Review: ‘Inside Out’ (psych 101 infotainment)

Your emotions…hilariously personified.

After Joy (Amy Poehler) appears in the mind of a newborn named Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), it isn’t long before another emotion appears: Sadness (Phyllis Smith). As little Riley grows up, more emotions appear: Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Anger (Lewis Black). The emotions guide Riley’s personality one memory at a time as she grows up, including a few special core memories that create “islands” of key personality traits. While Fear, Disgust, and Anger all challenge Joy from time to time, Sadness seems to infect everything she touches, even memories made by other emotions. At a critical time in Riley’s life enduring a move from her childhood midwestern home to a coastal city, Sadness begins to assert herself. When Joy attempts to stop her, they are both ejected from central control along with all of Riley’s core memories…leaving Fear, Disgust, and Anger in charge. What could go wrong?

From the people who made you cry when you watched Pixar’s Up…well, they’re going to make you cry again – TWICE. Writers have known about those little voices for a while now, but for the rest of the population, this may be a bit of a revelation. The voice cast is pitch perfect, especially Lewis Black as Anger…although it could possibly been better if comedian Sam Kinison was still alive. There have been similar ideas before – anyone remember Chris Rock voicing Osmosis Jones? – but instead of germ warfare, this is all about feelings, and Disney/Pixar has no qualms about manipulating yours.
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Panels for May 22-25, 2015 #Comicpalooza in Houston, Texas

Kevin A. Ranson – Creator, Writer, Critic

SpookyAuthorImageMay 22-25, 2015: Writer guest (confirmed) at Comicpalooza in Houston, Texas and representing He’ll be on the following panels if you’re in any way entertained by who he is and are so inclined to attend:

  • Friday, May 22 at 11:30AM – The Storytelling of Star Wars (Panel, PG, 1 hour) Panel Rm 03 – 350B
  • Saturday, May 23 at 2:30PM – No-Holds-Barred Critique Workshop (Workshop, PG-13, 3 hours) Panel Rm 21 – 352A
  • Monday, May 25 at 1:00PM – Must-Watch TV: The Best of Fantasy and Horror on Television (Panel, PG-13, 1 hour) Panel Rm 05 – 350C


Twas The Thriller Before A Christmas Carol

Grim D. Reaper combines a classic Christmas poem, Michael Jackson, and Charles Dickens into more proof that he can’t sing. Happy holidays and enjoy!

Death Wishes You a Safe and Happy New Year – Or Else.

Arrive alive. I deserve a night off too, dammit.

Grim D. Reaper: Rue Morgue Magazine Cover Model!

Here’s a shot from my Rue Morgue magazine photo shoot.
You mortals have no idea how much I starve myself to meet your expectations.


Crypt Revamp Completed; Prepare for a Film Review Onslought!

I spent the weekend having my minions update the Crypt, getting everything ship-shape for some serious content addition.

Someone (not mentioning any names) is a bit behind and needs to kick their rear ends into high gear.

Once all this is complete and caught up, I’ll be moving most updates to strictly weekends. That means you can stop by all week (and I’ll still be snarking… er, commenting on Facebook and Twitter) but the bulk of the content will be Saturdays and Sundays. Before I can get to that point, however, I need to get caught up, and there’s a whole lot coming your way!

And yes, some nifty new videos as well.

Grim D. Reaper’s Secret New Doctor Who Screentest!

Even before Matt Smith announced leaving the role of Doctor Who, secret screentests were already underway. Here’s a tip to prospective new Doctors: don’t destroy the TARDIS upon re-entry.