November 15, 2014

Dilla › Interstellar › Movie Review › Science Fiction ›

Movie Review - Interstellar

I went into this movie with no expectations. Wait, no… Let me take four steps back. While watching the previews before Gone Girl (I’ll spare you the scathing review on that one) up came a preview for Interstellar.

To be quite honest, the trailer looked dull; painfully dull. Nothing happened. Nowadays previews reveal everything, so by the look of the trailer, there wasn’t going to be much. Boy, was I wrong…

The beginning

Dilla enjoying InterstellarFirst things first: thank you, thank you, thank you for not starting the film with an “End of Days” montage about the fall of civilization as we know it and wannabe Wolf Blitzers commenting every step of the way, plus the obligatory scrolling ticker announcing New York, Paris and Moscow have all been destroyed. I liked that they drop you right in the middle of the story and slowly reveal the details.

The future

Interstellar’s version of the future seems normal and contemporary. I found myself asking: What year is it? I’m sure my human parents were asking themselves: are we part of Donald’s generation or Cooper’s? Soon, I realized these questions weren’t important at all. The more relevant questions are: What are we doing about the future of our planet? Are we caretakers or explorers? What does the relativity of time mean for our survival?

Now, I’m no stranger to the relativity of time, what with variable aging rates or “dog years” as my sweet, loving, innocent humans refer to it, but it was refreshing to see a movie focus more on the science than science fiction. I ain’t no rocket surgeon, as W would say, but nothing felt too far-fetched, gimmicky or cheesy. This is a profound, believable movie about space exploration.

The details

From watching the spaceship carefully dock, entering the atmosphere of a new planet to surfing some of the biggest waves I’ve ever seen, it felt like I was there, traveling through space. It’s the only film I’ve seen where I actually feel like I’m part of the mission.

Nolan’s love for space and astronomy is evident and magnificently told through some of the most exquisite footage I have ever seen of matter, particles and energy. I don’t have a true IMAX theatre nearby, but was lucky enough to watch the 35mm film version. It looked gorgeous, the way movies should look…but I digress.

The pets

My only bone to pick is man’s best friend was replaced by giant talking robots, like TARS and CASE. Although the friendship of man and machine works well and feels almost human, let’s not forget who pioneered space travel. RIP Laika. I kept getting the creepy feeling that the future is not looking good for me and my four-legged friends. I just hope we weren’t victims of the first food shortage…

The conclusion

Story was captivating (I’m still barking about it). Casting was on point. Acting was superb. Special effects were magnificent because they were subdued, muted and felt real. Even though I watched this film after eating a full bowl of kibble and was sleepy, I couldn’t close my eyes for a second. Interstellar is Standing-on-4-paws-at-the-edge-of-the-seat good. I believe this is my first 4-paw review in a long while.

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September 13, 2014

Action › Movie Review › Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ›

Movie Review - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Sigh… first off full disclosure, I may be biased. Turtles confuse me. They sit there moving slyly, their heads and legs disappear and they just sit there. These turtles however, move, they talk and they even make jokes. They kick butt and were mostly likable, but then they interacted with Megan Fox and well, it just goes downhill every time that happens. (Yeah, like you needed more reason not to trust a Fox… but I digress).

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February 17, 2014

Animated › Movie Review › The Lego Movie ›

Movie Review - The Lego Movie: everything is [not] awesome

Dilla FrenchBo stares at The Lego Movie Action Figures

I really, really, really wanted this movie to be good just from seeing the cool action figures in the trailer and remembering my puppy days when chewing Lego bricks would keep me busy for hours.

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January 29, 2014

Action › Movie Review › Ride Along ›

Movie Review - Ride Along

Ride Along Movie Poster

Kevin Hart is believable and funny as Ben, a security guard overly excited about the idea of a career in law enforcement. He is eager but not ready to clean up the streets of Atlanta.

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January 01, 2014

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Dilla - the Movie Buff

Dilla FrenchBo

Born in Loveland, Colorado to Russian champion french bulldog ‘Islav’, and boston terrier ‘Maggie’, Dilla was raised by film producer and movie aficionado Gabrielle.

While living in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles, Dilla quickly became enamored of watching movies and TV shows. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the TV show, not the movie) was his favorite. After hours of play and training, he would curl up beside his mom, always giving her a little lick before settling down to watch Buffy, letting her know how much he enjoyed it.

When he wasn’t watching movies and TV shows, he was watching his mom edit feature films and documentaries. This was Dilla’s early introduction into understanding film and his growing passion of the silver screen. He studied film intently and soon began to critique them. It didn’t take long for his talent and eye for cinema to become evident.

To date, Dilla has critiqued hundreds of films, from Indies to Blockbusters. Recently, he gave “3 paws” to Animal Cookies, showing at the Northampton International Film Festival. Newly released films Fruitvale Station and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire received 4 and 3 paws respectively, unlike Ted, which only got 1 paw (to hit the “STOP” button on the remote.) But that’s only half of what Dilla has to say about the films he watches.

Movie buffs and novices alike will get a kick out of Dilla sharing a Bite of Life, entertaining viewers with his take on movies from a dog’s perspective.

Dilla's Ratings

Standing-on-4-paws-at-the-edge-of-the-seat good, ranking rarely given.

3 paws on the ground, 1 paw raised in expectation of what's going to happen next.

2 paws covering my eyes, wishing I wasn't watching this movie.

1 paw to hit "STOP" on the remote control, moving on to the next film…