Phantom Boy (2015) – Review

Review Phantom Boy

When it comes to animated movies almost all of them involve either talking animals or princesses. That doesn’t mean there is something wrong with that (the recent Zootopia is a good example), but I often get the feeling there aren’t enough variety within the genre. So it was refreshing to see Phantom Boy approach its story differently, with a lot of originality as well. Continue reading

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015) – Review

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As a parent it isn’t always a joy to go to the cinema. Of course it is great to spend some time with your child at the movies and talk about the film afterwards, but sometimes kids want to head to movies you don’t fancy seeing yourself. Recently I was dragged to a very boring movie about two boring dutch cartoon characters, but the fun my daughter had kind of made up for it. The next movie she wanted to see was Alvin and the Chipmunks and because their weren’t any other movies playing she could see we decided to watch it. This is the third one in the series. The first one wasn’t very good, but I was willing to give this movie a chance. It’s something I shouldn’t have. Continue reading

Horton Hears a Who (2008) – Review

Review Horton Hears a Who

My daughter has now reached an age when she often asks whether she can watch a movie instead of TV. I do not know if that’s because she finds it fun or because they are long, but it’s nice to see that she enjoys them. That means she regularly watches movies that I refuse to see (especially the ones about talking puppies, there are really too many of them), but if I decide to join in then I make sure I might enjoy this. After a short search on Netflix I came across this title. Since this film, like The Lorax, is based on the books by Dr.Seuss I decided to try it Continue reading

Minions (2015) – Review

Review Minions

It’s funny to see how certain characters in entertainment become so popular that they are actually more popular than the main characters themselves. This was the case with the Rabbits in the Rayman games where the funny, but also very stupid bunnies eventually got their own games and TV show. In the Despicable Me movies the minions were responsible for comic relief and those were the moments that were often the most fun. A spinoff with just these funny yellow figures was bound to happen (just like a flood of merchandise from dolls to “fart guns”). However, are these characters entertaining enough to fill an entire movie? Continue reading

When Marnie Was There (2014)

Review When Marnie Was There

These are sad times if you are a fan of Studio Ghibli. Recently both Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki made their final films and it currently seems that When Marnie Was There will be the last movie released by the legendary studio. The demand for animated movies has changed and financing them has become a lot harder. The studio won’t close its doors yet, so there still is hope for a new film, but chances seem slim. Is When Marnie Was There an adequate farewell? Continue reading

Home (2015)

Review Home

Do you sometimes know that feeling? That a movie has a specific element which completely keeps you from enjoying it? On paper Home is a movie I should be able to enjoy: Fun characters, funny situations and lots of science fiction fantasy. Unfortunately the movie turned out different for me. Continue reading

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)

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Spongebob Squarepants is a show which has been on television since 1999. The bizarre stories about a sponge who is working in a burger restaurant and his weird friends still manages to entertain both young and old. After his first full-length feature, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, this second movie has been made, which the trailers made out to be some sort of superhero movie. With The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water being available on DVD and Blu Ray it’s a good moment to see if the movie manages to make that come true. Continue reading