Film Review: Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (2004)

Film Review by Matt Crotteau This Weeks Film: Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas Directed by: Carole Holliday, Matthew O’Callaghan, & Theresa Cullen This feature length 3-D look into the Disney universe is set during the winter, using classic characters and making them 3-D giving an exciting new feel. The characters are still true to who they were in the beginning, and the innocent Disney spirit is still intact. I’ve always been a fan of the Huey, Dewey, and Louie cartoons and personally enjoyed their first appearance the most. Despite being kids in a seemingly innocent universe, they’re three gnarly little dudes who stand up to their Uncle Donald when his temper gets the better of him. Get the perfect Christmas gift for the Disney Fan on your List!     I also enjoyed the story where we got to know Pluto, and he spends the Holiday Season with the Reindeer; turns out Pluto can fly! I’ve had pets run away before so I really empathized with Mickey while he was on his search to find his beloved dog Pluto. This feature was a beautiful hybrid of classic characters with a new computer generated 3-D Animation look. It’s a great way to share your favorite Read More …

Film Review – ‘Stripped’ (2014)

The above comic was a collaboration with writer Todd Fowler of Contend Productions, art by Matt Crotteau Film Review by: Matt Crotteau This Week’s Film: Stripped (2014) Directed by: Frederick Schroeder & Dave Kellett   I always love a good documentary, and I got exactly what I wanted when I found Stripped. The filmmakers interview America’s most well-known comic strip, and web cartoonists asking them all the questions we used to ask each other while reading the sunday comics… (continued below) This film looks at the history, present and future of comics and how they’re adapting to a world where print is no longer king. I grew up reading Garfield, and Peanuts comics, so it was wonderful to learn more about their origins and evolution. It was a delight to find that this film included a rare audio interview with Bill Waterson, the reserved genius behind the beloved Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. Every artist takes a different approach to how they build a business based on their art. I highly recommend this documentary if you have any sense of humor.

Film Review: A Very Murray Christmas (2015)

Film Review by: Matt Crotteau This week’s film: A Very Murray Christmas (2015) Directed by: Sofia Coppola   During the holidays it’s easy to get swept up in the sugar coated tunes we’re used to hearing every single year. This year I was pleased to see A Very Murray Christmas available exclusively on Netflix. Filled with celebrity cameos and guest appearances like Michael Cera, Miley Cyrus, Chris Rock and George Clooney, just to name a few… (continued below) This film also covers the struggles that many face during the holidays with a slightly more realistic soundtack. Opening the show with a holiday blues number was welcoming to anyone who holds the skeptic stick when it comes to surrending completely to the whims of the holiday season. I was happy to see Paul Shaffer’s musical skills and comedic timing come into play. I don’t know how else to describe this work of cinema other than “The Best Holiday Special for the Creatively Jaded.” It’s fun, but seems like it was made for those with dreams of creative success, and might not make much sense to thouse outside that demographic. Either way, give it a shot. Who doesn’t love a sarcastic holiday tune from time Read More …

Film Review: ‘The Peanuts Movie’ (2015)

Film Review by: Matt Crotteau This Weeks Film: The Peanuts Movie (2015) Directed by: Steve Martino Good ol’ Charlie Brown has returned to main-stream America with a 3-D reincarnation earlier this year. Blue Sky Studios specializes in Three-dimensional animation, you may recognize their other films like the Ice Age series, The Rio Series, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who, and Robots. Growing so close to Minneapolis/St. Paul, The name Snoopy was almost synonymous with the theme park contained in the middle the Mall of America.  It’s now titled “Nickelodean Universe” but was once called Camp Snoopy. I spent a couple of birthday celebrations here, and that alone put The Peanuts characters into a very special place in my heart. I always remember stealing the paper to try to find the comics to see what Snoopy and Woodstock were up to. Alright  enough nostalgia, was the movie any good? Yes, actually. I was extremely pleased and a little surprised. All the characters have been preserved exactly how we all know them. Adults were basically non-existant, and voiced by a muted trumpets. It’s easy to feel instant empathy for Charlie Brown even if you’ve never met him before. We’ve all got a part of Read More …