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One of the better fairy tales
This was another one of my first Disney films that I watched a lot when I was younger. It also made me curious about stepmothers and stepfamilies, and though they get a bad rap here, I now know that not all stepfamilies are alike. But it was cute and some of the best parts were the King and the Duke's exchanges. Lots of cute animals too. Plus, that cat. One of the meaner felines in Disney history. I don't know who was worse: the stepmother or the cat. But don't let that throw you off and just go watch it.
One of the better Robin Williams flicks
I watched this movie on VHS some time ago, and it was pretty enjoyable. I'd never read the original storybook but all the African animals really stood out for me. Being a Robin Williams fan back then, this was one of his better movies, though I still prefer Aladdin and Mrs. Doubtfire (and to a certain extent, Moscow on the Hudson). I also liked this better than Hook. The kids did well, and the suspense was there too. The special effects were also the best part, good for that era. It may be a little too suspenseful for younger audiences, but if you're a teen or a little older, you might like it.
Not the best sequel, but still had some good moments
After the 2007 Transformers, this popped up. I was curious to see what the other films would be like. It was really noisy in theaters, and I thought my senses were overloading. But it brought back all the favorites from the first, and we got to see various G1 bots, if a little differently depicted in this film. There are many Bay jokes to be seen and heard, and the CGI effects were good. I don't know if I'll watch it again; I might stick with the Bumblebee movie that came out recently.
One of the better Superman adaptations
Though I'm not big on DC, this was one of the better Superman versions. Lots of cool guest stars (including Brad Garrett and Gilbert Gottfried) plus my favorite Superman/Kal-El/Clark Kent portrayer, Tim Daly. I'd never even heard of most of the Superman villains until this came up, but if I had to pick some favorites, they'd be General Zod, Lex Luthor, and to a certain extent, maybe even the crass bounty hunter Lobo. Though many would argue that Batman was better, I'd say this is on par with the 1990s Batman cartoon. I'm still not that big on Superman, but this worked well.
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
A good fairy tale
I used to watch this movie, much like the other Disney films, a lot. It wasn't until later I read the fairy tale and learned about the prince and the sleeping princess. But this one had an interesting villain, er, villainess, and that final battle sequence still gives me the chills. One of my teachers said that scene was really scary but I guess I wouldn't know because I wasn't born when it first came out. Still, the movie has heart, action, suspense, and romance, and it's all cohesively brought together. The fairies were among the best parts, acting as both sidekicks and mother figures. And the two separate kings (the respective fathers of the respective prince and the princess) were both funny and serious simultaneously in their exchanges. Another good part was the classical music by Tchaikovsky, with the Disney lyrics seamlessly interwoven into the original music piece. Though it's different, I think the younger Disney fans will like it.
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
One of my first films featuring dogs
I remember watching this movie all the time when I was very little. This was before we got the VHS tape. I remembered the dogs, though I wasn't big on dog breeds until later, and after attending some dog shows and learning more about them. While I knew about Cocker Spaniels (having had two when I was a boy), I knew that Tramp was a mutt. I always wondered about the mutt dogs. I won't say too much about what happens, but if you love dogs, make this film a priority. It's also good as a love story, if not with humans.
The Sword in the Stone (1963)
A different view of the Arthurian tale
When I was younger, this was one of my first exposures to the King Arthur story. I hadn't read any of the mythology books nor had I seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I later learned that the movie was based on a TH White fantasy novel entitled Once and Future King. I read that aforementioned novel a decade or two ago, but I don't remember a lot, but what I do remember is this very Disney movie.
Some funny moments and interactions with magic are the high points of this film, plus the animals, especially the owl, contribute to a sweet story. The medieval European setting was good too, and I'd always wondered about that period of history. Maybe it's not entirely accurate here, but it doesn't matter because this is a movie, not a documentary.
If you're into the King Arthur story, have kids who'd like to learn about it, or if you're bored by the latest films featuring the legendary British king and haven't seen this, what's holding you back? Look it up and you'll be surprised.
The Rescuers (1977)
One of the better 1970s Disney films
I hadn't seen this film until like the 1990s, having already seen the sequel, which wasn't too bad. I'd seen clips of The Rescuers, and as of now I'm in the middle of reading one of the original novels. The movie made me care about the characters and it's good for those of you who aren't too annoyed at small rodents. I always wondered about the plot of the movie after seeing a brief clip in some Disney production when I was little. I might have outgrown this one, but I'll still remember it as one of the better animated Disney films, if not my favorite.
A nifty little machine
After the first five underwhelming TF movies by Michael Bay, this came along. It's like ET meets The Love Bug. A car with a mind of its own crossed with an alien entity. I wasn't sure if this would be better than the Bay films, but it did well at the box office, plus it renewed my faith with Transformers movies. It's even more accurate to the G1 series. I'd never even heard of Hailee Steinfeld until this appeared. But she did very well, and it was good to see a female lead in a sci-fi/action flick. Maybe it'll give Mulan and Rey a run for their money. The California setting also helps, with lots of its places throughout the film. And that soundtrack of 80s pop and rock hits. I haven't heard this much pop and rock music since the first Guardians of the Galaxy film. Considering this takes place in the 1980s, it's good as a period piece.
Bottom line: If you were turned off by the Bayformers quintet, this'll help wash that bad taste out of your mouth. If you're not a fan of the 1980s, this may not be the best film. But don't take my word for it.
Ice Age (2002)
Neat as a prehistoric film if a little farcical (but that's typical)
This was one of the better animated films of the early 2000s. I liked the Ice Age animals and their adventures. Being a disparate (and cool) crew, our companions have many. Plus they become the unlikely babysitters of a human child. The cast is good too. Wonder where they are now?
Decent sequel to the first film
I watched this film in theaters with a friend and we both enjoyed it. It wasn't until later I heard that the movie was a box office flop. Be that as it may, it was fairly true to the book with some creative liberties taken. I especially liked the creature and character designs. My friend asked who had played the uncle (the evil human king) and I told her that I didn't know. I later learned that it was an Italian actor whom I had never heard of until that point. Still, it was a decent sequel. It's no Empire Strikes Back or Toy Story 2 but it served its purpose.
As a reunion movie it worked
I hadn't touched the original series before this came to theaters, but I watched the movie first. It was really good and I enjoyed it. I've only seen it once but part of me wants to watch it again and also revisit the series (which I've seen some episodes of in the past). The Firefly/Serenity series is now one of my favorite sci-fi series along with Star Wars, Star Trek, StarGate, StarCraft, and Dune. Those are the names that will last a very long time. With the help of iTunes, I got all the episodes of the series and the movie, so I'll watch them soon. You should too. This same movie also brought our favorite space nomads back for another live appearance. But see the series first (all fourteen episodes!).
I got this movie at one time and watched it from start to finish. It's no Toy Story but it featured lots of whimsical and colorful characters, much like that aforementioned film. There were also lots of familiar faces lending their voices to the characters. Robin Williams is here though he's not as good as the Genie from Aladdin. But Ewan McGregor was just right. All of the robots in this reminded me of those colorful metal sculptures in the city of Sebastapol in Northern California (which I visited one Christmas break). I wonder why this movie never got a sequel? Was it the box office results? Oh well. It did enough for me with one movie.
The Transformers: The Movie (1986)
'Til all are one!
I'd only seen the ending scene from this movie at a local video rental outlet but recently I went back and watched the whole thing. It has a lot of good actors lending their voices to the story, and the plot is reminiscent of the King Arthur story and the very first Star Wars film. A young hero, a great destiny, a seemingly insurmountable enemy, myriad companions, and a struggle between good and evil. This was the bridge between seasons two and three of the original G1 show. This really kicked off the last season of the show with the new characters. But I liked the new characters, especially Hot Rod and Blurr (the fast-talking John Moschitta Jr.) and also Kup (the crusty old veteran). This might have been the last straw for some of the TF fans but I enjoyed it.
Not as good as the series, but one of the better anime films
I'd read about this in a Japanese-language book from one of my local stores but didn't get around to watching it until late last decade. It's very different from the series but everything is just as detailed and gritty. Believable characters and a gripping plot plus the character designs are really something. The sword and sorcery elements are all there and the mecha look really organic. I'd seen the English dub but the voices were just fine. This, along with the Hayao Miyazaki films, are among my favorite anime movies. Lots of action and drama too.
A decent Batman
I don't remember a lot of this film though I remember Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson in their respective roles. And Tim Burton gave us a really believable Gotham City. This may be one of the better Batman films, though I enjoyed the 1990s cartoon more. I'd never read the comic books but this'll be the closest I get to the whole Batman saga. This first Tim Burton, the 90s cartoon, and the Dark Knight trilogy. And I'll steer clear of Ben Affleck while I'm at it. This was a little better than the second film which seemed too dark even for me. But if you love Tim Burton and Batman and have never seen either, you might enjoy this.
Child's Play (1988)
As Krusty the Klown would say, "Eh, that dummy doesn't scare me!"
For the longest time, I avoided this movie due to a slight fear of killer dolls. I'd seen my share of killer toys in Goosebumps (Slappy), Batman (Scarface), to name a few. It wasn't until I was 25 I watched this movie on TV one Halloween. It came off as more ridiculous than scary. I didn't flinch or avert my eyes and it kind of made me laugh a little. I mean, I tell myself now that there is really nothing to be afraid of (like FDR told us in his inauguration). I'm not sure I'd rent the others but I'll see. Maybe I can watch the clips on YouTube. That'll be the closest I get. But if you're a fan of slashers and voodoo, this is probably right up your alley.
The weakest of the Harryhausen Sinbad trilogy
This was the last Sinbad movie I had watched during my Harryhausen binge but I thought it was decent. A little far-fetched tale that doesn't take itself seriously, but it was entertaining. Some prehistoric-styled creatures like a saber-toothed cat and a giant primitive human. And a former Dr. Who as the mad scientist. Plus a certain ancient city site was later featured in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. You'll see what I mean when you watch it. Anyway, that's not the point. Patrick Wayne was a decent Sinbad though this was the only one of his films I'd actually watched. Still, it's good for a Saturday afternoon when you have nothing to do. Wasn't that the whole point of these old-time movies back then?
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)
Good though not as good as 7th Voyage
I rented this while on a Ray Harryhausen binge in my late teens along with the other two Sinbad films. It was entertaining and had a lot of cool stop-motion animated critters. A Kali statue, a homunculus, a griffin and a centaur. All cool! I even drew the griffin as part of my Harryhausen tribute along with various other creatures that I can't remember. But hey, if you wanted more Sinbad from an earlier time, this is it.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
My new favorite Marvel film and the best of the Avengers so far
I rented this movie after hearing so many good things about it from the Marvel fans. It took me a few months, but I finally got it. Lots of action and plenty of thrills. Plus those twists (I'll let you see the movie for yourself). And all the Avengers battling a common foe together. I'm hoping to see Avengers 4 next summer. Of all the Avengers films so far, this is my favorite. It's basically The Empire Strikes Back of the Marvel films.
PS: Stay after the credits to see a scene!
My favorite Daniel Craig James Bond
After hearing about this film in theaters (I have never seen a James Bond film in theaters until Spectre), I wanted to see it. When it arrived on DVD, I plugged it in and watched it. Sometimes our past comes back to haunt us and in this film it sure did. Lots of action and less of the gadget-filled scenes that made the other films. But this was nice. This is my first-favorite of the Daniel Craig era with Casino Royale (2006) coming in second. And Judi Dench returns as M. I won't say what happens but I'm sure you'll find the movie entertaining. This, along with Goldfinger, From Russia With Love, GoldenEye, and Casino Royale, are my favorites of the James Bond saga.
Casino Royale (2006)
The new and improved Bond
After some so-so James Bond films of the 1990s, this came along. I wasn't sure if there'd be a good James Bond after Brosnan, Dalton and Moore, but this was a pleasant surprise. We get the origins of our favorite super-spy and how he got where he is now. Plus, Judi Dench came back as M. If you ask me, she is one of the better folks playing M in James Bond. The others didn't feel that memorable. The men playing M, I meant. This movie also stayed true to Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel of the same name. I'd read the novel back in 2003 and I remember various scenes from the book that got translated onto the big screen. Plus, we know that there'll be more from both movie and book.
Die Another Day (2002)
Decent if underwhelming close to the Pierce Brosnan era
As a more recent James Bond in the post-9/11 world, this was also one of the more underwhelming. Sure we get Pierce Brosnan one last time, but he might have been a little too old for the role by this time. Halle Berry was OK as Jinx but the actor playing the villain didn't seem cut out for the role. I like seeing Aston Martin cars in action movies as much as the average James Bond fan, but I'm not sure the invisible car would have been necessary. The action was decent though and there were multiple references from the previous Bond entries. The theme by Madonna was good though it worked better as a Dirty Vegas remix (which can be found on YouTube). For those of you who like classic James Bond, you might want to skip this one. For those of you who like popcorn films, give this a chance. But as for me, I'll stick with GoldenEye.
From Russia with Love (1963)
My second-favorite Sean Connery James Bond
After watching a few James Bond films in the last century, this came into my life. Cold War espionage and a battle against a deadly foe. It's also my second-favorite Sean Connery James Bond next to Goldfinger. I'd read the novel and there were some things I remembered from the book that made it into the movie. I won't say which ones so as not to give away the movie but it definitely worked. Plus this was the first movie I'd seen with Russian villains in James Bond. It seemed a little slow for me when I was younger but it grew on me. If you're new to James Bond give this a go!
The best Sean Connery James Bond
I've watched so many James Bond films in my years and some were memorable while some weren't. This was one of the more memorable ones. We get some cool villains, a major heist, a super car (Aston Martin), and lots of action. My only beef with the film was the love interest Pussy Galore. It was her name that did not do it for me. But her actress did a fine job nonetheless. Everyone did. And as Sean Connery's third outing, it really hit home. This, along with From Russia With Love are my favorite Sean Connery films. Oh, and GoldenEye of the Pierce Brosnan era.