Friday, May 21, 2010

Escape to the Movies: "Shrek 4Ever After"


http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/escape-to-the-movies/1721-Shrek-For-Ever-After

And for "Intermission," the text from my interview with George Romero: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/moviebob/7580-Interview-of-the-Dead

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have discovered, through a painstaking 5 minutes of searching Google Images, that if you type in the name of any Pixar character, you will find a picture of them making that exact same smirk. I don't know why everyone gangs up on the Dreamworks characters for their smirk. It seems that the "smirk" is a symptom of the entire genre of computer animated films, rather then just that of a single studio.

Robert said...

yeah Bob...I gotta gree with everything here. I love Shrek 1 to peices, and 2 isn't half bad. But three was so bad and the reviews i keep hearing for 4 are so negative...or just benal that i have no intrest.

Dav3 said...

I had so forgotten about Shrek that I was honestly expecting to see a review of MacGruber this week.

What does that say about the state of the franchise?

Ezenwa said...

I agree. Why not review Macgruber instead, Bob? Then again, is it still in the cards that you could?

Since, well, you know, next week, you'll have your hands full with either Sex and the City 2 or the Prince of Persia

Peter S. said...

I actually thought How to Train Your Dragon was pretty damn good, especially when stacked up against most of Dreamworks' fare (Shark Tale for instance... *shudder*)

Yeaaah... I kind of fell of the Shrek wagon after part 2. It was okay, point of fact it was actually pretty damn funny, but it also really felt like they were trying waaaaaaaay to hard to top the first one. I opted to avoid the next one and from what I'm to understand, I don't think I've really missed anything.

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Anonymous said...

Speaking of fairy tales and dragons, have you seen Dragon Hunters yet? I think it outshines How to Train Your Dragon and Shrek by quite a bit.

Robert said...

Haha, this is the best review yet Bob. Loved the smirk reference.

Oh yeah, and to the Anon guy below me... Wall-e and his girlfriend eve have no smirks. (they cant have smirks because they are robots)

Also, Carl Fredrickson or whatever (the old guy from "UP") has a big ol' grouchy frown.


PIXAR IS THE BOMB

leprechaunlawrie2 said...

I don't agree with your comment about Pixar characters making the same smirk as Dreamworks characters for several reasons....

1. If Pixar characters are smirking, (and they aren't always smirking) It's usually befitting of the characters. The Incredibles promotion posters are a great example of this because these are supposed to be superheroes. Whats the best way to make a superhero look badass to a kid without using the word badass? Give him/her an "im slightly self absorbed but ive got a heart of gold smirk" Same Goes for the racecar in cars, his smirk is befitting for his character.

2. A full blown smile is not a smirk and lots of characters like the ones in monsters inc are giving full blown smiles.....not some weird angled mouth half open "too cool for school" grin

3. The rest of the characters face has a lot to do with whether or not they are giving that "Dreamworks" smirk. You won't see pixar characters giving you weird bedroom eyes glances like the pictures of the guy and the girl in the how to train your dragon picture.....Those two look like theyre gonna have a go at it on the back of that dragon right then and there and thats just creepy.

In the end I think its Dreamworks tendancy to try to make its characters more serious looking in alot of cases that lets it down. If you give some serious looking dude a smirk.....it makes it look like hes up to some devious **** and thats always turned me towards the more lighthearted pixar movies and away from dreamworks