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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 163): Star Wars, Disney and Marvel, Oh My!

In episode 163 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester and his rag-tag band of panelists, discuss:

Star Wars, Disney, Marvel, Timothy Zahn, The Thrawn Trilogy, Star Wars: Episode 7, the Star Wars Extended Universe, Star Trek, Pathfinder Tales, Tie-In novels, George Lucas, Stargate, The X-Men, the 501st Legion, Lucasfilm, Disneyland, Family Guy, Robot Chicken, Pixar, Disney Princesses, Disneyland’s overhaul / rebranding of the iconic Submarine Ride as the new “Gungan Undersea Extravaganza’, Marvel Comics, Joe Quesada, Terry Brooks, The Sword of Shannara, Triumph over Tragedy, Attack of the Show, Newsroom, Pirates 101, Baldurs Gate, The Jar-Jar Binks Live Action Generic Non-Traditional Holiday Special with guests Tinkerbell, Wolverine and The Incredibles, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Ship Breaker, The City’s Son, and Reboots…

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Pixar Short: “Lifted”

With Brave opening this weekend, we felt it appropriate to offer up a Pixar Short Film: Lifted. Continue reading

MOVIE REVIEW: Brave (2012)

REVIEW SUMMARY: Beautifully shot, as one would expect from Pixar, but only intermittently engaging and sputters badly as it moves toward its climax.


BRIEF SYNOPSIS: When free-spirited princess and archer Merida learns that she must choose a suitor, she seeks the counsel of a witch to change her fate.

PROS: Beautiful renderings of the Scottish Highlands as well as exceptionally realized animated characters; good vocal casting; a vibrant score by Patrick Doyle; intriguing fairy tale and fantasy elements…
CONS: …that never really go anywhere; too much time spent in DunBroch Castle; uneven drama that runs out of steam as the movie approaches its conclusion; use of 3D largely unnecessary.
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MOVIE REVIEW: Toy Story 3 (2010)

REVIEW SUMMARY: Pixar proves once again that it understands how to tell engaging, delightful stories in one of their best entries.


BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Woody, Buzz Lightyear and other toys must cope with the impeding adulthood of their owner Andy.


PROS: Excellent vocal talents; engaging story by turns funny and bittersweet; many pop culture reference peppered throughout.

CONS: Realization upon the ending credits that, after fifteen years, the Toy Story franchise no longer seems genuinely fresh; Lots-O-Huggin’s “origin” story.

It’s hard to believe that fifteen years have passed since the original Toy Story first appeared in theaters. Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Hamm and Mr. Potato Head caught everybody off guard during the winter of 1995 and won over every possible skeptic of computer animation, helped by not only Pixar’s determination to chart new frontiers with the form but also by their creative team’s ability to spin a story that captured the magic and wonder that suffuses the best children’s books and movies, no matter what the said age of those children. (And yes, partnering with Disney gave them an audience that they might not have had.) If its sequel disappointed, it did so only slightly, and only in relation to the other work Pixar had made; after all, when your worst movie was Cars, you were still higher than most people’s successes.

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Pixar’s Terminator

Mash-up of the day!

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