Series Review: Watchmen – Season 1 (2019)

That’s right, it’s not just christmas contrivances you’ll get. Regular reviews will show up too, I ain’t forgettin’ my roots. So, let’s talk about a comic book thing.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Watchmen” season 1!

Set in an alternate version of 2019, “Watchmen” follows a whole bunch of people, as they try to navigate the strange and intense happenings of this world they live in. And that’s pretty much all I’ll say in regards to explaining the core plot, because it’s such a weird and unique experience that if explained further, it would risk kinda ruining it. But I’ll say that the ways it ties into the classic comic book are really neat, and even looking at it without really knowing much (if anything) about the comic, it’s still a highly entertaining and unique journey that has a satisfying beginning, middle, and end.

The characters in this are flawed, layered, colorful, and just really interesting. Regina King plays Angela Abar, an undercover police officer who more or less serves as the main protagonist of the story. She’s tough, but she does also have a vulnerable side that makes her feel more human and relatable. And King is great in the role. And that’s all the cast I’ll go into, as some reveals are better left experienced (kinda like the plot). But I can say that the cast is filled out with people like Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Sara Vickers, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Louis Gossett Jr, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tom Mison, James Wolk, and many more, all doing very well in their respective roles.

The score for the show was composed by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, and good god damn, they did a phenomenal job with it. They do some tracks that are quite exciting and cool-sounding, while also providing some tracks that are a bit more dramatic and emotional. They have created a score that not only covers every emotion one needs created for a show like this, but also fits the weird and unique style of everything else in the show. There’s also some licensed tracks used throughout, and they work quite well in their respective scenes too. So yeah, this show has good music.

Based on the classic DC Comic by Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore, “Watchmen” was developed for HBO by Damon Lindelof, who also served as lead writer, while giving directing duties to a whole bunch of other people. And the craft on display here is absolutely superb, creating a world that is familiar (thanks to it technically still being earth), and yet a bit alien, thanks to its awesomely off-kilter tone. The directing is energetic, but also suspenseful, fun, and engaging. The cinematography too is stunning, giving us some great lighting and framing. And with all this said, episode 6… some of the best craft in a tv episode this year, from the shots, to the editing, to the directing… it’s fucking spectacular.

This show has been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 96% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 85/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,8/10.

“Watchmen” is one of the best new shows of 2019. It has a great plot, great characters, fantastic performances, great music, and great writing, directing, cinematography, and editing. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Watchmen” is a 9,90/10. Which means that it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “Watchmen” season 1 is now completed.

I know I called this season 1, but I sincerely hope there are no more seasons. This is a perfectly contained package.

Movie Review: Justice League (2017)

Cinematic universes. Something every studio is trying to pull off after Marvel’s success with it. Most notably we’ve had DC/Warner Bros trying to catch up with their own DC Extended Universe. And it’s been a bit hit and miss for critics and general audiences alike. So let’s see if their big team-up movie is any good.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Justice League”.

When our world is threatened by the evil alien Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds), Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) have to create a team of superpowered individuals to try to stop this dangerous new enemy. And that’s really all this is about. Okay, there’s a bit more to it, but I prefer to keep plot details relatively vague. Now is this a good plot? For the most part I’d say so. It’s a very straight-forward plot compared to some of the earlier outings in this franchise. I think my only problem with it is that it feels a bit choppy during the first act, like it’s been cut down to fit in a two hour runtime (which it most likely has). But that choppy start aside, this is a fun, fast-paced, and highly enjoyable comic book adventure plot.

The characters in this vary a bit in their depth, but I found most of them to at least be quite enjoyable. Ben Affleck reprises his role as Batman/Bruce Wayne, and we can tell that he has changed a bit since “BvS”. After what happened at the end of that movie, he has become a somewhat more light-hearted, less homicidal hero. And I liked seeing him as he worked to getting the team together to stop the end of the world. And Affleck is once again great in the role. Next we once again have Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. She’s once again a fiercely inspiring, fun, and warm character that I’d follow to hell and back. Seeing her working to get the team together and all that is really interesting, and she’s once again a really cool character. And Gadot is once again great in the role. Next up we have Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash. He gets some decent character development, but for the most part he’s there to be the comic relief, and he works really well for that while still getting some badass moments. And I thought Miller was great in the role. Next we have Ray Fisher as Cyborg, the genius, yet damaged mechanical member of the gang. He gets a decent amount of character development here and I thought he was a really cool character. And Fisher was really good in the role. Next we have Jason Momoa as Aquaman, the half man/half Atlantean warrior. He is very much a superpowered version of Jason Momoa, and I think it kind of works because I find that persona quite enjoyable. So yeah, Momoa was really good in the role. Henry Cavill returns as Superman, and the little we see of him here is my favorite appearance of the character in this franchise. And Cavill was really good in the role. Now, let’s talk Steppenwolf (no, not the band). As a villain he’s… fine, I guess. He’s a big CGI monster with some lines hinting at some deeper stuff, but ultimately ends up becoming kind of generic. Thought Ciarán Hinds did a really good job voicing him though, suitably menacing. We also get supporting performances from people like Jeremy Irons, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Billy Crudup, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Amber Heard, Joe Morton, and more… all doing well in their respective roles.

The score for the movie was composed by Danny Elfman, and it was pretty good. Nothing special, heroic big brass tunes with some strings thrown in for added effect. It’s far from bad, and the various tracks work well within their respective scenes. And for those wondering about that “Danny Elfman to use Batman and Superman themes in the score”, it does occur, but it’s more snuck in rather than just overtly used as their own tracks… and I think it works surprisingly well.

The movie was directed by Zack Snyder… and Joss Whedon. As most people probably know, this movie had a very troubled production, with Snyder having to leave the project due to a personal tragedy, so Joss Whedon had to come in and do some reshoots. These things considered, the direction here is quite consistent. When a new director comes in to do reshoots, it could feel like a different movie in parts, but it’s remarkable how consistent it feels here. So is the direction in general any good? Yeah. It’s good, it flows pretty nicely, there’s some good shots here. And the action I quite liked. Now, it didn’t leave the same impact as the action in “Wonder Woman”, but it was easy to follow and I had quite a lot of fun with it. What I liked most about it was seeing the various heroes show off their abilities, with The Flash and his speedforce being the standout. And the visual effects here are for the most part damn good. Some things look a little off at times, from some backgrounds, to closeups of Steppenwolf (BORN TO BE WIIIIIILD!), to even Cyborg at times. But like I said, for the most part the effects look great (again, The Flash having some of the best ones).

This movie has gotten some mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 40% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 45/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,6/10.

Despite a few flaws (that probably stem from production issues), I had a lot of fun with “Justice League”. It has a good plot, good characters, good music, and good directing/action/visual effects/humor. As previously mentioned, the plot is a bit choppy at the start, the villain is a bit bland, and the effects could be less than stellar at times. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Justice League” is an 8,52/10. So while flawed, I’d still say that it’s worth buying.

My review of “Justice League” is now completed.

Come Together…

Movie Review: High-Rise (2015)

Dystopias. Something explored in many books and movies. Some more accurate to current society than others. Well, today’s feature presentation is a dystopian story. So let’s go.

Ladies and gentlemen… “High-Rise”.

Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston) is a physiologist who has just moved in to a huge, high-tech high-rise. And everyone there seems to have it pretty damn good. However everyone’s perfect lives soon spin out of control and everything starts going to absolute shit. And while it’s a really interesting series of events, I feel like there’s no actual reason for it all to be happening. I am all for odd and interesting plots that dare to go to unique places, but I also want there to be some reason bhind the events that transpire. Like I said, the stuff that happens in the movie is really interesting and can even be a little disturbing at times, but there’s no reason for stuff happening. I was seriously sitting there thinking, “Alright, this is some interesting stuff… but why is it even happening?”. And I am 100% sure that I didn’t miss anything that triggered the downfall of the high-rise society… shit just happened, with no real reason for it. So to summarize my rambling: The plot features an incredibly interesting series of events that has no real reason or focus behind it.

The characters are a bit like the plot, it was interesting seeing them go through all this shit, but I never really cared about any of them. Tom Hiddleston gives a great performance as Doctor Robert Laing, going from a pretty normal and sane individual to a more… odd man. Jeremy Irons plays the owner/architect of the high-rise and he’s great. Sienna Miller is also great. Luke Evans plays a filmmaker here and he is pretty great. Elizabeth Moss is also great in the movie. James Purefoy was also really good here. So the characters are not the most compelling, but they are interesting to follow and they are also very well acted.

The score was composed by Clint Mansell and it is fantastic! It’s weird, it’s eerie, it’s dramatic, and it just pleases my ears quite a bit. I am not surprised by this though, since Clint Mansell composed the scores for “Requiem for a Dream” and “Moon”, and I love the scores in those movies… he’s just fucking great at his job. What I also thought was pretty interesting about the music was that this movie has a weird fascination with ABBA’s song “S.O.S”. Just thought it was interesting how it popped at two times in the movie in two very different styles.

This movie was directed by Ben Wheatley and I think he did a really good job. The scenes always feel a bit off, but in a good way. I really felt like this wasn’t our world, it was something much weirder and much more unpredictable. And from a visual standpoint, this movie looks fucking great. There are plenty of great shots in this movie and even when the shot isn’t awesome (in lack of a better word) this movie still looks really good. Something fun to mention is that this movie is based on the book of the same written by J.G. Ballard, released in 1975. Now, I haven’t read the book, so I can’t say if this is a faithful adaptation or not… all I can say is that the book thing was a fun little bit of trivia to add. That said, if you’ve read the book then please tell me if it’s any good and/or if this is a good adaptation of it.

This movie has gotten some mixed reception On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 61% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 65/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 5,7/10.

“High-Rise” is a pretty interesting dystopian drama. It has a pretty good plot, okay characters, great performances, fantastic music, and great directing. However it is very flawed since I felt like there was no real reason for the plot to happen and I didn’t find the characters especially compelling. Time for my final score. *Clears throat*. My final score for “High-Rise” is an 8,57/10. So even though it is quite flawed I’d say that it is worth buying.

My review of “High-Rise” is now completed.

So when you’re near me, darling can’t you hear me, S.O.S…

 

New “Assassin’s Creed” movie trailer

“Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition” – Monty Python.

That’s right, ladies and gents of all ages and looks, we have a new trailer for the upcoming “Assassin’s Creed” movie, which for those who’ve lived under a rock for the past ten years, is a movie based on a series of video games. And it’s honestly one of my favorite game franchises of all time, with the second game probably being my favorite. One or two of you might remember that I did a post when the first trailer came out and I thought it was okay. Not mindblowing, but also not the worst. Still, with all the Hollywood fuck ups within the video game adaptation world, I have always been a skeptic when it comes to this. So let’s talk about this new trailer.

So it starts wit- HOLD ON… it’s PG-13!? Oh come on! PG-13… for a movie based on a series of games that happen to be very violent. Not “Gears of War” levels of violent, but still very violent. *Sigh*. Moving on from that crime against the title, we get more shots of our main character, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender), sitting in prison, working with scientists using the Animus, and accessing the genetic memory of his ancestor Aguilar. And that’s about it. We get some action and drama and sci-fi stuff… stuff we kind of already knew. So what do I like about this trailer? Well first off, there is no shitty Kanye in here… so that’s a step in the right direction. I also like the action presented, it looks kind of badass. And Fassy looks as great as ever in this. So what don’t I like about it? Well there’s a modern pop song in this movie that is supposed to be futuristic sci-fi mixed with historical fiction. It’s a trend that is being used too much these days, since it modernizes stuff that doesn’t need to be modernizes. I also don’t like GOD DAMN IT, WHY IS THIS PG-13!? It makes no sense…. at all! *Deep breath* Calm down, Markus… at least this trailer is better than the first one. *Deep breath*. “Assassin’s Creed” is set to come out around Christmas this year.

So what are your thoughts? Are you looking forward to “Assassin’s Creed”? And are you a fan of the games? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments.
Have a good one and enjoy the trailer.

Movie Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

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In the world of movies, there is a common trend of setting up cinematic universes that cross over several different films. Most noticeably we have Marvel who, let’s face it, fucking nailed it with their cinematic universe. Well, let’s see how DC handles the start of their universe with this thing.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”!

So after the events in “Man of of Steel”, Superman (Henry Cavill) is in a lot of hot water. Is he a hero, is he a dangerous alien, is he good, is he bad? These questions are constantly asked by people. Well after all of that trouble, the eyes of one Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) are on Superman. So Wayne decides to suit up again to try to stop Superman, while Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) hatches his very convoluted plot in the background. Meanwhile, we also have Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) being up to her own little thing too in the middle of all of this. Also, the plot of this movie is trying to set up the rest of the Justice League and WHY ARE THERE SO MANY THINGS GOING ON!? *Deep breath*. Okay, this isn’t a good sign. There is a bit too much stuff going on for me to fully enjoy the plot. The Batman going after Superman stuff, that’s good. Lex Luthor’s plan, very convoluted and actually kinda dumb. The plot of this movie is a fucking mess! Did I enjoy it? I guess. But it’s so messy, I can’t appreciate it. Too much stuff going on in this movie.

Okay, the plot is a mess. But how are the characters? Well, they’re not bad. Henry Cavill plays Superman, just like in “Man of Steel”. And he’s not bad. A bit too brooding and dark for the character, but his performance overall is pretty good. Amy Adams returns as Lois Lane and she was really good. Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman… absolutely fantastic. I cared about Bruce Wayne, I cared about Batman, Affleck perfectly captured the feel of the character. Sure, he kills people and I don’t know why, but overall his performance is fantastic. Jeremy Irons as Alfred, he’s great. Then we also have Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor… oh boy. I don’t know what to say. There were parts where he was somewhat interesting and he did a decent job, but most of the time he was twitchy and eccentric and crazy and not Lex Luthor. And finally, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. While her character was very tacked on, she was still very awesome. Seriously, her performance was good and her action-based entrance is so amazingly badass. So the acting overall in this movie is good and I find the characters interesting and entertaining.

The original score was composed by Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL and it’s fine. Not great, but fine. It’s not a soundtrack that I’m gonna go out of my way to listen to. But it worked for the movie and it sounds overall fine. Not bad, not great.

This movie was directed by Zack Snyder and let’s face it, he has trouble balancing story… but holy shit, this movie looks amazing! The visuals are terrific, I could look at shots from this movie all day and be happy with that. And that is something Zack Snyder does well, he knows how to make a really good looking movie. It’s a wonderfully directed movie. The action scenes are brilliantly handled. Sure, a lot of them are very big and bloated, but I can also say that they were a lot of fun. Out of all the action scenes in the movie, my favorite might be the warehouse scene that everybody knows about. Seriously, it’s like something right out of one of the “Arkham” games. And the main one between Bats and Supes… it’s good. It’s brutal, it’s badass, and it’s only like 8 minutes long. In a 2,5 hour movie, you’d think that the scene the movie is named after would be a bit longer. But what you see in it is pretty great. The reason why they stop fighting, pretty bullshit… but the fight before that end is really good. There are a ton of CGI in this movie, and at one point I felt like there might’ve been a little too much, but I guess that’s jsut what I have to handle when they decide to put *SPOILER* in the movie even though it made little to no sense. At least the visual effects in the movie are very well done.
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This movie has not been too well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 27% positive rating (ouch). On Metacritic it has a score of 44/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,9/10.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is a really mixeed bag for me. The plot is convoluted and filled with too many things and Jesse Eisenberg is a little too over-the-top as Lex Luthor. But then we also have a whole bunch of other great performances/characters, pretty good music, beautiful camera work, and terrific action scenes. Time for my final score. Tell me… do you review? You will. My final score for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is a 7,03/10. While not as great as one could hope for, it’s still worth a rental.
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My review of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is now completed.

Hey, at least Batfleck proved all the naysayers wrong!

 

The “Assassin’s Creed” movie now has a trailer

Hello there, my friends. Time for me to once again talk about a traile that caught my interest. The trailer we ae having a look at today (if you didn’t read it in the title) is the first trailer for the film adaptation of the “Assassin’s Creed” video game franchise. you may not know this about me, but I am a huge fan of the series, having played all of the main series games except for two (one of which wasn’t very well received by critics and gamers). So as you may expect, this is pretty huge for me. At first glance I’d say that the series is perfect for a big film adaptation. But then I remember those fucking awful “Resident Evil” movies. So you might understand my skepticism towards this film… so let’s talk about this here trailer.

Okay, so it starts with Michael Fassbender waking up in a hospital bed, with Marion Cotillard being the first thing/person he sees. And apparently he’s supposed to be dead from execution (death row, baby), so he technically no longer exists. I knew that the death row inmate thing was gonna be part of the story, but I thought it would be more like him sitting there, waiting for his death to then be pulled out into this experiment (getting ahead of myself). Then after that we see Fassy being put in a machien that these people call the “Animus” (so far, so good) which looks nothing like the Animus from the games, but whatever. So now he is experiencing his ancestor’s memories to then learn his skills and secrets for reasons I won’t get into. And from that we get a whole bunch of action set in the late 1400’s, all of it looking very much like a big screen adaptation of the “Assassin’s Creed” series. There is a lot to enjoy with this trailer, one of those things of course being Michael Fassbender who looks like he’s gonna be as great as ever in this movie. Second of all, the action scenes we see in the trailer looks a lot like the stuff from the games but in live action instead of computer graphics. This is good, this is something I like. What I also enjoy is that they slightly altered the plot/characters to set the movie apart from the games a bit. Instead of it being bartender Desmond Miles being put in the Animus, it’s death row inmate Callum Lynch. Also, Jeremy Irons looks menacing as hell in the one shot he gets. Okay, time for the bad… the song of choice. Music can make or break a trailer/movie/game, and the song they chose (a hip-hop/rap song) kind of made the thing a bit worse for me. While I don’t think they’ll use it in the movie, it still kind of bugged me.
But overall, I enjoyed the trailer. It had some great actors, great action and it looks interesting. The cast (thanks, imdb) is great and the director seems like he knows what he’s doing. “Assassin’s Creed” is set to come out on December 21st, 2016.
So what did you think of the trailer? Leave your thoughts in the comments and also tell me if you are interested in seeing the movie.
Have a good one and enjoy the trailer!

Childhood Movie Blogathon: Markus’ Picks

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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!