Sausage Party (2016)

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Sausage Party Movie Review

Sausage Party is a 2016 animated comedy film directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan and starring Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig and Michael Cera among others. It is one of the best films of the year.

It follows food items who learn the horrifying truth of becoming a meal. This is such an admirable film because when you see its premise, you aren’t that intrigued by it as there’s been a lot of animated films about inanimate objects being real up to this point. But this film gives us something entirely different and spins a refreshing take on this tired formula.

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Ignore that prick, Barry.

He’s full of shit and don’t forget: You’ve got girth, That’s way important to length.

You’re a fucking champ, yo

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Let’s first talk about the characters. Sausage Party is filled with stereotypes of all different types of people. I really don’t understand why anyone would object to it, I personally never do in a comedy as it is supposed to make you laugh. And it did make me laugh a lot. Frank is awesome and a really good, likable lead. Brenda is definitely very sexualized, but it is great that the filmmakers have also given her a well defined personality and a great conflict.

Barry is so likable and funny and of course Kareem and Sammy are terrific as Jewish/Middle Eastern rivals. Teresa del Taco as a lesbian taco is very funny and watching her lust over Brenda was hilarious. Firewater, Mr. Grits and Twink are a stereotypical and very funny take on Native American, African American and gay people. Very funny, all three of them. Gum is a hilarious Stephen Hawking figure and some of his laughs were the best. Douche was excellent as this very menacing villain. Some of the things he did here were appalling and he truly is such a strong, badass villain. As for Druggie, I found his character excellent as it showcased the brilliance of the script. People can see food walk and talk only when they’re on drugs and it is such a clever concept.

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Many claim that this film is sexist, homophobic, racist and anti-Semitic. But I would argue quite the opposite. Yes, it presents all of these groups as basic stereotypes, but that is just done for the sake of comedy. But in its orgy happy ending, we are presented with a great message of tolerance and how everyone should be themselves and how all different groups of people should cooperate and get along. The film is very progressive.

Gays being portrayed as fruits was clever and incredibly funny along with the Twink character. Douche’s rape scenes were creepy and disturbing, but that was the point as he is a true villain and he should be creepy. But other gay sex scenes were very funny while also being crazy and unexpected. The lesbian part was to me very funny and I just loved the interactions between the two women. Women weren’t that badly portrayed as some would claim, they were just overly sexualized, but again in a funny way. That black guy talking about crackers was very funny, the Indian is also really funny and both are typical, yet very likable and amusing. Mexicans are hilarious and the Jews and Muslims are some of the highlights.

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The voice acting is stellar. Everyone here did such a terrific job and although Seth Rogen’s voice is very recognizable, he still gave a very strong performance. The same goes for Michael Cera who is quite funny and Kristen Wiig who emotes quite well. Edward Norton imitated Woody Allen’s accent immaculately to the point of me thinking it was him. Wow, he was so great. David Krumholtz was excellent as Kareem and Salma Hayek was better than she usually is. And of course Nick Kroll did such a good job as this very capable and satisfying villain.

Sausage Party doesn’t have the greatest animation, but it’s still pretty solid. Yes, the character designs are dated, of the humans mostly as the food designs were mostly great and some even quite authentic and interesting. Everything looks solid and the animation is passable, but far from great as it isn’t particularly polished and definitely not up to today’s animation standards. But having in mind that this is an animated comedy, that could be forgiven.

This is a thematically rich film, incredibly rich. I was blown away by how clever and sophisticated the writing is. Let’s touch upon some of the more important themes and issues explored here. The big one is religion. Now I totally get how some would object to this movie being anti-religious as it really presents the bad sides to religion and ignoring those positive ones, but I liked what it had to say about the relationship between religion and morality as well as between religion and sexuality. Religion definitely restricted sexuality (especially to women and gays) throughout centuries which is just a fact and the film made clear that that is a very negative aspect to it. The entire conflict of Brenda and Teresa fearing the gods for thinking about “dirty” thoughts was just incredibly well explored and fascinating.

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The film is, as I said, very progressive. And it is a great plea for tolerance between different races and sexualities. There is a strong pro-gay element to it, most evident in that final orgy scene, but the ethnic relationships are exceptional here. The relationship between a Jewish and Middle Eastern man is so strong here and it is just such a strong case for cooperation between different nations, races and religions too. Of course you have that religious element of believing in something that you can’t even see or prove and that was also very well explored and to me it felt two-sided and thankfully not one-sided as it gave some compelling arguments in both cases.

Sausage Party isn’t a perfect movie as it has its obvious problems. The editing is strong, but the pacing can be a bit too frenetic at times. But because it was so entertaining, that wasn’t a huge problem. Sometimes its take on religion was a bit one-sided and the film is definitely polarizing. I also found its humor much weaker in the first half as the second half is filled with joke after joke. But the humor is mostly incredibly strong and I laughed out loud countless times as the film is just hilarious. It is such a crazy film where you watch it both in laughter and in jaw-dropping surprise as it truly pushes the limits of what is acceptable and what animation can do. The orgy scene at the end was just an incredible sight, crazy but ultimately funny and the most satisfying ending to a great film.

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But this is still a glorious R-rated animated comedy and truly one of the best of its kind. I hope it will usher into a new era with more adult-oriented American animation as there is always a lack of those. I found the action to be well executed, the score is fitting to the imagery, the direction was strong and the film is very imaginative and sometimes wildly crazy and admirable in its tone and imagery. It is also very sophisticated in its storyline not only in themes, but also how well crafted it is and how well connected and incorporated each and every aspect is. There truly wasn’t a disappointing plot point here as the whole movie was immensely satisfying to me. The world building is excellent and the dialogue is great. The mix of raunchy and clever is stupendously well achieved and it is such an underappreciated film that is going to be a cult classic in years to come. But for now, it is the best film I’ve seen so far this year.

Managing to be both raunchy and clever, Sausage Party is a marvel to behold. The plot is so well crafted and it is so thematically rich with the relationship between religion and sexuality as well as the relationship between people from different groups being so well explored. It is an immensely sophisticated and admirably progressive film that never forgets to be funny and it truly is hilarious with laugh out loud joke after joke. The voice acting is top-notch, everything is so well connected and thought out and the film is so entertaining, crazy and pushing the limits of what animation can do and I hope it will lead to more adult-oriented American animation as that’s been lacking in recent years. It is easily the best film I’ve seen so far this year.

My Rating – 4.5

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Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

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Bride of Frankenstein Review

Bride of Frankenstein is a 1935 horror film directed by James Whale and starring Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Elsa Lanchester and Ernest Thesiger. It is a pretty good, satisfying sequel.

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It follows Frankenstein’s and Dr. Pretorius’ attempts to create a female mate for the creature. Now, as a sequel to 1931’s ‘Frankenstein‘, Bride of Frankenstein just can’t compare in terms of the atmosphere and overall quality. And I don’t understand why some would proclaim it to be a better film when it just isn’t. But, whereas it lacks compared to the original, it more than satisfies in its own right as it is a pretty good, well crafted film and a respectable sequel.

I really liked the story here. It was again very well told and very entertaining to watch. The first act is problematic, but more on that later. The second half is excellent. The creation sequence is again stunning and every scene with the two scientists was the highlight for me. I really liked the new monster and I also liked the ending quite a bit.

The film is interesting for being a much better adaptation of the novel than the original film was. The entire hermit plot point is adapted here and it is as great as it was in the book and there it was my favorite chapter. I liked the hermit character here and those scenes were just so emotional and heartwarming.

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The monster himself is much more human here than he was before and I liked that choice, albeit it led to a more campy territory which I didn’t appreciate. But the character development of the monster was stellar here. Henry Frankenstein is as good as he was before and Doctor Pretorius is such a memorable addition to the cast, so crazy and amusing. The eponymous bride didn’t get much to do, but looked superb due to some amazing make-up. She was quite unforgettable and left a big impression with the little screen time that she received.

Bride of Frankenstein is again a technically polished feature with awesome cinematography, terrific imagery and superb effects and make-up work. The directing from James Whale is again great and he’s such an admirable horror director. The acting is top-notch. Boris Karloff gave an even better performance this time around whereas Colin Clive was satisfying once more. Ernest Thesiger is really charismatic and memorable in a very amusing role and Elsa Lanchester is great as both Mary Shelley and the bride.

Speaking of Shelley, I have to say that I didn’t particularly care for that beginning. It was a solid framing device, but it accentuated that this was a sequel in a very unnecessary way. And that entire first half is very slow, uneventful and definitely dragging. There is just no point to that flashback beginning and that led to a very odd and incredibly rushed pacing. The finale is just immensely abrupt and it was just ridiculous for the bride to be on the screen for less than five minutes. Everything ended really quickly and abruptly and that was all the editor’s fault.

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Bride of Frankenstein is definitely well crafted and engaging, but it was just too campy for my taste. Some of the scenes were overly exaggerated with the monster’s speaking being particularly silly. I have never been a fan of camp and that is why I disliked it here either. It’s a shame that the editing and its campy nature hurt what is otherwise an excellent film and a really admirable sequel.

Bride of Frankenstein is a very respectable sequel which is once again very well crafted, directed and acted but also more emotional and faithful to its source material this time around. The eponymous bride is very memorable as is Dr. Pretorius and the second half is phenomenal, but the first half is dragging, the editing is very mediocre leading to a rushed and abrupt ending and the film was too campy for my taste. It’s a good film in its own right, but much inferior to the original.

My Rating – 4

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Royal Cat Nap (1958)

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Royal Cat Nap is a 1958 animated short that is the 114th Tom and Jerry cartoon. It is a phenomenal, truly funny entry.

This is easily the finest Three Mouseketeers short of all and undoubtedly the best Tom and Jerry cartoon in years, it’s that good! The French king wants to sleep and orders tom to make sure Jerry and Tuffy don’t wake him up. The premise is great, if not terribly original. I loved the execution of it and, although the beginning and the ending aren’t as strong, the entire second act is just brilliant.

The humor here is awesome. I haven’t laughed this much watching Tom and Jerry since its earliest years. Tom’s going out for a yelp was just brilliant and perfectly executed and so incredibly funny. I laughed out loud whenever that happened. I loved how the two mice were used and the dynamic between the three here is superb. There are so many great situations here, so many laughs leading to such a terrific entry.

Royal Cat Nap is hilarious, entertaining and so well executed. It’s the best entry in the series in quite a while.

 My Rating – 4.2

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople Movie Review

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a 2016 New Zealand adventure film directed by Taika Waititi and starring Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. It is quite a good, charming flick.

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Faulkner is cauc-asian – well,

they got that wrong because you’re obviously white

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It follows a defiant city kid who comes to live with his new family in the country, but when the woman dies, the two must escape the authorities and child welfare services through the wilderness. I didn’t find its plot particularly original. In fact, most of its parts are fairly ordinary, but the sum of the parts is somewhat interesting. But the film was very engaging and entertaining to watch, not to mention very effervescent and its strengths do not lie in the storytelling, but rather the characters and its heart.

The characters are again not that original, but they are very well realized. I really liked Aunt Bella and it was a shame that she died so soon. Uncle Hec is a typical old man who is harsh in his behavior and also not cultured (he doesn’t know how to read) and Ricky is a kid that is seemingly problematic and obnoxious, but ultimately sympathetic. Yes, we’ve seen these characters before, but the movie manages to transcend their similarity with a very good development for both of them as both of them felt real and also their relationship which is very strong and quite moving.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is very well made, solidly acted and exceptionally well shot with some gorgeous cinematography at display. The editing is also polished as the film is well structured and consistently involving. The score is quite good and I liked that the film was divided into chapters. That book format doesn’t always work in the film environment, but here it surprisingly did work thanks to some strong editing and an excellent direction from Taika Waititi.

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I’ve seen some critics compare it to Pixar’s work and I have to disagree. Yes, its heart and charm are evidently in that terrain, but Pixar’s movies are much more original than this flick which is just sometimes inspired, but also troublesome. For example, that rare bird element is intriguing, but it doesn’t go anyway and is totally wasted. As for its genres, I found its humor to be mild and the dramatic elements are rare which is why it is to me entirely an adventure film. And there is nothing wrong with that as adventure flicks are awesome and this one is pretty good.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a very charming adventure flick that manages to transcend its somewhat familiar storyline and characters with great cinematography, excellent direction and editing, good character dynamics and some really moving moments. It isn’t inspired, but it’s always sweet and involving.

My Rating – 4

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The Bird Store (1932)

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 The Bird Store is a 1932 Silly Symphony animated short film by Disney. It is one of the better entries of its time.

I really liked this Silly Symphony. Yes, it does start very slow and it’s filled with those repetitive musical movements, but what differentiates it from others of its time is definitely its second half which is very different from the first one. The film suddenly got substance there and it was very engaging and charming to watch.

When the cat bursts into the store and tries to catch a small bird, the other birds organize a rescue mission for the little one. That was very heartwarming, albeit totally unrealistic. I mention realism because the film is apparently quite realistic before that counterattack as the birds are portrayed to be quite clueless (that bird exploring doesn’t know anything about the objects surrounding him) and also music oriented (the bird parents teaching their little one how to sing is such a sweet scene). The animation of the cat is once again dated and odd looking, but the animation of the birds is excellent and I just loved that Marx brothers reference which was very funny.

The Bird Store is typical in its first half, but very good in its second half while also being very well animated and heartwarming.

 My Rating – 3.8

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Pocahontas (1995)

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Pocahontas Movie Review

Pocahontas is a 1995 animated historical musical romance that is the 33rd Disney animated feature film. It is a pretty good and underrated Disney entry.

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Still I cannot see if the savage one is me.

How can there be so much that you don’t know?

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The film follow a Native American woman named Pocahontas and her encounter with Englishman John Smith as he and the other settlers arrive on the continent in search of gold. The story itself I really liked and I realize the criticism leveled at it in terms of historical inaccuracy and that is valid. However, that is usual for Disney films and that’s why I didn’t find it that problematic. The lack of humor is definitely troublesome, but I mostly liked that the film is so serious and mostly realistic as we haven’t really seen a real historical Disney flick before. There aren’t that many fantastical elements here and I liked that. It succeeds as a period piece in my opinion and of course as a musical, but it doesn’t quite succeed as a romance, but more on its songs and romance later.

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Let’s talk about the characters. Pocahontas herself is quite boring to be honest. In fact, she is one of the dullest Disney princesses because she’s just so underdeveloped and somewhat forgettable. I liked her playful nature at first, but then she was too serious later. She is a tough and respectable female character, but that is also a problem as she was to me a bit too great and flawless.

As for John Smith, he is much more realistic and memorable than her and although far from great, he is definitely solid. And now is the perfect time to talk about their relationship. Well, it is both good and bad. It is great for being somewhat realistic and more serious than usual for Disney and I just loved that they didn’t end up together and this is the only somewhat sad ending in a Disney movie which is very commendable. However, the two lack chemistry which is evident from their first scene and they just needed more spark and fun in their scenes together.

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Governor Ratcliffe is a somewhat typical Disney villain who is obese, ugly and obsessed with gold, but I mostly liked him, especially how he mostly satisfied as the bad guy. Chief Powhatan is a strong, if underutilized figure, Thomas is pretty good and very likable, Nakoma is sympathetic as Pocahontas’s friend and Kocoum was annoying to me. Grandmother Willow is such a wonderful motherly presence and a rare, but strong fantastical inclusion here. As for the animal sidekicks, they are quite frankly not great. Flit didn’t get much to do and Meeko was oaky, but his scenes with Percy the pug went on for too long. This is the movie that didn’t need animal sidekicks and these two are cute, but totally unnecessary and disappointing in humor.

Pocahontas benefits from some gorgeous animation. I do get why some people may not like this movie, but nobody really can deny its artistic and musical merits. And the animation is one of its strongest suits. The colors are so pleasant and very authentic as we’ve never really seen the use of red so much before. The movie looks fluid and sometimes even poetic, especially during some of the musical sequences. The character design is pretty good and the humans look quite solid and realistic.

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And the reason why Pocahontas entirely succeeds as a musical film is because it has such an awesome soundtrack with excellent songs as well as a terrific score. The Virginia Company is so cool! It is the song that I picked upon only upon my third viewing, but I now realize how incredibly catchy and wonderfully fitting to its time period it is. This movie definitely benefits from a strong attention to detail as it looks and sounds like 17th century and Steady as the Beating Drum is another strong case for it.

Listen with Your Heart is intriguing and well scored, but If I Never Knew You is boring and I just strongly dislike Mine, Mine, Mine and it’s the only mediocre song here. But of the big three, all are pretty good. Just Around the Riverbend is a bit overrated to me, but its sequence is so well constructed and it serves as a very good plot device. Savages is phenomenal. It is one of the darkest and purely evil songs in the Disney canon thanks to some really striking words. It is such a great villain song. I really liked the reprises of all of the songs too.

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But of course the highlight has to be Colors of the Wind. This is undoubtedly one of my favorite and one of the best Disney songs of all time! The scene alone is gorgeous both in its animation and in its poetic feel. The lyrics are just beautiful and it has such a strong environmental message as well as being a great plea for tolerance and a good case against ignorance. But it is also beautifully sung by Judy Kuhn and it’s such a catchy, moving and grand musical number.

As I said before, the score is also great. In fact, it might just be better than the songs as it is that good! The Colors of the Wind theme at the end is just breathtaking and it propels that scene to even higher levels. Speaking of that scene, I adore it and it’s to me one of the finest ever Disney endings. Nobody died and the conflict was stopped, but Pocahontas and John Smith say goodbye to each other and that was definitely such a sad moment. But watching her run to the cliff and then say goodbye using her Native American hand language and seeing him use it too was just beautiful and the fact that it was followed by that perfect score and gorgeous animation just adds to its incredible quality. I also really liked the use of nature in this film and how the leaves flew by in this scene. I thought that said movement was a bit overused before, but in this scene it worked to its fullest advantage.

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The cinematography is excellent, the pacing is a bit slow, but thankfully the movie wasn’t boring, at least not to me. The voice acting is quite good, but the humor is very weak as I stated before and it’s one of the movie’s biggest detractors. But I really liked its time period and setting along with its protagonist. It is very rare for a Hollywood film to revolve around Native Americans and I found Pocahontas to be very respectable of these people as they were very well portrayed. And I loved that it didn’t take sides as it showed how hostile both groups were to one another. It is quite artistic at times and mostly quite sophisticated, if a bit too straightforward at times. Its emotion is evident and strong, but the dialogue should have been better. And of course its message is important and well conveyed. In the end, it isn’t one of the strongest Disney movies and it is weak when compared to most of the other Renaissance entries, but it is still a pretty good, respectable feature that is definitely underrated.

Pocahontas is at times overly serious, its humor is quite weak, the use of animal sidekicks is mediocre and the characterization overall isn’t the greatest, but I still find it to be a pretty good, sometimes even admirable film that is quite underrated as well. Its animation is just gorgeous and at times even artistic and contributing greatly to a somewhat poetic quality to the movie. It succeeds as an interesting period piece, but mostly as a great musical as the songs are amazing, the score is just terrific and it has one of the best ever Disney endings in a scene that is so powerful and breathtaking.

My Rating – 4

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Quiet! Pleeze (1941)

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 Quiet! Pleeze is a 1941 animated short from Popeye the Sailor series. It is an ordinary, yet very well executed cartoon.

Here we are again given a Pappy oriented entry and needless to say, it gets tired. Nothing here is particularly original and I’ve seen Popeye trying to save a person from waking up before. However, whereas it thoroughly lacks in originality, the film compensates with quite good humor and some great scenes.

The ending is particularly great. The twist is expected, but solid and Popeye’s last moment is superb. I also really liked the score in here and Popeye is excellent with his signature murmuring. Pappy is here much better than he is usually and he was even funny, especially in that ending. All of that led to one of the better Pappy shorts.

Quiet! Pleeze is far from original, but well executed with solid humor and a great ending.

 My Rating – 4

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Midnight in a Toy Shop (1930)

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Midnight in a Toy Shop is a 1930 Disney Silly Symphony film. It is such a typical for the time entry.

The spider wanders into the toy shop and starts to explore it, but is scared by the toys in the dark. Here we get another dance cartoon with dance sequences taking over the entire affair for too much of its running time. And needless to say, it was very boring to witness, only further affected by a pretty long running time. The premise is also typical, albeit the setting of a toy shop is intriguing and it had promise.

The spider in Midnight in a Toy Shop is the one which was later used in ‘Egyptian Melodies‘ which is a much better film than this one. I find the character designs to be too simplistic and definitely a product of its time, but what differentiates this from other silly Symphonies of the time such as for example ‘Frolicking Fish’ is an overall more polished animation meaning better movements and very well animated backgrounds.

Midnight in a Toy Shop is technically quite solid, but it’s sorely lacking in substance as it is again a dance obsessed cartoon typical of its time.

 My Rating – 3.1

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Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

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Picnic at Hanging Rock is a 1975 Australian mystery film directed by Peter Weir. It is an authentic, but ultimately disappointing movie.

It follows the fictitious disappearance of several schoolgirls and their teacher during a picnic at Hanging Rock in 1900. First I have to say that I found both its premise and setting very authentic and quite fascinating. But the execution is unfortunately weak and it ruined what could have been a special movie. It was just way too slow paced, dull and frankly at times pretentious to be enjoyed more.

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What we see and what we seem are but a dream,

a dream within a dream

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The characters were particularly uninspired and although well acted by its cast, I found none of them to be remotely interesting or memorable. The direction from Peter Weir is good, but the pacing is off. The movie isn’t long, but it is boring which is a thing that bothered me the most about it. Its slow pacing and some very long, dull takes definitely led to that feeling.

Picnic at Hanging Rock shines in the technical aspects. The cinematography is absolutely terrific and I loved both the camera movements greatly employed here and its scenery. The scenery is gorgeous and watching this eponymous setting being brought to life was fascinating. Both the setting and the time period are quite interesting. And the score is really good and very atmospheric. The entire movie definitely has an ominous, very mysterious quality to it which is why it somewhat succeeds as a solid mystery film. It’s just the execution of its plot and characters that ruined it for me.

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The movie starts really well, but its second and third act disappointed me as it was just not that involving. There were much better ways to tell this story and the filmmakers unfortunately decided to tell it in a rather ordinary, only at certain times inspired, manner. The emotion is lacking and the film is rather cold. In the end, Picnic at Hanging Rock was an immensely disappointing experience for me as I expected great things about it based on its premise and status, but I was just terribly let down.

Picnic at Hanging Rock is one of the most disappointing movies I’ve seen recently. The setting is very intriguing, the cinematography is superb as is its score and it is mysterious and atmospheric, but the characters are so uninspired, the story isn’t particularly well told and the pacing is very slow leading to a dull, somewhat pretentious and ultimately immensely disappointing film.

My Rating – 3

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South Park Season 19 (2015)

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South Park Season 19

The nineteenth season of South Park is on par with its predecessor and the two are the worst seasons in the series’ history.

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I don’t know where to begin with this one. Let’s just say that this season is even worse than its predecessor when it comes to continuity. Whereas the previous season only had a couple of subplots continuing and feeling connected, this one is all one giant, epic, fully connected storyline and although that’s admirable, I don’t like it as it led to an obsession with just one subject matter (political correctness) and it left no room for traditional humor.

Stunning and Brave is an okay opening episode and I really liked their portrayal of Caitlyn Jenner. Her physical appearance was unfortunate and that move was definitely transphobic, but the attack on her personality and how the people suddenly forgot all her flaws once she became a woman was truthful and a great satire. But Cartman’s character is just awful this time around and almost in this whole season he is reduced to a weak presence not like himself whatsoever.

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Where My Country Gone? is one of the best episodes of the season without a doubt as it’s a great return to form for Garrison and I loved him being portrayed as Donald Trump basically. He was so funny in his “fuck them to death” speeches.

The City Part of Town is one of the weakest episodes here. It is important in terms of storytelling, but in terms of comedy, it is so weak and I was endlessly annoyed by those live-action commercial segments that unfortunately took a significant chunk of the running time.

You’re Not Yelping is phenomenal. It is definitely the finest episode of this season and the only truly hilarious part. The entire critique of amateur critics and how everyone nowadays deems himself a worthy critic and has a high opinion of him/herself is just so painfully relevant while simultaneously being laugh out loud funny. And this is the only good role for Erik here.

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Safe Space is another excellent episode. And truly these two episodes are the only great parts of the season. Yes, it wasn’t as well crafted as I hoped it would be, but again the safe space subject matter is very important for today’s society and I loved how it was portrayed in a realistic fashion, having both positive and negative aspects about it. And Randy’s subplot here is so clever and funny.

Tweek x Craig is such a major disappointment as the premise had a lot of potential, but the execution is just incredibly mediocre. Yes, the episode is very funny at times, it’s animated superbly and it ends well, but it is in terms of the plot illogical and I just found some of its choices to be questionable and its humor should have been great and not just good.

Naughty Ninjas has some great moments with the boys and I liked Officer Barbrady quite a bit here, but again the fusion of these two subplots isn’t the greatest and the episode frankly felt too repetitive and, as is the case with the entire season, the emphasis is too much on satire instead of good humor.

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And now we come to the last three episodes that serve as the closing trilogy. I found this trilogy to easily be the worst in South Park’s history as its thriller-like approach is very annoying, it is too rushed, so weakly edited and again obsessed with being relevant way too much. Sponsored Content is the best of the bunch as it does have a good use of Jimmy, but both Truth and Advertising as well as PC Principal Final Justice are too fast paced and rarely funny to be enjoyed more.

I found its handling of PC culture excellent, but it became obsessed with that subject matter to the point of being repetitive. It is a season obsessed with relevance and continuity and it rarely delivers great humor. PC Principal does have some good moments, but is mostly an annoying new character. A couple of episodes here are pretty great, but most of the other episodes are either just solid or frankly annoying and mediocre. It is a smart season, but an unpleasantly atypical South Park season that way too much sacrificed its true characterizations and nature.

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Worst Episodes: The City Part of Town and PC Principal Final Justice.

Best Episodes: You’re Not Yelping and Safe Space.

My Rating – 3.5

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