The Great Villain Blogathon 2019: Wafner from Overlord

Well hello there, people. Hope you’re doing well. Today I will be going out of my regular review wheelhouse a bit. When it was announced that the lovely ladies of Speakeasy, Silver Screenings, and Shadows & Satin were hosting a blogathon about movie villains, I of course had to sign up. I actually took part in another one of these about two years ago, so I’m happy to join another one! So let’s stop it with the introductions and get into my pick for The Great Villain Blogathon 2019!

Last time I took part in a villainous blogathon, I went back a handful of years and talked about the T-1000 from “Terminator 2”. So this time I went for a more recent thing. And to give you a fair warning: There will be spoilers for the entire movie. So if you haven’t seen this movie and want to remain unspoiled, maybe go and give it a rental, watch it, and then come back.

Meine Damen und Herren… This is Wafner from 2018’s “Overlord”.

“Overlord” is a 2018 world war 2 action-horror film directed by Julius Avery and starring Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, and Pilou Asbæk. It’s about a group of American soldiers who crash behind enemy lines on the night of D-day to take out a nazi communications tower so that the landing on Normandy beach can happen. But as they make their way further into the compound, they find more than just nazi punks in there. To be exact, they find that the nazis are experimenting on the local population to try to create super zombie soldiers. Simple plot with a fun twist to it. Not revolutionary, but highly enjoyable. So how does Wafner (played by Pilou Asbæk) fit into this? Well, he’s a nazi captain that serves as the primary antagonist of the story. What’s interesting is that it takes about 20 minutes for us to even catch a glimpse of him, and even then it’s shrouded in darkness and at a distance. It’s not until the 33 minute mark that we finally get properly introduced to him, when he invades the private space of a French woman that helps to hide our heroes.

Wafner: “Do you hear zat?”. Chloe: “What?”. Wafner: “Sounds like our movie is failing at ze box office”.

Right in the first minute of his introduction he just gets under my skin. No, not because he’s a nazi, though that is certainly a turn-off. No, there’s just a certain creepiness to him. He’s not the over-the-top villain one might expect (yet), instead going for a more subtle and slimy creepiness, which is just perfectly delivered by Asbæk. And even though he does seem calm and composed, you can still sense that there’s a ruthlessness to him, which makes you not want to mess with him. Even when he’s captured later in the movie by our heroes, he has a way of getting under one’s skin.

Wafner: “Dood, you should totes inject me with zat”. Ford: “No nazi steroids for you”. Wafner: “Oh nein”.

What I like about Wafner is that he’s just a villain. So many movies these days try to give their villains actual depth, maybe even give them some qualities that we can sympathize with. And while I enjoy that to some extent, I prefer that they didn’t try that with Wafner here. He’s just a ruthless, smirking, villainous villain. He wants to create a super zombie army so the nazis can take over the world. As Wafner puts it “A thousand year reich requires a thousand year army”.

Eventually he manages to escape capture through cunning and deception. So he’s not just a ruthless nazi commander, but he’s also intelligent, which makes him an even more dangerous villain. But he doesn’t get away completely scot-free.

Gotta admire it when a guy can crack a smile even though half his fucking face has been blown off.

If he wasn’t dangerous enough already, he injects himself with the experimental super soldier serum, turning him borderline invincible. So you have an angry, ruthless, cunning, and creepy nazi captain that can’t be killed by conventional means. Makes for quite an intense finale. All boosted by Pilou Asbæk’s over-the-top yet excellent performance.

When asked what he likes to do during his spare time, an unusually reserved Wafner told us about his recent infatuation with making stop-motion films using the corpses of his enemies.

So that was a bit about Wafner from Overlord. He’s not particularly deep, but he’s quite intimidating and works incredibly well as a primary antagonist for this crazy genre hybrid. He’s an old school villain for the sake of having an old school villain, and I god damn salute that.
Once again I have to give a huge thanks to Speakeasy, Silver Screenings, and Shadows & Satin for letting me take part in this. I had fun. Plus, it gave me an excuse to rewatch one of my favorite movies of last year.
Have a good one.

The Food in Film Blogathon: Harry Potter and the Tasty Foods

Hello there, ladies and gents of the internet. I have once again joined in on a blogathon. Just like the last couple of blogathons that I’ve been part of, this one is hosted by Kristina from Speakeasy and Ruth from Silver Screenings. And in this blogathon the participants were asked to talk about food in film. It took me a while to choose something to write about, but I managed to figure it out and signed on. Skip ahead a couple of months and now we’re here! So let’s stop with these delays and get into the tasty num nums!

So as you could gather from the start of this post, I have chosen to talk about the food culture of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world by talking about the “Harry Potter” movies. Now, for the cave dwellers reading this post, I guess I should explain what the hell a “Harry Potter” is. In 1997, J.K. Rowling released a novel titled “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (there is no alternative title, you silly Americans), and it was a HUGE hit. It got sequels and movies started getting made. And in 2001 we saw the release of “The Philosopher’s Stone”, directed by Chris Columbus, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Richard Harris, and Maggie Smith (among many others). This was also a huge hit, getting a whole bunch of sequels, video games, and a spin-off franchise. Alright, no more backstory for you. Now, I chose this because not only do I adore this series, but also because it’s filled with food, which makes it perfect for this blogathon… so let’s enter the great hall and have a look at the buffet!

One of the most interesting things about the culinary culture of this world is that it’s very… British. Bacon, sausages, toast… it looks a lot like your typical British breakfast table, as demonstrated by Ron, his friends, and the table they’re sitting at.

Fat-shaming, Hermione? Let the man eat.

Really, for the most part it is pretty average. And by average, I mean for you typical Brit. The food they eat there isn’t exactly the healthiest, but I guess it’s still good food. Good, very ordinary food. Like these chicken legs that you find Ron chomping on.

Though, when eating, be sure to keep an eye out for rogue John Cleeses…

Again, the food for the most part seems to be what we have in our world. No “dragon spleen casserole” or “Chupacabra soup”… just normal food. Even the adorably weird Luna asks for normal stuff.

Anything for you, Luna.

Now, while most dinner/breakfast/lunch items are normal things, it’s when you start looking beside them, looking at beverages and candy and such that you start finding unique things. So let’s talk about some of them.

Beverages

The first beverage we’re introduced to in this show (aside from tea, damn Brits) is pumpkin juice. It’s also the primary beverage for our beloved Hogwarts students, not even water comes near it in terms of abundance. So what is pumpkin juice? It’s right there in the name, it’s juice… made from pumpkin. Not sure what that would taste, as I have never actually tried pumpkin anything. So if you consume pumpkin (Starbucks’ bullshit doesn’t count), feel free to tell me what it tastes like.

Another decently well known drink from the series is Butterbeer (pictured above), which looks just like someone poured a lot of toffee into a glass… which I want now. But what exactly is “Butterbeer”? It’s a slightly alcoholic beverage that our heroes drink while visiting Hogsmeade, a small town not too far from Hogwarts. As you could probably guess from the name, there is butter in this drink. Then, depending on what recipe you go by you get a whole bunch of different ingredients you could use. So just look it up if you want to try it out.

There are a couple more beverages within the universe, but those are the main ones I wanted to talk about.

Candy

As with our normal world, the magical world that Harry gets to be part of is filled with all kinds of awesome candy. From normal ones that just taste sweet, to ones that do weird shit, there’s something for everybody. So let’s talk about a couple.

Let’s talk about the chocolate frog, one of the first candies to pop up in the movies. Basically it’s a magic frog made out of chocolate. Though you gotta be fast, because these sons of bitches can jump away from you if you’re not careful. Except if you buy it at Warner Bros studios, because then it’s only a thick lump of chocolate vaguely shaped like a frog. This I know because I went there back in 2013 (London version of it) and my friend bought one. And hey, if it jumps away from you then you’ll at least still get a cool trading card.

“How does this thing work? Darn kids, and their bloody technology”

So yeah, those things are pretty damn cool. Chocolate AND a trading card? Yes please!

The next thing on the candy list are the infamous Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. And they’re jelly beans with all kinds of kooky flavors. You might be lucky to get a watermelon or lemon or something yummy, or you could end up getting soap or a dirty sock. Or in Dumbledore’s case:

Buuuuuut instead:

I brought up watermelon and soap because in that aforementioned Warner Bros studios visit, my friend not only bought a chocolate frog, but also a box of Bertie Bott’s Beans, and he let me try a couple. First I took a green, and got watermelon (awesome). Then I tried a white and I got soap (bleh). So yeah, eclectic bunch of beans, they are. Do feel free to try them at some point, they’re a lot of fun. There are also beans that make you do animal noises… not on the WB tour, but in the movies (as demonstrated in “The Prisoner of Azkaban”).

As for other types of candy, there’s liquorice, bubble gum, lollipops, other chocolate things… most types of candy there are like our normal things, but with som kooky “magic” twist. Still, candy is candy, and candy is great. Except for liquorice, to hell with that stuff.

That’s really all the food stuff from “Harry Potter” worth talking about. Though there was a mention of pea soup being able to kill you in one of the movies… eh, who cares. Anyway, this has been a lot of fun. Again, huge thanks to Ruth and Kristina for letting me join in on this, always happy to take part in your shenanigans, ladies!
Have a good one, and to end on a high note:

The Month of Spooks 2017 Roundup

Hello there, ladies and gentlemen of the internets. Another Month of Spooks has come to an end, and it’s been a good one. There’s been spookums, there’s been hookums, and we’ve had a solid mix of horror stuff. So here’s a post to round up all the posts that have been done in the name of the Spook, both from me and from my guest reviewers (lovingly called my little Spookers).

Let’s just start with my stuff, since that’s the least interesting.
Insidious Movie Review
Wolf Creek Movie Review
The Lost Boys Movie Review
We Are What We Are Movie Review
Sinister Movie Review
Van Helsing Movie Review
Mindhunter Season 1 Review
Daybreakers Movie Review
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil Movie Review
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Movie Review
The Conjuring Movie Review
What We Do in the Shadows Movie Review
Stranger Things Season 2 Review
Get Out Movie Review
30 Days of Night Movie Review

Let’s see, that is… 15 posts from me… that’s not bad. But enough of me… time for my little spookers!

Sasha AKA. Chewbasha AKA. Binge Watch Bash

The first one to sign on for this silly thing was Sasha, one of my friends from twitter. She was intrigued about writing about horror stuff, especially since she seemingly wanted to do more things for her blog. I happily had her on board, and soon she started delivering quality posts. Now, she intended to write more posts than she did, but things got in the way for her. But what she did give us… was pretty fucking awesome.

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Pet Sematary
The Love Witch
The Invitation
The Voices

Those were Sasha’s awesome posts. NEXT PERSON.

Gavin AKA. MiniMediaRvwr AKA. Mini Media Reviews

The second person to sign on was Mr. Gavin. We’d had interaction on twitter and such several times before, but I was a little surprised when he seemed genuinely enthusiastic about joining in on my silly little thing. That said, I was also really happy because Gavin’s a cool dude and a good writer, so getting him on board was just awesome. He was also incredibly generous, giving us a metric buttload of posts. So let’s get into it.

Saw
Nosferatu
Audition
You’re Next
In The Mouth of Madness
Night of the Living Dead
A Tale of Two Sisters
The Purge: Anarchy
The Purge: Election Year
Angel Heart
The Wicker Man
Pulse
Baskin
The Fog
Haute Tension
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Raw
Gerald’s Game
The Borderlands
Final Destination
Ouija: Origin of Evil
Hounds of Love
Dracula Untold
Inside
House on Haunted Hill
Creep
Happy Death Day

Thank you for that, Gavin… that was quite a lot. Anyhow… NEXT.

Craggy AKA. The Craggus AKA. What The Craggus Saw

For the second year in a row we have The Craggus tagging along for the Month of Spooks. Not only is he a good writer and a cool dude, but he is also the one putting together the logo for this whole thing. So once again, thank you sir. Now, let’s get into his posts.

Dracula
Frankenstein
The Mummy
The Invisible Man
Bride of Frankenstein
The Wolf Man
Abbott ant Costello Meet Frankenstein
The Ritual
Creature From The Black Lagoon
The Monster Squad
To The Devil A Daughter
Monster House
The Witches
I Am Alone
Happy Death Day

Thank you for all that, Craggus. Appreciate it.

Now, just as a general shoutout: Jia Wei AKA. JW AKA. Film and Nuance

Now, what I mean with the “Shoutout” thing in his introduction is because he had actually signed on to take part in this, however he never actually got around to making any posts for us. But since he was signed up I thought I’d at least give him a shoutout. He’s an incredibly talented writer and overall really nice guy, so he deserves all the visits he can get (same with all of these people). So click the “Film and Nuance” link in his intro to go there and give him some love.

Well, that’s about it for this. Huge thanks to my little spookers for delivering great stuff. And of course, a huge thanks to any and all people who popped in to read my stuff this month… I appreciate so god damn much. That’s it for the Month of Spooks 2017!
Have a good one!

 

The Great Villain Blogathon 2017: The T-1000 from Terminator 2

Hello there, ladies and gentlemen of the internet. Today I am giving you a different kind of post. It’s not a review, it’s not me talking about a new trailer, and it’s not me talking about music that I like. Today I am giving you all my entry for The Great Villain Blogathon (2017 edition) which is hosted by Ruth from Silver Screenings, Karen from Shadows & Satin, and Kristina from Speakeasy. So this blogathon, as you could probably tell from the title of it, is about the great cinematic villains. I was of course intrigued by this, especially since I’ve partaken in other blogathons hosted by some of these people before. But also because I like villains… as long as they’re not shit, of course. So, without further ado, here it is… my entry for the Great Villain Blogathon!

And I guess I should say this right now: Potential spoilers for all the “Terminator” movies coming up. Because I feel like I can’t properly talk about this guy without comparing him and his shenanigans to the other movies… so yeah… spoiler alert.

Ladies and gentlemen… The T-1000 from “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”!

“Terminator 2: Judgment Day”, the 1991 sequel to the 1984 hit movie “The Terminator”. Not only did it have to be a good sequel (which is hard enough), but it had to try to live up to one of the most revolutionary movies of 1980s. It wasn’t an easy task, but James Cameron was willing to tackle it. And god damn, the crazy son of a bitch actually succeeded. To quickly get my thoughts out of the way: “Terminator 2” > “The Terminator”. Now, let’s talk about the villains. In the first movie you had Arnold playing the villain, a T-800 Terminator sent back to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). He was big, tough, and kind of scary at times. The T-800 was one relentless bastard that was intimidating as it with great determination followed Sarah Connor around. So how do you improve on that? Well, by having the villain be made of liquid metal of course. Instead of having a bulky robot with skin wrapped around it, you’d have something that could change it’s shape into anything of a similar mass.

He’s one deceptive fucker.

Sure, Arnold-bot was intimidating, but at least he had a bulky body that you could most likely destroy. But how the hell does one take out a thing that can turn into liquid and also morph itself into various shapes? One of it’s favorite tricks being to morph it’s arms into blades.

That’s what you get for drinking right out of the package, Todd.

And since he’s made from liquid metal, bullets don’t really do anything do him. Okay, they stagger him for a little bit, but he just regenerates. Since there’s no blood or actual machinery inside him, he can’t get hurt by conventional weaponry. Not even a point blank headshot from a Winchester 1887 shotgun. Just take a look at the picture below.

Now that’s what I call a splitting headache!

So we have a near indestuctible liquid metal Terminator that will not stop until it finishes it’s job. That sounds great enough on it’s own, but what really makes this character as memorable as it is is the performance. The T-1000 in “Terminator 2” is played by Robert Patrick, and he is aboslutely fantastic in the role. Sure, as a liquid metal organism he doesn’t need to show much emotion, but the cold killer gaze combined with his stiff yet fluid body movements is what makes him great in the role. And he compltely sells the action scenes. In the first movie you had Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) protecting Sarah Connor, but since he was human, he and the Terminator could never properly fight. However, since we now have a T-800 protecting Sarah and John, and a T-1000 chasing them, we get a pretty interesting dynamic. We get two Terminators, one older model and one newer, much deadlier model, fighting to the death. And it’s awesome!

FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!

“The Terminator” had the lumbering danger of the Arnold-bot. “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” had the sexy mediocrity of the T-X. “Terminator: Salvation” had… what did that have, can someone please remind me? And “Terminator: Genisys” had something, I haven’t seen it, so I don’t know. But none of them is as memorable or as terrifying as the liquid metal badass that is the revolutionary T-1000 from “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” played by the great Robert Patrick.

I’d like to hear from you guys, what are your thoughts on the T-1000? And what are your thoughts on the “Terminator” movies in general? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments. And also, huge thanks to Ruth, Karen, and Kristina for allowing me to partake in this. I had fun, especially because it gave me an excuse to rewatch “Terminator 2”. I suggest you go give these lovely people a follow if you haven’t already… because they’re pretty cool.
Have a good one!

Things I l Learned from the Movies Blogathon: Thank You for Smoking

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Hello there, ladies and gentlemen. I know this post doesn’t have anything to do with the Month of Spooks, as in at all. But I heard about a fun little blogathon a while back called “Things I Learned from the Movies”, which would be held by the lovely ladies from Speakeasy and Silver Screenings. I was of course intrigued by this idea because not everyone will learn the same things from every movie. I also like the two hosts a bit and have followed them for a while, so it’s just fun for me to participate in something like this for them. So don’t worry, there will be more Month of Spooks to come, but right now this is the thing taking priority. Then let’s just get into it!

So I have decided to focus on the movie “Thank You for Smoking” when it comes to things I learned from any movie. There are reasons for this, but I’ll get into it in a bit. But before we get into the learning I will have to explain what this movie is about for anyone who hasn’t seen it. *Ahem*.
“Thank You for Smoking” is a 2006 satirical comedy about Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart), a spokesman for the tobacco industry who is willing to bullshit anyone or anything to keep the tobacco industry profitable. But it’s not too easy for him, seeing as there are people who are on the opposing side of the smoking argument that he has to verbally battle with. Nick also have to be role model for his son (Cameron Bright). So as you understand he has a lot on his plate. That’s the basic plot as explained (mediocrely) by me. Caught up? Good. So let’s get into it!

So what have I learned from this movie? A few things actually.

Lesson 1: How to win an argument.
Not gonna lie, this lesson kind of ties in to the next one, but I still wanna kind of put it as it’s own first. Anyway… as I said before, Nick’s job is basically to convince people that smoking is great and that people should do it. But there are of course people who are against that argument, that say that smoking is awful and should be banned/stopped. Really, it’s kind of an unwinnable confrontation since both sides will lay down arguments for their opinion. Which means you have to be smart about it, which Nick of course is. To illustrate this, there’s a clever little scene between him and his son at an amusement park that is done a more child-friendly way. Instead of cigarettes v not cigaretts, it’s chocolate v vanilla. Instead of proving that his opinion is right, he proves that his son’s opinion is wrong, which automatically makes Nick right. It’s a clever little analogy for what he does for a living. Have a look:

Did you get it? By proving his son wrong, Nick was in the right. And with that said, this of course kind of leads into the next lesson.

Lesson 2: The freedom of choice.
If you listened closely to what Nick said during the video, he talked about how we need choice when it comes to our ice cream. When you have two sides of an argument, there is a bit of a problem because both sides try to prove that both of them are right and that every other opinion/choice is wrong… it’s basically the internet in a nutshell. You can’t choose for yourself, you have to be forced to one side of the argument. But a lot of these times when people get forced, there’s no real research/education behind it. People should be properly informed about certain things in society so that they can make up their minds about it.
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This is why issues/discussions regarding mariuana are kind of grey. One side tries to convince you “No, weed is a drug and should be banned all over the damn world!” while the other side tries to say “No, weed is great and should be everywhere”. None of them are really right… or wrong for that matter. Educate yourself on this, read everything you can and then make up your own damn mind on social issues. That also means that you should not force anyone onto your side of it all, instead just offer the person the freedom of choice to decide on their own. Education on things so people can choose all on their own is key, guys! In other words, if someone tries to say that they’re right and any other argument is wrong:
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So that’s kind of what I learned from this movie. Not gonna lie, when I went into it I didn’t really expect to actually learn anything. And even if you don’t wanna learn anything from it, no need to worry. This is overall a great movie with some of the most clever, dark, and funny comedy that I have ever witnessed. Jason Reitman did a fantastic job when he directed this movie, and all the actors are great too. If I can be honest, I think they should show this movie in rhetoric classes if they aren’t already. Seriously, the students could really learn a thing or two from this movie.

I hope you all learned something today. And if you didn’t, then go watch the fucking movie and start learning stuff from the hilarious satire. Also, big thanks to Kristina and Ruth for giving me this opportunity, I had a great time with this (mainly because it gave me a reason to re-watch this movie)! Go check out their shit, guys… it’s pretty great.
Have a good one! And remember:
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Beyond the Cover Blogathon: Shutter Island

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Hello there, ladies and gentlemen of the internets. I believe you’re asking yourself what the hell is going on here, and don’t worry, I will explain it all to you. I decided about a week ago(ish) that I would take part in a Blogathon held by the terrific Kristina of Speakeasy and the also terrific Liz of Now, Voyaging. The theme of this Blogathon is “Beyond the Cover”, or “Movies based on Books” as the simple man would call it. I found the idea rather intriguing and had the thought “Hey, I read books and I watch movies… maybe I should take part?” and then I signed up. So now we’re here, ready to take on this topic.

The book/movie I have chosen is “Shutter Island”. The book came out in 2003 and was written by Dennis Lehane (Sidenote: He might honestly be my favorite author). Then the movie came out in 2010, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo and Ben Kingsley. As you might’ve been able to tell, this isn’t going to be a conventional review. Instead I will see what the movie did different to the book and also compare the characters and their interactions (Minor spoilers might occur). But I might still give you a normal review of the movie as well in a separate post because, why the fuck not. So let’s do this stuff.

Teddy Daniels
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Edward “Teddy” Daniels is the main protagonist of both the book and the movie (where he’s played by Leonardo DiCaprio). Overall there is no major difference between the two characters, both are U.S. marshals from Boston (Like all Lehane protagonists), both have the same backstory. The only real difference is that there is a slight difference in how he’s physically described in the book and how he’s portrayed in the movie. In the book we get a brief mention that his head is shaved and that he’s a pretty big guy. He is also supposed to look pretty rugged. And in the movie he has a decent amount of hair on his head and he is also not a particularly big guy and he has the face of a DiCaprio. He’s pretty average when it comes to his physical attributes. He is a troubled character, but that is one of the things that make him interesting. DiCpario also does a good job of playing him.

Chuck Aule.
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Chuck Aule is the partner who had been assigned to help Teddy with the investigation of Rachel Solando’s disappearance. In the movie he’s played Mark Ruffalo. What makes this comparison interesting is that there are some differences in both physical description (sort of). In the book he’s described as being about 5’9” (180 cm) tall and a maybe not in perfect shape. He also has hands that look a bit too small in proportion to the rest of the body. In the movie (like I said before) he is played by Mark Ruffalo who is about 5’8”. But with the rest of the appearance (hair/skin) it seems they are pretty close in resemblance. But the biggest difference comes to how he’s portrayed. Ruffalo plays him very well, actually nailing the essence of the character. But in the book he is fucking hilarious, constantly having great lines. In the book he acts as both a comic relief and a serious marshal who helps Teddy. But in the movie he doesn’t have nearly as much awesome stuff to say which is a little sad.

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Generally speaking, he’s the same. Nothing to add really. Ben Kingsley’s great.

 

Story
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The basic story is (for you unfamiliar few) that two U.S. marshals are sent to Shutter Island to investigate the disappearance of a patient there. Basic plot is pretty much the same in both the book and the movie. The only differences come in the form of parts being left out. There is for example a part in the book where Teddy has an argument with his dead wife Dolores which ends with him accidentally cutting himself while shaving and being pissed at her. The ending is basically the same as well, I won’t go into detail about it because I’m sure there are at least a few out there who haven’t read the book or seen the film. I’m just saying, they’re basically the same with minor changes done in the film.

Dialogue

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LD – “Ya know that asshole, Markus?” BK – “Yes?” LD – “Yeah, he’s got a great blog.”

This might seem like an odd topic to bring up, but it’s one that I’ve been givin’ some thinkin’ over the past… day. To prepare for this post I read through the book (for the fourth time) and also rewatched the movie (third or fourth time seeing it) and I noticed some things regarding the dialogue in the movie. While the basics of it is intact, a good amount of dialogue has either been altered or removed. I mentioned before how Chuck doesn’t say as much fun stuff as he does in the book, and that’s just the start of it. Relatively large chunks of dialogue that existed in the book has been removed, including a good amount of dialogue from the final confrontation near the end. Having read the book and then moving on to the film in such a quick succession makes these changes very clear which actually annoys me a little bit. I guess a lot of these exchanges were cut out to keep the runtime on the shorter side, but I wouldn’t mind if they made the movie a bit longer to keep those really interesting bits of dialogue in it. But I guess they wanted to keep it at a higher pace and not keep people watching for “too” long… *sigh*.
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What the movie did well
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The previous bit might’ve made me sound like I was just complaining about the film, so let’s just relax and quickly talk about what it did right. The plot holds very well, Scorsese’s directing is terrific, all of the performances are somewhere between really good and fantastic, the music choices (though few) are great, the cinematography is gorgeous and the ending (if you think about it) is absolutely terrific. The movie is also very suspenseful makes for a really interesting and gripping watch.

Conclusion
So those were my thoughts on the book/movie differences for “Shutter Island”. What do you think of this movie? What do you think of the book? Leave any and all thoughts you have in the comments. Also, I might post a regular review for it as well in the near future. So maybe look forward to that! With that said, I will now leave you with a goodbye of some kind and my favorite image/still from the movie.
Have a good one!
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Childhood Movie Blogathon: Markus’ Picks

Childhood Movies Blogathon #2

GUYS… Hello. Today I am doing something a bit different. In this here post I will do a list (sort of). You see, about a month ago I decided to sign up to take part in a “Blogathon”, held by my friend (sort of) who hosts the blog http://letsgotothemovies7.com/ (Sidenote: Check it out, it is awesome!). Well she decided to start this Blogathon where anyone could take part and share some of their favorite childhood movies and maybe see if they hold up to this day. And now I here you asking “But Markus, why not do singular reviews of the movies first and THEN compile a list?”. Well my reasoning is that this is my list and that means I can do whatever the hell I want.

Rule #1: Same as always: My list, no bitching allowed.
Rule #2: These are movies I watched as a kid, if there is a movie you think could have been added to the list then it was probably not a movie that I watched back then.
Rule #3: This list will be in no particular order, I will just put my picks here and tell you if I think it holds up or not.
Rule #4: As I am writing this, I am eating watermelon and will announce every time I have finished a slice.

So here we go… Some of My Favorite Childhood Movies.

Number 1: Space Jam (1996)
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Plot: Michael Jordan agrees to help the Looney Tunes play a basketball game vs. alien slavers to determine their freedom.

Undoubtably a silly and somewhat stupid premise, but at the same time it is somewhat intriguing. This is a movie I watched more than I probably should’ve during my childhood. But I did it because I had fun with it, “Space Jam” was a really fun movie. One of the main reasons I actually watched it was because I am a big fan of “Looney Tunes”. Anytime an episode was on TV, I had to see it, I loved them that much. Even now I love them. So seeing them back then in a movie about basketball really got my attention. So for the first time in many years, I put the tape in the VHS player and watched the movie.

What held up: The seamless blend of animation and live action, a fair amount of the humor, Bill Murray in a supporting role, camera work.

What didn’t hold up: Michael Jordan’s acting, the Harlem Globetrotters’ acting, some of the humor, the “sexy” bunny.

Overall: 7/10.

First watermelon slice is eaten.

Number 2: Spy Kids (2001).
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Plot: The children of secret-agent parents must save them from danger.

Intriguing, kids who must become secret agents to save their parents, who I must remind you are highly trained agents(!), who get captured by Alan Cumming with a strange bathrobe. Okay fine, if you go by that strange aspect of the story, it is still an interesting idea for a child-friendly action movie. I remember first watching this in our (mine and my parents’) old apartment together with my mom and her friend (who also happened to be my babysitter). I remember loving it and being just wowed by it. So let’s pop in the VHS and see if it still works.

What holds up: The mystery and twist, the action scenes (surprisingly), the two main kids and their chemistry, some of the humor, the parents, Danny Fuckin’ Trejo, The slice of watermelon I just ate.

What didn’t hold up: Some of the acting, a lot of the CGI, the small amount of gross-out stuff, some of the humor.

Overall: 6/10. However, this slice of watermelon gets a 9/10.

Number 3: The Lion King (1994)
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Plot: Tricked into thinking that he caused the death of his father, a lion cub flees and abandons his destiny as the future king.

Sooo, “The Lion King”. I kind of remember when I first saw this movie, I remember I was 4 and wow, that was 14 years ago! But still, I remember being scared half to death by this movie when I first saw it, so it took another year or so for me to watch it again. Then it took about 13 years for me to watch it again because I am stupid like that. But now… does it still work? I know this watermelon does.

What holds up: The heartfelt and timeless plot, the voice acting, the music, the animation, the villain (Go, Jeremy Irons!), the humor, the drama.

What didn’t hold up: I could seriously not find a single thing here.

Overall: 10/10.

Number 4: Scooby-Doo (2002)
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Plot: After an acrimonious break up, the Mystery Inc. gang are individually brought to an island resort to investigate strange goings on.

I have been a huge fan of “Scooby-Doo” my entire life, as in the character Scooby-Doo. I watched several “Scooby-Doo” cartoons as a kid, I could not get enough of Scooby and the gang. Then a live action movie came out. I was of course intrigued as a kid and yes, I was also excited about it. So my parents bought it when it came out on VHS and we watched it. And now it was time to watch it again. Right after this final slice of watermelon.

What holds up: Some of the references to the old cartoons, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, the music.

What didn’t hold up: The plot, most of the acting, the script, the visual effects, the fact that Scrappy-Doo is in this movie, the humor.

Overall: 3/10.

Number 5: Star Wars (1977).
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Plot: Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the universe from the Empire’s world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.

What? I watched this as a kid, I have a right to have it on my list.

What holds up: It’s fucking “Star Wars”.

What didn’t hold up: Seriously, this is fucking “Star Wars”, it’s perfect!

Overall: 10/10.

Number 6: Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone (2001).
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Plot: Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

That’s right, I am going with the original british name for it! Because that is what it actually is supposed to be named and because it sounds more cool and mystical. “Sorcerer’s Stone”… stupid.

What holds up: The plot, the visual effects, a lot of the acting, the costume design, the music.

What didn’t hold up: Some of the acting (the child actors only).

Overall: 9/10.

Number 7: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).
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Plot: A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her young son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg, made out of liquid metal.

Yeah… didn’t expect to see “T2” on this list, did you? Well let me give you my backstory on this movie. I was in 5th or 6th grade (so about 11 or 12 years old) when my friend/classmate walked up to me and started talking about this great movie he have seen called “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”. I was intrigued. So like a few days later when I was just skimming through the TV channels, I ended up on a channel that actually played “T2”. So I watched it. And I liked it. A few years later it was on TV again and I decided to watch it because I didn’t remember that much of it. And i liked it. Then I watched it again like two months ago… so did it hold up?

What holds up: The surprisingly deep plot, the deep characters, the great acting, the great writing, the visual effects, the spectacular action scenes, the suspense, the excellent debut of Robert Patrick.

What didn’t hold up: Couldn’t find anything. Not even in the director’s cut of the movie.

Overall: 10/10.

So those were some of my favorite childhood movies and how they (in my opinion) held up. And again, please go check out http://letsgotothemovies7.com/ because that blog is awesome! Also, don’t forget to tell her that Markus said hi!

Have a good one!