Tango (1981)

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Tango is a 1981 Polish Oscar winning animated short film directed by Zbigniew Rybczynski. It’s an original film.

The film follows a group of thirty six different people in a house as they go about their daily routines but their paths never intersect so in my opinion this is the same house but set in very different time periods. I found this experiment really authentic as there isn’t anything quite like it either in animation or live-action. Watching these people provides a somewhat hypnotic experience and a highly memorable one.

Tango is not perfect owing to its style. I honestly found its live-action figurines or whatever you could call them very unappealing and the film almost looked like a live-action movie whereas it was supposed to be animation. I would have preferred to have animated characters much more. And the ending should have been more striking. But other than that, the film is intriguing in tone and quality, so well scored and even fascinating.

Tango is a deserved Oscar winner with an authentic premise and an other-worldly feel to it.

My Rating – 4

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Doctor Who Season 6 (1968)

Doctor Who Season 6 Review

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Doctor Who Season 6 Review

The sixth season of Doctor Who is another flawed but solid one which I prefer over the previous two seasons owing in big part to its last great serial.

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Your appearance has changed before,

it will change again. That is part of the sentence

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Doctor Who Season 6 Review

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The Dominators is not particularly memorable or exciting. It definitely has a very interesting premise that could have been well utilized but it wasn’t and consequently we are left with another forgettable alien species.

The Mind Robber is actually rather interesting and the most different and refreshing Doctor Who story in quite a while. I am of course talking about its genre which is fantasy and that is something this sci-fi show usually did not set out to do. It is a silly story with famous book characters coming to life, but in all its silliness there is definitely a certain weird charm and I enjoyed it.

The Invasion is another typical Cybermen storyline which benefits from raised stakes and higher danger, but that danger is ruined by their unwillingness to show us the titular enemies and thus the story is filled with too much dialogue and not enough action.

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Doctor Who Season 6 Review

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The Krotons is an entirely forgettable serial. It started off with a somewhat interesting episode with pretty solid atmosphere, but it ended up being boring and typical with another dose of silly aliens with silly designs to them.

The Seeds of Death could have been pretty good as it has a good use of the Moon and a pretty solid premise, but it ultimately became preoccupied with the Ice Warriors and these creatures were used a bit too much for my own liking.

The Space Pirates is an entirely silly affair which definitely could be fun, but I couldn’t judge it properly owing to it being missing. Only the second episode survives and it is solid, but the other five are unfortunately lost.

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Doctor Who Season 6 Review

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The War Games is one of the best serials so far without a doubt. It has a very a good use of World War I and it is a very entertaining story that is unfortunately done by its high number of episodes with ten being just too much. But it is still such a good story and I loved its finale where the doctor was sentenced to exile on Earth and regenerated into a different form. I am definitely looking forward to the new doctor and I have to say that the second one grew on me a bit during this season, but I still do prefer the first one much more.

Overall, the sixth season of Doctor Who has its fair share of silly and forgettable serials, but some are great and the final one is one of the best stories so far and one of the finest finales for sure.

Worst Serials: The Dominators and The Krotons.

Best Serials: The Mind Robber and The War Games.

Worst Episodes: The Dominators Episode 2, The Dominators Episode 3, The Krotons Episode 3 and The Krotons Episode 4.

Best Episodes: The Mind Robber Episode 2, The Mind Robber Episode 4, The War Games Episode 9 and The War Games Episode 10.

My Rating – 3.5

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Egghead Rides Again (1937)

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Egghead Rides Again is a 1937 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a pretty solid flick.

Egghead is a boy who wants to become a cowboy but fails at every test given to him and eventually ends up getting the job but the job contains cleaning horse and cow feces. This is the first ever introduction of Egghead who would appear in later 30s Merry Melodies as well. I liked him, but I did not love his design or his voice.

The film itself is another one of those entries where the protagonist is endlessly humiliated and the humiliation was excessive for sure, but it was also funny and the ending was of course the hilarious highlight. The first half is not as engaging as the second one and the animation is not the greatest, but the film is interesting in setting and protagonist and it mostly succeeds as a good introduction to him.

Egghead Rides Again is weaker in first half, but stronger in the second one with a particularly funny ending.

My Rating – 3.6

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Porky’s Super Service (1937)

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Porky’s Super Service is a 1937 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a very mean-spirited short.

Porky Pig works at a gas station and when one car arrives, the baby in it starts bothering him in various ways. Now I don’t why this film is so mean toward Porky as he is literally humiliated here in multiple manners and the ending seemed overly aggressive and I wanted the baby to pay but he went unscathed unfortunately.

But this entry is still a lot of fun and quite funny at times with its various gags which are definitely mean, but most certainly highly entertaining and some are even really well thought out. I did not like the design of the baby, but he was still a memorable brat and they really conveyed well how awful he is. I liked the mother’s part too.

Porky’s Super Service is one of the most mean-spirited Looney Tunes thus far with many funny and entertaining gags. Poor Porky.

My Rating – 3.7

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The Jetsons Season 1 (1962)

The Jetsons Season 1 Review

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The Jetsons Season 1 Review

The Jetsons is a science fiction comedy animated show that first premiered in 1962. It is one of Hanna-Barbera’s greatest classics.

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Women drivers… ooh!

I ought’a be arrested for running this school

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The Jetsons Season 1 Review

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This came at a time when Hanna-Barbera was at the height of their powers. This came at the time of ‘The Flintstones’ and it honestly came pretty close to the quality of that wonderful classic show. I did not expect that and I was pleasantly surprised.

So the year is 2062 and it follows a family living in the 21st century meaning that it is pretty much an animated sitcom and a great one at that. This show is very old-fashioned at its core. Let me explain. It does happen in the future, a full century apart from its air date, but even though everything is very futuristic and far-fetched in terms of gadgetry and technology, at its core the family is very traditional and the series is at times quite sexist for instance. But for its flaws, it has that wonderful old sitcom quality to it that I loved it nonetheless. I like its humor, its score and especially its high quality, charming animation.

The first season aired in 1962 and 1963 and it consists of 24 episodes. As is usual for the very first season, I will first talk about each and every character and then I will comment upon each of its episodes. George is pretty similar to Fred Flintstone, though not as cranky and is much calmer in behavior. He is a pretty likable, memorable protagonist and he carries a lot of this show on his shoulders.

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Jane is a typical wife meaning that she is a housewife and doesn’t get much to do and rarely goes outside even. Her character is the most dated on the show but she is still a good, likable character and the two share a very good relationship that echoes the one between Fred and Wilma and although certainly not as strong, they are still lovable together.

Elroy is as forgettable as your usual child character, especially in a sitcom, but is I guess better than most and thankfully not used sparingly. Judy is also highly dated with her obsession with boys and again thankfully not used too sparingly. Astro is interesting as this human-like dog in speech and design and his episodes were mostly quite cute.

Rosie is awesome as their robot maid and I loved her so much that I wonder why she was so shortchanged in this first season as she got barely two episodes for herself. And of course Mr. Spacely is your typical 60s cartoon boss, but highly amusing and I loved the episodes with him and George as their dynamic is great. Also the episodes with his rival Cogswell were mostly superb.

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Rosey the Robot is the first Jetsons episode and it is absolutely wonderful! It is one of the most perfect episodes of this season as it gets everything right – not only does it introduce us to each of its characters competently but also to its world and it is just such a great story and a great emphasis on how good this character is. Rosey’s story is so well told here and highly endearing. A Date with Jet Screamer is the exact opposite, on the other hand. Very weak episode and your typical dated cartoon episode which relied too much on music and celebrity culture (and Judy).

The Space Car is pretty solid, but your typical switched identity, shenanigans cartoon episode and not particularly exciting in its format or execution, though competently made for sure. The Coming of Astro is awesome as the first introduction to their pet dog Astro. He is such a cute creation and this episode was a very interesting backstory in a way as he had to compete with a robot dog for a home which seemed very realistic for a future. It’s a moving story.

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Jetsons’ Night Out is the episode that reminded me the most of The Flintstones and the most sitcom-like episode of this bunch probably. Watching George and his boss Mr. Spacely try to get to a football game by lying to their wives was a very amusing affair. The Good Little Scouts is a dated episode as this scouting is very boring and not timely, but the Moon setting at least adds some spice to this tired story.

The Flying Suit is very futuristic and it was a lot of fun watching George fly in the titular flying suit and the business side to this episode was very well thought out as well. Rosey’s Boyfriend is a rare first season Rosie story and I really liked it, though it is inferior to her first episode. These two robots falling in love was a silly, but endearing tale.

Elroy’s TV Show started off unpromisingly, but ended off really well with the arrival of Spacely and I liked the entire development that happened in its second half. Uniblab gives us the titular worker robot and I am not a fan of his, but he does provide a great, amusing deal of frustration for George.

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A Visit from Grandpa is so good! It’s such a funny, frequently even hilarious timeless tale of how children treat their elders and how sometimes the grandpas live the most energetic of lives. It is a fun, futuristic spin on this story and it employs its futurism to terrific effect as it provides us a wonderful character in Grandpa Jetson and I am so sad that he did not get more episodes as he totally deserved them. Astro’s Top Secret is a typical business rivalry episode, but not the best of the bunch.

Las Venus is such a wonderful honeymoon type of episode and I loved the exploration of romantic space travel in the future and the shenanigans with George balancing his love and work life was superbly executed here. Elroy’s Pal is not my favorite as it revolves around superheroes and Elroy.

Test Pilot is such an enjoyable, really funny episode. George gets to be a test subject for an indestructible jacket and naturally this was a hilarious part. Millionaire Astro follows a custody battle between a millionaire and the Jetsons for Astro. I loved him here and this is such a relatable, highly emotional episode for any dog owner/adoptive parent.

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The Little Man is solid as these type of episodes go, but still I am really getting tired of “shrinking” episodes at large so I definitely did not love this one. Jane’s Driving Lesson is the reason why I called this show sexist. Oh my God, was this episode sexist! I honestly could not believe my eyes and my ears. But this came out in the early 60s so I forgave it and watching Jane torment the driving instructor by driving horribly and following their brilliant facial expressions definitely made my day as it was absolutely hysterical. It is one of the funniest things I’ve seen recently and that scene where she first enters the car killed me. And thankfully the episode ended on a high, less hateful note so that way they could be forgiven more easily.

G.I. Jetson is not the greatest episode and it takes its time to get there, but it eventually does get there with a surprisingly great, funny use of Uniblab. He pleasantly reminded me of HAL 9000 from ‘2001’. Miss Solar System is such a funny, perfectly executed classical sitcom episode and I loved Jane here and how she proved George wrong by winning the titular title.

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Private Property is quite entertaining and one of the better Cogswell/Spacely rivalry episodes and it features such a funny conclusion. Dude Planet is probably the most unabashedly romantic episode of this bunch, but the one that did not utilize on its great premise to the fullest extent.

TV or Not TV is a shenanigans episode and not my cup of tea as it relies too heavily on paranoia. Elroy’s Mob is not the greatest finale. Finally we got to see the school of the future and that was fun, but the rest of the episode was typical and not as engaging for me personally.

Overall, the first season of The Jetsons is very good with some not so great episodes, but with the majority being very good or downright great with many either funny or emotional stories and I loved how comedic, charming and ultimately endearing it is.

Worst Episodes: A Date with Jet Screamer, Astro’s Top Secret, Elroy’s Pal and The Little Man.

Best Episodes: Rosey the Robot, The Coming of Astro, A Visit from Grandpa, Las Venus, Millionaire Astro, Jane’s Driving Lesson and Miss Solar System.

My Rating – 4.2

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Jungle Rhythm (1929)

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Jungle Rhythm is a 1929 Mickey Mouse cartoon. It is such a weak entry.

The only pretty good thing that it has going for it is the animation and how those dances were executed and how the sounds were created using the animals. I liked how it has various different animals in it and they looked fine. But there is absolutely no plot to be had here whatsoever and the film is as slight of a cartoon as you could possibly get.

It isn’t bad, but it is just weak. The music is okay, but repetitive and the entire film was overlong, somewhat dull and exceedingly repetitive in execution. I wished for some songs but I did not get them. Mickey here is interestingly not as mean-spirited as previously portrayed so maybe he is starting to change.

Jungle Rhythm is the weakest Mickey Mouse film thus far with no plot to it and with very repetitive execution.

My Rating – 3.1

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Sweet Sioux (1937)

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Sweet Sioux is a 1937 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a pretty solid short.

This is actually a very solid short despite all odds going against it and more on that later. It follows Native Americans and it has no plot but is just about music as we follow their dances. I am usually against heavy on music and light on plot cartoons but this one benefits from very good score and it is a lot of fun. All of the dance scenes were highly amusing and diverse as we also got Russian music in there too which was interesting. The film is a lot of fun with an infectious energy to it.

However, the Native Americans are portrayed in a very racist manner with their mannerisms and behavior being highly stereotypical. I do not blame the movie so much as it was from a different time, but I blame today’s American society. They are the people who censored most of the Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies about African Americans, but this one does not belong in the Censored Eleven despite it being very racist. I find that hypocritical.

Sweet Sioux is racist and with no plot to it, but it is a lot of fun with a highly infectious energy to it and many great dance sequences.

My Rating – 3.5

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Streamlined Greta Green (1937)

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Streamlined Greta Green is a 1937 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a pretty interesting short.

This is a pretty unique premise for a Merry Melody as it concerns a little car who wants to become a taxi against his mother’s wishes. I don’t know why he would want to become a taxi and I thought he looked odd. The character design here is very original, but not really cute and the cars definitely look odd. And for a killer premise such as this one, they did not do a lot with it which was unfortunate.

But the film is still a whole lot of fun with memorable action scenes and such a cute protagonist at its center. The ending was not as memorable, but most of his misadventures were so entertaining and my favorite scene has to be the fuel scene with the fuel serving as alcohol in the world of cars. Very original.

Streamlined Greta Green has odd character design, but a likable main character and it’s a fun, interesting film.

My Rating – 3.7

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Wild Waves (1929)

Wild Waves Review

Wild Waves is a 1929 Mickey Mouse cartoon. It is a solid entry.

This is another one of those musical episodes, but it isn’t as dull. I do think that the first half is much better than the second half as there we witness Mickey save Minnie from drowning in a rather cool sequence. I also liked the ending and the film’s setting and romance are well realized. It is worth seeing just for these two lovebirds who are so charming here.

Mickey whistling to Minnie was sweet but the animation in lip-syncing definitely still needs some work. The overall animation and especially designs of the animals are not great here. The second half involved excessive dancing and singing in that typical late 20s/early 30s style where it is rather repetitive and boring with the same movements repeated throughout.

Wild Waves features overwhelming dancing later on, but the first half is very good and the romance between Mickey and Minnie is wonderful here.

My Rating – 3.5

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Ranking the Alien/Predator Franchise

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Ranking the Alien/Predator Franchise

The Alien franchise is one of the best horror series ever whereas the Predator one is an action classic. I love both of these series and because they eventually crossed their paths, I am here going to rank all 11 films from both Alien and Predator franchises as well as the AVP franchise. There are some great films here, but also some stinkers. Without further ado, here is my ranking.

 

 

11. Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem

This easily takes the last spot on my list as the only film here that I thoroughly disliked. I did not expect to see a strong plot and characterization in an AVP film, but at least I wanted good action and I even did not get that. The action is bad here and the visuals here are dark and simply horrendous leading to such a frustrating cinematic experience.

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10. Alien 3

Alien 3 gets this low a spot mostly because it is so incredibly boring with only a couple of entertaining and memorable sequences. It is certainly well acted and it was a good idea on paper, but in execution it is absolutely mediocre and such a giant mediocre affair that ranks as the worst in both the Alien franchise and in Fincher’s filmography.

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9. Alien vs. Predator

AVP is definitely silly and even ridiculous in its many ludicrous plot points and scenarios, but it’s a movie which benefits from strong sets and atmosphere in the first act and such an immensely entertaining action ride in the second half. It is such a fun movie and infinitely better than its successor.

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8. Alien Resurrection

This movie is frankly a bit underrated and a big improvement over its predecessor. Per usual the characters are quite disposable and the film is at first pretty tedious, but afterwards it becomes more engaging with a couple of memorable sequences. Add to that a very good performance from Winona Ryder and interesting hybrid Xenomorphs and you’ve got one pretty solid flick.

Alien Resurrection Movie Review

 

7. Predator 2

Yes, Predator 2 is the weakest of its trilogy owing to a very boring first half with some racist overtones. However, the third act is so good that it ultimately succeeds as a pretty solid sequel in its own right. I loved that mysterious ending with great Easter Eggs and Danny Glover is a competent substitution for Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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6. Predators

This is one of the most underrated movies on this list. Certainly it needed more Predators in it and I’m not a fan of Adrien Brody, but the character development is surprisingly strong here and actually the best of the trilogy, the action is fun and the storyline is so authentic and such a different take on the franchise that even its unanswered questions did not bother me all that much.

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5. Alien: Covenant

Covenant may not be a favorite as evidenced by a pretty polarized reception from fans but I personally really enjoyed it despite its uneven tone and many illogical sequences. I liked some of its characters, the action was overwhelming but so fun and the visuals are excellent, especially of the planet itself. I also liked its dark ending and I am sad that it won’t get a sequel.

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4. Aliens

Aliens features another incredible performance from Sigourney Weaver in her most iconic role. It also has Newt and they share a great relationship. Some lines of dialogue are undeniably funny and some scenes are so memorable. However, this is still a hugely overrated film which favors action over horror and style. It’s a typical James Cameron movie for better and for worse.

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3. Prometheus

I really like Prometheus as evidenced by this very high third place on the list. It’s a shamefully underappreciated film that has some silly and unbelievable scenes, but such a deep, fascinating mythology and it’s such a different, more sci-fi oriented take on an old franchise that it paid off significantly with many great themes and interesting dialogue. It’s a shame that Ridley Scott was not allowed to continue this intriguing story.

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2. Predator

I am honestly not a fan of 80s action and thus this took some time getting used to. I eventually ended up loving Predator as it’s an undeniably hugely entertaining take on an action film with a killer premise and execution. The characterization is weak, but the action is brilliant, its video game structure is a lot of fun and this movie gave us so many instantly memorable moments. It surely is an action classic.

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1. Alien

As the only true, unprecedented classic on this list, Alien easily takes the first spot as it’s one of the finest horror films of all time. Its original and hugely influential premise is given such a fine, restrained execution, it gave us one of the strongest action heroines in Ripley and it gave us the Xenomorph who here looks fantastic owing to some groundbreaking practical effects. It’s a visually stunning, meditative and powerful film that is superbly made across the board and an undisputed genre masterpiece.

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