How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) – Despite the early promise of Antz, I never really felt that DreamWorks Animation existed on the same level as an animation studio like Pixar. Despite some strong showings like the first couple Shrek movies, Megamind, Monsters vs. Aliens, and the Madagascar flicks, DreamWorks Animation films always felt … Continue reading

Bad Teacher (2011)

Bad Teacher (2011) — The following article originally appeared on 12ftdwende.com on 24 June 2011. The 1994 Jim Carrey film The Mask introduced the world to a hot young bombshell named Cameron Diaz. She was in a few more movies (my favorites being Danny Boyle’s A Life Less Ordinary and her cameo in Fear and … Continue reading

Puss in Boots (2011)

Puss in Boots (2011) – So I liked Shrek a lot. Then Shrek 2 ended up being a pretty great sequel. Then the franchise headed south pretty fast with two mediocre-to-lousy sequels. Now they’re going the spin-off prequel route with one of the most popular supporting characters: Puss in Boots. I’ll never understand what mad … Continue reading

Megamind (2010)

Megamind (2010) — Premise in a nutshell: evil supervillain actually defeats the superhero who has been thwarting him all these years and find that he now has no idea what to do with his life.  Dreamworks Animation has rarely been on the same film-making level as Pixar (mostly due to over-relying on popular culture references… … Continue reading

Toy Story 2 (1999)

Toy Story 2 (1999) — The Godfather Part II, The Silence of the Lambs, Terminator 2: Judgment Day: all part of that rare fraternity of sequels that surpass the quality of the original (though some would exclude Lambs due to technicalities).  Toy Story 2 is another.  Toy Story is a masterpiece, and to one-up it … Continue reading