Tip o' My Brain

July 11, 2011

Treasure Planet in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,action,Animated — kryptobrent @ 8:45 pm

One of Disney’s lesser-known animated movies, and it’s not hard to envision the pitch session, attended by a) a ’90’s Extreme Sports  aficionado, b) a lowbrow humor enthusiast, and c)someone who wanted to redo “Titan A.E.”  What emerged isn’t half-bad, considering.

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July 3, 2011

Fantastic Mr. Fox redux in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,Animated,comedy,redux — kryptobrent @ 11:25 pm

Every time I see this movie I like it more.  It’s such a laid-back story, with laid-back everything (which is different from boring). Wes Anderson’s brand of comedy works here, and I wonder if the fact that I’m watching an animated film makes the disconnect I usually feel towards his movies’ eccentricities more palatable.

Shrek Forever After in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,Animated,comedy — kryptobrent @ 11:18 pm

Better than the last one, which isn’t saying much.  There’s some decent laughs, and Shrek’s fear at losing his ogre-hood strikes a chord. I’ll be honest, though, these message movies (aimed squarely at men, it seems) is, stop wanting what you don’t have, be happy with what you do.  There’s a reason men feel this way, folks–investigation is required, not forced contentment.

June 18, 2011

Tangled in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,Animated — kryptobrent @ 11:18 am

I loved this movie, in part because it captures the non-complicated, non-sarcastic age of innocence that’s taken a back-seat these last twenty years. And, I admit it, I loved the songs. Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore both have perfect voices for animation.

Megamind redux in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,Animated,redux — kryptobrent @ 10:53 am

What stood out to me this time around was the sophistication and delivery of the jokes. It’s a best argument I know for how you can’t make an animated movie and just pull people off the street to read the script.

June 15, 2011

Coraline redux in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,Animated,redux — kryptobrent @ 3:00 pm

There’s just something about the pacing of this film that feels quiet and somewhat creepy to me.  I know it’s completely intentional, and since I can’t put my finger on how they do it, it impresses me.  I think it’s my favorite of the stop-motion animation films that A Nightmare before Christmas kicked off.

June 6, 2011

G. I. Joe Resolute in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,action,Animated — kryptobrent @ 1:12 pm

An animated film, only an hour long.  Which is a bummer, because it had 1) a decent story, 2) characters that made sense and 3)little or no cheese.  In other words, it was the G.I. Joe running through my imagination when I was a kid.  Also in other words, in NO way resembling the feature film from a couple years ago.

June 1, 2011

Despicable Me in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,Animated,comedy — kryptobrent @ 12:48 pm

Despicable Me doesn’t aspire to greatness–it’ll suffer in comparison to any Pixar movie. And therein lies the charm–I didn’t have to wind up to see it. I laughed quite a bit and the end was even a little affecting. They shot for the hills, and did just fine.

April 20, 2011

Megamind in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,Animated,comedy — kryptobrent @ 8:04 pm

I read a review that speculated that a super hero comedy meant the genre had almost run its course. To which I reply…it’s funny. And not overly prone to parody or self-awareness. I.e. it’s good. That’s all.

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