#26 - Toy Story 3 (2010)
It’s really hard to believe that I was ELEVEN years old when the first Toy Story movie came out. When Pixar made their first feature film, I was in their target audience! And I absolutely loved it when I saw it in the theater. Well today our projector combined with my fear/obsession of bed bugs means I haven’t seen a movie in the theater in a longgg time.
Toy Story 3 was OK, but I have to say that I think all the computer animated movies they make these days feel exactly the same. It feels like they all have the same “sentimental” moments and the same old sarcastic jokes. I really didn’t laugh out loud at this movie. The writing was pretty awful. I don’t know why but as I get older, I put more and more pressure on the writing. Because a lot of things can be fucked up… awful actors… awful directing maybe even… but the writing is what your brain is following. If that is flat, then the whole film is meh, no matter what other talent is there.
Pixar always has to make me cry. Always going for the cheap tear drop. I had a Toy Story 3 moment last week when I gave my nephews some old books of mine… and said, “Ya know what… I’m just not ready to part with this Where’s Waldo book yet.” I’m just not as strong as Andy…
P.S. I watched this while I was sick, and in my head devised a huge rant about how the Disney movies in MY day (Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin) were a million times better than this. You have been spared.
#16 - Up (2009)
I had heard this Pixar film wasn’t as strong… and especially that kids found it boring. I love love loved the first 30 minutes. It really should have been a short film. But I guess they ran out of ideas and had to force it to a full length film. Pixar is usually really smart, but the whole talking dog thing? And the bird? I dunno. If you watch this movie, seriously, stop after the first 30 minutes or so (you’ll know where to stop). It feels finished then. But they drag it on. Also, while watching I was kinda like, “GREAT a film starring my least favorite groups of people: grumpy elders and overachieving little boys.”
The music was amazing… I can easily see why the music won so many awards.