Shrek Throwback Movie Review

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When Shrek first released in 2001, I was still in High School. This was the period of time where I really started to get into movies and Shrek was one that always floated in the back of my mind as a film that helped define that era for me. Looking back on it, the story still resonates as one that focuses on what it takes for someone to truly be in love. How love can take many forms, romantic friendship or otherwise, is the main driving force for the story itself even though it doesn't always seem that way with the comedy front and center. Performing admirably in the theaters at the time, making $484 million worldwide on a reported $60 million budget alone makes it a hit in the…
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Men in Black Throwback Movie Review

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We are in a golden age of comic book movies. Films like Avengers: Infinity War dominate both the box office and the general culture, but there was a time when that was unthinkable. One film from that time was Men in Black. Based on a comic of the same name, Men in Black released in 1997 and starred Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. If you didn't know this film was based on a comic and missed it in the opening, you wouldn't have guessed it was. Front and center, it's a sci-fi movie about a non-government agency that polices aliens on earth. Sprinkling in elements of a buddy cop comedy, Men in Black works best from the interactions of its leads. Working well off of each other, Tommy Lee Jones and…
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The Young Victoria Throwback Movie Review

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I have always had a thing about history. It has always intrigued me and made me wonder what life was like at that place and during that time period. Recently, I've been curious about the British Royal Family and their history. I have been watching a few different documentaries about royal traditions and the history of the British Throne on Netflix. During my browsing, I came across 2009's The Young Victoria. As a film that stars Emily Blunt as the titular Queen Victoria between the years of 1836 and 1840 during her rise to the throne, up to the birth of her first daughter, it caught my interest. Of course, there were some liberties that were taken with the life of Queen Victoria. The most notable is the assassination attempt in 1840.…
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Swimfan Throwback Movie Review

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Have you ever seen a movie when you were younger that you remember fondly only to look at its ratings to see no one agrees with you? This happened to me the other day when I looked up Swimfan on Rotten Tomatoes. Sitting at 14% with a 32% audience score, it made me look back and say to myself, "I don't remember it being that bad." This film came out at the beginning of my senior year of High School. This was the point in my life where I really started to get into film and other forms of entertainment. That alone puts it in that nostalgic era in my mind. Setting Swimfan is set around a high school senior swim star in what feels like a smaller town in New York.…
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Cars 2 Throwback Movie Review

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Have you ever enjoyed a movie so much you couldn't wait for the sequel? After enjoying the first Cars movie, I was looking forward to our next family movie night watching Cars 2. Does it live up to the hype? If you're looking for another Lightning McQueen movie, you're in for disappointment. However, this story does build on another of the favorite characters from the original Cars movie: Mater. Filled with plenty of laughter, the kind that Larry the Cable Guy is known for, there's never a dull moment in this second installment of the Cars series. A Big Change Cars at its core was a story about being a good person. Instead of expanding on that basic core story, Cars 2 moves in a completely different direction. The change was…
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Cars Throwback Movie Review

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Pixar is a movie studio that is full of history. Back in 1995, they created the first fully computer-animated motion picture, Toy Story. I first saw that film around the time of its released and I've enjoyed almost every film they've made ever since. In 2006 Pixar released a film that took the simple idea of auto racing and gave the cars themselves personalities and faces. This film was Cars and it builds a beautiful story around the idea of autonomous cars. Everything from the windshields for eyes or the grills as mustaches to the landscape's design, it all seamlessly incorporates the design of classic cars. Characters On the verge of being the only rookie to ever win the Piston Cup Championship, Lightning McQueen is the star of this film. As voiced by…
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The Avengers Throwback Movie Review

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Before 2012, the idea of a cinematic universe wasn't truly tested. How could characters from worlds that have different rules to them co-exist? The Avengers takes these questions and tells a story that not only answers them but asks a few of its own. The idea to use Loki as the villain saves the time of building a character that is used to meld the heroes together. Seeing the interactions between the main characters is what really makes the movie, be it the conversations between Bruce Banner and Tony Stark or interaction of Hulk and Thor. A Full Cast of Characters The Avengers is full of characters that we know and love and some that are brand new. We get Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark / Iron Man, Chris Evans's Steve Rogers /…
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Captain America: The First Avenger Throwback Movie Review

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It has been said, the people that were in their mid-20s during World War II were part of the "G.I. Generation." When it comes to the United States, this generation is more commonly known as the "greatest generation," mainly because they put service to their country over themselves. Captian America: The First Avenger is a film where this is shown front and center. Steve Rogers, throughout the film, only wants to do his duty and serve his nation like everyone else. It's this good heart and sense of duty that makes Steve perfect to become Captian America. Characters Chris Evans plays the titular Captain America. A performance that highlights the humanity and the selflessness of Rogers, he brings out the best that is inside Steve. Tommy Lee Jones plays Colonel Chester Phillips,…
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New Year’s Eve Throwback Movie Review

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Every year when the New Year rolls around, one emotion rises up in us above all else. That emotion is hope. Hope of a better year, hope of change, hope of love. And it's this hope that draws me in and makes the movie New Year's Eve an annual tradition for my wife and me to watch on New Year's Eve. As a 2011 compilation film, we start the movie by following 8 stories full of hope, although for vastly different reasons. The Cast Though it's full of A-list talents like Robert DeNiro, Zac Efron, and Michelle Pfeiffer, no one puts in an Oscar quality performance. While they are solid and believable in their roles, we just don't spend enough time with any one character to fully see any character nuances. The director,…
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