Discovering good movies, one bad movie at a time

So, like a clockwork plague, the year’s second DreamWorks Animation feature has stumbled into theaters, and while this summer’s Kung Fu Panda was a shockingly decent effort for the typically underwhelming studio, I’m sad but totally unsurprised to announce that the resolutely unneeded sequel Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is not. Though it is, to be […]

Whatever else may be said of Kung Fu Panda, I know this much is true: it is by far the most visually appealing film yet released by DreamWorks Animation. They’re certainly not in the same league as the masters of the universe over at Pixar, but they’ve never been closer; but maybe at about the […]

There’s a by now ubiquitous story about the origins of Bee Movie: Steven Spielberg and Jerry Seinfeld were having lunch one day (well, of course they were!) when Seinfeld mused that it would be amusing to make a cartoon about bees, and title it Bee Movie, because you see it sounds kind of like “B-movie,” […]

I would like to share a bit of received wisdom with you all: you can’t tell somebody that what they’re laughing at isn’t funny. Thankfully, nobody in the theater where I saw Shrek the Third was laughing very much at all, so I don’t have to pretend that it was anything other than a complete […]

It is with all due humility that I admit that a film that I hadn’t really been looking forward to turned out to be one of the funniest films I’ve seen all year. I give you: Flushed Away, the third Aardman Animation feature released through Dreamworks, and the first to be wholly computer-animated. If you […]

Oh my god, it’s finally not an agony to post. And look at me, being all “hugely busy at work,” so I just now find out. The June Plan has its first casualty – that is, the first film I would probably not have seen without the extra bump of motivation (that I saw The […]