Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 1 (1987)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a classic animated superhero comedy TV series. The first season aired in 1987 and consists of five episodes.

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Cawabunga!

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I simply loved this show when I was a kid and it was one of my favorites and now finally years afterwards I decided to watch it and see if it holds up through the eyes of an adult and I am happy to say that it does. The plot and characters are as fun as they ever were and I enjoyed this first season so much and I am looking forward to seeing the rest as this is just the start.

Technically, it is very weak. The animation is as dated and as cheap as any 80s American animated series and that is something that I realize only now. But the character designs are excellent as I love the looks of each of its characters. And the city as well as the sewers are so well utilized as settings.

The voice acting is also very weak across the board. The turtles are voiced better than the others, but overall I am unimpressed. But thankfully it doesn’t take away from the enjoyment of the show too much. As for its score, it is awesome and of course I just love its opening theme – so catchy and a perfect cartoon opening by all means.

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The first season is well paced and it is a good introductory season to all of its characters. It only has five episodes and I am going to go through each of them shortly. I thought this was a great introduction to the storyline, setting and characters and it’s overall a satisfactory first season. The turtles need more development in the future, but they are a lot of fun and I loved their movie references. They are funny and amusing. April O’Neil is a strong female character for the time and I loved her relationship with the turtles; Splinter is such a wonderful sensei character and the villains are all very good from intriguing Shredder to over-the-top Krang to Bebop and Rocksteady who are quite good as stupid henchmen.

Turtle Tracks is a very good pilot for the entire series and it does its job well, although a bit too frenetically. Everyone gets their proper introduction here and I liked how quickly April became part of their gang.

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The Technodrome is introduced in Enter the Shredder which is the season’s finest episode. I loved the entire episode, but the highlight was seeing the backstory of Bebop and Rocksteady and how they were created by Shredder. It was evident here that the show is based on a comic-book series and they adapted it into TV form so well.

A Thing About Rats has its moments and Splinter got more to do, but it is the weakest episode of the first season that started off fine, but ended up with too much action and not enough humor or substance.

Hot Rodding Teenagers from Dimension X is a very entertaining episode and Neutrinos are such crazy and fun, typically 80s characters. But besides setting up Krang’s story and Dimension X, this episode does not belong here as it came way too soon in the show’s run and it isn’t particularly connected to the rest of the season.

Shredder & Splintered is a very good, if too action packed episode that of course features a great fight between the titular characters and such a great ending for the episode and the season. I loved that Krang finally got his body, how Donatello was established as a tech wiz and that we see just how much Splinter cares for his turtle pupils.

Overall, the first season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is too short and rushed, but mostly a very good introduction to the story, setting and its fun characters with great action, fun humor and excellent and well established backstories for each of its memorable characters.

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Worst Episode: A Thing About Rats.

Best Episode: Enter the Shredder.

My Rating – 4.1

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Beau Bosko (1933)

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 Beau Bosko is a 1933 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a very weak, typical entry.

Beau Bosko is the kind of Looney Tune which easily could have been great had they paid more attention. I liked its Middle Eastern setting and the animation was fine. Some moments were also pretty good and the score was okay. But the plot itself is as basic as they come and both Bosko and Honey are underutilized here.

But there are too many Middle Eastern stereotypes in this film making it feel dated and quite of its time period. Overall, all of those supporting characters are weakly used and all are forgettable. The film lacks focus as it doesn’t know whether to focus on the supporting characters or on the Bosko/Honey duo and thus it ended up being highly uneven.

Beau Bosko is interesting, but weakly made, so-so edited and with a lack of focus or a strong plot.

 My Rating – 3.3

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Ivan’s Childhood (1962)

Ivan's Childhood Movie Review

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Ivan’s Childhood Movie Review

Ivan’s Childhood is a 1962 Russian war drama film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. It is a very good directorial debut for Tarkovsky.

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If a well is really deep,

you can see a star down there

even in the middle of a sunny day

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The story isn’t particularly original as contrasting the innocence of childhood with the horrors of war has been done before. ‘Forbidden Games’ has already done that exactly a decade ago from this film. But why this film is better than the aforementioned French film lies in its approach and execution which is as good as it could have been.

The story is well told, the film is dramatic and also quite atmospheric at times. The ending is striking and quite tragic and the use of flashbacks is put to some pretty good use here and isn’t as annoying as usual as I dislike that approach for the most part. But here that structure is solidly organized and the film flows really well apart from a couple of more boring sequences.

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Where the film fails is in the titular protagonist. Ivan is an unlikable brat, at least that’s how I saw him. If he was more likable, his eventual death would have been much more tragic to me. And all of the other characters aren’t all that well developed expect for Galtsev who is solid. But Masha’s role isn’t clear here. Maybe he wanted to portray how difficult it must have been for women in the army back then, but that entire sequence with her in the woods was well realized and interesting, but not that important in the context of the overall story.

But the acting is very good and everyone did a really nice job in their roles. Nikolai Burlyaev did such a good job at such a young age, he delivered a very strong performance in a pretty demanding role. As for Tarkovsky himself, this is one competent debut, there is no denying that. What I liked about Ivan’s Childhood is that it is less pretentious and artistic than his later films and that was good. It is much more straightforward and engaging than usual for the director.

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Ivan’s Childhood’s biggest strength has to be the cinematography which is amazing. The film is so beautifully shot that it is one of the finest looking black and white films of the sixties for sure. The sets are intriguing and well utilized and the black and white photography is stark and artistic. Some of the imagery such as the woods and especially the boat sequence near the end were striking and unforgettable. The camera movements and shots here are so polished. So the film is mostly style over substance, but it has a well told story and some great dramatic sequences so it succeeds as a pretty good debut for Tarkovsky.

Ivan’s Childhood has a couple of unnecessary sequences and the titular protagonist isn’t as likable as he should have been, but this is a very good debut for Tarkovsky as Nikolai Burlyaev delivered a very strong performance, the story is well told and pleasantly straightforward and the film is so beautifully shot with some striking imagery and its exquisite visual quality is surely its standout aspect.

My Rating – 4

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Treasure Planet (2002)

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Treasure Planet Movie Review

Treasure Planet is a 2002 animated science fiction film which is the 43rd Disney animated feature. It is a solid, but very flawed film.

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Look at you! Glowing like a solar fire.

You’re something special, Jim. You’re gonna rattle the stars, you are!

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The film is basically a modern retelling of Treasure Island, but set in space. That is a high-concept idea of mixing old with new that is pretty clever in my opinion, but it’s a shame that it was never executed to the fullest degree. It never utilized on its great potential. In my opinion, Disney copied Star Wars too much here with all the robots, space adventure and weird alien designs. The film is engaging to watch and sometimes quite charming, but it’s just never as adventurous as it should have been.

The characters are a mixed bag here. Some work, others not at all. Jim Hawkins is a solid hero as he is more modern than usual for Disney. I also liked that he wasn’t as heroic and as good as usual and that was refreshing. He is definitely an even more modern version of Aladdin. John Silver is excellent and he is the finest character here without any doubt. I loved his accent and his constant shifting from good to bad was very interesting to follow. The relationship between the two again reminded me of ‘Aladdin’. In that film Al and Genie were best buddies and their friendship seemed like a bromance. Here it is exactly the same and although not done as well, they are still a very charming, wonderful duo and the heart and soul of this film.

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Delbert Doppler is a hit-or-miss character who still could be funny at times and Captain Amelia is a tough female character and of course Emma Thompson killed it in the role, but the two just weren’t as well developed as they should have been which is a shame as both had potential. But their pairing was fun. And even though I liked Emma in this role, it was still too obvious that it was her and to me the voice casting here should have went to the unknowns.

Mr. Arrow is underdeveloped, but his death was still pretty tragic. Jim’s mother is typical, but still it was great that finally a Disney hero has a mother and the fact that his father did not die but left them was also pretty refreshing. Scroop is a pretty striking spider villain and some of his scenes verged into horror territory which was an interesting and ultimately successful approach. Morph is so cute and I loved all of his scenes. His design is interesting and he’s a wonderful sidekick. The same cannot be said for B.E.N. who is such an annoying robot that is an obvious rehash of C3PO from Star Wars that it was quite shameful. His jokes did not work and he was so annoying and unnecessary that he totally ruined the second half of the movie.

Treasure Planet is beautifully animated as it features a very pleasing mix of hand-drawn animation with computer generated imagery. The use of Deep Canvas from ‘Tarzan’ is also put to good use. I loved the looks of the different aliens and especially of the ship itself. The color palette is gorgeous as the extensive use of blue and purple was great as it led to a pretty interesting looking and different film.

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But it’s such a shame that, as I said in my review of ‘Atlantis’, Disney just never managed to properly make an ”anime” film which is basically what they tried here. The attempt is certainly admirable, but only half-successful unfortunately.

As for its score, it is excellent and its theme is very uplifting and memorable. Whenever it appeared in the movie, it lifted those scenes emotionally. And its basically only song I’m Still Here is an interesting departure for Disney as it is a rock song for once. I liked it personally. It isn’t great, but it is catchy and serves its purpose in terms of emotion for the relationship between Silver and Jim.

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Treasure Planet isn’t as emotional as it should have been overall and only the main duo provides charm and emotion here. The humor is hit-or-miss. The film is awfully frenetic in pacing and the action is solid, but certainly overwhelming. The film is not well edited at all and the entire second half is rushed and not as great as the build-up demanded it to have been. Overall, it succeeds as a solid and even underrated in a way sci-fi tale (similar in quality to underrated ‘Titan A.E.’), but it is still far from great and another proof that Disney never quite managed to make a successful movie when it departed from fairy tales and animal pictures.

The bromance between Jim Hawkins and John Silver is interesting and charming, the visuals are frequently mesmerizing and the film features a fine mix of new and old ideas. But it has too much action, it is badly paced and the supporting characters are not as memorable. It was also influenced by Star Wars a bit too much. So Treasure Planet is in the end a solid and admirable sci-fi effort, but a very flawed one indeed.

My Rating – 3.5

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Top 20 Disney Renaissance Characters

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Top 20 Disney Renaissance Characters

These Disney characters left a lasting impression on me and every Disney fan during one of their most important periods which is of course the nineties. All nine movies got their representatives here and this is mostly a very personal list so some fan favorites and famous characters are not going to be here if I don’t like them myself. So here are the twenty best Disney Renaissance characters with a couple of honorable mentions.

20. Pocahontas

Pocahontas is a bit bland for sure, but still an important character for Disney and for Hollywood movies in general. Finally we see here a good, respectable presentation of Native Americans and Pocahontas herself is brave, selfless and ultimately a very positive and commendable protagonist. She’s certainly one of the strongest Disney princesses.

19. Iago

Now Iago is the definition of a fun henchman who even steals the show from Jafar at times. I like his Shakespearean name, the voice acting is great and his design is very interesting and memorable. He is evil for sure, but his frequently hilarious lines are what makes him such a strong and fun henchman character.

18. Esmeralda

Like Pocahontas above, Esmeralda is another admirably strong female character and this time an admirable presentation of a gypsy woman. I liked her relationship with both Quasimodo and Phoebus and to me she is not just a pretty love interest, but a strong, brave character in her own right.

17. Simba

Simba is at times obnoxious during his kid age, that’s for sure. But he is much more likable when adult and I cannot deny how strong his character is not only in development, but in terms of storytelling as his story is a great rendition of Hamlet. He is your regular Disney hero, but done well nonetheless.

16. Tarzan

Tarzan’s story is so well told in Disney form. Watching him grow up, face romance, danger and ultimately his past was an emotionally rewarding experience. His interactions with everyone else in the movie are excellent and he is a well written, likable and ultimately very satisfactory titular hero in such a frustratingly underrated Disney flick.

15. Aladdin

I have to be honest and say that I find Jasmine to be overly cocky which is why she is not on my list. Aladdin himself is also a bit arrogant, but I like him much more than I like her as he can be surprisingly likable at times and I liked that he is a different and realistic hero and not all that good a person at times. But his buddy relationship with Genie is where he shines as the two are adorable together.

14. Jane Porter

I love Jane and she is one of Disney’s most underrated female characters unfortunately. Her transition from a regular love interest and British woman to a free and wild girl is portrayed not only through the change of wardrobe, but also through the change in personality. Her relationship with Tarzan is surprisingly romantic and she is not only very sympathetic, but also unexpectedly funny at times.

13. Gaston

Gaston got a very typical Disney death, but regardless of that, he is a very good villain. He is interesting for being the first good looking villain and that provides us with many hilarious moments in the film. He is not only truly dangerous as a villain, but also frequently very funny with a couple of hysterical lines here and there.

12. Fa Mulan

Being probably the strongest Disney princess, Mulan is great for being a tough female character, but for using her brains to compensate for the lack of strength. Her story is powerful and especially timely now and she is not only strong and smart, but pretty and charming as well.

11. Scar

Scar made some truly awful choices and thus ended up being not as great as he could have been, but he is still a formidable villain in the movie. He straight-out killed his brother in an unforgettable tragic sequence, Jeremy Irons’ performance is excellent and he also received the best Disney villain song ever in delightfully evil and fun Be Prepared.

10. Jafar

Jafar is a low-key villain and I liked that about him. He again got not such a great ending, but his menacing, cold and calculating personality is different than most Disney villains and thus he is much more realistic and certainly creepier. His voice and looks are great, but he got this tenth spot for being very smart and not making a single mistake until that ending.

9. Ursula

Ursula is another villain who received a bad ending and surely her death where she got hit by a boat was ridiculously anti-climactic. But other than that, she is the second best Renaissance villain as she has such an interesting look to her – being based on a drag queen – she is very clever and she never made a single mistake and all her plans worked really well. She also has a solid song in Poor Unfortunate Souls and that whole scene is remarkable.

8. Quasimodo

Quasimodo, like Pocahontas, did not get an entirely happy ending as he did not get the girl, but he did step out of the church at least. This is Disney’s only special needs character and they did a great job portraying him as he’s likable without being too perfect, selfless and ultimately a very moving central character in such a dark film.

7. Belle

Belle is one of the best Disney princesses and a great transition from classic to modern princess as she isn’t too strong, yet she’s certainly not a damsel in distress. She is memorable for having a very natural look to her which was great and refreshing for a Disney heroine at the time. Belle is smart and caring, but also a bit full of herself which makes her more realistic.

6. King Triton

Probably the most underrated character on this list is King Triton who gets the sixth place. When you think about it, he is actually the most important character in The Little Mermaid and his story is so well told. He had to learn to let her daughter go which was immensely difficult to do. His love for Ariel is touching and he is the best and most wonderful Disney dad ever.

5. Beast

Beast is a great, different kind of prince for Disney and definitely groundbreaking for his time. Gaston is good looking and he is not. He was conceited and spoiled and he had to overcome that and become a better person in order to regain his human form and get the girl. Beast and Belle are the great Disney couple and he is the more human and fascinating of the two.

4. Megara

And yes, Megara gets the fourth spot here as another very underrated character from an underrated movie. She is one of my favorite Disney female characters as she’s such a great, different Disney girl than all the rest. Her turn from bad to good is so well established, her romance with Herc is wonderful and she is modeled after all those classic screwball comedy characters from the thirties which is why I love her so much. She looks more realistic as well and her sassy one-liners are a lot of fun.

3. Judge Claude Frollo

Easily the best Disney Renaissance villain is Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He never made a single mistake in the movie, he was consistently dangerous and calculating and his lust for Esmeralda and his conflict with his faith are so well established in one of the best Disney villain songs Hellfire. A truly diabolical and yet realistic character as there were a lot of Frollos during this period, he is definitely one of the best Disney villains ever.

2. Ariel

There are a lot of Little Mermaid characters on this list which was to be expected as that is my favorite Renaissance flick. Ariel is my favorite Disney princess and I know that I am in minority here as most find her to be a poor role model for going out of her length to get a prince. But I think differently. To me she did all of that as she not only wanted Eric, but to become human and experience their world which she thinks is better than the underwater world. Her story is the ultimate immigration story, but I love her for her personality which is quirky and charming, yet always sweet and caring. She is the most lovable and prettiest Disney princess and I love her so much.

1. Sebastian

And the first place goes to another Little Mermaid character and this time it is its sidekick Sebastian. His change in personality is done so well and smoothly; he went from being Ariel’s annoying parent of sorts to her friend and accomplice. His relationship with Ariel is sweet and touching and his interactions with King Triton are also superb. He got a great song in Under the Sea, his Jamaican voice is unforgettable and he is very funny yet having a distinct personality which is why he stands above most Disney sidekicks of the past and future too. Sebastian is such an endearing creation and not only the best Renaissance character, but also the very best Disney sidekick of all time.

Honorable Mentions:

Terk – This is another underrated character and I just love her so much. Terk is original as this butch female gorilla and her relationship with Tarzan is sweet and she’s very funny all the time.

Lumiere and Cogsworth – This comedic duo isn’t as great separately, but together they are very charming, lovable and quite funny.

The Genie – Yes, he did not get on my list as Robin Williams’ performance did not age well and is overrated, but Genie’s still a memorable character and he and Aladdin got a great bromance.

Scuttle – This hilariously stupid and yet caring bird is such a great sidekick and companion to Ariel and he got many great laughs in the film.

Grandmother Fa – She’s such a hilarious grandmother who stole every scene she got in Mulan and I wanted much more from her.

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Summer (1930)

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 Summer is a 1930 Disney short film in the Silly Symphony series. It is a typical seasonal short.

As a sequel to the previous year’s ‘Springtime‘, Summer fails as it is nowhere near as good. To me the musical score here is quite solid and fun and the animation is pretty good for its time. Some moments were memorable and the film utilizes on the season somewhat well as we witness bees, frogs and other animals that thrive during summer.

But it is very light on gags as the film is never as comedic as it should have been. The dance sequences are expectedly overdrawn and somewhat dull and the film is too short and not particularly eventful during its runtime. And more animals should have been used for sure. I guess the film is solid for its time, but it’s a typical early Silly Symphony nonetheless.

Summer is solid and well scored, but forgettable and definitely not as good as its predecessor.

 My Rating – 3.3

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Shake Your Powder Off (1934)

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 Shake Your Powder Off is a 1934 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a very good, funny entry.

This film is by far the best Merry Melody of this period as I do not remember the last time I’ve had such a great time watching a Merry Melody, certainly not from the year of 1934. The plot is so good. A bunch of animals throw a singing competition in a barn. That premise is very similar to Illumination Entertainment’s ‘Sing’ which was interesting to see.

Now the short isn’t great as it could have used a bigger running time, more gags and more memorable characters, but the conflict with the dog in the third act is very well executed and funny. That moment where the birds got their feathers off was hilarious. Another funny and inventive moment was when we see the seating of all the animals and that the ducks got special seating in water. So funny and clever. The entire short has great music and is a lot of fun to watch.

Shake Your Powder Off is one of the best Merry Melodies of its time thanks to a great high-concept idea and a couple of great gags.

 My Rating – 3.9

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Castle in the Sky (1986)

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Castle in the Sky Movie Review

Castle in the Sky is a 1986 animated adventure film directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It is the first Studio Ghibli feature and one of their best in my opinion.

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There’s nothing worse than having your pigtails shot off!

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The plot is so good here. The film is a fantasy, but above all one grand adventure film and rarely have I seen this spectacular an adventure before. Such an amazing experience this movie provides. As is the case with most Miyazaki films, this one features a strong ecological theme and message to it which was great. The film is admirable for being very long, clocking in at two hours which is quite a lot for an animated film, but here it was worth it as the story is so majestic and big that it needed this much time to be told.

The beginning is intriguing and I liked how it started briskly and with an action sequence. Then the rest of the first act was a bit slow, but that was essential for providing character development, atmosphere and build-up. The second act is very good and that is where we get some of the best moments from the pirates. And of course the third act is the highlight as we finally see Laputa. It was fascinating to see the entire island and city on the sky. The details are remarkable, but more on that later. I loved the ending with the spell of destruction being used. It was dark, tragic and yet necessary.

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The character development in Castle in the Sky is solid, but not the greatest. To me Sheeta is a typical protagonist, but an interesting case of a strong female character and sort of a Studio Ghibli princess. Pazu is a bit boring and too good, but he serves his purpose. The two are too heroic and sometimes bland, but the relationship between the two is sweet and they got some charming moments together.

As for Colonel Muska, he is a typical over-the-top and power-hungry villain. However, the fact why I liked him quite a bit lies in the twist in his background which was well executed and in his actions which were capable and he actually was a very competent, strong villain who posed some serious danger for the protagonists.

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But Captain Dola is easily the highlight. Her entire pirate team is a lot of fun and I love her dynamic with her sons and husband. But she is so interesting and unforgettable not only in her looks – pink pigtails is a refreshing look for an old woman – but also in her character as she is good, but still treasure-hungry and she ended up taking a lot of treasure from Laputa in the end. She is simply hilarious and all of the film’s humor comes from her and her many funny lines. She is certainly one of Ghibli’s best and most endearing creations.

The animation in Castle in the Sky is something extraordinary. As I said before, the world building here is simply amazing and the attention to detail is unprecedented. But the animation is so great that it managed to give us all of this world in the best way possible – through old-fashioned hand-drawn style. The character designs are good, the use of color is great and Laputa is breathtaking to witness. I loved its original look, those robots also have an authentic look to them, the nature is beautiful here and the city and its magical properties are so well explored. Everything looks gorgeous in the titular castle, but Pazu’s village is also beautiful to witness and very cozy. This film honestly has one of the best animations ever, that’s how powerful it is. Not only wonderful and detailed, but also stylistic and even artistic. It’s certainly miles above anything Disney produced during this time.

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Castle in the Sky sometimes has overwhelming action for sure, but still that action is surprisingly well executed and it is in fact one of the best action oriented animated films. A lot of the set pieces such as the train scene and the final confrontation on Laputa are instantly recognizable and so well done. The movements are polished and the action is as exciting as the story is engaging.

And the score, oh how wonderful the score in this movie is. It is honestly breathtaking and timeless in quality as it lifts the material and animation to even greater heights and having in mind that both were excellent to begin with, the end result is nothing sort of astonishing. A perfect, well rounded package this film is. The entire score is great and I loved the song in the end, but naturally its theme is the standout here – simply gorgeous and unforgettable. Whenever it appeared in the movie, I was mesmerized.

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So it has its problems such as the protagonists and the dialogue should have been stronger as the script demanded it, but the message is great and this is an ecological movie done right. To me this is one of Hayao Miyazaki’s finest movies and a proof of how strong his direction could be. It is also one of Studio Ghibli’s best and such a phenomenal first feature for this amazing studio.

Castle in the Sky has weaker main characters, but the villain is solid and Captain Dola is one of Ghibli’s funniest and most endearing characters. The story here is excellent, so well told and with a great ecological message. The score is simply beautiful, the world building is extraordinary and the animation is artistic, meticulous in detail and simply mesmerizing leading to one of the best animated films ever in my opinion. It is such an epic, grand adventure that is one of Miyazaki’s best and such a terrific first feature for wonderful Studio Ghibli.

My Rating – 4.5

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Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

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Battle for the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

Battle for the Planet of the Apes is a 1973 science fiction film that is the fifth and weakest entry in the original Apes franchise.

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All knowledge is for good.

Only the use to which you put it can be good or evil

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This is by far the weakest of the original five Apes movies and thankfully they stopped here and made no more Apes movies in the seventies. Here we follow the ultimate war between apekind and mankind and eventually the two learn to peacefully coexist. I loved the ending and it was a sweet way to end the franchise, but the plot is otherwise badly told and the movie is boring and cheap as hell.

Yes, by this time the franchise totally shrank its budget. And here it was obviously noticeable as the ape costumes are pale comparisons to the original, very cheap and mediocre. The entire movie is as dreary and cheap looking in visuals as ‘Conquest of the Planet of the Apes’ looked which is why these two are the only admittedly weak films in this franchise.

But Battle for the Planet of the Apes isn’t even passable as the characters are dull and uninspired and the acting is so bad. The actors here speak their lines with utmost boredom and the end result is hard to listen to. The plot had potential and it could have been an awesome conclusion to this story, but because of some plot holes and inconsistencies in plot details, I was frustrated with it.

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It has a couple of good moments such as the ending and when Caesar looks at the recordings of his parents for the first time. Those two scenes were moving, but other than those two, the film is boring and too action oriented plus that action is very weakly executed and the titular battle definitely needed a bigger budget as it looked uninspired and not exciting at all. For all of those reasons, this sequel is the only Apes sequel that is mediocre and not even okay which was very frustrating to witness.

Battle for the Planet of the Apes has a couple of nice, moving scenes and the ending is good, but this sequel is easily the worst in the original Apes franchise with weaker costumes, mediocre acting, weakly executed battle scenes and such a poor execution of a promising story.

My Rating – 2.5

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Sister Act (1992)

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Sister Act Movie Review

Sister Act is a 1992 comedy film starring Whoopi Goldberg. It is such a a charming, fun movie.

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What am I gonna do here?

I’m gonna go crazy!

There’s nothing but a lot of white women

dressed as nuns! What am I gonna do here?

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Sister Act Movie Review

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It follows a woman who accidentally witnesses a murder and has to be put in a convent in order to be safe. There she pretends to be a nun and befriends other nuns, eventually teaching them how to sing and renewing interest in their church.
Yes, the story does sound clichéd in a typical 90s fashion. It is definitely a product of its time – naive and saccharine. However, I still liked it quite a bit despite those odds as it has a certain charm to it and mostly because the characters are so memorable.
Deloris is such an unforgettable protagonist and Reverend Mother is typical, yet very well developed. The two have such a great progressive relationship. And of course Sister Mary Patrick and Sister Mary Robert are such likable comic reliefs. Their group is so much fun.

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Sister Act Movie Review

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Harvey Keitel plays such a tired gangster as he always does and he is certainly boring here. But the nuns are solidly acted and naturally Maggie Smith killed it in a role best suited for her. She is always superb in the role of cold women who eventually show their softer side. As for Whoopi Goldberg, she definitely is a hugely underrated comedic actress and one of the best, especially of its time. She is immensely likable, she gave such a strong performance and her charisma and comic delivery are remarkable.
Sister Act is also a musical in a way as it definitely has a strong emphasis on songs and I liked all of them, especially the entire performances which were a lot of fun. But I would still classify it as a comedy above all else. Of course I did not care for those gangster elements and they certainly were too mild which was expected of this type of movie.
The film is definitely great for kids. But the humor is so good. I loved some of Deloris’s lines which cracked me up and Whoopi is just wonderful here. It is a shame that she only got this movie and ‘Ghost’ when she should have gotten the chance to play in at least one more big movie during the nineties.

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Sister Act Movie Review

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It is well edited and flies by as it is hugely entertaining. Some scenes worked better than the others, but most were either charming or funny. The film is emotional, but rarely overly sentimental. Despite its flaws, it has such an apparent charm to it that I fell victim to it. It reminded me of all those 90s family flicks I grew up with and although I would usually loathe that as I am not a nostalgic person, here I liked it mostly because of the characters.

Sister Act is childish, naive and definitely clichéd, but also quite charming and a lot of fun. It can be quite funny at times so it succeeds as a memorable comedy. The musical performances are also very entertaining and Whoopi Goldberg is just so fantastic here – hugely charismatic and hilarious. The movie is a product of its time, but a sweet one nevertheless.

My Rating – 4

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