Gremlins Secret of the Mogwai Is Going to Be An Animated Series.

Gremlins was one of my favorite movies growing up. I loved the mixture of dark humor and scares. I loved tthe character Gizmo so much, I bought a stuffed Gizmo and he was my sleeping buddy for 12 years. I also loved the sequel, so I am a fan and I have high expectations for the show.

Oh I hope this new animated show is good. They could add to the mythology and make the Gremlins world much richer, or they could ruin this and put a stain on the Gremlins name. Let’s hope it’s option no1. Good luck!

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Part 4 of My Top 100 Movies of All Time

Picks by Michelle Lynn Tackett

Let’s pick up where I left off why don’t we?

70: Wizard of Oz, Some people may think this is low, but it’s not. I just have 69 movies I like better. What else is there to say about this classic? Gorgeous cinematography, lovable characters, charming story, and wonderful music will make you feel like a kid again. If you haven’t watched this movie with your kids, do it now. This is a must-see movie that no cinephile should miss.

Rating: 4 Stars

69: Batman Begins/The Dark Knight, Nolan’s Batman movies are great, (let’s forget about The Dark Knight Rises), and The Dark Knight isn’t this top 10 be all masterpiece, but it is a great example of what comic book movies can be. Batman Begins is one of my favorite Nolan movies period. The dark tone, crisp look, and great acting keep both movies humming along nicely.

Rating: 4 Stars for both.

68: Serenity, from the legend, Joss Whedon is one of my favorite Sci-Fi movies of all time. Firefly was a great show, and this movie was a great follow-up that answered a lot of questions for fans of the series who were left hanging. Nathan Fillion is priceless as the Han Soloish Captain Malcolm Reynolds, who leads his ragtag group of members across the galaxy trying to get by. The special effects are glorious for a 30 million dollar movie, and the dialogue is spot on. Not a false moment for the characters. Whedon is a master of dialogue and storytelling. A must see for any fan of sci-fi.

Rating: 4 Stars

67: Patriot Games, Harrison Ford is STILL Jack Ryan to me. Other actors have tried, but Ford pulls off the role with ease. What a smart political thriller, with great action, intense moments and great characters. This is the best of the Jack Ryan series, with the screenplay focusing on family drama instead of some convoluted plot. This makes the stakes personal, that helps us identify with the characters and their plight.

Rating: 4 Stars

66: Pulse, there are a lot of Asian horror movies on my list. There is a good reason for that. Instead of focusing on cheap jump scares, Asian horror focuses on the atmosphere and the character’s facial expressions to tell a compelling story. It works in this gem of a movie. I don’t want to give too much away, but you will be in for a wild ride. A cheap, American remake tried to capture the greatness of this movie, but it failed. Watch this gem instead. Great build up to some unforgettable moments. Bravo.

Rating: 4 Stars

65: The Fountain, I don’t care what anyone says, this is a classic darn it. The incomparable Hugh Jackman plays 3 parts to perfection in Darrin Aronofsky’s brilliant bravura ode to life, death and the search for immortality. The striking visuals and emotional depth raise this masterwork to another level. I have seen this movie a lot, and it gets better with each viewing. I highly recommend this movie to anyone looking for a deep movie with an ambitious vision.

Rating: 4 Stars

64: The Muppet Movie (2011), I grew up on the Muppets, so it was good to see them come back to the big screen with this adorable, and funny movie. How can it go wrong with Jason Segel and Amy Adams in a movie? Throw in Kermit, Gonzo, Fozzy, and Miss Piggy, what else do you need? This movie was a return to form for the Muppets after a few disappointments. Lots of cute puns, heartfelt moments, and Amy Adams is heavenly in this movie! She is so cute you want to reach through the screen and hug her.

Rating: 4 Stars

63: Pride and Prejudice (2005 version), I usually don’t like remakes or retellings, but I love this movie. Keira Knightley sparkles as Elizabeth Bennett in this classic story. A very gentle, sweet movie with a perfect cast and a delightful tone. Not a cynical or mean bone in this movie. Lush cinematography, wonderful directing and a tight script make this a classic. It is Knightly who shines. She runs through the screen with elegance and charm as few others can.

Rating: 4 Stars

62: North By Northwest, I don’t like Hitchcock as a person, but he was an incredible director. Gary Grant is perfect as the every-man on the run. The tension is palpable, and the scenes are legendary. This is one movie I recommend for anyone who wants to know the difference between a good movie, and a bad movie. Well, this is a great movie, definitely one you should not miss out on.

Rating: 4 Stars

61: Sabrina, Audrey Hepburn is magical in this charming 1954 Billy Wilder comedy. William Holden and Humphrey Bogart are also good, but it is Hepburn who outshines them all. Her smile, stunning outfits, and charm will have you rooting for her. The delightful jokes, charming tone, and gorgeous scenery make this an instant classic, what a wonderful movie experience. I like this movie more, every time I watch it.

Rating: 4 Stars

Next week will be part 5 of my series. Stay tuned.

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Favorite Movies of All Time Part 3

Picks by Michelle Lynn Tackett

80: Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this movie made so many people upset with its dark tone and violence (although the movie doesn’t show a lot of violence). Over the years it has become a cult favorite among horror fans. It has some incredible scares, great acting, and some terrifying villains. Especially Leather Face, who will give you nightmares with his mask made of human skin. Do not watch this classic alone in the dark.

79: Beauty and the Beast (1991 Animated movie), this movie is pure magic. The timeless animation, voices, and story will always grip you. This is one of Disney’s best movies to date. It has aged very well when some of Disney’s past efforts have not. If you’re burned out on the current crop of Disney movies, watch this one. You’ll love it. Rating: 4 Stars

78: The Eye (2002 Asian Version), Hollywood became obsessed with remaking great Asian horror movies from the late 90s to the middle of the 2000s. It didn’t work out as the Asian version always turned out better. The Eye can be confusing if you’re not familiar with ghost stories from the East, but you don’t need to understand the mythology to know good scares. This movie has em in spades. Rating: 4 Stars

77: Superman (1979), It is hard to watch this movie now, but I would watch the heck out of this movie when I was young. Christopher Reeve embodied Superman and I have not seen any actor since come close to making me believe they were Superman. The action scenes are fun, that John Williams score is perfection, and Gene Hackman rips up the screen as Lex Luther. What a joy to watch. Rating: 4 Stars

76: Chinese Puzzle, Audrey Tautou is a gem. She will have another movie on this list, guess which one it is. She is like the modern Audrey Hepburn with her huge eyes and adorable smile. Every time she comes on the screen, she brightens it with her charm. Chinese Puzzle is a charming movie from start to finish. It is a movie about people who are trying to deal with life. A divorced dad, his ex-wife, their kids, his potential new girlfriend and more. This movie moves at such a good pace making it easy to watch. The genuine laughs and heart make this movie a winner. Seek this one out! Rating: 4 Stars

75: Secretary, oh the wonderful Maggie Gyllenhaal, she can put on some incredible performances. This movie is a perfect example of her talent. Think of this as 50 shades of Grey, only a million times better. The characters are likable, the story makes sense and the screenplay actually has a brain! This movie exposed the underbelly of people who love S&M in their relationships. The directing give it a 50s romantic comedy feel. This fits with the movie since Lee and Mr. Gray act like a 50s couple. The ending will make some feminist mad, but it shouldn’t. This is about choices, and how empowering choices can be. Rating: 4 Stars

74: Open Water. What a horror classic! This indie gem from Lionsgate is an example of film making with passion. Open Water is based on a true story about a couple who go on a trip, then things happen. The minimal use of music and wide angles gave this movie a different feel for a horror movie, and that works to perfection. The last 30 minutes will put you on pins and needles. The story is so simple, you think it wouldn’t work, but smart pacing and great directing can accomplish anything. A must watch for horror fans. Rating: 4 Stars

73: Wonder Woman, this 2017 comic book adaptation is one of my favorite comic book movies ever. Gal Gadot is a gold mine as Diana, Princess of the Amazon who finds a young man who crashes on the Island. She goes off on an adventure to help him. The story isn’t the most original, but this has a winning performance by Gal who brings warmth and kindness to Wonder Woman. Making this God seem human. That is a superpower! Rating: 4 Stars

72: American Hustle, Amy Adams is one of the best actors walking the planet. There is no other actress who can do what she can. Working with great actors like Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper who also put on sparkling performances, really gives this movie some shine. This movie crackles with energy and makes good use of some of the best modern talent. A sharp screenplay with smart characters completes this movie. Rating: 4 Stars

71: Bringing Up Baby, Katherine Hepburn+Cary Grant=Grandslam! The premise is a perfect set up for a comedy. A nerdy archeologist finds a priceless bone, and he has to get it to a location. He also has to babysit Katherine Hepburn who shines like a star. Howard Hawks did a great job with the comedy. Comedy has become a lost art, this movie shows what great comedies can be. There are times I laughed so much, I got exhausted from laughter. What a winner. I won’t give too much of the story away. Kate is on fire and Grant has better chemistry than she did with Spencer. How I miss comedies like this. Rating: 4 Stars

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Top 100 Favorite Movies Of All Time List: Part 2

Here is part 2 of my list for 100 favorite movies of all time. Here we go!

90: Rain Man

I told you I don’t like a lot of Tom Cruise movies, but there are a few. Rain Man is one of my favorite movies starring Mr. Cruise. He wonderfully portrays Charlie Babbitt, who finds out after his father dies that he has a brother named Raymond. Ray and Charlie embark on a road trip that ends up with the pair bonding along the way. This movie could’ve easily have been a soapy mess, but thanks to great acting, honest dialogue and a brilliant script. Rain Man is a timeless movie that still holds up.

Rating: 4 Stars

89: Toy Story

One of my favorite animated movies ever. The first movie to be all CGI and it’s a gem. It’s a simple story about Andy who gets a new toy called Buzz Lightyear. Woody, (played to deadpan perfection), by Tom Hanks, feels threatened by Buzz and they battle it out for Andy’s heart. Revolutionary animation that dazzle, amazing characters, and hilarious humor make this one of the best animated movies ever made.
Rating: 4 Stars

88: Witness

Harrison Ford is an underrated actor. He’s put on so many iconic performances but doesn’t have an Oscar to show for it. Witness, did get him a nomination as John Book. A hard-boiled cop who goes on the run, hiding out in an Amish community. Peter Weir directed this masterpiece with grace and simplicity. He uses subtle clues and facial expressions to tell the story. It isn’t a loud action movie, it’s more about a man who lives with the Amish community and learns about their culture. Ford gives one of his best performances to date. Quiet, reserved and caring, John Book is a character you won’t forget. Witness is a movie you won’t forget.

Rating: 4 Stars

87: A Nightmare On Elm Street

Freddy Kruger is one of the best screen villains of all-time. Robert Englund created one of the best screen monsters cinema has ever seen. Freddy invades the dreams of teenagers who live on Elm Street and kills them. Why is this happening? Heather Langenkamp plays Nancy, who is the horror version of Sarah Connor. Tough, resourceful and caring. Nancy is one of the best horror movie heroines to ever be in a horror movie. The scares are top notch and the story makes sense. It doesn’t use jump scares, the scares are built up and they pay off. Wes Craven, you were a master.

Rating: 4 Stars

86: Happy Go Lucky

Oh my gosh I adore Sally Hawkins in this wonderful movie! Sally plays Poppy Cross. She is a cheerful teacher who has a positive outlook on life. She loves being in a good mood, even if it drives others crazy. Sally plays her with no hint of cynicism or winking at the audience. The crisp locations and colorful characters make this movie pop. There are some sad scenes in the movie, but Poppy keeps her positive attitude, to the dismay of some. Her relationship with her driving instructor is comedy gold. The screenplay is sharp and avoids cliches for authentic moments.

Rating: 4 Stars

85: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

A one of a kind space opus from Steven Spielberg. Spielberg was at his best when he concentrated on ordinary people who went through extraordinary circumstances, (not like his newer movies). Richard Dreyfuss is great as Roy Neary. An ordinary family man who sees spaceships one night then becomes obsessed with finding them. He goes to any length to find out the truth about the space ships he saw. A harrowing experience from start to finish, with a cliche-free script and human characters whom we identify with. The legendary musical score hits all the right notes with each scene painting a beautiful picture. A bullseye!

Rating: 4 Stars

84: Susperia

Jessica Harper stars as Suzi, a young ballet dancer who goes to an all-girl school to learn ballet. Suzi meets other girls, but they start disappearing. Dario Argento is a master of horror movies. My favorite movie of his is this masterpiece. Scorching scares that’ll leave you rattled, great performances that keep you rooting for the characters, gorgeous cinematography and spot-on directing will keep this movie with you. It is a haunting experience. Some scenes will give you nightmares for days.

4 Stars

83: Blade Runner 2049

I admit, I cringed when I found out there was a sequel to Blade Runner. How on earth could they do one! Well, they did, and it’s brilliant. Dennis Villeneuve directed this wonderful masterpiece with care and gorgeous details. Amazingly, this movie captures the same magic as the first one. Dark atmosphere, with gorgeous colors, startling images, and eye-popping sets. Ryan Gosling holds his own against Harrison Ford. His officer K is our link to this world, and Gosling’s brilliant acting pulls us in. The screenplay is fantastic, with great twists that don’t seem forced. There are some mega shocks and the story doesn’t go for easy answers. One of the best movies of the 2010s.

Grade: 4 Stars

82: Ghostbusters 1984

You won’t see the crappy remake here. The original is still the best. Bill Murray was perfection as DR. Peter Venkman. The whole cast is perfect and this movie is close to perfection. 4 friends start a paranormal investigation business to hunt down ghosts. More ghosts pop up for unknown reasons, so it is up to the 4 Ghostbusters to find the ghosts and bring peace to NYC. The soundtrack is classic, the special effects are good, but it’s the 4 leads with the help of a brilliant script that make this movie soar. This is an instant classic.

Rating: 4 Stars

81: The Prestige

Christopher Nolan, plus 3 of Hollywood’s best modern talents, (Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, and Scarlet Johansson), in a dark, twisting fantasy about magic. How could it go wrong? The movie is sheer perfection with three of the best performances I’ve ever seen. Especially Jackman who is building quite the resume. I don’t know how to talk about this movie without giving anything away. The story is chalked to the brim with exciting turns and complex characters who keep you engaged. David Bowie has a scene-stealing performance and Nolan adds so much detail, it demands your attention, or you will miss something. An absolute masterpiece.

Rating: 4 Stars

There is part 2 and I’ll be back with part 3 next week. I hope you like my picks. I think you need to check em out. They are all great movies.

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Lady Bird Review: Is This A Modern Classic?

Ratings:

1 Star: I am in agony! Hellllllp!

2 Stars: Eh, it’s ok.

3 Stars: A good movie you will like.

4 Stars: A winner you shouldn’t miss!

When I watch a movie I don’t like, I am moody, and want to lash out at said movie for wasting my time. However, when I find a movie I love, I jump through the roof shouting. I want everyone to watch this wonderful experience I just saw. I love seeing great movies, and I love talking about them, so it’s with great pleasure that I’m rating Lady Bird, one of the top 5 movies I’ve seen this decade.

Characters

Christine “Ladybird” McPherson is a young teenager having trouble figuring out her life. Her relationship with her mom is tumultuous at times. Her mom does love her, but she is direct with her. Her dad is such a kind soul, her sister-in-law and brother think she is a pain, but that changes over the movie. One of my personal favorite characters is Julie. She is such a cutie with a big heart and personality to match. All of the characters in this movie are spectacular. They’re well developed, relatable and have a depth to them. Every character is relatable on some level, and that makes the joy and sadness all the more painful when we see it.

Story

The story is nothing new. A young girl trying to find her way through life, not knowing how she is gonna make it. What makes the story work is how lovingly it is told. The characters are not mocked, the story does evolve and have surprises. Some decisions that Lady Bird makes has real consequences in the story. The audience gets to experience how the story changes with every decision she makes. She goes for one guy, but then finds out something about him, then she changes who she is to try and fit in with the “cool” kids so she can try to get with the popular guy. The story could’ve fallen into cliches, but it doesn’t. It is a smart story, and I loved every scene, which made me want to savor every moment.

Directing

Remember this name, Greta Gerwig. She is going to be a star director! We have many male directors who are household names. Chris Nolan, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese to name a few, but we don’t have many females who are, and Greta will become one. She shows the Midwest in loving details, with splashes of green grass and gorgeous skies that sparkle with light and energy. She always keeps the focus on the characters and their point of view. This makes the story easy to follow, and the characters relatable. She got an Oscar nomination for her brilliant work, but if you ask me, she should’ve won. This was a perfectly directed movie. Not one shot didn’t belong, not a bad cut, or unwanted scene. She knows when to stop a scene and how to end it. Sheer perfection. I cannot wait to see what else she will make!

Screenplay

Greta also wrote the superb screenplay which avoids false sentimentality, instead, she gives us real emotions. The happiness and joy are earned by the characters. We don’t feel manipulated into feeling this way at all. The screenplay does a magnificent job of showing good and bad sides of each character. There is not a false note in the screenplay. Some jokes are uncomfortable, but you are supposed to feel that way. You don’t want Lady Bird to say the joke, but she does anyway. Why didn’t Gerwig win the best screenplay? She should’ve won for writing such a perfect screenplay.

Flaws

Not many. Maybe some characters should’ve gotten more screen time, and I do think some of the college scenes happen too quickly. That is all I can find. This is a near perfect movie experience. Anyone who loves good dramas, or coming of age stories need to watch this movie pronto!

Final Thoughts

Lady Bird should’ve won best picture in 2017. This is a one of a kind movie with wonderful characters, gorgeous directing, beautiful cinematography, big laughs, tears, a wonderful story about family and a perfect screenplay that makes everything work. You don’t see many movies like this anymore. Do yourself a favor, go to Amazon Prime Video, (it’s free on there), and go to your local offline or online store and buy it. You need to see this glorious movie at least once. You will thank me later.

Rating: 4 Stars! A grand slam! One of the best movies I’ve ever seen. You will see this on my top 100 movies of all time. Enjoy this marvel of a movie.

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Top 100 Favorite Movies of All Time Part 1

Picks by Michelle Lynn Tackett

This is gonna be a 10 part series so I will do one blog per week. My brother will do his own list, but this is mine. I am here to give you the list of my top 100 favorite movies of all time. Why not the best? Movies are objective and subjective, but can we say that 2001 Space Odyssey is better than Lord of the Rings? Both are great movies, so why not pick movies I like the most? That is better if you ask me and if you don’t agree with any picks, too bad. This is my list if you don’t like it, go make your own list. Lol, I will say that a lot of these movies are objectively great. I hope you find some movies that you haven’t seen before. You may check em out and love em.

100: Five Easy Pieces, Rating: 4 Stars

You can’t go wrong with Jack Nicholson, especially his work from the 1970s. One of my favorite movies from the 1970s is Five Easy Pieces. Jack tears up the screen as Robert Dupea, a construction worker who is fed up with his life and wants to get away. One of my all-time favorite scenes is Robert trying to get through traffic and a car is honking at him. Robert is having none of this! He yells at the driver, “Why don’t you flash us your lights and show us what else you got for Christmas.” What makes this movie great is Robert embodies a generation who felt lost. Not everyone was happy with the grind of 9 to 5 work, and Jack hits all the right notes when it comes to drama and comedy. There is a reason he is a legend.

99: The Doctor, Rating: 4 Stars

I despise dark comedies and movies about doctors, so why did I like the Doctor? It might have to do with the human heart the film exhibits. William Hurt puts on the performance of his career as Jack MacKee. A doctor who is cocky and doesn’t have the best bedside manner when he interacts with his patients. He learns there is something wrong with him and he meets a cancer patient who turns his world upside down. The wonderful human touches and comedy make this movie soar above your typical black comedy. A grand slam for sure.

98: Spiderman, Rating: 4 Stars

I still love the original Spiderman from 2002. Sam Raimi’s comic book blockbuster had so much heart and thrilling action that it was the no1 box office hit of 2002. Toby McGuire and Kirsten Dunst stole scenes and hearts as Mary Jane and Peter Parker who are one of cinema’s best onscreen couples ever. The action scenes are good and the CGI is good, but its the adorable romance between Peter and Mary that make this movie. Their chemistry is lighting, and few movies have been able to capture this kind of magic. The screenplay does a great job showing how hard it is to adjust to new powers and high school, That helped elevate the movie.

97: 500 Days of Summer, Rating: 4 Stars

One of my favorite romantic comedies of the 21st century. Romantic comedies had become a punchline by 2009 with a lot of fans thinking the genre had seen it’s best days. Until Marc Webb bought his innovative and funny as heck comedy to the screen. Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt play Summer and Tom who have a 500-day romance. Does it work out? Do they end up together? Watch and see. The movie is serious, earnest and sweet. There is not a cynical bone in this adorable movie. It shows the ups and downs of a relationship without making it predictable and boring. You really care if they make it or not.

96: X-Men, Rating: 4 Stars

Hugh Jackman became a star for his knock out performance as Wolverine in this movie that helped kick start the comic book movie revolution. Focusing more on characters instead of action made this feel like a serious attempt to take the material seriously. That is what sets this apart from other comic book movies back then. This movie made me cry and the comedy was funny. This is still a great movie, but its Hugh Jackman’s tour-de-force performance that makes this movie. He is magnetic and gives Wolverine a complex, but clear moral code. He makes Wolverine seem like a real person, not a cartoon character. When he feels something, we feel it too. This will not be the only X-Men film on my list.

95: A Few Good Men, Rating: 4 Stars

I don’t like many Tom Cruise movies, but this is one of them. AFGM is one of the best courtroom dramas I’ve ever seen. What drives this movie are the 3 principle leads. Cruise, Nicholson, and Moore are all dynamic, but it’s Nicholson and Cruise who tear the screen apart like 30 bulls in a china shop. The moral complexity and different viewpoints make the movie seem more real. This helps it rise above the typical courtroom drama. The last 30 minutes are legendary, so strap yourself in for a wild ride.

94: My Fair Lady, Rating: 4 Stars

I love musicals. You will see some in here and one of my favorites is the classic My Fair Lady. Audrey Hepburn was magical as Eliza Doolittle. Every word that comes out of her mouth is a wonder to behold. Rex Harrison is the perfect match for Audrey. The music is classic, the directing is wonderful and Audrey Hepburn puts on the performance of a generation. She showed why she is a legend in this movie. Easily one of the best musicals ever.

93: Goodfellas, Rating: 4 Stars

Normally, I hate mafia movies. They are the same crap and make the mafia look good. Until Martin Scorsese came along with this legendary film that changed that. The film is so graphic with its violence that some people left the theater. This movie did its job of making the Mafia look like the monsters they are. It made the Godfather look like child’s play. Ray Liotta was magnetic as Henry Hill who joins the mob, thinking it would be cool. Then he finds out what mafia life is like and things change. Tons of wonderful performances, especially from Joe Pesci, who was the highlight. He was terrifying, and hilarious in one movie. You don’t see many performances or films like this one. A must watch and my 2nd favorite Scorsese movie.

92: Memento, Rating: 4 Stars

The second I saw this film, I knew Christopher Nolan was going to be a star. What a knock out thriller! This movie has such an original concept and delivers it in perfect fashion. Guy Pearce perfectly played Leonard, then everyone who is trying to solve a mystery. What is this mystery? Watch and find out. As good as the performances are, it’s Nolan’s innovative structure and directing that steal the show. A movie that plays from the end to the beginning or vice versa is still innovative. Still one of my favorite Nolan movies and one of the best thrillers I’ve ever seen.

91: Silver Linings Playbook, Rating: 4 Stars

I love this movie so much. It is sweet, touching, honest and emotional. This was one of the movies to really tackle mental health that a lot of people face. Bradly Cooper was so sweet as Pat, but it’s Jennifer Lawrence who really brings magic to the screen as Tiffany. She is a real revelation, showing emotional depths, darkness and complexity in a very challenging role. This is one of my favorite comedy/dramas with a perfect cast and lots of heart to get through the darkness of feeling alone. What an honest portrayal of mental illness and how people who have mental illness are treated. This is a must watch.

There are 10 of my picks. I will be back with 10 more this weekend. I hope you enjoy reading this and if you haven’t seen one of them, check em out. You may end up liking them.

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Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Trailer Review

Growing up I was a Nintendo girl, (still am), but darn it I loved playing the Genesis as well as the Super Nintendo. I loved Streets of Rage, Thunderforce, Phantasy Star, and my favorite Sega game, Sonic The Hedgehog. Especially the second Sonic. I loved Sonic so much! He was cute, had an attitude and was fast! Sonic was so big back then, he helped Sega compete with Nintendo. He was their mascot and he sold systems for them. I have Sonic Mania Plus for my Switch. It’s so good. I still love Sonic, so when I heard a movie was in production, I was horrified. Video game movies usually suck, but after seeing the brilliant trailers for Detective Pikachu, my hopes raised for this movie. Then I saw the leaked images online and my heart sank. I knew this was gonna be a disaster.

Anyway, to the trailer. So many Sonic fans have been comping at the bit to see this trailer and Paramount finally put the trailer up. How is it? Sigh! Let’s do the review and find out.

The Beginning

One good thing is the sound of the rings. As least they got that right. Then the trouble starts. The trailer actually starts.

Here we go. First off, why is Sonic’s fur electric? What happened? Did the real Sonic make love to a female Pikachu and this was the Frankenstein”s monster results? Sonic doesn’t give off electricity when he runs! To the people who made this movie, have you played any of the video games? Apparently not.

Next up is how Sonic looks. That face! That doesn’t look like Sonic, he looks like what would happen to the real Sonic if he smoked down a case of meth without exhaling! He doesn’t look appealing at all! He looks like he will give kids nightmares, not make them want to buy a stuffed animal of him.

Then they play the classic rap song Gangsta’s Paradise, because why not? Oh, Sonic is gangsta! We get it now. Hoi! Hoi! Hoi! Hoi! Hoi! It makes sense now! (Sarcasm).

Jim Carrey

It is good to see Jim Carrey, but he doesn’t act as zany at first. He doesn’t even look like Robotnik. Who isn’t an actual robot! In the trailer, Robotnik makes the robot sound while turning his head. He’s a mad scientist! Not a robot! Were the people who made this movie high on crack while making it? Detective Pikachu shows the RIGHT WAY to do a video game movie. This is the opposite. Shame on Jim Carrey for taking this part. He read the script and knew what kind of a track wreck this would be. I can’t let Jim off the hook, he’s in this abomination of a horrible movie and needs to be held accountable.

Comedy

The comedy is so lame. In the scene were the Barney Fife wanna be finally tracks down Sonic, Sonic goes, “Uh meow.” OK, this makes no sense. Sonic is an alien in the movie, so how does he know earth cats meow? Do they have cats on his planet as well? Why not do this, the cop bust into this place, he sees Sonic and Sonic goes, “Hey, glad you came by. I need a ride into town. I gotta clean my shoes.” The officer freaks out and shoots him with a tranquilizer dart. That’s funny! Second comedy failure is when the cop and his wife try to sneak Sonic into a building and Sonic says something, I don’t care, I fogot what he says. Anyway, two people ask the cop if that’s his kid. Barney Fife says, “it’s a kid, but not his.” The two strangers walk away and that’s it. In reality, here’s what would’ve happened. After the cop says the kid isn’t his. He would be face down on the pavement. Why not? That would’ve been hilarious. Let the people open the bag and let Sonic scare them. That would’ve been funny, but that requires thinking about good jokes, which obviously didn’t happen here.

Oh, for all you easter egg watchers, did you see the ‘subtle’ nod to the fact that Sonic started on the Sega Genesis? Every hero has a Genesis. Oh my gosh dey madze a funny! Movie saved! I can’t stop laughing. How long did it take to think of that academy award winning line! Har! Har! Har! Barf!

Any Good?

Nothing I’ve seen so far is remotely good. Jim Carrey is boring, Sonic looks like a creature feature reject and the comedy is pathetically lame. This is so bad, it makes me miss the Super Mario movie. Yes, that one. This is that bad. Thanos, please come back and snap this movie out of existence! You’ll be doing a great service to the universe.

Grade- 0 stars! Beyond horrible. Wash this trailer from my mind now!!! Now if you don’t mind, I’m gonna go play Sonic Mania Plus on my Switch to see the REAL Sonic the Hedgehog. Just save your money for Detective Pikachu.

Why Is Anime So Popular?

In the 21st century, Japanamation (or Japanese Anime), has exploded in popularity. Names like Miyazaki, Hosoda and Shinkai mean as much to animated fans as Pixar does. What is causing this? Let’s take a look!

Different Style

Anime has a distinct style that allows bigger facial expressions and over the top humor that wouldn’t work with western style animation. This can lead to bigger for audiences and it can convey different story telling methods to the audience.

The Forgotton Hollywood Category, Drama.

Let’s face it, Hollywood don’t do good dramas anymore. Some independent movies can do it well, but big budget dramas are almost dead. In Anime though, it’s alive and well. You feel the pain the characters do, movies like Kiki’s Delivery Service, Your Name and Ponyo will have you in tears when they feel pain, and cheering when they are happy. Drama when it’s done right can be so rewarding.

Less Cynical

Aren’t you tired of cynical movies? Don’t you want movies with real heart and sincere emotions? You get that a lot in anime. Wolf Children is a great example of a loving family who works to stay together and you really know that the family loves each other. It is real and the characters don’t wink at you to let you know it’s a game. This makes you more invested in the story and the characters.

Great Escapism

When you turn on TV or go to You Tube, you can come across so much harsh reality. We all need to deal with it, but too much can bring you down. Watch a sweethearted anime movie. You can see relatable characters overcome obstacles and hardships. You’ll see lots of gentle stories like the Secret World of Arrietty. What a sweet story about a loving family who happen to be small and how they deal with it. You’ll feel so good after you watch it. Forget your problems for over 2 hours and enjoy. There are other movies like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Ponyo that will make you feel great after watching them.

Imagination

Oh the things you can do with animation. Spirited Away is a great example of this. You’ll see creatures you’ve never seen before and a world that will make your sensors go wild. Howl’s Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro are packed with imaginative images that will fill your mind with gorgeous colors, character designs and weird creatures which will blow your mind. You’ll feel like you are on cloud nine seeing all of these incredible images.

Diversity

Anime has a lot of different sub-categories. Some are wild sci-fi, sexy, some are dark and some are wonderful family movies. You don’t get a lot of adult animation in the west (adult swim used to, but not now), anime knows there are fans who crave adult animation. Vampire Hunter D, Death Note and Akira are great adult animes that are smart, dark and edgy for older . Then you got cute and wholesome animes like The Castle in the Sky and Summer Wars that are great for the whole family.

Relatable Characters

No matter how wild the images or creatures, anime gives you very relatable characters. Taki and Mitsuha from Your Name, are typical college kids who are trying their best to get by. Working jobs, going to school and trying to balance their home life. Who can’t relate to that? Even though there is a sci-fi element, the movie never forgets to give us characters we can relate to and care about. Wolf Children is another great example of this. Hana, Yuki and Ame are a typical family. Yuki is a regular housewife who is trying her best to raise her kids on her own. This makes the drama real and we feel for them when something happens. No matter how outrageous the story.

Traditional Animation

Remember when Disney did movies like Aladdin, the Little Mermaid and the Lion King? Nearly all western animated movies are CGI now. Don’t get wrong, I love CGI, but there is something about hand drawn animation that is appealing. The colors are brighter, the textures pop and there is a quiet charm about it. Princess Mononoki, Your Name and A Silent Voice can stun you with beauty in ways CGI can’t. The gorgeous colors that will make your eyes do somersaults and the fluid movement that will cause your brain to work overtime. Hollywood has forgotten that a lot of people still prefer hand drawn animation to CGI. Anime is one of the few places where someone can get that nowadays.

Final Thoughts

For all of the reasons above, Japanese Anime is gathering a huge following in western Countries now. It isn’t just movies or tv shows either. Video games as well are showing a growing interest in anime. Games like Persona 5 and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 both have sold over 2 million copies. America is taking notice. JJ Abrams is remaking Your Name, (please let it turn out to be good), and stores like Walmart are carrying more anime. This is great! If you haven’t checked out anime, do yourself a favor and check some out. There is something for everyone. Long live Anime!

Links to some of my favorite anime:

https://www.amazon.com/Your-Name-Blu-ray-Michael-Sinterniklaas/dp/B074R4KSTM/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?crid=14AP5PSLP62RF&keywords=your+name&qid=1556481013&s=gateway&sprefix=your&sr=8-3

Links to Anime becoming popular:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/comicbook.com/anime/amp/2018/05/03/anime-overseas-popularity-study-released/

https://www.infoplease.com/us/arts-entertainment/manga-and-anime-japanese-invasion

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