CineVlog – War for the Planet of the Apes

Tis the final one in the Apes reboot trilogy. Does it sit well with the fan?

 

A Look at Disney: The Moral Quandary of Rapunzel’s Tower

 

 

Hello & welcome back to A Look at Disney. Last Monday,  my parents surprised me with a trip to the Magic Kingdom.  And easily for me, the highlight was New Fantasyland as you truly felt immersed in all of the movies.  Of course, I geeked out when I saw the Tangled rest area, specifically, the Tower.  But then I just watched the latest episode of Tangled: The Series in which Pascal runs away back to the Tower because it seems like Rapunzel doesn’t have anytime for him.   And there was a small but brief moment, when Rapunzel had to enter the tower and reassure herself that she had this as it had been the first time that she returned to the Tower since the events of the movie.

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Steaming to Legacy – The Winds Of Change (Chapter 5)

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Movie Curiosities: Wind River

Wind River is a mystery thriller set in the eponymous Native American reservation in Wyoming. It’s highly remote and sparsely populated, with a tribal police force of six officers to patrol an area the size of Rhode Island. The movie is heavily focused on Native American issues and it features an impressive bench of Native American supporting players (heavily supplemented with actors of various other ethnicities, but still)… yet it’s two white faces on the poster.

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Movie Curiosities: Brigsby Bear

You’ll want to buckle up for this one, folks. I barely even know where to begin, there’s so much bizarre ground to cover.

To wit: Brigsby Bear comes to us from director Dave McCary and co-writer/star Kyle Mooney, both of a sketch comedy troupe called Good Neighbor. On the list of producers, we’ve got Andy Samberg (who appears in a prominent cameo role), Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone; better known as Lonely Island. Also producers? Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Yeah. What the hell is this? Read more

How To Fix It: Condorman

This week, it’s our first Patreon sponsored review and we take a look at the Michael Crawford flop, Condorman!

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Watchin’ Stuff – Ballerina Review

Ballet is a dancing style of grace and passion but we’re watchin’ Ballerina which has neither. ENJOY

My Thoughts on Gioacchino Rossini’s La Pietra del Paragone at the Adriatic Arena

It was a fabulous, fan service-filled, fun, and fresh time at Count Asdrubale’s crib in this rare Rossini opera.

Letters to Celestia: Equestria Girls Summertime Shorts (5-8)

Looks like Hasbro has decided to create a few more Summertime Shorts for the Equestria Girls. While the last few didn’t entertain me very much, I did have some hopes for the next ones. So, let’s have a look at what they have this time around.
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Screenplay Archaeology Episode 29: Death Note

KiramidHead discusses an early discarded draft of the American adaptation of Death Note.

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Watchin’ Stuff – DuckTales 2017 Review

ToonGrin watches the latest reboot of DuckTales, let’s see if it’ll make them WOO-OO! ENJOY

Movie Curiosities: The Glass Castle

For those who haven’t heard of it (which is sadly too many of you, I’m sure), Short Term 12 is an absolutely brilliant film with one glaring, horrible flaw. The film itself is an inspiring, poignant, heartbreaking, whip-smart examination of a deeply sensitive subject, powered by a performance that damn well should’ve gotten Brie Larson an Oscar before she earned one for Room. The flaw? The whole film looks like it was shot on a camcorder swinging from a ceiling fan. Even so, it’s a criminally underrated movie that I can’t recommend highly enough.

So now we have a movie in which Brie Larson reteams with the writer/director of Short Term 12, and he actually set the camera on a goddamn tripod this time. Sign me up! Read more

Master Commentaries: “The Talking Magpies” (with WhyBoy)

In this classic Terrytoons short, Farmer Al Falfa faces the Shock and Terror of SURPRISE MAGPIE ATTACK!!!

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ICFTDI: August of Adult Animation – Fantastic Planet

With the rise of animation in the film industry, many people often got tried of their work being aimed for younger audiences. Often times, animated films often try to go for a more adult oriented audience by having more mature themes and material added into their movies. Whether or not the results ended working is suggestive, but never-the-less they still try to prove they could please the older crowd. For the month of August, I’ve decided to take a look at some of these films dedicated to the adult audience in an event called The August of Adult Animation. To start things off, I decided to go with a very well known adult animated film from France known as Fantastic Planet.

 

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The Literary Lair: Doctor Who – Love and War

This week, Mike answers the question, “Are Love and War are two great tastes that go great together?”

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Watchin’ Stuff – Spark: A Space Tail Review

We’re watching a true space tale of boredom and rip-offs in Spark: A Space Tail. ENJOY

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Movie Curiosities: Detroit

I’ve been writing about movies for over seven years now. And in that same span of time, race has become such a huge omnipresent issue that of course it’s spilled over into cinema. A lot of cinema. And I’ve seen a lot of it. I’ve seen good movies about race and bad movies about race. I’ve seen it done modern, done in period, done with feminism, done with sexual identity, and done any number of a million different ways.

I’ve written about Selma, 12 Years a Slave, Lincoln, Moonlight, and Django Unchained. I’ve seen The Help, Hidden Figures, Sleight, A United Kingdom, Belle, and Loving. I’ve sat through Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The Sapphires, 42, Straight Outta Compton, Chi-Raq, PreciousThe Birth of a Nation, DopeZootopia, and probably a whole ton of others I’m forgetting at the moment. To say nothing of all the ones I haven’t seen. The sheer width and depth of movies on this topic that have come out in recent memory is staggering.

And it’s all led to this. Watching Detroit, I felt like this movie put together all the best parts of what came before while discarding the worst, like all previous cinematic discussions of race were just trial and error for this one movie. For my money, this is the definitive 21st-century movie on race, the one by which all others will be measured. But we still have a ways to go. Read more