Inside Out


Over the past 20 years, Pixar has wowed us by bringing to life toys (“Toy Story”), fish (“Finding Nemo”), robots (“WALL•E”) and more. But their greatest achievement until now was arguably the heartbreaking opening sequence of “Up”, where they momentarily left behind fantasy to tell a purely human story.

Well, Pixar outdoes the brilliant first 5 minutes of “Up” with “Inside Out”, a whole feature that deeply moves us by connecting directly to the human emotions. It’s nothing less than their best film to date. Continue reading Inside Out

Aloha


Okay.

I won’t dwell on this too much, but I almost don’t have a choice to mention that I’m aware that mine is a minority opinion, the vast majority of American critics having seemingly hated “Aloha”. That being said, I’m under the impression that several of them made up their mind in advance because of the negative buzz, which was due to the blatant lack of confidence displayed by the studio, which notably didn’t organize press screenings. Add the fact that a lot of critics are allergic to whimsy and sentimentality, and it was totally predictable that the film would be torn apart.

All I can say is that while “Aloha” isn’t perfect, it’s still pure Cameron Crowe: funny, touching, quirky, bright and colorful. I loved it. Continue reading Aloha

Avengers: Age of Ultron


Here’s the secret of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: not the spectacular action or the amazing special effects, but the characters. From “Iron Man” to “Guardians of the Galaxy”, the various filmmakers assembled by producer Kevin Feige have constantly introduced us to fun, cool, endearing characters. That’s what made “The Avengers” so damn entertaining and that’s why everyone is so eager to see “Age of Ultron”. We just love to hang out with these guys. Continue reading Avengers: Age of Ultron