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.
Saw Doctor Strange tonight. I liked it well enough. Possibly will have more thoughts tomorrow. :)
I'm not 100% sure it's accurate to say 'happy' Veterans Day, but thank you all for your service! I have many, many relatives who are currently in the armed forces, or veterans of various branches, so it's never been far from my life.

As I type, we're watching the best part of Lord of the Rings, aka the part with Galadriel. :D

Movies I have seen today: Deadpool and Great Scarrier Reef.

-Deadpool was hilarious, and I quite enjoyed it. Not as groundbreaking as I was hoping, yet still amazing.

-Great Scarrier Reef was also pretty good, predictable, but much better than Boo York. However, Mattel, WHERE IS MY GIL MANTA RAY DOLL?! Hands down the best character design of that movie, and he's nowhere to be found. WTF.
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.
Saw Jurassic World last night, loved it, obviously. It had flaws, and nothing will ever be as good as the original, but it was a spectacular experience.

Now, please link me to any and all spoiler-y posts of yours about it that I may have missed/purposely avoided in the last few days. :D

P.S. This is the first time I have ever found Chris Pratt attractive. The ~magic~ of dinosaurs.
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.)
It is so weird to me that St. Patrick's Day is such a non-holiday for so many people. It has always been a really big deal in my family (mostly because of my mother) but also in school and life in general.

-When I was little, I used to take milk to school for lunch (in a Beauty and the Beast thermos that 1. matched my sweet BatB lunchbox and 2. leaked like a motherfucker) and every year on St. Patrick's Day my mother would sneakily dye my milk green, and then tell me the leprechauns had done it.

-We made leprechaun traps every year in school, and on St.Partick's Day morning our classrooms would be festooned with little green footprints (that looked suspiciously like fingerprints) and harmless pranks. And those damn leprechauns somehow managed to always get the bait (Rollos) out of the traps without getting caught. I think I believed in leprechanuns until like, high school.

-There is always ALWAYS corned beef and cabbage and soda bread, and no one in my family is ever not wearing green (I used to even have little shamrock decals for my nails). I always try to watch The Luck of the Irish on Disney (made a lot easier by my DVR) and I did manage to make it through one of the Leprechaun movies once (The second one? Maybe? It gave me nightmares regardless) because I am committed to this holiday.

Basically, St. Patrick's Day is a BIG DEAL and I don't know why everyone else doesn't think so.
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 )
1. I somehow got behind on reading my friends page, but plan to have read all the way back to the beginning of February before I go to bed tonight. I think I had it all under control before then.

2. Andrew and I finally watched Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing, and I really liked it! I remember seeing that play on stage once, and not loving it, but I think Joss cut it down so it didn't drag as much and made a lot more sense. Also, I really like Alexis Denisof and wish he was in more things.

3. My beautilful Belarusian prince Dmitry won Project Runway All Stars! I knew he could do it. :D
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.
Just saw Captain America 2, and I only have one thing to say for now. Possibly I will have more things to say later, but I'm amped up on adrenaline and not likely to be super coherent at the moment.

Cut for extremely spoilery spoilers! )

That's all for tonight. And there are likely going to be spoilers in the comments as well.

Answer to last Monday's song: All I Really Want, by Alanis Morissette. 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.
Things the world definitely doesn't need: A new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, with CGI turtles, and a dark brunette April. Who thought this was a good idea? (Don't answer that, I can guess.) Oh, and a white Shredder too. That's possibly the worst part.

Answer to last Thursday's song: No post last Thursday.
Don't ask me why I forgot to post last night, because I don't have a good answer.

Anyway, I haven't got too much that I want to post about at the moment, but we did just watch Frozen for the second time. Did you guys know that there's a scene after the credits? If you haven't watched it, you definitely should. :D

Please also enjoy this other thing we noticed for the first time during this viewing:

Answer to last Tuesday's song: Story of My Life, by One Direction. No one guessed this.
Answer to last Wednesday's song: Your Song, by Elton John. [livejournal.com profile] kaitydid33087 got this one right!
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!
We watched Cowboys and Aliens last night. I was all set for super cheese and hammy acting and just general ridiculousness... and I was disappointed. It wasn't a bad movie, and the acting was all really solid, but everyone was taking everything so seriously in a movie called COWBOYS AND ALIENS. I was actually kind of bored by it, which is ridiculous because ALIENS and COWBOYS, and I feel like they missed the opportunity to really let everyone's crazy flag fly. But (minor spoiler) the guy who played the sheriff on Sleepy Hollow who got killed in the first episode was the first named character to die in this movie. I was like, "Apparently he's only allowed to be alive for a limited time."

I also accidentally bought a MH doll I never thought I'd want yesterday. Oops? It's hard to feel bad when she's so pretty though!

Answer to last Sunday's song: Come As You Are, by Nirvana. No one guessed this song, which I picked because last Sunday was when Seattle won the Superbowl, and Nirvana is from Seattle. Clever, yes?



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