I recently saw Inside Out a second time, and I have to say I honestly think it might oust The Incredibles as my favorite Pixar film. I previously wrote a review of it giving it a score of a 9.0 (what an idiot I was). But I have since done something I'm normally against doing and altered that review and upped it to a perfect 10.
Simply put, Inside Out is a beautiful film, and arguably the most profound one that Pixar has made. It's deep understanding of children's emotions coupled with its wild imagination (which is often pretty surreal) make it the closest thing Pixar has made to a Miyazaki film. I simply don't have enough good things to say about Inside Out. Pixar has truly outdone themselves.
Now about E3.
I've currently written two blogs on my site (yeah, more links) about E3. One is about why Nintendo's E3 presentation, while uneventful, wasn't anywhere near as bad as Nintendo fans are making it out to be. The other is a list of my top 5 favorite games from E3 2015.
Personally, I found this year's E3 to be an okay show. Weaker than the last few years for sure, but far from the disaster everyone acts like it was. I'd give both Sony and Nintendo's conferences a B+ for showing quality games but lacking any meaningful surprises, and Microsoft a solid B for similar reasons, but the majority of games didn't excite me as much as the other two (this was your chance for Banjo-Kazooie 3!).
I unfortunately was only able to watch Square-Enix's press conference between all the third-parties, and I'd grade them a C+. Maybe a B-. Kingdom Hearts 3 could be fun, but I've honestly lost a great deal of interest once I found out all those handheld spinoffs are necessary to the story. Kingdom Hearts 2 was already kind of convoluted on its own accord, but I haven't even played any of the handheld titles, so I shudder to think how lost I would be playing Kingdom Hearts 3 (why can't developers just make the main numbered entries integral parts to their stories?). Still, if it has a Frozen level I could be swayed.
I was flabbergasted to find so many people were unenthusiastic about The Last Guardian's return. They claim "nothing has changed" since its PS3 version was shown in 2009 to now. After so many years of demanding where the game went, people do nothing but complain as soon as it returns. I swear, gamers just thrive of negativity and pessimism. It's like their source of power or something. I do have a little bit of concern about how much control the player has in the game, as I don't want to merely press a button or two to activate predetermined events. But I'm not about to pass all kinds of judgement at this point. Team Ico has made two wonderful games, with Shadow of the Colossus in particular being an all-time great in my book. The Last Guardian could end up in the same boat.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to the rest of the 2015 gaming year, and 2016 looks promising already. I do hope that next year, should I be able to make a triumphant return to E3 (I was unable to attend this year), that everyone will pull out all the stops for a great show.
In closing, has everyone seen Jurassic World yet? I don't know about you, but it kind of restored my faith in the blockbuster. It really has the heart of Spielberg's best blockbuster films (even if he himself didn't direct it). Aside from the masterpiece that is Inside Out (seriously people, see it!), I'll still say Jurassic World is my favorite film of the year.