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Cars 3 (2017)
Kid tested, parent approved!
My five year-old son and I waited an entire year for Cars 3 to be released. This highly anticipated movie had a lot to live up to, since my son has been conjuring up many scenarios as to how the plot would unfold. He's a huge Car's fan, and we literally counted the days before the June 16 release.
Cars 3 differs from Cars 2 by going back to the roots established in Cars 1. Cars 3 is based on introspection and devotion to friends and recognizing one's limitations in the face of insurmountable challenges.
The acid test for me, the father, was to see how my son accepted the movie. It was a clear hit. He loved it! And so did I. On the surface, the movie never has the typical come-back-kid moment that has Lightning suddenly excel as the clear winner. This isn't a spoiler, because there's a twist at the end that you must see to appreciate. That I will not reveal here.
What I will reveal is the path Lightning takes to prepare for a potential final race against a Next Gen rookie named Jackson Storm. Storm is a new breed of racer who sports the latest racing technology and is a product of cutting-edge training. Lightning's top speed is 198 MPH. Storm's is 214 MPH. This presents a clear challenge to the now-aging McQueen, and he must find a way to beat him using smarts, not speed. A new character is presented, a female car named Cruz Ramirez who acts as Lightning's trainer. They work together to prepare for the final showdown along with Doc Hudson's replacement, a former colleague named Smokey.
This entry into the Cars movie lineup adopts a bittersweet tone, as Lightning evaluates the future of his racing career and the legacy he has created. His mentor, Doc Hudson, has passed, and Lightning looks towards his memory and teaching for inspiration. Lightning recognizes his racing days are ending, but does he retire now, or will he retire later? He makes a deal with a billionaire investor named Sterling to race with the agreement that, if he loses, he retires. If he wins, Lightning decides when he retires.
While some fans may be put off by the aging aspect of Lightning's career, it presents a true-to-life reality that we all age and must face the reality of our future. As Clint Eastwood famously quoted in Magnum Force, "A man's got to know his limitations." In Cars 3, Lightning recognizes his limitations and races smart to compensate for his aging speed.
For us, Cars 3 is kid tested and daddy approved. We've seen the movie twice and highly recommend it to all Cars fans. It's a fun movie that works well not only for children, but also adults.
Five Across the Eyes (2006)
Nice amateur attempt , but nothing more
This movie has many problem associated with it that makes it come off like a low budget class project from someone in film school. I have to give it credit on its campiness though. Many times throughout the movie I found myself laughing hysterically. It was so bad at times that it was comical, which made it a fun watch.
If you're looking for a low-grade slasher movie with a twist of psychological horror and a dash of campy ridiculousness, then pop a bowl of popcorn, invite some friends over, and have some fun.
I agree with other comments that the sound is very bad. Dialog is next to impossible to follow much of the time and the soundtrack is kind of just there.