Toy Collection 6: License Plates

I’m posting at a weird time today because I’m: 1. not currently present at the day job (vacation day) and 2. avoiding various responsibilities like checking voicemails, etc.

Today we have movie and tv license plates! We just finished this part of the collection. There actually aren’t as many to choose from as one might think.

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On the left, we have Smokey and the Bandit, Ecto-1 (Ghostbusters), and Jurassic Park. On the right, we have Knight Rider, Back to the Future, and Jeepers Creepers. That last one needs some distress. It’s a little battered in the movie.

But, you ask, what is that tucked behind the corner of the Back to the Future license plate?

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Why, it’s a copy of Marty McFly’s driver license! This came with the license plate. It may have been a surprise; I don’t remember for sure. This is made out of metal like the license plate.

TTFN

Movie: Gods of Egypt

Guess what I have. It’s a movie post! I know, I know. I haven’t done one in forever. But here we are.

Gods of Egypt

Description from IMDB: “Mortal hero Bek teams with the god Horus in an alliance against Set, the merciless god of darkness who has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict.”

Okay, I know I might get some jeers for this one. Gods of Egypt seems to be the movie to hate right now, but I honestly did like it.

I didn’t read about the whole whitewashing thing until after I saw it, but I did notice the multitude of white people, primarily the main characters. I mean, come on. The story takes place in Egypt. A few of my pale-skinned brethren could’ve been there due to some European presence but the ratio was way off. Almost every character that mattered was white.

Once I got past that, the movie was great. So much of it was big, the scenery, the buildings, the monsters, the action, big, big, big and CGI. Lots of CGI, which fit this high-fantasy version of ancient Egypt.

There’s a chariot pulled by big scarab beetles, snake ladies riding giant vipers, a super creepy version of Anubis (my fave), and a bunch of other stuff that’s fun to watch.

The battles are pretty cool. They reminded me of the Avengers fight scenes, people flying around and breaking buildings and such.

My only complaint, other than the lack of ethnic authenticity, was that the movie was too long. They could’ve chopped 20-30 minutes off the thing, and it would’ve been fine. Gods of Egypt gets a C+.

movie: The Babadook

As per usual, maybe more than usual, I’ve been crazy busy. Drive forever, work, drive forever, dinner, children, and somewhere in between, I get snack-sized bits of time. Yay snacks!

It was during one of these that I watched The Babadook.

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Description from IMDB: “A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.”

Babadook is an interesting movie. First, the pace is very slow, much like old horror movies. In fact, a lot of the movie seemed to strive for classic horror movie-style. The camera work, the tension, etc.

As for the story, Dad died in an accident. Mom’s a little frazzled/crazy, son’s a little frazzled/crazy. Everyone seems to need an extended vacation. I spent a lot of the movie feeling bad for both of them, not just for the Babadook problem but for their situation in general.

As for the monster…the Babadook is a scary man/creature in a pop-up book the son randomly finds in the house. Nobody knows where the book came from, but apparently, that isn’t much of a concern off the jump. Pop-up book is scary. Weird stuff starts happening after they read it.

Babdook does have parts that I thought were decently scary, but the slow pace of the story detracts from that. What the movie does well is plant doubt about what’s really happening. What it doesn’t do well is the ending. Unsatisfying to say the least.

The Babadook gets a D.

movie: A Million Ways to Die in the West

Movie: A Million Ways to Die in the West

Whattup, internets? This is me blogging 2 weeks in row. #winning

This weekend, we watched A Million Ways to Die in the West.

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Description from IMDB: “As a cowardly farmer begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gun-slinger, announces his arrival.”

This is a Seth MacFarlane movie. If you’re looking for sophistication, pass on this one. If you can’t laugh at absurdity or raunchiness, pass on this movie.

That being said, I’m not sure Seth MacFarlane can actually act. I liked his character fine, but he just seemed like he was playing himself. As far as the rest of the primary cast, they are awesome: Charlize Theron, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, Liam Neeson, the list goes on.

The humor is mostly lowbrow, which is fine and dandy with me. I enjoy that business. The story is decent but pretty predictable.

A Million Ways to Die in the West is entertaining. It gets a B+.

I am participating in NanoWriMo this year, which is a month of crazy productive writing. I probably won’t do any movie reviews or real posts during November. I may, however, pop by and provide updates.

movie: Oculus

I finally got to watch a movie this weekend! I should say that I finally got to watch a whole movie. We actually tried to watch one last weekend. It was the latest Transformers movie. I didn’t do a review on it because I got bored in the middle of it and got up and walked away.

This one was much better.

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Description from IMDB: “A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.”

Karen Gillan (of Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy) plays Kaylie Russell. She’s the one trying to exonerate her brother. Her character is smart. She comes up with all of these ways to try and outsmart the scary mirror ghost: timers, and plants, even a dog.

The brother, Tim, isn’t so sure about this plan. He has spent years in a mental institution trying to get past the trauma he suffered as a kid. Now, sister dearest is bringing it all up again.

Oculus is pretty good. There’s a lot of oh-you-thought-this-was-happening-but-it-was-really-this! HAHA! It’s pretty light on special effects. I would’ve liked to have seen more of the actual ghost.

Good times, though. Oculus gets a B+.

movie: The Monuments Men

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Description from IMDB: “An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.”

When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I thought it was a comedy. It isn’t. It’s actually more than a comedy.

First, the cast is amazing: George Clooney, John Goodman, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, and other superb actors. You can’t go wrong, really.

The story is really deep as far as subject matter. Which, how could a story set in World War II not be deep? It dwells on sacrifice a lot. Is art worth the sacrifice of human life? There was also the question of what makes a soldier. Is it always a man with a gun?

The movie does have some very funny parts. The trailer didn’t lie about that. But Monuments Men is also profound and tragic and joyful. It veers into tense when it needs to. The movie is a tad long, but it’s a story worth chewing on, so I give it a pass on that. It is definitely worth a watch.

The Monuments Men gets a big, giant A.

movie: Twixt

 

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What is up? I have a movie this week!

Description from IMDB: “A writer with a declining career arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl. That night in a dream, he is approached by a mysterious young ghost named V. He’s unsure of her connection to the murder in the town, but is grateful for the story being handed to him. Ultimately he is led to the truth of the story, surprised to find that the ending has more to do with his own life than he could ever have anticipated.

– Written by Production”

I watched this movie on Netflix streaming. I had my eye on it and finally got around to watching it this past weekend.

Twixt is very visually interesting. There’s a lot of play on color. Filming shifts to black and white at night (hey, that rhymes!) with only shades of red poking through, a la Sin City, and sometimes lamplight, if I remember correctly. In fact, there were a few spots where the filming reminded me of Sin City in other ways.

Another thing I liked about the movie was the fact that Edgar Allan Poe was a character. He visited in ghost form at night and talked in a Poe sort of way, which gave me very happy feelings. It was kind of odd, though. In fact, there were a few odd things about this movie.

The plot itself was kind of all over the place. They might’ve tried to do a little too much. We have the ghost named “V”, the writer, Hall Baltimore (dorky name, right?) and his various personal issues, Poe and his interactions with Hall, the goth people partying on the side of the lake and the weird religious guy and a bunch of kids on the other side of the lake, a sheriff investigating some local murders.

It’s a lot to take in, which doesn’t necessarily make it a bad movie, but Twixt definitely isn’t for everyone. I enjoyed watching it well enough. It’s not the best movie ever. I am glad that I finally got around to it.