Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Stubs - 1917

1917 (2019) Starring: George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch Directed by Sam Mendes. Screenplay by Sam Mendes, Krysty Wilson-Cairns Produced by Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Callum McDougall, Brian Oliver Run Time: 119 minutes United Kingdom, United States War, World War I, Adventure, Drama, Action

I will admit that I'm a bit of a sucker when it comes to films about World War I. Some of the greatest films ever made were about this somewhat forgotten war, including The Big Parade (1925), Wings (1927), and Hell's Angels (1930). When World War II happened, this war fell out of favor with Hollywood. Sam Mendes has brought it back and with a vengeance.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

A Celebration of 1000 Reviews

When this blog started back in December 2010, none of us had any idea where this project would lead us. Now, nine years later, we've hit the 1000 milestone and still have plenty of ideas for future reviews. Thank you for sticking with us for this long and we hope you'll continue to follow us for the next 1000.

Below is a list of links to every review from 901-1000, broken up every 25 links for easy navigation. Each review will also be color-coded as such: MovieVideo Game.

1-300: A Celebration of 300 Reviews
301-400: A Celebration of 400 Reviews
401-500: A Celebration of 500 Reviews
501-600: A Celebration of 600 Reviews
601-700: A Celebration of 700 Reviews
701-800: A Celebration of 800 Reviews
801-900: A Celebration of 900 Reviews

901. The Tailor of Gloucestor (1993)
902. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
903. Bumblebee
904. Babes in Toyland
905. Aquaman
906. Thumper
907. The Santa Clause
908. Once Upon a Deadpool
909. Spider- Man: Into the Spider-Verse
910. What Price Hollywood?
911. Ready Player One
912. Way Out West
913. Tetris Effect
914. Stan & Ollie
915. Bone: Out from Boneville + The Great Cow Race
916. Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan
917. Dragon Ball Super: Broly
918. Cabin in the Sky
919. Tit for Tat
920. The Balloonatic
921. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
922. Making a Living
923. Green Book
924. The High Sign
925. Kingdom Hearts III

926. Bendy and the Ink Machine
927. Bohemian Rhapsody
928. Captain Marvel
929. The Witness
930. Gone With the Wind
931. Wonder Park
932. Devil May Cry 5
933. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
934. Shazam!
935. Smallfoot
936. Venom
937. Life of Pi
938. Whiplash (PS2)
939. Avengers: Endgame
940. Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders
941. Ghost Giant
942. Batman (1989)
943. Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Film)
944. Batman & Robin
945. Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
946. Blondie Johnson
947. Rocketman
948. Trover Saves the Universe (PS VR)
949. Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
950. Tangled (Second Look)

951. Men In Black: International
952. Meet the Robinsons
953. Toy Story 4
954. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Second Look)
955. Yesterday
956. Spider-Man: Far From Home
957. A Bug's Life
958. Toy Story 2
959. Spy Fox in "Dry Cereal"
960. My Hero Academia: Two Heroes
961. Spy Fox 2: "Some Assembly Required"
962. The Stratton Story
963. Spy Fox 3: "Operation Ozone"
964. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
965. Atlantis: The Lost Empire
966. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
967. The African Queen
968. Catherine (Second Look)
969. Metal Wolf Chaos XD
970. Megamind
971. Lilo & Stitch
972. Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal - Tales of Savagery
973. Downton Abbey
974. The First Tree (PS4)
975. Cat People

976. Joker (2019)
977. The Fly (1958)
978. Metallica & San Francisco Symphony: S&M2
979. The Banana Splits Movie
980. Alice: Madness Returns (Second Look)
981. Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island
982. SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom (PS2)
983. Catherine: Full Body
984. Terminator: Dark Fate
985. Thieves' Highway
986. Accounting+ (PS VR)
987. Tarzan (1999)
988. Transformers: Prime - The Game (3DS)
989. The Man Who Invented Christmas
990. Cover Up
991. Death Stranding
992. Holiday Affair
993. Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
994. Tetris 99
995. Treasure Island (1950)
996. Treasure Planet
997. Tron: Evolution - Battle Grids (Wii)
998. Tron: Evolution (PS3) (Second Look)
999. Galaxy Express 999
1000. Tron: Legacy (Second Look)

Movies: 74 (681 Total)
Video Games: 26 (274 Total)
Comic Books: 0 (27 Total)
DLC: 0 (18 Total)

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Second Look - Tron: Legacy

Note: The following review contains spoilers for Tron: Legacy.

In the nine years since starting this blog, we’ve looked at hundreds of movies and games as part of our never-ending journey through pop culture. Now, we’d like to honor the blog’s 1000th review by looking back at the film that started it all, Tron: Legacy. Since it had been eight years since our last viewing, we went into this with relatively fresh eyes and found that while it held up pretty well, there are still certain persistent flaws.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Galaxy Express 999

Though Leiji Matsumoto is a popular mangaka and anime director, I will admit the only work of his that I was familiar with for the longest time was his collaboration with Daft Punk, Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, based on the band’s Discovery album. Aside from that, Matsumoto also has a number of works, either his creation or with his direction, that share a universe with an overarching space setting known by fans as the Leijiverse (Intertsella 5555 being one exception). Among these that I’m more aware of are Space Battleship Yamato, Space Pirate Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999; the last of these was a manga by Matsumoto that was adapted into an anime that itself received a more compressed film adaptation directed by Rintaro, which I recently decided to watch. Without having seen the source material, I thought the movie was overall really good, though there were some minor nitpicks that bothered me a little.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Second Look - Tron: Evolution (PS3)

When I first decided to contribute to this blog nine years ago, my first review was a review of the video game Tron: Evolution, which was released to coincide with the movie Tron: Legacy. In my original review, I was a bit harsh towards the game, however with the impending milestone of 1000 reviews, I decided it was time I give the game another shot and possibly do it better justice. Though I did remember my initial complaints from my first playthrough, I got past them on my second playthrough, via New Game +, by actually getting better acquainted with the controls. Once I had done that, I found myself actually enjoying the game for what it is, effectively taking back most of the things I said about it last time.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Tron: Evolution - Battle Grids (Wii)

When initially playing Tron: Evolution, I was aware of its sister title Tron: Evolution – Battle Grids, however I did not own a Wii at the time and I admittedly wrote it off as just a minigame collection. When writing my re-review of Tron: Evolution, however, I discovered that the story of Battle Grids, as simple as it is, is actually important to the narrative of the game, and so decided to seek it out and actually play it for full context. Despite running into some technical difficulties during my playthrough, I got some enjoyment out of it, more so after I figured out what my earlier issue was.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Treasure Planet

Since first being published in 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island has gone on to become one of the most ubiquitous novels, receiving a number of adaptations in the coming centuries while also arguably setting the initial default for pirate stereotypes; one of the most famous of these adaptations is Disney’s live-action film adaptation of the same name in 1950, with Disney’s own Pirates of the Caribbean from 2003 arguably overwriting the pirate stereotype into Jack Sparrow clones. The year 2002 would see Disney adapt Treasure Island again, this time fully animated and given a space/steampunk aesthetic under the name Treasure Planet. I had somewhat of an interest as a kid when it first came out, however I never ended up actually being able to watch it until recently, after having heard how good it actually was. Though it’s not without flaws, I did find myself enjoying it for what it was.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Stubs - Treasure Island (1950)

Treasure Island (1950) Starring: Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton, Basil Sydney, Walter Fitzgerald, Denis O'Dea Directed by Byron Haskin Screenplay by Lawrence Edward Watkin Based on the novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (London, 1883) Produced by Perce Pearce. Run Time: 96 minutes. USA Color Adventure

In 1949, Disney was known as an animation studio, but namesake Walt Disney had bigger plans. He was about to make his first entirely live-action film and for source material, he had chosen one of the classics, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. According to studio publicity materials, Disney had been working on the idea for fifteen years and had originally planned to produce the story as an animated feature.