"We love films and storytellings as a people. It's just a human compulsion to listen to and tell stories."
~Mychael Danna
I'm sorry that some of my pictures are not working, I am doing my best to fix that as soon as possible!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Movie Review: Halloweentown (1998)

Hello Everyone!
Welcome to the last day of my Halloween Blog Party!
Thank you so much for reading my posts! To finish off I am doing a review of Halloweentown. But, how does that fit in with the pirate theme? You'll see at the end.

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless it says so.

Halloweentown (1998):
"Why can't you pick some other holiday to get hung up on?"
Marnie is just a normal 13 year old girl, who likes weird things. On her 13th Halloween she listens in on her mother and grandmother's conversation, and learns she is a witch. Her grandmother comes from Halloweentown, and when she is leaving Marnie and her siblings, Dylan and Sophie, sneak onto the bus and go to Halloweentown where there is a mysterious evil.
"Being normal is vastly overrated."
Genre: Halloween, Mystery.
Length: 84 minutes (approx.)
Costumes: 8, nothing bad, but nothing great.
Script: 10, no bad words!
"It was Old English or Welsh or something."
Crew:
Directed by: Duwayne Dunham

Produced by:
Ron Mitchell,
Brian Pogue.


Written by:
Paul Bernbaum
Jon Cooksey
Ali Matheson
Starring:
Kimberly J. Brown as Marnie. "You are going to do some shopping? Can't it wait?"
Debbie Reynolds as Aggie. "What kind of a grandma would you think I am if I didn't bring presents?"
Judith Hoag as Gwen.
Joey Zimmerman as Dylan.
Emily Roeske as Sophie.

Phillip Van Dyke as Luke.
Robin Thomas as Kalabar.
Rino Romano as Benny.
Judith M. Ford as Harriet.
"We're Cromwells, together we can conquer anything!"
Music: 8, nothing bad, but nothing great.

Music by: Mark Mothersbaugh.
Quotes: 8,
"You can't tell what's in a monster's heart just by looking at him."
Storyline: 8, there are some frightening images, and magic.
Good For: People who feel they are different.
"Believe."
Overall Score: 8.

Thoughts on SKELETONS!
Benny from Halloweentown.
There are so many different skeleton characters, and when my little sister said that she wanted to be a skeleton for Halloween, my first thought for a review was Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, because my older sister and I wanted to say she was our "Skull and Cross Bones"but she said that she wouldn't look like those skeletons and that she didn't want me to do that movie. I did it for an extra this year because of the pirate theme.

So the search for a different skeleton movie began. Even though she doesn't really look like Benny ("His driving is better then his jokes"), and he is only in three scenes, it was the one that she wanted me to do.

I know that the button doesn't match, but I couldn't think of how to do a skeleton button without having it be too obvious, and Marnie is a witch...

Movies with skeletons:
Halloweentown (1998)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
The Book of Life (2014)

Thank you so much for reading all my posts for this post Halloween party!

Since this is November, because of NaNoWriMo I won't be posting a lot this month, but I will when I can!

MovieCritic

Friday, November 3, 2017

Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Welcome to the third day of my Halloween Blog Party!
This entry doesn't actually have anything to do with what my sisters and I were. But, I realized that I had scheduled my blog party for four days, and there are only three of us, so I thought I would do a bonus review that was somewhat related!
(Clue: Pirates...)

This is actually based on the Disneyland Ride (weird, am I right?).

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless it says so.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003):
"Actually, I find it quite fascinating."
"That's what concerns me."
Elizabeth Swan, daughter of the Governor, is taken prisoner by a group of pirates under a curse. They think they need a medallion of hers and her blood to break the curse. Will Turner gets the help of pirate Captain Jack Sparrow to get Elizabeth back.
"I'm telling the story!"
Genre: Swashbuckler, Action.
Length: 143 minutes (approx.).
Costumes: 5, there are some good ones, but it is low, or people are in their underclothes a lot of the time.
"It is the latest fashion in England."
"Well, women in England must have learned to not breathe."
My favorite: I really really like this hat, I don't know why, but I always have. This is the best picture I could find.
Script: 7, there are a few bad words/swearing.
"It's such a pretty boat...ship."
Crew:
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Produced by: Jerry Bruckheimer
Story by:
Ted Elliott
Terry Rossio
Stuart Beattie
Jay Wolpert
Starring:
Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow.
"You must be the worst pirate I have ever heard of."
"Ah, but you have heard of me."
Orlando Bloom as Will Turner.
Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa. "I'm disinclined to acquiesce your request."
Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann.
Jack Davenport as Commodore James Norrington.
Kevin McNally as Joshamee Gibbs.
Jonathan Pryce as Governor Weatherby Swann.
Zoe Saldana as Anamaria.
Lee Arenberg as Pintel.
Mackenzie Crook as Ragetti.
Damian O'Hare as Lieutenant Gillette..
Treva Etienne as Koehler.
Michael Berry Jr. as Twigg.
David Bailie as Cotton.
Christopher S. Capp as Mr. Cotton's Parrot.
Martin Klebba as Marty.
Isaac C. Singleton Jr. as Bo'sun.
Giles New as Murtogg.
Angus Barnett as Mullroy.
Greg Ellis as Lieutenant Theodore Groves.
Music: 10, it has a great soundtrack!
Music by:
Klaus Badelt
Hans Zimmer
Quotes: 8,
"No survivors? Then I wonder where all the stories come from."
Notes: There is an awesome sword fight scene!!!
Storyline: 4, there is death, suggestive stuff, intoxicated people, tattoos, kissing, skeletons, and lots and lots of extremely frightening, creepy images.
Good For: People who like pirate movies, People who like swashbucklers!
Overall Score: 7.

Thank you so much for reading!

MovieCritic

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Book vs. Movie Review: The Princess Bride

Hello!
Welcome to my second day of my Halloween Blog Party!
I am super excited to review this because there are a few movies that I have always remembered seeing, and this is one of them! Plus, this year is the 30th anniversary of the movie!!!
"Do you always begin conversation like this?"

My older sister came up with this idea after I said I wanted to be Captain Hook, and I agreed that it was a good one! And now to do a review....
"It won't be easy."
"Try ruling the world sometime."

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless it says so. 

The Princess Bride - by S. Morgenstern (William Goldman):
"As you wish..."
Buttercup is just a farm girl, but she is the most beautiful woman in the world. She loves Westley, but after a few accidents, she catches the eye of Prince Humperdink who wants to marry her. She begins will marry him in a few weeks, but she is kidnapped!
"You understand nothing, but it really doesn't matter, since what you mean is, you're glad to see me, just as I'm glad to see you because no more loneliness."
Genre: Adventure, Romance, Swashbuckler!
Characters: 9, they are pretty great, Mr. Goldman did a great job!
My favorites:
Westley, 'The farm boy had eyes like the sea before a storm...'
Fezzik
Inigo
Buttercup
Miracle Max, "Let's be honest with each other; sure, you're a genius, but even a genius gets rusty."
Words: 7, a few bad words and swearing.
'It was death chess and he was international grand master.'
Notes: In the "abridgement" Mr. Goldman mentions The Wizard of Oz.
Notes on introduction: The book is pretty clean, but the introduction is not so much (swearing, suggestive stuff). And if you read the first chapter of the "sequel" it has suggestive stuff.
Storyline: 6, there is revenge, fighting, kissing, talk of killing, drinking, torture, and death.
"Excuses are the refuge of cowards."
Good For: Adventure lovers!
Overall Score: 8! It is a great book! "That is perhaps the most childishly obvious remark I have ever come across, but what can you expect from a strangler."


VS.


The Princess Bride (1987):
Based on the book by William Goldman:
"As you wish..."
A Grandfather decides to read The Princess Bride to his Grandson. "When I was your age, television was called books." A book of "Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles..."
Buttercup has lived her whole life on a farm, until Prince Humperdinck decides to marry her. One day as she is out on her daily ride, she gets kidnapped!
"Life is pain, highness, anyone who says otherwise is selling something."
Oh, and did I mention the awesome fencing scene?
Genre: Adventure, Romance, Swashbuckler!
Length: 98 minutes (approx.).
"Move that thing...and that other thing!"
Costumes: 9, they are all so beautiful! There are a few scenes where someone isn't wearing a shirt.
My favorite:
Script: 9, it is brilliant! There are maybe one of two bad words.
"Inconceivable!"
"You keep using that word, I do not think that word means what you think it means."
Crew:
Directed by: Rob Reiner.
Produced by:
Andrew Scheinman,
Rob Reiner.
Based on: The Princess Bride, - by William Goldman.
Screenplay by: William Goldman.
Starring:
Robin Wright as Buttercup.
Chris Sarandon as Prince Humperdinck. "I think everything is a trap, that's why I'm still alive."
Cary Elwes as Westley.
Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya. "My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die."

Peter Falk as Grandpa/The Narrator.
Fred Savage as The Grandson. "I wasn't worried, maybe I was concerned. It's not the same thing."
Christopher Guest as Count Tyrone Rugen.
André the Giant as Fezzik. "Am I going mad or did the word 'think' escape your lips?"
Wallace Shawn as Vizzini. "Did I make it clear that your job is at stake?"
"I'm waiting!"
Billy Crystal as Miracle Max.
Carol Kane as Valerie, Max's wife.
Peter Cook as The Impressive Clergyman.
Mel Smith as The Albino.
Malcolm Storry as Yellin.
Willoughby Gray as The King.
All these actors and actresses are so perfect for their parts!!!
"You seem a decent fellow, I hate to kill you."
"You seem a decent fellow, I hate to die."
Music: 10!! My favorite is "Storybook Love", here it is:
Music by: Mark Knopfler.
Quotes: 10! My favorite ever is super long, so I'll just put part of it:
"No more rhyming now, I mean it!"
"Anybody want a peanut?"
Notes: Eels instead of sharks.
Storyline: 7, there is death, kissing, fighting, talk of killing, revenge, creepy R.O.U.S's and torture. I can't be picky about how it relates to the book because William Goldman wrote the screenplay! It is a great movie!
"Is this a kissing book?"
(Look at this sword!)
Good For: Everyone, People who love swashbucklers!
"The cliffs of insanity!"
Overall Score: 9!!!
"Have fun storming the castle!"
"Do think it will work?"
"It'll take a miracle."


The movie wins!!! (Wow, that's a first!)


"Who are you?"
"No one of consequence." ~Thoughts on the Dread Pirate Roberts.
'But--
--in the farthest corner of the Great Square--
--in the highest building in the land--
--deep in the deepest shadow--
--the man in black stood waiting.
His boots were black and leather. His pants were black and his shirt. His mask was black, blacker than raven. But blackest of all were his flashing eyes.
Flashing and cruel and deadly...' ~The Princess Bride - by William Goldman.

"Once word leaks out that a pirate has gone soft, people begin to disobey you, and it's nothing but work, work, work all the time."

"Good work, sleep well, I'll most likely kill you in the morning."

(Because of spoilers I can't say much but he really is a great character!)

About my older sister's costume:

"I am not left-handed."
My sister is actually left handed.

Anyway, the costume was really simple, the mask was a little bit harder.

"Why are you wearing a mask?"
"They are rather comfortable, I think everyone will be wearing them in the future."

How does she compare to the movie?
What do you think?

Also, since Daylight Savings time is coming up...
Thank you for reading!

MovieCritic