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July 2nd, 2011

Movie Review - CARS 2

Cars 2




Starring: Larry the Cable Guy, Owen Wilson, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Eddie Izzards, John Turturro, and more... 


Directed by: John Lasseter and Brad Lewis  Screenplay by: Ben Queen  Story by: John Lasseter, Brad Lewis, and Dan Fogelman  Original Music by: Michael Giacchino


Premise: Mater inadvertently gets Lightning McQueen to enter the World Grand Prix. Except unbeknownst to them, the WGP will be the site of a nefarious plot! Mater gets thrown into the mix as he is in the wrong place at the wrong time and gets marked as a US spy.


Review:  All the great characters from the original CARS are back and much fun is to be had.  Just like the original CARS followed closely the plot of the movie Doc Hollywood, CARS 2 is a combination of James Bond epics and Bob Hope's My Favorite Spy.


Anything that has CGI in it that comes out in IMAX pretty much must be SEEN in IMAX to be most thoroughly enjoyed. CARS 2 is well worth it. The amount of awesome detail the Pixar folks gave to each of the four countries our heroes travel in (Japan, France, Italy, England) and their customs and the look and feel of the real places, yet mutating them just slightly so they fit into the CARS universe was phenomenal! (And yes, there are some Japanese toilets that do seem that complicated!)


While a spy story with loads of great chases, mistaken identities, covert ops, secret plots, super cool gadgets and more, it still centers around the main theme of the friendship between McQueen and Mater. Also a big lesson that despite what you are given by life, you can choose to make more of it and never judge a book by its cover. 


The story was solid, clues given along the way if you keep your eyes peeled. I did feel sorry for the lemons, though I will say from personal experience that Hugos were totally dependable cars and served me well, so not sure why they picked on them. :P


Be on the look out for in-jokes or homage bits. Several places in other Pixar films show up (the restaurant in Ratatouille among them). The pre film short based on Toy Story was darling! 


Overall it was a super fun film with loads of great sequences and will leave you with a happy heart when it ends. (No extra stuff after the credits, though the background stuff during the credits was most amusing and some of it totally neat.)


Rating: 4 out of 5 (Hubby said it was Worth Full Price of Admission)
Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic



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The King is Dead! Long Live the Undead King!

"What are you implying?"

The magister glided forward and scrunched down beside him.

"That in order to bathe, you must first actually get into the bath."


(2014) Urban Fantasy

It took everything from her, except revenge!

The muscles in my right arm jerked from tension as I tried to make it move and it resisted. A shrill scream inside my head insisted I didn't want to do this. That if I did, there'd be no way to take it back. "I...I'm afraid."


(2011) Young Adult – Fantasy

Which is worse…the monster without or within?


Home—family—the two things he would never have, the two things forever denied him…because of her.

Anger welled inside him, the heat of it suffusing him to the core, gurgling with seething emotions the total opposite of the coolness splashing down from the fountain nearby. Before he realized what he was doing, Jarrin stepped inside the gazebo.

(2007) Young Adult – Fantasy
“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”


“Do you need any help?” she asked. “Just tell me what you want me to do. If you prefer, I’m sure I can round up at least a few people to come over and give you a hand.”

Kel slowly shook his head. “It’s all right. Thanks anyway.” His voice lowered to where she almost couldn’t hear it. “This is all part of my punishment.’

She frowned, not understanding what he meant. “Punishment?”

Kel cocked his head in Clarence’s direction. In a flash, she understood. None of this was an accident. Clarence had landed there deliberately, hoping to make Kel pay for all he went through in the past month. She shook her head, not wanting to believe this, but what the dragon said next took any doubts right out of her head.

(2008) Young Adult – Fantasy
“To save the world she must DIE! Or must she?”


Panic and fear filled with utter helplessness made her dizzy. She knew what would be done with her, she knew what they planned. But there was nothing she could do to stop any of it.

Sharp gasps echoed in her ears as she felt the room’s cold air caress the Eye.

“You were right. She is the one.”

(2002) Adult/YA – Japanese Fantasy Adventure
“The Last Samurai meets Pirates of the Caribbean”


Laying the blade on the floor before him, Toshi parted his kimono until his stomach lay exposed. He tucked his sleeves beneath his legs to hold him upright if he should falter. Ignoring Asano, he took up the blade. His shoulder flared with pain and he tried not to flinch, as he grabbed the blade with both hands. He turned the wakizashi until its sharp point was aimed at his belly, the residence of his soul.

(2004) Adult/YA – Fantasy Mystery
“He tried to forget his past, but his past wouldn’t forget him”


Torren took a step back a sudden shudder racking through him. It was as if he’d never left, as if the boy he’d been would be coming back-though the one who’d loved this room and all these things was long, long dead. That boy died when he’d watched his father’s blood pour forth from his mouth, the end of a sword protruding from his abdomen. That boy died when he survived while everyone else lay dead.

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