So, I’ve been watching plenty of movies lately; with everything that’s going on my mom gave me a green light to check out lots of stuff from the library to help serve as a type of distraction (seriously, it’s been really bad, I’ve really needed distractions.) My mom has been really understanding and she’s been driving me back and forth to the library pick up stuff and drop off stuff and all in all I’ve recently been watching a ton of things. And that sounds shallow, but seriously, it’s really helped.
And instead of wiping out my blog with a bunch of long reviews, I’ve decided to do just one post to quickly cover several at a time with my brief thoughts. No, you’re not going to get plot summaries from me, that’s what Wikipedia is for. Haha. Seriously, I’m not a very good at summing up films quickly, so, it’s just not going to work for this post. Yeah. Let Wikipedia be your friend this time.
I’ve been going through a Tim Burton/Johnny Depp stage and dark movies/tv shows in general. I’m also really digging fantasy right now. And Sci-fi. But I’ve been loving sci-fi for over two years now, so that’s not really anything new.
Okay, let’s get started…
Gosh, this was a beautiful film; very fun with enchanting, catchy songs, very interesting animation style, and the story was simple but amazing. I usually do not like love triangles, but this one worked out perfectly and in a way that left me completely satisfied. I think around Halloween I’ll be borrowing this one to watch late at night. I also need to find the soundtrack somewhere. Overall: a new favorite animated of mine and nice dark and creepy romance with some great songs.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Okay, I know this adaption wasn’t liked by fans of the old movie, but I have to be honest and admit that I actually really enjoyed this movie. Why? It’s so similar to the book! I grew up with the book, and visuals of this movie, especially in regards to the different rooms of the chocolate factory, were nearly identical to what I pictured in my head as a little girl. THAT’S ALL I’VE EVER ASKED OF A MOVIE. Johnny’s Wonka made me laugh even though he was kinda weird and certainly the book Wonka. The only thing that I really disliked from this movie were the Oompa Loompas; they were very strange, not accurate and their songs did not fit movie. Otherwise, visuals brought a childhood favorite to life. And, heck yes, have no fears, my kids are growing up with the book. I’ll let them decide which movie version they prefer.
Oh. my. gosh. What a whacky, dark, creepy, absolutely fun movie this was! This is one of The Doctor’s favorite films and after he explained the plot to me I knew I had to watch it. And I enjoyed it more then I thought I would. The soundtrack is amazing, the couple in the film are so cute, the whole story was very clever. This is for adult viewers, there were a couple bad words throughout and Beetlejuice himself ifs an absolute pervert, so, not recommended for younger viewers, by yours truly. And you need to be a fan of dark, creepy gothic-like movies to actually enjoy this–there, I gave my disclaimers! I personally really enjoyed this movie and I will own the soundtrack one of these days.
Pirates of the Carribean
You’re not believing that up until a couple weeks ago, I hadn’t seen any of the Pirates of the Caribbean Since I was already watching movies with Johnny Depp in them (Charlie, Corpse Bride, and Rango) I went ahead and borrowed all four Pirates of the Caribbean movies from the library. So far, I’ve seen the first two, The Curse of the Black Pearl and Dead Man’s Chest. Loved. both. Curse of the Black Pearl is the best pirate movie ever; even my mom loved it. “Bring me that horizon! Drink up me hearties. Yo ho!” best. ending. ever. Everybody needs to see this movie at least once in their life. And if your up for it, go after the sequels!
Back to the Future
Where has this movie been my whole life? I literally just watched this last night; loved it. Honestly, any movie that deals with time travel and/or seeing how your life can be different by the different choices you make are some of my favorites. I spend more time then I would like to admit thinking about how my own life would be different if I had made different choices when I was younger, if I hadn’t met certain people at certain times or if my parents had made different choices when they were younger or how different everyone else might be if I never existed, “It’s a Wonderful Life” style. Anyway…. this was a really fun find! Had some really great moments and was pretty funny. I’m debating about watching the sequels….
A movie about someone who could read characters right off the pages into the real world? Makes for a super amazing movie. This was thrilling to see as both a writer and a reader of many fictional books of fantasy worlds and I heartily recommend to viewers over twelve. A very, very clever and beautiful fantasy film. It took my breath away. If your a writer or a just a lover of fantasy, this movie has your name written on it.
Okay, the rest of these are tv shows; I know, it’s a lot. But you understand my situation.
So, I just started Season Four of Merlin, so it’s about time I say at least something short about this show since I’m nearly done with it… *sobs at the idea* I’ve read the legends and I’ve seen the musical Camelot but I’ve really enjoyed Merlin’s prequel take to the classic tales of King Arthur before he was… well, king. I’ve really enjoyed watching Arthur and Merlin become great friends and Arthur turn from being a selfish prince into a bright glimmer of the great king we all know he would become. And Merlin is absolutely adorable. He reminds me of my cousin Ben; the goofy grin and just his different facial expressions, even in just how he can be underestimated but witty. Overall, I’m loving it and I’m liking the dark feel of Season Four so far.
Quick disclaimer right off the bat; this can be more gory then I care for (I’ve watched parts through the cracks of my fingers; less grimacing somehow) and has had some scary, dark moments all throughout the first season (which I just finished). But dark fantasy is something I’m really enjoying right now– so, go figure. Anyway, I’ve really enjoyed this show, I have a long wait till Season Two is released on DVD so until then I will just have to go back and read some of the old familiar Grimm’s Fairytales. Yeah, that’s a good idea. Also, Nick is awesome. Really respect that guy.
Yeah, it took me half of Season One to really start liking it. But what can I say, now I’m hooked. Why can’t I just be a Warehouse agent and have a steampunk style gadgets like the Farnsworth and Tesla gun and track down supernatural artifacts to snag, bag and tag? I have to say thank you to Grace for recommending this show on her blog at the perfect time that I was looking for something unique and funny with a little dark and geeky-ness mixed into it. Even though a couple of characters annoy me a little *coughcough-Claudia-coughcough* I’ve still really enjoyed the show and I’m going to make Kayla watch it some time. By the way, I really Myka, and Pete has made me laugh pretty hard. And Artie is priceless. Why can’t I have Artie for an uncle, I would listen to him talk about artifacts all day. So… yeah, I’m looking forward to starting Season Three and seeing where the rest of this show goes…
Once Upon a Time
Fairy tale adaptions have never been so good. I don’t know about guys, but I think all girls would love this show, even you girls who think only action movies are you thing. Okay, this show is classic but dark with some amazing twists on these classic characters who are trapped in everyday life with no knowledge that they are the famous fairytale characters because of the curse of the evil queen with only one person there who can save them. This is pretty much the show that tipped me into adoring dark fantasy adaptions. Dresses are to die for, there’s awesome sword play and cape action and suspense and destiny and everything that’s needed for a good old fashioned fairytale with a modern twist. I convinced my Mom to give it a try and she loved it. We’re both slowly dying for Season Two to be released on DVD.’
So, what’s on my to-be-watched-soon list?
Only, like, The Matrix and Eagle Eye and National Treasure and At Worlds End and more Merlin and I’m going to give the first season of Castle a try. Yeah, I’m excited. And I get to do all this in my new bedroom. Talk about a new comfort zone.
Oh, while I’m thinking about it, any movie recommendations from you guys; movies or tv shows that I just have to see, because now is the time that I’m going to most likely have the time to actually check them out. Don’t be shy, I want to hear your recommendations.
PS. Thanks Mom for letting me indulge more then usual and for all the drives to and from the library, I’ve really apprecated it. And I’m glad you like Once Upon a Time and Curse of the Black Pearl. I hope you like Psych.