Thursday, December 24, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks #47: Holiday Action Movies


 Hey! Welcome to Thursday Movie Picks where you get to share your movie picks for each topic presented every Thursday!  Based on the theme presented each week, you can pick up to 3 to 5 movies and explain why you picked those movies! This meme is being hosted by Wandering through the Shelves!

This week's theme is: Holiday Action Movies!

Hello everyone!  Happy Christmas Eve!!  I can't believe that Christmas is just a day away and I will definitely be spending it with my family!  Anyway, this week's pick is an interesting one as it's about holiday movies that are full of action!  It's kind of rare that you see Christmas movies that have action in it.  So, for this list, I will be listing superhero movies that took place during the Christmas holidays (because that's a creative way to look at this topic) that I've watched!

A newly fostered young boy in search of his mother instead finds unexpected super powers and soon gains a powerful enemy.

I remembered when I watched this movie in theaters in 2019 (when theaters were still open) and I remembered loving this movie!  Shazam was such a hilarious and fantastic character and it was nice to have a DC movie that was actually light hearted for once!  Also, this movie took place during Christmas!

While Batman deals with a deformed man calling himself the Penguin wreaking havoc across Gotham with the help of a cruel businessman, a female employee of the latter becomes Catwoman with her own vendetta.

This was probably the oddest Batman movie that I have ever seen (although the fact that it was directed by Tim Burton was probably a dead giveaway).  Yes, it takes place on Christmas, but this movie had a shockingly horror atmosphere to it and there were times where I didn't believe it was a Christmas movie, until I saw the numerous Christmas trees throughout the movie.  But overall, this was a pretty interesting movie!

When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.

Oh looky here!  Another superhero movie that takes place during the Christmas holidays!  Anyway, while this movie wasn't as fantastic as the very first "Iron Man," it was way better than the second movie and I really loved Tony Stark's character arc in this movie!  Of course, there was that controversy about the Mandarin's true identity, but still this movie was enjoyable to watch!



Thursday, November 19, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks #46: Movies About Villains

 Hey! Welcome to Thursday Movie Picks where you get to share your movie picks for each topic presented every Thursday!  Based on the theme presented each week, you can pick up to 3 to 5 movies and explain why you picked those movies! This meme is being hosted by Wandering through the Shelves!

This week's theme is: Movies about Villains!

Now, usually most movies has us, the audience, looking at the events from the hero's perspective.  But, what about those films that are about the villains?  Well, I'm going to choose three movies that are about villains that I really enjoyed!

The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Tood, who sets up a barber shop in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett.

Wow!  I have to say that this is Tim Burton's goriest film to date!  The fact that the main character, Sweeny Todd, spends most of the movie murdering various people to get his revenge was really shocking to me!  I mean, sure Sweeny Todd had a pretty tragic backstory that got him set on this path, but he still spends most of the movie murdering people.

2. The Shining

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.

Geez...I'm always mentioning this movie, aren't I?  Well, that's because this movie's AWESOME!  Anyway, I loved the way that the movie actually shows us just how a person goes from well-meaning to being a villain in a matter of minutes!  While Jack didn't start off the film as a villain, the nightmarish events that happened in this movie is enough to make anyone a villain!

The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

It's been awhile since I last seen "Pulp Fiction," but I remembered loving this movie when I first saw it!  Anyway, I honestly didn't know that the main characters were villains until it was pointed out that they are hitmen working for a gangster.  Still love this movie's unique narrative though!



Saturday, November 14, 2020

Surreal Movies and TV Shows Down the Pipeline - 11/8/2020


 Hey fellow weird film and TV fans!  This is a new feature on this blog where I keep everyone updated on what movies and TV shows I will review down the line!  If there are any other weird movies and TV shows that you think that I should review, then please feel free to suggest more films and TV shows and I'll add them to the list!


1. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
2. Akira (1988)
3. Fantastic Planet (1973)
4. Brothers Grimm
5. We Are the Strange
6. Eraserhead
7. Alice (1988)
8. Allegro non Troppo (1976)
9. Yellow Submarine (1968)
10. Sadko (The Magic Voyage of Sinbad) (1953)
11. Any film by Alexander Row (Aleksandr Rou) and Alexander Ptushko (Aleksandr Ptushko)
12. Spirited Away
13. The Cat in the Hat
14. The Shining
15. Black Swan
16. Mulholand Drive
17. 2001: A Space Odyssey
18. Dead Leaves
19. Forbidden Zone
20. Howl's Moving Castle
21. My Neighbor Totoro
22. Little Otik
23. Twice Upon a Time
24. Time Bandits
25. Alice in Wonderland (2010)
26. Alice in Wonderland (1951)
27. The Brave Little Toaster
28. Donnie Darko
29. Blood Tea and Red String
30. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
31. Pink Floyd the Wall
32. It's Such a Beautiful Day
33. Videodrome
34. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
35. Vincent
36. Sorry to Bother You
37. Deathgasm
38. Possession (1981)
39. Repo! The Genetic Opera
40. Santa Sangre
41. Beauty and the Beast (La Belle Et La Bette) (1946)

42. Starry Eyed
43. Suspiria
44. Evil Dead
45. Face Like a Frog
46. Ah, He's Sick by Yugo Limbo
47. Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Rebellion
48. The End of Evangelion
49. Die Hard Dracula (1998)
50. The Perfection (2018)
51. Dumplings (Korean Horror)
52. The FP (2011)
53. JD's Revenge
54. Kingdom of Spiders (1977)
55. The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)
56. Reefer Madness (1936)
57. Malibu High (1979)
58. Raw Force (AKA Kung Fu Cannibals) (1982)
59. The Wolf House (Stop-Motion) (2018)
60. Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway (2019)
61. The Pied Piper (Krysar) (1986)
62. Rubber (2010)
63. Colossal (2016)
64. Paprika (2006)
65. Perfect Blue (1997)
66. Curious Alice (1971)


1. Rocko's Modern Life (1993)
2. Adventure Time (2010)
3. The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack (2008)
4. Pee Wee's Playhouse
5. The Angry Beavers (1997)
7. Regular Show
8. Twin Peaks
9. Monty Python's Flying Circus

10. Puella Magi Madoka Magica
11. Paranoia Agent
12. Utopia (2020) (Amazon Prime)
13. Tales of Worm Paranoia (Short; Episode from "What a Cartoon Show") (1996)



Thursday, November 12, 2020

[SHORTS REVIEW] Closed Mondays (1974)



Title: Closed Mondays

Country: United States

Genre: Surrealism / Fantasy 

Company: Lighthouse Productions

Directed by: Will Vinton and Bob Gardiner

Year: 1974

MPAA Rating / TV Rating: N/A

Buy on:  N/A

The short starts off with a drunken old man going to an art museum, despite the fact that said museum is closed on Mondays.  As the old man goes inside the museum, he starts noticing that the artwork is coming to life!

"Closed Mondays" was an animated short that was directed by Will Vinton and Bob Gardiner and it was often considered one of the pioneering works of Stop Motion animation.  Now, I have heard of Will Vinton's works before, especially the California Raisins and "The Adventures of Mark Twain" and I'm aware of his reputation as being the "Godfather of Claymation."  However, I was quite surprised that he made an animated short way back in the 1970s and one that was like the WEIRDEST thing that I have ever seen from him!  I must admit that I was quite impressed with this short as it was weird and yet so beautifully animated!  I just loved the facial expressions on the drunken old man as his facial expressions look so realistic and I especially loved the moments where the man looked so surprised and confused at the artwork coming to life.  I also loved the way that the artworks coming to life were animated as it was done in a fluid way and I was quite impressed and terrified of the scene where a machine ends up malfunctioning and started changing into these different forms, including Albert Einstein himself!  I also loved how bizarre this short was as I was wondering to myself about why the artwork came to life so suddenly and that ending was so confusing and mysterious!

The only problem that I have with this short is that the plot is a bit confusing (although that's pretty much a given with over 90% of the shorts that I review on this blog).  I'm curious about why the artwork came to life in the first place and just what was up with that ending?  I can't really say too  much about the ending without spoiling things for people who haven't seen this short yet.  But I have to say that the ending has got me thinking about what was really going on in this short.

Overall, "Closed Mondays" is one of the most bizarre animations that I have ever seen from Will Vinton and it definitely deserved its recognition as being one of the pioneering works of Stop Motion animation with its gorgeous animation and unique plot!