Isle of Dogs: An easy target for a dogpile.

A stop motion film that is absolutely breathtaking.

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Isle of Dogs isn’t going to the dogs any time soon.

Isle of Dogs is the latest Wes Anderson vehicle and its about a boy named Atari attempting to find his dog and bring him back home after the government exiles all dogs to an island made out of garbage. The visuals are an excellent combination of traditional animation and stop motion, which are very appealing to eye. The movie’s run time is an hour and 41 minutes and at times it can feel longer. Check out the trailer at this link: Movie Trailer

My recommended audience for this film is anyone above the age of 12.

The reason for this is due to the subject matter at hand and the fact that although the movie is a beautiful piece of art there isn’t as much happening on screen to keep the attention of younger audiences and the pace is a little slower than a typical children’s flick.

Top 4 favorite things about the film:

  • The voice acting was fabulous
    • A strong cast of voice actors were brought on board for this project: names like Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Ed Norton and Yoko Ono, just to name a few!
  • The puppets were breathtaking
    • Not much more I can say to sum up how beautiful this film can be at times.

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  • The seamless handling of conversations between dogs and people.
    • The dogs can understand each other and can’t understand the humans and yet it doesn’t impede the pack of dogs from helping Atari throughout the film.
  • The incredibly clever work around for translating Japanese to English without it being overbearing or taking me out of the film.
    • Whenever there is a speech, the translator flips a switch on the box call something along the lines of auto translate or instant translator subtitle will appear on screen along with voice over work in English.
    • Any time Atari talks to the dogs, however, his words are left in Japanese so not only do the dogs not know what he is saying but neither do we. Simple and clever in my opinion.

One downside of the movie is that there are too many traveling scenes.

I acknowledge that they wanted to get the vastness of the garbage island across and traveling from one side to the other is no easy feat. In reality, it would cut at most 15 minutes from the film, which might of helped the pacing a bit.

Who am I to give advice to Wes Anderson, what an asshole I am… Mr. Anderson obviously knows what he is doing and that is why this is my only downside for the film.

Cheese Gromit CHEESE!

The movie takes me back to the days when I used to watch VHS tapes of Wallace and Gromit. I  knew they were made of clay and mesmerized by their ability to make such fluid movements.  My younger self couldn’t figure out how it all worked but I knew that what I was watching was something special.

The Elephant in the room

I now know that there is a ton of controversy around this film. The review is bare of these topics due to the fact that I went into the movie blind of them. I hope that we can discuss our opinions on the matter in a respectful way and keep it PG in the comment section.

The depiction of Japan throughout the film has been interpreted as racist and “cultural appropriation” has been mentioned online. I am placing this section here to inform those who may not have read anything on the subject. Please seek other sites if you would like to further inform yourself about this side of the film. I am willing to take this conversation further but not at this time.

TLDR:

As a lifelong dog lover and a recent convert to the cat side, I was looking forward to this movie. Stop motion animation is an impressive art form that is displayed wonderfully on the big screen. Grab your Moivepass, head over to your favorite theater and check out this flick, now that it has a wide release.  The film made for a perfect double date night and is an absolute spectacle to witness.

 

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Dare I say it…MoviePass

I swear I have a legitimate reason for the delay and it is MoviePass. Instead of feverishly writing my first post, I have been, for lack of a better word, stalking MoviePass.

A giant Peruvian hello to 30 minute media followers! I know it’s been a “minute” (Ha. Dad joke) since I was introduced.

I swear I have a legitimate reason for the delay and it is MoviePass. Instead of feverishly writing my first post, I have been, for lack of a better word, stalking MoviePass. I made the mistake of signing up for MoviePass at the height of its popularity. For those of you who don’t know what MoviePass is, let me fill you in. MoviePass is a 10 dollar/month subscription that lets you watch unlimited 2D movies in theaters. “Talk about a cheap date night!” is what I thought when I signed up. Flash forward to…..

I ordered my card in August. I waited an appropriate amount of time for my card without a peep to customer service.

1 month passes by, no card. Then I get a joyful ping to my phone. An email from MoviePass! My utter enjoyment turned to frustration as they told me to be patient, their service centers had been overwhelmed by the demand. BUT there was some hope at the end of the tunnel, the email also set a deadline. I’m a type A personality and can definitely get behind a deadline but, alas, the deadline came and went and my mailbox and heart were movieless.

I miss mediocre remakes of It and Blade Runner and was unable to get my “JLaw being artsy” on.

MoviePass taunted me by posting on FB “Who went to see Blade Runner this weekend?” I contacted MoviePass through legitimate means by going through their customer service app and sending an email through their website. No response. I tried again. Nothing. Then I went full blown “I know we are meant to be together. Why can’t you see it?” I found every social media account MoviePass has made. I contacted them through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I would have done MySpace had I remembered my account info. Unfortunately, I misplaced that right around the same time I lost my AIM password.

“I got this icebox where my heart used to be.” Who knew when Omarion sang this song he was referring to precisely this moment in my live.

When MoviePass responded to all my posts with a stinging silence I had two options: I could give up all hope and pay for my movies or I could dig my heels in and demand my card. Like Martha Stewart, I’ve never been a quitter. So I decided to post on all their social media account plus their customer service options every day until I got a response. Dare I say it (Ha. Title in the blog post), I went almost 3 weeks. I was generally nice about it until Thor:Ragnarok came out. Don’t mess with a girl and her Marvel.

Thor+The Hulk+witty banter=me paying full price for a movie ticket.

But MoviePass wasn’t done with me yet. Then the emails started. They said:

“It looks like you should have received your MoviePass card. We will start charging you tomorrow.”

Believe me!

Had I gotten my MoviePass, I wouldn’t be on social media. I’d be enjoying a nice and buttery popcorn from a showing of Bad Mom’s Christmas. I kept pressing the link “I haven’t received my card yet.” which just meant they would continue to taunt me with emails about my card.

Finally, after 3 months of being jerked around this angel appeared from the light.

I finally got a message from MoviePass on Instagram! It felt like the skies had cleared and finally the MoviePass gods had answered. They (whoever they are) said my card would arrive in 10-14 business day. Lucky them, it came after 5 business days. I wasn’t counting my “French hens” just yet (Christmas shoutout). Now it was time to test if it worked. I didn’t want the stakes too high so I wasn’t gonna try and go to Justice League. I decided on Bad Mom’s Christmas. Tension was high as the movie attendent swiped my MoviePass Card. Would I be thrown back into the dysfunctional relationship I had already established with MoviePass or would I finally taste that delicious, buttery popcorn?

Drum roll, please……it worked!

After all this drama, would I do it again? Hell yes! Like any bad break up, I learned a lot about myself. Persistence really is key and sometimes you gotta work for what you want. If you’re looking for me, just stop by our local movie theater. I’ll be the one with a bucket of popcorn in the front.

If you are interested in your own soul searching adventure feel free to use this code:

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