February 22nd Weekend Predictions & Predilections

Opening this Weekend

How to Train Your Dragon:  The Hidden World

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Animal Behaviour animated short

Hey everybody!  Do you like movies?  Do you like the Oscars?

Animal Behaviour is one of five nominees for this year’s Oscars in the category of Animated Short Film.  Produced and distributed by the National Film Board of Canada and brought to us by directors Alison Snowden and David Fine, who previously won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short for 1995’s Bob’s Birthday, Animal Behaviour tells the story of five animals who meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist.

And where can you see such a fine piece before this year’s Oscars?  Why, right here on this very blog!  Until February 24th (Oscar night!), the NFB has made Animal Behaviour available for your streaming convenience!  Just follow the link below.

So sit down, settle in, maybe grab a drink, and join us here at GOO Reviews as we take in this Oscar-nominated movie… together!

Glass review

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Glass?  Who gives a sh*t about glass?!?

by Thom Yee

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Glass images courtesy of Universal Pictures

I don’t think there’s a movie director working today who’s as openly criticized as M. Night Shyamalan.  Mmmaybe George Lucas.  But he only counts if you consider his last few projects actual movies.  Most people don’t.  Shyamalan, on the other hand, has continued to produce a wide ranging body of work ever since he made his big debut with The Sixth Sense back in 1999, and, like another product of the ‘90s, The Simpsons, by now most people look back at what Shyamalan’s done and see that, despite a very strong, groundbreaking, world-defining start, there’s probably been more good than bad that’s come from the man overall. Continue reading

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse review

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Miles Morales > Tom Holland > Andrew Garfield > Tobey Maguire

by Thom Yee

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Spider-Man:  Into the Spider-Verse images courtesy of Sony Pictures Releasing

The theory of the multiverse suggests that there exists different universes parallel to our own.  In at least one interpretation of the theory, the number of parallels continues to stretch out and grow into infinity.  That means that there’s a universe where you, the reader of this purported review, and I, the writer of it, have not only met, but I may even have killed you in that universe (in fact, I probably would have killed you in most of them if we’re being honest; it’s just a personal flaw I have, a hair-trigger temper matched with a dedication to violence that I’m sure would transcend most universal barriers).  But, with the concept of infinite parallel universes in mind, there are probably a lot of worlds in which I may have saved you from death as well (probably not the other way around, though; again, a lack of being saved is something I feel is probably close to a universal constant given my innate resistance to receiving help).  And then, extrapolating with infinity in mind even further, all of that saving I could be doing in all of those other worlds could be with the aid of superpowers.  I might have been bitten by a radioactive spider and not died from radiation poisoning [or my fear of spiders] but instead gained the proportionate strength(s) of a spider in one.  Or I might share a telepathic link with a radioactive spider with whom I co-pilot a bio-mechanical spider suit in another.  Or I might even be some sort of totemic spider spirit who imbues my chosen champions with the greatest virtues of the spider in another still.  Or maybe you are instead.  Or something.  Or something else.  Or something else still.  Ad infinitum. Continue reading