Big Hero 6 review

MV5BMjI4MTIzODU2NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjE0NDAwMjE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_A young genius teams with a healthcare robot to battle a mysterious force blamed for deaths and robbery of a powerful invention in the new Disney animated movie, Big Hero 6.

Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) has graduated high school at the age of 13 and now spends his time in shady places where illegal gambling on robot battles goes down. His older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) tells Hiro to stop wasting his gifted intelligence and brings him to his lab at university to get Hiro interested in applying for registering.

After meeting Tadashi’s friends and their inventions, Hiro meets Tadashi’s invention Baymax (Scott Adsit). Baymax is a robotic nurse that has the ability to scan the illness or physical ailments on a person. His calm bland personality causes some awkward and funny moments with Hiro. They start to bond when Tadashi dies in an explosion along with Hiro’s invention. Baymax downloads information on emotional pain and embarks on a journey to help cure Hiro’s sadness.

Both Hiro and Baymax find a masked man using Hiro’s invention as a weapon against them. They survive the first encounter and the rematch. Tadashi’s friends eventually come to Hiro’s aid and form a super team.

Exciting action with a dash of humour keeps the evolving story enjoyable. Baymax’s dry mannerisms and shift to superhero are the best parts of this film. This continues Disney producing more realistic emotional moments instead of characters that only exist in fairytale worlds. Human loss, the craving for vengeance, and the desire to help when help is needed, Hiro is not a perfect hero, he is only human.

Fun family experience that is the best animated watch for 2014 in theatres.

 

 

Planes: Fire & Rescue Blu-ray combo pack review

With his ability to race in jeopardy, Dusty Crophopper attempts to become an aerial firefighter despite causing more trouble than helping in, Planes: Fire & Rescue, available in blu-ray combo pack this Tuesday.

The cast of Planes returns in this all-new feature film, but instead of focusing on Dusty (Dane Cook) trying to win another race, something inside of Dusty stops working on him while in the air. Dusty survives a near fatal crash, but is informed his gearbox needs to be replaced. Problem is that it is obsolete and there is no way to fix him. He can never race again.

Frustrated and in an effort to prove he can still race, Dusty makes an unexpected night takeoff to show he can still do it. Instead he nearly crashes and causes a fire to break out. A safety truck informs everyone if fire regulations are not satisfied the hangar will be shut down. Due to the guilt he feels Dusty attempts to become a certified firefighting plane to appease the safety requirements.

Dusty has trouble learning the techniques taught to him by Blade (Ed Harris). Following orders, procedures and the importance on safety are heavily pushed. Not surprising as the film starts off with a dedication message to firefighters that have and currently risk their lives to save lives. Better than the original in many ways. A story that does not feel like Cars and despite Dusty being an accomplished hero he can still make mistakes. It is a different adventure but more enjoyable as the issues are a bit more serious allowing the comedy to ease the drama.

Filled with special features keeping you entertained for a bit of time as they are all short. Unfortunately no director’s commentary in this release.

 

Planes: Fire & Rescue

DisneyToon & Walt Disney Animation Studios

84 minutes

Releases today

http://www.amazon.ca/Planes-Rescue-Blu-ray-Digital-Bilingual/dp/B00MMUXOLS/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_1

 

 

Maleficent Blu-ray combo pack review

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One of the greatest Disney villains becomes the only one who can defeat true evil in, Maleficent, a different twist from the Disney classic Sleeping Beauty available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy this Tuesday.

Angelina Jolie stars as the legendary villain who in this version of the story was the true hero. King Stefan (Sharlto Copley) was the villain that betrayed her, stole her wings and broke her heart. Stefan gave her companionship as a child and her first kiss. Greed kept Stefan away for a time. Greed brought him back and turned Maleficent’s heart cold.

The curse scene stays true to the original, powerful acting by Jolie and Copley during it.

Afterwards, lots of revisions. Maleficent is the one taking care of Aurora (Elle Fanning) while her protectors argue. She changes her mind on the curse but cannot break it. All the while Stefan grows in paranoia and insomnia.

Disregard how the original played out and enjoy the adventure presented. Lord of the Rings grand-style fight scenes, dazzling lively backgrounds and magical creatures galore. Despite a PG rating there is some dark and violent moments. The torture the twisted king and demented fairy put each other through is accompanied with chilling music and hateful intentions.

Special features include a lot of behind the scenes discussions on creating the special effects and how the wardrobe for Jolie came together. Fanning talks about how she loved the animated original and getting the opportunity to play as Sleeping Beauty.

Disney usually delivers when it comes to bringing back classic characters with a fresh look. Worked for the Wizard of Oz with evil also created with a broken heart and human greed. The special effects are so good the story does not have to be filled with character depth. 97 minutes goes so by so quick because the movie is highly enjoyable visually.

 

Maleficent

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

97 minutes

Releases on Nov.4, 2014

http://www.amazon.ca/Maleficent-Blu-ray-Digital-Copy-Bilingual/dp/B00M4ADWTK

Ouija review

Ouija_2014_posterA board game, believed to be a way to communicate with the dead, has put a group of teens in a supernatural fight for their lives in the new movie, Ouija.

Laine (Olivia Cooke) and Debbie (Shelley Hennig) played when they were kids. However, as young adults Debbie is found dead one night after unsuccessfully trying to burn Ouija. At first everyone believes it was suicide, but Laine finds video footage of Debbie rediscovering their former adventure before her untimely demise. Rounding up her boyfriend Trevor (Daren Kagasoff), her sister Sarah (Ana Coto). Debbie’s ex Pete (Douglas Smith), and her friend Isabelle (Bianca Santos), Laine tries to play Ouija to try and speak to Debbie.

Unfortunately, they end up contacting Debbie’s killer causing all their lives to be terrorized no matter where they go.

At times the music and the dark backgrounds can create suspenseful moments and jolt you from your seat. The death scenes are arguably the best moments due to how sudden and violent they are. Not heavy on blood or body parts flying all over the place. Focuses more on terror then a quick death.

A lot of attention is put on the characters coping with Debbie’s death. The film would have felt more realistic if there was more on the school dealing with the increase of apparent suicides. The teens seem to be able to do whatever they want with no authority watching over them.

Worth a few chills, nothing groundbreaking from the usual scary movie, scarier for those that have played Ouija.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Best in the World: At What I Have No Idea review

51y3hSbEMYLA 12-million dollar bounty on his head, a prostitute offering to drain his balls, how he ended up in an unsecured war zone in Al-Qaeda, Chris Jericho’s 3rd autobiography is another controversial exciting adventure.

Entitled, The Best in the World: At What I Have No Idea, picks up where Jericho left off in Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps. Making his big return with disappointing fanfare. After getting a “You fucked up!” chant in Madison Square Garden against JBL, Jericho decided it was time to reinvent himself. No more jokes, no more interviewing WWE Superstars on his Highlight Reel show, and no more dressing like a rock star.

Inspired by the villain in No Country for Old Men and WWE Hall-of-Famer Nick Bockwinkel, Jericho created his new persona, The Best in the World. Jericho, along with Peter Thomas Fornatale, write in detail how the fans should react. In short, “I wanted them to boo the shit out of me.”

Creating one of the greatest feuds in WWE history against Shawn Michaels with his new character came with a heavy price. Michaels bleed so much in one of their matches causing blood to be banned from WWE. According to Jericho, he accidentally hit Michaels’ wife so hard in the face it resulted in some dramatic tension backstage. Getting nailed by a Duracell D battery eventually led to fans throwing glow sticks that hit a kid in attendance and arguing with management afterwards. However, Jericho was rewarded for his hard work with another reign as World Heavyweight Champion.

It is incredible how much amazing tales are in this book. His WWE run up till Royal Rumble 2013, his adventures touring the world and meeting music legends with his band Fozzy, his 15 minutes of fame on Dancing With The Stars that nearly ended his wrestling career. Just a small sample of the must-read content. Unfortunately, there is no mention of his 2010 arrest in Kentucky or his rumored affair with former WWE Diva Kelly Kelly. His international incidents in Vancouver and Brazil are mentioned though.

The best part of this read is the conversations between Jericho and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. At times they are just yelling coarse language at each other in furious shouting matches. Jericho’s portray of McMahon and the happenings behind-the-scenes will shock many fans. Some will laugh for years to come.

The Best in the World: At What I Have No Idea

by Chris Jericho with Peter Thomas Fornatale

432 pp.

Available tomorrow

http://www.amazon.ca/The-Best-World-What-Have/dp/1592407528

 

 

 

 

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day review

Alexander_and_the_Terrible,_Horrible,_No_Good,_Very_Bad_Day_posterA birthday wish curses Alexander Cooper’s entire family as he watches each go through extreme mishaps in the new Disney movie, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Alexander (Ed Oxenbuld) had a day where pretty much everything went wrong. He embarrassed himself in front of the girl he likes and his class, no one is going to his birthday party, and his family is busy with their own lives to give him much attention. He wishes on a birthday sundae that they could experience his pain.

The movie is a lot of fun because Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner play great parents. Carell as Ben whom is always optimistic and tries to positive and funny. Garner as Kelly is always trying to be politically correct and professional. Kelly works while Ben is unemployed taking care of the baby. When disasters hit the family they do whatever they can to keep their clan going. Eldest son Anthony (Dylan Minette) gets a pimple before prom, their daughter (Kerris Dorsey) gets sick before her big part as Peter Pan in the school play, the baby gets green marker all over his face, they deal with it along with their own problems.

Although it might sound a bit too dramatized the film feels like this is what a family goes through. Days when nothing goes right and your mom sees your penis. The funny moments, mainly with Carell, followed by a bit of harsh reality is the best parts. It feels like the writers had a good understanding what goes through the mind of a middle child almost on the verge of being a teen. Eerily familiar personally.

Highly recommend this flick as it was surprisingly highly enjoyable. One of the sleeper hits of the year.

 

Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition review

1345002491469Relive the classic Disney fantasy tale with Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition, now in blu-ray HD and has new deleted scenes that tell of a completely different version with a deleted character.

Loaded with extra content and featuring the original 75-minute film remastered with greater detail on backgrounds and landscapes. Maleficent casting a spell of pending doom on Princess Aurora while three fairies pretend to be her aunts does not go down like the live action movie did. Prince Philip ends up as the main hero after his brief encounter with Aurora causes him to fall in love with her.

As shown in the bonus features, it is a fairy-tale that modern flicks criticize and poke fun at for being so distant and far-fetched from how people actually are. Suited for fans of the original, or if you enjoy watching classical animation. While Maleficent is highlighted heavy in the extras, there is nothing but a trailer when it comes to the movie starring the dark fairy.

The three new scenes are a rough draft of moments that are major and slight modifications to the tale. Different approaches to Maleficent’s entrance and Aurora getting led to the spinning wheel are two of them. The third one entitled “The Fair” is a what if Aurora stayed locked in the castle scenario. As can be expected, Aurora dreams of being free from her shielded imprisonment and eventually gets the opportunity to sneak away to a fair. In this scenario Maleficent enlists the services of a Vulture that is trying to find a better use than what he is. Pretty much a comedy character.

Disney will only have Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition available for a limited time before it goes back in their vault for a long time. If you are thinking about purchasing it do not hesitate.

 

 

30 Years of WrestleMania book review

91GITP1OCpLThe heart-pounding excitement of the grandest spectacle in WWE, WrestleMania, is captured throughout the 30 Years of WrestleMania book with jaw-dropping photos and features on key superstars who became legendary.

Every match, every moment, recaptured with a summary of every WrestleMania that took place. If you did not know the gamble Vince McMahon put his company through and how WrestleMania revolutionized the world of pro wrestling, you are about to find out.

Hulkamania running wild for the first nine Manias, Undertaker winning 21 straight matches, the rise of the John Cena era, so many iconic moments went down at the event known as “The Granddaddy of Them All.”

Main event matches and special attractions such as the Money in The Bank match, Ric Flair VS. Shawn Michaels, The Rock n’ Sock Connection VS. Evolution, are given more words and space likely to help illustrate to the reader the main selling points of a particular Mania. The rare comments from the superstars give you a new in-depth look on a match. Kevin Nash criticizing the decision-making behind WrestleMania X8 is shocking to read. There was evidently a considerable amount of time put into the quality of every page.

Although it’s only a little over 200 pages, vast amounts of history is covered. An incredible nostalgia trip for die-hard fans. Thankfully, this is an uncensored look at the history of WrestleMania. Blood is shown, Divas wrestling in their bra and panties is recaptured, even Chris Benoit and his accomplishments are mentioned and highlighted. Pre-show matches were not covered.

Also included in the book is every Hall of Fame inductee since WWE started it in 1993. A look at the start and success of WrestleMania Axxess is given a quick two-page spread. HHH’s 18 matches also got a two-page spread while Undertaker’s streak got four pages.

 

30 Years of WrestleMania

Written by Brian Shields & Dean Miller

DK Books

224 pp.

Released Sept. 15, 2014

http://www.amazon.ca/Wwe-Years-Wrestlemania-Dorling-Kindersley/dp/146542508X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411651490&sr=1-1&keywords=30+years+of+wrestlemania

Muppets Most Wanted review

A evil Kermit the Frog look-alike and Ricky Gervais are taking the Muppets on a world tour of shows and secret burglary while real Kermit is in a Russian jail in the new movie, Muppets Most Wanted.

Gervais plays Dominic Badguy, an international manager that is getting the Muppets booked in better places than Kermit (Steve Whitmire) and getting them sold out quite easily. Kermit, feeling useless and ignored, decides to take Dominic on his offer for a nightly stroll.

On the walk, Kermit confronts his double a wanted criminal, Constantine, and is easily defeated. Constantine disguises his mole and puts one on Kermit to completely throw everyone off on their identities. Kermit is thrown into a Siberian prison controlled by Nadya (Tina Fey) with inmates Danny Trejo, WWE’s Hornswoggle, Josh Groban, and others.

Meanwhile the Muppets are having a lot of success with the fake Kermit, who is stealing from important buildings during the performances to find an ultimate treasure.

There’s some funny typical Muppets back-and-forth dialogue, lots of songs, an insane amount of cameos, this eight Muppets movie delivers what you’d expect. The story is not best one as it feels so ridiculous the emotional heartfelt scenes are not as compelling.

A good family watch that kids will enjoy as there’s enough action, mischief and silly moments to keep a young audience entertained. Fey, Trejo and even Hornswoggle deliver hilarious musical performances, some of which are arguably the best moments in the film.

Far from the best Muppets adventure, but if you’re looking for more of the same you won’t be disappointed.

Disney’s Frozen Blu-ray combo pack review

A powerful secret magical ability has kept a princess isolated from society and her own sister in order to protect them from potential destruction in the new Disney Blu-ray release, Frozen.

The Academy Award winning flick stars Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel), Elsa is the one with the ability to freeze, shoot snow & ice, and create winter-like creatures because for an unknown reason she is magical. Her sister Anna is not.

As the king and queen died, Elsa was set to be crowned queen. This gave Anna the chance to leave the castle and interact with people for the “First Time in Forever.” In her song and dance she runs into Hans (Santino Fontana) a charming prince that she believes is her true love. Anna confronts her sister about this leading to Elsa’s magic getting exposed and turning the entire land into an endless winter.

Elsa flees the castle and hides in the mountains. Anna embarks on a mission to save her and ends up meeting an ice seller named Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) who is the complete opposite of the love of her life, but the two settle their differences quickly in order to survive the cold and wildlife.

Frozen is a fun engaging story for children and adults that enjoyed the classic Disney movies. With a memorable selection of songs and gorgeous backgrounds, this film is a perfect addition to greats such as Lion King, Aladdin, and so on. This movie sets the standard for high quality animation. The humour provided by the snowman Olaf (Josh Gad) adds an extra element of awkwardness that is also commonly found in past Disney titles.

Not a lot in terms of extras. There’s a few deleted scenes with introductions to all of them, a musical presentation of how the film was made, music videos and trailers fill up the rest. It does feel like Disney held back on bonus content in order to comeback with a grander collector’s edition in a few years from now.

Best release by Disney in years, a must have.

Frozen

Rated PG

Disney Animation Studios

Run time of 102 minutes

Frozen [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)