Just finished watching Zootopia. I had heard that it was good, but it was so much better than I anticipated! I loved all the little references and allusions to other movies (both Disney and non) and it's also so, SO appropriate for our current situation.

I really can't wait to see Moana now! I mean, I was excited before, because Lin and The Rock, but now even more so. Disney is the best. 
Turns out, I don't really have much to say about Doctor Strange. It was very entertaining (like the Avengers & Iron Man), didn't make me rage about its treatment of women (unlike Ant Man and Guardians of the Galaxy), and didn't feel pointless (unlike Civil War).

It did often feel like a Star Wars rip off (they even used the phrase 'seduced by the dark'), but not in a bad way. I do have to say though, Ve & Hattrick would not have been here for the shitty makeup on the bad guys:

Seriously, you must have a had a huge budget, you couldn't have made that look less fake? Purple was a bad color choice, and it's soooooo obvious that it's just painted on his (clearly still intact) skin. There was one scene where he teared up, and I legitimately wasn't sure if he was supposed to do that, or if his makeup was just making his eyes water.
So, this post is about three days later than I intended to make it, because I had it almost finished and accidentally closed the window and LJ for some reason decided not to autosave it...

Anyway, once upon a time, Disney decided to jump on the ‘teenage versions of the fairy tale characters you know and love’ bandwagon about two years too late, and made a move called Descendants. The premise of this movie is that the Disney villains were defeated and banished to an island called the Isle of the Lost, which has a barrier around it to keep them in and magic out. The Disney heroes live on the mainland, in a single unified kingdom ruled by Belle and the Beast.

Now it’s 20 years later, and the teenage son of Belle and the Beast, Ben, has decided, for no apparent reason, as it’s the first scene in the movie and he’s given no motivation, to invite four of the teenaged children of these villains to go to his fancy prep school with him and his friends and have a shot at a normal life.

This movie is not big on explanations, like why Belle and Beast get to be the grand high king and queen, or why Ben chose these four villain kids to come, but it really doesn’t matter. I was super excited to watch it, not least of all because they somehow got Kristin Chenoweth to play Maleficent.

Thus, I present to you the notes I took while watching this crack-tacular movie, updated with small, very spoilery, plot summaries so you can follow along. Though I must say, if you like Disney at all, it’s totally worth your time to watch this.
They're rotten to the core. Kind of. )

So, that's that. Someone please tell me they also watched this. Or at least watch Chenolificent's dance so we can talk about it.
Andrew and I finally went to see Cinderella last night, and I absolutely loved it.

Before seeing it, I was torn between being really excited for a Disney fairy tale movie, and feeling like yet another Cinderella adaptation was a bit unnecessary. Fortunately, it was different enough to interest me, and yet totally true to the story and the Disney version of said story (with adorable, appropriate, and not obnoxious call backs to the Disney version, like a cat named Lucifer, and Sing Sweet Nightingale.) I also think there are references to Ever After (or possibly just coincidences) and the Rodgers & Hammerstein version (the prince's name is Kit, which I believe is traditionally a nickname for Christopher Rupert Windemere Vladimir Karl Alexander Francois Reginald Lancelot Herman Gregory James.

I teared up more than once, including when Cinderella arrived at the ball and everyone stared at her, which is ridiculous because 1. That scene is in every Cinderella movie and has never affected me like that, 2. I was expecting it, and 3. I never tear up at happy things. This movie is just that good.

My only minor quibble is that they went to the trouble of giving Lady Tremaine a motive and some backstory, and then wrote her off at the end in a single line almost as an afterthought. That was sloppy, but it's how the story goes, so I was willing to let it go and just revel in everything else. Her Cateness was phenomenal (obviously) the stepsisters were perfect, the costumes were to die for, they gave everyone (including the prince and the king) more characterization than usual, filled in some plot holes, and that weird CGI thing they were doing to Madden's eyes must have been just in the trailers, because they were a perfectly acceptable, human shade of blue in the movie.

I just loved it. I already want to see it again. (And Frozen Fever was amazing too. I need more Frozen.)
Andrew and I went to see The Hobbit 3: Battle of the Five Penis Sizes this weekend, and though there are many things I could say about it, I will try to keep my remarks short.

And bullet pointed, as usual )
Two more movies to check off the list!

Field of Dreams and The Hulk )

Answer to last Thursday's song: Drive, by Incubus. No one guessed this.
We watched Die Hard the other day, because (guess what) I'd never seen it. And, even though I don't usually like action movies all that much, I think I kind of love Die Hard. Like, I totally understand why other people love this movie, and why it's a ~thing~ and why they've made 100 sequels.

Do I really need a spoiler cut for a 26 year old movie? )

Final Verdict: I now want to see ALL THE DIE HARDS. <3

Answer to last Monday's song: Be My Baby, by The Ronettes. [livejournal.com profile] becofoz got this one right!
Did you guys know that there's such a thing as the robot hall of fame? Well, there is.

I learned this in the process of reading the Wikipedia page on Forbidden Planet, which we watched tonight. That was, hands down, the most boring sci-fi movie I've ever seen. I mean, it's got spaceships, alien technology, science mumbo-jumbo, ray guns, monsters, hot girls, and a young Leslie Nielsen. What more can you ask for? And yet, 90% of the movie is the scientist guy nattering on about a meaningless backstory, aliens we never see, technology no one can use, and a plot that makes no damn sense. The other 10% is Neilsen and Anne Francis saying how in love they are, despite knowing each other for only two days, sexism, spacemen skeeving on Anne, and people making decisions for no apparent reason, to further the plot that makes no damn sense.

I struggle to see how this movie was so influential on sci fi as a genre, other than visually, but you can't deny that it was. *shrugs*

Answer to last Wednesday's song: Sweet Dreams, by Beyonce. No one guessed this.
Next on our 2014 Movie list: The Maltese Falcon.

Spoilers under here! )

Answer to last Sunday's song: Jump, by Van Halen. No one guessed this, but I obviously had to quote a Van Halen song on a Bill and Ted post.
I'm a little behind on my 2014 movie posts, and since it's been a week or more since I saw the last one, this is going to be a shorter review than usual.

The next movie on our list: Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure! )

We also recently watched The Skulls (not because it was on our list, just because it was on TV and I like Joshua Jackson) which I do not recommend. Very little in that movie makes any sense, the writing is terrible, and the image of Paul Walker in a coffin (even though he's not actually dead in the movie) is a little unsettling nowadays.

Answer to last Sunday's song: Tomorrow, from Annie. [livejournal.com profile] kaitydid33087 got this one right!
All right, so it's been a while since I saw The Hobbit: The Desolation of Sherlock Cumberbatch, but we were having a semi-snow day at work when I wrote this and I am BORED. So I'm going to try to catch up on all the posts I've been meaning to write but haven't quite gotten to yet (this one, a Jaws book review, and my next MH review).

Anyway, let's start with the set-up, because my mood going into this movie surely affected my perception of it.

Andrew loved the first Hobbit movie, I thought it was all right, and I like the LotR movies, so I was willing to see this one. I was less thrilled to go to the midnight showing, because it was a Thursday and I had to work the next day, but all of Andrew's classmates were going to that show, and one of them offered us a ride, so I was game. Then when we got to the theater, it turned out that all his classmates had sprung for the extra-expensive 3D IMAX version of the movie. Since only Andrew and I were going to the regular-D regular-MAX movie, because paying an extra $15 just didn't seem worth it, I was annoyed. If we weren't going to be in the theater with the rest of them, we could have just gone by ourselves at a normal hour. (I guess I have a tradition of watching LotR movies at odd hours though...) ANYWAY, that was off putting.

Then, I tried to go to the bathroom before the movie started, because I knew it was going to be long. The first bathroom I tried was locked, even though it wasn't a one person one. So I had to go all the way to the other end of the theater, which was all right I guess, but that's where I met Strange Lady. I was just innocently washing my hands next to her, and this happened:

SL: I realize this is a strange conversation to strike up in a bathroom, but did you hear about that woman who got stuck to a toilet seat?
Me: No?
SL: Yeah it was in like, Kentucky.
Me: *picturing someone wedged in a toilet somehow* Ok?
SL: Yeah, I guess someone put superglue on the seat, and the fire department had to come get her off, and it ripped all her skin off in the process.
Me: *I literally do not know how to react to this conversation*  Oh no!
SL: Yeah, so just be careful if you sit down in public restrooms. *leaves*
Me: Why did you tell me this? And after I had already peed? Was she like, going on a public service campaign to make people aware?

I just stood there for a few seconds, wondering what the hell was going on, and then I went to watch The Hobbit. So, that should give you a little idea about the frame of mind I was in.

Now, on to the review! I wrote most of this the day after I saw it when it was fresh in my mind, so this is a bit scattered and not very cohesive, as all my movie reviews tend to be.

Read more... )

Answer to last Thursday's song: Sweet Home Alabama, by Lynyrd Skynyrd. [livejournal.com profile] becofoz got this one right!
Just watched Alien for the first time (as part of our New Year's resolution).

On the one hand, this was a good movie. I was invested in the characters, it was tense, I jumped a couple of times, my heart rate went up, it was beautifully shot, and I love the fact that the alien was played by a man in a suit rather than a puppet or a computer. On the other hand, WHY IS EVERYONE IN THE MOVIE SO STUPID?

Cut for spoilers, in case any of you haven't seen it either. )

The Grammy's are tonight, and I'm already watching the red carpet, so be prepared for some Grammy fashion reactions in the days to come.

Answer to last Sunday's song: Long December, by Counting Crows. Janeea got this one right!
Sorry y'all, I don't have the energy for a MH review tonight, because I didn't have as much time at home today. And why was that? Because we went to see Frozen! (And had to sit in the second row because the theater was so packed!)

I don't want to do a spoilery review, since the movie's only been out for like a week, but here are some non-spoilery reasons you should go see Frozen!

-Realistic snow! People out in it get cold, it sticks to clothes, it's hard to walk through, and it's both beautiful and dangerous. I <3 snow, and I loved seeing it so well done!

-Idina Menzel. I literally got goosebumps during her first big song.

-All the music, really. I'm totally getting the soundtrack for Christmas.

-First Disney movie directed by a woman!

The whole movie is great. I laughed, I cried (only a little), it's beautifully animated, the characters are likable, and did I mention Idina? Girl can SANG. Oh, and the costumes were super gorgeous too. I already want to go see it again. :D

Answer to last Sunday's song: The Christmas Song. [livejournal.com profile] becofoz got this one right!

Here's a video of Nat King Cole doing his (probably most famous) version:
So, we saw Thor: The Dark World.

Some random thoughts, in no order and containing spoilers. )

Non-spoiler: If you go see it, there are two credits scenes. One happens towards the beginning of the credits, and the second is at the bitter end. I recommend staying for both.

Answer to last Saturday's song: There Are Worse Things I Could Do, from Grease. [livejournal.com profile] becofoz got this one right!
Let me start by saying that I actually enjoyed this movie, and flat out cheered at one point during the climax (I do that, shut up). Also, I know almost nothing about actual polygamy, but then again I don't think the people who made this movie do either.

Guys, this is LONG, seriously, and I apologize. Also, trigger warnings for mentions of rape, suicide, and spousal abuse.

Ready? Then it's time toEscape From Polygamy! )

Answer to last Monday's song: Mirror, by Justin Timberlake. No one guessed this, which surprises me.
So Andrew and I saw Man of Steel the other night, and in lieu of doing a review (because I'm terrible at keeping my thoughts cohesive during movie reviews) I'm going to talk about something in the movie that I found really impressive.

Minor Spoilers )

Answer to last Thursday's song: Going Away to College, by Blink-182.

Answer to last Friday's song: Sailing for Adventure, from Muppet Treasure Island. No one guessed either of these.

We just got back from the movies...

Iron Man Three spoilers )

In conclusion, go see Iron Man Three if you haven't already. And if you have, let's talk about it!

Answer to last Tuesday's song: Marry the Night by Lady Gaga. No one guessed this.



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