It is honestly such a relief to discover that ‘Peter Rabbit’ – based on Beatrix Potter’s classic children’s stories about a mischievous rabbit named Peter and how his love of vegetables goes too far when faced with adversary, Old Mr. McGregor – is actually better than it should be. When it comes to adapting this source material, care should be taken to make sure it does not stray away from the charm that made it such a beloved classic (it worked with both ‘Paddington’ 1 and 2); while ‘Peter Rabbit’ does tend to step its foot in juvenile waters (In one scene, Peter thinks it is funny to stick a carrot in Old Mr. McGregor’s butt crack when he is not looking), its heart is as big as its sense of humor, leading kids laughing/quoting its phrases, and adults smiling.
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I find it hard to believe that Netflix decided to distribute the third installment in the ‘Cloverfield’ franchise. What started off as a found-footage science-fiction thriller shrouded in mystery and destruction paved way for sequels that have a cinematic look and feel. Though, one does not have to watch any in specific order (Honestly, I may have watched ‘Cloverfield’ months back, yet missed out on ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ before watching this). With ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’, it is easy to see that, despite having elements of the first ‘Cloverfield’, the characters, stories, and situations are different in how they handle this mysterious force. ‘Cloverfield’ took place at a going-away party in Manhattan where party-goers were filming the destruction, ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ set itself in a bunker with three survivors, while ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ brings us into the future where time and space literally collide.
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I was excited for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ after seeing the first major trailer which showed the original cast (including the likes of Chris Pratt, a green-skinned/sexy Zoe Saldana, an excitable Dave Bautista, a CGI-raccoon with Bradley Cooper’s close-to-Italian accent, and a tiny version of one of everyone’s favorite repetitive could-be annoyances in tree form.) doing some action/comedy exercises intercut with Sweet’s ‘Fox on the Run’. I was given more exciting action, humor, brightly colored footage compared to the first ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’s dimly lit cinematography, and excitement that thrilled me.
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