Friday, April 24, 2015

Interstellar: Movie Review

By Rusty Reno
On November 5, 2014 Warner Bros. released Interstellar. This movie is rated PG-13 and is 169 minutes long.

This movie is about how a group of scientists leave Earth to find a new home for humanity. Cooper, the main character, knew that time is slower when you travel faster so he tried to speed up the mission. He didn’t want his daughter to be dead when he came back. He and the other astronauts travel through a wormhole to another galaxy. They land on a couple planets to see if it is suitable for life and Cooper goes through a black hole.

Interstellar is an action-packed thrilling adventure. I give it a 9 out of 10 because some parts didn’t seem scientific. Even though it is a long movie, you will not want a miss a single moment out of it. You’ll love this movie.

"Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" Review

By Rusty Reno
On December 19, 2014 20th Century Fox released Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. It is the third movie of the Night at the Museum series. This movie is rated PG and is 1 hour and 38 minutes long.

The movie starts off with a group of archaeologists in Egypt searching for a secret tomb. They eventually find it and discover a tablet. They take it and ship it off to the Museum of Natural History in New York City even though that the locals said that after removing it, “the end will come”. The scene jumps to present-day. Larry, the main character, notices strange behavior in the exhibits (that come to life every night) and the tablet corroding. Because their behavior kept getting worse, Larry finally decided to travel to England, where part of the tomb was sent to, to seek help.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is a hilarious, but interesting movie. It also has a few life lessons woven in it. I rate it a 10 out of 10! I definitely recommend seeing it.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

TOMORROWLAND MOVIE: Pulling it All Together

By Zach Cooper
We are just one month away from the release of Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland" film. Many optimists have been waiting for the release of this movie for almost two years! This post will highlight our knowledge on what we currently know about the film.

THE OPTIMIST: We've known about some "secret society" from the beginning! On July 9th, 2013, Disney announced a several week alternate reality game (ARG), which was said to culminate at the 2013 D23 Expo in August.

Many Disney fans, including us participated in the game!

The main character was a fictional person named Amelia, who lives in Rhode, Island with her mother. Earlier that year, her grandpa, Carlos, passed away. She claims he was an "optimist", who was a great writer. Going through his stuff, she uncovered many mementos and papers from the 1964-65 New York World's Fair with the "it's a small world" attraction.

One of the names Amelia uncovered was "Michael T. Lott" of Lott Family Construction. We later found Lott's email address, so many optimists sent him an email. Many emailed him mentioning the World's Fair, it's a small world, and Carlos. On one email reply, he mentioned that he remembers hearing "this gosh-darn awful racket coming from this back room."(it's a small world)

Just days later, we learned about Wallace, who owns Disney Cartography. He seemed to know a lot about the past of the Disney theme parks. His website featured many pieces of artwork. His site also mentioned that he was hosting a live chat just days before the expo.

We learned of a secret society which was created by some of the worlds most brightest minds.  We saw in a visit to Club 33 some of the names of those great minds, which had their initials inside a display case. Names included Thomas Edison, Walter Elias Disney, Eiffel, Amelia Earhart, Nicolas Tesla, Samuel Clemens, Jules Verne and HG Wells.

Over July and early August, many other meet ups took place around the Los Angeles area, including at the Tam O' Shanter, Griffith Park, Chili Johns and other popular places. Many pieces of the puzzle were coming together.

August 9-11th was the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center (next to Disneyland Resort). Wallace had a booth set up, where he sent players on a mission throughout the expo and into Disneyland Park. It concluded inside the Main Street Cinema, who each person receieved a "T" pin.(We now know from the Tomorrowland movie trailers that the same pin took the main character from the movie Casey into Tomorrowland.)

Throughout the many pieces of footage aired on television, in the theater previews and on YouTube, we have seen many different pieces of the film come together.

Trailer #1:  Focuses on how the main character Casey got herself into this situation. It centers around the pin, which shows Casey her first sight of Tomorrowland. Then we hear the narration of Frank Walker , who describes a place "where nothing was impossible" and "you could actually change the world."

Trailer #2: With a quick recap of Casey's vision of Tomorrowland, this trailer mostly centers around Casey finding the place of Frank Walker. As soon as she is there, Frank and Casey are both found by "they", who invade the home. In a getaway, Frank and Casey hop in a bathtub, which launches them straight out of the house.

Trailer #3: We see an in debt part of what happens inside Frank and Casey's getaway from Walker's house.

Japan Trailer: Certainly my favorite trailer, this video is on the Disney Japan Facebook page and really pulls in the whole story. Instead of explaining it in words, take a look at these snapshots.

(Below are a few of my favorite parts shown in snapshots directly from this trailer)

Trailer Snapshot
Opens up with a small shot of the 1964-65 New York World Fair.

Trailer Snapshot
We then see the younger version of Frank hopping onto the attraction "it's a small world". 

Trailer Snapshot
Frank's pin triggers a laser light, which causes a huge wall to open, which reveals a large water ramp. (We have known about some kind of hidden area in the attraction from The Optimist game.)

Trailer Snapshot
Frank is sent down the water ramp. 

Trailer Snapshot

In the trailer, we also see and new face in the picture. Her name is Athena. She claims to of given Casey the pin. 


Be sure to follow some of the good fan websites for more information:

Friday, April 17, 2015

"Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" Review

(Trailer linked from the YouTube channel "Sony Pictures Entertainment")

By Zach Cooper
Paul Blart and his Segway are back in another action-packed movie! Kevin James once again brings out the laughs, even more than the first film (2009).

This film takes him and his daughter Maya (Rani Rodriguez) to Las Vegas, where Paul is invited to a security-guard convention. While there, Maya stumbles through a wrong door and gets put in the hands of a new group of enemies, who are stealing art from the Wynn. This new setting broadens Blart's adventure.

The film also focuses on the relationship between Maya and her father. Paul's security-guard pep talks begin to ruin their relationship. She is about to head off to college, so these last final moments cannot be wasted.

I throughly enjoyed the film. I felt like the completely new setting really made the movie super compelling. I did feel like the film started off a little slow, but it got intense very quickly. Through all the laughs, I would give the movie a 9/10. Kevin James rocked it as Paul Blart. Can't wait to see his his next adventure!

Monday, April 13, 2015

HOME: Movie Review

(Trailer courtesy of the YouTube channel "DreamWorksTV")

By Zach Cooper
Based on the book comes "HOME". The movie credits popular stars like Jim Parsons, Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna. The film is about a group of aliens called the "Boov", who are running away from their feared enemy the "Gorg". The Boov go to the place where they believed they would never be found: EARTH! To inhabit the planet, the Boov relocate all the humans to other parts of Earth. The only person that was not moved was a young girl named Tip. She then begins a search to find her mother.

In another direction of the story, one of the Boov's named Oh is having a house party. He is very disliked among the Boov community. When no one shows up, he decides to send an e-invite to all the Boov on planet Earth. This invite was also sent to their enemy the Gorg, who was about to know their current location.

The movie takes you through tons of twists and turns once Oh and Tip's story's meet. I really did enjoy the movie. The film was very unpredictable at times, which I thought was great! Out of 10, I would rate the film an 8.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Penguins of Madagascar: Movie Review

By Rusty Reno
On November 26, 2014 DreamWorks Animation's “The Penguins of Madagascar” hit theaters in the United States. It is 92 minutes long and is rated PG.

The movie begins when three young penguins, Skipper, Kowalski, and Rico, run away from their family of penguins to save an egg rolling away to the sea. After facing some dangers the three capture the egg and watch Private get hatched.

The scene jumps ahead to 10 years later. The four penguins get captured by a squid that wants to get revenge on penguins after losing his attention from people at the zoo when the penguins were newly added. Fortunately, the Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private get saved by Northwind, a top secret agency that protects animals. However, every other penguin has been captured from the squid so Northwind and the four penguins must fight back. Will the penguins be saved? Or will the squid’s plan succeed. Find out in “The Penguins of Madagascar”.

I recommend that you see this movie. It is hilarious. I give it a 9/10 only because some parts were too obnoxious. You will definitely laugh while watching this movie.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Star Wars Miniland Death Star Unveiled at LEGOLAND California

By Zach Cooper
On Wednesday, March 4th, members of the media were invited to a special unveiling of the all-new LEGO Star Wars Miniland Death Star at LEGOLAND California.



The Death Star Model Display is located in Star Wars Miniland, which is directly behind the Knight's  Tournament attraction.


The Death Star was hidden until the official unveiling ceremony at 5:30.


While waiting, a fantastic band played some of the well known songs from the Star Wars trilogy's.




At 5:30pm, LEGOLAND California's Julie Estrada came out and welcomed everyone to the event.


Soon after, General Manager Peter Ronchetti took the stand and showed how thrilled he was to see Star Wars Miniland expand once again.

The Star Wars themed area was originally brought to the park back in 2011. With so much success, in 2012, it was expanded with the addition of the LEGO Star Wars Gallery.


We then faced an invasion of Stormtroopers.


Darth Vader then took the stand to help unveil the Death Star!


Then the curtain finally went down and revealed the model consisting of 500,000 LEGO Bricks. It is 13 feet high and 8 feet wide and weighs more than 1,900 pounds.



Infront of the model is a giant building station. In the middle of it is a giant LEGO trench, where in the movies, Luke Skywalker was seen zooming through to destroy the Death Star.



Taking pictures with members of the media and special guests was Darth Vader himself and his team of Stormtroopers! 



R2-D2 was also seen around Star Wars Miniland.

We were able to talk exclusively to LEGOLAND California's GM Peter Ronchetti about the newest addition to Star Wars Miniland!


We had a great time at the unveiling of the new Death Star Model Display at LEGOLAND California. Check back for more photos and video in the next week!