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    Zero Dark Thirty

    Wed Feb 13

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    Warm Bodies

    Wed Feb 6

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    Django Unchained

    Tue Jan 29

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    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    Mon Dec 17

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    Holy Motors

    Thu Dec 6

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    Skyfall

    Wed Dec 5

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    Wreck-It-Ralph

    Tue Nov 20

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    Sleepwalk With Me

    Mon Nov 19

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    The Master

    Sun Oct 7

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    Cosmopolis

    Thu Aug 30

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    The Campaign

    Fri Aug 24

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    The Odd Life of Timothy Green

    Wed Aug 22

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    To Rome With Love

    Tue Aug 21

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    The Bourne Legacy

    Mon Aug 20

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    The Watch

    Fri Aug 10

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    Total Recall

    Mon Aug 6

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    Savages

    Tue Jul 31

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    Safety Not Guaranteed

    Thu Jul 26

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    The Dark Knight Rises

    Mon Jul 23

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    The Amazing Spider-Man

    Fri Jul 6

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    Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    Thu Jul 5

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    Shut Up and Play the Hits

    Mon Jul 2

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    July Film Preview

    Fri Jun 29

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    Brave

    Fri Jun 22

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    Moonrise Kingdom

    Mon Jun 18

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    That's My Boy

    Thu Jun 14

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    Prometheus

    Mon Jun 11

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    Snow White and The Huntsman

    Fri Jun 8

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    June Film Preview

    Mon Jun 4

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    Men in Black 3

    Thu May 31

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    The Dictator

    Fri May 18

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    Dark Shadows

    Tue May 15

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    Marvel's The Avengers

    Mon May 7

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    May Film Preview

    Mon Apr 30

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    The Lady

    Wed Apr 25

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    Clown (Klovn)

    Mon Apr 23

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    Not Yet Begun to Fight

    Sun Apr 22

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    Andrew Bird: Fever Year

    Sat Apr 21

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    Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best

    Sat Apr 21

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    Monsieur Lazhar

    Fri Apr 20

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    Magic Valley

    Thu Apr 19

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    An Ordinary Family

    Thu Apr 19

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    Think of Me

    Wed Apr 18

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    God Bless America

    Wed Apr 18

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    Turn Me On, Damnit!

    Mon Apr 16

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    Renee

    Sat Apr 14

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    The Cabin in the Woods

    Fri Apr 13

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    Florida Film Festival 2012 Preview Cont.

    Thu Apr 12

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    Florida Film Festival 2012 preview

    Mon Apr 9

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    The Hunger Games

    Mon Apr 2

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    The Cinema of 2011: A reflection of the Best and Worst

    Tue Jan 31

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    The Film Dropp Preview: A guide to movies in 2012

    Thu Jan 5

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    Drive

    Wed Oct 12

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    Moneyball Review

    Fri Sep 30

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    50/50

    Mon Sep 26

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    The Help

    Fri Aug 19

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    Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    Wed Aug 10

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    Cowboys and Aliens

    Mon Aug 8

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    Captain America review

    Mon Aug 1

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt.2

    Sat Jul 23

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    The Tree of Life

    Thu Jul 14

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    Horrible Bosses

    Wed Jul 13

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    Bad Teacher

    Mon Jul 11

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    Green Lantern

    Fri Jul 1

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    Too Big To Fail

    Mon Jun 27

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    The Art of Getting By

    Mon Jun 20

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    Hesher

    Fri May 13

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    Bridesmaids

    Wed May 11

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    Thor

    Fri May 6

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    American: The Bill Hicks Story

    Mon May 2

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    Cinema Verite

    Wed Apr 27

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    13 Assasins

    Mon Apr 25

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    SUPER

    Fri Apr 22

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    Your Highness

    Wed Apr 20

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    Chekov For Children

    Mon Apr 18

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    Kinyarwanda

    Thu Apr 14

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    Norman

    Wed Apr 13

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    The Happy Poet

    Mon Apr 11

  • The Thief

    Fri Apr 8

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    Made In India

    Fri Apr 8

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    Journey From Zanskar

    Mon Apr 4

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    Silver Tongues

    Thu Mar 31

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    Louder Than a Bomb

    Tue Mar 29

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    Win Win

    Sun Mar 27

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    Sucker Punch

    Fri Mar 25

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    Rubber

    Thu Mar 24

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    Battle Los Angeles

    Fri Mar 18

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    Win Win

    Fri Mar 18

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    Florida Film Festival Preview

    Tue Mar 15

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    Red Riding Hood

    Mon Mar 14

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    I Saw The Devil

    Fri Mar 11

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    Happythankyoumoreplease

    Mon Mar 7

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    Unknown

    Fri Mar 4

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    Paul

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    Kaboom

    Mon Feb 28

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    Just Go With It

    Tue Feb 15

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    The Illusionist

    Tue Feb 15

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    Restrepo

    Sat Feb 12

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    Dogtooth

    Thu Feb 10

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Wreck-It-Ralph

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Wreck It Ralph poster



     
          Dropped by Robert Miller
          PG, 1 hr. 32 min.
          Animation, Children, Comedy
          Directed by: Rich Moore
          Written by: Phil Jonston, Jennifer
          Lee, Rich Moore
          Staring: John C. Reilly, Sarah
          Silverman, Jack McBrayer
          Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk
          Released: November 4, 2012
          Walt Disney Pictures





A couple weeks ago, Rich Moore, first time full-length director of Walt Disney Pictures’ vintage video game-homage Wreck-It-Ralph, did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on the website Reddit, which basically means a massive Q-and-A with a load of people online. Throughout the questions Moore gave a lot of quick, clever and playful responses that were—of course—hyping the film, but also revealing himself as an in-touch nerd and pop-culture pundit (basically, a kid in a grown-up’s body). Whether he was referencing his favorite retro video game (Pac Man) and his favorite modern one (Mario Kart), or revealing his long-awaited chance to play 2011′s hit video game Skyrim and more, his geekiness was showing.

Also, being that Moore has previously directed and produced of a number of television episodes from Futurama, to The Simpsons, to The Critic, he’s no stranger to humor, wit and pop culture references. So what happens when you take a director and throw him into his first full-length movie about video games and classic arcades? Answer: Wreck-It-Ralph, a story about its namesake Ralph (John C. Reilly), an apeish human character—much like Donkey Kong—from an 80s-era video game whose entire purpose in life is to climb up a large building and smash it to pieces as a small handyman character named Fix-It Felix Jr. (Jack McBrayer) fixes it window by window. Oh, and when children aren’t in the arcade getting Fix-It Felix up to the top of the building so he can earn his gold medal, Ralph lives in a big pile of bricks and rubbish while Felix and the rest of the building’s inhabitants party up in the penthouse. So when Ralph gets a little lonely and starts to feel unhappy about his life, he abandons ship (er, video game) and hops between consoles via Game Central Station to win himself a gold medal and prove that he can be a hero, too.

Sound a bit like Toy Story? A Bug’s Life? Wall-E? We have inanimate objects who grow tired of their life and seek a better one, insects and animals who grow tired of their life and seek a better one, robots that grow tired of their life and seek a better one, so why don’t we just add pixels to the mix for fun? One of the biggest hindrances to this movie so far is that it’s been classified countless times as a Pixar film, but it’s not, and it’s sort of unfair to compare it to the stream of stellar Pixar releases (let’s continue to forget Cars 2, if that’s all right) simply because it’s an animated movie. And the animation is great, anyway. With a mix between polished 3-D characters and ocassional two-dimensional pixelated ones, it drives home the geeky world from which they reside where they travel from video game, to station, to video game a’la power cords and power strips. The world is filled with references, such as a Final Fantasy graffiti-strewn wall (pay attention, fans), a Metal Gear Solid exclamation (!), a Halo-meets-Gears-of-War planet, the word “Jenkins” also located on a wall (really, a lot of these Easter eggs ended up as graffiti on walls somewhere), or a certain half-bald dubstep DJ at a party. But when you strip away references, Easter eggs, video game character cameos and the all-around gimmick of the movie’s idea, there needs to be more of a backbone. There needs to be a solid narrative, strong characters and a plot to pull through for.

It doesn’t give everything justice, but to sum it up, Wreck-It-Ralph felt like a really fun time with a wildly missed connection. When a majority of the story line ends up taking place in a cavity-clogged pink racing game called Sugar Rush, you begin to feel just a little deceived. I kept thinking to myself, “OK, this is great and all, but get out of there! See something else! Go somewhere new!” Part of the excitement of this movie in the first place is seeing all of the different video games (real and fictional), so I just wanted them to explore it some more, rather than harp on the same string.

Sugar Rush is also where Ralph meets Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) an annoyingly cute racing character who is considered a “glitch,” because . . . well, she glithces. Not being accepted by the other characters in the game, Vanellope sets out to win a race with the eventual help of Ralph as they find their end-game fantasies crossing paths. And really, with the exception of Alan Tudyk voicing a wonderful Mad Hatter-like character called King Candy, all of the voice actors are manageable but never outstanding. From Reilly’s big oaf of a character, to Silverman’s childish moxy, to McBrayer’s simple cluelessness, these actors play to their archetypes to a blind Tee. Tudyk, on the other hand, sparks a little playful banter and experimentation into the mix, which was much needed.

Wreck-It-Ralph got so caught up in its nostalgia, references and gimmickery, that it forgot to have a proper emotional tug. And rather than explore the best things it had going for it, it threw them away like a wink and a nudge to all of the video game fans who undoubtedly flocked to the screenings. Children will enjoy this film for Vanellope’s potty mouthed humor, the visuals and the overall prospect of their favorite entertainment mediums banding together, and certain adults will most likely appreciate the homages that only they will catch. But in the soon-to-be annals of 3-D animation, I don’t see this raising any standards or breaking any boundaries. It has all of the groundwork for a great concept and a great narrative, but it’s missing what made a plastic space solider, a mute robot and even a tiny clown fish all so endearing: a beating heart and living soul.

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Watch the trailer for Disney’s Wreck-It-Ralph below:

Tue Nov 20

One Response to Wreck-It-Ralph

  1. Craig Thiebaud says:

    I thought all the video game references were really well done, but yea too much time in Sugar Rush land and I didn’t really care too much what happened to the characters by the end of it all

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