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Two Authors go Head-to-Head in reviewing Dreamworks Turbo!

22 Jul

Otaku no Culture’s Ed Sum and James Shaw finally team up to see a movie the same night. Now the race is on to see who’s wrong or right in evaluating this film:

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J: To be honest, I never expected much from DreamWorks’ newest release, Turbo. The premise is simple: the story takes place in Van Nuys in the San Fernando Valley of California (although I suspect the suburbia was North Hills). Here we meet Theo (Ryan Reynolds) a comparatively small gastropod who dreams big. He wants to live life in the fast lane like his idol Indianapolis 500 racer Guy Gagné (Bill Hader).

But working at the plant (of the garden variety) daily is slowing him down while his unimaginative brother Chet (Paul Giamatti) is holding him back. Things take a turn for the better when an accident makes Theo realize he’s halfway to his goal. But will a chance meeting with dreaming taco stand co-owner Tito (Michael Peña) help him finish his journey?

E: I do not know, but in the teaser trailer, I can not help but liken this snail’s newfound abilities to that of some effects shot used in the Spider-Man movies. To see him affected in a microcellular level made me think of him maybe turning superhero. I am not surprised that the adage of with great power comes great responsibility gets played up in this film.

J: I wondered after Theo became the insect world’s version of the Flash, who is there left to race against? I thought Nascar. I was wrong…but close.

E: There’s actually competing against the speedster himself, but that is not going to happen. DreamWorks does have a good “track” record of putting out entertaining hits. I thought this film would belong on my list of movies to miss seeing, but I had to see this movie before I could believe in the impossible. Even before James and I went to the theatre, he admitted that the concept was ludicrous and it was not worth seeing. I wanted to see some light-hearted animated product and dragged him along. At least in that department, this film delivers.

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Turbo Red Carpet in Barcelona

29 Jun

By James Robert Shaw

The premiere of Dreamwork’s new computer animated film Turbo hit Barcelona, Spain 2 days ago with actors treading the red carpet and bathing in the Spanish spotlight.

Director David Soren was in attendance with cast members Ryan Reynolds (Turbo), Samuel L. Jackson, (Whiplash) Snoop Dogg (Smoove Move) and Michael Pena (Tito). Audiences were treated to songs on and off the Turbo soundtrack by Snoop Dogg and Soraya Arnelas.

Turbo will be in North American theatres July 17, 2013.

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Turbo Thailand Trailer

26 Jun

By James Robert Shaw

 

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Paul Giamatti. Directed by David Soren with screenplay by Darren Lemke, Robert D. Siegel and David Soren. In theatres July 13, 2013.

Source(s): DreamWorks Animation

The Croods Movie Review

18 Jun

By Ed Sum

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Writer/Creator Chris Sanders shows that he rarely strays far from what he knows is a good tale. To explore the problems that siblings face with their parents makes for a good story, and when he brings it up to a level that is more like The Flintstones meets Avatar, that’s The Croods in a nutshell. But this movie is one tough rock to crack. It doesn’t have the same appeal as Sander’s breakout directorial hit, Lilo & Stitch, or his phenomenal adaptation of Cassandra Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon. When the story has to deal with five characters attempting to share equal screen time, the problems of managing a cohesive family drama versus sit-com ala The Munsters is evident.

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