November and December recap

Just to warn you that I’ll be on a cruise vacation for the first week of January so I probably won’t be doing a lot until I get back. Expect my top 10 favorite movies of 2016 list around the ninth or later. Hope you have a happy new year.

Movies:

Doctor Strange: Fun and trippy though familiar. A-

Arrival: Good but not my type of movie. C+

Trolls: Not as bad as I thought but still not great. C-

Fantastic Beasts and where to find them: Good Follow up to Harry Potter. A-

Moana: This really did show that two Disney movies in one year can both be great. A

Star Wars Rogue One: Did not expect to love this movie. A

Sing: I like that each contestant had a fair share of screen time. B

 

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Merry Christmas!

From all of us to all of you, merry Christmas. We hope you spend your wonderful day opening presents, spending time with family, opening presents, watching holiday movies and opening presents.

I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

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Star Wars Rogue One review

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Warning this review does contain spoilers. Rogue One shows how the rebels got the Death Star plans and how A New Hope get’s started. Remember questioning why the Empire  would have a hole in the Death Star so that someone could blast into it? Well this movie actually explains it. It makes that plot hole really clever.

The characters are a lot of fun. My favorite character is K-2SO played by (not Disney villain) Alan Tudyk. He’s like a more badass and funny C-3PO. There’s also other great characters like this blind warrior who believes in the force named Chirrut Îmwe.  Tarkin and Princess Leia make small cameos and while it’s obviously cgi they look just like they did in 1977. Let’s not forget Darth Vader. This movie took every opportunity with him. His last scene made look like the menace we loved to be scared of.

The action scenes are also good too. The best action scene was the final battle on the planet Scarif. The planet fight looks just like something from Saving Private Ryan. It was cool to see the giant AT AT walkers again. Big Spoilers: To quote Patrick Star, everyone died The End. Yeah every new character in the movie dies. It makes for a dramatic and emotional third half. Each death is handled very well and you feel sorry for each team member. My main problem with the movie is that the first half rushes to many planets in only a few minutes. It’s kind of rushed but after that it begins to flow better.

The Force Awakens was my favorite movie of last year. While I would say that Rogue One was a more better crafted movie then Force Awakens I enjoy Force Awakens much more. I can’t wait for Star Wars episode 8 next year.

Verdict:
+New Characters
+Great Action
+Risky last half
+Good cameos
-Seeing planets too quickly

Score: A

My Top 12 Favorite Christmas Specials

CHRISTMAS! 

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Yes it’s that time of the month again where we buy things we give and spend time with out families. Why top 12? Because of the 12 days of Christmas duh, and I wanted to talk about 2 extra Christmas specials that are good. 

12. The Loud House: 11 Louds a Leapin: The most recent one on the list. The whole grump is alone on Christmas story isn’t new but it’s done well here. Each of the Loud sisters deals with something that has to do with Christmas. Luna’s song are heartwarming and who could forget the reveal of Mr. and Mrs. Loud’s faces?

11. Codename: Kids Next DoorOperation: N.A.U.G.H.T.Y: This whole Christmas special is a parody of X-men. The 12 days of Christmas attack is hilarious. I doubt kids would get the Partridge in a pear tree joke. The way Santa delivers presents might be the most creative way I’ve ever seen. 

10. Billy and Mandy Save Christmas: Still a better vampire story then Twilight. The head head (it makes sense in context) vampire is clever. Who would cast Gilbert Gottfried as Santa? That’ll stick in your mind forever. This specials mixes the creepiness of Billy and Mandy with the holiday spirit. 

9. Kung Fu Panda Holiday: The suicidal bunny gets a lot of laughs. The party preparation scene is hilarious because the transitions mess with Po. One moment he’s sculpting a ice dragon one second later he brakes a jar with the same ice sculpting tool. The special has that obvious lesson of spending Christmas with family and friends and it handles it nicely. 

8. Shrek the Halls: My family cracks up when they see Puss in Boots messing with the Santa hat. It’s heartwarming to see Shrek try to make a good Christmas for his children. His telling of Twas the Night before Christmas is funny. Fun fact the director of this directed Beauty and the Beast. 

7. Frosty the Snowman: I actually really like the Rankin Bass specials though mostly the big three. I remember watching these as a kid. The animation at times is weird but Jackie Vernon brings a lot of likability into Frosty. He’s oblivious to real life but still enjoyable. I also find Frosty Returns as a guilty pleasure. 

6. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Oh look another Rankin Bass special. I don’t care if Honest Trailers calls this Lord of the Rings for kids on acid!  Yes the animation is nothing compared to Aardman or Laika but the story and characters are still likable.  

5. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town: My favorite of the Rankin Bass specials. Whenever I thought of Santa Clause’s backstory when I was a kid this is what I thought of. Some of the songs are cute and Mickey Rhooney as Kris is charming. I think this is the first I ever saw Santa without a beard. 

4. Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too: Winnie the Pooh is part of my childhood. It’s a sweet Christmas specials. You feel for Pooh when he’s trying to deliver the letter to Santa and you feel sorry when he loses it.  I’m still wondering what the heck is Piglet’s present suppose to be. 

3. Mickey’s Christmas Carol: When ever I hear A Christmas Carol the Disney one is the first to come to mind. This is also the first version of A Christmas Carol I’ve seen. The first time seeing Jiminy Cricket as the ghost of Christmas Past was mind blowing as a kid. The special actually reuses other Disney characters from the past. It follows the story of A Christmas Carol perfectly and just in 30 minutes. 

2. A Charlie Brown Christmas: This one might be the most talkative of the specials on this list. What I mean is that it’s mostly talking about Christmas being too commercial or about the Christmas pageant. While the animation does look cheap and the child stars are a little wooden it’s still has the charm of the Peanuts. Vince Guaraldi’s music beings so much beauty and atmosphere to a simple special.

1. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: What can I say? Its the perfect Christmas special. I didn’t read the book but I have watched this special so many times it’s still great. The animation is great at the time. The song is catchy. Boris Karloff as the Grinch and narrator is great too. I actually do like the movie though not as much as this masterpiece. 

Hope you all have a merry Christmas this year.

Ranking the Harry Potter Film Series

Harry Potter is my favorite films franchises of all time. A wizard school is such a creative concept and J.K. Rowling made a great story out of it. What I also like is that not one of these movies is filler and actually progress the story along. With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them finally out what better time when to rank the series now then ever. I not ranking these in how they stay true to the book I’m just ranking them as just movies.

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