7 items from 2014
Everything is still awesome. Even after three weeks of release, Warner Bros. The Lego Movie continues to dominate the counted beans of the movie world. This weekend, the masterfully built CG-animated adventure tale not only had to endure the eruption of Pompeii, it also had to deal with a very motivated action film from Kevin Costner in 3 Days to Kill. Neither were up to the task, leading The Lego Movie to once again reign supreme, building its domestic box office receipts to $183 million in three weeks. And you know what that means: sequel! In response to the good box office news, Warner Bros. is celebrating by announcing a release date for a Lego Movie sequel. As The Hollywood Reporter explains, “the studio announced that the untitled movie will hit theaters on May 26, 2017, the beginning of the long Memorial Day weekend. Warners is being vague in terms of saying whether the film will be a proper sequel, or »
- Neil Miller
★★★☆☆ Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) follows on from the phenomenal success of the surreal 2009 original, which came out of nowhere to challenge animation hotshots Disney Pixar and Dreamworks. Adapted from the beloved children's book by Judi and Ron Barrett of the same name, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs followed inventor Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) and quick-witted weathergirl Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) as they attempted to fix the inexorable shower of food created by Flint's 'Diatomic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator'. However, things are about to get tasty.
- CineVue UK
‘It’s our bus to drive – it’s not our bus…’
It’s a good start to the interview with Messrs. Cameron and Pearn. I suggested that the success of the first Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs film, and their long history with the series, should have meant more control over the sequel. This causes a big laugh, but it’s evidence of the camaraderie of the vast team behind the film.
If the pull-quotes slapped on the side of buses are to be believed the rule with sequels is ‘bigger and better’, and in creating Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn had a whole world to explore.
- Jon Lyus
Running Time: 95 Minutes
Extras: Filmmaker Commentary, Anatomy Of A Foodimal, Production Design: Back In The Kitchen, Awesome End Credits, Cloudy Cafe: Who’s On The Menu?, Building The Foodimals, The Mysterious Sasquash, Delicious Production Design, Cody Simpson “La Da Dee” Music Video & Making Of, 4 Deleted Scenes, 4 Fun Mini-Movies,
We return to Swallow Falls in this sequel to the hit animated film of 2009. With Christopher Miller and Phil Lord flying the coup to focus on the 21 Jump Street franchise and The Lego Movie, it’s up to Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn to handle proceedings. With this being PEarn’s directorial debut and Cameron only feature being Open Season 3 you’d be right to be suspicious of this unnecessary yet still enjoyable sequel. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Stars: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Andy Samberg, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris, Terry Crews, Kristen Schaal, Bruce Campbell | Written by John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein, Erica Rivinoja | Directed by Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn
Review by Glen Chapman
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 picks up immediately after the end of the first and we get to see the aftermath of the havoc caused by, Flint Lockwood’s turing water into food invention, the Fldsmdfr. The invention spiralling out of control has rendered Swallow Falls uninhabitable and the residents are temporarily relocated to San Franjose by famed super-inventor Chester V, whose Live Corp is responsible for the clean up of Swallow Falls. This is great for Flint as he idolises Chester V and jumps at the chance to work as an inventor for Live Corp as he looks to join the elite group of talented »
Cloudy directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn spill the meatballs on Flint's next animated adventure - getting served up in Sky Store. Picking up where Cloudy left off, Flint is invited by his idol Chester V (Will Forte) to join a group of elite inventors at The Live Corp Company. But his past catches up on him in the form of a mutant man-eating cheeseburger, so he must reunite with his buddies to uncover the mystery behind the fast food monsters. »
It’s a shame that some still feel like animated films are primarily made for children. The advent of Pixar and films like Shrek and The Fantastic Mr. Fox have more than proved otherwise, and in 2009 directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller delivered a wonderfully goofy animated take on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs that appeals to adults and kids alike. That film reveled in its offbeat sense of humor, and while Lord and Miller stepped back into executive producer roles for the sequel, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a worthy follow-up that delivers a hefty dose of adorable buoyed by colorfully inspired designs and a heartfelt theme of friendship. Read my review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Blu-ray after the jump. The Film Picking up immediately where the first film left off, directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn’s sequel finds »
- Adam Chitwood
7 items from 2014
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