March 20th, 2010

Nightmare Night Applejack

Screw It! Movies #13-18

I have fallen so far behind on movie and book reviews, I'm just going to list them all here in two quick posts.

Bleach: Memories of Nobody

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Anime set in the Bleach world after the Shinigami Arc. I watched this subbed. I enjoyed this a lot, although the plot is confusing to the viewer as it seems to be to the characters. Luckily, Urahara does some exposition when needed to illustrate the situation with Rukia's drawings. :3 It does all make sense in the end (as much as anything in this series can).

Alice in Wonderland

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I saw this on 7 March. I'm not sure about this one. I'd expected to see it in 3D, but when we got there, P didn't think she could stand to watch it that way, and a couple other things had happened earlier that had put me in a foul mood, including an idiot on his mobile phone pulling a wide U-turn in front of me, nearly causing an accident. I think the experience was wasted on me, but the movie was probably at least a 4 star, although some of the characters just seemed two dimensional (no pun intended). After this, I had bad Mexican food. The day was a total loss.

Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
After getting home from the aforementioned debacle, I decided to watch some anime. More Bleach! I had some trouble with one of the mirrors at having a bad sound sync, which may not sound like a big deal while watching a subbed anime, but having the clangs, whooshes, and 'splosions happening a second before the visual on screen is very distracting. I ended up watching the dubbed version, which is kind of weird after watching the whole series dubbed. Anyway, this one happens after the Fake Karakura Town Arc, but before the Rebel Zanpakutou Arc. It's centered around Hitsugaya Toushirou, captain of the Tenth Squad. The subtitle of the movie is "The Two Hyouinmaru," and telling you that Hyouinmaru is his Zanpakutou is a big hint about what's going on here. It's really good character development for him, although it seems to be completely stand-alone from the rest of the series in that the events in this movie don't affect and are not mentioned in further episodes, even though it's a pretty serious bit of devastation that happens and likely to be a huge chapter in Seireitei history.

Miss Congeniality

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I watched this on ABC Family last weekend with P. I normally don't watch live TV, but I was trying to be social. We played pool after. :3 Anyway, if you haven't seen this, it is a Sandra Bullock movie which has her as a hard-working tomboy FBI agent who is sent undercover to spoil a terrorist scheme to blow up a beauty pageant ("scholarship program") which is run by Candice Bergen and William Fucking Shatner. She's prettied up and etiquettified by Michael Caine. She makes friends among the contestants and saves the day, and is named Miss Congeniality by unanimous assent. Yay. It's one of those movies where you can't help but like it. I couldn't at least. It's why I watched it interspersed with so many commercials.

Tropic Thunder

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I watched this as my before bedtime movie last weekend. I've had this sitting around for a few weeks now, but I'm glad I finally watched it. Ben Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr., Jack Black, Brandon T. Jackson, and Jay Baruchel play the action star, the Aussie method actor, the fart-joke-movie guy, the rapper-turned-actor, and the new guy on the set of a movie "based on a true story" of the rescue of one man from a Vietnamese POW camp. The guys don't work well together, so the director decides to sent them out into the jungle to film the movie with hidden cameras. The director tells them the deal and promptly steps on a land mine. Hilarity ensues when the war becomes real. Seriously, see this. It's so funny. If nothing else, Tom Cruise plays the producer, and he doesn't look like Tom Cruise, but he's a great badish guy.

Bleach: Fade to Black (I Call to You)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The third of the Bleach movies, Fade to Black deals with memories again. This happens sometime between the second movie and the Rebel Zanpakutou Arc. This time, Captain Kurotsuchi of the Twelfth Squad can't remember himself or anyone else, and no one remembers Ichigo or Rukia. There is a lot of Ichigo running away and trying not to get into mortal combat with his shinigami friends. Oh, and Seireitei gets destroyed again, but hey, that's how things go in the Bleach universe. It's got some really touching bits, and gives a bit more backstory on Rukia that even she didn't know.

I think I'll do the books later. I have six of those to review also.