So for whatever the hell reason, YouTube recommended a clip from the movie “Team America” for me today and I was having flashbacks to when this movie was prime ‘Murica satire back in like 2005/2006. I watched it with my friends quite a few times because we all thought it was great.
Anyway, I’d completely forgotten about this movie, but now that I’ve seen a few clips, I remember how wild it was. The puppets, oh my god.
It’s amazing how some things have changed since then and how some things have not changed at all.
Hahaha, I found this movie terrifying as a kid as well.
Edit: aaaaaand of course they’re making a sequel this year. Nothing is safe. Humans are terrible.
Go see Endgame, it’s good.
You probably won’t have to walk 16 miles through the snow to go see it like Nate and I did (‘cause, you know, it’s freaking May, why shouldn’t it be snowing?), but go see it anyway.
Disney (and Pixar), why?
The Toy Story trilogy was fine as it was. We got our character arcs. We got closure. We got the furnace scene, which, in my opinion, was the most heart-wrenching thing I’ve ever seen in a “kid’s” movie (and some kid’s movies are goddamn terrifying).
I get that your whole thing is just making as much money as possible off of nostalgia, which is unfortunately something that is happening more and more now that entertainment makers are realizing that millennials love nostalgic shit, but Toy Story?
My beloved Toy Story, which was finished with a nice little bow already and did not need to be torn open and sewn together into a sloppy fourth movie?
I am disappoint.
I completely forgot to mention this, but on my birthday, Nate and I watched My Neighbor Totoro because it was one of those movies that I watched repeatedly as a kid and he had never seen it before.
The “original” one with the first set of English-dub voice actors is, I guess, ridiculously hard to find now; the only English-dub version you can find now is the Disney dub version.
It makes a huge difference. It’s not nearly as enjoyable in my opinion. That might just be because I’m *that person* who memorizes every inflection, pause, and emphasis in dialogue because my brain has decided that’s more important information than, say, remembering to shower every once and a while—but the only thing I could focus on for the whole movie were all of the differences in the dialogue and the way it was spoken.
I hope Nate found it okay (he probably did because he hadn’t seen the original?), but it was super distracting for me and detracted from the amazingness that is My Neighbor Totoro.
Edit: this was the best comparison I could find. It’s hard to tell what’s what if you haven’t heard both of them; maybe try with earbuds and listen to the original through the left ear only and the new one through the right ear only.
I was looking through all my (currently unpublished ‘cause I’m garbage) blog posts and came across the one I did last December where I ranked Christmas songs from favorite to least favorite.
So since I’m the least interesting human being on the planet, let’s do that with Christmas movies.
(Also, just like the Christmas songs, only movies that I’ve seen and remember are on here.)
A Christmas Story
This is THE Christmas movie. Fight me. I always loved how TBS had this running all day (like, all 24 hours) on Christmas.
The Santa Clause
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
My mom will not be pleased with me, but I do really enjoy the Home Alone movies. The second one was better than the first one.
A Muppet Christmas Carol
I like to think that Charles Dickens would have been down with Gonzo playing him in this movie.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton, pre-Johnny Depp.
Jingle All the Way
Arnold Schwarzenegger in comedic roles is the best Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Miracle on 34th Street
I just like this story.
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
This is like some weird little off-shoot, straight to DVD movie. It’s like a mid-quel or something, but I like it, okay?
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The original only. LEAVE DR. SEUSS ALONE
The only reason this isn’t last on the list is because I’d probably actually appreciate it now that I’m older. My dad would make me watch this every Christmas and I was so done with it.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Too…grim? I just never liked this one.
So here’s something that just surprised the hell out of me. You know Sunshine, that movie I never shut up about?
Chris Evans was in it. “Captain America” Chris Evans.
He was “Mace.”
And I had no idea it was him.
What is this universe.
OH MY GOD.
Why do people keep watching these? Can’t people see they’re just money grabs? You know they’re not going to be as good as the originals. You will come away disappointed. And yet they perpetuate because people keep spending money to go see them.
Stop, you turds.
Ever since I met Nate, I’ve been raving to him about Primer, a movie made back in 2004 that focuses on some ordinary people accidentally discovering time travel. It was a super low budget movie ($7,000) and wasn’t very widely released, which means it’s super hard to find.
But hey, there’s a legit version of it on YouTube, which is awesome! I haven’t seen this movie since we watched it in high school physics.
So for anyone who wants some super dense time travel fun, here ya go.
Matt, do you remember when we watched this whole DVD at Maggie’s after that horrible winter semester in 2007? I think we also played some near-naked Rock Band, but that might have been later.
Sometimes I miss undergrad.
I think I’ve blogged about this movie in the past in various forms, but I just found this:
And it reminded me of how underrated this movie is. Not just in terms of the songs, but the whole thing.
I mean, this scene? This is some of the most beautiful animation I’ve seen.
I don’t know if it’s because my little stupid kid brain always pictured like 200 people going for like a quarter of a mile to cross the Red Sea when we read about all of this stuff in Catholic school, but when I first saw this movie I was amazed at the immense number of people and how long of a walk it was to cross the sea. It makes the story that much more impactful, I think.
And yeah, I know, bible stuff, but still. This movie is really well done. Watch it if you haven’t.
The highway scene in Deadpool overdubbed with sound effects from Ed, Edd, n’ Eddy? FANTASTIC.
Ed makes a great Deadpool, honestly. And this made me realize just how sound effect-heavy EE&E was. Such a good cartoon.
I’ve seen my fair share of movies in my life.
But this damn avalanche scene from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is still one of my favorite movie moments.
Couldn’t tell you why, but I’ve always loved the avalanche. Ask my mom.
HOLY CRAPPLES, Y’ALL.
Go see Thor: Ragnarok. Do it. It’s so good. It’s probably my second favorite Marvel movie after The Avengers.
(Edit: OKAY I LIED IT’S MY FAVORITE)
I knew I was going to love it after that first fight scene. Go watch it and tell me that scene doesn’t get you PUMPED.
‘Sup, my dudes?
So for whatever the hell reason, I was thinking about the movie Sister Act this afternoon. My mom and I had it on VHS.
And thanks to YouTube, I can relive my absolute favorite part of the movie.
Loved it then. Love it now.
Read the title. LET’S DO IT! From least favorite to favorite.
Oh, Cars. The black sheep of the Pixar family (at least until Cars 2 came along). I didn’t hate Cars…it just wasn’t Pixar-level good. I had trouble immersing myself in the universe it created, mainly because I think I had more questions about how the universe worked (e.g., are there still humans in this world?) than I’d had for other Pixar-spun universes.
Ratatouille wasn’t bad, either, but it wasn’t, in my opinion, as memorable as the movies higher on this list. Granted, I’ve only seen it all the way through once, but it still just didn’t stick with me like most of the other Pixar movies.
#8: Toy Story 3
I thought the ending of Toy Story 3 was very predictable. Not that that’s a bad thing, but it took a bit of the emotion away when I watched the ending because I’d anticipated what was going to happen. Not sure if that’s because the Toy Story movies and I are like bros or because it was supposed to be predictable.
But that furnace scene, man. That furnace scene. The first time I watched Toy Story 3 was while I was running on a treadmill on a cruise and man, I had to stop and cry at this, seriously.
#7: Inside Out
Inside Out was a lot better than I was expecting it to be based on the previews. Like any good Pixar movie, it had at least one scene designed to murder your soul. Welcome to pain. Good ol’ Pixar pain. (Those of you who have seen Inside Out know exactly what part of the movie I’ve linked to even without clicking the link, don’t lie.)
#6: Toy Story 2
I have an aversion to sequels like no one else I’ve ever met. But this was a good sequel. I really liked the idea of bringing in some history/context to Woody and there being this contrast between him being this extremely rare collector toy versus just this “regular” toy that Andy adores. Also, Kelsey Grammer as a villain = instant win.
#5: Finding Nemo
I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t like Finding Nemo. This is one of Pixar’s best, both in terms of storytelling and animation (and sad scenes). Plus, I found this picture and can’t stop laughing at it, so there ya go.
#4: The Incredibles
Waaaay underrated. For some reason, this one didn’t seem to get as much publicity as most of Pixar’s other films, even though I think it’s one of their best ones. The story’s good, the pacing’s good, and again, really good animation. Even before getting into the Marvel movies, I’ve always kind of liked movies about people with superpowers/special abilities, so that’s definitely one big reason why this is so high on my list.
#3: Monsters, Inc.
I think this is one of the most original Pixar movies. Very clever. I really like the humor in this one, plus the voice actors that were chosen are pretty much perfect.
#2: A Bug’s Life
Here’s another Pixar movie that I think is incredibly underrated. I don’t know if it’s because it came out practically at the same time as Antz, but it didn’t seem to get much publicity (at least as far as I remember) But I think it is another very original concept.
#1: Toy Story
Pixar’s finest. I adore this movie. Toy Story will always have a special place in my heart because it was really the first movie I remember really loving. (Unless you count Brave Little Toaster, but I don’t, ‘cause that’s not a movie, it’s a drug trip.) I don’t remember exactly when it was when I first saw Toy Story—all I know is that I was pretty obsessed with it. I was obsessed with it enough that I spent a lot of time trying to convince my fellow elementary school classmates to do a live re-enactment of it. Do you know how hard it is to coordinate first graders, especially if you yourself are a first grader? DO YOU?! We got like the first scene done and then their attention spans drove them elsewhere. Kids, man.
ANYWAY. Toy Story. My favorite Pixar movie without a doubt.
(Yeah, I’ve neither seen Up nor WALL-E. I’m a bad person.)
Have a list of my favorite Disney songs/animated sequences, ‘cause now that the thesis nonsense is over, I don’t know what to do with my time other than provide crappy blogs.
OH WAIT I WAS DOING THAT BEFORE, TOO.
Let’s do it.
5. Be Our Guest (Beauty and the Beast)
4. The Bells of Notre Dame (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
That high note at 5:01, holy hell. Gives me the chills.
3. Just Around the River Bend (Pocahontas)
I don’t know why, but I’ve always just really liked this song. It’s my favorite Pocahontas song.
2. Hellfire (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Frollo is great, man. I love that he’s a villain not because he’s got that “I know I’m doing something wrong but I’m going to do it anyway because it benefits me” thing that so many Disney villains have, but because he really thinks he’s in the right and doing things according to his religious beliefs.
1. I’ll Make a Man out of You (Mulan)
Does this one need an explanation? Really?
Nate and I went to see Inside Out today. It was very enjoyable! When I first saw the previews back in May (when we went to see Age of Ultron), I didn’t think it would be a movie that was up to Pixar’s usual standards, but the reviews are right: it’s a very good movie. I really like what they did with the geography of Riley’s brain and how it all fit together at various points in the story.
Also, the Bing-Bong part (you know what I’m talking about if you’ve seen the movie) was really freaking sad.
But yeah, it’s definitely worth seeing in my opinion. While I still haven’t seen some of Pixar’s films (Up and WALL-E are the big ones), of the ones I’ve seen, Inside Out ranks pretty high up there. Not Toy Story high, but high.
Nate and I saw Age of Ultron today!
It was pretty damn good overall. It seemed really rushed at times, especially in the beginning, but considering Whedon’s original version was supposedly quite a bit longer, that might explain things. We’re hoping that when the DVD comes out it’ll have a director’s cut.
I’d definitely watch it again; I always seem to get waaay more out of any given movie if I watch it a second time.
Also, this was the first movie I’ve seen in theatres since Watchmen way back in 2009.
Holy crapples. If you haven’t watched Gravity yet, you need to do so, even if it’s just for the scene that goes along with this amazing song:
Or just for that song alone.