Reviews by Enzy
If you liked Secret of Kells, then there's a good chance you will also enjoy Song of the Sea. The animation of both utilize the beauty of watercolor and are very artistic. The beauty of both films is not only in the rich colors and designs of the animation, but also that both stories are steeped in magic and folklore. With fun, Celtic melodies sprinkled throughout, the films have a touch of lightheartedness intermixed with the deeply stirring beauty of the mythology. The brother-sister relationship in Song of the Sea is also very touching and creates the opportunity for some sweet moments. There is a part where the kids visit the owl witch that would have terrified me as a child and is a little miyazaki-esc. But that is not a bad thing. Overall this is a wonderful film and is just as much a piece of art as it is entertainment.
This film was dark, but not as dark as I was expecting. Sometimes dark comedies are so dark that I do not smile throughout the whole movie, but this one was different. It definitely dealt with some very heavy issues, but I got breaks from the intensity through the comedy. There were a couple of scenes where you could tell that Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig were improvising and really enjoying each others' company. The laughs were genuine and that made their on film brother-sister relationship endearing. I always know what to expect with Wiig, but Hader was a surprise. He brought a dynamic to his character that was complex and unique. I was impressed.
Need good laugh? Then I highly recommend this show. It is quirky and in my experience people either love it or hate it, but a majority of people I know love it. Everyone strongly relates to a different character so you'll find yourself asking other Bob's Burger fans, "Which character are YOU?!"Do you have the courage and the flamboyancy of Linda? The hormonal challenges of deadpan Tina? Just along for the ride and enjoy making jingles like Gene? What about the thirst for excitement and instigating nature of Louise? Maybe like Bob, you're just trying to keep your business afloat and your nemesis at bay. Whatever character you most relate to, you are sure to enjoy them all and how they all seamlessly work together to form the Belcher family.
My husband was astounded when I told him I had never seen The Sandlot and quickly acted to correct this. After viewing it, I can now understand why he was so passionate about the film. It had an intriguing premise of a young boy moving to a new neighborhood and forging new friendships while also figuring out the dynamic his relationship with a new stepfather. With the game of baseball as the backdrop, we get to see how these relationships develop. There is even a great twist (albeit corny and a little unrealistic) at the end. I can definitely understand why this movie was so endearing to my husband and so many others in our generation.
Hug Machine is a sweet, little picture book about a boy who is very aware of how good hugs make people feel and is very liberal with them. He is a hug machine! He hugs his family, the mailman, neighbors, even a tree. And when a spiky porcupine proclaims that he has never been hugged and will never be hugged, the hug machine gets creative. But what happens when the hug machine runs out of hugs? You'll have to read it to find out. This book would be fun to read as an excuse to hold your little ones tight, and get some hugs in return.