Minions: Adorable Creatures Finally Have Own Movie!

Hello everybody! For this week’s Newish Movie Show, we have Minions!



DIRECTED: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda

STARRING: Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan

GENRE: Animated, Family

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States

The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters – from T. rex to Napoleon – the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression.

minions-imageBut one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he – alongside teen-age rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob – ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first supervillainess ever. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in modern London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind…from annihilation.

I am going out front right now and am going to say it, I have never seen Despicable Me or Despicable Me 2. So as not a major fan of the Minions characters from the original franchise, so this review is going to be completely biased (isn’t that my job is a minions-movie-sandra-bullockblogger after all?) Anyway, I have to admit that after watching Minions, I actually thought they were relatively funny. I would have found them even funnier if I was twelve. I would like to give a shout out to Sandra Bullock, I don’t know exactly why you had to be in Minions, but I am sure glad that you were. Way to go Sandy B!

Now, onto my favorite part of each article. Minions was definitely written and created specifically for the younger demographic. I wish they had taken into account that us older folks have to watch it too, as I was close to tearing my hair out with ever single line those damn Minions muttered. I am already sick and tired of the Minions and they need to be gone.


  • Minions were enjoyable.
  • Sandra Bullock’s performance.
  • …Okay writing.


  • Definitely didn’t make for all demographics.
  • Minions grew annoying after halfway mark.

SCORE: 5.5 / 10

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Bad Words: Jason Bateman at the Spelling Bee?

Hello everybody! Today we have the random American black comedy, Bad Words.


STARRING: Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand, Ben Falcone, Philip Baker Hall, Allison Janney

DIRECTOR: Jason Bateman

GENRE: Black Comedy

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States

An adult, who has been a school dropout, finds a loophole in the regulations and participates in the largest spelling bee in the USA, The Golden Quill. His aim is to take revenge for something done to him in the past. The top of a large trophy depicts a bumble bee triumphantly holding up a torch overlooks an auditorium alive with activity. Parents and their children undergoing last minute preparations for the Big Day: The 15h Annual Regional Spelling Bee in Columbus, Ohio. Students practicing words, parents fixing their childrens collars or giving last minute pep talks all being watched by Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman) as he stands by the complementary food table listening to classical music. A parent lumbers over and asks Guy which child hes there to support but Guy tells him that he’s not here to support anyone.

Bad Words is an interesting film to begin with. Its another one of the films you randomly find at Redbox in the middle of the week and you pop it in for shits and giggles. While I like Jason Bateman alot, there are many of his movies that I despise. Fortunately, this was not one of them.

Bad Words is what happens when you add Jason Bateman’s raunchy comedy to something as innocent as a children’s spelling bee. This does definitely lead to some incredibly hilarious scenes, especially against his main screen counterpart Rohan Chand. His ten year old personality, tendencies, and lack of experience contrast Bateman’s genius level of experience and overall dickishness.

While the majority of the film was actually pretty funny, the film suffered from some serious drawbacks. The sheer logic behind the movie is absolutely appalling. But hey, anything to make a hilarious buck right? Don’t even get me started on the plot holes or the character motivations. Lets just say that this is the kind of film you turn your brain off and laugh your ass off.


  • Main cast performance.
  • Character relationships.
  • Setting.


  • Premise.
  • Character motivations.
  • Plot holes.
  • Logic.

SCORE: 6.5 / 10 

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