2020 Recap part 1


JoJo Rabbit: Saw it again, still amazing writing and acting. A-

Birds of Prey: While the birds of prey themselves are not really interesting Harley and Blackmask help make this fun. B-

1917: Not exactly my cup of tea but I think it’s wonderfully shot and with a wonderful score from Thomas Newman. A-

Sonic the Hedgehog: A fun kids movie with good performances from Ben Schwartz as Sonic and Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik. B


Infinity Train season 2: A great continuation of this anthology show.

Harvey Street Forever season 4: Nice cute goodbye to this cute Netflix cartoon.

The Owl House: I will discuss more of this once season 1 is over but so far I’m really enjoying it.

It’s Pony: A fine Nickelodeon show.

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Kipo is a very likable main character and the world she explores is very colorful and creative. It’s sort of like an apocalypse version of the world of BoJack.

BoJack Horseman season 6: A bittersweet ending that ends with a hint of hope for its main characters.

Duncanville: So far it’s your typical Fox adult cartoon but I think the charm comes from Amy Poehler and her performance as Duncan and the mom.

Glitch Techs: A fun video game themed cartoon even if it doesn’t have an overarching story.

Sonic the Hedgehog review


2020’s Sonic the Hedgehog is the first film adaption of the video game character. This movie had a lot of controversy when Sonic’s design was revealed. I think it was for the best here that this movie was delayed to redo Sonic’s design because the original design was awful and I am not alone here because so many people thought it was awful too. Thankfully his design now looks so much better and more true to his video game counterpart.

In terms of characters, Sonic the Hedgehog has the same pros and cons as Birds of Prey. Ben Schwartz does a good job as Sonic. He has a lot of energy and Jim Carrey is delightfully devious as Dr. Robotnik and while his doesn’t exactly resemble his video game counterpart his performance help make fun to watch. It’s a nice return to Jim’s cartoonish performances like the Mask, the Grinch, the Riddler, Count Olaf etc. etc.  The supporting cast much like Birds of Prey are not really interesting and feel more like they were added because the movie didn’t have enough characters.

The story I also think is pretty standard for a movie. It follows the same story beats and clichés you’d find in other kids movies. The comedy can be good at times but sometimes the jokes are like ones you’ve heard in other kids’ movies. Sonic’s super speed does lead to some really fun visuals like in the bar scene or when he’s hanging out at his cave. I think this might be closet were getting to a Flash movie for the time being.

There’s not many references to the games but I assume there saving a lot of them if it gets a sequel. Fans of the Sonic the Hedgehog character and video games and kids who are looking for a fast paced family flick (pun intended) to watch will enjoy this. Now where the heck is my Sly Cooper movie?! That’s the real quesiton I’m asking.

+ Ben Schwartz as Sonic
+ Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik
+ Super speed
+/- Comedy
– Standard story
– Standard supporting cast

Score: B


Birds of Prey review

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is the first of three superhero movies of 2020 to have a female protagonist (the others being Black Widow and Wonder Woman 1984). Birds of Prey surprisingly hooked me with its opening. One little thing that stood out to me was the opening which shows Harley’s backstory in 2d animation. It’s not that important but for someone that enjoys 2d animation this was really cute.

Harley Quinn who was one of the only enjoyable characters from Suicide Squad is again wonderfully played by Margot Robbie here. She’s crazy, funny, and doesn’t apologize for it. The other Birds of Prey members such as Huntress, Black Canary, and Renee Montoya however are not that interesting. They don’t even join forces until the climax. Ewan McGregor who is one of those actors that I see in a lot of movies lately is so much fun as the villain Black Mask. He’s hammy, threatening and enjoys every minute of it. There’s literally a scene where there about to torture Harley and he’s just sitting down watching while eating popcorn, if that doesn’t overly villainous I don’t know what is. Heck he should have been the villain of Suicide Squad instead of Joker or that stupid Enchantress.

The actions scenes aren’t really that special and just seem like actions scenes that we’ve seen in other vigilante movies such as Kickass or even Suicide Squad. I guess the climax at the carnival is kind of fun since a carnival in general is a fun location for any climax and the car chase afterward was fine too. What is entertaining is the comedy, especially this running gag where whenever we see a new character Harley shows their name, description and grievance (why they hate Harley). There’s also a bunch a fourth wall breaking jokes that would make Deadpool proud.

Birds of Prey is better and more enjoyable than Suicide Squad (even more enjoyable than most of the other DC movies). I do think this should have been called Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey since she’s the real star. It’s not a ground breaking DC films like last year’s Joker (congrats on the Oscars btw) but it’s a small fun movie if you like Joker’s favorite girl.

+ Animated opening
+ Harley’s exposition scenes
+ Ewan McGregor as Black Mask
+ Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
– Meh action scenes
– Undeveloped birds of prey

Score: B-

BoJack Horseman Season 6 review

Back in the 90s I was in a very famous TV show.

BoJack Horseman has released part 2 of season 6 aka the final season. Each of the main characters have great conclusions to their arcs and very funny, emotional, and memorable moments. The most complex character of course if BoJack. Every bad things that BoJack has done especially the death of Sarah Lynn comes together to drag BoJack to his lowest point in the entire series. It’s so bad that even Hollyhock cuts ties with him and he becomes a pariah in Hollywoo.

The penultimate episode is always the tensest of each season and this season’s penultimate episode “The View From Halfway Down” couldn’t be any more intense. BoJack finds himself in a house with all the characters that have died throughout the series such as Sarah Lynn and his mother. It’s disturbing because you’re not sure if BoJack is dead or not. I almost thought the last episode would just be the other characters reacting to his death. Good news is that he lived the bad news is that he’s sent to prison. The final episode’s title “Nice While It Lasted” pretty much sums up the finale. It’s not epic like Sozin’s Comet or Take Back the Falls, it’s just BoJack having one more conversation with the main characters and it’s a really great way to say goodbye to them. This is one of those shows where I wasn’t sure it would have happy or sad ending and while it’s never addressed what BoJack is going to do after he’s out of prison but there is a feeling of hope in there.

BoJack Horseman season 6 is the bittersweet ending to one of Netflix’s best shows that managed to bookend everything. Thank you Raphael Bob-Waksberg for creating such a smart, thought provoking and wonderful series and thank you Will Arnett for voicing a complex and funny character. Now to look forward to Hilda season 2.