Saturday, July 27, 2019

Spy Fox in "Dry Cereal"

If you grew up during the ‘90s and early ‘00s, there’s a good chance you were either aware of Humongous Entertainment or have played one of their games. This developer specialized in edutainment games, however their particular brand of it is what makes their games more beloved to this day. As a kid, I was one of those people that was aware of their games, though I had always been mildly curious about them when seeing their box arts at my local CompUSA (which is now defunct). I didn’t get the urge to actually play one of their games until I had seen a couple YouTubers I watch play them, and I finally got my chance through a recent Humble Bundle that contained most of their catalog. I wanted to play the Spy Fox series in particular, so I began with the first entry, Spy Fox in “Dry Cereal”, originally released in 1997. Though the game is over 20 years old by now, I thought it actually held up pretty well and I enjoyed it for what it was.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Toy Story 2

Note: The following review contains spoilers for Toy Story 2.

Following the success of the original Toy Story, it seemed inevitable that Pixar would want to cash in on that with a Toy Story 2. Though a Toy Story sequel was in development during A Bug’s Life, it was initially envisioned to be a direct-to-video feature, however Disney, who had a distribution deal with Pixar at the time prior to the later buyout, later wanted it to be a theatrical release following test footage. Pixar wanted to change things, however Disney insisted on the release date they had already set, leading Pixar to rework the movie and somehow finish it within a span of nine months. Despite these circumstances, the movie that came out of it was surprisingly good.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

A Bug's Life

Note: This review contains spoilers for A Bug’s Life.

Three years after the release of Toy Story (1995), Pixar released their second animated feature, A Bug’s Life (1998), which also happened to be the first film I had ever seen in a movie theater. Though critically acclaimed at the time, it seems to have generally fallen off the radar in recent years when the works of Pixar are discussed. The same rang true for us until we caught part of a recent Disney XD airing and decided to watch the movie in full through our DVD copy. Now that we’ve seen it all the way through again after several years, it seems to have held up surprisingly well, though it’s also a little rough around the edges.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Stubs - Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Starring: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, J. B. Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei, Jake Gyllenhaal Directed by Jon Watts Screenplay by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers Based on Spider-Man created by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko. Produced by Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal Run Time: 129 minutes. USA Color Superhero

Just when you thought Phase Three of the MCU came to a satisfying conclusion with Avengers: Endgame (2019), here comes the final film, Spider-Man: Far From Home, which ends it, this time for sure. For those of you that remember Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), this might not be the sequel you were expecting. The end of that film set up what you might have expected, a return by Vulture (Michael Keaton). But that’s not the story here.