Movie – Monsters University: B+

monsters universityB+
I’m not sure why they thought a parody of college life would make for a good PG film, and most of its problems stem from that. The animation is still top notch, most notably when in the “human world,” and the busy scenes full of monsters were beautiful. The new characters were a motley pile of “OK” with the exception of Dean Hardscrabble, whose design was sheer awesomeness. Naturally, the talented voice cast did a great job. Unfortunately, Pixar is just no longer a standard, and Monsters University is just another unnecessary sequel. Futurama’s “Mars University” episode remains the best animated college story.

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Movie – Flight: C

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Flight is not so much a story as it is a PSA on substance abuse. The interesting premise was watered down with so much blatant symbolism and plot pandering that it couldn’t really develop. Occasionally good. Mostly not. The Denzel was his usual Denzelness. I always enjoy Don Cheadle.

Movie – Argo: A

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I love suspense. Love it. Apparently Affleck loves it too, and shoved tons of it into Argo. Some could be seen as forced to those less inclined to the tactic, but I ate it up. It also combined the seemingly polar subjects of international conflict and a satirical look at Hollywood surprisingly well. Lots of great actors too.