'2019 Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films' Review
Here are my takes on this year's five Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films: — “Animal Behaviour” is a Canadian film directed by Alison Snowden and David Fine, who won the Animated Short Oscar in 1995 for “Bob’s Birthday”. “Behaviour” features talking animals in group therapy. It’s a clever concept, though the execution is a little too straightforward. However, enough of the dialogue-based humor and messages work. 3 out of 5 stars.
'The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part' Review
Considering the amazingly effective (live-action) revelation at the end of “The LEGO Movie”, it was going to be tough to construct a sequel that proved the spirit, energy and innocence of the original. I just didn’t think it would be this hard.
'Miss Bala' Review
Last year, “Jane the Virgin” actress Gina Rodriguez spoke out regarding the lack of leading roles for Latinos in studio films. Well, she got her wish for one with “Miss Bala”. But the fact that Sony is burying it on Super Bowl weekend – and that the film just isn’t very good – doesn’t show any real progress being made in the cause.
'Velvet Buzzsaw' Review
“Velvet Buzzsaw” is written and directed by Dan Gilroy, who re-teams with his “Nightcrawler” leading duo Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo. Last time they dove head-first into the world of TV crime reporting. This time they take the art world by storm with a dark, satirical, oddball slasher dramedy.
Steven Knight is a fascinating guy. First he was a TV series writer. Then he co-created a game show. But not just any game show: the original, British version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” Then he started writing screenplays. And then he decided to direct films.
M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” opened exactly two years ago. It unleashed “The Beast”, provided James McAvoy some awards buzz and officially reignited Shyamalan’s career (allowing him to put flops “The Last Airbender” and “After Earth” in the past).
'The Upside' Review
The release of “The Upside” had been a long time coming. This Americanized remake of the 2011 hit French movie “The Intouchables” began filming in January 2017. At the time its distributor was The Weinstein Company.
'Escape Room' Review
If you haven’t heard about escape rooms, clearly you haven’t been to a mall or watched a sitcom over the past few years. This is a popular and “fun” form of entertainment in which strangers work together in a dangerous, “what if” scenario. You’re stuck inside four walls and you gotta figure-out how to get out.