Parent Movie Review of Turbo by Southern Outdoor Cinema

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 Under Parent Movie Reviews

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live as a snail? To take hours to simply get across the yard is a reality that Theo lives with on a daily basis. While none of the other snails in town seem to have a problem with blazing a single, slow but steady, trail across the yard, Theo refuses to settle for anything other than blazing fast speed.

Everyone deserves to be happy with their life and Theo expects nothing more, and nothing less. The only problem is that for Theo, the happiness that being able to zip from one spot to another would bring, is one that can never be…or is it? That is a question that remains on his mind through each and every passing day.

The fact that many brothers are complete opposites isn’t a surprise, especially since Chet (Theo’s brother) is exactly that. For Chet, happiness is simple because nothing would make him happier than to see his brother finally come to terms with who he really is…a slow, never-get-anywhere-fast snail. Unfortunately, Chet’s happiness is ultimately dependent on Theo’s disappointment so as it stands, neither brother will ever find true happiness.

It is absolutely amazing how even the impossible can become possible when it is least expected, and for Theo that’s exactly what happens. It happened on an ordinary day of the week (not that there were ever extraordinary days up until this day) while Theo was sluggin’ his way over to the highway to watch traffic zip on by. Somehow he manages to get a little too close to traffic, and finds himself rolling over the hood of a car (make that a very fast car) and right into the engine.

If that weren’t bad enough (or so it seemed bad at that particular moment), Theo ends up completely submerged in a luminescent liquid, only to be blown immediately out of the tailpipe. Theo chalks it up to more bad luck but doesn’t realize that his luck is about to do back-to-back, super-fast doughnuts before the day is over. You see, while submerged in the luminescent fluid (which just so happened to be nitrous oxide), Theo’s genetic code was completely altered. The fluid that he was submerged in was now running through his veins which would have Theo running, no flying, before the day was over.

So in the blink of a snail’s eye, Theo had gone from your ordinary slimy snail to your extraordinary, scarifyingly fast, blue-slimy snail. His dreams had become a reality and Theo was finally happy. However, Chet seemed to be unhappier than before Theo turned into Super Theo. Before the accident, all Chet wanted was to see Theo accept who he was…slow. Now that things have completely changed, all Chet wants is to see Theo slow the heck down and get back to normal.

The only problem is that for Theo, everything is finally normal, and the only thing that he is in a hurry to do is zip around town as quickly as possible. Well, that and to prove to his brother that even a snail’s dreams can come true. But in order to accomplish that task in full, Theo will have to make it all the way to the Indy 500 so that he can change history forever.

Positive Elements

There are several positive elements throughout the film, but the most obvious (or maybe not so obvious) would have to be the genuine love that Chet has for his little brother. This can easily be mistaken for a brother simply being a pain in the behind, especially in the beginning of the movie. In fact, the true concern that Chet has for Theo might not be noticed until closer to the end of the film.

There is another side to that positive element in that Theo genuinely cares for his big brother as well. In fact, he loves his brother so much that he would literally risk his life if it became necessary. And yes, it does become necessary when Chet gets grabbed by a very hungry crow that happens to be passing by one day. Theo takes speedy pursuit, risking it all just to save his brother.

That leads us to additional evidence of the family values shared between the brothers. As a consequence of the snatch-and-grab by the crazy crow, and the tremendously fast response by little brother, Chet and Theo end up stranded in a scary town quite a distance away from home. Once again, Chet’s genuine concern for little brother might be misunderstood, and taken, for him simply being overly sensitive about everything. The thing is, he wants nothing more than to protect little brother from anything that could be taken as a threat against him. Something about this new town seems to give Chet that uneasy feeling, and his “big brother instincts” kick in quicker than Theo can move.

While in the strange town, Theo gets to meet his human hero, Tito (a race car driver), and the two become friends. They come to realize that they have quite a few things in common and without realizing it, they help each other out tremendously. Their theory is “that is what friends are for”. Tito runs a taco stand with his brother, and they need a new idea for promoting the stand. Theo (and a few of the other snails) team up with Tito to help make that dream a reality. Teamwork is a strong theme throughout the film as well.

Another positive element is that of always striving for more, and never settling for anything less than your dreams becoming reality. They all seem to be really big on the idea that you should never give up, and should keep on trying until you succeed. Well, Theo is very big on that theory. In fact, he has a habit of hitting hypothetical brick walls which is typically followed up with him putting out 110% rather than giving up.

One of the final connecting points to this ongoing positive theme is actually initiated by Chet. In a nutshell, it runs along the lines of making the most of each day that we are given to live. Chet asks Theo, point blank, one day “What if you wake up tomorrow and your powers are gone?” It doesn’t take Theo but a second to respond with, “Then I’d better make the most of today.”

Sexual Elements

Many of the snails work in a tomato factory, and a few of them comment on one tomato in particular. They mention that, on a scale of 1-10, it is an absolute 10 (compared to other tomatoes, of course). They also blurt out, “Look at her” and “Nice curves!” Chet attracts a female snail, named Burn, who happens to enjoy racing just like little brother. Burn mentions her booty to Chet in casual conversation, and tells him that they should be a couple.

Violent Elements

The movie starts out with a very unfortunate accident between Theo and the engine of a very fast car. His trip through the engine is terribly uncomfortable looking. A jealous, fellow racing snail, named Guy, makes an attempt to strip Theo of his speed by running him over with a car. While we are on the subject of speeding cars, many of the Indy cars in the race become involved in terrible crashes.

A little boy on a Big Wheel gets very close to running Theo over. Theo has a very close encounter with the wheels of a passing car. He also sees his life pass before his eyes as he nearly gets shredded by a lawnmower one day. One of the snails gets choked and kicked in an attack by a very old woman.

The aforementioned crazy crow was actually a part of a much larger group of crazy crows who would constantly snatch snails up and carry them off to be eaten. They were looked at, by the other snails, as an unfortunate part of life that everyone would have to just deal with. Several of these crows get into a fight over Chet, but Theo zips to the rescue just in time.

Drug and Alcohol Elements

Highly caffeinated beverages are quite the problem these days, but many people compare them to a simple can of cola. Theo is originally hooked on them. He is under the impression that they can have the ability to give him super-fast speed if he drinks enough of them. There is a scene involving adults at a party who are holding brown bottles labeled “lager” in their hand.

Steroids is another problem these days among athletes. It is used to enhance their physical ability. Theo’s encounter with the nitrous can be easily compared to that of a steroid fix to enhance his much desired speed.

Conclusion

Turbo starts out on a note containing several lessons to be learned. Family, friendship and persistence are an ongoing theme throughout the film. Both brothers prove to care for the other more than they care for their own lives. It just takes a little longer to decipher Chet’s behavior, and see it for what it really is. The bottom line is that he is the big brother that anyone who has a big brother in their life should be lucky enough to have.

A strong emphasis is placed on the power of persistence. The “follow your dreams” theme is one that seems to have no end (or clear beginning for that matter). It is an attitude that pops up in Theo right from the start, and one that ends in much the same way. If there is even one, single lesson that should easily be taken from Turbo, it is that of doing whatever it takes to attain your dreams. For Theo, that meant getting up each and every time that he fell, and putting out even more effort after doing so (in order to keep from falling again).

All-in-all, Turbo is a fantastic movie that the entire family could easily enjoy together. Once you get past the tidbits of violence, there is a real gem to be found!

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Paul is founder of Southern Outdoor Cinema, an outdoor cinema event production company based in Atlanta and a dad to 2 pre-teen girls. When he is is not traveling to create outdoor movie nights for communities, he is spending time playing board games, reading books and of course watching movies with his girls.

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Earth day: 5 Movies to watch

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Apr 21, 2014 Under Movie Articles

5 Movies to watch on Earth Day

Earth Day is a worldwide event that is celebrated on April 22 of each year for the purpose of demonstrating environmental protection support. It originated back in 1970 and has since grown to become globally recognized. There are a total of more than 192 countries participating in the celebration each year, and it is now coordinated by the Earth Day Network. For those of you who might be interested in finding movies to watch on Earth Day, you might want to consider these favorites.

Epic

Epic is the story of a teenage girl who finds herself mysteriously transported to a fantasy world where the battle between good and evil is a battle that is fought on a daily basis. It is also a battle with much higher stakes than the typical battle between good and evil. In this 3D computer graphics adventure, the fate of both worlds lies in the hands of a teenage girl, a team of elite warriors, and a group of over the top figures who must learn to fight together if anyone is going to live to see another day.

Pocahontas

The movie “Pocahontas” is Disney’s attempt at combining its very own animation techniques with a story that is closer to a reality, from our not so distant past, than any of the other Disney animated feature films made. It tells the story of the Native American Indians during the time when European settlers came to claim America for their very own. It tells the story of the love shared between a young Indian woman (Pocahontas) and one of those very settlers, Captain John Smith. It tells the story of how a peaceful nation of Native American Indians lost their peaceful existence to a group of people who seemed to think that everything they were doing was for the good of everyone involved including the Indians.

Into the Wild

“Into the Wild” surrounds the life of Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch), and just how far he will go to become one with nature. After graduating from Emory University in 1990, Christopher decides to give away everything he owns, and leave everyone he loves, to begin his journey towards an inner peace that he feels only Alaska can offer him. He meets a number of interesting people along the way and experiences life in ways that not very many people experience. It is only through sheer determination that Christopher will accomplish his goal but will the price be worth the reward?

Furry Vengeance

When the construction of a new subdivision threatens the natural environment and its inhabitants, it is a single determined raccoon, who decides to do what needs to be done to stop things before it is too late, that makes a difference. Dan Sanders (Brendan Fraser) is a real estate developer who picks up and moves his family to Oregon where he is tasked with the job of supervising the undesirable pending construction of this new subdivision. It is only due to the efforts of the determined raccoon, and all of his friends living in the surrounding woods, that Dan has a change of heart and comes to realize that destroying one animal’s home to build another man’s home might not be the right thing to do after all.

Planet Earth

“Planet Earth” brings a message of consequences that could become reality if we are not careful with how we treat our planet. It spans a 12 month time period beginning in January and running through the end of December. It shows the different seasons and realities of just how things are in different areas of our beautiful planet. This 99 minute depiction will take you through the realities of nature and the chain of events that takes place as a result of life and how we live it on this great “Planet Earth”.

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Fast & Furious 7 is Currently Filming in Atlanta

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Apr 17, 2014 Under Georgia Film Industry

Filmed in Georgia: Fast and Furious 7

Fast and Furious fans who live in Atlanta will be happy to know that Fast and Furious 7 is currently filming there. Stars acting in the film have already been spotted around town, saying that they have been received with open arms. Lucky fans in the area may be able to see them, during their off hours.
Fast and Furious 7 expands on the story of Fast and furious 6, after Owen Shaw and his gang are dead. Dominic, played by Vin Diesel, and Brian, played by Paul Walker, are finally able to return to America and a normal life. But Owen’s brother has other plans for them, namely revenge. Will the crew be able to stop him?
Production for this film began in April, with choosing James Wan as the new director. The previous director left due to scheduling conflict. The script was once again written by Morgan, and it is being produced by Moritz. Earlier this year, in September, they filmed some scenes on the Pikes Peak Highway in Colorado.
There are scheduled street closures in downtown Atlanta on November 18 and November 25, to allow filming to take place. The police will be on hand to help direct the flow of traffic. There will be simulated gunfire and explosions, in keeping with the action of previous Fast and Furious movies. Citizens are advised to keep up with announcements, as there are several sites the movie producers are planning to use. The full list of sites has not been released.
This movie is only the latest in a long line of movies to grace Atlanta. Just recently the new Hunger Games movie filmed there. Other notable pictures include Remember the Titans, Child’s Play 3, and House of Payne. Even Fast and Furious 5 was filmed in Atlanta, which is why everyone involved in Fast and Furious 7 were particularly excited about returning there. In fact, Atlanta is sometimes called the movie making capital of the south, and the local film industry seems to be growing rapidly. When this movie comes out, fans from Atlanta and Colorado will have fun guessing which scenes were filmed in their areas.

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Monsters University Parent Review

As with many of the sequels that are coming out these days, Monster’s University is rewinding it all the way back to the beginning. It has been a long 12 years since Monster’s Inc. hit the theaters, and now we get to see just how Mike & Sully became such good friends. Like many lifelong buddies, this scary pair met in college but more specifically, at Monster’s University.

Mike and Sully couldn’t be any more different than they are. Sully finds being a scarer to come quite naturally while Mike finds himself trying a little too hard and failing a little to often. Sully is simply following in the footsteps of his father, who happened to be one of the most talented scarers in Monstropolis, while Mike is the first in his family with the desire to become the best scarer that he can be. It’s actually amazing that they ever became friends at all.

The story behind their friendship, however, really does make sense. Mike & Sully both arrived at Monster’s University at the same time. They both wanted nothing more than to become scare majors. The difference was that Mike & Sully had completely opposite strengths, which is exactly what would bring them so close together in the end.

You see, Mike was the brains while Sully was the brawn. Mike soared academically at Monster’s University and Sully soared as a natural born scarer from day one. The problem was obvious in that Mike couldn’t scare a fly and Sully couldn’t gain any ground with the academics. This was a problem that caught up with the pair all too quickly as Dean Hardscrabble dropped the hammer on both Mike and Sully leaving them both searching for new majors.

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The one thing that both Mike and Sully did have in common was determination, and they were both determined to get back on track as soon as possible. And then came the Scare Games, a winter competition between rival fraternities and sororities at Monster’s University. It was a competition that required teams to use each of the skills that would be required of any scarer graduating from the university. The only problem was that Mike and Sully needed to join a fraternity fast.

Needless to say, the pair get lucky and are able to join the Oozma Kappa Fraternity. They are also able to convince Dean Hardscrabble to let them back into the program if their fraternity wins. The only downside is that losing would mean the ‘boot’ for everyone in Oozma Kappa. It is a battle that is going to take both brain and brawn, something that this wacky fraternity has an equal amount of, which is what saves each of them in the end.

Positive Element

Behind all of the scare is actually a very positive lesson to be learned. While we all have weaknesses in one area or another, it is friendships that make us stronger. For Mike and Sully, this is a reality that they learn to live with on a daily basis. Mike Wazowski is quite the genius, and it is his smarts that brings Oozma Kappa to the point of victory, but not before bringing him to the realization that he needs much more than brains if he is going to succeed. Sully, on the other hand, has everything that it takes, physically, to become the best scarer alive, but he learns all too quickly that without brains, brawn is nothing.

The pair learn that individually they are flawed, but together they are unstoppable. This is a lesson that many would be much better off learning today.

Sexual Element

There is a very brief kiss that is shared between an engaged Ms. Squibbles and Don, while Don sarcastically comments on Squishy’s brother marrying his mother. Mike and Sully share an embarrassing moment while sleeping. Sully’s arm lands on Mike’s face and Mike begins kissing it because he is in the middle of a dream about a princess and a stable boy.

Violent Element

Mike and Sully must go through a fraternity initiation ceremony that involves them being spanked with a wooden paddle. Then there are the frequent frightening moments between human children and scarers on the job. There are also quite a few scenes that involve humorous violence (at least that is what it is made out to be). Hits, bumps and slaps are found throughout the movie.

Drug and Alcohol Element

There are mere insinuations to the fact. A party shows students holding red cups in their hands which could easily be taken as cups of beer. Loud music, dancing and sleeping students who look to be drunk during one scene.

Conclusion

Monster’s University is another Pixar materpiece but with mixed reviews. While it does bring up a very good point about the importance of friendships, it also portrays the college party scene in a disturbing, yet up close and personal, way. A college frat party where everyone has a red plastic cup in hand while listening to loud party music. Really? Now how many parents aren’t led to believe that those red plastic cups are filled with alcohol? And if parents get that impression, how many children are possibly wondering the very same thing?

Then there is the hazings, the frat initiations and the plain old super-scary moments with children in their bedrooms and the scarers terrifying them. These can all be quite disturbing to youngsters frequenting this movie in particular.

On the other hand, there is the very distinct importance of friendship portrayed in Monster’s University. Mike and Sully share a very special kind of friendship. In fact, their friendship is the kind that makes them better individuals because of it. It is an important lesson that many would be much better off learning on a personal level today. It is something that we need even at a very young age.

Monster’s University is unmistakably a Pixar masterpiece, however, it is one that will be left to parents to decide on for their own individual families.

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Paul is founder of Southern Outdoor Cinema, an outdoor cinema event production company based in Atlanta and a dad to 2 pre-teen girls. When he is is not traveling to create outdoor movie nights for communities, he is spending time playing board games, reading books and of course watching movies with his girls.

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Tax Day: 4 Movies About Money

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Apr 14, 2014 Under Movie Articles

4 Best movies about money

Money is something that many of us can definitely use more of and whether it be money that we get back during tax season or money inherited from a relative, the only thing that matters is that we find ourselves with more of it. Well there are more movies relating to money than expected and narrowing them down to a few of the favorites wasn’t as difficult as first thought. Below is a list of four of them with the top pick being an appropriate money related movie and all that we have to say is “Show me the money”!

Jerry McGuire (Show me the money)
Tom Cruise plays Jerry Maguire, a sports agent with one of the major sports management firms in the area. He’s successful, liked by everyone he comes in contact with, and can negotiate even the toughest athlete into jumping on board. The problem is that Jerry seems to be developing a conscience and what’s worse is he decides to write his thoughts down on paper and share them with everyone in the firm. You see, Jerry now feels that representing an athlete should be more about the long term relationship than about the immediate profits and he hopes that everyone else will share his new thoughts on the matter. Unfortunately, the higher-ups don’t and Jerry gets fired. While Jerry’s former associates scramble to steal all of his clients, only two people have the courage to join him, Dorothy (Renee Zellweger), a former staff accountant and Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a football player with too much pride to be all that he can be on the field. Together the three prove that it truly is more about the relationship than it is about a contract on a piece of paper that clients are looking for in an agent.

Mr. Deeds

When an extremely wealthy media magnate by the name of Preston Blake (Harve Presnell) dies leaving 40 billion dollars behind with no known heirs to inherit it, his associates scramble to find a way to take control of the money. Then the unexpected happens and a very distant relative by the name of Longfellow Deeds (Adam Sandler) is located in a small town in the middle of nowhere running the local pizzeria. The only way that Deeds will be able to claim his extremely large inheritance is to go to New York City where Blake’s former associates, Cecil Anderson (Erick Avari) and Chuck Cedar (Peter Gallagher) are supposed to help him finalize everything and take control of the money. But Cecil and Chuck have much different plans in that they hope to find a way to get their hands on the fortune instead. Between the scheming duo out for his inheritance and the sleezy tabloid television producer out for a story, Deeds must fight to keep it all together while doing the right thing in the process. With an ending that will literally take you by surprise, “Mr. Deeds” is a definite “must see” for those who have never seen it before.

Pretty Woman

Pretty woman is the movie that made Julia Roberts the movie star that she is today. It is a story of love and how it can be found in the most unlikely of places. Julia Roberts plays Vivian Ward, a princess stuck in the body of a hooker simply waiting to be freed. Richard Gere plays Edward Lewis, a corporate shark who has recently become single once again. And together, they make more of a pair than anyone would have imagined. While on his way to the Beverly Hills Hotel, Edward stops to ask Vivian for directions and decides to retain her services for the week in exchange for $3,000.00, a new wardrobe, and a complete makeover. Before the week is over Vivian will become the princess who has always been trapped inside of her body, Edward will find true love where he would have never expected to find it, and together the pair will show us that fairy tale dreams still do come true.

Wall Street

This true to life story of power, and how very real and dangerous it can be on Wall Street, follows Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) and his life through its highs as well as its lows. Jacob Moore (Shia LaBeouf) is the very young banking investor who finds out, after joining forces with Gekko, that greed will always be the name of the game on Wall Street. He learns this lesson the hard way, and only after getting into a relationship with Gekko’s daughter Winnie (Carey Mulligan) who would rather remain estranged from her fresh out of prison father than take a chance on getting hurt yet again. If there is one lesson that Jake takes from his experiences with Gordon, it’s that investing on Wall Street is much like swimming in a tank full of sharks. Sooner or later you will get eaten and that is just how it goes in the greedy world of investing.

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About Southern Outdoor Cinema
Southern Outdoor Cinema, LLC, is the LARGEST producer of high
quality outdoor movie events in the United States for movie studios, film
festivals, marketing agencies, Fortune 500 Companies, schools and
cities. Southern Outdoor Cinema produces extraordinary outdoor movie
experiences with big screens and bright and colorful images so that your
audience members feel like they are at a real Hollywood film premiere.
Contact Southern Outdoor
Cinema
to receive a free consultation for your next special event.

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