Penguins of Madagascar

Go, Spoilers ahead.
Skipper, Rico, Kowalski and Private are adorable. The movie is one of the few that actually has a moral. Even the least of us can give of ourselves. This has lots of laughs and witty one liners. I especially liked Dave ( Dr. Brine) calling out to his crew, Nicolas, cage them!”, “Drew, Barry, more!”, “Charlize, they’re on the way and my favorite Kevin, keep baking we are going to need the cake.
Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) opens the movie as filming the famous scene from March of the Penguins. I guess Luc Jacquet wasn’t available. We go on to pay homage to several more films. The best cameo is King Julien. I really love him, and Maurice reinforces that the least of us can give of ourselves.
This is a laugh out loud movie that everyone will enjoy. Please pass the cheesy dibbles.


No Go, Spoilers follow
This is definitely not my type of movie. Actors egos and their inability to be real outside of their roles combine with a movie that fades in and out of reality to fantasy does not carry a cohesive story to me. The only thing I think that works is that Riggan actually does kill himself on stage instead of just shooting off his nose and what follows is all his death fantasy. Emma Stone steals the show and it is great to see Edward Norton again.

Fiddler on the Roof

Must Go
Seattle Musical Theatre
WoW, this was incredible. I did not expect to like this so much having just seen the movie. Larry Albert as Tevye really owned the role. All the singers were very good. The staging was phenomenal. Instead of relying on props they pantomime most of the props. Yes, you did believe that was a real plate and glass. The bottle dance did have real bottles. How they keep them on their heads I can only guess. The only weak part were the Cossack dancers, but very few people could even attempt to squat and thrust their legs out. The dream sequence, always one of the best parts, was extremely well done.

Big Hero 6

Welcome: Baymax, Hiro, Go Go Tomago, Wasabi, Honey Lemon and Fred to the pantheon of Marvel Super Heroes.
Big Hero 6 is from an obscure Marvel comic that Disney bought along with the entire Marvel studio. This was an unlikely project that has turned into a big hit.
Baymax is a healing robot programmed with the three laws of robotics. You will love him in this comedy drama as he protects Hiro Hamada and instills him with humanity. Baymax is a combination of the Pillsbury Doughboy and Iron Man.
The Three Laws of Robotics (by Isaac Asimov)
1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.


Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom gives a tour de force performance as a sociopath. His chase after gory news stories (if it bleeds it leads) for an equally sociopathic news director Nina Romina (Rene Russo) will send shivers up your spine. Does nobody have any morals? The car chase scenes are great, the story will keep you entertained.