The Incredibles Throwback Movie Review

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I have noticed over the years that when I go back to watch a movie that I used to enjoy, I don't always see it in the same way or, often, I'll connect with different characters. Take Swimfan for example. I can remember watching it almost ten years ago and being entertained by it, but watching it recently I started to see the downsides to it more than I used to. This is something I noticed again during this week's family movie night when we watched Pixar's 2004 classic, The Incredibles.   The first time I remember watching The Incredibles, I connected with the children more than anyone else in the film. When it was released, I was barely 20 myself and connected with the interactions the kids had with their parents and understood…
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In Time Throwback Movie Review

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Dystopia is a term we hear now and then but don't always realize what it truly means. Most of the time when we think of dystopian futures, we have thoughts of tyrannical governments, like in V for Vendetta, or worldwide calamities, like Waterworld shows. But there are some dystopian futures that we don't often think of, most notably one made by technology.  The most notable film with a dystopian technological future is The Matrix, but one that doesn't usually get looked at is the film In Time. In Time's dystopia comes from the population being genetically engineered to use time as a form of currency. Using time for currency allows the rich to live forever while the poor fight over mere minutes or days. It's an exciting concept that takes the term "time is money"…
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Super Troopers Throwback Movie Review

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When I was younger, there were a handful of comedies that I kept on a constant rotation. One of these comedies was Super Troopers. Having a wide release in 2002 after debuting at Sundance in 2001, and having a budget of about $3 million, it ended up bringing in $23.2 million at the box office. In its day, it would have been considered a box office success based on its budget and its box office return. Critics at the time, though, did not look at this film as highly as the audience did. If you check out the Rotton Tomatoes scores for Super Troopers, most critics rated it less than favorable with only 35% of them giving it a positive review. The audience, on the other hand, had 90% that gave it a…
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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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