Human Echoes Rundown: Moana

Formula is a dirty word when it comes to storytelling. If you say a story is “formulaic” it’s always an insult, never a compliment. But in the case of the latest “Disney Princess” movie, Moana, formula is exactly what makes the story remarkable. You know the broad strokes of the formula. There’s the “I want” song,…

Viewers Choice Month 2016 – A Retrospective

By this time tomorrow Viewers Choice Month will be over. Al and I have run a gauntlet of movies ranging from fascinatingly bad to horror classics. We’ve endured films that are less pleasant than a paper cut to the dick as well as some experimental weirdness. We even had a disgusting German movie added to…

Human Echoes Rundown: Sharknado 4: The Fourth Awakens

  Sharknado 4: The Fourth Awakens is the bloody, dismembered victim of the Sharknado movies’ weird success. The Sharknado franchise, at its spinning chaotic core, is a viral beast, a franchise whose life-blood depends on people talking about it. It could have easily come and gone, a passing amusement like so many other ridiculous films from The Asylum. After…

Human Echoes Rundown: Star Trek Beyond

When Star Trek Beyond was announced with Justin Lin in the director’s chair, the fandom immediately voiced their concerns that the new film would be nothing more than Fast and Furious In Space. Star Trek fandom has been a tricky piece of the nerd culture puzzle for decades, and even more so with the emergence of…

Human Echoes Rundown: Ghostbusters (2016)

Somewhere in the world there is someone who went to see Ghostbusters who didn’t know about the controversy that erupted surrounding the reboot. They got to sit in that darkened theater without the baggage of rants from angry fanboys. They didn’t have to weigh the validity of the accusations of sexism hurled at the movies detractors.…

Human Echoes Rundown: The Secret Life of Pets

How do you set yourself apart as an animated movie with talking animals? Maybe you can tell an earnest story that moistens the audience’s tear ducts and warms their hearts, but if you do that you’re going up against Pixar. Maybe you can craft a little social commentary packaged for kids, but Disney and Laika have that demo pretty well sewn…

Human Echoes Rundown: Swiss Army Man

Warning: the following post contains third act SPOILERS for Swiss Army Man. “Am I weird?” That’s the question that a magical talking corpse called Manny asks a miserable loner named Hank in Swiss Army Man, some time after Hank has ridden Manny’s farts across the ocean to escape a desert island where both of them…