Posts Tagged ‘computer-animated science fiction action-adventure’

CTV NEWS AT SIX: NEW MOVIES AND TV SHOWS TO CHECK OUT THIS WEEKEND!

Richard appears on “CTV News at 6” with anchor Andria Case to talk about the best movies and television to watch this weekend. This week he has a look at two movies starring guys named Chris, “Lightyear” with Chris Evans and “Spiderhead” with Chris Hewmsworth.

Watch the whole thing HERE! (Starts at 37:46)

YOU TUBE: THREE MOVIES/THIRTY SECONDS! FAST REVIEWS FOR BUSY PEOPLE!

Watch Richard Crouse review three movies in less time than it takes to go to infinity and beyond! Have a look as he races against the clock to tell you about Pixar’s “Lightyear,” the psychological drama “Spiderhead” and the golf feel good flick “The Phantom of the Open.”

Watch the whole thing HERE!

RICHARD’S WEEKEND MOVIE REVIEWS FROM CP24! FRIDAY JUNE 17, 2022.

Richard joins CP24 to have a look at new movies coming to VOD, streaming services and theatres.  Today we talk about the animated sci fi flick “Lightyear,” an origin story based on the “Toy Story” franchise, the new Chris Hemsworth thriller “Spiderhead,” the quirky “Brian and Charles” and the feel-good golf movie “The Phantom of the Open.”

Watch the whole thing HERE!

RICHARD’S CTV NEWSCHANNEL REVIEWS FOR JUNE 17 WITH MARCIA MACMILLAN.

Richard joins CTV NewsChannel anchor Marcia MacMillan to talk about the animated sci fi flick “Lightyear,” an origin story based on the “Toy Story” franchise, the new Chris Hemsworth thriller “Spiderhead,” the quirky “Brian and Charles” and the feel-good golf movie “The Phantom of the Open.”

Watch the whole thing HERE!

 

 

NIAGARA IN THE MORNING: TIM DENIS MORNING SHOW MOVIE REVIEWS!

Richard sits in on the CKTB Niagara in the Morning morning show with host Tim Denis to talk the animated sci fi flick “Lightyear,” an origin story based on the “Toy Story” franchise, the new Chris Hemsworth thriller “Spiderhead,” the quirky “Brian and Charles” and the feel-good golf movie “The Phantom of the Open.”

Listen to the whole thing HERE!

CFRA IN OTTAWA: THE BILL CARROLL MORNING SHOW MOVIE REVIEWS!

Richard sits in on the CFRA Ottawa morning show with host Bill Carroll to talk the new movies coming to theatres including the animated sci fi flick “Lightyear,” an origin story based on the “Toy Story” franchise, the new Chris Hemsworth thriller “Spiderhead,” the quirky “Brian and Charles” and the feel-good golf movie “The Phantom of the Open.”

Listen to the whole thing HERE!

 

THE SHOWGRAM WITH DAVID COOPER: DOES RICHARD CROUSE LIKE THESE MOVIES?

Richard joins NewsTalk 1010 host David Cooper on the coast-to-coast-to-coast late night “Showgram” to play the game “Did Richard Crouse Like This?” This week we talk about “Lightyear,” an origin story based on the “Toy Story” franchise, the new Chris Hemsworth thriller “Spiderhead” and the feel-good golf movie “The Phantom of the Open.”

Listen to the whole thing HERE!

LIGHTYEAR: 4 STARS. “humanizes the little hunk of talking plastic.”

The opening minutes of “Lightyear,” the new, Pixar origin story now playing in theatres, inform us that what we are about to see is the film that inspired “Toy Story’s” Buzz Lightyear character. In other words, it’s the movie that inspired the merch that inspired a movie that inspired even more merch.

Chris Evans voices the square-jawed, heroic and slightly goofy Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear. After a disastrous crash landing on a strange planet, his attempt to rescue the crew, including Alisha Hawthorne (Uzo Aduba), his best friend and commanding officer, goes wrong, leaving everyone stranded on a hostile planet 4.2 million light-years from Earth. His famous Space Rangers helmet weighs heavy on his head. “Everyone is stuck here because of me,” he says.

Determined to return home Buzz embarks on a series of experimental flights using various configurations of jet fuel, trying to find the right formula to achieve the hyper speed needed to cut through space and time.

But something strange happens. For every minute he’s in space, a year passes back on the planet. As Buzz tries trip after trip, his BFF Alisha ages, gets married has a child, and later a grandchild Izzy (Keke Palmer), while Buzz remains, more or less, unchanged.

On the planet, sixty years has passed before Buzz, and his smart and adorable computer companion cat Sox (Peter Sohn) try one last test trip, one that will unite him with Izzy, her “volunteer team of motivated cadets” and Zurg, a menacing force with an army of robots.

At first blush, “Lightyear” may seem like the origin story we don’t really need. Twenty-seven years, three sequels, one direct to video flick and a television series later, you wouldn’t think there would be much left to say about the character, but Pixar has found a way.

“Lightyear” is a Pixar film through and through. You expect the top-notch animation, some cool looking robots, cutesy side characters and the occasional laugh for parents and kids. Less expected is how fun the action-adventure is and how effective the patented poignant Pixar moments are.

It’s a hero’s journey, one that actually humanizes the little hunk of talking plastic (or coded series of bits and bytes) and imbues a catchphrase like “To infinity and beyond” with a new, heartfelt meaning.

“Lightyear” may well inspire a renaissance in the character and spawn more toys, but this movie is much more than merch.