Inside Out: The Review

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Inside Out is a movie with a simple enough-sounding premise executed well. It’s the story of an 11-year old girl dealing with growing up and changes in her life, made all the more interesting by telling large parts of her tale through the personified emotions in her head. Not only are there several female characters pushing the story forward, but this whole thing is something that seems so rare at the movies today – an original concept.

I have to admit that when I saw the trailer, I wondered if they’d be able to make the journey captivating enough but they managed it without a problem. There’s a lot to take in when it comes to how everything in your mind works together and while there’s plenty of concepts that will probably go over younger audience members’ heads, Inside Out can leave adults with plenty to think about.

Not every screen actor makes a good voice actor, but Amy Poehler as the take-charge embodiment of Joy beautifully delivers all the nuances required of her character without ever pushing her into being grating. She really wants what’s best for Riley and that’s supported by the story showing us just enough of Riley in the larger world to make the audience want that too.

There are plenty of corny moments including the overuse of one joke in particular. And despite knowing the emotions are supposed to appear as kinetic energy, I kept thinking they looked more like glowing felt. But those are . . . → Read More: Inside Out: The Review

Kay Reviews Jurassic World

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When you make a meta statement early on in your movie, the path forward can be tricky. It’s been clear from the advertising as well as the film itself that Jurassic World’s message is in regards to the concept of a “summer blockbuster sequel”. Like the idea that these movies should be bigger, louder, and have more explosions, within the movie the park’s effort to impress their audience means their newest dinosaur should be bigger, scarier, and a greater danger to anyone remotely near it.

But then the movie goes on to be nothing more than a typical summer blockbuster sequel. That’s not a horrible thing, but it also means the movie kind of condemns itself. It’s certainly entertaining and the dinosaurs are very well done, but it never rises above anything more than a tribute to Jurassic Park.

Hat tips and nods to the original abound. Chances are though, it won’t make you jump out of your seat in quite the same way as the first story. The characters are unfortunately rather flat and while Claire is the character with a story arc, it’s neither the vehicle for a great female lead that the director says it is or a great male lead like the marketing indicates.

The best way to enjoy this movie is to temper your expectations. Don’t come banking on the tension, gravity, or heart of the original, but keep your nostalgia antennae up and you’ll probably find this a fun ride.

To hear more of . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews Jurassic World

Kay Geek(s) Out Loud

Not that me geeking out about things I love is anything new, but I finally made my first appearance on Steve Glosson’s Geek Out Loud podcast. I say finally because Steve had asked me during our recordings of Disney Vault Talk’s Rebel Yell if I’d come on his other show and we eventually made it happen. Yay!

In this episode we respond to some listener emails, which leads to talk about Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Celebration, BB-8, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Then we got into a discussion about The Muppets and Star Wars. I’ve been on podcasts before talking about one or the other but it meant a lot to get to talk about both topics in one place. I cannot remember a time without The Muppets in my life and Star Wars came along not too far behind. They’re both played a part in shaping who I am today. Better yet, both franchises have a lot of meaning for Steve too.

Of course the new Muppet TV show came up as well as my cosplay of Rey from The Force Awakens. And while Muppets in Space does get a mention, we actually do not discuss the Mark Hamill episode of The Muppet Show. Clearly we’re saving that for next time.

From the show notes:

Kay from Fangirl Blog and Hyperspace Theories joins Steve to have a good old fashioned Geek Out session. The two talk everything from Space Travel to The Muppets. This is where the . . . → Read More: Kay Geek(s) Out Loud

Tomorrowland: The Review

Ladies and gentlebeings, we’ve reached the Tomorrowland stop on my Strange Age of Tomorrowland World Awakens 2015 movie tour. You may proceed with this review without any major spoilers. Please feel free to stretch your imaginations, take small children by the hand, and be sure to hang on to any personal belongings.

This is my favorite stop so far.

There’s a clear enthusiasm and momentum behind Tomorrowland. And it’s so many things I hesitate to label it as thrilling or reflective or hope-inducing, because as much as it has those elements within it, it’s a much more intricate piece of filmmaking than a broad label can do justice. I have to wonder if that’s why some critics aren’t liking it; it’s not easy to pin down. (Pun completely intended.)

Tomorrowland is reminiscent, modern, and forward-thinking. There is action, adventure and impressive special effects. Moments of whimsy appear and a few times it runs right up to the line of being too silly, but this movie isn’t shying away from the fact that it has a message for you–a very wordy message, but an interesting and thought-provoking one nonetheless.

I’ll admit the narrative is a bit messy and gets complicated at times but the world Brad Bird created makes it easy enough to suspend disbelief and take it all in stride. Fun references to Disneyland are heaviest in the beginning, there’s a bunch of Star Wars in the middle, and a scene right out of The Rocketeer appears towards the end. . . . → Read More: Tomorrowland: The Review

Nerd Lunch Discusses A New Hope with Kay

Last year I sat down with the Nerd Lunch crew and Michael May to have a broad conversation about Star Wars. Now the group has reconvened to start drilling into the original trilogy. This episode of the podcast covers Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, or as CT would probably call it “just Star Wars”.

We have a wide smattering of introductions, viewing experiences and history with this movie. Plus since we all re-watched it right before the recording, we bring what we notice now to the table too. There’s even discussion about how much lying takes place. And keep an ear out for my summarization of Han Solo in the detention block.

From how awesome Princess Leia is to our favorite (and least favorite) contributions from the Special Edition, this podcast makes the Kessel Run in about 13 parsecs.

As an added bonus over on their Facebook page Nerd Lunch had a discussion about which Star Wars characters the podcast hosts and frequent guests represent. The discussion ran over onto Twitter as well and somehow according to Facebook I am Padme and according to Twitter I am Leia. Not bad.

Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. A voice actor, photographer, and artist who also consults in communications and marketing, Kay spends the little bit of free time she has reading, reviewing, and, of course, making pew pew noises. She would . . . → Read More: Nerd Lunch Discusses A New Hope with Kay

Avengers: Age of Ultron Review

Avengers: Age of Ultron begins by dropping us right in the middle of the action–the action of the Avengers actually working as a team. After their last outing (2012’s The Avengers) of clashing egos and getting-to-know-you activities along with the cinematic age we’re currently in of rebooted origin story after rebooted origin story after origin story, it’s a welcome start.

Of course Age of Ultron doesn’t completely escape having a genesis feature but with more than 9 superheroes and multiple villains in the mix, someone had to start somewhere. Originally I was pumped for this go-round with a seemingly unstoppable villain, but I got hit with Avengers fatigue before the movie had a chance to come out. The marketing campaign felt like it showed, out of order and out of context, most of the movie. While I understand they were trying to reach a wide audience, a MCU fan like me just wanted to watch the story the way Joss Whedon intended it to be shown. And although I reached a point where I was actively avoiding any more trailers (or exclusive scenes or commercials or featurettes), some of what should have been exciting or a discovery within my viewing experience was tempered by the feeling that I’d seen it before. To top it off, the marketing sold Ultron as a more formidable adversary than he ended up being.

That being said, Avengers: Age of Ultron is not a bad movie. There’s a little something in it for everyone: philosophical . . . → Read More: Avengers: Age of Ultron Review

7 Reasons to see Furious 7

Linda offers seven reasons to see the latest entry in the Fast & Furious movie franchise. . . . → Read More: 7 Reasons to see Furious 7

Kay Reviews Chappie

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Disney Announces Title of First Star Wars Standalone Movie

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Disney’s Bob Iger announces title and actress in first Star Wars standalone movie. . . . → Read More: Disney Announces Title of First Star Wars Standalone Movie

Kay Returns to Nerd Lunch to Revisit The Rocketeer

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I’m back, baby! …on Nerd Lunch, that is. And this time the guys invited me on the podcast to talk about the 1991 Walt Disney Pictures movie, The Rocketeer. CT, Pax, and I cover the plot, cast, special effects, music, character relationships, as well as the movie’s Dave Stevens comic-book origins. And if you listen real closely, you may even hear me whispering about how ridiculously good-looking Billy Campbell is as the title character.

The movie was not the commercial success Disney had hoped it would be and I’m still not entirely sure how that happened. It’s not a perfect movie, but I still highly recommend The Rocketeer – especially if you like the aesthetics of the 1930s and the vibes of Indiana Jones like I do. Fun fact: This movie was directed by Joe Johnston who went on to direct Captain America: The First Avenger.

You can watch The Rocketeer on DVD, Blu-Ray, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, and – as of this post – Netflix streaming. Thanks again to the gentlemen of Nerd Lunch, as always it was way more fun than playing scenery on a Neville Sinclair picture.

The Rocketeer on Disney Video

Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. Currently a voice actor, photographer, and artist who also consults in communications and marketing, Kay spends the little bit of free time she has reading, reviewing, and, of course, . . . → Read More: Kay Returns to Nerd Lunch to Revisit The Rocketeer