Movie Monday: Rookie of the Year

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with another movie I watched as a kid. It’s Rookie of the Year!

Plot: The plot is pretty standard kid movie plot. Still it was interesting to see instead of something like Big, the kid taking part in an adults world as a kid instead of as an adult. Still the plot isn’t that amazing and is corny at times. Still I loved it as a kid, both because it was fun to watch and because it helped me connect to Chicago as I didn’t remember my birthplace at that time of my life.

Casting: The cast is pretty good, with Thomas Ian Nicholas as the lead character Henry. The rest of the cast is just as interesting, but I remember Henry the most.

Cinematography: There was no really spectacular special effects in this film, but it was filmed on location in Wrigley and a few other stadiums.

Music: The music fit the film, that’s really all that need be said here.

Overall: A fun movie, but if you aren’t watching with a kid it could be boring for an adult.

For those who like: Sports, Comedy, Baseball, The Chicago Cubs.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Movie Monday: The Pagemaster

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This week for Movie Monday I’m back with a movie that wasn’t so great. It’s The Pagemaster!

Plot: The plot is pretty bad. I’m not gonna lie, this is probably one of the least memorable movies I watched as a kid. The only reason I remembered it all was I saw a picture of it on my Twitter feed one day recently and thought it looked very familiar and asked the tweet’s author for the movie title. That and I love books, so the story had a bit of sentimental value if only for that one reason. Other than that, the story is pretty bad and full of missed opportunities to really use some excellent stories. Considering that it was the scriptwriter’s first time ever doing a children’s book and that he was known for his R-Rated Horror films before this should have been a big red flag.

Casting: The cast was full of big names, from Christopher Lloyd to Macaulay Culkin. Sadly the cast couldn’t save the movie from it’s poorly done plot. Honestly I’d love to see this remade bigger and better than it was before, but that’s unlikely given the nature of books and libraries these days.

Cinematography: This was another point against this movie, the animation that was used was very bad. It’s not quite at CD-I Zelda levels of bad, but it comes really close. The non-animated portions were pretty good, but again it wasn’t enough to save the movie.

Music: The music was mediocre, it fit but again it wasn’t enough to deal with the poor plot. Special shout outs to Patrick Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg and Frank Welker for voicing Action, Fantasy and Horror respectively though.

Overall: A very easily skippable movie, though it’s message is now rather obsolete these days I still had some fun with it back in the day for that message alone.

For those who like: A star-studded cast and that’s about it.

Not for those who don’t like: Medicority in almost every aspect of their films.

Movie Monday: The Lincoln Lawyer

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with an adaptation of one of my favorite Michael Connelly novels. It’s The Lincoln Lawyer!

Plot: The plot doesn’t exactly follow the novel, given that it’s only roughly two hours long it can’t possibly hope to fit all of the novel into that time, but it does a pretty good job of it nonetheless. Something most movies adapting a book fail to do.

Casting: The casting is excellent with Matthew McConaughey cast as the lead Mickey Haller. The rest of the cast is just as good, with Marisa Tomei cast as Mickey’s ex Maggie.

Cinematography: There isn’t any particularly special here, with no amazing special effect sequences or the like, but it was filmed very nicely fitting the courtroom drama genre very well.

Music: Nothing too major here either, but nothing stood out as particularly bad either, so it serves the purpose.

Overall: A solid movie that does the original novel justice very well. If you enjoy courtroom dramas at all, The Lincoln Lawyer will be perfect for you.

For those who like: Courtroom Dramas, Crime Thrillers, Intrigue, Matthew McConaughey, Excellent Casting.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

A Reminder on Column Topics

Hey all a couple months ago there was a rather vocal outcry to a certain post I made. It’s A Reminder on Column Topics!

Why?: I wanted to clear any misconceptions regarding my columns and what they deal with. Because while I love the fact that people commented to such a massive degree on one of my posts, the fact is that everything I said in that post was completely true, accurate and stuck to the topic of that column. I accept constructional criticism and welcome it gladly, I went to Art School for game design, which is how I know most of what I talk about on my blog and my various game reviews, so receiving said criticism is nothing new for me.

But don’t call my posts something they aren’t, and if I absolutely tear apart a beloved franchise for you, please keep in mind that I deal with stories of all kinds. I’ve experienced tens of thousands of them in various media formats from the spoken word to video games, and I’ve experienced just about every single type of story there is out there. What you think is amazing is not necessarily so amazing to me because I have little patience for something that can’t hold my attention enough for me to care about the characters.

Now here is your reminder on my columns. These are the descriptions I have on Windborne’s Story Eatery for each column.

Anime Sunday: My posts on Sundays are about Anime. Simple Enough.

Movie Monday: Movie Mondays are days where I cover some of my favorite movies of all time and some I hate with a passion. You’ll have to read which are which in each post!

Video Game Tuesday: Posts on Tuesdays are about Video Games and the Video Game Industry.

Bookish Wednesday: Posts on Wednesdays are about various books. Previously called Book Series Wednesday.

Translation Necessary Thursday: Posts on Thursday are focused on various written works that are translated from Japan, Korea and China. These include Light Novels, Web Novels, and Novels.

Retro Game Friday: Posts on Fridays cover games from previous video game generations, and the reviews are usually not unbiased as I’m going off memory of my time playing the game rather than playing it recently.

Serial Saturday: Posts on Saturdays are all about amateur English Web Novels that are published online, usually on royalroad.com. Sometimes the series covered will be absolutely amazing, other times I’m going to roast them for their mistakes.

Movie Monday: Talladega Nights

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with a comedic movie. It’s Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby!

Plot: The movie is ridiculous, the entire thing is a parody of NASCAR and it’s pretty funny. Now being a person who sees little value in NASCAR personally, I can’t speak to the “accuracy” portrayed in the film, but overall this is just an oddball movie made mostly for laughs.

Casting: Though you could probably already tell that if the fact that Will Ferrell is the lead actor along with John C. Reilly and Sacha Baron Cohen of Borat fame as our main three characters weren’t a big enough clue. They do a good job of it too. The entire cast is pretty funny actually.

Cinematography: The cinematography isn’t amazing by any stretch of the word, but it wasn’t terrible either. Than again when you race on a ovoid track repeatedly it doesn’t seem very conducive to excellent special effects.

Music: I honestly don’t remember much of it, but that it fit the movie pretty well.

Overall: A funny movie, and while not a must watch, it is a good movie to watch for laughs.

For those who like: Will Ferrell, NASCAR, Racing.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Movie Monday: The Hunt for Red October

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with another true classic. It’s The Hunt for Red October!

Plot: This a military thriller in the truest sense of the words, and the plot is pretty amazingly done. It’s got pretty much everything you could want from political intrigue to heart-pounding action sequences. I can’t say much more without spoiling it, but I will say that this has the Jack Ryan character from many of Clancy’s other novels and movies featured prominently in this one as well.

Casting: Sean Connery is cast as the Russian lead, Marko Ramius who pilots the titular Red October and Alec Baldwin who portrays Jack Ryan. The rest of the cast is just as well done, but these two really took the spotlight and they did a great job of it. Ironically Connery was not the first pick for Ramius.

Cinematography: It’s very well done, and considering how impractical filming on a real sub is they did a great job portraying it. The effects weren’t super amazing, but they weren’t terrible either.

Music: The music was pretty great, which is pretty obvious once you consider it won an Academy Award for Sound Editing. While it’s mostly done in English, the switch between Russian and English at the beginning was pretty well done.

Overall: A fun movie that you probably ought to watch if you haven’t seen it before.

For those who like: Military Fiction, Thrillers, Drama, Action, Sean Connery and/or Alec Baldwin.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Movie Monday: About Time

Hey all I’m back with a movie I watched about a month ago for this week’s Movie Monday. It’s About Time!

Plot: The plot is alright, there are some serious plot holes when it comes to the time travel powers that are a key plot device in this film, but overall I found the movie to be very fun to watch. It had enough moments of comedy that I didn’t mind the the drama at all, and enjoyed the movie despite the plot holes. I won’t say what those plot holes are, because they are obviously super spoilerific, but you could find them online in the movie’s Wikipedia page easily.

Casting: Dohmnall Gleeson is our lead actor portraying Tim Lake and he does an outstanding job in that role. Honestly the entire cast was well done, though Rachel McAdams portraying the female lead Mary was probably my favorite character.

Cinematography: There are no special effects that are particularly outstanding or noteworthy so I’ll just say that the camera work wasn’t ever so poorly done that I found it to be a problem.

Music: The musical score was as equally mediocre as the cinematography.

Overall: A fun, if flawed, film. If you are hankering for a Romantic Comedy with little romantic melodrama, but more comedy About Time will suit your needs very well.

For those who like: Romance, Comedy, Drama, Great Cast, Decent Plot.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.