Okja & Moana #review + Curious #Question 2

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So, I didn’t make it out to the theater this month, but that means that I have notes for both movies I’m reviewing. Please consider checking out those notes. This month I reviewed a family/kid film and a modern adult action/adventure.

If anyone is interested in my experience of watching Okja, click here to see my notes.

If anyone is interested in my experience of watching Moana, click here to see my notes.

You can watch this video on YouTube to leave a comment, like it, and or subscribe to my channel.

So, have you seen either of these movies?
What did you think of them?
Any movie review suggestions?
Want to offer your two cents on my curious question?
Go visit that page and join the discussion.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

Zootopia #TheToiBoxOfWords #film #review

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So, in case you don’t know, I’m going it alone with my monthly movie reviews from now on. This is my first solo effort. It’s mostly the same review I’ve been doing with some minor changes. I’d love for you to leave comments or responses to any of the questions I pose. Thanks for sticking with me through this transition.

If anyone is interested in my experience of watching Zootopia, click here to see my notes.

This review will consist of me asking myself 10 questions and answering them to the best of my ability.

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1. What is this film about?

In an animated world where mammals are the peoples of the world, mammals have evolved. Predators and Prey live together in harmony, mostly. At the center of this utopia is the great metropolis of Zootopia. It’s a city, a jungle, tundra, and more where a bunny has a chance to live out her dream of becoming a police officer. When the country bunny hits the big city, she quickly learns that Zootopia isn’t the Mecca she hoped it would be; plus, there’s a mystery to be solved to which no one believes a bunny can do.

It took me a while to realize that there were no reptile, bird, or other talking animal characters. At least I don’t think so.

2. What did I think of the title, poster, and or trailer?

I’m really disappointed that I missed this in the theater. It just wasn’t in the cards for me. I remember thinking the movie looked cute; plus, I love animals and figured that there was probably some great social lesson to be learned in the end. But if I’m being totally honest, the main reason I wanted to see this was because of the Sloth clip.

3. What did I think of the main character(s) and how the actors performed them?

I thought the voices fit the characters well. I especially thought Bateman, Idris, and Slate fit their characters perfectly. I know there must be a lot that goes into making a voice come alive and match up with an animated image, but for me, it’s hard to judge whether or not they really performed well. I either like the match or I don’t.

4. What did I think of the direction and cinematography?

Again, when it comes to animated movies, I don’t know how much cinematography makes a difference, but in terms of direction, I get it. Someone has to decide if the voices sound right and match up, someone has to make sure what’s going on the background applies but doesn’t detract, etc… I’d say Byron Howard and Rich Moore did a great job conveying so much emotion in such a lighthearted setting.

5. What did I think of the soundtrack and score?

I enjoyed the soundtrack and score. They seem to go together well; songs coming in at the right moments that were built up by the score. I liked the use of popular music and the original song performed by Shakira.

6. What did I like about the story as a whole?

I thought the best part of the story were there not-so-hidden social messages that overflowed in this story. I could see small children missing some of them, but any adult who didn’t pick up on these messages were in denial. Themes of racism, bullying, discrimination, stereotypes, and more filled this story and I truly appreciate that.

7. What did I not like about the story?

Even though I saw it coming, I didn’t like who the villain ended up being. I understand that it was all a part of teaching the lesson that we humans still haven’t learned. Oppression will eventually make some people angry and desperate in dangerous ways. We have to stop keeping people down.

Without giving too much away, I wish the movie had addressed some ways in which the Zootopia community was going to keep other “underdogs” from doing crazy stuff like the  villain did.

8. Would I recommend this movie to others and what would I rate this movie?

Yes, I would totally recommend this film. Even if viewers don’t get the social messages, it’s very entertaining. I did actually LOL a few times.

On a scale of 1 to 5 movie reels, I give this film 5 reels.

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9. Is there anything I would have changed or done differently?

I think I would have tried to include the entire animal kingdom, but who knows; there may be a very good reason Disney didn’t go there with this story.

10. Was there anything in this movie that could be related to me or anything I have written?

I have not yet attempted a tale with talking animals as the main characters, but I’d love to give it a try. In any case, I do often slip in some sort of social message in my writing; sometimes I do it without even realising I’m doing it.

Watch, rent, or buy this movie here.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

John Carter #Review – Mock Squid Soup No.15 #cinephiles #film #sci-fi

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Let’s recap my clues from last week:

Clue #1– It’s a 2012 Disney live-action, sci-fi release with a PG-13 rating. The title also has a handful of aliases.
Clue #2– Written and Directed by the same guy, known for his work with Disney animated features.
Clue #3– Most viewers either loved it or hated it, but it definitely tanked when compared to its production budget.

So what do you think, was I too vague or was my movie just too obscure? I think I had most people stumped, but for the Ninja Captain, Alex, this was easy.

If anyone is interested in my experience of watching John Carter, click here to see my notes.

This review will consist of me asking myself 10 questions and answering them to the best of my ability.

1. What is this film about?

This is a space opera with a time travel feel. There are so many elements at play with this story that you may not catch them all in one viewing. In any case, John Carter is a Civil War vet, I think, running from his past and pledging allegiance to no one. In pursuit of a treasure, John defeats an attacker and ends up on Mars somehow. Yes, there are green men, but also white men, and white apes… don’t recall seeing too many black people, but I’m used to that. Anyway, a reverse Krypton-like affect aids John in his quest to return to earth, which somehow throws him into the path of yet another civil war and the destiny of 2 princesses (one is never recognized, but I picked up on it)

2. What did I think of the title, poster, and or trailer?

I remember thinking the trailer was very confusing the first time around and after going back and watching it again, I realize that it was extremely misleading and heavily edited. The trailer is probably why I never saw it in the theater, that and the fact that so many didn’t like it at the time of its release.

3. What did I think of the main character(s) and how the actors performed them?

I thought the actors did a fine job. There were no standout performances, but no stinkers either. I liked the aboriginal-like Mars characters with all their faults and flaws. John was a good character to slowly warm up to.

4. What did I think of the direction and cinematography?

Considering the time and how many were still not doing such a fine job, I thought the effects and CGI were well-blended in with the live action. The lighting was good, not too dark in the dark scenes; that’s always an issue for me.

5. What did I think of the soundtrack and score?

I slept on this one. Sorry. I’ll make a point to pay more attention next time.

6. What did I like about the story as a whole?

I liked how the Mars John paralleled the Earth John without him realizing it. I also like the connection between ships that sail on water and ones that sail on light. There were many small or subtle details that made this film enjoyable, even some of the not so in-your-face themes such as: oppression, prejudice, and science vs magic.

7. What did I not like about the story?

There are a few cheesy moments and some logistics I didn’t quite get, but I can’t complain too much. This movie didn’t blow my mind, but it was still pretty cool.

8. Would I recommend this movie to others?

Yes, and I will.

9. If yes, who? What would I rate this movie?

I’m sure there are others who stayed away from this film for reasons similar to mine. I’m going to share this with all my friends, even the ones who don’t like sci-fi. Maybe this will become a cult classic if it’s not already.

On a scale of 1 to 5 movie reels, I give this film 4 reels.

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10. Was there anything in this movie that could be related to me or anything I have written?

Not yet really, but it’s perfectly in line with a new fantasy I’m working on. I like the world building of this story and am inspired to continue working on aspects of my story that have kept me stumped for a while.

Watch, rent, or buy this movie here.

Mock Squid Soup – Film Society

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MOCK! and The Armchair Squid are proud to introduce Mock Squid Soup: A Film Society. Each month, on the second Friday, we shall host a bloghop devoted to movie reviews. We invite others to participate and post their reviews…Don’t be shy; come join the fun! 😀

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

3 clues to guess my Dec ‘15 movie: A Mock Squid Soup Teaser #cinephiles #film #review

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Sorry I didn’t post this on Friday.
Tis the season to be super busy and all that…

Clue #1– It’s a 2012 Disney live-action, sci-fi release with a PG-13 rating. The title also has a handful of aliases.

Clue #2– Written and Directed by the same guy, known for his work with Disney animated features.

Clue #3– Most viewers either loved it or hated it, but it definitely tanked when compared to its production budget.

Do you think you know what my movie is? I am I still making this way too hard?

Now that I’m thoroughly late, I can’t wait to see everyone else’s clues. I hope I guess some right. I’m so looking forward to the actual reviews that will be posted this week.

Mock Squid Soup – Film Society

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MOCK! and The Armchair Squid are proud to introduce Mock Squid Soup: A Film Society. Each month, on the second Friday, we shall host a bloghop devoted to movie reviews. We invite others to participate and post their reviews…Don’t be shy; come join the fun! 😀

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

Maleficent Review – Mock Squid Soup No.12 #cinephiles #film #review

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No need to recap my clues this week; everybody guessed it.

New: see my viewing experience notes here.

This review will consist of me asking myself 10 questions and answering them to the best of my ability…sort of. I’m still on vacation people.

1. What is this film about?

It’s an updated adaption of the Disney film Sleeping Beauty. Yes, the original story goes back centuries and crosses many cultures, but this is a Disney story.

2. What did I think of the title, poster, and or trailer?

I have this thing about not watching trailers of movies I expect to be really good, not wanting to see all good bits first. When I heard they were making this movie I wasn’t excited until the rumors started rolling out. Then when I learn Elle Fanning would play Aurora, I knew this would a special take on the story. Plus, I’d thought a while back that if anyone could play the evil fairy, it would be Angelina.

3. What did I think of the main character(s) and how the actors performed them?

I thought the movie was very well acted. Granted the role of Sleeping Beauty probably didn’t stretch Elle very much, but she did do a good job looking the part. Angelina was awesome and I not even a huge fan. The one she faltered was when she delivered the line, “I don’t like children.” I don’t think anyone could take her seriously with that one.

4. What did I think of the direction and cinematography?

Visually, this movie quite good. Yes, there was a lot of CGI, but it was all used tastefully. When I think back on it now, for the majority of this film, I imagine the sets weren’t very packed. I have a feeling most of the sets were superimposed.

5. What did I think of the soundtrack and score?

I honestly forget to think about the music in this film until the ending credits rolled, there were no beginning credits. That was the most somber rendition of “Once Upon a Dream” I’ve ever heard, but still I liked it. I just wouldn’t be playing it at any parties.

6. What did I like about the story as a whole?

There were so many cliché moments in the film, but like the twists they made to familiar fairy tale and the sense of empowerment left to the female characters.

7. What did I not like about the story?

The scenes leading up to the spinning wheel were just creepy.

8. Would I recommend this movie to others?

Yes.

9. If yes, who? What would I rate this movie?

This movie is good for most women, big or small, but even my husband appreciated it for the fantasy and action sequences. Anyone who doesn’t like happy endings or needs more brutality and vulgarity in their action will want to pass on this.

On a scale of 1 to 5 movie reels, I give this film 4 reels.

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10. Was there anything in this movie that could be related to me or anything I have written?

Yes. I’m a lover of fairy tales and often slip elements of them into my writing. If I’m lucky, perhaps I’ll write something one day that ends up being adapted into a film.

Watch, rent, or buy this movie here.

Mock Squid Soup – Film Society

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MOCK! and The Armchair Squid are proud to introduce Mock Squid Soup: A Film Society. Each month, on the second Friday, we shall host a bloghop devoted to movie reviews. We invite others to participate and post their reviews…Don’t be shy; come join the fun! 😀

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords