2021 recap part 3

Just so everyone knows I now have a Letterboxd account. I’ll still do posts here for movies and tv shows.

Here is a link if you want to see it: https://letterboxd.com/JacobsonCinema/

Movies:

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: Didn’t expect this to be better than I thought. B+

My Little Pony: A New Generation: A standard My Little Pony movie with prejudice themes. C

No Time to Die: A fond farewell for my favorite James Bond. A

Dune: Great cinematography but I just couldn’t get into the characters or story. B-

Ron’s Gone Wrong: Sure, the third half goes on longer than it should but the social media premise done very well. B

Eternals: Bland characters and bland story makes this one of the worst MCU movies in recent years. C

Home Sweet Home Alone: Trash! The main character has a punchable face and the thieves are too sympathetic. D-

8-Bit Christmas: Sort of a mix between a Christmas Story and Jingle All the Way with a touching ending. B

Encanto: Weak songs but great characters and down to earth story. A

Ghostbusters Afterlife: A fun retread with an emotional ending. A-

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: How does 58 minutes count as a movie?! The animation is terrible and Greg is still an unlikable protagonist. D-

Spider-Man: No Way Home: A love letter to the Spider Man films. A

West Side Story: Great directing, cinematography and choreography. B+

Hilda and the Mountain King: Pretty much everything I love about Hilda is here. A

The King’s Man: I liked the action and the premise with the Shepard. B+

TV:

Kid Cosmic season 2: Fantos the Amassor was an entertaining villain and I liked seeing all the powers being used in very unique ways.

Amphibia season 3: Having this season take places on Earth is a great change to the status quo. I’m really excited to see what happens next year.

The Ghost and Molly McGee: Absolutely charming, cute, and fun. The characters are so likable and this is one of those shows where all the main characters are the best character.

Inside Job: The love child of Gravity Falls and Rick and Morty that’s very creative and funny. Rand Ridley is a more unlikable Rick Sanchez. I’ve never hated a character so much since Dolores Umbridge.

Animaniacs season 2: Not as strong as the first season but it had good segments.

Here’s to hopefully a better year.

2021 recap part 2

Got to see more movies this time.

Movies:

Cruella: What Maleficent should’ve been. B+

Wish Dragon: A decent adaption of Aladdin with decent animation. C

F9: Big and nonsensical action. C+

Luca: One of the simplest yet sweetest Pixar movies. A

Black Widow: This didn’t need to excist but it’s nice that they gave Black Widow her own movie. B

Space Jam A New Legacy: The most Warner Brotherish movie ever and is still a cash grab like the first. I did enjoy this one cameo that involves Taz. C

Jungle Cruise: A fun adaption of a classic ride. B+

The Suicide Squad: Best DCEU movie since Tim Burton’s Batman. A

Vivo: A nice looking waste of time with some ok songs. C+

Free Guy: Ryan Reynolds is always enjoyable and the video game references are enjoyable. B

The Loud House Movie: A cute movie from one of Nickelodeon’s most popular shows. B

Shows:

The Owl House season 2: I like how every episode progresses the story now. Also, Luamity forever!

Loki: Interesting series with an interesting lead into the multiverse. I discovered DB Cooper because of this show.

Rick and Morty season 5: Really enjoying this. More thoughts after the finale.

Behind the Attraction: As a Disney park fanatic I really enjoyed this.

Marvel’s What If: Best MCU show, I really like the ones with new character interactions especially in episode 2.

2021 recap part 1

Movies:

Promising Young Woman: She doesn’t try to get revenge until near the end when that should’ve been the whole plot. C+

Tom and Jerry 2021: The animation is fine but the story is not great. At least they don’t talk like that other movie. D+

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run: An obvious commercial for Kamp Koral but the animation is really good. B

Raya and the Last Dragon: Great worldbuilding and action. A-

Nobody: A fun action movie with a great performance from Bob Odenkirk. A-

Godzilla vs Kong: Uninteresting characters but fun fight scenes from both monsters. B

Arlo the Alligator Boy: Cute animation but it just felt like a pilot to a show. B

Mortal Kombat: Familiar but faithful. B-

Shows:

The Great North: A decent so far show from the crew that made Bob’s Burgers.

Kid Cosmic: Probably my favorite show from Craig McCracken.

Close Enough and Solar Opposites season 2: Both have the fun charm they had from season 1.

WandaVision: Great performances from the two leads and great pokes at the sitcom cliches.

Amphibia season 2: I’m looking forward to the finale.

Final Space season 3: Darker than the previous seasons. Will discuss my thoughts when season is over.

Falcon and the Winter Soldier: A darker and more mature MCU story with great character interactions. I do think John Walker’s arc was rushed at the end.

Infinity Train Book 4: Not the most epic final seasons but still has the charm of the other seasons.

2020 recap final part

Movies:

The Goonies: Got to see this in Vegas. A fun treasure hunt movie that relishes in it’s 80s charm. A

Tenet: Confusing but full of great action and twists. A-

Mulan 2020: They made Mulan too perfect instead of working hard to get strong. C-

Wolfwalkers: Great 2d aniamton and duo. A

Soul: A combination of Inside Out and Coco that still feels fresh. A

Wonder Woman 1984: Fun, corny and more colorful than the first. Though I do wish there were more 80’s music. B

Shows:

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: A well done conclusion to a show that I think handled discrimination better than Star vs the Forces of Evil.

Animaniacs reboot: Absolutely hilarious.

Primal season 1: Still great animaton and emotion, especially Coven of the Damned.

Hilda season 2: Just as wonderful as season 1.

Here’s hoping 2021 is a better year.

2020 recap part 3

Man do I missed movie theaters. L

Movies:
Artemis Fowl: So boring and generic. At least it was free. D

Hamilton: Technically this is just footage of the play. The songs and performances are still good though. A

Magic Camp: Basic Disney kids movie. I did like hearing Mystery Skull’s Magic though. C

Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe: Not a fan of Phineas and Ferb but it does feel like a love letter to people who love the show. I still suffers from jokes dragging.

The One and Only Ivan: A touching though predictable movie with talking animals. B

Shows:
F is For Family season 4: The addition of the Grandfather was a nice change of pace even though it ends on a bittersweet way.

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts season 2: A big improvement from season 1. I really liked the backstory involving Scarlemagne and the twist involving Kipo’s mother.

Close Enough: It does look similar to Regular Show but it still is a lot of fun.

Amphibia season 2: I’m really liking the overarching story in this season. Will do a full review once the season is done.

The Owl House season 1: What seems to be another “girl in another dimension” show still has enough charm to be its own thing.

Infinity Train book 3: A darker and edgier season compared to the last two.

Glitch Techs season 2: Fun video game references especially one based on Five Nights at Freddy’s.

Hoops: A generic adult cartoon which generic animation and characters.

2020 recap part 2

Movies:

My Hero Academia: Heroes: Rising: Everything I love about the anime is here. A-

Onward: The fantasy modern world isn’t exactly new but the relationship between the brothers makes this a wonderful addition to Pixar. A-

Trolls World Tour: A run of the mill Dreamworks animated sequel that kind of has interesting world building but not much. C

The Willoughbys: Interesting animation and character designs though does suffer from clichés (like the misunderstanding tropes) I’ve seen before. Also the parents are awful! C+

Scoob: Felt more like a Hanna Barbara crossover with Scooby as the main character than a Scooby Doo movie. C+

Shows:

Steven Universe Future: A wonderful and emotional epilogue to one of my favorite cartoons of all time.

The Owl House: Still great, talk more once season is over.

Ollie’s Pack: A fun cartoon that caught my attention.

The Last Kids on Earth season 2: A decent but fun adaption of a kid’s book series.

Rick and Morty season 4: This might be my favorite season so far. I love most of the episodes.

Harley Quinn: One of the most fun DC adaption I’ve seen. This managed to balanced graphic violence with lighthearted fun. The characters are really enjoyable and the comedy is hilarious.

Solar Opposites: Same humor and violence from Rick and Morty with an interesting C-plot.

The Long Long Holiday: Not really new but it’s ironic that I watched this considering what’s been happening. The animation is great and cute while also not shying away from the realistic horrors of World War 2.

 

2020 Recap part 1

Movies:

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

TV:

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.

2019 Holiday recap

Movies:

JoJo Rabbit: Taika Waititi managed to make Hitler fun. A-

Doctor Sleep: The first 2 half’s are find but the third half at the lodge is great. B

Klaus: Great Christmas movie with great animation. A+

Frozen 2: Not as good as the first one but does answer the questions I’d had since 2013. I still enjoy listening to Into the Unknown. B+

Knives Out: A Great mystery with 2 great leads and great humor. A

Jumanji: The Next Level: Pretty much the same as the previous one but with some good role switcharoos. B-

Star Wars the Rise of Skywalker: While didn’t live to my expectation it’s still a nice conclusion to the Skywalker Saga. A-

Spies in Disguise: Kind of your standard spy movie. I did like the James Bond like intro though. B

TV:

Green Eggs and Ham: Pretty much the best Dr. Seuss adaption since the old animated specials. Though it is odd that they made Sam I Am kind of a villain. It also has great animation that feels like an animated movie.

Rick and Morty Season 4: I love every episode of season 4 so far (especially the heist and snake episodes), honestly all these would be in my top 10 favorite episodes or even honorable mentions.

Steven Universe Future: A great epilogue series to this great show that ties lose ends. Hope this returns soon after that cliffhanger ending.

See you all in 2020!

Fall recap

Happy Halloween!

Movies:

Steven Universe: the Movie: Great love letter to the show. A

It Chapter Two: Depite the wonderful performances from Bill Skarsgård and Bill Hader the film feels too long and has too many flashbacks. C

The Peanut Butter Falcon: Slow and has a sudden ending but still full of great perormances from Zack Gottsagen and Shia LaBeouf. B-

Promare: Everything about this anime such as the characters and animation is awesome!  A+

Abomniable: Cute movie but nothing mind blowing due to having seen other movies about yetis. C

Joker: Joaquin Phoenix is the best Joker since Heath Ledger. A pefect non-horror movie to watch this Halloween.  A-

The Addams Family: Mixed opinions on the voice talent and character designs make this the most ok movie of 2019. B-

Shows:

Ok Ko Let’s Be Heroes final season: Cute ending.

Final Space season 2: Great continuation with a great balance between comedy and drama.

Primal: Great animation and great action. Will talk more once the rest of the series is released.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic final season: A bittersweet goodbye to one of my favorite cartoons.

The Casagrandes: A fun spinoff to a really good Nickelodeon cartoon.

BoJack Horseman season 6 part 1: Great start, I’ll talk more once part 2 is out.

Summer 2019 recap

Big summer!

Movies:
Rocketman: Taron Egerton pulled it off as Elton John even though most of the people around him are assholes. B-

Godzilla: King of the Monsters: Basic giant monsters fights and characters making stupid decisions. C

Men in Black: International: Enjoyable performances from the leads do not help this mediocre film. C-

Toy Story 4: Not necessary but still a lot of effort put into this. A-

Dark Phoenix: Too dull and Too edgy. D

Spider-Man: Far From Home: Great hero and Great villain. Hope Peter’s story continues. A

The Lion King: A complete shot for shot remake that felt so unnecessary. D

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Despite the excellent performances of (Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt the movie felt too quick even with the long running time. B-

Hobbs and Shaw: Stupid fun. B-

Dora and the Lost City of Gold: Stupid but not the worst thing ever. C-

The Angry Birds Movie 2: Though still a movie for kids this sequel is better than the first one in every way. B-….. also the short Hair Love was fantastic. A

Shows:

The Loud House with the Casagrandes: A really nice set up for a promising spinoff. Ronnie Anne’s new best friend Sid Chang is the highlight of these episodes. She’s probably one of my favorite if not my favorite character of the show now.

Final Space season 2: Still has a great balance between drama and comedy. I’ll talk more about it when season 2 is over.

Amphibia season 1: Likable characters and fun location. Can’t wait to see season 2.

The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants season 3: Still fun though does anyone notice that a bunch of Netflix show’s season 3s take place during summer? Examples being F is for Family and Stranger Things.

Twelve Forever: Cute but not my cup of tea.

Infinity Train: A great miniseries full of creativity, emotion and mystery.

Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling: A great lesson on looking on to the future.

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus: You could see this as a satisfying conclusion to this series though you may have to watch the show in order to get some of the references.