Warcraft movie review: Put simply, it’s fine

I’m not entirely sure how the “layman” responds to Warcraft. How does someone who has never interacted with one of the RTS games or World of Warcraft or even Hearthstone ingest this film? I personally feel like every person I know has at least had exposure to the concept of World of Warcraft and its two warring factions, the Alliance and the Horde, prominently represented by the Humans and Orcs respectively. It’s really hard to separate that viewpoint, that knowledge of the “franchise” that’s so ingrained into me and those I consider friends.

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Sundance 2016: Day 4

So Monday was an odd day at Sundance for me. I only saw 2 movies, and was fairly sick actually with a helluva cold. But both of the movies I saw were excellent and of particular interest. Especially How to Tell You’re a Douchebag, which, full disclosure, my parents were executive producers and which I attended a test screening for last year before the film was in the festival. Anyway, let’s get into it.

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Sundance 2016: Day 1

So this was my first Sundance! Also sort of my first film festival. My parents have been attending Sundance for years now, and this year is special, because they have actually executive produced a film that was in the festival this year (How to Tell You’re a Douchebag)! As a bit of a celebration they brought me along, and so I’m going to be cataloging all the movies I saw with little reviews, along with bigger reviews for any of the pictures I see that I think deserve it. Friday¬†was my first day, and I was able to see three movies. Belgica, Morris from America, and the already controversial Swiss Army Man. Let’s dig in!

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Inside Out Makes It Okay to Cry in the Theater

I don’t remember crying at the beginning of Up. I can remember the opening sequence relatively vividly, but the rest of the movie is a blur. I remember Doug the talking dog. The balloons. A colorful bird? An airship? Some other dogs? While the opening sequence of Up is beautiful, even a recognizable masterpiece, the movie on the whole is of lower Pixar quality (which is still quite good).

Inside Out is a masterpiece all the way through. I was sitting in the middle of the theater, surrounded by families, kids, even teens on dates. And there I was, sobbing, tears streaming down my face, snot coming down my nose, and the full catharsis of the movie totally rocking me. The beginning of Up might be sadder, but Inside Out made that sadness okay.

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