Watch at Home: ‘Toy Story 4’ & more from female filmmakers

In Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” Woody and Bo turn to a 1970s toy called Duke Caboom for help. Based on Canada’s greatest stuntman, Duke comes with a powerful stunt-cycle, and he’s always prepared to show off his stunt poses with confidence and swagger. Featuring Keanu Reeves as the voice of Duke Caboom, “Toy Story 4” opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019. ©2019 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services.

Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 10/11/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):

DANIELLE’S TOP PICK OF THE WEEK

This week’s selection is Toy Story 4Toy Story 4 could very well be a satisfying conclusion and the end of the line for the 24-year-old Disney-Pixar franchise.

I’m hesitant to label this film as the end of the line because you never say never in this industry.  For all intents and purposes, I’m referring to the Pixar film as such.  While I thought that Toy Story 3 worked perfectly as an emotional conclusion, Pixar had other thoughts in mind.  I just do not see how they can outdo themselves should they go forward with another film.  What’s left to accomplish that has not already done so?

Woody lived a full life with Andy.  He’s not Bonnie’s favorite toy and hardly even gets picked anymore.  This adventure at Second Chance Antiques and being joined by a resilient Bo shows that there may be something else out there.  There’s just something in watching the film that leads one to believe that it’s the end of the line for him.  It’s quite the swan song for the cowboy as his story comes full circle.

It would not be a Toy Story film without Randy Newman.  The Oscar-winning composer contributes two new original songs: “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” and “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy.”  The latter tune is sung by Chris Stapleton during the end credits.  Speaking of end credits, there are a few scenes during the credits.  There’s not really a post-credits scene but it’s worth it to stay for Duke Caboom’s final stunt.

If Toy Story 4 is the final film in the series, it would be an otherwise perfect conclusion.  What a ride it has been.

Please click HERE for my full review.

© Danielle Solzman (10/11/19) FF2 Media

Featured photos from Toy Story 4 EPK
Photo Credits: Disney-Pixar

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Danielle Solzman is a Chicago-based film critic and an aspiring filmmaker if she can ever put enough time aside to work on her feature-length trans-led political comedy script. When not in Chicago, she attends various film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and Toronto. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a BA in Public Relations while earning a Masters in Media Communications from Webster University after writing a thesis paper on comic books against the backdrop of the American political culture. Film Critic, Solzy at the Movies Member, Broadcast Film Critics Association Member, Galeca: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics Member, Alliance of Women Film Journalists Member, Online Association of Female Film Critics Member, Online Film Critics Society Member, Online Film & Television Association Tomatometer Critic
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