A Movie with a Message Worth Seeing – The LEGO Movie

Lego-Movie

Warner Bros. Pictures

As I mentioned in the post [A Must See Movie of 2014 – The Monuments Men] I would be posting a few reviews.  Check out the other reviews by following the links at the end of this post. In this review I will be sharing some thoughts about another new release that came out the weekend of 7-Feb-2014, “The LEGO Movie”.

The LEGO Movie is a computer-animated story that follows a LEGO (registered trademark) dude named Emmet. He is just an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as an extraordinary LEGO dude. Emmet is drafted into a fellowship of outsiders on an epic quest to stop the evil Lord Business. It turns out to be a journey that Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously under prepared for.

In this animated film there are some great voices to listen for and that you will recognize right away. Check out this featurette called “Behind the Bricks” to see how they have some fun with this.  Character voices include Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, and Jonah Hill.  Chris Pratt is perfect to voice the lead, of Emmet, and plays the perfect empty-headed character. Elizabeth Banks plays counter to Pratt as the wise cracking and super confident heroine.  And as the featurette points out Morgan Freeman can read a phone book and make it sound good. In this movie, as LEGO minifigure he delivers his voice performance brilliantly.

This movie is your typical heroes journey, and I don’t care if it is the same old, same old. There is just the right amount of humor for adults and kids. I must say the animation is unreal, I mean it is so unreal I couldn’t tell if the figures were animated using stop motion or if it was CG. It was super awesome animation and I really dug not knowing if they were real LEGO or not. This movie is not heady in any way and that is what makes it so great. It is just a fun movie to watch that doesn’t require any thinking.

You need to know I am a big FAN of LEGO. I used to build and play with them as a kid and into my teens. I am still a fan and I started buying different sets again as an adult. The little twist in this film made me think that I am doing it wrong. I need to take more time to tap into my imagination and really enjoy LEGO again as an adult instead of just building them. There is a message behind this movie as most animated movies have. What was so great about this animated movie is I didn’t care about the hidden message and I will see it again. When this movie comes out on video streaming or DVD I will be renting it so I can catch the little details that I most likely missed.

Bottom lines, if you have kids… go see this movie, if you are a fan of LEGO, go see this movie. As I mentioned before this is not a heady movie and some might even find it a little corny.  I don’t care what those people think. It should not stop you from finding time in your busy schedule to go see this movie.

I give this movie 4 out of 5 metal beards.

As I mentioned above this is one of three movies I saw over the weekend. Check out my review of the classic Kevin Smith joint, ‘DOGMA’ and the new release ‘The Monuments Men’.

EftRoU 170: It was too preachy

It’s that time, yet again! Another Entertainment for the Rest of Us. Each week when I post the show I get a big smile on my face. That is when I do get a post up. There are still episodes in the can that I haven’t posted… someday I’ll get to it.

In this week’s show we are missing Square Ross due to some wedding he was in. So, Mike and I discuss the animated movie ParaNorman and the action flick The Expendables 2. Mike also shares some thoughts on the latest video game that is consuming his time.

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Feature Flick #1:

The movie ParaNorman

Laika Entertainment – ParaNorman

The first movie we discuss is ParaNorman. This is an animated film with voices from Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin and John Goodman. ParaNorman is about a boy who can speak to the dead and learns he has to save his town from a curse. Listen in to find out what we think of this animated flick. We would like to know what you think, so leave us comment below.

Feature Flick #2:

The Expendables 2

Millennium Films – The Expendables 2

I hope you all are ready for a fun discussion about one of the biggest action films of the 2012 Summer. In The Expendables 2, Mr. Church reaches out to Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his rag-tag crew of Expendables for an easy job, but when one of his men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge begins. Also starting in this film are some great action heroes including: Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews, Randy Couture and Liam Hemsworth. Tell us what you think of The Expendables 2 by leaving a comment below.

A Bonus Segment:

For all you gamers out there Mike shares his thoughts about The Witcher 2. If you agree with his opinion let us know by leaving a comment below.

We hope you enjoy listening and we would love to hear back from you. Feel free to join the conversation on Facebook or twitter via @entfortherest. You can also find the crew on twitter: Q (@aka_q), Mike (@CB_Robinson) and SquareRoss (@SquareRoss).

Until next time…

EftRoU 164: Square goes to see Brave…

On this weeks show we touch on a couple of feature flicks that are in theaters now. First, Square Ross shares some thoughts about Brave and then Mike and I talk about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Enjoy the conversation and be sure to let us know what you think of these two films.

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 Feature Flick #1:

Brave movie reveiw

Brave from Pixar Animation Studios

In Brave, Merida is a skilled archer & daughter of King Fergus. Bent to form her own path in life, Merida defies custom and inadvertently unleash chaos in the kingdom. When she turns to a Wise Woman for help, she’s granted an ill-fated wish. Listen in as Square tells us why we should, or should not, see this film. Tell us what you think of Brave by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook fan page.

Feature Flick #2:

Movie reveiw of Abraham Lincoln-Vampire Hunter

Twentieth Century Fox – Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

While Square went to go see Brave, Mike and I went to go see a more manly movie, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Based on a novel written by  Seth Grahame-Smith this movie is about President Abraham Lincoln preserving the Union and freeing the slaves. Not in the way that our history books have taught us, but instead Lincoln is motivated to fight against the forces of the undead. As a boy he saw his mother being killed by the hands of vampires. He makes it his life’s work to rid our nation of vampires. Find out if we liked this film and if it’s worth seeing in the theaters.

We hope you enjoy listening and we would love to hear back from you. Feel free to join the conversation on Facebook or twitter via @entfortherest. You can also find the crew on twitter: Q (@aka_q), Mike (@CB_Robinson) and SquareRoss (@SquareRoss).

Until next time!

EftRou: 151 The Prognosticators….

I’m going to be honest with you folks and let you know this is one full episode with all kinds of entertainment goodness.  We cover everything from the Oscar predictions, Transformers 4, Tron: Uprising with a pinch of celebrity apprentice and some thoughts on  Movie/TV franchises good or bad for fans.

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Entertainment Chatter

Michael Bay creating "bayhem"

Michael Bay creating "bayhem"

We kicked off the  show this week with talk about the newest celebrity apprentice and our thoughts of some of the cast members.  We touch on the announcement about Michael Bay doing yet another Transformers. Including what they could achieve from this Reboot/Sequel that will keep fans happy, even though the third movie concluded the storyline in most fan’s opinions.  We also started chatting about the upcoming “TRON: Uprising” (2012) animated series that will take place between the first film TRON (1982) & TRON: Legacy (2010).

OSCAR predictions

Oscar Statues

Oscar Statues

The crew finally reveals who they think will win the Oscars. This will save you time in not having to watch the show, cause come on we’re the final vote in who will win or lose, right.  The crew takes time to pick out a few winners and why along with who they would love in their heart of hearts to win.  One thing is for sure you might be a bit surprised on what the crews picks!

We hope you enjoy listening and we would love to hear back from you. Feel free to join the conversation on twitter via @entfortherest you can also find the crew on twitter: Q (@aka_q), Mike (@cb_robinson), Shady (@ShadyTheBiker) and me SquareRoss (@SquareRoss).

Until next time stay safe and enjoy your entertainment!

EftRoU 104: 80’s revisited…

This week we thought we would try something a little different. So, we step back in to the 80’s, a revisit if you will. Mike and I discuss some of our favorite TV shows from the 80’s . Then we take a look at a movie made in 2011 that takes place in the 80’s, ‘Take Me Home Tonight’. To round out the show we conduct a retro DV-Debrief, ‘On Crazy Summer‘.

Catchall Segment:

Do you find yourself thinking about the good ol’ days and how you loved watching TV. Don’t worry if you said ‘no’, it’s okay. Mike and I share some of the TV show’s we enjoyed watching back int he day. We also share some the shows our fans enjoyed watching. Leave us a comment and tell us what are some of your favorite TV shows from the 80’s.

Feature Flick:

Take Me Home Tonight

Relativity Media - Take Me Home Tonight

We were excited to take on this week’s feature flick, “Take Me Home Tonight“. The story of Take Me Home Tonight was written by Topher Grace, you know the guy who plays Forman on ‘That 70’s Show‘. The story he wrote, is about a guy who is not sure what he wants to do now that he has graduated from college. So before the summer is over he decides to try and get a date with his High School crush. From there all hell breaks loose, well almost all of it. Beside writing the story Topher Grace stars in this film along with, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler and Teresa Palmer. Listen in to see what we really think of this movie and to find out an interesting theory that Mike has.

Retro DV-Debrief:

One Crazy Summer Movie

Warner Bros. Pictures - One Crazy Summer

How many of you remember the movie “One Crazy Summer“? We take a little trip down memory lane and discuss this 1986 film. For those of you who don’t remember ‘One Crazy Summer‘ it stars John Cusack as Hoops McCann, Demi Moore as Cassandra Eldridge, Curtis Armstrong as Ack Ack Raymond, Bobcat Goldthwait as Egg Stork and Joel Murray as George Calamari. Hoops and his buddy George head to Nantucket for the summer after high school graduation to try and figure out what’s next in their lives. Listen in as see what we think of this blast from the past. If you are looking to rent this movie we suggest you check out  iTunes. Be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you think of ‘One Crazy Summer’. Or, Tell us what other 80’s movies we should talked about in future episodes. Or, tell us what you think of Bobcat Goldthwait in this movie, is it his best work ever?

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