Up, a review by Dragonfire
I went to see the new Pixar movie Up today.
After a long, mostly happy life with his wife Ellie, Carl is trying to deal with being alone and the changes going on around their home. He decides to finally go to South America like they had planned for years, though he uses an unique mode of transportation. Russell, a young Wilderness Explorer ends up along for the trip. Once in South America, their adventure continues as they try to get to a specific spot. Along the way, they encounter Dug, a talking dog, a goofy bird that Russell names Kevin, and Charles Muntz, an explorer that had been the hero of Carl and Ellie in their childhood.
I loved this movie. The plot is a bit different, especially for an animated movie, but it works so well and makes for a wonderful movie. Time is taken at the beginning to introduce Carl and even show highlights of his relationship with Ellie. Only glimpses of their life together are shown, but it is enough to know how strong their marriage was. Those few minutes lay the foundation for the heart and emotion that the movie has. There are a few sad scenes in the movie that might make some people cry. The movie is incredibly touching and has more emotion than the live action movies I've seen this year.
Some of what is going on during the movie is silly, but it works and blends perfectly with the more serious moments. The balance between silliness and sweet, touching things is just right. There is a lot of humor in the movie, much of which is provided by Dug and Kevin. That bird is just so goofy that I can't help but crack up. The movie didn't resort to gross humor like many other animated movies do. The plot is interesting and makes for a very enjoyable movie. The animation is stunningly beautiful.
This is the first Pixar movie to be done in 3D. It is the first movie that I've seen in 3D..the theater here finally upgraded or whatever to show 3D movies. I have seen the normal versions of some other movies that were also available in 3D, and with those other movies, I usually could pick out things that were done specifically because of the 3D to make the audience jump. That wasn't done in Up and Pixar didn't use the 3D as a gimmick. The 3D just ...enhanced things without distracting from the plot. I did enjoy the 3D stuff. Even the trailers before the movie were in 3D.
Overall, this is an excellent movie that deserves to be seen.
I did get a review posted on Epinions if anyone wants to take a look.
(From Up on May 30th, 2009)
NOVA: Lost at Sea - The Search for Longitude, a review by Antares
NOVA: Lost at Sea - The Search for Longitude (1998) 85/100 - To a modern day citizen, finding directions to and fro are as easy as pressing a few buttons on a phone. Global positioning satellites can render your position on the planet down to within a few feet of your actual position. So it's rather curious and somewhat sad that the man responsible for the first true breakthrough in global positioning science is almost completely forgotten by today's historians. We all were taught about Sir Isaac Newton's Law of Gravity, Copernicus' discovery that the Earth revolved around the Sun and Galileo's experiments with a rock & feather. But how many here have ever heard of John Harrison? Who? John Harrison, the carpenter and clock maker who spent his entire life trying to create the most accurate timepiece and prove that astronomy wasn't the way to navigate the world's oceans. Harrison surmised that if you knew when it was twelve noon in England and you had a way to accurately keep time at sea, then you could calculate where you were on Earth within a scant few miles. He set to work on an array of timepieces over 58 years, to prove his hypothesis true. This documentary from PBS details the hardships and problems associated with Harrison's 58 years of tinkering and also of his hardships fighting a bureaucracy that put every obstacle imaginable in front of him in hopes of failure. Through perseverance and eventually, help from his son, he created a portable time piece that proved his theory right. Once again, PBS delivers, through its always fascinating program NOVA, an interesting and captivating story of historic value.
What the color coding means...
Teal = Masterpiece
Dark Green = Classic or someday will be
Lime Green = A good, entertaining film
Orange = Average
Red = Cinemuck
Brown = The color of crap, which this film is
(From Antares' Short Summations on December 7th, 2013)
Charmed Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd
The conflict-free Utopian world can only be protected if the Avatars control who lives and dies. Leo gives up his life when he is unable to persuade The Charmed Ones that the Avatars kill innocent people.
A good episode... this is part 2 of the episodes that puts an end to the Avatar storyline. If I remember right... there is no more episodes dealing with the Avatars through-out the rest of the series. Which I am cool with... as I never cared for this storyline anyway.
14. Carpe Demon
An ex-demon professor candidate for Magic School causes a media frenzy when he falls under a spell that makes him believe that he is Robin Hood and that Phoebe is Maid Marian.
Even though you wouldn't know it by the description... this is actually a Valentine's Day episode. I like this character of Drake... his whole character does nothing but lightens up the show... he is a really fun character type. Shame he didn't last longer then he did on the series... of course I could see that he would get old pretty quick... but one or two more episodes with him would have been fun.
15. Show Ghouls
While trying to help the Lost Souls of hundreds of victims who died in a catastrophic fire at a cabaret, Phoebe and Drake (Billy Zane) transport themselves back to the night of the fire and are stuck in the year 1899.
Even though it is a decent episode... it is not one of my favorites. no real reason for it... just didn't strike me as very good.
16. The Seven Year Witch
Piper ends up in a coma after a vicious demon attack and her spirit is stuck in the cosmic void between life and death. Moreover, she is surprised to find Cole (Julian McMahon) waiting for her.
OK... even in this episode I still hate the Cole character. But this is a really good episode.I like how they handled the whole Leo's punishment thing. It made for a really good story.
(From Charmed Marathon on July 14th, 2008)