Tag: Joan Cusack

The Gift of Serving Yourself (Klaus, 2019)

Jesper has lived a life of luxury and privilege. His father has gotten him into the prestigious academy he runs for mail service. In a last and desperate move to teach his son responsibility, he assigns Jesper to a remote island in the arctic…

Meet the New Kids (Toy Story 3, 2010)

While Pixar had pushed the Cars franchise at an aggressive rate, their other films had been allowed to remain largely untouched.  In spite of the second film’s success, it was not until 2010 that we saw the third installment of the Toy Story films….

Collectability (Toy Story 2, 1999)

Toy Story had almost cemented itself as a classic in the public mind within a few short years. This time, they open with a massive space adventure sequence which introduces Buzz’s arch nemesis Evil Emperor Zurg. When Woody gets stolen by a collector at…

How Are We Alive (Toy Story 4, 2019)

Honestly, the Toy Story films are something rare.  Never feeling like a cash grab when you actually watch them, they stand together in a way other animated franchises rarely do….even from Pixar. Each film finds some new approach to its characters, new and thoughtful…

The Gift of Music (Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, 2016)

I confess, for several years I was pretty lukewarm on Andy Samberg.  I recall not finding Hot Rod all that funny.  Over the years, I have been convinced I was wrong about Samberg.  Especially with his hilarious performance as Detective Jake Peralta on Brooklyn…

The Mother Daughter Bond (Snatched, 2017)

When I first saw announcements for the Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn vehicle Snatched…I cringed.  Kidnapping for laughs is kind of a weird one.  And one that has been pretty done to death.  Kidnapping for comedy films are, of course, very divorced from the…