Archive | February 2014

The LEGO Movie


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Everything is awesome

The LEGO Movie will one day be required viewing for every elementary public school nationwide, or at least it should be. The movie joins Wreck-It-Ralph as a movie enjoyable to children for its sweet insanity and adults for the nostalgia and unexpectedly deep messages. Building from a simple premise into a wildly creative and even emotional climax, the movie could stack up with some of the best animations aimed for kids 3 and up.

Emmett Brickowski (voiced by Chris Pratt) loves being part of the team. His yellow head and plastic body match everyone else’s, and the two dots and curved line for his face is the most generic in the LEGO universe. He follows the same instructions as everyone else in his daily life as a construction worker (or, as we real life humans would call him, LEGO builder), but unfortunately he’s too plain to make any friends. This changes when he meets Wyldstyle (voiced by Elizabeth Banks), an identity conflicted Master Builder who believes Emmett is the chosen one to save the LEGO world. As it turns out, LEGO president Lord Business (voiced by Will Ferrell), who, innocently enough, just so happens to own every LEGO company, business, TV show, and pretty much everything else.

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Ranking Fall 2013 – Winter 2014 movies


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Running a few weeks late, it is once again that special time of year where I rank the past however many movies I’ve seen. This list covers late August up until now I guess, so we’ll generalize it as fall-winter.

This list probably contains the overall best set of movies I’ve ranked so far, so ranking them was unusually painful. I want to emphasize that this list contains a huge variety of movies that probably shouldn’t be compared to one another and can’t really be compared fairly. We have the huge action blockbusters like Thor 2 and Catching Fire, the Oscar bait like American Hustle and Her, horror films like Carrie and Insidious 2, and a lot more competing side by side. The movies on this list do not harmonize and as such the rankings of the top 6 (maybe higher) onward are completely subjective, based on personal preference only.

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