Nuts & Bolts’ is a plague on the video game world
(Xbox 360 Review)
By Ezra Mann (Editor in Spoof)
It’s really sad when that one really abysmal offering in the
electronic entertainment market comes along. Ok, they happen all the time,
but each pain in the tuchas does not make it easier when the suffering
has to start all over again.
‘Coraline’ could be the family movie to beat in 2009
By Ezra Mann
The art of claymation has always fascinated and amused since the first person took a bunch of pictures with a wad or two of clay. Some of the best examples came from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” as well as “James and the Giant Peach” where children and those that grew up to become adults still are caught up in the magic.
Part of the genius behind those two cinematic masterpieces has again graced us with another tale that will both make your skin crawl and ignite the flames of imagination. Instead of a town of ghoulish fiends or a young boy with giant fruit (though circumstances do relate), this time we are mesmerized by a little girl who is trying to escape the world she is trapped in, despite the consequences. “Coraline” is everything a family movie should be and proves that good ideas still occasionally climb the Hollywood garbage heap to the silver screen.
The story focuses on Coraline (Dakota Fanning), a young girl who is bored and unsatisfied with the world provided in her new home by her parents (played by John Hodgman and Teri Hatcher). So, like most wee minds she wanders until her imagination leads her to a world she thinks is leagues better, only to discover things aren’t quite as pleasant as they can appear on the surface.
She discovers this dreamland where she can eat the best foods, dress in the finest clothes and even get replacement guardians who cater to her every whim at least until she discovers she does not want to stay in this universe. She must then struggle to stay with the reality she may not prefer, but her life depends on with help in places she does not expect. There is not a moment along the way that feels forced and the story keeps the audience glued until the credits roll.
The movie by itself is an instant classic, but feels even more real if one can see it in 3D. This is not only a movie that is safe to take your kids to, but one that will make you feel like a child again.
The supporting cast makes the audience like they are in a book and not a theater with each page more fantastic than the last. I highly recommend this as not only a must see, but a future must own. For entertainment that makes one feel they almost didn’t pay enough for the ticket, “Coraline” earns Five out of Five stitches.
Banjo-Kazooie images property of Microsoft and Rare. Coraline images property of Laika Entertainment.