Scott Pilgrim VS. The World

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It’s a special episode this time around because we have our first guest host here on the podcast, long time listener Charlie! Our amazing threesome of epicness reviews the 2010 film Scott Pilgrim vs the World.  Scott pilgrim is based on the comic book series by Bryan Lee O’Malley directed by Edgar Wright and starring Michael Cera.  The story follows twenty something hipster Scott and his quest to get with the girl of his dreams named Ramona.  Along the way, he will have to defeat her seven evil exes, win a battle of the bands, and grow up.  The film is a weird mish-mash of reality and video games.  Bad guys turn to coins after they die, amazon.com uses the inter dimensional highway located within people’s dreams to deliver packages, and Macaulay Culkin’s brother Kieran Kyle Culkin is the best actor in the film.  Yeah, the film is THAT weird.

Thanks again Charlie for recording this episode with us!

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Snow White and the Huntsman

Snow White and the Huntsman Movie PosterSnow White and the Huntsman is a 2012 fantasy film directed by newcomer Rupert Sanders.  The film stars Kristen Stewart, Cherlize Theron, and Chris Hemsworth.  There is defintily more style to the film then substance.  However, the film isn’t as shallow as it would first appear.  It does some very interesting things with the evil queen’s back story. Charlize Theron steals every scene she is in.  Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth do the best with what they’re given, but they’re largely archetypal compared to Kristen’s Stewart’s fascinatingly broken queen.

The film is worth watching alone for its imaginative portrayal of magic.  There’s a scene for instance, where the evil queen slowly drags herself from a pile of raven ichor until she slowly solidifies into a woman once again.   She doesn’t rise magically or form from a mist… She has to painfully drag her broken body from a pile of corpses.  Her magic is dirty, bloody, primal and comes at a drastic cost.

Overall, the film isn’t a study on the human condition, but it isn’t a shallow special effects fest either.  Want to hear more? Listen to the podcast below!

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Eragon

Eragon is a 2006 film based on the book series The Inheritance Trilogy by Christopher Paolini. The movie was touted as the beginning of this epic trilogy, but there was never a trilogy because the first movie kind of sucked. The movie is about a young guy who finds a dragon and then rides it into battle against the forces of evil. This should have made a pretty decent movie, but the plot is a mess. When it’s not being generic it’s confusing the hell out of the viewer.  Kasey watched the movie three times and was still unsure who the bad guys actually are.  Still, the movie is worth watching once for the sheer awesomeness of the dragon visuals.  The cgi holds up well, and the visual design of the evil dragon is badass.  Riding dragons is portrayed in a real jaw dropping way. It’s fun to watch the movie and simply insert yourself into Eragon’s place riding a totally awesome dragon who is your BFF FOR EVAH while you kill some evil dudes.

Because come on, you know you’ve day dreamed that before.

Links to Stuff we mentioned:
Nostalgia Chick - reviews of retro tv shows, movies, and toys. She’s kind of our hero.
An American Tail - there are no cats in America.
Inheritance Cycle - The books Eragon was very loosely based on.

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Guest Host Appearance on the Midnight Movie Club!

Kasey has just made a guest host appearance on Lee and Dan’s Midnight Movie Club!  There she discusses the 1983 fantasy movie Krull which was disapointingly not about barbarians.  It sounds like it should be a movie involving dudes in loinclothes right? But alas, there are no dudes in loin clothes.  There is a cyclops, magical horses, marriage rites involving fire, kids choosing puppies over dead relatives, and a horny evil lizard man.

It was a pretty weird movie.

Link: http://midmoclub.com/krull/

Addams Family Values

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The Addams Family Values is a 1993 sequel to the 1991 Addams Family film. All of the actors from the previous film reprise their roles plus there’s a brand new Addams baby. The Addams new baby is a dark haired chubby cheeked baby boy that is somehow born with a mustache. In addition, a buxom blond serial killer, played by Joan Cusak, is after Uncle Fester’s life and money. The Addams also make the mistake of sending Wednesday and Pugsley to summer camp. Stuff gets set on fire.

This is a shorter episode than normal. We recorded an hour of podcast, but I guess twenty minutes of that was just us going ‘uhhhhh, ummmm’. This is a great movie that surpasses the first movie. This is one of the rare instances that a sequel is better than the original. The extremely sturdy baby is a hilarious edition and all of the actors bring their A game. The casting is so perfect. Christini Ricci definitely steals the show though as Wednesday Addams. The camp play her and Pugsley are in is the thing of legends. There’s some great satire hidden in here too along with all of the morbidly hilarious jokes. If you liked the last Addams Family movie you”ll love this one.

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Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow Movie PosterSo here’s a podcast about Tim Burton’s 1999 version of Sleepy Hollow starring Johnny Depp and Christinia Ricci… only a month after Halloween is over! That’s nearly on time! Right? Right? Well, it was recorded on Oct 30th at least.

Tim Burton’s version of Sleepy Hollow is vastly different from the original short story but for the better. It has a great cast, special effects that hold up pretty well, and some top notch spooky atmosphere. Is it great? Not really, there are several plot holes, shortcuts taken with characterization, and Johnny Depp and Christinia Ricci don’t have fantastic chemistry together. It’s still a solid film though, that’s enjoyable to watch every few years on Halloween.

This fills a request from Monica G. I hope you enjoyed the episode.

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The Addam’s Family

The Addams Family Movie Poster They’re creepy, they’re cooky, they’re altogether ooky they’re The Addams Family!

This was meant to come out in October, but since it took me so long to make the website you’re getting it now.  The Addams Family is about family though and Thanksgiving is about family (well in the U.S. at least) so that sort of fits right? Maybe?

The Addams Family is a 1991 film directed  by Barry Sonnenfeld that’s loosely based on the 1960s television series and on Charles Addams Original comics.  The Addams Family is a group of macabre, gothic, and possibly nigh invulnerable family who enjoy such wholesome pastimes as sword fighting, knife throwing, torturing their siblings, keeping lions as pets, and reveling in the forces of darkness.  In this adaption, Uncle Fester shows up on their doorstep with amnesia after having disappeared for decades.  Only, he thinks he’s not Uncle Fester but a guy named Gordon whose going to con them out of their fortune.  It’s kind of like the plot of Anastasia only you know, evil.

The Addams Family holds up really well to this day and the whole franchise in general is still awesome as far as we’re concerned.  You can watch several episodes legally on youtube here. The original series is also all available on Netflix as of this recording.  The movies themselves (The Addams Family and its sequel The Addams Family Values) can be easily obtained usually in a fairly cheap combo pack.

On a random note, during this episode Melanie was wondering if the boy who played the human version of Casper (which also starred Christina Ricci) grew up to be a hot man.

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Devon Sawa. Hot dude.

During the podcast she was unable to find a picture, but I was able to find one now.  And the answer is yes, he DID grow to be a hot man. lol.

 

 

 

 

 

Next Episode:  Sleepy Hollow.  A request by Monica G and also it makes this an unintentional month of Christina Ricci on the Fantasy Movie Podcast.

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Legend

Legend Movie PosterLegend is a 1986 fantasy film directed by Ridley Scott of Blade Runner and Alien fame. It stars Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, and Tim Curry. The plot of the movie is that there’s an evil red demon dude who wants to destroy all goodness and light in the world because he’s evil and that’s what evil dudes do. He gets his chance when a young girl taints a unicorn by touching it, allowing darkness and his minions to kill one of the unicorns and plunge the world into eternal winter.

I’m surprised we haven’t done this movie yet. Its one of the quintessential eighties fantasy films alongside Black Crystal, Labyrinth, and the Neverending Story.   It’s a film that holds up pretty well as long as you watch the director’s cut.     Unlike most director’s cuts, the theatrical version and the director’s cut of legend are drastically different.   The latter even makes sense! If you’ve never seen this movie definitely check it out and if you’ve only ever seen the theatrical version, you should try the vastly improved director’s cut.

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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Movie PosterThe League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a film adaption of an Alan Moore comic about classic book characters who team up to save the world.   It stars Sean Connery as Allan Quatermain (a book character that no one but Alan Moore remembered) and some other people play a vampire, invisible man, Captain Nemo, Dorian Gray, Tom Sawyer, and Dr Jekyll/Hyde.

This is a  fun but rather shallow action movie.  It was a request from regular listener Charlie.    On reflection,  he might have been referring to the comics but he needs to differentiate better next time.   Although we’re lazy so we might not have read the comics.   Still, we don’t regret watching this movie and its a fun romp the first time through.   Its worth watching at least once if you can see it on television or borrow it from a friend, but don’t pay any extra money for it.

This was recorded several weeks ago, so if you left feedback since then for the Tangled episode it hasn’t been ignored.   Your feedback will be read and discussed during the next episode.

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Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day PosterSo we tried to record and upload our Groundhog Day episode on actual Groundhog Day, but well… epic fail on our part.   At least, we made it to the same month.

Movie Synopsis:   Bill Murray plays a cynical weatherman named Phil  who is tasked with covering the Groundhog Day festival in Punxatawney PA.   Everything seems normal at first.  He covers the festival and has to stay in the town for an extra day due to a freak snow storm.   However, he wakes up the next day and its… Groundhog Day again.  He goes to sleep the next night and its… groundhog day again.   The day is repeating itself over and over and over and only Phil can tell.

This is Bill Murray’s best role, in my opinion.   He gives some depth and character to  a role that much have been quite challenging due to the flow of time in the movie (movies are usually filmed out of order).     This is a classic that everyone should see  more than once.   It  ironically stands up to multiple viewings quite well.   If you haven’t seen this, shame on you! Seriously, where have you been? Not knowing about this movie means you have a hole in your soul and you never even realized it!

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