I was never really a Lord of the Rings fan. I never read the
books nor saw the movies before this one. However, I did do a little research
on it after, despite finding this film just okay.
Basically, a bunch of men are continuing their journey from
the previous movie, which I didn’t see. Never reading the book, I discovered that
many female characters, such as Tariel the elf, and Bard’s daughters, were not in
the novel. The film crew added them.
One thing I found surprising was that Bard had kids that
were suddenly shown at the end. And they were older—old enough to look after
themselves without a nanny. I’d came up with private nickname for Bard, “Guy
who looks like he had kids at 17.” Then, after doing research, I discovered that
Bard was supposed to be in his 40s. The actor, Luke Evans, was in his early 30s
when the movie was shot—I think.
Another interesting aspect was that the elves were not
short, like they traditionally are portrayed in other fantasies, excluding Christmas
ones (except in “The Santa Claus” movies, where the elves looked like human
children—but that’s another topic). They were even fierce.
Because I was never into the LOTR franchise that much nor
was I very familiar with it, I was a little lost in the story, which is why I
didn’t narrate it. It was also a little intense for me. Therefore, I would rate
this film 3 out of 5 stars. It just didn’t hold my attention as much as “Harry
Potter” or “Narnia”.
Who doesn’t love movies? I don’t know about you, but I
always have. There were also times where I didn’t know what I was watching. This
was mostly when I was little.
I just saw scenes and enjoyed the characters. But did not
know the plot. When I was an older child, I started understanding the storylines
of movies. When I studied creative writing, I started pointing out plot points
(inciting incident, call-to-action, midpoint, falling action, and resolution).
Many adults will understand sarcastic or dry humor. Unfortunately,
I don’t, although I do get the inappropriate stuff, even when it’s snuck into G
and PG-rated movies. People may also point out hidden symbolisms.
What I do, though, is not only identify the plot points as
well as the main conflict and other literary elements, but I also point out
these two unique things:
1: Moments that would get you arrested in real life
Have you seen “Toy Story 2” or “Night at the Museum 3” or
even watched “Ned’s Declassified: School Survival Guide” on TV? If not, I would
not suggest reading forward—unless you
are uninterested in watching them.
So here it is. Remember in “Night at the Museum 3”, when
Lancelot went crazy and ran on stage during a live performance of “Camelot”?
Rather than calling security and having Lancelot arrested, the guy playing Arthur
just explained to him that he was just an actor and held the play as he calmly
told Lancelot to get off the stage. However, if you run on stage during a live-performance
in real life, you would get arrested. Forget about yelling at the actors and
threatening to hurt them, like Lancelot did. You could run on stage, stand there,
and say nothing and still get arrested. Just the action itself is illegal.
In “Toy Story 2”, Al steals Woody from the garage sale Andy’s
mom holds. He gets away with it. Andy’s mom doesn’t bother to call the police.
However, in real life, not only would Al have been arrested for stealing, but
so would have Andy’s mother for failing to report a crime she’d witnessed. But
if that happened, Andy and Molly would’ve been taken away by CPS and the ending
would’ve been too sad. Therefore, “Toy Story 3” may never have been made as audiences
would have complained about the ending to “Toy Story 2”.
In an episode of “Ned’s Declassified”, where students were
having the fifth graders tour the middle school, there was a scene when one of
them (not in sight) that removed Seth’s clothes. He was naked while using a plush
elephant to cover himself. Everybody else laughed. A younger kid may have done
the same. A parent may have stated that it was inappropriate and turned off the
TV. I, as an older sibling, reacted by saying, “You’d get arrested for that in
real life.” Yup, even as young as 17, I was pointing out things that would get
you arrested in real life.
Because of having to learn about the importance of believability
in prose writing, I have developed expectations too high for movies and TV
shows. I now find it strange when characters in movies do things that real people
would get arrested for, but the characters don’t. So many illegal activities
happened constantly in the movies “Monster Truck” and “Dumb and Dumber Too”,
but the characters didn’t get arrested because of plot movements or
While many say “It’s just a movie”, that can also be an
issue. Someone who doesn’t know better may imitate those actions and get
surprised when they get arrested because the characters in the film didn’t get
arrested. Then someone could try to sue the film company.
If the characters can’t get arrested for plot reasons, couldn’t
there, at least, be a disclaimer in the end credits, warning audiences not to
try those activities or else they’ll get arrested?
2: Things that would not be acceptable today
There are so many of these. I could not state them in one
post. However, I will give a few examples of movies that I don’t think would
come out today.
“A Christmas Story”
If you’ve seen this film, the kid, Ralphie, wants a bb gun
for Christmas. Obviously, in the 80’s, that was acceptable. However, today, after
so much gun violence, especially in the US, I do not believe this would be
acceptable today. No way would a child with a bb gun be appropriate.
Although rated G, there is smoking, drinking, and the use of
a dirty word, which I will not specify. Smoking wasn’t always inappropriate,
especially when people were unaware of the dangers before the 60’s. They
thought smoking was cool. And “Pinocchio” was released in 1940. That was at least
20 years before smoking-dangers were discovered. And even then, people were
resistant to the studies. I saw in a video that it was not until the 90’s when
smoking became inappropriate for young audiences. I don’t think “Pinocchio”
would be released today.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
Just this past holiday season, this movie got tons of
criticism for it being offensive, promoting prejudice and discrimination, and
more. I was confused, so I watched the film. And I could see why people
complained. When Rudolph’s nose cover came off, revealing his red nose, the
other reindeer freaked out. Even Santa took their side (“You should be ashamed
of yourself,” Santa said to Rudolph’s dad). The elf boss gave Hermey a hard
time about being a dentist and not wanting to make toys. “You’re an elf, and
elves make toys!” the boss said. Umm… that’s elfist. Another scene is where
Rudolph, Hermey, and Yukon Cornelius arrived on the land of misfit toys. There
is a Jack-in-the-box whose name is actually Charlie. He complained that no kid
would want to play with a Charlie-in-the-box (that’s namist). Sensitivity is
growing for some reason. So I could never see “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
being released today.
So that is really it for what I look for in movies. I apologize
if I seem overcritical at times. But thanks for reading.
This film must have been so hard to produce. And that is
what makes it so enjoyable. It probably involved a lot of studies behind the
mind and emotions.
There were actually going to be more emotions than the five
the film created for Riley. But that didn’t work out.
Enough said on the introduction. Let’s get down to the
First, the strengths:
1: The mind and emotion constructions
The mind is an abstract place. The creators made everything so
literal, and that must’ve been very difficult. There was the train of thought,
the core memories, islands representing Riley’s different interests and life
essentials, and, of course, the emotions: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and
The emotions matured as Riley aged over time. When Riley was
a toddler, the emotions would react strongly to broccoli and no dessert if she
didn’t finish her dinner (which had no protein, by the way. But that’s another
By the time Riley was eleven, the emotions have matured even more. I appreciated how Joy could feel grief and pain as she was unable to make Riley happy throughout much of the film. She even cried in the “all is lost” moment. However, there is also a special feature of Riley without her internal emotions being shown. And I heard the viewer can understand why Riley can’t be happy.
Who doesn’t love Bing Bong? Or that cute little song Riley
made up as a toddler? He was such an imaginative character as well as a fun
one. I loved when he barged into Riley’s dream. But it was very sad when he
died as Joy had to continue her way back to headquarters.
3: The “Triple Dent Gum” song
Why was that song so annoying to Riley and even the bus driver
in the end credits? I found it amazing and funny. It was a great way to incorporate
4: The boy’s emotions at the end
“Girl, girl, girl.” The emotions panic like crazy in his
head. It was so hilarious. It is also realistic for boys if girls like them. Many
have been nervous about impressing girls. The animals’ emotions were funny too.
Which brings me to the flaws…
1: Why do Riley’s parents have all male or female emotions
while Riley has both?
This plot hole has been wondered so much by the general
public. However, the creators revealed that it was just for humor. I guess that’ll
2: Why do the Andersons move?
When things go well, of course conflict has to happen. However,
why did Mr. and Mrs. Anderson sell the house? Why did they move to a less-appealing
building, both unattractive on the outside and the inside? Were they unable to
afford the house in Minnesota? Did one of the parents get offered a new job in
It makes sense for Riley to be unhappy with the move. At the end, one of her parents says that they missed Minnesota (but they were the one who chose to leave). Is it supposed to remain a mystery?
3: Would a pizzeria really only serve broccoli pizza?
It’s believable for a pizzeria to only to plain cheese
pizza. But just broccoli pizza, only for plot convenience? I can’t imagine so. Also,
couldn’t Riley have just removed the broccoli from her pizza?
4: “Child runs away from home and parents comfort them after”
I don’t know why the media keeps portraying this. It’s not really
credible, let alone allowing an eleven-year-old to walk to school unsupervised
in the 2010s (which would get you in trouble with CPS). Riley also stole her
mom’s credit card to pay for a bus ticket back to Minnesota. Add that to running
away, Riley would’ve gotten the beating of her life and been severely punished
for months if this were believable. But the parents had to feel sorry just for
plot convenience. Kids, don’t try this in real life. You will most definitely
get the beating of your life as well as be grounded for several months—at least.
5: Toddler Riley has no nipples
Okay, this might be a bit much, although they show topless
Toddler Riley. And she has no nipples. When I saw this in the movie theater, I found
it strange and was thinking “Maggie Simpson has nipples”.
And that’s all. I would rate this movie 5 out of 5 stars. It must’ve been one of the hardest films for Pixar and Disney to create. I always found productions that look so challenging to make more enjoyable than those that look to easy to create.
I saw this movie with camp when I was eight. It was one of
Disney’s few successful features in the early 2000’s. It had a few sequels and
even a TV series on Disney Channel.
The story centers around an alien and a little girl from
Hawaii desperate for a friend. Stitch is blasted off a planet. At that point,
he is dangerous and his identity is Experiment 626. The POV switches to Lilo, a
small girl late for her luau class after feeding Pudge the fish his peanut-butter
sandwich. Lilo and the other girls break out into a fight and then she runs
away unsupervised. Her older sister, Nani, gets in trouble with CPS as a
consequence for the escape. After an arguement between the two, Nani forgives
Lilo. The two go to adopt a dog. Lilo chooses Stitch, thinking he is a dog. Their
time begins from there.
Now here are the strengths of this film.
1: The plot
In some ways, it reminds me a lot of “Beauty and the Beast”.
The structure of scenes, the characterizations and actions of both Stitch and
Lilo, and how they go from an unhealthy to heartwarming bond. Does that ring a
bell? I can’t imagine this was intentional, but it was well-executed.
2: The Elvis music
Not often do you hear pop music in a Disney movie. Although “Lilo
& Stitch” is sometimes treated like classics such as “The Little Mermaid”
or “Pinocchio”, it sometimes is not. None of the characters sing. But the scenes
where Stitch plays the guitar dressed as Elvis and where “Hound Dog” and “Burning
Love” play are great.
3: The way this film was promoted (lol)
As a way to promote the movie, Stitch barged into classics,
such as “The Little Mermaid”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin” and “The Lion
King”. I love this line from the others, “Get your own movie” (Belle really is
a funny girl). I will admit, however, that the picture quality wasn’t the
Which brings me to moments that could’ve been improved or
1: How does Stitch learn to speak?
The alien somehow goes from monstrous feral beast to knowing
how to use developed speech like a human. Yet, it is never explained why or how
(correct me if it gets revealed in the series or one of the sequels). I was surprised
to hear that there is talk on making a live-action “Lilo and Stitch” remake. I
don’t know if this plothole will be resolved, though, depending on how many
people are bugged by this. But it’d be nice if this question is answered.
2: Why was Cobra Bubbles there at Lilo’s birthday in that brief
I get he was an important character, but doesn’t anyone find
it a bit strange to invite someone from CPS to celebrate a child’s birthday? I
wouldn’t do that.
That’s really it. I would rate “Lilo & Stitch” 5 out of
I saw this film a year after it was released in theaters. I watched it at my house. It was such a beautiful movie.
As a baby, Moana is interested in the story she is hearing in daycare about Maui stealing the heart of Te Fiti. All the other children are scared. Moana is somehow called to the ocean. But her overprotective father forbids her to go near it.
Years later, when Moana has reached her current age for the main part of the story, there is a shortage of fish by the reef. Moana suggests going beyond the reef. But her father gets angry and will still prohibit anyone going further than the reef. Moana’s mother reveals why her dad is so against going beyond the reef. Moana tries sailing, but it ends up not working out. Her grandma shows the story of her ancestors and how they used to go beyond the reef all the time. They stopped because there were too many dangerous monsters, especially Te Ka the lava demon. Unfortunately, not long after, Moana’s grandmother is dying. She tells Moana to sail out to the ocean, seek Maui, and return the heart of Te Fiti. Moana’s journey begins from there.
I really admired many parts of this movie, from the story to the characters, especially Moana. She is one of the few Disney princesses to have no love interest. The other two are Merida and Elsa (which is why fans were begging Disney to give Elsa a girlfriend in the “Frozen” sequel). Anyway, Moana was fierce, brave, and strong, which is what many expect for female characters today.
The music was also fantastic. Many songs sounded different from traditional Disney songs. Some sounded more like pop songs, such as “How Far I’ll Go” and “Shiny”. I particularly appreciated the rap section in “You’re Welcome” sung by Maui.
That being said, there were a couple flaws in this movie, such as some urine jokes and (sorry to disappoint some of you) the coconut pirate scene. I loved when Moana said that they were cute and then they went vicious. However, I couldn’t see how important it was to the story. I felt it was just a little filler to add conflict. And the story told in Moana’s daycare is really too mature for little kids. It was only used for plot convenience.
The ending was beautiful. After violence with Te Ka the lava monster, Moana figured out that she was really Te Fiti without the heart. The scene where Moana returns the heart and Te Fiti turns back into a beautiful Goddess and Island was heartwarming. It was also funny how Te Fiti looks a lot like Moana.
I would rate Moana 5 out of 5 stars. It is such a wonderful movie that I would recommend to all, especially with a strong, independent female lead.
I’ve never been a superhero fan, regardless of brand or characters. I saw “Thor Ragnarok” at a birthday party a little over a year ago. It turned out better than I thought. However, I will say that I didn’t love it.
The film starts with Thor is some underworld environment. He then joins his father and brother. Thor discovers that the planet, Asgard, is in danger. In fact, an evil woman, named Hela, gains so much power and puts the whole planet in danger as she becomes a tyrant.
Thor is whisked away to another planet, where there are messed up beings and cannibals. Thor is imprisoned somewhere. Not long after, his hair is cut and he has to fight the Hulk in a stadium. Meanwhile, Asgard is falling apart. It takes time for Thor to get others to trust him and try to save his planet.
Unfortunately, the planet is pretty much destroyed once Thor arrives. The people there have to move to Earth.
The film was interesting. I will admit that. But I found some things disappointing, like when Thor had his long hair chopped off (I actually have a super-painful memory of me experiencing my hair chopped off years ago) as well as his eye removed. I felt sorry for Thor’s hair to be cut and right after that, the crowd booing at him. At least the scissors guy let Thor keep his beard. As for the eye, something satisfying happened in the “Avengers” film with all the Marvel characters (I won’t say what, though).
Hela was so evil. She was not only unlikable to the point that I couldn’t even have just the tiniest amount of sympathy for her, but she also wasn’t really believable . She just abused her power. Maybe she has a tragic backstory and wasn’t always evil. But pure evil villains are too stereotypical and even lazy.
Thor’s brother wasn’t too likable, either. The ruler of the planet (played by Jeff Goldblum) or the Grandmaster, was wicked in a special way. He was calm and acted more positively. I think that’s more creative than the approach to developing Hela.
The ending was disappointing too. I know this is an installment, but still. It could have been at least a little more satisfying. Will things turn around later?
I would rate “Thor Ragnarok” 3.5 out of 5 stars. It was engaging. I will also admit that many parts were funny. Just a few things didn’t really work out for me.
This is one of my favorite “Family Guy” episodes—not just their Christmas specials, but in general. I would even watch it off-season.
Stewie and Brian go to the mall to see Santa (a fake one, of course). However, there is a long line. By the time it’s Stewie’s turn, the mall closes and Santa leaves. Disappointed, Stewie makes Brian drive to the north pole. They stop at a Christmas festival, where Stewie blows up at Brian for taking him there and not the real north pole. He reveals the real reason he wants to go: that is to kill Santa.
The journey becomes tough and lengthy. But Brian and Stewie make it, only to discover something shocking about Santa. The types of gifts, as well as the amount, has overwhelmed Santa to the point that he is no longer jolly. He is sick and stressed out. The elves are inbred and some were born blind. The reindeer and vicious and eat the elves that have died. Santa’s health ends up in jeopardy. If he goes out to deliver presents, he will die. Brian volunteers himself and Stewie to give out the gifts. However, things end up ugly.
Everyone wakes up to no presents from Santa. Brian reveals the reason on TV and asks everybody in the world to request only one gift each Christmas. People are willing to accept that.
One year passes and Christmas turns out better. The north pole has had its place cleaned up. The elves and Santa are healthier. And the people enjoy Christmas, even with just one gift each.
There are many things I admire about this holiday special. First, there are the songs, “All I Really Want for Christmas”, sung at the beginning by all the characters. They express their wishes for Christmas. Then there’s the song, “Christmastime is Killing Us”, sung by Santa and his elves right after Stewie and Brian arrive at the north pole.
Speaking of which, I found this approach to Santa and his elves, as well as his workshop, to be the most realistic, compared to other TV shows and movies. Being destroyed by all the requests for Christmas, fancier gifts (like an iPod), and other factors made Santa’s stressed character more believable. I think this would, unfortunately, be the case if Santa Claus were real. But, as Stewie said, delivering gifts to the whole world in one night is inhuman.
There were some funny moments, as well, such as the Gary Busey scene, and the brief “Winnie to Pooh” scene, explaining why Eeyore is always in a bad mood, after Brian almost reveals to Stewie that Santa doesn’t exist (at that point, to Brian).
Overall, I would rate this special 5 out of 5 stars.
Thirty years prior to the film’s main time setting, an orphaned baby is put to bed in his crib. The infant sees Santa come down the chimney. The baby crawls into the sack while Santa is not looking.
Santa returns to his workshop, only to discover the infant coming out of his sack. An elf reads his diaper and sees the name, Buddy. An elder elf, known as Papa Elf, adopts the child and his name becomes Buddy.
Through the years, Buddy notices that he is different from the other elves. He grows much bigger than them. After realizing his differences, Buddy leaves the north pole to seek his father in New York City.
This film was absolutely funny. Buddy had such a great sense of humor by acting uncivilized in New York City as he has never been around humans, besides Santa Claus. He runs into a coffee place that says in its sign that it’s the world’s best coffee, and congratulates them loudly. He also tries to hug a racoon, drinks an entire bottle of Coke and burps for a long time, and screams happily in revolving doors.
But the funniest moment of all is when Buddy sees “Santa” at the mall and gets excited. Then he discovers that he was just an ordinary guy dressed as Santa. He rips off the beard, the kids scream, and he wrestles the man. So hilarious!
I would gladly recommend “Elf” as a great holiday classic and comedy. It is a definite 5 out of 5 star-rated film.
One of Nickelodeon’s earliest CG TV shows has been loved by many, including myself. It all started out as a movie in 2001, where Jimmy and his friends wanted independence from the adults. Aliens even kidnapped the grownups. However, that ended up a nightmare. The children traveled to Yolkus, the other planet, and saved their parents.
Enough said about the film—onto the TV show. The premise is a young boy, named Jimmy, who invents things to make things easier and well for him. Even the community knows Jimmy and his talent for science and inventing. Things usually end up not as planned.
The name of the town Jimmy lives in is Retroville. It’s a city, yet, only about twenty people live there. Don’t believe me? It’s been proven in the third Jimmy-Timmy Power Hour Special (when “Jimmy Neutron” and “The Fairly Oddparents” had crossovers) that a very small population resides in Retroville. After every person you see on the show is sucked away, Retroville becomes a quiet ghost town.
Which brings me to my next point—if so few people live there, why wasn’t it just a small town? In fact, I think most small towns are much more populated than Retroville. Oh well. The tiny population probably saved money and time for the animators.
Another thing about the show is that it seems to take place in Texas, yet the geographic layout and climate are nowhere near accurate. Neither are the people and their culture. Interesting, huh?
Now onto the moments. From my observation, Jimmy is sometimes inconsistent with others. For instance, he and Cindy usually don’t get along. He is sometimes in love with this minor character, Betty Quinland. However, in the second Jimmy-Timmy Power Hour, Jimmy likes Cindy and wants to take her to the school dance. If he really likes Cindy, then why do they act like they hate each other, and why did Jimmy scream, “Noooo!!!” when he discovered his future-self married her? I was assuming that maybe the two grew and changed and decided to like each other, but it the creators just failed to show or tell that on their end. However, I think they fight to hide their care for each other. That’s what I heard.
In one of the specials, Jimmy stated that people don’t change. Um… of course they do. Otherwise, we’d all be looking and functioning like newborns. In fact, there was one episode where Jimmy turned into a Hulk-like monster. I used to nickname him the Julk. That was change… at least in some form.
One thing I found quite funny because it was unrealistic was when Jimmy wanted something badly, but couldn’t wait till his birthday, which wasn’t for three months. He “changed” his birthday to the next day. It was his birthday for over a week until his parents tried to send him off to college.
Another great moment was when Sheen discovered that he had a terrible singing voice. It was a huge disadvantage until the twankie-combined monster became so violent that Sheen needed to sing to make it fall asleep.
Who remembers that special? The twankies were cute and harmless until they heard music. Then they transformed into violent creatures and eventually merged into a huge monster. Only Sheen’s horrible singing voice kept the twankies from becoming dangerous.
Despite the show’s popularity, it only lasted for about three seasons. My family enjoyed this show and they used to be disappointed when there were no more new episodes. Oh well.
There was actually a spinoff where Sheen had his own show. But that didn’t do well. I didn’t even find it appealing just based on the advertisements.
That’s it for this analysis. Now it’s time to blast off.
I did not see “Frozen” in the movie theater. However, I did see it on my computer. I also saw the Broadway show, which I actually liked more. But this post is only about the movie.
I am not going to include thoughts on the shorts, such as “Frozen Fever” or “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure”, as I did not see those. So here is the analysis.
Many of us know the story. As young children, Anna and Elsa play together until Elsa accidentally knocks Anna out unconscious with her ice powers. Anna’s memories of Elsa’s ice powers are altered and wiped. Elsa has to have a bunch of restrictions on her until she can control her powers. Anna and Elsa grow up mostly separate. Their parents die, and then three years later, Elsa is crowned queen. She accidentally does ice magic at the coronation and flees while creating an eternal winter. Anna goes out to look for her. I could go on, but I’m not going to.
So here are my thoughts. First off, I really appreciate how Elsa is developed. She is misunderstood by others, scared, and struggles to control her ice powers. That made her seem very real and likable.
Speaking of likable… did you know that Elsa was originally supposed to be the villain, in “Frozen”? She was going to be much older and use her ice powers for evil, like in the original story “Frozen” was based off: “The Snow Queen”. However, I am glad the creators changed it and had Prince Hans be the villain instead.
In fact, I think it was a smart move as standards have changed since Disney’s early days. Just because someone seems charming, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should love and trust him or her. It was also a nice, unexpected twist for the story, straying away from the traditional approach, where the prince the princess falls in love with is a good guy. Kristoff ended up being Anna’s love interest, even though he wasn’t as easygoing as Hans seemed.
It was also pretty unsanitary that Kristoff and Sven shared carrots. At least it’s not realism, otherwise, Kristoff would’ve gotten sick, as well as Sven.
While still discussing character development, I did find Anna too immature at times for her age. For instance, Elsa had to remind her that she couldn’t marry a guy she’d just met. But Anna had unrealistic expectations for romance. I knew better at Anna’s age (18) and even younger.
Now the most memorable character for me was Olaf the snowman. He was silly, enthusiastic, and comedic. I especially love his song about summer. It was cute to see how a snowman envisioned summer, especially when he didn’t know that heat melted snow.
The songs were all great. Many of them didn’t sound like traditional Disney songs. For example, I thought “Let it Go” and “For the First Time in Forever” sounded like “Wicked” songs.
The layout of the setting was executed well. Another fun fact is that the cast and crew had to go to Norway to study the land and architecture for the film. And it worked out well.
I would rate “Frozen” 4 out of 5 stars. While the story content was done with lots of effort, something about it didn’t engage me enough to give it 5 stars. In fact, when I first saw this movie, I found the beginning to be kind of boring. I only watched the whole thing because it was a big, popular film.