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The Croods (Film Review)

The Croods poster

THE CROODS in theaters now

It’s not too often that I’m wowed by a cartoon.  Gone are the days of the Pixar “slam dunk” (in my opinion).  More often than not, I find myself annoyed by an animated film – like say, Shrek that uses some catchy pop song and then has the characters dancing around like assholes almost as a concession for not having them sing a la OG Disney films.  To quote Mike “Green Ogre Slob” Myers: It’s craaaaap! Which is exactly the reason I was DREADING “The Croods”, Dreamworks’ latest computer generated feature.  After seeing countless bus shelters, mass transit wraparounds and AMC policy bumpers all featuring the cave-clan, I wanted to smash my head in with a rock (which was probably used as both a pillow and a dental tool in their day).  But after seeing the film in glorious 3D, I have to say that I haven’t been this happy to spend time with cartoon cavemen since “The Flintstones”. Read more

THE SECRET OF KELLS (Streaming Review)

kells poster

THE SECRET OF KELLS now streaming through Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus and Netflix

Sadly, 2D animation has mostly gone the way of the dodo.  Well, here in the United States, anyway.  Yet foreign animators show us time and time again that fancy computer drawn graphics don’t necessarily make a great movie.  “The Triplets of Bellville”, “Persepolis” and pretty much anything done by Hayao Miyazaki make it easy to remember the art behind the drawings.  We continue St. Patrick’s week with another 2 dimensional modern classic: Tomm Moore’s “The Secret of Kells”.  The film, inspired by “The Thief and the Cobbler” and Disney’s “Mulan”, both of which were drawn in the styles of the culture and era they were representing, is one of the most beautiful movies you’ll ever watch.  The story, rich with Irish mythology, is pretty damn good too. Read more

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY FROM CINEMA JUDGEMENT DAY!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all!  All this week, we’ll be posting reviews for St. Patty’s Day/Irish/Drinking themed films.  But in the meantime, let’s start the holiday off right!  Take a shot of Jameson and enjoy this little classic:

Available on Looney Tunes: Golden Collection, Vol. 1