FLICKANALYSIS Tony's Take

ONWARD- The Flick Fanatics (Karl S)

Published by:

ONWARD

Starring:

Chris Pratt- Barley Lightfoot

Tom Holland- Ian Lightfoot

Julie Louis-Dreyfus – Laurel Lightfoot

Octavia Spencer- The Manticore

Chris Pratt and Tom Holland reunite to voice elven brothers who embark on a great quest in the new Pixar animated film “ONWARD”.

Once upon a time there was a world of mystical creatures living in harmony. Creatures help each other with the use of magic. Some were better at casting spells and were called wizards others struggled with magic and just relied on Wizards to help them, until some smart elves turn to technology over magic to make their lives easier. Soon technology overtakes magic and wizards are relegated to folklore.

Ian Lightfoot (Holland) is a nerdy elf who just with the flow and tries not to make waves and avoids confrontation. His older brother Barley (Pratt) is the exact opposite, a boisterous elf the thrives on causing trouble and lives by his mystical role-playing games. Laurel Lightfoot (Louis-Dreyfus) is a single mother raising both her boys after their father Wilden (Kyle Bornheimer) died prior to Ian’s birth. Ian only knows of his father through photos, audio recordings and memories passed on by his brother Barley. Ian is turning 16 today and his mother has a special gift for him and Barley from their father, a wizard’s staff!

The staff was for the boys and included a special stone called a phoenix gem and a spell that will allow the boys to bring back their father for one day! Ian is ecstatic with the chance to meet his dad and Barley who lives for the magical old ways grabs the staff and recites the spell only to have it not work. Ian tries it next and the phoenix gem begins to glow and magically blasts the boys backward. Assuming the spell didn’t work again Ian is sad only to see a twitching foot in his closet. The boys excited at the thought of seeing their dad but Ian spell only resurrected half of Wilden, the bottom half.  Barley explains they just need another Phoenix gem and can complete bringing their dad back. The problem facing the boys is phoenix gems are rare and the spell Ian cast only lasts one day.

Continue reading

Tony's Take

THE WAY BACK review

Published by:

Every Loss is Another Fight

“The Way Back” follows the life of Jack Cunningham (Ben Affleck), a man who is facing more demons than he can drown with his alcoholism.  His day begins, contains, and ends with heavy drinking; whether it be his mid-day vodka/gin sipping or his beer case-destroying evenings.  A new opportunity arises, giving him a chance to coach his alma mater’s high school basketball team.  After a meeting with the school’s priest (and a night of thought over heavy drinking), Jack Continue reading

FLICKANALYSIS

The Invisible Man- The FlickFanatics (Karl S.)

Published by:

The Invisible Man 

Starring:

Elizabeth Moss- Cecilia Kane

Oliver Jackson-Cohen- Adrian Kane

Aldis Hodge- James Lanier

Elizabeth Moss stars in an updated version of the classic Universal Horror film “The Invisible Man”.

The classic Universal creature film “The Invisible Man” circa 1933 starring Claude Rains as a scientist wrapped in bandages and sunglasses that goes on an insane murder spree. The 2020 version of the classic film stars Elizabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) as an architect trying to escape an abusive relationship with a scientist that specializes in optics.

Cecilia Kane (Moss) puts in motion an elaborate plan drugging her husband and slipping out of the house to escape the abusive relationship he has created. Adrian Kane (Jackson-Cohen) is a scientist specializing in the world of optics and has an elaborate lab downstairs that Cecilia must go into to shut down the house security system and escape. Cecilia makes her way through the woods and to the place where she is to meet her sister Emily (Harriet Dyer) and manages to get away just as Adrian gets to the vehicle smashing out a window.

Continue reading

Tony's Take

THE TRAITOR review

Published by:

The Takedown of the Century

Over the course of the mid-1900s, Cosa Nostra was a dynamic force in Sicily.  Better known as the Mafia, they were know all around the Globe and feared as well.  They used their means to secure ownership, wealth, and crime until they grew hungrier for more.  During the 1960s, Cosa Nostra began focusing on drugs, namely heroin, as an attempt to grow their riches.  In order to escape, Tommaso Buscetta (Pierfrancesco Favino) fled to Brazil, leaving his Continue reading

Tony's Take

DOWNHILL review

Published by:

A Different Kind of Disaster Movie

Based off the Swedish film “Force Majeure”, this re-imagining follows a family during their vacation in the Alps.  In “Downhill”, Billie (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Pete (Will Ferrell) are enjoying their stay at a luxurious ski resort, along with their two boys.  After their first day of fun, the rest of their week becomes much more than they bargained for.  During their lunch atop the mountain, a controlled blast sends snow hurtling towards them like an avalanche as they Continue reading