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Today I saw The Good Dinosaur. It was... interesting.
First of all, this is in no way a bad movie. It's not Inside Out good, or anything, and it's probably a lower tier Pixar movie, but this is from someone who loves almost all Pixar films.
There are two striking things about this film. The first is that it's absolutely fucking gorgeous. Just slackjaw, tongue on floor beautiful. Even if the story was utter garbage, it'd be worth seeing for the sumptuous visuals. Luckily,the story isn't utter garbage!
The film itself, visuals aside, is actually quite good, but this takes us to the second striking thing: how completely un-Pixar-like this film feels. Every other Pixar movie has a certain tone, a certain rhythm, a certain essence. The balance of drama and comedy, the way characters speak and act, it all has a distinct feeling. The Good Dinosaur lacks that. This very much feels like the work of a different production house. There are a few Pixary scenes, notably some of the vignettes of Arlo learning his environment after he becomes lost, but these often feel like bits of a different movie that were accidentally spliced in as a result of an editing room mishap.They're fun and funny, but I wonder if they weren't added after the fact, after somebody realized how uncharacteristically sober this thing was.
One other conspicuous thing is how desperately this movie wanted to be The Lion King. Entire swaths of plot and character beats are pulled right from that script, though there are admittedly worse movies to ape.
Overall, it's definitely worth your time, as long as you don't go in expecting what everyone was almost certainly expecting from a movie from the prestige arm of the House of Mouse. Honestly, after seeing this one, I wouldn't mind a few more in that vein. Though the frosty reception of The Good Dinosaur means that probably won't be happening anytime soon.
I don't think the movie really had time to get dull. By the time the action starts, there's less than 30 minutes left.
I do think that film works best the less you know.
I don't think it's terribly obvious from the set up where it's going. Clearly the guy is hiding something, and clearly bodies are going to start dropping, but I didn't know whether or not David was going to be a nice dude who protects the family from whatever trouble he's drawn to them.
So when he just casually shot the arms dealer, I didn't really see it coming.
It could have opted to go in more of a Bourne direction and it would've worked. That it went more Jason-y was a nice surprise.
Regardless of where the parody line falls, you can usually get anything yanked by waving an expensive lawyer at it.
In this case, I would say that Christie may or may not have a case, but it's in questionable taste to use a work for political commentary if the creator disapproves of the message. The decent thing is to ask first, and if they decline, find something else to use.
Admittedly, this makes it tough for Republicans when they're trying to coopt the works of a largely liberal entertainment industry.
Marco apparently misses more than just Senate hearings.
Wow. $70,000 for seven hours of work.
Its again part of his hinky financial stuff. Like to me this would almost seem like a pay off of some kind.
Just because a major campaign donor who employs his wife donated the balance of his salary to the school?
According to his office, from August of 2008 - November of 2009, Rubio raised approximately $125,000 for the Center — enough to cover his salary and then some. A sizeable chunk of that, $100,000, came from Norman Braman — the wealthy auto magnate who's been a longtime benefactor to Rubio, is helping to bankroll his campaign and whose charitable foundation employs Rubio's wife.
I'm not seeing the Quid pro quo. /Scalia
The money did not come in a sack printed with actual dollar signs on it.