Posts Tagged ‘Pablo Berger’

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

I appear on “CTV News at 6” with Andria Case to talk about the best movies and television to watch this weekend. I’ll tell you about the drama “I Used to Be Funny” and the animated “Robot Dreams.”

Watch the whole thing HERE! (Starts at 36:53)

NEWSTALK TONIGHT WITH JIM RICHARDS: DOES RICHARD CROUSE LIKE THESE MOVIES?

I sit in with NewsTalk 1010 host Jim Richards on the coast-to-coast-to-coast late night “NewsTalk Tonight” to play the game “Did Richard Crouse Like This?” This week we talk about Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in “Bad Boys: Ride or Die,” the drama “I Used to Be Funny” and the animated “Robot Dreams.”

Listen to the whole thing HERE!

CTV NEWS TORONTO AT FIVE WITH ZURAIDAH ALMAN: RICHARD ON WHAT TO WATCH!

I join “CTV News Toronto at Five” with guest host Sean Leathong, to talk about Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in “Bad Boys: Ride or Die,” the drama “I Used to Be Funny” and the animated “Robot Dreams.”

Watch the whole thing HERE! (Starts at 16:40)

RICHARD’S WEEKEND MOVIE REVIEWS FROM CP24! FRIDAY JUNE 7, 2024.

I join CP24 to have a look at Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in “Bad Boys: Ride or Die,” the drama “I Used to Be Funny” and the animated “Robot Dreams.”

Watch the whole thing HERE!

RICHARD’S CTV NEWSCHANNEL WEEKEND REVIEWS FOR FRIDAY JUNE 7, 2024!

I join the CTV NewsChannel anchor Renée Rogers to talk about Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in “Bad Boys: Ride or Die,” the drama “I Used to Be Funny” and the animated “Robot Dreams.”

Watch the whole thing HERE!

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

Fast reviews for busy people! Watch as I review three movies in less time than it takes to stamp your foot! Have a look as I race against the clock to tell you about Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in “Bad Boys: Ride or Die,” the drama “I Used to Be Funny” and the animated “Robot Dreams.”

Watch the whole thing HERE!

CKTB NIAGARA REGION: THE STEPH VIVIER SHOW WITH RICHARD CROUSE ON MOVIES!

I sit in with CKTB morning show host Steph Vivier to have a look at Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in “Bad Boys: Ride or Die,” the drama “I Used to Be Funny” and the animated “Robot Dreams.”

Listen to the whole thing HERE!

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

I sit in on the CFRA Ottawa morning show with host Bill Carroll to talk the new movies coming to theatres and streaming including Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in “Bad Boys: Ride or Die,” the drama “I Used to Be Funny” and the animated “Robot Dreams.”

Listen to the whole thing HERE!

ROBOT DREAMS: 4 STARS. “tells the story with images, no dialogue necessary.”

LOGLINE: Set in 1980s Manhattan, this animated film sees a lonely dog build a robot companion. Set to a soundtrack of blaring boomboxes and Alfonso de Vilallonga’s jazz piano score, the two bond instantly as they explore New York City’s graffitied streets and attractions. They are inseparable until one Labour Day while sightseeing at Coney Island, when Robot’s metal parts begin to rust. Can their friendship survive this new development?

CAST: Written and directed by Pablo Berger, based on the 2007 graphic novel of the same name by Sara Varon.

REVIEW: An odd couple, buddy flick, “Robot Dreams” is a lyrical study of loneliness, loss and the ties that bind. Presented without dialogue, it’s a tender, if unconventional, relationship drama between a Dog and a Robot, that gets the job done with unassuming but beautiful visuals. The film’s look is unpretentious, but the simplicity is deceptive.

Director Pablo Berger fills the screen with surreal 80s homages to NYC. Octopus drummers busk on the street, while punks populate alleyways and a magical snowman takes Dog bowling. It’s a magical world, a colorful background that echoes the spirit of artistic freedom that 80s NYC embodies. It’s there that Dog and Robot learn and grow about life, and discover some hard truths about friendship.

Their nonverbal performances harken back to the days of silent movies. Like an animated Laurel and Hardy, Dog and Robot tell the soulful story with images, no dialogue necessary.

Younger audience members should enjoy “Robot Dreams’s” animation and characters, but there is a depth to the story that will strike adults differently. As an allegory for evolving relationships, it touches on grown up themes of finding a place in the world for yourself, that may fly over the heads of the kids but should resonate with older members of the audience, particularly in light of the post-pandemic loneliness epidemic.