Rosalyn's Blog: June 2014

Rio (2011)

Rio (2011) Poster

He's going to the wildest, most magical place on earth ... home.

Comments on Movie: Rio (2011)
"Rio is a charming and understated little environmentally conscious film that doesn't try too hard to entertain us and instead relies on its wiles and quirks to get to the finish line and for that it deserves a chance from fans of animal epics." - Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed.

"Using all the vibrant colors and lively music of Brazil, Rio dances its way toward becoming Blue Sky's best effort to date, and the industry's gold standard. It may be but a kids' movie, but it's a fun ride." - Neil Miller, Film School Rejects.

"This is simply a film that both kids and parents can enjoy together, which, according to the consensuses for other recent kids' films, hasn't happened for awhile, so my advice would be to take advantage of it." - Jeff Beck,

"There's lots of color, some gorgeous animation, a running beat of lively (if not always memorable) music and the energy of lovely tropical birds in flight. The rest is formula..." - Sean Axmaker,

"Rio (2011) is beautiful, meaningful and everything nice. This is the best and most awesome production from Blue Sky Studios!" - Rosalyn Lim.

Adventure Comedy Family Musical Rio 3D Animation Animated Feature Rosalyn's Favorite

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) Poster
You Won't Believe Your Ice!

Comments on Movie: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
"This fun and exciting crowd-pleaser generates lots of laugh-out-loud moments. Kids will be able to identify with the distinct personalities of these familiar lovable characters." - Keith Cohen, Entertainment Spectrum.

"An improvement over its massively forgettable predecessor." - William Goss, Moviefone

"Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is amusing and harmless – a film that will amaze the under-10 crowd and keep their parents distracted (and, surprisingly often, entertained) as well." - Marshall Fine, Hollywood and Fine.

"With most animated franchises running on empty by the third outing it's refreshing to report that the Ice Age series shows no sign of thawing. The Ice Age animators, who have always successfully managed to reinvent the series with each fresh installment, expand their considerable range with this third offering." - Tim Evans, Sky Movies.

"Unfortunately as the films have progressed, it seems that the "remember the adults" philosophy has been forgotten and the focus has been firmly on the children." - Richard Mann, 4outof10.

"How not to become a fan of Ice Age after watching this?" - Rosalyn Lim.

Adventure Comedy Drama Family Ice Age 3D Animation Animated Feature

Horton Hears a Who! (2008)

Horton Hears a Who! (2008) Poster

Comments on Movie: Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
"Hollywood has finally found the key to bringing a Seuss story satisfactorily to life." - Mike Scott, NOLA.

"Dr. Seuss' imagination never goes out of style. It's hard to imagine any child wouldn't want Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! as a permanent part of his or her DVD library." - Christian Toto.

"The movie proves a funny, elevating ride that should beguile the young and keep their parents or grandparents enthralled too. For once, the G rating stands for Glorious." - Richard Corliss, TIME.

"It's so funny and good-natured that I can't imagine anybody not smiling through it. Not even a Grinch." - Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor.

"Rather than trivializing (or antagonizing with) its collision of secular and religious beliefs, the film recognizes how faith is an essential part of both value systems. Respect is what Horton's preaching, and that's a message to be foisted on children guilt-free." - Ed Gonzalez, Village Voice.

"What is most remarkable about this film is the fidelity it retains to Seuss' work and intentions." Felix Gonzalez, Jr., DVD Review.

"Other than possibly being the best Dr. Seuss adaptation, this film has one of the strongest moral and sweetest story ever." - Rosalyn Lim.

Adventure Comedy Family Dr.Seuss 3D Animation Animated Feature

How To Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

How To Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) Poster
Training is Over.

Comments on Movie: How To Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
"The plot doesn't matter in the slightest; young and old fans of the first movie will be lining up for the wit, for the inventiveness of the characters, for the breathtaking visuals — and just the sheer fun of it all." - Moira MacDonald, The Seattle Times.

"The story of a Viking teenager Hiccup who befriends the titular creature Toothless and manages to convince his village that they are friend not foe was not only a rare unadulterated crowd-pleaser, it also packed some genuine emotional heft with its bittersweet ending." - Gabriel Chong, MovieXclusive.

"Although there are times when bits of the movie feel extraneous, the production as a whole comes across more like an organic extension of the original tale than something tacked on purely to score at the box office." - James Berardinelli, Reelviews. 

"It retains the joyful and playful tone of the first one, but it is less wildly exhilarating. However, it is still a tight and energetic work that will delight the kids, and possibly, their parents." - Eternality Tan, filmnomenon.

"There are all sorts of cuddly, playful dragons in this film. The animation is stunning, the plot is admirable but sad to say that there is not much authentic dragon actions and it is not emotional enough." - Rosalyn Lim.

Adventure Comedy Fantasy 3D Animation Animated Feature

Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)

Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) Poster
Get Ready For The Heatwave

Comments on Movie: Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
"Though a little bit darker then the first one, the plot has plenty of adventures and excitement for younger viewers as well as adults. In short, Ice Age: The Meltdown is nothing short of the perfect family film." - Michael A. Smith, Crazed Fanboy.

"Whenever Scrat is on the screen, the movie consistently delights young and old." - Steve Rhodes, IMDb.

"If the animation studio Blue Sky has proven anything so far (they also did Robots), it's that they're big league visual artists, but frankly pedestrian when it comes to stories." - Jefferey Chen.

"There are some charming moments, but you have to wait for them." - Dan Lybarger, eFilmCritic.

"Watching this zoo of long-vanished quadrupeds, you're left with an eerie message for our own warming times: They fought the thaw, and the thaw won." - Jim Ridley, Village Voice.

"A huge improvement I'd say and I really liked their character designs. Probably strange but honest, I love the underlying ecological message most, which is the survival of the fittest." - Rosalyn Lim.

Adventure Comedy Drama Ice Age 3D Animation Animated Feature

Robots (2005)

Robots (2005) Poster

You can shine no matter what you're made of.

Comments on Movie: Robots (2005)
"Endearing follow your dreams" story with plenty of laughs". - Nell Minow, Common Sense Media.

"The sophistication of its humor is at the level of The Simpsons, and the computer animation is a wonder, down to every scratch and screw." - Kyle Smith, The New York Post.

"Will keep adults amused while the kids focus on Robot City's highway system." - Richard Corliss, TIME.

"For a movie that supposedly values people's character over their appearance, it's ironic that the only thing memorable about Robots is how wonderful it looks." - Jon Niccum,

"The film is suffused with clever visual ideas but on a storytelling level, Robots is in dire need of an upgrade." - Scott Foundas, LA Weekly.

"The innovative look is undercut by the predictable story and a drawn-out, overblown ending." - Claudia Puig, USA TODAY.

"Don't be fooled by the movie poster; the animation is much vivider and livelier than it looks. At first I thought it might be boring but boy, I was wrong!" - Rosalyn Lim.

Adventure Comedy Sci-Fi 3D Animation Animated Feature

Ice Age (2002)

Ice Age (2002) Poster
Subzero Heroes

Comments on Movie: Ice Age (2002)
"Ice Age won't drop your jaw, but it will warm your heart, and I'm giving it a strong thumbs up." - Richard Roeper.

"I would recommend this film more to kids than adults..." - JoBlo,

"Dull... monotonous... no surprises." - Christopher Null.

"Dreadfully inanimate for an animated entertainment." - Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central.

"Ice Age is a pleasure to look at and scarcely less fun as a story. I came to scoff and stayed to smile." - Roger Ebert,

"Fortunately, all the shortcomings have been compensated in the newer Ice Age films." - Rosalyn Lim.

Adventure Comedy Drama Ice Age 3D Animation Animated Feature

The Simpsons Movie (2007)

The Simpsons Movie (2007) Poster
See our family. And feel better about yours.

Comments on Movie: The Simpsons Movie (2007)
"I laughed sporadically at this enjoyable film. It had me constantly roaring with laughter and left me full of admiration." - Philip French, The Observer.

"The good news is, The Simpsons Movie is just like the TV show, whereas the bad news is, it's just like the TV show. Instead of trying something radically different, it follows a conventional plotline of Homer screwing up and trying to fix the situation. " - Kyle Smith, The New York Post.

"The movie isn't a disaster, just a disappointment." - Bruce Newman, Mercury News.

"While nothing in this motion picture quite matches the television series at its early best, this is more of a throwback than a throw-away. It's wittier and more energetic than anything that has appeared on FOX in quite a few years." - James Berardinelli, ReelViews.

"The payoff for long years of anticipation turned out to be small as the movie failed to live up to its potential; it's amusing but not truly funny. The Simpsons Movie leaves the impression that maybe the show's writers and producers had already spent their best ideas on the best years of the TV show." - Daniel Vancini, Amazon.

"This is truly no justice for a successful franchise with lots of potentials. Still, at the end of the film, it is strangely fun and fulfilling. Love the themes, which are mostly about family, religion and environment. If you needed a silly funny movie to watch, this could be the film you're looking for!" - Rosalyn Lim.

Adventure Comedy Family 2D Animation Animated Feature

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

Despicable Me 2 (2013) Poster
When the world needed a hero, they called a villain.

Comments on Movie: Despicable Me 2 (2013)
"The filmmakers so clearly love working on these characters — Gru's yellow, mutant-elf Minions in particular — their creative joy is infectious." - Tom Russo, The Boston Globe.

"Heartfelt and hilarious, smart and silly, action-packed but never violent, Despicable Me 2 is that rare sequel that outshines its beginnings." - James Rocchi, MSN.

"How do you tell a story about a bad guy who is no longer a bad guy? Despicable Me 2 embraces the dilemma and adds new ones." - Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News.

"The film is a happy mix of ideas and action fleshed out by colour and humour. It's lovable but not too cute with its offbeat ideas, while the Minions' musical rendition of YMCA (in gibberish) is simply too funny". - Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile. 

"This sequel also reveals more antics of their characters and minion mischief, where we'll be able to observe their true selves throughout the film and they are all so hilarious! Most of all, there are also plenty of moments that made me go aww!" - Rosalyn Lim.


The Lorax (2012)

The Lorax (2012) Poster
I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.

Comments on Movie: The Lorax (2012)
"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax entertains while delivering its pro-environmental, anti-greed message wrapped in a bright package of primary colors that truly pop." - Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter.

"From the opening song-and-dance production number introducing us to the plastic-loving population of Thneedville, to the adorably comic critters who live in the lush valley, this kid-pleasing movie packs a visual punch and a worthy message." - Linda Barnard, The Star.

"May be a diversion for younger children, but it betrays the elegant simplicity of Geisel's vision." - Bruce Diones, The New Yorker.

"The Lorax certainly looks good, animation wise that is, and it has a message I can get behind. That being said, this is an incredibly dumb movie, and very, very boring. There’s very colorful animation popping on the screen and the story is as dull as dishwater." - Bill Thompson.

"This big screen outing takes the seeds of Seuss' book and expands too far upon the original text, drowning it in a series of lurid colours that lacks charm and a strong identity of its own." - Joe Walsh, CineVue.

"While this is a visionary film, I find this film undesirable because there are scores of shortcomings. It has a good message with minimal preaching, a good base of imagination but maybe not a very good screenplay." - Rosalyn Lim.

Comedy Family Dr. Seuss 3D Animation Animated Feature

Despicable Me (2010)

Despicable Me (2010) Poster
Super Bad. Super Dad.

Comments on Movie: Despicable Me (2010)
"Not only it is a wonderfully rendered cartoon, but it's a wonderfully told story, a just-for-fun tale chockablock with pratfalls and silliness." - Mike Scott, NOLA.

"Kids will dig it, adults will smile with amusement, and no one will be any different afterward than they were walking into the theater." - Christy Lemire, Huffington Post.

"The film's comedy lies in a clash of opposites: a supervillain who loves to mess with everyone while committing high-profile crimes versus three little orphan girls whose wills are every bit as strong as his." - Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter.

"Despicable Me appeals both to our innocence and our glee over cartoon anarchy." - Tom Keogh, The Seattle Times.

"You will be surprised to find out that this notorious film is not that bad after all. The cast of characters are all equally, unusually adorable and silly funny. They are all so adorable that I am going to die!" - Rosalyn Lim.

Comedy Crime Family 3D Animation Animated Feature Rosalyn's Favorite

The Lego Movie (2014)

The Lego Movie (2014) Poster
The story of a nobody who saved everybody.

Comments on  Movie: The Lego Movie (2014)
"To not say this ingenious film is brilliant would be robbing the movie out of the esteem it deserves. Go. See. This. Movie. Now." - Addison Wylie

"A clever, vivid, funny, oddly profound movie about Legos." - Dana Stevens, Slate.
"This isn't just the funniest PG-rated animation in too long; it's the funniest film, period, in months ... Most of the way The Lego Movie plays like the world's greatest fan tribute, and I can't wait to see it again." - Michael Philips, Chicago Tribune.

"The best part is what the movie has to say about conformity—following the instructions on the box—versus creativity, i.e. life as a jumble, an inspired improvisation, a joyous hodgepodge." - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal.

"A vibrant world constructed entirely with Legos and filled with interesting Lego Minifigures!" - Rosalyn Lim.

Adventure Comedy Family Fantasy 3D Animation Animated Feature Rosalyn's Favorite

Mary and Max (2009)

Mary and Max (2009) Poster
Does sheep shrink when it rains? Sometimes perfect strangers make the best friends.

Comments on Movie: Mary and Max (2009)
"Although Mary and Max earned rave reviews after its release in 2009 and features on IMDB’s top 250, it still is criminally underseen by most movie fans." - Paul Sorrells, What Culture.

"This is a masterpiece that is rich in character, deft humor, emotional complexity, and is a film that deserves to be seen around the world." - Paul Fischer Friday, Film Monthly.

"I can't remember seeing an animated feature so dark and funny and bizarre and sad, all at the same time." - James Plath, Movie Metropolis.

"In a perverse and often immature way, it forthrightly deals with mature issues of love, friendship, forgiveness and mental health. It requires a mature audience, but an audience nonetheless." - Peter Howell, The Star.

"Somehow this friendship endures, through thick and thin, and enriches the lives of both characters, as well as all of those who are lucky enough to watch it. And if you do, I can guarantee that you’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, and you may even cry – I know I did." - Michael Edwards, What Culture.

"The obscurity of love, life and death, all can be felt in this film!" - Rosalyn Lim.

Comedy Drama Stop Motion Australian Animated Feature Rosalyn's Favorite

Super Old "About Me"

Found something really ancient about myself and I am also surprised by myself.
But it's the truth about me, except the get sick part is totally exaggerated.

I was only 16 or 17 when I wrote that .. :<
I also found this quote on my abandoned blog.

"One should never do wrong in return, nor mistreat any man, no matter how one has been mistreated by him." - Plato.

Anyway, I am always reluctant to use social networks as I prefer real life interactions but I know
I shouldn't shut people out of my life so I created a Facebook page for my blog. ^^"

Have to go. Currently dealing with allergies *I think and I refuse to go to the doctors*
on top of other real life pursuits/responsibilities. Will update soon.