Movies

A collection of posts about movies and movie reviews.

Movie Reviews: Inside Out

I went to see this movie with Celestia, aka this nerd.  We nearly went to see the new Terminator movie instead, but we changed our minds last minute.  (I’m glad we did, because neither of us have ever seen any of the original Terminator movies.)  I sat myself down with a large bag of Lifesavers and an even larger bag of Skittles and got ready.

I don’t know what I was expecting; I hadn’t seen many trailers other than the teaser one that they started showing really early on. I didn’t know much about the story other than the general setting: five emotions – Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust – that existed inside the mind of a girl named Riley.

I have to say, I thought (for a Disney animated movie) this was a very mature and thought-provoking story. It was a very visually attracting movie, with excellent detail in animation and graphics; if you’re looking to see it in theater, definitely go with the 3D showing, because it’s well worth it. The story itself was good, too – Joy and Sadness almost lose Riley’s core memories, the memories that shape her personality, in the vast library of her long-term memory storage, and they go on a (very metaphorical) journey through her mind in order to take the memories back to headquarters. I won’t offer any more spoilers, although I’d like to.

This, as has become Disney’s custom, was, in my opinion, a great family movie, because while kids may be less inclined to get a lot out of the story and climax than, say, a fourteen-year-old, it was nice just to watch. (Especially with a large bag of Skittles and Lifesavers on hand.) If any Disney animator or someone who knows one stumbles across this post, I’d like to say thank you for spending your valuable time making a movie as graphically lovely as Inside Out. Animating isn’t easy (I’ve tried it and couldn’t make more than a very glossy sphere), and this movie looked like it took a whole lot more than a free Blender trial on a ca. 2010 home laptop.

I have to agree partially with a friend of mine that said she felt the story dragged on for too long. It’s true, maybe they could have condensed it a little further, but I didn’t find it difficult to watch at all, especially with a mouth full of candy. Even if portions of it seemed to take too long, it was interesting in and of itself to wonder how Disney would portray another section of Riley’s mind. It was such an abstract thing to put into pictures, and I just love the creativity involved in this.

For outstanding graphics and a really sweet plot, I give Disney’s Inside Out a total of four stars. (I decided to just quit with the decimals. They did nothing but confuse everyone.)

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Thanks for reading – I hope this was helpful to you!

~ Summer

Last Day of Summer Break FUN POST!!

Hey, guys. Today’s my last day of summer vacation, which means that tomorrow is the first day of school. I’m not too excited about this, as you can probably guess. So today, I decided to do a SUPER COOL post about… everything I put on this blog!!
Yup. I’m going to do gaming, a review, a picture, and a story ALL IN ONE POST. Everything’s going to be a little short, since it has to fit in one blog post, but it’ll be great!!

~Movie Reviews: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes~
I think this is still showing in theaters. I saw it a while ago but never got around to reviewing it!! Anyway, here it is.
This movie is a modern prequel to the 1960’s Planet of the Apes series and a sequel to the 2012 Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I went with Flora and my dad, since my mom was convinced that it is the cheesiest movie series on earth and that, even though this had 2014 animation, it was going to be just as stupid as the 60’s version. True, the costumes in the old movies looked like they came out of a Halloween costume store, but this movie was nothing like its predecessors.
First of all, the animation was ten times better. The characters actually looked like apes and not people in ape suits. The music was also a whole lot less dramatic, if there was any at all. Overall, it was much better done than the old ones.
It wasn’t quite as action-packed as I expected. Sure, there was lots of fighting and war and destruction and stuff, but the dialogue was slow in places and it was more of a drama than a real thriller movie.
Sorry this review is a little short, but I have to make it all fit in one post without it being ten times as long as a normal post. For cool animation, good actors, but a slightly weird story, I give Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 3.9 stars. If you didn’t like the other ones, don’t see it, but it’s really much better than the other ones. I recommend this for kids 10 and up. The reason is best stated by my little sister: she didn’t go see it because “I don’t want to watch that creepy ape movie”.

~Fiction: Among the Clouds, Part 3~
Alright, this one, finally!! A bunch of people said that they like this story, but it wasn’t catching my attention as much as my other stories. I figured it would be good for a short story feature, though, so here it is!!

Mallory’s eyes widened. Invaded?! She’d only lived there for about a month and the land was already in danger. She wished she could have a normal life for at least six months! She decided that she would try to fight back. She’d give whatever she had to to save her new home, even if it meant fighting her old people.
But how? She wasn’t even supposed to know. She’d been eavesdropping on the Queen, and how was she going to help if she couldn’t admit it? It would be kind of stupid to walk up to the ruler of Skyland and say, “Hey, Your Highness, I was kind of listening in on your private conversation, but it’s all cool now, and now you ought to let me help you with whatever you’re doing?” It wasn’t going to be that easy. She would have to take a more unconventional approach.
Quietly, she walked toward the door, humming casually as if she hadn’t been paying any attention to the regal conversation at the table. Once she was outside, she took off as fast as she could to the edge of Skyland. She had to find a plane.
She was halfway to her destination when she heard the quiet whuff-whuff-whuff of wings. Turning around to see who – or what – it was, she was met by the glare of another winged person.
“Just what do you think you’re doing?” she said angrily. “I saw you listening to the queen, and I am this close to turning you in right now.”
It was Breeze.

~Gaming: How To Make The Most Efficient Minecraft Farm~
Lots of people – including me, at one point – don’t use the best farming technique. You might put your wheat next to a lake, river, or ocean. You might build strips of water and dirt like in a village. You might do some crazy wacko thing that I’ve never even seen before.
But there’s one farm that gives you TONS of dirt space, plus only uses 1 water for every 9×9 square. It’s super simple to make, and I don’t want to clog this post up with a bunch of pictures, so I’ll put it in text. It’ll still be easy to make.
Step 1: Make a 3×3 square of dirt with the center block empty. It should look like a square donut.
Step 2: Put water in the hole.
Step 3: Put 2 blocks coming out from the center of each side of the donut. There should be 3 blocks coming from the water.
Step 4: Connect each line around the corner, making a 9×9 square with the water at the center.
Step 5: Hoe all the dirt, and you’re finished!!
It really works and only uses that much water. If you stick a bunch of them together, you can get TONS of farmland with only a few buckets of water!!

~Picture: My Beautiful Fingernails!!~
I did them myself!! I actually never used the brush: my tools were a bobby pin, a pinhead, a straw, and a toothpick. Unfortunately, I only did my left hand, since if I did my right I’d have to paint with my left hand and I’m right-handed.

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Thanks for reading! Also, a small update on my posting schedule: I’ll try to post at least five times a week, but I can’t post anything on Tuesday, so don’t expect anything then.

Summer 😀

Movie Reviews: How To Train Your Dragon 2

I went to see this in theater a week ago with Amber and another of my friends. Amber’s a big How To Train Your Dragon fan, and she was planning the trip weeks in advance.
I have to say, I was not disappointed. The plot was totally different from the first movie, which was good, since a rip-off continuation of it wouldn’t sell very well. It was a good story, with a big twist about a quarter of the way through. It’s a giant change in the story, but I liked it a lot.
The animation was awesome. It must have taken forever to pull off scenes with giant dragon battles and… well, I don’t want to spoil anything!! All of the dragons were very well done, not to mention the people. The only thing I have against it is, even with the war scenes, there isn’t any blood shown. Then again, it’s animated, and animated blood is usually very awkward.
I honestly don’t know how to talk about this movie without spoiling things. It’s a very tightly knit story, with one thing leading to another, and it makes it easy to give spoilers.
The only thing you’re getting from me is that someone dies.
For awesome action, great story, and, of course, unforgettable characters, I give How To Train Your Dragon 2 four and a half stars. I recommend it for ages 5 and up.
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Thanks for reading!!

Summer 🙂

Movie Reviews: World War Z

Hey, guys. I watched this movie with my dad last night and decided I’d review it here. Okay, it might have been a little old for me, but it was good anyway.
It’s a pretty common movie premise: Weird virus starts in Asia, zombies start attacking everyone in sight, no one can find a cure. Even though it begins as a normal zombie apocalypse film, it’s a good movie. The makeup was very realistic; I could tell that a lot of time and money was put into this movie. The only part I didn’t like was the plane crashing scene – an airline plane can fly perfectly fine on one engine. I guess it was necessary for the movie, though; it would be kind of dumb for the pilot to say, “Whoops, a zombie just got sucked into the engine, let’s keep going anyway!”
I also like the family theme. Action movies about groups are always better than action movies about single people, since with the latter, there’s no question that the protagonist will live and everything will be alright, but with the former, you don’t know who will live and who won’t. The action scenes in this particular movie made even my dad jump, but I have to admit, I found myself laughing at the giant pile of zombies trying to bust into Israel.zombiesforblog
For realistic makeup, good characters, and crazy action scenes, although taking a bit of the score off for the plane crash scene, I give World War Z four stars, but I don’t recommend it for ages nine and under.

Thanks for reading, I hope this was informational!

Summer

Movie Reviews: Maleficent

Hey, guys! I saw this in a drive-in theater a few days ago but didn’t get the chance to review it until now. The last drive-in movie I saw was Hotel for Dogs (I think), and I don’t even kind of remember it.
This movie was awesome. I was hooked from the beginning with the wings. I really like stories about flying things, and this definitely met my specs. The movie was great from the beginning, and things shaped up pretty quick. I was impressed.
The important parts – Aurora’s christening, for instance – were just like Sleeping Beauty, which was quite a feat, since Maleficent was the protagonist of this movie and the antagonist of the other one. My mom and I laughed out loud at the fact that the actor that played the pink fairy – yeah, the pink one – was the same one that did Professor Umbridge in Harry Potter. You know, because they raised the child in a secure, risk-free way.
The ending was awesome. I refused to watch Sleeping Beauty until nearly first grade because the dragon scared me, so I was waiting for that for the whole movie. The scene was awesome, and I loved the ending. This is one of the very first movies that actually made me scared for the protagonist’s life. Usually, it’s pretty obvious that the main character is going to live and the suspense is for his/her well-being or the life of the supporting characters. It was scary, but it made it a good movie for being able to capture my attention like that.
I don’t like awarding ratings like this, just since it’s very difficult to make a top-notch movie that’s perfect for everyone, but I thought all Monday night and couldn’t think of any reason to lower it. For awesome story, unforgettable characters, an awesome ending, and overall an epic storyline, I give Maleficent five stars. No kidding.

Thanks for reading, I hope this was helpful!

Summer 🙂