Number 5 is Alive!

Short Circuit is the story of a military robot named Number 5 that gains sentience when it’s struck by lightning. I had no idea this movie existed until my mom pointed it out to me several years ago. I couldn’t help but wonder what the robot would look like. Well I’d say Number 5 looks like a tall version of WALL•E. Complete with binocular eyes, wheels for feet, and since it’s a military robot, a shoulder mounted laser cannon. Which is admittedly a pretty cool design for a robot. When Number 5 does gain sentience, he wanders off, and encounters Stephanie. A woman with a serious love for animals. Meanwhile, the military tracks Number 5 down, with plans to disassemble him. Along with a generic scientist named Newton and a racist Indian stereotype named Ben. Short Circuit isn’t a great movie, but I really enjoy it. Number 5 is a very likeable robot. He craves input, talks like a TV, and just wants to prove that he’s alive. And in the end, he chooses the name Johnny 5, because it sounds better than Number 5. Short Circuit is an underrated gem that anyone who loves robots should watch.

Number 5 uses his laser

Followed by: Short Circuit 2

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates ⭐

Forrest Gump is my all time favorite movie. Believe it or not, I’ve been writing one movie review everyday for a year. Today is the anniversary of when I wrote my first review. So I felt it was appropriate for me to review a special movie. If you’re at all familiar with my blog, you know that Forrest Gump is number one on my list of “Top 10 Favorite Movies.” Today I’ll finally tell you why it’s my favorite. There are many reasons actually, but I’ll first start with my history with the movie. Unlike most movies I claim are my favorite, I actually didn’t grow up watching Forrest Gump. Nor was my first viewing experience all that special. My brother saw the movie before in school and he decided to show it to me when it was on TV. I watched it on AMC (edited and with commercials) when I was about 14 and Forrest’s voice made me laugh. I don’t even recall what I thought about it at first. So how exactly did it become my all time favorite movie? It was a slow process, but I eventually came to realize that it was. I began to watch the movie more and more as time went on. I was watching it every time it came on TV, when it was On Demand, I bought it on DVD, and before I knew it, I knew the whole movie by heart…

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“Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get”

Forrest Gump is about a man named Forrest, Forrest Gump. A Southerner from Greenbow, Alabama with an IQ of 75. All his life people assumed he was just “stupid or something.” Well “Stupid is as stupid does,” because Forrest managed to play college football, serve in the United States Military, receive the Medal of Honor, play on the All-American Ping Pong Team, captain a successful shrimp boat, become a millionaire, run across the country for three and a half years, meet three presidents, meet a young Elvis, and meet John Lennon on The Dick Cavett Show. Forrest Gump begins and ends with a feather. It’s framed with the iconic shot of Forrest sitting on a park bench, eating a box of chocolates, and telling people his entire life story from when he was a kid to why he’s sitting on a park bench. One of its central themes revolves around his ability to run really fast. It actually helps him in most of his aforementioned accomplishments. Between the many many historical events Forrest takes part in, the real focus is on the people in his life. Starting with his mama. Mrs. Gump is a strong willed single mother who loves her son unconditionally. She teaches him important life lessons in a way he’ll understand and he quotes her throughout the entire movie. Forrest Gump is also a love story. That’s where Jenny comes in. Forrest has been in love with Jenny since they first met as kids. She was the first person to show him kindness when nobody else would. Their stories happen simultaneously, and come together every so often. He then meets Bubba in the Military. His best good friend who knows everything there is to know about the shrimping business. He also meets Lieutenant Dan. His commanding officer whom he saves from dying and ends up losing his legs in the process. Like Jenny, they also run into each other several times throughout the movie. Forrest Gump is a drama, but it can also be labeled a comedy, war, romance, and even epic. Now that you know the story, this is why it’s my all time favorite movie…

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“Run, Forrest, Run!”

Forrest Gump is simply a perfect movie. The way I define my favorite movies is actually the way my mom defines her favorite movies. She defines it as a movie that you can rewatch several times and never get tired of it. A movie where you care about the main character. A movie that makes you feel whatever it’s supposed to make you feel. And finally, a movie that you feel a connection with. It took me awhile to realize it, but the more I thought about it, Forrest Gump actually fit all those qualifications and more. I also love to do impressions and Forrest Gump is one of my favorite impressions to do. Its got an incredible soundtrack, its endlessly quotable, the special effects are unbelievable, you learn a lot about American history (which makes it a perfect classroom movie), every actor gives a great performance, it makes you laugh, it makes you cry, and it even makes you think. There’s also a religious aspect that I personally appreciate. Honestly, how can anyone not love this movie? Well it has received some backlash, but I still don’t get why. Most people probably don’t even know that it’s based on a book. A book that’s drastically different and doesn’t compare to the movie at all. People point out that it has a bad moral, that the romance is one sided, that it’s too feel good. First off, Forrest is not meant to be a character who goes through a lot of character development. He does what people say, but he helps people by doing it. He’s caring, protective, and always does the right thing despite his limited intelligence. Second off, the romance is not too one sided. Jenny comes from a difficult upbringing and it’s very likely she’d make bad decisions. Forrest was always there for her even when she wanted to push him away. And in the end, they were better together then apart. Third off, “too feel good.” What does that even mean? I don’t know about you, but I’ll take feel good over relentlessly depressing anyday. Forrest Gump even managed to win Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor Tom Hanks, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, and Best Editing at the Academy Awards among some pretty stiff competition. While some people might not understand it, Forrest Gump is my favorite movie. It never fails to make me laugh, give me hope, and the ending makes me cry every time I see it (every time). One of Robert Zemeckis’ absolute best. “And that’s all I have to say about that.”

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“Sometimes, I guess there just aren’t enough rocks”

Soundtrack to My Life

Baby Driver is a slick fast paced action flick with style to spare. I had seen every Edgar Wright movie before Baby Driver and I can easily say it’s my favorite. When I first saw the trailer I could tell it was something special. It didn’t make me rush to the theaters, but I knew I needed to see it because of its glowing reviews. Baby Driver is about a getaway driver named Baby who always wears headphones, because he has tinnitus. It’s one of those “one last job and I’m done” movies. With Ansel Elgort playing Baby, a role that should open him up to more roles. Although Baby’s soundtrack is easily the star of the movie. Each song is chosen specifically to fit the actions that happen in the movie. I especially liked how the soundtrack wasn’t obvious. They choose good songs that most people (like me) never heard before. The best word to describe Baby Driver is “unique.” With a pink and red color pallet that really makes it stand out. It’s funny, but also charming. Violent, but also romantic. It gets a little crazy at the end, but really the whole movie is that way. Baby Driver is one of the best movies of 2017. Hopefully it wins lots of awards. “Was he slow?”

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Baby drives

Aussie in Vegas

Kangaroo Jack: G’Day U.S.A.! is an animated sequel to Kangaroo Jack. So you knoooow it’s gonna be good. The movie is direct-to-video and it sort of follows the events of the first movie. Most kids my age probably saw it on Cartoon Network. Long story short, everybody ends up in Vegas, blah blah blah chosen ones, blah blah blah evil nature guy, blah blah blah jet skiing. It’s about as generic an animated sequel as you can get. I just watched it and I already forgot it. Once again, all the Kangaroo Jack talking scenes are just dreams. There also the only scenes in the movie that were sort of amusing. The “Mama said knock you out” boxing scene is a particular stand out. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same low brow humor and fart jokes. Kangaroo Jack is bad, Kangaroo Jack: G’Day U.S.A.! is bad, the whole idea is just bad.

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“Mama said knock you out!”

Preceded by: Kangaroo Jack

Hippity Hop

Kangaroo Jack is a movie that I can proudly say I didn’t see when I was a kid. Just the thought of me liking this movie as a kid is almost too ridiculous to think about. I was only 7 when the movie came out and even then I could tell it was bad. A rapping Kangaroo in a hoodie. Yeah, no thank you. However, I knew one day after ignoring it for years, I would have to see it. Just to see how bad it is of course. It turns out the trailers actually lied to you. Kangaroo Jack is actually about two friends who are sent by one of their gangster fathers to deliver money in Australia. One of them puts their hoodie with the money in it on a dead Kangaroo and they end up losing the money when the not so dead kangaroo hops away. Then there pursued by gangsters who want them dead for losing the money. Now I know what your thinking, where’s Kangaroo Jack in all of this. Well there’s only about 5 minutes of him in the entire hour and a half movie. The movie cuts back to him doing something “wacky” and that’s about it. That rapping scene in the trailer is only a minute long dream sequence. The rest of the movie is just low brow humor and fart jokes. The reason for that gangster premise is that the movie was intended to be an adult gangster comedy. But after the “success” of Snow Dogs, they decided to inject it with a family friendly tone. Frankly it would have sucked either way.

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Jackie Legs raps

Followed by: Kangaroo Jack: G’Day U.S.A.!

Bikini Bandits

Spring Breakers is just as wild and crazy as it sounds. Even more so, because I was shocked by what I saw. Spring Breakers is an A24 movie (so you know it’s gonna be good) about four girls who leave for spring break. What makes it shocking is the fact that three of the girls rob a diner just to fund their trip. Then they end up in jail after a rowdy spring break party and a white rapper named Alien bails them out. Basically it’s all just downhill from there. Spring Breakers gathers a cast of actresses who were once known as “the good girl.” Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Benson to be specific. They’re all here to shed their perfect image. Although you might be surprised to know that not all the girls stick around until the end. Two of the girls are sane and the other two are insane, but I won’t say who. Spring Breakers is full sensory overload and it got so uncomfortable at times that I’m certain I’ll never see it again. Not that it’s a bad film. James Franco plays the aforementioned rapper and it’s probably one of his best performances. It’s also very well made and topical, but there are just parts of it I felt went too far. Some people would argue that the movie is sexist. If you’ve ever seen a wild spring break party in your life, you know that half the girls are topless, everybody’s getting drunk, doing drugs, and making bad decisions. So that sexist argument makes no sense, because that would be denying reality. Spring Breakers is meant to be an uncomfortable experience and for the most part, it succeeds.

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The spring breakers: (left to right) Faith, Brit, Cotty, and Candy

The Looney Batch

Gremlins 2: The New Batch is one of those rare sequels that I like just as much as the original. Even though some people didn’t like it. I actually thought the lighter, more slapstick, self-mocking tone of the movie made sense in contrast to the first Gremlins. They made it more like a Looney Tunes cartoon. Gremlins 2: The New Batch never misses a chance to make fun of something controversial about the first movie. If you thought the first movie was designed to sell merchandise, you ain’t seen nothing yet. We got a smart gremlin, an electric gremlin, a bat gremlin, a girl gremlin, a salad gremlin, a spider gremlin, and much much more. There’s even a hilarious cameo from Hulk Hogan. Sure the idea seems silly on paper, but it really worked for me. Unlike the first movie, most of the action takes place in a building, and it isn’t set during Christmas. All the major characters return and this time, Gizmo has a cool Rambo motif. While it is a dramatic shift in tone from the first Gremlins, Gremlins 2: The New Batch is just a light hearted comedy that you shouldn’t take too seriously. Which is good enough for me.

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The smart gremlin

Preceded by: Gremlins

Don’t Feed After Midnight

Gremlins is another personal favorite from my childhood. Not realizing how incredibly dark it can be. Of course we all know the story. A man gets his son an exotic new pet for a Christmas present. The pet in question is a mogwai named Gizmo. The adorably cute creature with three rules: Don’t expose them to sunlight, Don’t get them wet, and Don’t feed them after midnight. When you expose them to sunlight, they die. When you get them wet, they multiply. And when you feed them after midnight, they become… gremlins! Ugly creatures that cause mischief, destroy everything in their path, and love Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The main character, Billy accidentally breaks the rules and the gremlins are unleashed on the city. With the main gremlin, Stripe as their leader. Like other unconventional films, Gremlins is technically a Christmas movie. A very dark Christmas movie. Gremlins is actually one of the two movies that encouraged the creation of the PG-13 rating. Gremlins explode, melt, and Billy’s girlfriend recounts a memory of her finding her dead dad wearing a Santa outfit. This is the kind of stuff that goes over your head when you’re a kid. In the end, Gremlins is a fun movie that, while dark, I’ll always enjoy revisiting.

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Gizmo smiles

Followed by: Gremlins 2: The New Batch

Bloggers React to F*&% the Prom

F*&% the Prom is a movie that, unless you follow Fine Brothers Entertainment on YouTube, you’ve probably never heard of. I’ve been following the React channels for years, so as soon as I found out they made a movie I was curious. The trailer was actually how I found out what the movie was even about. I watched the trailer and honestly, I was pretty underwhelmed. I’m a big fan of Riverdale, so Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom) was the only part of the trailer to draw me in. Since the movie was promoted relentlessly on the React channels, I knew I needed to see it. It was written by Benny & Rafi Fine and directed by Benny Fine by himself. They, along with reactors, staff, and actors from the movie all said the movie was good. I’m sorry to say… I didn’t like it. F*&% the Prom is about a high school loser who reunites with his popular longtime friend after her best friend kisses her boyfriend. Fed up with high school, the two along with other losers devise a plan to destroy the prom (for being a popularity contest). The movie tries to be deep and moral, but its been done already (and by movies that are much better than this). Madelaine Petsch is pretty much type cast as the high school mean girl now. There are cameos from YouTube stars like IISuperwomanII Lily Singh that are just way too cringy (I did appreciate the reactor cameos though). And everybody says current slang and does nothing but Instagram. You just know it’s gonna be dated years from now. Plus the movie feels PG-13, then it turns R rated with several F bombs near the end. F*&% the Prom was just way too cynical for my liking. I went to my prom and it was just okay. I really don’t get the whole anti-prom mentality. Just because you don’t like something, it doesn’t mean you should ruin it for everybody else. Maybe the Fine brothers meant well, but F*&% the Prom misses the mark completely for me. I’m still a loyal subscriber but, F*&% this movie.

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The populars and Cheryl Blossom… uh I mean, Marissa

Story of a Lifetime

Gracie’s Choice is a Lifetime original movie about a girl named Gracie who escapes her mom’s self destructive tendencies along with her three brothers. It’s based on a true story of course. With Kristen Bell and Anne Heche both starring in the movie. Back then, I wasn’t the kind of person who watched Lifetime original movies. It wasn’t until I watched this movie that I started to take an interest them. Like most people my age, I first watched Gracie Choice in my high school Health class. Gracie comes from a home where her sister and three brothers all have the same mom, but different dads. Her mom is always sleeping around and moving her family from place to place. You really grow to hate the mother for what she’s doing. So when Gracie does escape with her brothers (her sister sadly ends up like their mother), she tries to rebuild a life where they don’t get split up. Everyone gives a great performance that sort of makes me wish the movie was theatrical. That being said, I’m glad that Gracie’s Choice was the Lifetime original movie that I was introduced to.

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Gracie and her brothers