Cinemaholics Review: Incredibles 2

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Special guest Skyler Shuler of The DCast joins the show this week to discuss Incredibles 2, the 20th Pixar film and sequel to Brad Bird’s original 2004 animated hit, The Incredibles. Well, Brad Bird is back again, and Incredibles 2 is already breaking box office records.

We began the episode with some quick Off-Topics, including news of John Lasseter’s official departure from Pixar and Disney at the end of 2018. If you’re interested in hearing about Bao, the new short film attached to Incredibles 2, you’ll hear our thoughts on that as well. We covered too many mini reviews to list out, but the main ones are probably Tag, Cloak & DaggerHearts Beat Loud, and Hotel Artemis.

Question for you: Is Incredibles 2 better than the original?

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Pixar’s New Short Film ‘Bao’ Is Weird, But Also Kind Of Essential

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I recently wrote up an explainer for Bao on The Young Folks:

Bao was directed by Domee Shi, the first woman to ever direct a Pixar short…Over the course of about eight minutes, we see a dumpling become a baby boy, growing up under his mother’s love until eventually becoming too old to stay home with her. Essentially, Bao is a Chinese retelling of “The Gingerbread Man.”

I saw Incredibles 2 for the second time last night with a large audience, and I was almost more curious about how Bao would come across in front of other people. In case you haven’t seen it, Bao has a very “Pixar” plot with an absolutely shockingly weird twist that almost lampoons Pixar. It’s probably genius?

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The Ocean’s 11 Series (Anyway, That’s All I Got)

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This week, we decided to look back on the series of films that has led up to this past week’s release of Ocean’s 8. We start all the way back in 1960 with The Rat Pack, make our way through Steven Soderbergh’s trilogy, and finally arrive at the newest installment. Afterwards, we take some time to read some of YOUR feedback (we’re sorry it took this long), which will be concluded in next week’s episode. Hosted by Sam Noland, Jason Read, and Anthony Battaglia!

Question For You: What is your favorite heist movie? Leave a comment below, send us an email (ataigpodcast@gmail.com), or hit us up on Twitter: @AnywayCast

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Incredibles 2 Review: Not Every Pixar Movie Can Be Super

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From my official review of Incredibles 2 on The Young Folks:

These are the clearest shortcomings of Incredibles 2, as it fails to be as strong an ensemble piece as The Incredibles, where every main character (even the villain) had a defined, cohesive arc. But in virtually every other respect, Incredibles 2 is just as wonderful, gorgeous, and thrilling as the first, to the point where most super fans of the original likely won’t care about these flaws.

Overall, I liked the movie. It even exceeded some of my expectations, particularly with some of the clever writing surrounding the infant Jack Jack and how he creatively factors into the super family’s heroic antics.

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Retro Reviews: Supernatural Movies / Part-Time Characters

This week Part-Time Characters goes back in time to review some classic horror/supernatural movies. We did our best to keep a brave face. It’s another special episode of Retro Reviews, where we each pick a movie we haven’t seen but we have been meaning to watch for quite some time.

Cinemaholics Review: Hereditary and Ocean’s 8

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This week, we handed the podcast over to an all-female cast of awesome film lovers to review Hereditary and Ocean’s 8. Kimber Myers hosts this week with special guest Alisha Grauso and newcomer to the pod Candice Frederick, and they kick things off with a lively conversation about the year’s breakout horror hit from A24, plus the spinoff to the Ocean’s 11 franchise starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and many more.

For mini reviews, Kimber and Alisha discuss Upgrade, the sci-fi action darling we did our for our feature review last week, and then Won’t You Be My Neighbor, the Fred Rogers documentary that has been warming the hearts of even the coldest critics.

Question for you: what’s the scariest movie you’ve seen in recent years?

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‘Incredibles 2’ Is Beating ‘Finding Dory’ at Ticket Pre-Sales

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From Entertainment Weekly, which has a more dramatic headline – Incredibles 2 on track to be biggest animated movie of all time:

According to Fandango, Disney’s highly anticipated superhero family sequel is tracking to be the biggest animated movie ever in pre-sales.

The film is out-pacing the previous record holder, 2016’s Finding Dory, which went onto become the highest-grossing animated movie ever with $486 million in domestic sales (followed by Shrek 2 with $441 million, The Lion King with $422 million and Toy Story 3 with $415 million).

We don’t know for sure if this will translate to an equally strong opening weekend (Solo also had good pre-ticket sales), but this falls in line with my prediction that Incredibles 2 will be one of the biggest movies of the summer, probably just below Avengers: Infinity War in terms of worldwide box office, or perhaps Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It also helps that this new Incredibles sequel is about as good as everyone is hoping (I saw it yesterday, and I expect most of you will be more than pleased).

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