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Coming out in theaters today is what I’m thinking might be one of this summer’s top  grossing movies, Despicable Me. Granted, that is not saying much as this summer has  been a bit of a bust in hollywood as most of the big “blockbusters” have fallen flat on  their million dollar faces in the box offices of America. In truth the animated films of  this year’s summer movie season have done far better than their live action counter  parts.Shrek Forever After, Toy Story 3, How to Train Your Dragon; the animated movie scene has  been cleaning up the box office money this summer only being out shined by a few  movies such as Iron Man 2 and The movie that I will not name for fear that it’s crappy  writing and glittery vampire drones will infect my blog. In any case, these kinds of  numbers make me believe that Despicable Me will out shine the rest and really bring some  new life to the faltering summer movie scene.

Despicable Me features the talented voice acting of Steve Carell , best known for his  rolls in The 40 Year Old Virgin, and “The Office”, as he takes on the roll of the star  “villain” in this cheeky family movie where an out-and-out self viewed evil master mind  named Gru seeks to lead his army of quirky minions in his greatest and most devious  plot yet, to steal… THE MOON! Muahahaha… sorry. However, Gru’s devious plot is  met with the unanticipated road block made up of three young orphans, played by Miranda Cosgrove,  Dana GaierElsie Fisher, who are placed in his care. What Gru discovers as he tries to juggle his plans to pull off his most evil plot yet, and manage three precocious little girls is that there might be more to life than freeze rays and world domination.

The cast of characters assembled for this movie seem up to the challenge of bringing this monstrous villain to a very happy ending for all families that come to see it. With Jason Segel, of “How I Met Your Mother” and Forgetting Sarah Marshall fame, playing Gru’s arch rival Vector, and broadway and hollywood starlet Julie Andrews playing Gur’s mother the over all casting gets only better with the other voice talents brought to bear through out the movie.

I admit that the initial theatre release trailers had me wondering if I would even be interested in watching this movie as they seemed to only focus on the rivalry  between Gru and Vector, but with the more recent trailers that have been airing lately, in which we learn about the three girls and their role with Gru, I feel like this has more of the makings of a family classic, one that children can easily see with their parents and the parents will not want to shoot themselves for seeing with their kids.

As this is Sergio Pablos first attempt at writing, one can hardly judge the merit of his skill, however,Ken Daurio has more of a track record with his Script writing and with movies such asHorton Hears a Who! and Bubble Boy under his belt, one can bet this movie will carry with it the same family enjoyment that those movie provided.

The 3D element of the movie will more than likely have little in the way of an effect on the success of the movie. 3D seems to be the way the movie industry is going once again now that it has been improved from its red/green glasses of yesteryear. However, I find that the 3D element in a movie does not do much more than make the visuals more fleshed out and realistic, true it can really make a scene pop with beauty or reality, but it will not save or break a movie. As I said, more movies are using this as a tool in their arsenal to bring people into the theaters, so in time it will become quite common place and more than likely will lose its current “wow” factor.

I believe tho, that “Despicable Me” is going to garner some great box office numbers and really bring the movie goers back in to see it again and again. I know I am looking forward to it, and that’s how I see it.

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Brick: a Detective movie by Rian Johnson

I admit I love a good Noir film. Sit me down and give me some across the tracks hero, a        stunning fem fatale and boat load of intrigue and I’m hooked. Dropping names like “The Big Sleep“, “The Maltese Falcon” and “Dark Passage” would put anyone on the right track of  finding great and well-known noir films to sink their teeth into. However, “Brick” did not get the  popular attention I think it deserves, and if any movie has the capability and the moxy to become  a cult noir classic, it is this movie.

Brick is also interesting because it takes a story style that was popular in the 1940’s and  modernizes it to a more present day atmosphere without killing any of the style’s architecture or  altering the classic and well-loved archetypes of the genre. The movie takes place in your  average mid-west high school and focuses on the path of Brendan Frye, a kid on the out skirts of  popular school society, but who has an ear and a finger on all the different clicks that make up  the culture of high school. The central hub of the story lies in the mysterious death of his former  girl friend. As he goes off the high school “grid” to find out her story and learn who is  responsible he ends up taking us all on a dark trail of deception and half-truths that keep us  wondering who’s side is the right side, who can you trust, and finally what lengths does  someone go for lost love?

With out a doubt I am a fan of the language used in this movie, like its’ genre has always  given us, this movie is rifled with turns of phrase and jargon that paints the gritty, bluff them or  beat them, life on a pin style of this movie better than any set designer could hope to capture.  Listening to this movie is more than being entertained by the story, which is good enough to  keep you glued, but also about listening to an even flow of words that mix and mesh and force  your mind to really think about some of the terms used in order to really grab hold of the  situation.

The characters make up a gallery of interesting, multi-layered, and hard-boiled  individuals so enjoyable and convincing that you give high praise to the casting director Shannon Makhanian, also responsible for Hatchet and The Brothers Bloom, for assigning such excellent young actors to play the parts. From Joseph Gordon-Levitt (recently starring in (500) Days of Summer) who plays our lonesome hero Brendan, to the features fem fatale Laura, played by the lovely and provocative Nora Zehetner of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Heroes” notoriety.  Also in this we find our local king pin of crime in this suburban area, ironically enough called  “The Pin” played by Lukas Haas, and his number one henchman Tug, played by Noah Fleiss.

How are these people involved in the murder of Brendan’s ex? What is this “brick” everyone keeps referring to and how will Brendan find out all the answers he needs before someone drops the dime on him as the murder of his ex-girlfriend? To find out all of this and more I highly recommend going out and renting this provocative whodunit. Or move it to the top of your Netflix line up, I can pretty much guarantee if you like a good murder mystery, or are also a fan of the noir film genre, then you will enjoy this movie.

Below I’m going to give you just a little taste, but remember, the first taste is free, the rest is up to you to.

I give “Brick” a 4.5 out of 5 stars, And that’s how I see it.

If you like these movies you will more than likely enjoy this one, and vice versa is true.

The Lookout

Mysterious Skin

The Brothers Bloom

Hard Candy

© David Carl Dobbs and How Dobbs Sees it, 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to David Carl Dobbs and How Dobbs Sees it with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.