“The Descendants” isn’t George Clooney or Alexander Payne’s best work. Continue reading
It’s been a while since anyone has made a stop motion animated picture from start to finish (other than Wallace and Gomit) so this release is refreshing to watch. Those of you who grew up with computer animated features will probably “not get” this film, as the method for moving the characters is not consistent (fur moves, jerky movements) but that is also part of the joy of this movie, as it allows a lot to be on the screen with vivid colors and textures, brought out further by the blu-ray disc’s high resolution. If you can get past the fact that this was done the “old fashioned way”, you will learn to appreciate the painstaking approach to this kind of animation and will find a great story for adults and kids.
George Clooney and Meryl Streep lend their voices to the main characters which involves a fox and his family life as he plots for one, last big heist against the farmers before settling down for good. Things don’t go as planned and the animals find themselves in a major conflict with humans. The satirical nature of the script will have adults laughing as hard as the kids but for different reasons. I think adults may like this film even better than kids. Wes Anderson directs this film of a Roald Dahl story. If you’ve seen or read any of Dahl’s works you can understand why this film has a lot of hidden meanings. Add to this Wes Anderson’s quirky nature that he has in a lot of his films(Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums) and you have a great combination.
The disc set features a digital copy, a dvd and blu-ray discs, with additional features, such as a “making of special”, a look at the puppet makers, and a feature on characters created by Roald Dahl, making this an excellent value. Please grab this disc set and prepare yourself for a great evening of entertainment.
“The Men Who Stare At Goats” is a comedy that is based on an actual military squad from the U.S. Army in the 80’s. The film is very funny in subtle ways, and is a great satire on military programs and their funding. George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey lead the cast but Clooney and McGregor are the main characters. McGregor plays a journalist who hears a story about a unique psychic soldier squad anf soon stumbles across Clooney in Iraq. Through a series of flashbacks, Clooney tells of the squad and its founder (Jeff Bridges), who got funding to develop a non-lethal unit that would use their minds to control the enemy. Part of this training involved drug use, meditation and a general hippie philosophy preached by Bridges. His character is very reminiscent of the “Dude”. As Clooney is telling the story, the two also have an adventure of their own in Iraq, being kidnapped by terrorists and hiding out while street battles erupt around them. Continue reading