UP – The Perfect Movie

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Pixar is Awesome.


Their latest movie, UP, is simply stupendous.


Wolverine? Bah! A toothless tomcat. Terminator Salvation? Pshaw! A bunch of namby pamby wind up toys with broken main springs. Logan and Connor meet your better! Almost octogenarian – Carl. At 78 years of age and a product of cinema only, he kicks the collective butts of these so called tough guys. Even Kirk and Spock of the rebooted Star Trek movie could stand to learn a lesson or two from the Ed Asner voiced character.



Pixar has amassed an amazing pedigree of movies. UP may very likely end up as the new inheritor to their throne. This is a movie; no strike that: this is a piece of art, about life and living. UP flawlessly encapsulates a lifetime of shared experiences in the first ten minutes. UP is in all respects the closest thing you will ever see to a perfect movie. The first 10 minutes ARE perfection. Pure, story telling perfection.


The amazing thing is that the film continues from that high point with only a miniscule drop in the overall emotional power that the opening prologue generates. It goes without saying that the technical aspects of this film continue to push the edge as Pixar has done in every subsequent movie since they first started.


What makes UP so transcedent is the storytelling. Emotional touchstones set up at the beginning of the film are used to perfection for the payoffs that follow throughout the movie. Moments of sadness and regret become moments of joy and inspiration by film’s end. The story arcs are woven with invisible seams. Never is there a moment or even an inkling of manipulation. This is a masterpiece of storytelling. Wonderfully wrought. Seemingly simple on the surface yet full of multiple layers of heart felt emotions.


It is no small measure of greatness that a film totally created in the digital realm generates more emotional reactions from its audience than its CGI enhanced brethren even seem capable of dreaming about.


This is a exciting and giddy tale of chasing one’s dreams and exploring undiscovered places. Not just untouched places as in a geographical sense but also of the human heart. Mixed in are steady doses of humour that always plays honest and true. This is a tale that celebrates the joy of the human experience.


Pixar does not only create movies, they create treasures.  Magical ones at that.

10 out of 10


Fringe Binge

Some shows work better in, ‘Big Gulps.’  Fringe is one of those shows.  I watched the first two episodes but other shows and time constraints made this one drop off my viewing calendar. 

With the success of the recent Star Trek reboot/prequel movie my interest was piqued enough to give the series a retry.  Since JJ Abrams and Damon Lindeloff are tied to the Star Trek movie, Lost, and hopefully the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series to the screen in some form; I decided to give the show a revisit.

Fringe works better viewed in a compressed time frame as the character interactions are usually restricted to comedic beats and with the exception of the lead actor – Anna Torv – another Australian(it is an invasion I tell you!), there is very little story time dedicated to fleshing out the characters.  When taken over a season’s arc, they become more alive, which I doubt they would as much stretched over 8 months or so of a normal seasonal viewing.

By the last episode of the first season the main conceit of the series was finally revealed and the series now has my interest.  Casting Leonard Nimoy as the elusive Howard Hughes/Bill Gates character – William Bell is a delicious bonus.  

Based on where the Fringe show is heading ie alternate realities, JJ ABrams and Lindeloff are looking like the perfect stewards for taking on the Dark Tower series.