sounds amazing in an interesting scope and has a plot that relates young and mature adults at the same time.

Star rating: (9/10) Excellent Movie