Babes in Toyland (1961)

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Today we’re going to talk about a movie that was certainly not on my radar! I didn’t know what to expect from Babes in Toyland and certainly ended up surprised.

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

Mary Contrary (Annette) is set to marry Tom Piper (Tommy Sands) when he is kidnapped by Roderigo (Gene Sheldon) and Gonzorgo (Henry Calvin), two goons working for the evil Barnaby (Ray Bolger). Barnaby wants to marry Mary for her inheritance. Instead of killing Tom as instructed, Roderigo and Gonzorgo sell him to Gypsies, which allows Tom to rescue Mary. Soon afterward, Tom and Mary encounter the odd Toymaker (Ed Wynn), who becomes a pawn in Barnaby’s new scheme.

The Rating:

We’re gonna file this under “what the heck did I just watch”. This acid trip of a movie was not what I expected. It was nauseatingly colorful, sweet, and cheerful, not to forget very loud because of an annoying number of songs. Don’t misunderstand me, I have no problem with a film full of music if it is well done. However, here not a single song was decent or even catchy. Honestly, every time somebody started to sing, I just desperately wanted it to be over.

The opening sequences must be one of the longest I have ever seen. Was it necessary? No. Was it entertaining? Remotely. The bits that I assume were entertaining back in the day when the film come up now look rather cheap simply because it can be done so much better today. The story was weird, to say the least, and the movie was just dragging on. You know, this might work as 30 minutes (max) episode of a show but as a whole feature film, it was not enough to sustain my interest.

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Noelle

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It is December, so I hope you all are ready for a volley of Christmas movie reviews! Let’s kick things off this time with Noelle, a 2019 Disney production.

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Kris Kringle’s daughter is full of Christmas spirit but wishes she could do something important like her brother Nick, who will take over for their father this Christmas. When Nick is about to crumble like a gingerbread cookie from all the pressure, Noelle suggests he take a break and get away…but when he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother and bring him back in time to save Christmas.

The Rating:

To kick off the traditional series of Christmas movie reviews, we’re taking a closer look at Noelle. I’ve been doing this for a while now, so I feel like I’m running out of X-Mas stuff to talk about. That also means I’m now diving into movies I’ve never even heard before and will hopefully pleasantly surprise me. Noelle is one of them.

I just browsed through Disney+’s section of remotely Christmasy-looking things, and this was the first film to catch my eye. An Anna Kendrick flick? I’m sure that’s gonna be nice. Well, turns out it was more on the cringe side of things but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992 Film)

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For Spook-tober I thought it would be a fitting idea to finally check out Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I have never ever seen the show, so it’s about time. However, before we can get to the show, we need to take a closer look at the movie that came before!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

For Buffy Summers (Kristy Swanson), nothing is the same after she meets Merrick Jamison-Smythe (Donald Sutherland). Merrick tells the teen that he’s been sent to train her to fight vampires, and he proves himself by displaying his supernatural powers. Buffy is a quick study, and soon takes fellow student Oliver Pike (Luke Perry) under her wing, repeatedly saving him from fierce bloodsuckers. But, when a very dangerous vampire (Rutger Hauer) gets rambunctious, she must go to war again.

The Rating:

I am honestly at a loss for words. The show is has a pretty serious tone as far as I know, so I expected something similar from the movie. Well, its’s not. It’s probably one of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen and I’m not sure that was intentional. There are moments where the films seems a tad selfaware – you can’t tell me that anybody would keep some of the scenes on accident. But then again for some part it appears to be an attempt at a serious movie. So, I’m really not sure what to make of it. All I can say is that I had some laughs, but overall I didn’t love the flick.

The most interesting part of the movie was discovering all the faces that would later be very famous. I honestly don’t know how the film turned out this crappy with so many good actors and actresses: Hillary Swank, Donald Sutherland, Luke Perry, Kristy Swanson, David Arquette…

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Happy Death Day 2U

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The other day I talked about the movie Happy Death Day, which I ended up enjoying a fair bit. Well, of course I also sat down to check out the sequel, Happy Death Day 2U. So, let’s find out how that one holds up in comparison!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

Collegian Tree Gelbman wakes up in horror to learn that she’s stuck in a parallel universe. Her boyfriend Carter is now with someone else, and her friends and fellow students seem to be completely different versions of themselves. When Tree discovers that Carter’s roommate has been altering time, she finds herself once again the target of a masked killer. When the psychopath starts to go after her inner circle, Tree soon realizes that she must die over and over again to save everyone.

The Rating:

Let me begin this with saying that I definitely liked this one less than the first movie. But I do appreciate that while working with the same concept they tried to give it a different spin. The question is, however, is this a spin I particularly liked.

We start off almost exactly like we did in the first film – somebody is stuck in a loop, it’s just a different character this time. To be honest, for a moment I thought they’d just unoriginally copy-pasted the first flick and got very annoyed. While I liked the first film, I wasn’t so sucked in to the whole thing that I’d want to watch another movie just like that. Especially because sequels that do the copy-past thing usually pale in comparison to the first film.

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Happy Death Day

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We’re almost halfway through October and thus it’s almost Halloween! I’m pretty sure that means I’m legally required to provide you with more horror movie reviews. So, here we go!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

Tree Gelbman is a blissfully self-centered collegian who wakes up on her birthday in the bed of a student named Carter. As the morning goes on, Tree gets the eerie feeling that she’s experienced the events of this day before. When a masked killer suddenly takes her life in a brutal attack, she once again magically wakes up in Carter’s dorm room unharmed. Now, the frightened young woman must relive the same day over and over until she figures out who murdered her.

The Rating:

I had heard quite a lot about this film and most of it rather positive! So, I was curious to finally see this flick that twists Groundhog Day into a horror story.

The good news: it’s pretty well done and the story works. Does that mean it’s perfect? Hell no. Does it make sense 100% of the way? Not really. Would I watch it again? Unlikely. But it is the perfect film to add to your list if you sit down on Halloween to binge horror flicks all day!

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Jennifer’s Body

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Today I want to talk about a movie that I’ve seen talked about *a lot* on tumblr. So, I am aware of some of the backlash Jennifer’s Body received back when it came out but also how Megan Fox discussed it in interviews. And most of all, I am aware of the cult following this seems to have gathered since it’s release. Color me curious!

The Plot (according to RT):

When a demon takes possession of her, high-school hottie Jennifer (Megan Fox) turns a hungry eye on guys who never stood a chance with her before. While evil Jennifer satisfies her appetite for human flesh with the school’s male population, her nerdy friend, Needy (Amanda Seyfried), learns what’s happening and vows to put an end to the carnage.

The Rating:

So, here’s the deal. As I mentioned above, I came across this film a lot on tumblr. Based on everything I read I might have set my expectations a tad too high. It’s not a bad film, but I was a little underwhelmed and I’m not sure I’d watch it again. It wasn’t bad by any means but I just think I was expecting too much.

Jennifer’s Body does offer a lot you can analyse and discuss, I’ve seen some really interesting deep dives on it. But you’d have to do just that: actually do a deep dive and dig deep through the film. Sure, there are intriguing aspects that could give you food for thought but it’s not obvious. Honestly, if I hadn’t been exposed to some of the stuff beforehand, I don’t think it would have occured to me to ponder some of the aspects of the movie.

All that being said, there were many things about this flick that I did appreciate!

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