Monday, January 4, 2016

No Escape [2015] review

The Dowdle Brothers do an excellent job in creating a real sense of fear and urgency in this film, but that's really where the praise ends.

I think the casting was the biggest issue. There were some very serious, very realistic events portrayed in this movie and I felt that maybe Owen Wilson's character was cast to alleviate the tension when those situations got intense, but I don't think it came across as expected/desired. Maybe it was just the writing. Also, I understand the need for the children and the mother figure in this movie, but I felt they could have added much more to their roles. Ultimately, they just felt like baggage. Pierce Brosnan was added as the "action star/inside guy" since Owen Wilson was playing the "father/out of his element" role; sadly, Mr. Brosnan didn't add much to the overall experience, but his final scene was pretty cool.

Plot-wise, the overall mystery of "why is this happening" added to the realism, and while there were some hints once things got started, I think holding off on the reveal until the final act was a mistake. Since the reveal was so simple and expressed nonchalantly, it lacked any real punch, and by that point, I was just waiting for the movie to end.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Adventure Time Season 7 thus far

Season 7 kicked off on 11/2. They aired one episode each day from Monday (11/2) to Friday (11/6) to form some sort of mini arc with the King of Ooo, now the Princess of the Candy Kingdom, at the center of the story for the most part. All of a sudden Princess Bubblegum's first name is Bonnie? I wonder if this is a reference/joke on that fact that Princess Toadstool in the Mario Bros series is more commonly referred to as Peach now. I'm not a huge fan of the King of Ooo as a character, and I don't really care about him. I care more about others who weren't showcased. Overall, I'd give this arc a 2/5 stars.

There were no new episodes 11/9-11/13.

On 11/16, they changed the opening theme song to center on Marceline who is the focus of this arc. It's subtitled STAKES. Parts 1 & 2 aired on Monday, 3 & 4 aired on Tuesday, and 5 & 6 aired on Wednesday. The last two parts (7&8) aired last night, and I've yet to watch them. There is a hint of Kill Bill in this arc as Marceline hunts each of the five vampires on her "list" that once gave her her powers. With Marceline at the center of this arc, I was really hoping for more musical undertone, but it's been very minimal. I'm enjoying the structure of this arc better than the first, but some of the beats are falling flat and it's pretty predictable. Without seeing the conclusion, I'd give this arc a slight edge over the previous one. 2.5/5 stars.

New episodes after that? Good question. I'm not a fan of the sporadic schedule.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

TV Episode Reviews (11/15/2015)

Last Man on Earth S02E07 "Baby Steps" - Season 2 hasn't had the same magic as Season 1, but thankfully this episode was pretty funny overall Does anything think that Erica is really pregnant? I don't think she is.

Family Guy S14E07 "Peter's Sister" - No surprise, but it was another lack luster episode. There was a Back to the Future bit that made me laugh so much that I had to pause the show. My gf also thought Meg's voice seemed off. Did it sound weird to anyone else? Not Mila's best work I suppose or just a bad mix.

Talking Dead S06E06 "Always Accountable" - A very bad episode of Talking Dead thanks to the lackluster guests: Michael Rooker was all over the place and not in a good way, Paget Brewster was VERY annoying, and if Doug Benson was any more stoned, he'd be a puff of smoke.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Spy [2015] review

Another Melissa McCarthy movie where instead of being a bridesmaid, cop, identify thief, or grand daughter to Susan Sarandon, she's a spy (obviously).  It's pretty much what you'd expect.  If you like her and her style of over the top insults, then you'll like this movie.  If you don't, then don't waste your time. 

I thought it wasn't bad and found myself quoting some of the lines a few hours later, but it's pretty much gone now.  Her co-star from Bridesmaids (Rose Byrne) was one of the antagonists, and I liked how they played off each other. 

Other observations:  It was odd hearing Jude Law with an American accent.  Jason Statham should stick to action and stay out of comedies.  Annoying British character (Miranda Hart) acting surprised when doing a simple task is annoying.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

TV Episode Reviews (10/28/2015)

Arrow - Beyond Redemption - S04E04
+ Oliver and Quentin patching their rift
+ New base of operations
- Laurel is still the worst
- Sara side plot
- Atom hinted at but still not found

South Park - Tweek x Craig - S19E06
+ Randy explaining gays to Stan and later at the bar
+ Craig and Tweet's interactions
+ Craig and Tweet's family having talks then giving them money
+ the Yaoi art
+ Almost the entire episode had me laughing out loud
- Cartman and Cupid Me didn't make sense to me, especially the end

The League - The Last Temptation of Andre - S07E08
+ Ruxin and Kevin storyline
- Jenny and Kevin sleep sex storyline
- I'm tired of hearing about the EBDB (BNB). I'm glad this is the final season.
- No Rafi

Star Wars: Rebels - Always Two There Are - S02E03
+ Creepy atmosphere of abandoned medical station
- Fifth Brother could sense the Rebels, but not Zeb on the ceiling
- Firth Brother leaving Zeb to the two tiny droids
+/- Seventh Sister, while menacing, didn't really feel threating, and her threats empty

Monday, October 26, 2015

Cinderella [2015] review

If you came looking for the Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, you can have it, but not until the very end of the credits. Ignoring the magic of the fairy godmother, this movie grounds us in reality and logic which I could appreciate, but did not find it very entertaining. Some humor attempts to enter around the half way point in the form of the Prince's painter, but that's only after both Cinderella's parents are dead, and her step mother and step sisters verbally abuse her. Again, I appreciate the logic on why Cinderella doesn't leave home, why the staff is dismissed after her father's death, but it is never explained on what the step mother does for money. As hinted to earlier, there are no songs from Walt Disney's 1950 Cinderella film present save for a few bars of Sing, Sweet Nightingale. A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes can be heard during the credits as well. I don't know why these songs were not used during the actual movie and I don't know how this movie grossed so much money.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Super Mario Maker Wii U - Course IDs UPDATE

Shooting Fish in a Barrel:

Let's Swim:

Bullet Bounce:

Double Trouble:


Knock on Heaven's Door:

Tricky Tetris:

cant touch this:

enjoy the ride:

Buzzsaw Business: