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Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins Review

The turn of the century should be a time of innovation. Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins provides more joy from the Toy Story universe. Is that innovation? Before short, four-minute clip-like moments paved the lull between Toy Story 3 and Toy Story 4, feature-length specials were offered to tired parents who needed an hour-long distraction for their children. A saving grace in desperate times, and you can never have too much of a good thing. Lightyear was the only character within that breathing toy hellscape that could survive in a spin-off, standalone show. Tad Stones plays his cards right and directs a seasoned, enjoyable bit of Toy Story filler.  

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Bee Movie Review

Albert Camus once said: “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” My mind, ravaged by alcohol and deprived of rest, associated this quote with the rise, fall, and second coming of Barry B. Benson (Jerry Seinfeld). Bee Movie follows Benson’s struggle as he simply tries to fit in. He is teased by the outer world of the hive and what it has to offer. You could say he is not “beeing” the ideal bee. Bee Movie is now a great meme machine and a culturally notorious piece for a generation, not through quality, but because of character and heart. It is difficult to evaluate the true merits of innovation and craftsmanship here. Everyone is quick to mock a 150 million dollar movie until they realise that’s the budget for Bee Movie, a movie about bees reclaiming their rights and their honey.

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The Emperor’s New Groove Review

I’m probably heartless for not loving this movie. Yes, yes, I know, it’s very funny, Kronk pulls the wrong lever and so on. Incredibly droll and a sure-fire knee-slapper, but The Emperor’s New Groove isn’t much more than that. On the surface, it feels like most of the other Disney products. That same animation style, the resigned leading characters who trample their way through a relatively well-paced story in just over an hour, it’s what we’ve all come to expect. But this is one of the few outputs from Disney’s animated branch that I did enjoy. Not to the extent I would’ve expected, but wholesome in its content and crafted well enough to display versatility from a company that have otherwise applied the same plot tropes repeatedly for over six decades.

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The Assistant Review

Set in an unnamed, unspecified production studio, The Assistant makes its message rather clear almost immediately. Detailing a day in the life of Jane (Julia Garner), an office assistant who carries out the most menial of tasks, the devil is in the detail of this Kitty Green directed piece. A move away from her previous efforts in documentary filmmaking, The Assistant releases in the right place, and at the right time. The power of the MeToo movement and its impact on Hollywood has created a wave of allegations put toward some of the biggest name stars. The Assistant looks to bring a grounded approach, showing the degrading motives of the unseen entertainment mogul and their impact on our leading character. 

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