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It's funny when the most American movie to grace our screen in the last few years is an animated movie about robots. As I sat watching Fox's new computerized family flick, I couldn't help but think about how patriotic I was being helping to benefit a film that was supporting the same things It's a Wonderful Life or Mr. Smith Goes to Washington supported when they came out.

Robots is about a small-town boy with a dream of making it big in Robot City. Ever since Rodney Copperbottom (Ewan McGregor) was a little boy, he wanted to be an inventor. "Find a need, fill a need" was his life motto. Finally, he came of age and left his cozy family life and his too aging parents and headed off to the big city. Once he gets there, Rodney immediately feels overwhelmed and falls in with some wacky city folk who show him the ropes and help him find the need that needs filling.

See what I think of the film at Smart-Popcorn.com
This movie was random. Random is good, if you are the Family Guy or Simpsons. But in this movie, the use of being random (although funny) didn't fit in with the plot. For example, the Britney Spears moment.

This movie wasn't sure what it wanted to be. At some points I felt like they were trying to be like Disney, then Dreamworks. They use songs, then they don't. The editting is poor.

The movie does have its moments though. There are some jokes in it that are geared to kids and some to adults (which happen to be the funnier ones).

On another note, HOLY SHIT, the Star Wars Trailer is amazing! You might have to sit there with a mop.
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Definitely has a few slow stretches, but Downfall creates such an interesting internal conflict in its audience that you'll leave the theater questioning your own values. Do these people deserve our sympathy? Who's to say whose idea of a social structure is right? This movie does indeed humanize Hitler; in fact, it puts a human face on the whole Nazi regime. But that's truth and denying that would be to live in a fantasy world. Downfall asks tough questions and in one particularly striking scene, a man finds himself in a room full of people willing to die for Hitler, his face clearly insinuates his belief that their values are absurd; the movie is asking us an age-old question, who's really the crazy one here? If you answer this question with a resounding "I don't know", Downfall proves that in this case, controversial is not a misnomer.

A few words on some DVDs I've watched recently:

The Celebration: Brave characters don't quite make for a brave movie, but they do make for an interesting one. The Celebration is ugly visually and emotionally, yet lacks a realism to validate the Dogme style or to give the movie the kind of emotional punch that ideally lingers long after the credits have rolled. 6/10

Series 7: The Contenders: The movie's style, by its very nature, is frustrating, but Series 7 is funny and so well-scripted that the gruesome meets the hilarious in a couple ingenious strokes of reality television parody. 7/10

Fat Girl: I can hardly believe this is the same filmmaker who made the wretched Romance. Fat Girl is not what I expected and even if I question its insights into the life of young girls, I'll trust Breillat's intentions and will happily never forgive her for giving me such a brutal rush of sheer emotion in one of the most disturbing sequences I've ever seen in a film. 7/10

P.S.: Well-acted, I mean, come on, Laura Linney! However, the movie is typical and not at all as mystical as its characters seem to think. 3/10

All or Nothing: Effectively earns its title, Mike Leigh's All or Nothing (how did I let Vera Drake get away from me?) is wonderful in its ability to create working-class realism and while, as mentioned, its message comes across, the movie hardly registers on an emotional level. 6/10

Cellular: Pretty much exactly as it looks, kind of entertaining, but implausible to the point where it is, in fact, fair to still call it a bad movie. 2/10

Wet Hot American Summer: I admire its approach, but when the execution is as unfunny as this, offering Wet Hot American Summer my admiration may be veering dangerously close to unwarranted generosity. 3/10

Life as a House: Oh so very sentimental, but still enjoyable. It's unabashedly heavy-handed, but I can understand this Hallmark cheesiness achieving poignancy for those who don't take the movie so literally. 5/10
At times Robots manages to be hilariously funny with some truly ingenious humor, while at others it resorts to nonsensical sappy lines, that don't even fit with what's going on. It's a little too up and down, a little too hit and miss, but still, in the end, it manages to be a good time. Kudos to all the great actors for the voicework, and some splendid animation.

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:fresh: :fresh: :fresh: :fresh: :fresh: A fantastic fantasy and yet another step, in CGI that brings us closer to, CGI looking that much more real. Good laughs for the entire family. I can't wait for the DVD.
If you're a cartoon fan, this movie won't disappoint. A good family movie. Seemed a little short, but definitely worth seeing.
Went to take my kids to see this movie opening night. Lots of things to look for and listen to. See if you can catch all the things that are said that are off the cuff.

Also, see if you can catch all the cool things on screen that are funny (i.e. scene where you see a light pole and on the light pole is a curb your dog sign with a picture on it that has a dog and a hand with a magnet picking up the "poop*)

My kids are a little young 6 and 5. 5 year old fell asleep near that end and I don't think she understood most of it, but she will when it comes on DVD because she will be able to watch it over and over and over and over and...well you get the point.

I almost fell off my seat when they showed the trailer teaser of Ice Age II, what a funny bit.

This is a very good movie and should be seen at least once in the theater. It is a DEFINATE DVD buy.
This movie bored my 7-yr-old granddaughter and 11-year-old daughter; we all thought "The Pacifier" was much more entertaining. The schtick has been done in too many movies; the music scenes were the best part, but too few/far between the rest of the 'plot' ... I got bored, too................
Robots is wonderful and visually stunning film. A great story that can be enjoyed by the whole family. I hope the film does not get lost among other new releases. Go see robots, you wont regret it. It's only March and I know this is premature to say but it is the best film I have seen so far this year. By years end I know that will change but I have no doubt it will be one of my ten favorites.
We went to see Robots today.
There was a preview for Return of the Sith before it. hell yeah!!

The theater was PACKED with little kids. I always like watching kids movies with little kids because they are so funny. During one "battle" scene a kid close by kept saying Yah Yah!. The kids also cheered during one victory and clapped at the end :) .

It was a pretty cute movie. The animation was amazing! The voice cast was great. Robin Williams is always a hoot. It isn't fall-over hysterical like I was hoping, but it was good for some good chuckles. There is a lot of humor the adults will get.

Afterwards Mark, Kari & I ate chinese. yummmmm

OH and earlier today I got a package from my chocolate pen pal. Some Sees chocolates. We don't have that around here. It is very very yummy!