‘Sausage Party’ (2016) Review

Sausage Party (2016) Review: Dark, Biting, Cartoon Comedy Anthropomorphisized animation is nothing new. There are probably hundreds of movies featuring a thing or creature being brought to life. It makes sense. There's definitely comedy to be found anytime you give human features to a non human. It's probably the best way to give your movie some heart too. To date though I can't think of one that's made sense all the way through. There's always something that breaks the world or doesn't compute when you think about it, but maybe I'm spending too much time thinking about movies where bugs have googly eyes.'Sausage Party' is such a movie that probably wants you to think about it that much. Instead of toys, cars or fish, Sausage Party is a movie that asks the questions "What if food were alive?". What if the items in your local supermarket  were thinking, feeling beings with their own aspirations and desires. The answer of course is that they would soon realise they live a nightmare world where their only purpose is to provide fuel and services for humans.Naturally, a movie that takes such a dark turn would only be suitable if it were rated R. Any scene with a potato being peeled as it screams in agony would be enough to earn that rating. 'Sausage Party' though is not content with just enough. Think of the most offensive thing you could think of. The most raw and…

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‘Pete’s Dragon’ (2016) Review

Pete's Dragon (2016) Review: My Furry Friend And Me. Calling something a "Family film" is a strange bit of marketing. When I hear that I think here's a movie that won't offend you, be very charming, and probably make you cry a little. At the very best it might have a lesson to teach you, and at it's worst, it'll be something to put on for your kids so they'll shut up for once. To that end, a family film that works "for the whole family" can be pretty great, and unifying. They may not be the film you jump to when picking out something to watch, but then again, maybe they will. They're low risk. Anyone who hates a family film is...dead inside. 'Pete's Dragon' is a pretty well done family film. It's based on the 1977 original of the same name, but seemingly in name only. I mean yes there's a boy named Pete and it has a dragon, but other than that, the movie follows a different narrative than the original. The best case scenario for a remake is one that takes the idea of the original and expands upon it in a meaningful way. Pete's Dragon gets this right. Mostly. Pete is a young boy who has a slightly different upbringing than most other kids. Pete's home is the forest, in a tree, with a dragon. After a wave of unsanctioned construction goes deeper into the forest, Pete is discovered…

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‘Suicide Squad’ (2016) Review

Suicide Squad (2016) Review: Please Don't Watch This Movie fans will know, August is a horrible month to be in. It's the time when popcorn flicks come out that are undeniably the worst of the summer. If summer is the slip n slide of movie seasons, where we dive headfirst with childish abandon into movies that succeed based on fun; August is the end of the slip n slide where the water has run out, yet the slide continues, leaving us afflicted with friction and wondering why we slid in the first place. Sometimes though that slide has an extra burst of slip, and you get movies like 'Rise of The Planet of the Apes', that buck the trend of August movies being unadulterated trash.'Suicide Squad' does not buck that trend. At all. Set sometime after the events of 'Batman v Superman', 'Suicide Squad' is a movie that tries to shift the focus away from heroes, putting the spotlight on the villains. The idea is, in a world where super people are showing up, and cities are being destroyed, the world needs a way to fight back. Enter the suicide squad, or 'Task Force X' as the movie calls them. A team of super-villains, forced to either comply with the mission at hand, or die from the bomb in their neck.Why are they there? What purpose does a man whose skill is throwing really sharp boomerangs have against a witch with powers…

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