My rating: ratings5

Have you ever wondered how it’s like to be stranded in space with no communication with Earth and a limited amount of oxygen? In this movie, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney play two astronauts, Ryan Stone and Matt Kowalski, who are on a space shuttle mission. It is Stone’s first mission but Kowalski’s last before he retires. The film begins with an amazing 13-minute scene, beginning with a view of Earth from space. Then you start to hear Stone and Kowalski speaking with the Mission Control in Houston. The space shuttle starts getting closer to the screen and you can see the astronauts. Soon, Houston starts to warn them about a field of satellite debris, which is now destroying more shuttles. Their shuttle is soon destroyed as well, and now Stone and Kowalski are the only two survivors, with a limited amount of oxygen and no more communication with Earth. Stone, now panicking, must work with her partner to get to a nearby Chinese space station and get back home.

I saw this movie last week and loved it! The cinematography and visual effects are amazing, beautiful and visually stunning! I think it deserves an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography. When you see how realistic all the scenery looks like, you may think, “How the heck did they do that?” It’s amazing how the filmmakers can make everything look so darn realistic! I wonder if they actually filmed it in space.

I would recommend this movie for kids 13 and up because there is some language and a lot of intensity.

Here is the film’s site and trailer.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

My rating: ratings3

In the end of the first Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movie, Flint (Bill Hader) destroyed his  “Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator” (FLDSMDFR for short) … or did he? In the sequel, Flint and all the other residents must leave Swallow Falls (because of the food storm in the first Cloudy movie) and be relocated to the city of San Franjose, California. In San Franjose, Flint meets his childhood idol, an inventor named Chester V (Will Forte), the head of a company named Live Corp. One day, Chester recruits Flint to back alone to Swallow Falls to defeat a group of  huge cheespiders, a combination of a cheeseburger and a spider. These cheespiders where created by the FLDSMDFR. But against Chester’s orders, Flint brings along some old friends to the island: weather intern Sam Sparks (The Dictator‘s Anna Faris), policeman Earl (The Expandables‘ Terry Crews), cameraman Manny (Despicable Me 2‘s Benjamin Bratt), chicken mascot Brent (That’s My Boy‘s Andy Samberg), Flint’s dad (James Caan), and Flint’s lab partner, a monkey named Steve (How I Met Your Mother‘s Neil Patrick Harris), who can talk but only says a few things, including that he’s hungry. But when they arrive at Swallow Falls, hey discover that the entire island is infested with foodimals, including tacodiles, watermelophants, shrimpanzees, flamangos, wild scallions, hippotatomuses, mosquitoast, buttoads, fruit cockatiels, buffaloaves, crab cakes, meatbalruses, apple pie-thons, and much more! Now it is up to Flint and his friends to destroy the FLDSMDFR and defeat the foodimals!

I saw this movie not too long ago and was very impressed by the film’s amazing animation. The film was also pretty hilarious. But one major and extremely weird flaw in the movie was that Chester is extremely flexible. He can repeatedly move his arms and legs around in weird ways, as if he has no bones. He is similar to the titular character of an animated TV show called “Uncle Grandpa”.  Another flaw is that Chester keeps calling his second-in-hand (an orangutan named Barb (voiced by Kristen Schaal)) a monkey, but she keeps getting angry and yelling, “I’m an ape!”, but isn’t an ape a type of monkey?

Overall, the movie was hilarious and had amazing animation. I would recommend this movie for children of all ages. Even adults might enjoy this humorous movie.

Here is the film’s site and trailer.