Review: Paddington

This movie is:

  • Charming
  • Cute
  • Whimsical
  • Beautiful
  • Heart-Warming
  • Uplifting
  • Lovable
  • Poignant
  • Imaginative
  • Brilliant
  • Cuddly

and perhaps most of all: incredibly British.

When this movie was first announced last year, I was dubious about its quality. The trailer consisted of just an extended scene of prat-falls and vaguely gross-out humor. Additionally, it was strictly a kids film, and it was based on an old book series. Continue reading

Monthly Mentions: January 2015

Another ongoing series!

As if I don’t already have enough of these!

As the month comes to a close, I thought I would make it a habit to set a record of the things I liked/discovered over the month so that I can take a look back and see how my taste in media grew and changed.

It also seems like a really great idea for an article, and a chance to give some shout-outs to my blogger friends.

So, allow me to present my favorite things this month, presented by category, but not in any particular order.

As a side note, these are not necessarily things that were made this month, just things I enjoyed during the time period.

Here we go! Continue reading

Netflix Quest #3: Torchwood

The Rift is a temporal anomaly, a rip in the fabric of the universe, where all manner of weird things can come forth: the lost, the unhinged, the trash of the multiverse.

So of course, I spill out of it, emerging– blurry eyed–in Cardiff, Wales of all places. An interesting location to be sure; having the highest concentration of aliens in the entire hemisphere being only one of its appealing qualities. But I was not here to meet the locals. No, I had eyes for only one man. A man of infamy around the bars frequented by the Judoon. A man who was known for only three things: his unstoppable libido, dashing good looks, and the strange condition of immortality. 

He’s also the only person in this century with a time machine. His is a crude device to be sure, but it was only a means to procure a more suitable ride later.

He was opposed to the idea, of course, and certainly did not appreciate me shooting him in the head. But my goal was so close now, and I was not going to let the Torchwood Institute stop me from claiming my prize.

And you thought Doctor Who was a dark show.

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Trailer Talk: 12/17/14

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Christmas time is approaching and for most that means they aren’t going to be watching any new movies, but for the ones that do, it’s time to look at the upcoming ones.

With a Trailer Talk…

Starting with:

Big Eyes:

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Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

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Are you, are you

Coming to the tree

They strung up a man

They say who murdered three.

Strange things did happen here

No stranger would it be

If we met at midnight

In the hanging tree.

-Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence)

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Review: Big Hero 6

Before I start this review I must make one thing clear: It takes a lot to get me to watch a movie.

Movie nights at my house, no matter who I’m with, are a struggle of herculean proportions. To even consider watching a movie, I have to study the critical ratings, who made it, and sometimes even what age group it’s for.

For instance, if you have looked at my Trailer Talk series, I often give high scores to trailers. But even those movies I do not end up watching.

I am telling you all of this, so that this next part has some context.

I chose to watch Big Hero 6, after hearing only two sentences:

  1. It’s a Marvel movie.
  2. It’s made by the creators of Frozen & Wreck-It Ralph

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Trailer Talk: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

It’s almost here boys and girls!

The penultimate movie. The only series that gets better with each sequel. The only good Y.A. novel movie adaptation this year!

The one that makes fan-girls scream, and dystopia nerds need a cold shower.

And that’s before Jennifer Lawrence shows up.

So, may I present to you, without further ado, the grand spectacle that is:

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1

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Netflix Quest: #4 Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated

Along the multiverse path there is a strange neighborhood. It is, somehow, both a pathway and a cul-de-sac. It spirals in on itself, twisting upwards into a funnel.

Trust me when I say it’s a bit hard to understand. But, thankfully, you can only see all of that if you happen to be on Soy Sauce. Or, a traveler.

I happen to be both. Continue reading

Trailer Talk: 11/1/14

With Halloween over and gone, it is time to get back to the basics.

After all, I got a Netflix Quest to finish.

But that comes later. For now, lets take a look at the Non-Horror trailers that have sprung up.

Presented the only way I know how….

with a Trailer Talk!

Starting with:

BIG HERO 6

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IdMPpKMdcc Continue reading

My 5 Halloween Essentials

Holidays are a time of tradition. Every family or group has a series of activities that they do regularly around each holiday. This is usually associated with New Years, and especially Christmas. But really any holiday can have these. Just something that gets you in the mood during the preceding weeks.

With this in mind, I thought I would share with you (in no particular order) the various things I require to get in the Halloween spirit.

Also, if you guys have any specific Halloween traditions, please feel free to share them in the comments.

So lets start off the list with:

Pink Nerds  Continue reading

Trailer Talk: An Analysis of “Ouija”

It’s a real shame I already reviewed Annebelle, because that would have been perfect for the month of October.

But that’s just another great thing about Halloween, the horror movies do not stop, till the month is done.

So, in the spirit of the holidays (pun totally intended) I am going to do another analysis,

A play-by-play of my reactions; if you will.

So let’s take a look at the latest ghost story that Hollywood has to serve up. Continue reading

Netflix Quest: #5 John Dies at the End

I’m not a stranger to alternate dimensions.

My job is to travel. My life has become this endless walking. The universe is infinite, as is the quantity of universes.

But travel’s fast, if you jump.

A broken bridge in one reality, fixed in another.

I have seen sights that would make you go white, then turn red, then go mad. In that order.

That’s just the nature of the Multiverse.

But today, I was not on some astral plane of higher reason, nor was I swinging through the jungles of the lava shrimp. I wasn’t even on the planet of Victoria Secret models.

No, today I was on earth. The usual earth, the one you know. The one you just thought of when you read this.

But something was different, you see. The old world, but through a new filter. No, not color, but a new layer. The things that existed on too high a plane, or too low, for us to notice. They all clearly stood, walking among you, running their fingers through people’s hair; cursing them with gingivitis, and milk-mustaches.

I was running on Soy Sauce you see.

And that s**t hits you hard. Continue reading

Special Trailer Talk: An Analysis of “Annabelle”

Trailer Time Everybody!

Only, this time I am going to try something new.

Instead of reviewing three different trailers, I’m doing one, Riff Style!

That’s right, I will be going through this second by second, and telling you my reactions.

And of course for my first time out, I chose a horror trailer. Continue reading

THE TOP 5(+1) CARTOONS (IN MY OPINION) THAT ARE ANIME!

It was so much fun the first time, let’s do it again!

But this time around, I will be limiting myself to only Japanese cartoons; also known as anime.

Now, the nature of this list is also a bit different, because, unlike 90’s cartoons, I have not seen every show ever made. So I am working from a much smaller pool of content, and I am sure that some of the more hardcore Otakus out there will be a bit cross with me by the end of this. Continue reading

Trailer Talk: 9/13/14

No matter how many movies you watch, there is always more.

More trailers too; so let’s give them a look.

WELCOME! To another addition of…..

TRAILER TALK!

The Guest

Interesting, interesting. Not the usual thing that I would watch.

This trailer makes this movie out as some sort of mixture of James Bond, and a Nicholas Sparks book.

Think about it. An attractive man comes to a small rural town, with intent to help out a family. Learning about the issues within, and making the family stronger as a unit.

Then, terrorists attack.

DUN.DUN.DUN!

With a premises like that, it really comes down to the execution. If they can make the family feel real, if they can make us care, then they will be able to pull it off.

Alternatively, if the family is s**t, then the action needs to kick-ass.

But from the trailer, it seems like the second will be the case. I just hope that they didn’t use it all up for the trailer.

I give it a 7 out of ten. Let’s see if the next one is a bit more, original.

Box Trolls

That was….charming. No other word for it. Just absolutely charming. Made by a group that created two of my favorite movies. I am absolutely excited for this.

The only issue, is the trailer really does not tell me anything about the story.

Sure, it shows us the wonder, and beauty of claymation, lovingly filmed and set up. The city, especially, took my breath away. But that does not guarantee a good movie. Just a pretty one.

But damn…that lovely, charming, world they created.

I give the trailer 10 out of 10. The movie however, is not going to get any good will from that.

Okay, maybe a little.

One more to go!

Tusk

What the hell!

Come on people! Another Human Centipede? Really?

Well at least the villain looks actually interesting. Also completely insane.

That’s important.

You see the funny thing is that I actually was interested, until he drugged him.

Up till then, I thought he was going to reveal some monster of the lake, or something like that.

But nope, he turns people into walruses. In Canada.

I would be forgiving if this was a comedy. But guess not, it looks like they are playing it straight.

So for letting me down, completely, I am going to give it the greatest dishonor I can muster.

A 1 out of 10!

It should feel ashamed.*

Alright, well, that concludes another addition of Trailer Talk. Tune in next time!

*If the movie does turn out a comedy, then I redact my earlier insults.

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