Inside Out 2: Riley’s Mind Gets Crowded As Teen Years Begin

Riley’s mind becomes crowded when additional emotions take the controls in Pixar’s Inside Out 2, a sequel to their 2015 Oscar winner. There is a scene after the credits. Pete Docter has a way of making Pixar magic. However, he is not directing the sequel–instead, Kelsey Mann is directing. With Mann helming, Anxiety (Maya Hawke) is about to be front and center in Riley Andersen’s (Kensington Tallman) mind. After all, adolescence brings on its whole…

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The Muppet Movie Marks 45th Anniversary

The Muppet Movie recently marked the 45th anniversary of its 1979 world premiere and returns to theaters for special screenings. “Why are their so many songs about rainbows and what’s on the other side? … Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection. The Lovers, the Dreamers, and me.” – “Rainbow Connection” Following the success of The Muppet Show, it was only a matter of time before the Muppets hit the big screen. Lo and behold,…

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Jim Henson Idea Man: An In-Depth Look at the Muppet Man

Ron Howard delves into the archives to explore Jim Henson’s genius and celebrate his enduring legacy in the new film, Jim Henson Idea Man. It’s funny. Jim Henson had never ever seen a puppet show but an ad caught his interest and the rest his history. After starting on local television, he created icons for Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, and Fragile Rock. Many people know his work today because of Kermit the Frog, Miss…

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The Muppets Take Manhattan But Kermit Gets Amnesia

The Muppets Take Manhattan as everyone’s favorite felt performers look to break a leg on Broadway and learn it is not that easy. It is a complete coincidence that I am covering the film as it also arrives today on 4K Ultra HD. I rewatched the film last week after borrowing it from the public library. It is surprisingly not available through a streaming service, only to buy or rent. It is not on Disney+…

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Little Shop of Horrors: The Director’s Cut

Little Shop of Horrors: The Director’s Cut replaces the theatrical ending by restoring musical’s original ending to the film. Before The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin, both Howard Ashman and Alan Menken adapted a 1960 film, Little Shop of Horrors, as an off-Broadway musical. Roger Corman did the original film as a joke. It would go on to grow a cult following. The musical is proof that one can turn a bad…

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Attack of the Clones: Reevaluating The Star Wars Prequel

After watching The Clone Wars and Obi-Wan Kenobi, I’m reevaluating Star Wars: Episode 2 – Attack of the Clones with a new review. My initial review ran during the Road to IX but since that time, I feel that the prequels were really enhanced by The Clone Wars. When one watches The Clone Wars, they get more out of the prequels. Adding onto that, Part V of Obi-Wan Kenobi puts the movie into a completely…

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Sundance 2021: Street Gang

Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street is a nostalgic look at the beginnings of one of the most iconic children’s TV program. It’s honestly surprising the Sesame Street story has not been told before as a documentary.  What we get in the film’s run time barely touches the surface.  I’m not saying that this is a bad thing because it certainly is not.  What I am saying is that there is so much…

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Road to IX

Star Wars: The Last Jedi may or may not be the best film in the franchise but writer-director Rian Johnson delivers the goods in the eighth installment. What follows below the asterisks is the bulk of my original review–first published in 2017.  My feelings on this film have not changed in two years.  In fact, the film only improves with time.  Rian Johnson would turn out to be the perfect filmmaker to take on the…

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Star Wars: Episode 6 – Return of the Jedi

Star Wars: Episode 6 – Return of the Jedi brings about the end of original trilogy with a crushing defeat of the Galactic Empire. It’s back to Tatooine to rescue Han Solo (Harrison Ford) from Jabba the Hutt.  Rescuing Han is not going to be a one person job and I love how they manage to include everyone.  From C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) and R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) to Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew)…

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Star Wars: Episode 5 – The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: Episode 5 – The Empire Strikes Back continues the saga by giving audiences a new thrilling adventure with our favorite heroes. Darth Vader certainly has it out for Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).  Meanwhile, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) take refuge in Cloud City.  It just so happens that Han’s friend, Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), is the administrator of Cloud City.  The Millennium Falcon is in dire need of…

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