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Big Hero 6 Directors

Oscar Watch 2015. Best Animated Feature Nominee – BIG HERO 6

What a blast!  If you want to journey inside the making of Big Hero 6, look no further.  In this episode of The Film Freak Movie Interview, Leo Quinones sits down with Directors DON HALL & CHRIS WILLIAMS. Also adding tremendous insight is Producer ROY CONLI.

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Big Hero 6 Directors

Oscar Watch 2015. Bast Animated Feature Nominee – BIG HERO 6

What a blast!  If you want to journey inside the making of Big Hero 6, look no further.  In this episode of The Film Freak Movie Interview, Leo Quinones sits down with Directors DON HALL & CHRIS WILLIAMS. Also adding tremendous insight is Producer ROY CONLI.

Follow Leo Quinones on Twitter @MovieInterview or Instagram @TheMovieInterview

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EXCLUSIVE: Rio 2 Director Carlos Saldanha

Leo Quinones talks with Carlos Saldanha about smash, Rio 2. Blu & the gang fly into theaters April 11th, 2014.

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Interview: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio Writers of Despicable Me 2


Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio are the writing engine the drives animated movies like, “Despicable Me,” “Horton Hears A Who,” “The Lorax” & now “Despicable Me 2.” They’re two guys who love what they do. The movie is funny. I sat in a theater full of kids &they cracked up the entire time.  By the way, The Minions are coming & they are getting there own movie.  You’ll find out all you need to know about the world of ‘Despicable Me’ right here.  I hope you enjoy the interview. Just like Gru, you can Follow me on Twitter @leoquinones. NO MINIONS WERE HARMED DURING THE COURSE OF THIS INTERVIEW!



Brave Movie Review

Disney Pixar jumps into the summer box office fray with “Brave.”  It’s the story of Princess Merida, a spirited lass from the Highlands of Scotland.  Animators first journeyed to Scotland way back in 2006.  They then returned in 2007 to immerse within Scottish culture.  Their research included taking in stories steeped in the Scots culinary habits, foggy weather, wildlife, trees & rich ancestry.  These steps are what make the animation is as good as what you’d expect from Pixar.

Merida’s journey revolves around a universal theme of most teenagers throughout the ages, ‘Let me live my own life!’  The conflict comes from within the family must be resolved with family.  The story involves witches, potions, ferries & thundering horseback rides.  Young girls all over the world will absolutely love watching ‘Brave.’  The movie is being pushed as 3D, but you can save a few bucks per tickets by watching it in 2D.  It’s just as fun.

I think Brave is a wee bit scary for kids under the age 6.  There’s classic Disney villains & there’s things nightmares are made of.  Hit a bullseye like Merida & Follow Leo on Twitter @leoquinones.  The Film Freak iPhone App is %100 FREE. Just search Film Freak.



Alvin & The Chipmunks at Grauman’s Chinese Theater w/ Leo Quinones

I had the honor of being the Master of Ceremonies for the PAW print in cement ceremony for Alvin & The Chipmunks.  Jason Lee was on hand along with producers/creators Ross Bagdasarian & his wife Janice.  This has been an 84 year tradition at Grauman’s Chinese Theater & it happens in the very heart of Hollywood.  The kids were loving it!

During the ceremony, one adventurous chipmunk went AWOL. Of course,  I’m talking about Alvin. He’s gone. He’s out.  We don’t know where he is.  If you’d like to find out & join the search, log onto www.whereisalvin.com.  “Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” sails into theaters December 16th, 2011.



Puss In Boots Movie Review


Antonio Banderas’ voice is simply perfect for the animated feline, Puss in Boots……oh, and the Nasonex Bumblebee. Puss In Boots finally steps out into his very own adventure.  This story takes us to a time and place years before the feisty feline ever met a wise-cracking ogre named Shrek.

This a prequel I like to call, #OccupyFairyTale. It weaves in familiar characters like the dude with those crazy-magic beans, Jack, (voiced by Billy Bob Thorton). Or the dude who’s rightfully afraid of heights, Humpty Dumpty (voiced by Zach Galiafinakis).  Oh & there’s furry love too with Kitty Softpaws, (voiced by Salma Hayek).

Puss In Boots is silky smooth with all the lady cats, but come morning, he’s makin’ tracks.   The story synopsis:  Running from the law, Puss is an outlaw, with wanted posters adorning his hometown.  As kids, Puss In Boots & Humpty Dumpty were thick as thieves living in the same orphanage.   They both had a dream, they’d one day get Jack’s crazy-magic beans, plant the beanstalk & ascend to rarefied air, the place where a magic goose lays Golden Eggs, (by the dozen).

That scheme gets put into motion.  If there’s a theme for the young ones here, it’s trust issues. Trust your friends.  They may sometime betray you, but that’s life.  Learn from it.  There’s plenty of scenes that involve swordplay & dancing. I’m confident all the kiddies will be spellbound for the 90-minute running time.

My favorite parts of the movie were when we see the little things cats do.  Scratching, cleaning, rubbing & purring. I especially enjoyed seeing Puss In Boots order up a straight shot of milk in a western saloon.  Hats off to the animation team.

This is a fun movie.  Kids will love it.  As for movie critics who gave it an F, do us all a favor, just quit.  Can’t you let kids enjoy a movie without snooty criticism? Does every single movie need to be an Oscar contender starring Helen Mirren?   Get out of the business.

This movie is being touted as Puss In Boots 3D.  There’s an option here as many theaters are showing it in 2D.  You can easily save a few bucks there. If you want honest movie reviews, I’m always here.  Get the Film Freak iPhone – iPad app. It’s the app that saves you money on movies.  Just search Film Freak.

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30 Minutes Or Less Movie Review

Jesse Eisenberg is Nick.   A guy who hates his job, his boss & probably his life.   What does he do for a living?  He delivers pizzas like a NASCAR Ninja in just 30 Minutes or Less.   Nick’s last delivery is gonna be a doozy.  Two second rate losers (Danny McBride & Nick Swardson) hatch a plan to make quick money.  Instead of robbing a bank themselves, they’ll strap a homemade bomb on a stranger & make him do it.

As you’ve seen in the trailer, once the bomb has been planted on Nick, he seeks help from his best friend Chet (Aziz Ansari).  Armed with only knowledge of 80’s action flicks, these two idiots rob the local bank to the tune of 100,00 bucks.

Two familiar faces are scene stealers with limited screen time. First, the hitman (Michael Peña). Very funny.  Also, from TV’s “Rules of Engagement,” is Bianca Kajlich who plays a local stripper. While dancing on Danny McBride, Bianca goes full blown topless. No special digital effects or enhancements. Man, the one time I want 3D & it’s not even there.

The idea of these two numb nuts getting away with this high profile robbery in Grand Rapids, Michigan is certainly a stretch. You’ll just have to go with it.  It’s a straight up rated R stoner comedy.  If you dug “Pineapple Express,” this is your movie.

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Final Destination 5 Movie Review

There’s an old saying, ‘Give the people what they want.’  And what they want is yet another dose of ” Final Destination.”  The popular film series flies in the face of everything.  It just doesn’t care. It’s all about scary premonitions & Death’s Design.  The TV spots have given away so much. What the audience wants to see, disturbing as it may seem, is beautiful people getting maimed, twisted & crunched in the most incredulous deaths imaginable.

Instead of being shocked & horrified, the crowd just laughs & cheers!  This time around, a bridge collapses & all but eight people on board escape with their lives.  Well, if you’ve seen the trailer, Creepy Coroner guys says, “Death doesn’t like to be cheated.”  One by one the survivors get picked off in a way sinister manner.  Death’s scenarios have been well documented in every TV spot. There’s the Lasik Eye Exam, the gymnast & the sensual Asian massage parlor & more!

When it comes to Final Destination 5, you best not over think it.  I saw it with a sold out crowd & they ate it up.  They were straight up laughing as the actors delivered their ‘serious’ lines.  Every time someone gets taken out, you can hear the ‘Ohhhhhhh-turn-into-sheer-laughs.’

I must admit, Final Destination 5 was super fun.  It’s rated R for extreme violence, but less nudity than Final Destination 4.  What’s up with that?  Personally speaking, I thought Final 3’s topless girl slow-cooking in the tanning bed death was a high point in the series.

The 3D thing is so played out…in the first 5 minutes!  3D opening credits show slow motion with things coming at you all through shattered glass. Yawn.  A hammer. A prosthetic arm. A skull. A tire. A Metal Rod. Yawn. A brick.  By the start of the movie, the 3D is totally on your nerves.  Save 4-5 bucks by seeing Final 5 in 2D.

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If I ever have a premontion about Death’s Design, you best follow me on Twitter @leoquinones.  Cuz, when I get that eerie vision, I will certainly Tweet about it & quite possibly save your life.

Thank me later,

Cheers!

Q



Cars 2 Movie Review

Make sure you arrive early to see “Cars 2″.  You just can’t miss the “Toy Story” gang in an all new short called,  “Hawaiian Vacation.”   Woody, Buzz & company are arguably Pixar’s most beloved characters and the studio has done an amazing job of continuing their adventures.

Movie critics are so slimy.  They’re trashing “Cars 2.”  I absolutely do not agree.  I’m watching this movie thinking, this movie is better than the original.  The story weaves in themes like, mechanical sabotage, international espionage & most importantly, sticking by your friends while not trying to change them .  Sir Michael Caine has the perfect voice as Finn McMissile, a slick 007-type British agent car.   Mater (Larry, The Cable Guy) has a much bigger role this time around.

There’s yet another terrific message targeted specifically to young people.  Director John Lassiter is sticking his neck out, really far.  The villain in “Cars 2″ isn’t an evil hot rod, or a ill-tempered tractor. No way. The Bad Guy here is BIG OIL.  That’s right.  At its core, this movie is about implementing an eco-friendly biofuel called, ALLINALL as an alternative to fossil fuel.  It’s all about saving planet Earth.   This movie will inspire millions of young people to rethink energy & seek a new path.  For that reason, plus the fact that it’s a solid movie, I’d say “Cars 2″ is a must see.  You can save money by seeing it in 2D.  It’ll be every bit as good.

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