Bojack Horseman Season 4 review

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

This review does contain spoilers. Bojack Horseman is considered one of the best cartoons out right now. It makes you laugh, cry, and question life. I binged watched seasons 2 and 3 though out summer to get ready. I even binged watched season 4. While the first three seasons focused on him trying to fix his career, season 4 focuses more on Bojack’s family. We are introduced to Hollyhawk Bojack’s “daughter” and the rest of the season is about them trying to figure out who her mother is. They also have to take care of Bojack’s abusive mother who is suffering from dementia. These characters are important to Bojack’s arc this season and are very entertaining.

I surprisingly compare the first two episodes to the first two episodes of Legend of Korra Season 4. The first episode focuses on Mr. Peanutbutter’s election. Like Legend of Korra season 4 episode 1 it focuses only on the supporting cast while the main character either shows up only at the end or is absent. Episode 2 of both seasons focuses on the main character and flashbacks showing where they have been. Episode 2 is about Bojack fixing up his Grandparents summer house while flashing back to when his mother was young. There are scenes where the present and past are visually shown at the same time. An example is when Bojack tries to steal the windchime from a restaurant while also showing Beatice’s mother singing. It’s visually impressive and helps the story progress.

Bojack is known for their episode 11 which are known to be the darkest of each season and this one is no exception. Episode 11 focuses on Beatice’s life and why she is mental. Every character’s faces except her family are scribbled out making it more uncomfortable. The scene where her father and servants burn her things and her doll while cutting to Beatice’s maid giving birth to Hollyhawk and Beatice taking her away might be the darkest scene of the whole series so far. This episode is very psychotic and messed up, this and episode 2 are probably my favorite episodes of the season.

If I had one problem with this season though very minor is that each season BoJack ruins a relationship with a character and that character ends up saying the f word to him. What happens here, BoJack plans to put on a show for his mother and confess “Fuck You Mom!”. That’s it? That’s are f word of the season? It just seems kind of a letdown because expecting someone like Mr. Peanutbutter to say it. Still very minor flaw.

The season ends with Bojack finding out that he is not Hollyhawk’s father but actually his brother. He manages to find the address of her mother and gives it to Hollyhawk’s 8 dads (it makes sense in context). It’s a bittersweet ending which is normal for Bojack but surprisingly this is probably the happiest bittersweet ending Bojack had. Season 4 delivered comedy and drama and mixed them together perfectly.

Verdict:
+Balance of Comedy and Drama
+Bojack’s family
+Episodes 2 and 11
+Bittersweet ending
-The F word

Score: A

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Summer recap

Movies: 

Captain Underpants: Incredibly fun and funny. A-

Wonder Woman: Ok though best DC movie so far. B-

Cars 3: Probably the best Cars movie though not the best Pixar movie. B-

Despicable Me 3: Entertaining villain though not as much heart as the first. C

Baby Driver: A great story and great editing by Edgar Wright. B+

Spiderman Homecoming: Tom Holland is still the best Spiderman actor. A

War for the Planet of the Apes: Dark and bittersweet ending to a trilogy. B

The Emoji Movie: This movie is meh (ironic since Gene is a meh emoji). I expected this to be enjoyably bad but it was just bad. D

Dunkirk: Short and wonderfully tense, but the way the three stories are edited together makes it confusing. B-

Atomic Blonde: The whole villain twist thing got complicated. C

TV Shows: 

The Battle for Mewni: Good opening to season 3 of Star vs the Forces of Evil. Best episode of the bunch was Toffee.

Ok Ko Let’s be Heroes: A fun new cartoon.

Ducktales 2017: Great update on the characters, animation, and theme song. Gravity Falls with ducks.

Rick and Morty season 3: Great season with great epsidoes. So far my favorite episode of the season and maybe whole series is The Ricklantis Mixup.

 

Baby Driver review

I wasn’t planning on reviewing this movie. But I heard that people have considered this to be one of the best movies of the year, so I thought about it and realized that I had a lot to say about it. Edgar Wright is considered to be a director that has not directed a bad film yet. Baby Driver is about a getaway driver named Baby who drives robbers from to heists, to pay off a debt from Doc.

Ansel Elgort as Baby is great. He has tinnitus due to a car accident that killed his parents and now he listens to music to block it out. Reminds me a lot of Peter Quill from Guardians of Galaxy. He also reminds me of Eggsy from Kingsman, I even thought it was the same actor. He’s a character that is doing a bad thing but is in it for the money to help his adoptive father. He has characters such as Debora and Joseph to keep him from going bad.

I think the story and narrative stand out to me. It starts out with already a great concept with a boy who is a getaway driver for robbers. Each heist shows a new character. I do think Doc asking Baby to come back for one more heist even though he let him go was a bit sudden and out of nowhere. On the final heist Baby decides he had enough of this and tries to escape. Bats and Buddy’s death are killed and Buddy vows revenge. After that it becomes more of a fugitive movie with Baby and Debora trying to escape the police and Buddy. Doc helps them escape though gets killed by Buddy in the process. They kill Buddy but Baby turns himself in. The story has a lot twist and turns and I had no idea what direction it was going.

One of the things that stood out to me was Buddy played by Jon Hamm. He doesn’t start off as the main villain or biggest threat (Doc or Bats seemed like they’d be the main threat) but when his wife is killed due to Baby he descends into vengeance and rage. The scene at the diner where Baby and Debora confront Buddy drinking coffee with the song “Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up” by Barry White is chilling and probably my favorite scene in the movie.

If I had a problem with the movie is Griff played by Jon Bernthal. He’s not bad but he only appears in the begining and never shows up again. He has his own poster for god’s sake. Other then that Baby Driver is a creative and original film that is fun to watch.

Verdict:
+Ansel Elgort
+Buddy’s decent
+The story
-Doc’s sudden heist
-Griff

Score: B+

A Disney Theory

Again just something fun I wanted to do. Much like my last post this just a theory I created.

The Fairy Godmother from Cinderella is one of the most likable characters in the Disney canon. But did you know she has an evil counterpart? No it’s not Lady Tremaine, not Maleficent, not even the Fairy Godmother from Shrek 2. Her evil counterpart is actually, drum-roll please…………………………

Ursula the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid!

Yes I believe that Ursula is the evil counterpart of the Fairy Godmother. Both have a grandmotherly (well…mostly the fairy) design and have the power of magic. They also have parallels in terms of character and story. Cinderella and Ariel both have dreams but they are shatter when Cinderella’s step sisters shred her dress and Ariel’s father destroys her collection, both are left alone in tears. Funny enough, Cinderella’s sisters were jerks mirrors Ariel’s dad had good intentions. The Fairy Godmother and Ursula confront the main character at there most vulnerable. The way they interact with the main character is different. While the Fairy Godmother shows kindness towards Cinderella, Ursula shows manipulation towards Ariel. Both put a spell (while also singing a song) on the main character that has a time limit.

You’re probably thinking these characters are from different stories, big deal. However, these characters might exist in the same world. In the scene where Scuttle stalls the wedding, the King and Duke from Cinderella make a cameo in the crowd. So you see, Ursula is the yin to the Fairy Godmother’s yang, one shows kindness and the other shows evil intentions.

Do you think this is true? What other characters from Disney movies might have evil counterparts in other different Disney movies. Leave a comment below to give your theories.

A Gravity Falls Theory

This isn’t a movie review, it’s just something fun I wanted to do. Gravity Falls ended more then a year ago. I’ve heard of a lot of theories but haven’t really made any theories myself until this summer after I watched a specific movie.

Nate and Lee are two of Wendy Corduroy’s friends. They don’t have that much backstory compared to the rest of the characters. But this duo might have more a hidden history then we thought. I have a theory that Nate and Lee are none other then, drum roll please (drumming).

 George and Harold from Captain Underpants!

Yes, I believe that George and Harold and Nate and Lee are one of the same. I started to realize this a while after I watched the Captain Underpants Movie. FYI Kristen Schaal voice characters in both is just a coincidence. I know what your thinking, it’s because Nate and George are black and Lee and Harold are blonde isn’t it? Yeah but I think there’s more to this theory then just similar designs.

I have proof this theory might be true. Both duos love to cause mischief and trouble. In Dipper and Mabel vs. the Future Nate and Lee are shown switching the words on the school sign just like what George and Harold do at the beginning of every book. Both duos even hate school as shown in the same episode where they spell out No Escape. Another piece of evidence is in the episode Blendin’s Game. Nate and Lee are the only one’s in Wendy’s gang that do not show up in the past. You might say there somewhere else in Gravity Falls but who knows?

Here’s what I think happened. I think that the consequences for the whole Captain Underpants thing finally caught up with them. Maybe Mr. Krupp found out about what they done to him. So they have to change their identities and flee town. They ended up in Gravity Falls where they live now. No one knows about who they once were. Not even Wendy, Robbie, Tambry or Thompson know about there original identities or there mysterious past.

Do you think this theory could be true? Comment on what you think.

War for the Planet of the Apes review

Apes Together Strong

Sorry for not being active on this blog for a while. I’ve been busy hanging out with relatives, and painting at where my parents work. The reboot Planet of the Apes trilogy is one of the trilogies that is consistently good. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was your typical apes rising up against humans story while staying fresh. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes blurred the line between good and evil. showing that not all men are evil and not all apes are good. Now War for the Planet of the Apes concludes Caesar’s story.

Andy Serkis is great as Caesar. He comes off as a great leader who want’s to do what’s best for his people. He’s a very complex character that goes through lost and vengnece. His death while bittersweet shows peace and freedom to the people he cares about. Steve Zhan is also great as a new character in the trilogy named Bad Ape. He brings a lot of comedy and light to this dark and edgier movie. While on the subject of apes I have to say that the special effects on the apes gets better with each movie. Usually seeing only cgi characters for most of the movie could get tiresome but these characters look great. I could see this movie getting nominated at the Oscars for best visual effects.

The Colonel played by Woody Harrelson while acted well and intimidating, isn’t in the film as much as he should have. He’s not given much depth or reason to really feel bad for him.There’s also one scene in the movie that kind of pulls me out of it and that’s when one of the apes throws poo at one of the guards. Not a long scene but for a dark and edgier movie it doesn’t really fit.

The third movie in a trilogy is usually weaker then the previous two. War for the Planet of the Apes however is a rare example of the third movie be not only a strong conclusion but also the best movie in the trilogy.

Verdict:
+Caesar
+Visual Effects
+Bad ape
-Throwing poo scene
+/- The Colonel

Score: B

At one point I thought this was called War of the Planet of the Apes instead of War for the Planet of the Apes since the others were called Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes….You know it kind of becomes a hassle your movie has “of the” in the title twice. At least this one replaced one of the “of the’s” with “for the”.

Spider-Man: Homecoming review

Spiderman, Spiderman, does whatever a spider can

MCU fans were mind blown when it was announced that Spiderman would be in Captain America Civil War. Like everyone I was excited. When we saw Civil War we were not disappointed. Tom Holland as Spider Man was great and we started to look forward to when he would get his own movie.

Tom Holland still shines as Peter Parker. His suit is still amazing and the scenes where he takes of the training wheels and finds out how much he can do is entertaining. This Peter Parker definitely feels more younger then Tobey and Andrew.

The Vulture is a surprisingly good villain. Micheal Keaton plays a lot of winged super figures. The design of his Vulture suit is great and the ways he uses it are creative. He also has a reason for what he is doing. Spoilers: Toomes turns out to be Liz’s (the girl Peter has a crush on) father. I remember watching this with my brother and he said before the reveal that he thinks he knows whats about to happen. When it’s revealed he laughed.

The supporting cast however is a hit or miss. Peter’s best friend Ned is very likable. Michelle while she’s not in it for much still gives some funny moments though is it me or is she a live action version of Janna from Star vs the Forces of Evil? Aunt May however feels very underwhelming because she’s not on screen as she should have and she doesn’t interact with Peter that much. Toome’s gang also feels weak and just there so that the Vulture can have a gang.

One problem I had though it is a very minor one was in the beginning Toomes decides to keep some of the alien equipment, it then shows text saying eight years later. I notice a error in the timeline. The Avengers took place in 2012 but this movie takes place in 2016 (2 months after Civil War) and it was clearly not eight years later. It’s mostly nitpicking though.

Michael Giacchino who is best known for composing The Incredibles composes the movie and his rendition of the old theme song is awesome. It has the epic feel that other superheroes movies have and it’s fun to listen to. 

Spider man Homecoming is very different kind of superhero movie. It’s different from the other adaptations of Spider man since it doesn’t deal with the same origin story of getting bitten by a spider and losing Uncle Ben. It’s also different from the other MCU movies. The stakes are lower, and even the villain doesn’t die in the end. This might even be my favorite Spider man movie and my favorite movie of the year so far.

Verdict:
+Tom Holland
+The Vulture
+Opening Theme
+/- Supporting cast
-Timeline error

Score: A

Despicable Me 3 review

The first Despicable Me film is one of my personal favorite animated movies, Despicable Me 2 and Minions however were disappointing. I’m noticing now that each movie has to do with Gru’s relationship with a different family member. The first one was about his relationship between him and his daughters Margo, Edith (my favorite), and Agnes. The second one was about him and his wife, and now this one is about him and his twin brother.

Well I can’t do a review of a Despicable Me movie unless I mention the mutated cheese puffs.The minions are ok in this one. They not that intricate to the story unlike Despicable Me 2. There funny at times but can get annoying too. Gru’s twin brother Dru is also just ok too. While he is annoying he’s not as annoying as it could’ve been. I do feel like I relate to Dru while my brother relates to Gru more.

The best thing about this movie is the villain. First off, Trey Parker the co-creator and voice of half the cast of South Park in a kids movies?! The design, the way he moves, and his accent make him very fun to watch. Though it’s odd hearing Trey Parker without other South Park co-creator Matt Stone.

The movie has problems. A big one is the all is lost moment. Dru get’s mad at Gru for deciding to return the diamond they stole from Bratt. The next scene is Gru about to leave when he finds out that Bratt was disguised as Lucy and kidnapped the girls. Gru then goes back to Dru, apologizes and go save the girls. It happens too fast and doesn’t leave much to feel for them. Another problem is had was that the movie gets rid of Dr. Nefario. It’s not like in Toy Story 3 where Bo Peep was mention to have been sold and its sad, this one just felt like it was used for a gag and not a funny one either.

Despicable Me 3 is better then 2 and Minions but not as good as the first one.

Verdict:
+Balthazar Bratt
-Rushed all is lost moment
-No Dr. Nefario
+/- Dru
+/- Minions

Score: C

Cars 3 review

Kachow!

The Cars movies are considered the worst of Pixar, though I kind of like them. Back in November 2016 Pixar released a teaser for Cars 3. It showed Lightning Mcqueen crashing in what might just be the darkest teaser for any Pixar movie. Still by seeing the trailers I could tell what was gonna happen. Lightning crashes and has to train with Cruz. It’s kind of predictable.

Lightning McQueen has become more character development in this one. He has to deal with retirement. Cruz Ramirez is also a fun character and her arc about becoming a racer is great. Jackson Storm however is incredible bland and forgettable. He’s just there so that Lightning can have a rival and he’s not even in the movie as much as you’d think he be. His fate is also ambiguous because the last time we see him was when he crossed the finish line and we don’t even see him again.

The movie’s theme about old vs new is handle very well. Especially in the opening scene. It starts when Lightning racing with some of his friendly rivals, but then we’re introduced to Jackson Storm and then more new rookies. More old cars start retiring except Lightning to the point where he’s the only one racing until he crashes (surprisingly more intense then the promos). It’s kind of like the opening of Up or Inside Out and it helps establish how new technology is taking over. Heck, the last line of the whole movie which is in the end credtis scene is Mater saying frustratingly “technology”.

I should also talk about the Pixar short Lou. Lou was very cute. It had really fun and quick animation. The creature kind of reminds me of Hank the octopus from Finding Dory.

There are no references to Cars 2. Not one mention of Finn Mcmissle or Mater being a spy. You can just skip Cars 2 and not miss anything. Cars 3 in my opinion is the best Cars movie out. I would even call this the true Cars 2.

Verdict:
+Lightning’s arc
+Old vs new theme
+Cruz Ramirez
-Predictable
-Jackson Storm

Score: B-

Wonder Woman review

Sorry for delaying this review of Wonder Woman. I was gonna post this earlier but I’ve been very busy with my portfolio show for my college. Also an important note, I finally graduated college 🙂 This is a big deal for me because college was where and why I created a WordPress blog in the first place. I’d like to thank everyone who has followed me on my blog.

When I was watching this I realized something. This film feels like a combination of Thor and Captain America the First Avenger. The story is about the Amazons which are from Greek Mythology is just like how Thor was from Norseology while also taking place in World War 1 just like Captain America taking place in World War 2.

The actors do a really good job. Gal Gadot manages to still be great as Wonder Woman which is why she was one of the highlights of Batman vs Superman. Chris Pine as Steven Trevor is also great and his chemistry with Wonder Woman is really nice. His death while heroic was also bittersweet.  Even the soldiers are very enjoyable. The villains however are just meh. Erich Ludendorff is just the Red Skull only in a DC movie and with skin. Ares is also just a standard doomsday villain. The twist was interesting even though the actor confirmed he was Ares already.

Another problem I have with this movie is the lesson it tried to teach about war. Wonder Woman thinks that by killing Erich Ludendorff who she thinks is Ares will end the war. But when she does the soldiers are still going. Steve tells her that just killing a leader doesn’t stop the war. However it turns out that Ares is real and she kills him thus stopping the war. It’s like The Lion King where Simba learns that even though he killed Mufasa it’s in the past, but it turns out that he actually didn’t kill his father anyway. I liked the lesson the movie was trying to teach but the reveal just throws the lesson away.

Wonder Woman is probably the first good superhero movie where the main character is a female. It also managed to be more lighthearted then Man of Steel or Batman vs Superman. This is probably the best DCEU movie out which really does help give the DCEU hope for the future.

Verdict:
+The actors
+More Lighthearted
– Average villains
+/-Ending war lesson

Score: B-

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