If Pixar - as a studio - has any weakness, it's that they have no idea how to make a bad film. Again and again they release entertaining movies with not only a terrific sense of humor, but a level of storytelling that has set a standard for today's films, animated or otherwise. While I was obviously extremely excited to see Up, never did I expect it - or, to be honest, anything else from this year - to reach the quality of this year's first animated film, Coraline (which, along with last year's Bolt and Wall-E, became one of my top 3 favorite films of all time). Well, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Simply put, Up is a perfect
"Narrated by James Earl Jones, this documentary from Disneynature follows the path of the sun as it explores our world. Incredible photography allows Earth to focus on a trio of animal mothers and their children: polar bears, elephants, and humpback whales."
Admittedly, I'm not a huge fan of documentaries in general, so I was personally a bit unsure about Earth. Having been thoroughly impressed by the trailers, though, I decided to give the film a chance. And while not terribly informative or thought-provoking, Earth proves to be a visually breathtaking film, and a solid initial effort from Disneynature.
Let me say again that - a
"At the Forest Ridge Mall, head of security Ronnie Barnhardt patrols his jurisdiction with an iron fist, combating skateboarders, shoplifters and the occasional unruly customer while dreaming of the day when he can swap his flashlight for a badge and a gun. His delusions of grandeur are put to the test when the mall is struck by a flasher. Driven to protect and serve the mall and its patrons, Ronnie seizes the opportunity to showcase his underappreciated law enforcement talents on a grand scale, hoping his solution of this crime will earn a coveted spot at the police academy and the heart of his elusive dream girl Brandi, the
"On her wedding day, Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon) is hit by a meteorite infused with Quantonium, a rare and powerful element that causes her to grow to an enormous size. Targeted by the government as a monster, Susan is captured and imprisoned at a secret facility where other such oddities are being held, including Dr. Cockroach (Hugh Laurie), a mad scientist who accidentally transformed himself into a roach-human hybrid, B.O.B. (Seth Rogen), a gelatinous, brainless mass brought to life in an experiment gone wrong, The Missing Link (Will Arnett), a Creature-from-the-Black-Lagoon-like lizard man, and the skyscraper-sized mu
Written on March 6th, 2009
"Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the "Doomsday Clock" - which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union - is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion - a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers - Rorschach glimpses a wide-rangi
"Coraline Jones (Dakota Fanning) is bored in her new home until she finds a secret door and discovers an alternate version of her life on the other side. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life and the people in it – only much better. But when this seemingly perfect world turns dangerous, and her other parents (including her Other Mother voiced by Teri Hatcher) try to trap her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination and bravery to escape this increasingly perilous world – and save her family."
First off, the visuals in Coraline are absolutely, undeniably br
Now, when I first saw the trailer for Bolt, I honestly didn't think that much of it. But it didn't look like it'd be bad either, so I checked it out. I was mostly curious to see if Disney could pull off a 3D-animated film without the aid of Pixar, and I have to say that I was extremely impressed.
The film revolves around Bolt, a white German Shephered who has spent his entire life on the set of a TV show in which he portrays a "superdog". As a result, he believes that the events on film (and his super powers) are real. When he is accidentally shipped from his Hollywood soundstage to New York City, he embarks on a cross-country journey to reu
Chapter 13: The Beginning of the End (Amongst Other Cliches)
“WHAT DID YOU DO WITH BIG BIRD?!” MacMillan roared at the Chief as he discarded his black pilot’s jumpsuit.
The Chief stood silent, his assault rifle drawn and aimed dead at MacMillan, who stood with his weapon up as well.
“Like, are you really the Chief? :O!” Suzy exclaimed, clamoring towards the Master Chief, who seemed to ignore her at first, but turned his head towards her slowly.
“Hello, Suzy. He turned you down, didn’t he?” he nodded towards the Arbiter, who didn’t flinch, but his eyes were full of a sudden realization.
Chapter 12: The Bird Cage
MacMillan, the Arbiter, and Suzy wandered High Charity's halls [that were reminiscent of one's intestinal track], unable to make contact with Big Bird. Eventually, the trio began to give up hope.
"Humans, look!" the Arbiter exclaimed, as he pointed towards an opening within the "walls" created by the Flood overgrowth. The three of them walked through the opening, revealing what appeared to be none other than the Sea Knight.
"The heli.", MacMillan gasped, entering the vehicle. Suprisingly, it appeared to be in very fine condition, save a couple of mild dents.
"Hey, boys, I've found somethin'!" Suzy shouted from th
Chapter 11: Of Hustlin’
The recently procured Phantom that the trio rode in was swatted down even before MacMillan could attempt to raise Big Bird again. As they plummeted towards the city, Suzy simply couldn’t stop screaming. Most of the time, it was ridiculous gibberish or wordless noise, but MacMillan was pretty sure he caught “Arbiter” “Jacob” “mashed potatoes” and “Recon armor” somewhere in the mix.
“Oi, Suzy!” he screamed at her over the Phantom’s malfunctioning machinery and the air rushing into the damaged ship. “Would ya kindly just shut up?!”
Chapter 1: A Warm Welcome
Out in the deep reaches of space, far from Earth, lied a magnificent structure known as the Pillar of Autumn. This enormous spacecraft was the carrier for most of the UNSC (United Nations Space Command) force during the long-running war against the alien threat known as the Covenant.
Inside the bridge at the front of the ship, Captain Jacob Keyes stood silently, staring at a large, ring-shaped object through the front, square window. To his right stood a tall, oval-shaped console, where a small hologram-looking model of a woman stood, as she too stared outside of the window. Both of them, along with the rest of the
Chapter 2: Wakey Wakey!
With most of the Covenant forces already heading off into battle from within the cruiser of The Pillar of Autumn, The Grunt "sargeant" and his three Unggoy began pondering their location.
"But seriously, sarge, what did that guy tell you?", asked Hackle, as he and the other three Unggoy stood just outside of the pod-carrying station.
"Well, he said somethin' about 'humans' or somethin' like that. I couldn't really make out what the little guy was tellin' me.", answered the commander.
A few moments later, a Covenant Elite in gold armor called for everyone else's attention from the middle of the several dozen Elite
Chapter 3: Pillow
Meanwhile, far from the Pillar of Autumn's location, a young Unggoy soldier by the name of Pillow sat beneath a tree with both eyes shut, and several cuts and bruises scraped across his armor plating. The Grunt sat like this for days, months, almost a full year until he awoke from his deep slumber.
"Ugh....What happened...?", Pillow asked himself, stretching his body out as best as one Unggoy could. Quickly, the Grunt examined his location. Across the wide field stood one large, frosty mountain range. Pillow stood in awe, looking closely at the vast landscape.
"Am I- Am I dead?", Pillow asked, still speaking to himself.
Rating: M for Mature
Release Date: August 21, 2007
Inspired by Atlas Shrugged, the story of BioShock follows Andrew Ryan, who withdrew from the people of the governed, creating the city of Rapture: an underwater "utopia", allowing others to persue any kind of professional interest. You play as Jack, who starts off the game in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, after a horrific plane crash (no snakes involved). With no other options, rather than certain death, you are forced to take refuge within Rapture (via the Bathysphere within a nearby lighthouse). After a brief film explaining just what exactly Rapture is, or rather what it used
Chapter 4: Finished Camping
Five minutes passed, and with the demon still firing at their position, the Grunt sargeant and his crew of three held still behind a large, metal crate in the back end of the Cryochamber.
"So...any ideas?", asked Hackle, crouching behind the right-hand side of the crate.
"Well,", the Grunt sargeant sighed, "we could make a run for it. I mean, it's only one guy. How quick can he be?"
The others immeaditely nodded with agreement. "Alright, now when I so go....you.....Go!!", exclaimed the Grunt sargeant, as he and his three unggoy quickly ran out of their hiding spot and towards the sliding doors to their left.
Chapter 5: Lifeboats Anyone?
With a clear sign of distress coming from the squad, the golden-armored Elite and the four Grunts aiding him headed towards the end passage, and towards the Autumn's lifeboats.
"Ugh...How much longer 'till we get there?", the Grunt sargeant moaned, with his short legs quickly beggining to feel tired.
"We're nearly there, Unggoy; Just continue moving forward!", the Elite exclaimed. Finally, the five reached the end of the empty hallway, as the automatic doors slid open, with beams of both purple and blue soaring just past them.
"Hey, watch where you're aiming that thing, buddy!", Silco said, raising a fist at
Chapter 6: Sneaky Sneaky
Meanwhile, inside of the large banana-shaped rock, Pillow and Piggyback were enjoying a nice cup of salt water (which was found on the banks of a nearby river).
"Nice play ya got here. How long have you lived here?", Pillow asked, setting his stone cup ontop of a table made entirely out of, you guessed it, rocks.
"Nine months, to be precise. However, i've been on this ring for nearly a year!", replied Piggyback. " 'Ring'?", asked Pillow.
"Indeed", continued Piggyback, "You see, when I first arrived, the place was deserted from what I could see. It was not until a month later when I traveled a large majority of t
Chapter 7: Family Reunion
With yet another lifeboat on the ground, the two Grunts waited patiently for the passengers to reveal themselves.
It was only until a few seconds later when five Covenant troops left the damaged pod; They turned to be the remaining members of Pillow's crew, along with the (Elite) commander.
"Sarge, is that you?!", Pillow asked, stepping closer toward the pod. "Hey, look! It's Pillow!", Fisca clearly pointed out. "Ah, great.", Hackle said sarcastically, as he always found Pillow to be more of a noosense than an actual squad member, despite his piloting skills.
"Pillow, how in the world didja get here?", the Grunt
Chapter 8: Retreat
The Grunts screamed and yelped as two more of those bulky vehicles stormed the field. The three Warthogs then began to form a large circle around the grassy terrain, while taunting the six aliens (excluding Piggyback, as he remained inside of his stone-carved shelter).
Quickly, the Grunt sargeant and his men walked toward their fallen (Elite) comrade, who had been run over by one of the monstrous machines.
"Hey, buddy. You gonna be alright?", the sargeant asked. "Well...I'm not quite dead! Actually, I think I can make it."
Just as the Elite commander began to stand back on his two feet, he was immeaditely shot down by
Chapter 9: The Bridge
With their newly-acquired Warthogs, the Grunt squad of five continued their trip through a dimly-lit tunnel. They were apparently the only Covenant inside of the tunnel- That is until they reached a checkpoint within the middle of the passage.
Light slowly crept in as they reached the checkpoint. White lights were attached to the walls. There was also a small passage in the center with a bright, blue bridge leading to the next section of the tunnel.
The bridge was glassy-looking, and could only be activated (or deactivated) by accessing the holo-panel on the right side of the chamber (which stood on the edge of a lon
Been awhile since I submitted a journal entry here.=P Letting y'all know that I'm still alive, though this entry is primarily just a forum advertisement. Simply put, for anybody interested in discussing Disney Animation's latest film, Bolt, come along and join! The community is relatively small right now, as the forum itself has only been online for a few weeks, so having a few more members couldn't hurt. ;P
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~Sludgee (https://www.deviantart.com/sludgee), I thought we were friends. :(
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Well, it's been one month since my last Journal Entry, and you two are probably wondering what's been going on with Rare (I am, of course, only talking to you, Zag. The latter knows all. ;)). Here goes:
This past week, during a rather dreary Fall Break, Rare and one o' his mates watched the film Pan's Labyrinth. Of course, before doing so, I had to get Zag's take. His response was along the lines of "o noe rare doent du it that movey maid mee pea mah pants its 2 crool" Now, that alone made me have second thoughts, but once I saw the reviews, watched a couple o' trailers and whatnot, I thought "Ah, what the heck? Zag will never know" And whil