Isle of Dogs review

I finally got to see Isle of Dogs which for some reason had a limited release. Wes Anderson is a very interesting director. His movies don’t seem too funny to be comedies and they don’t seem too dramatic to be dramas. Isle of Dogs like most of Wes Anderson’s other movies is shot wonderfully. In my opinion Wes’s visual style reminds me a lot of Stanley Kubrick who also has an interesting visual style. The stop motion while not Laika is still really impressive.

Wes Anderson’s movie are also known for having a huge cast full of celebrities (usually Bill Murry). The voices match with the character’s personalities and help give them life. The characters themselves are enjoyable too like Jeff Goldblum as this rumor telling dog, and Edward Norton as the decider dog but the one that really stood out to me was Chief played by Bryan Cranston. Chief starts off as a tough disobedient street dog but after bonding with Atari grows more protective of him. The bath he gets represents his character growth.

Spoiler warning: If I had one problem with Isle of Dogs, it’s near the end. After Atari delivers a haiku his uncle Mayor Kobayashi suddenly has a change of heart and is willing to give one of his kidneys to save Atari. Kobayashi’s heal face turn seems a bit too weird for me. You could argue this is like the Grinch or Scrooge but FYI, this guy killed a scientist though to be fair he does go to prison in the end.

Isle of Dogs is an emotional, funny, and beautifully made stop motion movie. I think this has the biggest chance of winning the Academy Award for Best Animated movie this year. You don’t have to be dog lover to enjoy Isle of Dogs.

Verdict:
+ Balance of comedy and drama
+ Chief
+ Voice talent
+ Wonderfully shot and animated
– Mayor Kobayashi’s change of heart

Score: A

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Ready Player One review

I never read the book but when I heard Steven Spielberg was directing I was hyped. Steven Spielberg is my favorite filmworker. Not only do I love the movies he directs but also the ones he produces too. I’ll be talking more about his movies next month in my top 15 favorite movies list. The Oasis is a cool location and an interesting look at how we use the internet today. The Oasis is also full of references from movies, video games, TV shows, and more. Notable ones include the Iron Giant, the DeLorean, Chucky, and even Tracer from Overwatch which is cool.

The characters however were the weakest part of the movie. The main character is just your generic young adult main character and the villain is just your generic corrupt businessman villain. Art3mis and H were okay but Sho and Daito were forgettable. It was entertaining hearing T.J. Miller’s voice come out of this intimidating character. James Halliday seemed too awkward for the creator of the Oasis and Ogden Morrow was barely in it though I did like that one twist involving him.

I really liked the race, the movie scene and the climax. Both the race and final battle have a lot of references. I have an embarrassing relationship with The Shining. I used to be afraid of The Shining, mostly because of the DVD cover, but now that I’m older it doesn’t bother me anymore. There are so many references in this scene including the creepy twins, blood elevator, and rotting old woman that also swings the ax (sorry no Jack Torrance). It looks just like the movie from the sets, the atmosphere, and the music. What really stood out to me in these scenes were that the characters had to figure out how to get the keys through clues and thinking. That’s really clever.

The tasks were the highlight of the movie. Ready Player One was one of the most fun Steven Spielberg movies I’ve seen in a very long time considering he’s been doing mostly dramas lately. It’s a very enjoyable movie about the internet but let’s face it, it’ll be hard to compete with Ralph Breaks the Internet later this year.

Verdict:
+ References
+ The Oasis
+ The tasks especially….
+ The Shining scene
–  Weak characters

Score: A-

 

Pink Diamond’s shatterer confirmed!

Rose Quartz was said to have shattered Pink Diamond in order to save the earth. However in the episode The Trial, Zircon notices that there are some flaws in that story. For example, Pink Diamond was supposedly shattered by Rose’s sword, but Bismuth said that it could not. Also Rose couldn’t have gotten near her since there were other gems guarding her. Zircon concluded that that only a diamond could have gotten close to Pink Diamond and after nights of careful analyzing I figured out the truth. Conveniently today Cartoon Network had just revealed it too. The one who shattered Pink Diamond is none other than………………………………..

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MLP FIM Season 8 School Daze review

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic returns once again for it’s 8th season. It’s been like two years since we had a two-parter premiere. After the events of the movie Twilight notices that there are many kingdoms in Equestria that don’t know much about friendship. So she decides to open a school of friendship (I know it sounds corny) and invites not just ponies but also dragons, griffins, yaks, changlings, and hippogriffs to apply. The E.E.A. tells her to follow the rules which the other five don’t take well to. Chaos happens and the school is closed down that is until six new students help open the school again.

This premiere is a lot different from the other two-parters since they usually have a major villain or a dangerous force of nature. There are some stakes between the kingdoms but there’s no villain except for Chancellor Neighsay played by Maurice LaMarche. That’s right Maurice LaMarche as in Pinky and the Brain Maurice LaMarche and it is awesome! Apparently this character is coming back later so that’s cool. I also like the secondary 6 (I know it’s not there confirmed name but I just calling them that for now). There all fun and have there own personalities and it’ll be fun to see more of them later in the season.

Season 8 started out more tame than the other seasons but still shows promise. Some may thing the whole school thing is a little shark jumpy but it’s a nice change of pace.

Game Night review

This may not be a long review but it is a review of a movie that surprised me. Seeing the trailer Game Night seemed like a regular R-rated comedy with violence and standard jokes. But it turns out to actually smart and funny. Best way to start a comedy review movie is to talk about well, the comedy. The comedy is really good, not just because the jokes are cleverly written but also because the characters help make the jokes work. The cast is very enjoyable and likable. They all have their own personalities and quirks and everyone has a chance to make jokes.

This paragraph contains spoilers because I will be talking about the story. I will admit that the story does have the main character’s sibling is better than him but it turns out that the sibling looks up to him cliché. It’s like Rigby and Don from Regular Show or Helga and Olga from Hey Arnold. It’s not bad but I’ve seen in many times and know how it goes down. It also has a last minute villain which movies really shouldn’t do unless there building them up for a sequel. That being said, the rest of the story is unpredictable. In the beginning Brooks stages kidnappers to kidnap him but it turns out that the actors he hired came after real kidnappers took him. The kidnappers turns out to be staged by the main character’s creepy police neighbor for not inviting him to game night. Then it turns out that the cop had nothing to do with Fabergé egg and that The Bulgarian was real. I had no idea what was going to happen and I was excited to see how it ends.

I also like little details like the music (I have a liking to synthwave music) and a cute detail where some wide shots of the city and neighborhood look like models. I think the idea is that they look like board games. One word that describes Game Night is fun, it’s a very fun movie with a fun cast and fun comedy. When Game Night releases on DVD or On Demand this will be the perfect movie for any game night.

Verdict:
+Enjoyable cast
+Funny
+Unpredictable
-Cliche jealous brother plot
-Last minute villain

Score: B+

2018 recap part 1

Recap of what I saw from January to February.

Movies:
The Disaster Artist: James Franco was incredible as Tommy Wisue. It still upsets me that he wasn’t nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars. A-

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: Not my cup of tea but it did have Oscar worthy performances from Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell. B

Mary and the Witch’s Flower: Likable protagonist and beautiful animation. A-

Paddington 2: Sweet and innocent. B

The Shape of Water: The production design is Oscar worthy. I would give this a higher score but the dead cat scene lowered it. B

Peter Rabbit: Taking something timeless and making it dated. That’s about it. D

Black Panther: The best Marvel Cinematic Universe movie since Guardians of the Galaxy. A+

Early Man: Standard sports movie combined with standard Aardman animated movie. C+
Here’s a funny experience when I saw Early Man. The theater room that was suppose to show this showed Every Day. I went to the front to ask what was going on. It turned out to be a goof with the projector that they couldn’t fix that day so they gave me and four other people in the theater each two free movie passes. I did see Early Man the next day though.

TV:
Steven Universe Stranded: The dream sequence in Jungle Moon was incredible. Can’t wait to see what happens in April.

Final Space: I’ll write a review when season 1 is over. For now I think its a fun new cartoon.

Black Panther review

Wakanda Forever!

The theater I saw this was so crowded that the showing I was supposed to see was sold out so me and my friend had to buy a ticket for an IMAX 3D showing an hour later. It was crazy, but I see why because this was great! One reason for this is because it has a lot of mature and adult themes than the other Marvel movie didn’t deal with. It deals with themes such as race since the villain wants to use vibranium to help black people all over the world. It also deals with responsibility and how being a good person is different from being a good king.

Spoiler paragraph: Chadwick Boseman is still great as Black Panther and his arc about finding out his father killed his brother reminds me a lot of Steven Universe dealing with his mother (maybe) shattering Pink Diamond. His sister Shuri is also very enjoyable and fun. Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger is one of the best and most tragic villains in the MCU. What’s really clever about him is that he starts off as just some random henchman working for Ulysses Klaue but throughout the movie his role gets bigger, more is revealed about his past, he kills Klaue and becomes the main villain. Another clever thing that makes the re-watch value great is that in the beginning of the movie we see some kids playing basketball, when it’s revealed that he’s T’Challa’s cousin it turns out Eric was one of the kids. I think the best kind of villains are ones that see themselves as a hero even though his actions harm others and he’s one of those.

The main setting Wakanda is a very impressive setting and has great world building. I like how the country works and the backstory explains a lot. Wakanda also looks beautiful and even the mountains where M’Baku lives is cool. The action was also good as usual for Marvel though I will admit some of the CGI was a little too obvious especially in a clip of the climax that was uploaded on YouTube. Still there are good actions scenes such as the Korea car chase the waterfall duel.

Black Panther is definitely in my top 3 favorite MCU movies up there with The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. All I have to say left is that to Avengers Infinity War or any movie of 2018, Good Luck.

Verdict:
+ Action
+ Cast especially the villain
+ Themes
+ Wakanda
– Obvious cgi

Score: A+

Mary and the Witch’s Flower review

The only anime movies I ever saw in the theater were Spirited Away and Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light. I remember seeing the teaser for this thought it was awesome but I knew that it would probably only have a limited release is specific theaters. Fortunately one day my Mom, Grandma, and I saw Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri at the nearest mall and I saw a poster saying it Mary would be showing there so I bought my ticket early and now I’m here to review it.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower is about a girl named Mary who finds a magic flower in the forest. It gives her and a broom she finds the ability of magic which ends up dragging her to a witch school in the sky named Endor College. While there she finds out that the headmaster wants to use the flower to transform witches into more powerful beings. In terms of story Mary is kind of predictable because when have we not seen anime movie about young witch or villain chasing the hero for a magical object? I also think the setting of Endor College while interesting is not given that much development. Mary doesn’t take any classes or meets any of the students.

On to the good stuff. The main character Mary is clumsy, feisty but also very likable. I like her design and her actress Ruby Barnhill plays the role perfectly. Actually all the voice actors are great in their roles too. I also like Mary’s sidekicks. One of them being a cat (which doesn’t talk). I remember the audience I was with burst out laughing at some of his scenes. The other is the broomstick which acts like the magic carpet from Aladdin and the fact that it has to be placed in a “broom stable” is hilarious.

The highlight of the movie to me is the animation. Let’s face it, any animation from Ghibli or anyone who worked on Hayao Miyazaki’s movies are beautiful. The character designs are great, the colors pop out and the movements of the characters are smooth and wonderful. I wouldn’t have been excited for this movie if it wasn’t for the animation!

Mary and the Witch’s Flower is not one of the strongest anime movies out there but for me it was still a great treat to see this.

Verdict:
+ Beautiful animation
+ Mary
+ Mary’s sidekicks
+ Voice acting
– Predictable story
– Undeveloped Endor College

Score: A-

My Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2017

Here are my top 10 favorite movies of 2017. These are based on my opinions and what I think are the best movies of 2017. Feel free to say what your favorite movies of 2017 below in the comments.

Honorable Mention:
Hey Arnold the Jungle Movie:

Only because if this was a theatrical released movie than it would have been between 6 and 5 on my list. It was great to see this cartoon return with great animation that looks just like the show.

10. The Fate of the Furious:

Honestly this was here just to fill 10 movies but there’s stuff that I really enjoy. Cipher is one of those great villains you love to hate. Don’s reason for betraying his family is very understandable and his plan to defeat Cipher in the climax feels so satisfying and awesome.

9. Baby Driver:

I wasn’t planning on reviewing this after seeing it but after looking back it has stuff I really wanted to talk about like Buddy’s decent into madness which was great. It also has the best story of any movie I’ve seen this year because it has an interesting premise, gray characters, and unpredictable twists.

8. Kingsman: The Golden Circle:

It wasn’t as good as the first one but it was still fun. I liked that there was a gray morality in it. Poppy wants to legalize drugs while the President and Whiskey wants drug users to die. The actions scenes are fast, violent, and enjoyable and Harry and Eggsy are still great characters.

These next two movies are a tie because I couldn’t decide which was better and there both similar in genre and humor.

6/7. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie:

This felt more like a combination of the books than an adaptation of one of the books but in a good way. There’s not much drama but that’s not the focus anyway. The comedy is great and it stays faithful to the book series that I loved from my childhood.

6/7. The Lego Batman Movie:

A spinoff of The Lego Movie and Batman that surprisingly has a lot of heart. It’s full of many kinds of gags like references and ones in the background. Will Arnett is still funny as Batman though is it me or does this version of Batman seem similar to Bojack Horseman?

5. Spider-Man: Homecoming:

Tom Holland is still great as Spider Man and Michael Keaton is a great update of the vulture (Michael plays a lot of winged characters). While this is my least favorite MCU movie this year it was still a great Spider Man movie. Heck I might even say this is my favorite Spiderman movie.

4. Coco:

The land of the dead is well thought out, looks great, and reminds me a lot of Mexico without being too forced (FYI: I have vacationed there once). The songs are also good especially Remember Me which is cleverly important in the plot. The definite best animated movie of 2017 hands down.

3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2:

There is a lot of character development between every character and each get their fair share of great moments especially Rocket and Yondu. It also has a very emotional climax and bittersweet goodbye to Yondu. A fun sequel to the best movie of 2014. Also this movie made me a fan of Mr. Blue Sky.

2. Thor: Ragnarok:

One of the funniest movies of the year, I might even say it’s the funniest MCU movie even though I would have expected a little more drama. It still drops some heavy stuff that changes the series forever like killing off Odin, destroying Asgard and Thor’s hammer. Also Sakaar and anything from that planet is awesome.

1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi:

Ironic since Force Awakens was my favorite movie of 2015 and now the sequel is my favorite movie of 2017. This managed to be sequel that was very different from Force Awakens and even Empire Strikes Back. The action and acting are what really stood out to me especially Mark Hamill, Adam Driver and Daisy Ripley. I don’t know what will happen in Episode XI but Episode VIII has made me excited to see where this wonderful series will take us. The movie that makes you excited for the next one has to take the place as the best movie of 2017.