Frost Fight!

Media Monday
Movie Review with minor spoilers
The Twelve Days of Christmas!!

First off: its for kids and its based on comics, so its gonna be super predictable, so I don’t mind sharing most of the plot with you. If that bothers you, I’ll see you later!


Frost Fight, for those of you not in the know, is a Marvel animated film – I believe it happens in the same universe as Avengers Assemble and The Ultimate Spiderman – about Loki trying to kidnap Santa Claus.

Yes, that Santa Claus.

I’ll let that sink in for a sec.

Now that its (hopefully) sunk in exactly what I’m talking about and how wild that is, I’ll let it get a bit more wild: Santa is like the most powerful dude ever and Loki wants his power to mess with spacetime (I think the ability to mess with space time basically makes him faster than Quicksilver). It gets weirder, too: While Captain America, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, and most of the Avengers are off trying to save the world from Loki, Thor and Hulk are trying to come up with a plan of action in case they can’t save Christmas. So of course, they get some fake reindeer, tie them to a sled, and tie Thor to the front. That should work.

I am not making any of this up.

Characters

The entire thing is basically a continuation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which means its got all the same characters. However, its not a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so it has more characters and seems to be closer to the comics in terms of costuming (except, oddly enough, Hawkeye).

Good Guys

  • Captain America
  • Iron Man
  • Hulk
    • He’s always the Hulk, hes never Bruce Banner for some reason.
  • Black Widow
  • Hawkeye
    • As I mentioned, Hawkeye is not wearing his cool purple costume from the comics, instead its much closer to the one in the movies which is sad.
  • Captain Marvel
  • Thor
    • Thor is just having way to much fun.
  • Reptil
    • Don’t even talk to me about this guy. His super power is literally turning random parts of his body into random dinosaurs. He did a T-Rex head at one point and then pterodactyl arms.

Bad Guys

  • Loki
  • Ymir
    • Its the Frost Giant dude who is like, the father of all Frost Giants in Norse Mythology. And he still lets Loki boss him around.

Others

  • Groot
  • Rocket Racoon
  • Jolnir/Santa
  • Mrs. Claus
  • Some random Light Elves

Overall

It was actually much better than I was expecting, and I liked it more than I thought I would. Yes it was unbelievably weird and pretty stupid, but it was also hilariously funny and had a moral without that taking over the focus of the movie. It was much less cheesy than most children’s movies with morals (particularly Christmas ones) and focused more on the story telling aspect.

I think anyone who likes Marvel comics could and would enjoy this if they would just let themselves.

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Hail Caesar!

NaBloPoMo 2016 #4
Media Monday
Movie Review
No spoilers!

Hail Caesar! Is a comedy film by the Coen Brothers (who are apparently a pretty famous duo I’ve never never heard of, whoops) that was released last summer. I’ve recently decided that I want to see more of Tilda Swinton’s films, and this was the one I decided to watch first.

As a Tilda Swinton movie: It really didn’t have enough of her to justify watching it just for her.

As a movie overall: It really didn’t have much of anything.

Thoughts on the Plot

The plot was…. interesting to say the least. Actually, I lied, it really wasn’t. It was interesting in the sense that it was unique and I’ve never seen anything like it, however, not in the sense of “how interesting and captivating I’m going to watch it ever day!” I really don’t know what the plot was, and I’ve watched it twice in the last week in an attempt to understand it. By watching the trailers it appears to be a film about a lot of movie starts banding together after one of them, Baird Whitlock played by George Clooney, however, it is really about Eddie Mannix, a Hollywood executive who has been offered a job in an airline company and has to decide if he is going to stay in Hollywood, in a job he loves, or take the better paying and more prestigious job at Lockheed.

Thoughts on the Characters

The characters were by far the best part of the film, which did, as you can tell by the movie poster, have an all-star cast. They were an insane and colorful group, which by no means belonged together.

Eddie Mannix / Josh Brolin

Eddie was a rather boring main character, I never once doubted what decision he was going to make regarding his job, and I never once doubted that he would ultimately come out the ‘winner’ in all the minor problems he was dealing with.

George Clooney / Baird Whitlock

I’m one of those people, and it might be a generational thing, I’m not sure, who has never sat down and said “I want to watch a George Clooney film.” In fact, I can’t even name a movie I’ve seen in him other than Sharkboy and Lavagirl (and does that even count? Good movie, but very weird!). I have loved him in everything I’ve seen him in.

He plays Baird Whitlock, the man in the Caesar costume who gets kidnapped by the weirdest and most nonsensical villains in movie history.

Alden Ehrenreich / Hobie Doyle 

I’ve never, to my knowledge, seen Alden Ehrenreich in a movie before, but Hobie is one of the most charming characters, not just in Hail Caesar, but in all the movies I’ve seen. He’s just a simple, down to earth man who doesn’t quite belong in Hollywood, but who stays because he wants to help everyone in anyway that he can. He made me think of the man who lassoed a bike thief in a Walmart parking lot (funniest new story ever, by the way).

 

Scarlett Johansson / DeeAnna Moran

Scarlett Johansson is one of my favorite people ever – I mean, she’s the Black Widow! – so I was pretty disappointed by her lack of screen time.

DeAnna is an aquatic dancer and movie star who has just become pregnant out of wedlock, requiring her to either get married or find someone to take in her baby. She’s very blunt and more than a little wild, and one of the movie’s funniest characters.

Tilda Swinton / Thora & Thessaly Thacker

I probably would not have watched this movie if it wasn’t for Tilda Swinton being in it, so I was a bit disappointed by how seldom she actually appeared. She played twins, who never actually appeared on the screen at the same time, unless you count one storming off in the background as one approaches (I don’t think this movie used very much CGI, so every shot with the twins was done through trick shots and look-a-likes).

Thora and Thessaly are both reporters, who are always tripping over each other in order to outdo the other and get the best stories for the newspaper (there is no sibling love here, only rivalry!).

Channing Tatum / Burt Gurney

Channing Tatum is someone I’ve only recently become aware of, because of the rumor that he may be playing Gambit in the upcoming Marvel and Fox Studios X-Men spin off movie.  I wasn’t impressed, to be completely honest.

For playing the main(???) villain, he only appeared twice, and the second time he appeared he looked so different from the first time that I didn’t even recognize him as the same man.

Overall

It was a good movie, and parts of it were hilariously funny, however, its nothing something I’m dying to watch again. Perhaps if I knew more about Golden Age Hollywood I would have appreciated it more, there are countless posts online listing all the references throughout the film, which I only caught a few of. But as a normal person watching it for laughs and because she likes Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton, it was rather lacking.

The actors were superb, of course, it was the script and the (lack of) plot which frustrated me. They all had a rather unfortunate lack of screen time, which I suppose is a side effect to having that many famous people trying to get in recognizable parts. At the end of the day, I think this movie was exactly what it appears to be: a love letter to Golden Age Hollywood that is not meant to be taken seriously.

When the end credits started rolling, my mom and I both looked at each other and just said, “What did we just watch?”

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Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 1

Media Monday
TV Show Review
Contains Spoilers?

This goes on the very long list of things that I was the last person on earth to watch, and I’m kind of ashamed by that.

Of course, its not entirely my fault, I’d never even heard of it until high school, and at that point I wasn’t about to buy all of it to watch. So after my best friend discover that it was available on Amazon Prime video I didn’t have any excuse not to watch it.

I had a hard time getting into it at first. Its entirely possible that I was tool old getting into it, because I kept thinking “well that’s not realistic!” and having a hard time remembering that, as a kid’s show, its not meant to be realistic. Once I managed to convince myself of that, around episode seven or eight, I had much more fun and really started to get into it more.

The Characters

One thing that I had heard about this series was how diverse it was, and I’m forced to agree with that. It was incredible. I really found myself getting into all the characters, even the villains (and I am not the kind of person who is typically interested in villains).

Aang

I really loved Aang, he’s such a sweet character and I feel really bad for him and just want him to succeed. He also has the world’s best pet.

Katara 

She may very well be the best part of the entire show. She’s so no-nonsense and won’t let anything – especially sexism – get in her way. But she’s not just a fighter, there’s a whole other layer to her, and she’s allowed to be weak at times, unlike many ‘fighter girl’ characters.

Sokka

At first I couldn’t stand him because he was just so sexist and annoying,

Zuko

He’s one of the best villains ever written and there were times I found myself cheering for him over the heroes.

Uncle Iroh 

I wouldn’t consider Zuko’s uncle to be a villain by any means, but he’s definitely a complex character and I can’t wait to see how he continues to be developed.

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Thor

 Media Monday:
Movie Review
Movie was live tweeted

Up until now, I’d only seen Thor once (way back when Netflix had it) and only because it had Natalie Portman in it and I loved her from Star Wars (I mean, I watched The Avengers for the Lord of the Rings joke, sooo). So I decided to watch it again – after seeing Sif in the first season of Agents of Shield and remembering why I loved her so much – so I grabbed it on iTunes and watched it one evening when I didn’t have to go to work when their power was out.

There are two kinds of people out there I suppose: those who watch this movie for the men (Thor or Loki) and those who watch it for the women. I’m in the later group, what about you?

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