Film Club: Toy Story

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Another month, another edition of Film Club! Check out the very first animation that we reviewed!

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Toy-Story

Another month and another edition of Film Club. This months Film Club choice was down to myself and I wanted to choose something slightly different. With that it occurred to me that we have not yet covered an animated film and I wanted to be the first to do so. A few choices went through my mind before choosing, but in the end it just had to be Pixar’s first foray into motion pictures; Toy Story.

I hope you like my pick and enjoy reading what everyone else has to say on the film.

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Rapid Review: Starry Eyes (2014)

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“Ambition: The blackest of human desires. Everyone has it, but how many act on it?”
– The Producer

SYNOPSIS: A hopeful young starlet uncovers the ominous origins of the Hollywood elite and enters into a deadly agreement in exchange for fame and fortune. – via IMDB

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GRADE 6Alright, let me get this out right now so that we are not misunderstood. I liked this movie okay, but I certainly didn’t love it to death. Sorry Eric and RyanBut I liked it well enough, and I thought that it was shot and put together really well but I had some issues with the pacing throughout the movie. Starry Eyes was far longer than it had any need to be. I must say that the effects and makeup were just great – so disgusting! Ew! Also, the change that Sarah underwent was phenomenal, and the movie got really dark when taking us through that change. Yucky, is all that I can say, and that is where the makeup and effects get their major praise. Fabianne Therese portrayed Erin really well, and I can tell you with sincerity that I absolutely could not stand her. She was a bitch and a worthless “friend”, who was selfish, greedy, nasty and rude and I didn’t like her, not one little bit. Starry Eyes did not really focus much on character development outside of Sarah, which is a pity seeing as a more realistic dynamic between the friends could have done wonders for the film. Alexandra Essoe did give a brilliant performance though, I really liked her. I must comment on the piano-based score for this, which was just exactly what it needed to be, and certainly lent a whimsical feeling to the film. There are things the film did right, and a lot that just didn’t quite work out so well for me, unfortunately, and is forgettable in the long run for a lot of reasons. Starry Eyes felt like it dragged a lot in places (as I said, far longer than it needed to be). There isn’t actually really much more that I can say about this, aside from the fact that it is a decent watch.


Rapid Review: The Matrix (1999)

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“What is real? How do you define ‘real’? If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.”
– Morpheus

SYNOPSIS: During the year 1999, a man named Thomas Anderson (also known as Neo), lives an ordinary life. A software techie by day and a computer hacker by night, he sits alone at home by his monitor, waiting for a sign, a signal – from what or whom he doesn’t know – until one night, a mysterious woman named Trinity seeks him out and introduces him to that faceless character he has been waiting for: Morpheus. A messiah of sorts, Morpheus presents Neo with the truth about his world by shedding light on the dark secrets that have troubled him for so long. – via IMDB

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GRADE 9I’ve actually been itching to rewatch these for a while now, and there was no better time to do it than when the trilogy went on sale recently from my favourite online retailer. Whoop! It was time. I talked my fiancé into it (surprisingly easy) and we were off on our adventure. Wow! This movie is great! Totally understandable why it is so loved. It is just plain down super cool. The effects are amazing, especially if you are looking at the release date, the actors all worked together to pull of something different, unique, awesome, and they did it properly. This is one of those instances where Keanu Reeves just nailed it. You all know I am a fan, through the good times and the bad. His portrayal of Neo was just perfect – he didn’t believe too fast, he went along with it in a sense (as Morpheus cleverly likened it to a man accepting what he sees because he believes he is in a dream) and watching how he changed was well worth it. His interactions with Fisburne’s Morpheus and Moss’s Trinity were so good. He grew attached to these people, to their hopes and dreams, he took them on. Let’s not even forget about Hugo Weaving and his wickedly strange and creepy Agent Smith. He fitted that role and worked it fantastically. The Matrix is famous for some of the most revolutionary action sequences of all time (we have all seen that bullet time back bend dodge of Neo and jump up slow motion kick of Trinity in so many places since, and it is the one thing we all remember about the movie years later, even if the other details have faded). There is humour to the film, but it is dark and used sparingly, making it all the more effective. I thoroughly enjoyed the soundtrack (Zombie and Manson??? Heaven I tell you!) and I think it all worked very well. I am a big fan of the story and how it was implemented – slowly but surely you are given all the information, it isn’t all dumped on you at once, though there is still a lot of information to process. The Matrix is shot well, and it is easy to get sucked in and lost in the story that you are given. The Wachowskis created a gem when they gave us this film, and even after all these years it’s a great, innovative watch. Highly recommended for sure!


Review: Swerve – Vicki Pettersson

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I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

SYNOPSIS: It’s high summer in the Mojave Desert, and Kristine Rush and her fiancé, Daniel, are en route from Las Vegas to Lake Arrowhead, California, for the July Fourth holiday weekend. But when Daniel is abducted from a desolate rest stop, Kristine is forced to choose: return home unharmed, but never to see her fiancé again, or plunge forward into the searing desert to find him…where a killer lies in wait. – via Goodreads

I rGRADE 7ead this after Kim over at By Hook Or By Book raved about it in her review. I was so happy when NetGalley approved my request, finished the book I was on and then got right on with this one. Swerve flows, so reading it is quite a quick task. It is a horror thriller type, and I could picture the whole thing like a movie. Why? It had scenes that were as predictable as any old horror movie, but it was good. Pettersson wrote this well, gave us something to chew on, although nothing as dramatic as I am sure some will be hoping for. While the villain was absolutely no shock to me, I was drawn in pretty much from the off of the novel. I have never read any of Pettersson’s previous work, but this book has convinced me to check out some more of her stuff. Swerve started chillingly, that chill subsides later, but that does not mean that this is a dull novel. I didn’t find the serial killer to be as intricate as I was hoping he would be, no real serious creepy issues or anything, and his reasons for doing what he was doing were also really shallow and weak. I did enjoy the way the novel raced through what was happening, drawing  us into Kristine’s panic, which works. The gore was also something fresh for me again, I haven’t read anything really bloody and nasty in a while, and dammit I know it sounds awful to say that it is exactly what I needed, but it was. Been reading a lot of books not quite so in my genre lately, so this was a refreshing change. The last third veered strongly into cliché territory, but for the story that had been set up before that, I don’t think it could really have gone any other way. I wanted more from the thriller aspect of this, but it does not mean that Pettersson failed, I just thought it would be a more in depth study as opposed to a cat and mouse game. The story is nothing we haven’t seen before, isn’t overly complex or perfect by a long shot, but it is entertaining, violent and brutal, demanding your attention from pretty much the off, and it is worth checking out, imperfections and all.


Fringe: Season 2 (2009 – 2010)

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*CONTAINS SPOILERS*

What I liked:

  • The way the tension between Olivia and Peter has been steadily building. It has been intense enough for me to want to pull my hair out! Ugh! But I love it!
  • The whole story behind Peter Bishop, Walter, walking between worlds, and all the things that came with it. This has been something that has had breadcrumbs thrown our way since season one, and by the time we finally get to it all in this season, it is amazing. The story is sad, the choices are difficult, the frustration is understandable. I loved it. I loved every second of it.
  • I genuinely love all the names that Walter has for Astrid – everything but Astrid. I think my personaly favourite was Ostrich, followed by Asprin.
  • I like the way that they have consistently kept spotting the Observers in the episodes. They are always lingering near a Fringe event.
  • Sam Weiss. What an entertaining character!
  • Walter Bishop. I cannot fail to mention him. The quirky scientist revealed so much to us in this season about his motives, his past, and all the things that motivated him, changed him, broke him.
  • Finally seeing William Bell and Walter Bishop reunited. It was quite entertaining, the way they sniped at each other like children.
  • The relationship with Peter and Walter was going so well dammit! So well. I mean so good that Peter even called Walter “dad”, and then things went downhill. And in an ugly, painful way, too.
  • Seeing how the alternate universe has suffered because of Walter crossing over in 1985 to save Peter.
  • That kiss. Eeeek! We have waited so long for Peter and Olivia to do anything at all about their emotions and feelings, and nothing. Then Olivia runs over to the other side to fetch Peter, and she tells him everything. YAY!

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What I didn’t like: 

  • I did not like how Charlie was written out. It was sudden, abrupt, and it was not closed off nicely, so I had some big problems like that, considering he was quite the important character.
  • Some things were rushed in and out, such as characters and events.
  • Peter not being with Walter and Olivia, it was so sad for me to think that Walter could be sent back to St Claire’s.
  • The way that the other Cortexiphan kids were brought in and out, but always as something bad, dealt with in an episode then hidden away. That got a little annoying quickly.
I get that she just worked me out, but my eye is twitching...

I get that she just worked it out, but my eye is twitching…

Rating:
GRADE 8.5
So off we are, into another season, and let me just tell you that things get better. They do. The acting is better, the effects are pretty awesome, the score works wonders and the relationships between everyone is so worth watching and they really draw you in. Season two hits the ground running and whips us up into another frenzy of bizarre cases and all. However, something that stuck in my craw from the beginning was the way that Charlie was written out so suddenly, and it wasn’t done nicely. It was rushed and it was glanced over, no time was spent there, I think it was a huge injustice to his character. Olivia also didn’t mourn him for too long, which was both good and bad. I did like how Sam Weiss helped Olivia along her route to recovery after returning from the alternate universe and her meeting with William Bell. Peter and Olivia seem to be gaining ground in their relationship, almost making you think it is going to go somewhere, but the progress is thrown to the wolves the moment that Olivia realises that Peter is, in actual fact, not from our universe. It is terribly painful, and it got a little annoying to watch her and Walter sniping at one another about it, though they both definitely had a point. To see how the Observer (September) was so involved in everything that was happening is awesome. He really was so intricately tied in to everything that was happening. I knew there was no way that it could end well, what with Olivia knowing that Peter wasn’t from there and saying nothing, and Walter deciding to. And I was right. Such a heartbreaking stage, Walter and Peter were making the very best progress of all time, and then Peter lost his cool (understandably) and then, disappointingly, fled. I was also unimpressed with the way that he hit on those other women, I thought there was more to him and Olivia than Walter and a job! Anyway, meeting Walternate was also an experience, it was fascinating to see John Noble flip so seemingly effortlessly between the two. You can distinctly see who you are dealing with the moment Walter(nate) steps on screen, which is great. Leonard Nimoy was also a joy to experience, once again, when we got into the alternate universe. Especially when you saw how he and Walter were around each other. I need to take a moment to say that I missed Charlie immensely, but I was happy to see Astrid steadily gaining more screen time, and more Broyles is also not a bad thing. Plus, what kind of review would this be if I did not address the fact that Peter Bishop is just… hmmm… Joshua Jackson is awesome and I love his portrayal of Peter. This season gave him a lot of material to work with, from regular, to loving, to afraid, to angry and bitter, there was just so much, and he was excellent every step of the way. Naturally, this was another season of Fringe that simply cannot be missed, I truly do recommend this show. I had such a blast rewatching them all, it was so rewarding.

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Lastly, for science and all that…

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This should be illegal…

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Drew’s Movie Reviews Sporadic Scene: Stripes (1981) – Graduation Scene

Drew of Drew’s Movie Reviews is back in action today with another contribution to the Sporadic Scene segment. Thanks a lot Drew!

If you have a scene that you would like featured, drop me a mail at sporadiczoe@hotmail.com with a link to the scene and an explanation as to why.


There are many memorable scenes from Stripes but this is up there as one of my favorites.  This is the first scene where the group really show they deserve to be in the US Army.  It shows that even though the platoon was a group of misfits, they are a group of misfits that can gather themselves and get goals accomplished when they work together.  Razzle Dazzle!


Rapid Review: What We Do In The Shadows (2014)

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“Yeah some of our clothes are from victims. You might bite someone and then, you think, ‘Oooh, those are some nice pants!’.”
– Viago

SYNOPSIS: Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane – like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts. – via IMDB

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GRADE 8.5I have been meaning to get to this for so long, and finally I got the opportunity. You know what? I had such a good time with this movie! It was hilarious. Wow. I cannot tell you how much fun my fiancé and I had watching this. We popped it in, had no real expectations, and promptly started laughing and it continued in that fashion for the next hour and a half. The vampires we are introduced to, Vladislav, Viago, Petyr, and Deacon, are just mad. Arguing about dishes that haven’t been washed in years, all tiptoeing around Nosferatu lookalike Petyr, arguing as to what it means to be a vampire, the mundane lives they are living, this all came together well. The fact that this was shot in a mocumentary style, which is something that I was a little wary about because it is usually something that filmmakers try and fail dismally at. However, it was t he perfect medium to tell the story. Imagine these centuries-old vampires living together in a flat, from all sorts of avenues of life, and now together in New Zealand for their different reasons. New Zealand has been doing a really great job with the horror comedy genre recently, I have to say. Anyway, Nick was a character that came in and I liked, but let’s face it, we all still liked Stu more for some absurd reason. The werewolves with their classic line on being “werewolves, not swearwolves” had me in stitches every single time they said it, and the interactions between the vampires and werewolves was highly entertaining. The play that was made on vampires today and what we know was done very well, and I found the movie to be really witty and balancing just enough cheese and lunacy in it to be wonderful. What We Do In The Shadows is a comedy that is smarter than most will probably give it credit for. In a day and age where vampires have been overdone and made to be superbly ridiculous, this is such a refreshing watch which I highly recommend.


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