‘Toy Story’ Will Always Have A Friend In Me

By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Olivia Norwood

I find there no need to introduce a movie that has captivated all ranges of people since 1995. Toy Story is an animated movie that blew people so far out of their shoes that it has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 100%.

It’s nice to look at the brilliant accomplishments behind the franchise that changed the animation industry and Disney all together, but it’s even more fascinating to think about why they achieved what they did. What was it about Toy Story that makes everyone so powerfully shout a ‘yes!’ when they are asked whether they like it or not? Well, that reason can be answered with many responses.

The animation itself was one of the many factors that people love. It was something unique that wasn’t shown prior to 1995. I mean, it was a bunch of talking toys. How often did you see such a thing in a beautifully animated film?

That transitions perfectly into the second aspect of Toy Story that people fell in love with. That would be the story itself. It adds to the uniqueness of the already living toys with backstories that only benefit the characters. Being able to witness of a chipper young cowboy doll become friends with a plastic astronaut was the perfect amount of funny and happiness. On top of that, we have a dog who doubles as a slinky, a dinosaur scared of his own shadow, and so many more.

It’s a mesmerizing piece of family-friendly artwork that warms the human soul on even the saddest of days. It didn’t stop with the first one, either. It ended up being one of the only franchises ever to prove that a sequel can be better than the original.

It’s ridiculously important to understand just how powerful animation can be. Toy Story is yet another animated family movie that stood in its place – which was high up on an ever evolving pedestal.

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‘Something Borrowed’: An Affair

By Therese Gardner, Edited by Olivia Norwood

Based on the novel by Emily Giffin, of the same name, Something Borrowed, is a romantic comedy that follows Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) as she begins an affair with her best friend’s, soon-to-be husband, Dex (Colin Egglesfield). While it is a stereotypical and predictable rom-com where the protagonist accidentally falls in love with her best friend’s fiance, it still is an all-time favorite of mine.

At the beginning of the film after having had too many drinks while celebrating her thirtieth birthday, Rachel grabs a cab with Dex where they head to another bar for some more drinks and she unintentionally reveals the crush she had on him throughout law school. As the night progresses, the two end up going back to her apartment together and, as the saying goes, the rest becomes history. Except, this time, it’s actually just the beginning of an extremely complicated and heartbreaking narrative.

The following morning, Rachel and Dex are both startled awake to Darcy calling both of their phones. Dex rushes out before Rachel answers the phone and they are able to discuss what happened the night before. Rachel thinks her encounter with Dex was only a one night stand, but is not long before it develops into something much more – an affair.

As their affair continues, Dex and Rachel begin telling a thread of lies to Darcy and friends in order to cover up their secret relationship. Rachel does so by telling Darcy she’s having an affair with their shared friend, Ethan (John Krasinski) and Marcus (Steve Howey). Rachel and Dex spend as much time together, as circumstances will allow, until the wedding nears and they start seeing each other less. Rachel begs Dex to call of the wedding, so the two of them can be together, but Dex refuses. The morning of the wedding Rachel finds Dex at her doorstep and announces that him and Darcy have called of the wedding.

Initially, Rachel is over the moon until Darcy shows up at her door to talk and realizes that Dex was there all along, and Rachel was the other woman. Darcy is furious with Rachel, and the two seemingly never talk again until two months later when they run into each other on the street.

Although there is not much to take away from this film, hence why I have provided a brief synopsis, Something Borrowed is a lighthearted rom-com that is perfect for a girls night in. Just grab a box of chocolates, a drink of choice, and relax.

Top 10 Movies For A Girls’ Night

There’s nothing better than a night in with your girls watching movies, eating snacks, and hanging out in your PJ’s. That’s why today we are counting down our top 10 movies to watch for your next girls’ night!

1.Mamma Mia!

It’s nearly impossible to watch this movie without singing and dancing along. That’s what makes it a fun and energetic choice for girls’ night.

2. Mean Girls

Honestly, one of the most iconic movies there is which also happens to feature a slew of strong female characters. What more could you want from a girls’ night movie pick?

3. Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids has so many qualities that make it perfect for girls’ night. For starters, it centers around a wedding, and I don’t know about you but anything that deals with weddings is my weakness. And this movie features some of the best female comedians there are!

4. Girls Trip

This one is great because whether it gives you and your girls an idea for your next girls trip, or it reminds you all of your girl group, it is bound to have all of you laughing and even closer by the end.

5. 10 Things I Hate About You

This movie is not only a classic, but it’s positively adorable. And who better to swoon over Heath Ledger and cry about Kat’s poem at the end with than your best friends?

6. Chicago

Chicago features one strong female cast. That also makes it so much fun to sing along to with your girls. Between the badass ladies and the iconic music you can’t go wrong with this pick.

7. Clueless

Funny, charming, and iconic. This one will have you and your girls laughing and maybe even planning your next group Halloween costume!

8. Easy A

I absolutely love this movie. It’s funny, different, and features the stunningly talented Emma Stone. Also, the fact that it acts as a commentary on female expression of sexuality, makes it a perfect movie for girls’ night.

9. Bring It On

First off, I just have to say that Jesse Bradford is beautiful and I am forever grateful that he graced our screens as Cliff in Bring It On. But luckily, that’s not all this movie has to offer. You have entertaining cheer routines, brilliant comedy, and a great load of nostalgia.

10. Crazy, Stupid, Love

One of my favorite Rom-Coms and honestly such an interesting take on the genre. With an intricate story, brilliant cast, and lots of hilarity it is the perfect movie to watch in the most perfect genre for a girls’ night.

‘Bao’: A Brutally Meaningful Showstarter

By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Julia Wilson

If you like movies and aren’t completely ignorant, you’ve definitely heard of the seamless Incredibles 2. But we aren’t here to talk about that movie – we are here to talk about what comes before it.

Prior to the Disney Pixar sequel, a short film titled Bao was featured. It was a short with no talking and very minimal sound, but brilliant animation. This, of course, can be expected of the mega animation company behind it.

The creator was a woman by the name of Domee Shi, who wrote and directed the entirety of it. This was the only produced piece on her filmography, but still made her the first woman to direct and create a Pixar short.

The story itself revolves around a woman who is making dinner for her husband – dumplings, specifically – and as her husband leaves for work, the woman is left alone. That is, except for one dumpling that sprouts arms and legs. Don’t worry, it’s not creepy, it’s cute.

It zooms through the life of the woman and her dumpling as he grows up into a bigger dumpling and eventually wants to leave home. This leads to the tragedy of the woman *SPOILER ALERT* eating her child dumpling. Once again, it’s not creepy. Seconds after, it’s revealed that, all along, the dumpling was her son. A son that abandoned her and distanced himself, creating tension when he comes back. It all ends happily when the love of a mother overpowers the fear of him leaving again.

This short film had me in tears before the main attraction even started. I was left shook and half-tempted to leave the theatre to call my own mom. Shi knew how to tug at the heart strings with a self-understood passion that she clearly demonstrated, telling a story with a moral that can only be described as undebatable and astounding. Family is around for a reason, and you shouldn’t cut that unless it’s necessary and healthier.

Even leaving Incredibles 2, I was thinking about this short. The story, the metaphors within, and all the thought that Shi must’ve put into the – for a lack of a better word – incredible journey of a mother and her child.


My Rating: 97.5%

Animation: 3.9/4

Direction: 3.9/4

Story: 3.9/4

Enjoyability: 3.9/4

‘Set It Up’: A Revival of the Classic Rom-Com

By Julia Wilson, Edited by Olivia Norwood

Netflix recently released a new romantic comedy called Set It Up. This movie is about two assistants, Harper and Charlie (Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell), who set up their bosses, Kristen and Rick (Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs), in hopes that it will make their bosses less work obsessed and give them some free time.

I don’t know about you, but I feel like I have heard a lot about this movie. People seem to be loving it. The classic Romantic Comedy genre has been seemingly dead these past few years and everyone is feeling like Set It Up has revived the old, formulaic Rom-Com.

As a lover of cheesy Rom-Coms myself, I have to say I agree! This movie was just so cute. I loved the characters Deutch and Powell play and got so into them. Also, Pete Davidson (AKA Ariana Grande’s fiance) has a small role as Powell’s character’s best friend and I loved it.

Another thing I loved about this movie was that while it is a total cliche Rom-Com, it also makes fun of cliche Rom-Coms. It does this through the process of Harper and Charlie trying to figure out how to set up their bosses. For instance, when they first start the process they are trying to figure out how to instigate a meet cute.

Also, the on-screen chemistry between Deutch and Powell is enough to make even a Rom-Com skeptic swoon. Their relationship is able to progress so effortlessly, while remaining believable because of the undeniable chemistry between the actors.

 
Honestly, Set It Up is such a great feel good movie. It has relatable characters with great chemistry and self aware humor. A genre that used to be heavily made fun of, is now truly missed, and its comeback seems to have began with Set It Up.


My Rating: 82%

Acting: 3.5/4

Cinematography: 2.8/4

Story: 3/4

Enjoyability: 3.8/4

 

‘The Kissing Booth’ is So NOT Cute

By Olivia Norwood, Edited by Julia Wilson

Let’s just start off by saying that I know that teen movies are meant to be unrealistic and sappy, but The Kissing Booth was much worse than that. It took those descriptors to another level and made it to where I could care less about any of the characters, even the hot ones.

So basically, it’s about a teenage girl named Elle (Joey King) who develops a crush on her best friend Lee’s (Joel Courtney) hotter older brother, Noah (Jacob Elordi). Pretty basic storyline until you mix in the conflict of Elle and Lee’s rules of friendship that forbids her from dating Noah. Most girls have been through something similar so the story should make for a decent and cute movie. Except for the fact that nothing was believable.

If you don’t know who Joey King is then here’s a little description of how she looks: like a 12 year old girl. If you don’t know how her love interest, Jacob Elordi, looks then here you go: like a 25 year old man. This isn’t to knock King’s looks or anything because I can relate (considering I’m often told that I appear twelve years old) and honestly she fits the teenaged role perfectly. The only weird one was Elordi who I did not believe for a second that he was in high school. He’s 6’5 (give or take), muscular, and overall looks like an NFL quarterback.

So the two of them together seemed very off and resembled more of a brother-sister duo than two lovers. I would’ve rather seen King and Courtney’s characters end up together rather than sit through the awkward love fest that I just watched.

Not only that, but everyone besides the main characters were overly stereotypical. Mean girls acting dumb, jocks treating girls like dirt, nerds being gross nose pickers, and bad boys riding motorcycles and making out with everyone

Blah, blah, blah. The list goes on.

Not only was this deeply unrealistic but the romance was a major eye roll. Every line was something I’d heard from other romantic comedies and was completely predictable. Not to mention the big grand gesture at the end with Noah saying ‘I love you’ to Elle at prom, resulting in her rejecting him to “save her friendship” with Lee. But don’t fret because they end up together, anyway.

I understand that this movie was targeted towards a specific audience (my teenaged sister), but I love chick flicks too. Teen dramas and romantic comedies are my favorite genres which is what The Kissing Booth was classified as. But instead of making me laugh and filling me with wonder, it left me wondering why I decided to spend my time watching this… thing.


My Rating: 18%

Acting: 1/4

Cinematography: 1/4

Story: 0/4

Enjoyability: 1/4

Film Forecast Friday: June 29th

On June 29th we have…

1. Sicario: Day of the Soldado

2. Uncle Drew

3. Escape Plan 2

4. Black Water

5. Woman Walks Ahead

6. Leave No Trace

Julia’s Prediction:

This week there aren’t really any big blockbuster movies coming out.

The movie I have seen the most marketing for is definitely Uncle Drew, and it has a lot of big names in it like Tiffany Haddish, Nick Kroll, and more. So based on that I think this could be the biggest movie out of those coming out this week.

However, there have been so many big releases this month I doubt any of these movies will make a big impression at the box office. Between Incredibles 2 and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom these movies will have a hard time coming anywhere near the top of ticket sales.

Anthony’s Prediction:

I’ll start with Uncle Drew, which will make the most at the box office this weekend due entirely to its insane marketing and constant advertising on every platform.

Then we have Sicario: Day of the Soldado which is a sequel, so it’ll make nearly as much as Uncle Drew, even if it’s horrible.

Those two are going to be pretty much the only relevant ones this week, given that there hasn’t been much advertising or anticipation for the sequel to Escape Plan or whatever the heck the other movies are.