Incredibles 2, by Albert W. Vogt III

Since I had already done The Incredibles (2004), why not do the sequel, Incredibles 2 (2018).  Why did they drop the “the,” anyway?  One of my favorite online film reviewers (other than myself, of course), Red Letter Media, once surmised that the reason why Revenge of the Jedi was changed to Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) was to save money.  “Return”… Read more “Incredibles 2, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), by Albert W. Vogt III

Two years ago my dad was watching Versailles (2015-2018), a dramatic Netflix series about the famous palace of the same name built by King Louis XIV of France.  It was my dad who introduced me to history, and many of the films we have watched together over the years have been of the historical variety.  After viewing them, our… Read more “The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), by Albert W. Vogt III”

Fantastic Mr. Fox, by Albert W. Vogt III

If you have been following along with these reviews of Wes Anderson films, you will note a few repeated themes.  For this Catholic, the most troubling of these is when there are brief shots of sexual acts.  He creates these beautiful scenes with pleasing color palettes, innovative camera placements and movements, and the positioning of characters in… Read more “Fantastic Mr. Fox, by Albert W. Vogt III”

One Hundred and One Dalmatians, by Albert W. Vogt III

I might as well get the most out of my Disney + subscription, no?  Recently, the old man I live with accused me of being a “princess” lover because I forced him to sit through Tangled (2010).  That is not hard as the man never moves, nor does he particularly care what is on the television in front of… Read more “One Hundred and One Dalmatians, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, by Albert W. Vogt III

In the early 2000s, the Cartoon Network came up with the novel idea of showing animated shows late at night that were themed for adults.  It made sense.  After a certain time of the day, their target audience is usually in bed.  Hence, how do you fill the other twelve hours or so of the day where they are not… Read more “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Pinocchio, by Albert W. Vogt III

The last time I saw Pinocchio (1940), I believe I was about four-years-old.  No, I was not four in 1940.  I am not that old.  Instead, the movie was playing at the old Wheaton Grand Theater, in grand old downtown Wheaton, Illinois.  It is funny the things you remember, is it not?  Even though I was so young, that day I saw Pinocchio there stands out… Read more “Pinocchio, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Alice in Wonderland (1951), by Albert W. Vogt III

When I wrote about The Sword in the Stone (1963), I discussed how it was one of two Disney VHS tapes my family owned.  Given that it is a tale knights, chivalry, and the wizardry of Merlin (voiced by Karl Swenson), it was considered “my movie.”  I also briefly mentioned how Alice in Wonderland (1951) was my sister’s.  This was the situation… Read more “Alice in Wonderland (1951), by Albert W. Vogt III”

Coco, by Albert W. Vogt III

Though I did not see Coco (2017) in theaters, part of my usual policy of avoiding animated films, the way people talked about it left one with the impression that it is the greatest film since, I do not know, Casablanca (1942)?  People laughed, cried, and everything else in between.  Normally, any movie that can accomplish such a visceral reaction from… Read more “Coco, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The Mitchells vs the Machines, by Albert W. Vogt III

There are so many films out there today, and there does not appear to be any slowdown in their production.  When motion pictures were first created, there was a great deal of consternation as to their function.  Even in the late nineteenth century when the invention was in its infancy, people understood the power of images.  If for… Read more “The Mitchells vs the Machines, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, by Albert W. Vogt III

A startling revelation came about yesterday as I wrote my review of Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015): they have announced a Hotel Transylvania 4. Oh . . . no. Here I was thinking my viewing of Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) last night would finally end this particular Adam Sandler nightmare. But, no, there is… Read more “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Hotel Transylvania 2, by Albert W. Vogt III

Okay, here is the review of Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015). Hotel Transylvania 2 picks up pretty much where Hotel Transylvania (2012) concluded. Dracula’s (voiced by Adam Sandler) daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) is getting married to the idiot human backpacker Jonathan (Andy Samberg) who haphazardly stumbled upon the title resort in the last film. In yet… Read more “Hotel Transylvania 2, by Albert W. Vogt III”

The Sword in the Stone, by Albert W. Vogt III

Do you remember VHS tapes? Disney always had distinctive containers that encased their films. They were these white, plastic, folding contraptions as opposed to the run-of-the-mill thin cardboard sleeves. Opening them always came with the creak of flexing synthetics, but signaled the magic therein. My family had two of these treasures, one for me and… Read more “The Sword in the Stone, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Mulan (2020), by Cameron J. Czaja

After watching the CGI remake of The Lion King (2019), Aladdin (2019), and Dumbo (2019) last year I’ve come to the conclusion that Disney remakes are inevitable and I just have to just accept them. Despite all that, one Disney live action remake that I was intrigued about was the live action Mulan because of the potential it had. However because of COVID-19,… Read more “Mulan (2020), by Cameron J. Czaja”

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, by Cameron J. Czaja

To follow up my review for The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (2004), I shall now do a review for the standalone sequel The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015). Unlike the first film, I had been more aware of film criticism and went into this one ready to critique it. Part of me, however, had a good… Read more “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, by Cameron J. Czaja”

Treasure Planet, by Cameron J. Czaja

Now that I covered Atlantis: The Lost Empire, I shall now follow up that review with another Disney animated film with similar themes: Treasure Planet. I’m sure most of you have read Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale Treasure Island before, right? Well this is almost that same story but with a science-fiction twist that I thought was… Read more “Treasure Planet, by Cameron J. Czaja”

Dora and the Lost City of Gold, by Albert W. Vogt III

Dora and the Lost City of Gold is about the title character, Dora (Isabella Moner), a socially inept teenager with deadbeat parents who seemed content to let their only child be raised by a monkey. Along the way, mom (Elena, played by Eva Longoria) and dad (Cole, played by Michael Peña) wander into the jungle… Read more “Dora and the Lost City of Gold, by Albert W. Vogt III”

Toy Story 4

Before I begin, let me get a disclaimer out of the way: I have not seen Toy Story 1, Toy Story 2, or Toy Story 3. Actually, you could probably name a Disney movie and I have not seen it. I do not typically go in for that sort of thing. But I have a… Read more “Toy Story 4”

Missing Link

Movies that want to take themselves seriously try not to schedule their releases when there is a competitor involved. Sometimes this involves other reasons like the need for reshoots or world events causing them to make other plans. More often, though, it is because a movie wants to maximize its profits and another big time… Read more “Missing Link”