Saturday, March 29, 2014

Review – Despicable Me 2

Not as cute as the first one, but still quite entertaining. The filmmakers have clearly figured out that the Minions are the main draw, but there’s enough of Gru and the girls to keep the story stuck together. Production values remain high. Mildly amusing

Friday, March 21, 2014

Review – Despicable Me

One of the greatest challenges facing the creators – especially the writers – of kids’ movies is coming up with ways to keep them from getting way too treacly. One possible solution: make the bad guy the main character. In this production, a supervillain trying to outdo a rival adopts three orphaned girls as part of a scheme to infiltrate his competitor’s lair. Our antihero’s transformation from evil genius to loving dad follows predictable paths, but it’s still an entertaining story. The animation is good. And of course the Minions steal the show. Maybe I was just in an unusually good mood when I saw this, but I found it a fun experience. Mildly amusing

Monday, March 10, 2014

New this week – Books!

This is the first time in the history 8sails updates that I’ve posted more reviews for books than for movies. That’s at least in part because I’m not watching movies at the rate I used to. It’s also due to the fact that this is the first time I’ve finished three books in three days (though of course I started all of them much earlier, and in one case much much earlier).

The books:

And the movie: Captain Phillips