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REPOST: Weird Science, created by John Hughes: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Nerds Gary and Wyatt are embarrassed by the popular senior jocks while they swooned over the seniors’ girlfriends.  Rejected the pair decide that they need to boost their popularity in order to win their crushes from the jocks.

While watching Frankenstein a brilliant idea occurs.  They should try and create their own girlfriend.  Using their computer and hooking a doll up to the system somehow their dream comes true.

Now what to do with a hot British girl who can make things appear on command?  Will they win their crushes, or will they just end up grounded for life?

General Information:

-Genre: Teen Science-Fiction Comedy

-Creator: John Hughes

-Length: 94 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (mild sex and nudity, mild violence, moderate profanity, mild alcohol use and smoking)

-Where to Watch: DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Rusler, Suzanne Snyder, Judie Aronson

-Page of Reference in RP1/RP2: 36/186

Review (contains spoilers):

A solid John Hughes flick.  You have your pretty stereotypical scenarios for an 80s teen comedy.  The nerds vs the jocks.  The desire of belonging.  Outcasts. Parties.  Pretty girls… you know the drill.

If you’ve seen one John Hughes flick you’ve seen them all.

But that isn’t to say they are bad in any way.

This one was completely entertaining.  Between the insanity of a Frankenstein woman, two teens that are fighting for love and somehow everything they want can be summoned at the drop of a hat.  And a young Robert Downing Jr. being a complete idiot and bully… which is a quite interesting role for him to play. Definitely a hour and a half well spent.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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REPOST: Real Genius, created by Neal Israel and Pat Proft: a film Review

Synopsis:

The CIA is determined to create a new “peace time” weapon, codename Crossbow, that uses a high-powered laser to eliminate potential threats before they become terrorists.  To do so they recruit the help of a well-know college professor to create the laser needed to pull off this accomplishment.

Meanwhile, 15-year-old Mitch is accepted to the college for mid-winter term due to his insane intellect.  Rooming with genius and role model, Chris Knight, proves to be vastly different from the idea that Mitch builds up in his head.  Knight is a bit of a prankster and overall chill guy compared to tightly wound genius Mitch.

As the pair find their differences and turn them into strengths to help each other through the difficult final semester for Knight, they work to create an incredibly powerful laser that will be Knight’s ticket to graduation.

But when they are forced to see what possible uses someone would have for a laser that big and powerful they must come to terms with the fact that sometimes, as scientists, you need to think about the practical applications of your creations…and come to terms with the fact that they may not be used for the good and hopeful reasons you would want them to be…

General Information:

-Genre: Science Fiction Teen Comedy

-Creator: Neal Israel and Pat Proft

-Length: 106 minutes

-Rating: PG (for mild sex, nudity and sexual innuendo, mild profanity, mild partying)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Val Kilmer, Gabe Jarret, Michelle Meyrink, William Atherton, Robert Prescott, Jon Gries

-Page of Reference in RP1: 62

Review (contains spoilers):

Such a great comedy and one of my top watched movies of all time.  It is a staple in my vocabulary to quote lines from this film.  And there are plenty of them that are quotable.

I love the story, the quirky characters and the fact that, though the science is incredibly above my head as I know nothing about optics, everything discussed is relatable.  It isn’t about the science.  You don’t have to know anything to love this film.

Witty and sarcastic this whole movie is an absolute gem of late ‘80s comedy.   From the child genius on a college campus (and in a dorm!) to the fact that the bad guy is someone in the faculty…its just an overall ridiculous film that is just as funny after the first watch as the 100th.  Plus, it has a great soundtrack.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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REPOST: Pour Some Sugar on Me, by Def Leppard: a Song review

General Information:

-Album Title: Hysteria

-Artist: Def Leppard

-Release Year: 1987

-Song Length: 4:27

-Genre: Hard Rock, Rock, Pop

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 217

Lyrics:

Step inside
Walk this way
You and me babe
Hey hey

Love is like a bomb, baby, c’mon get it on
Livin’ like a lover with a radar phone
Lookin’ like a tramp, like a video vamp
Demolition woman, can I be your man? (your man)

Razzle ‘n’ a dazzle ‘n’ a flash a little light
Television lover, baby, go all night
Sometime, anytime, sugar me sweet
Little miss innocent sugar me, yeah, yeah

Now c’mon, take a bottle, shake it up
Break the bubble, break it up

Pour some sugar on me
Ooh, in the name of love
Pour some sugar on me
C’mon, fire me up
Pour your sugar on me
I can’t get enough

I’m hot, sticky sweet
From my head to my feet, yeah

Listen, red light, yellow light, green-a-light go
Crazy little woman in a one man show
Mirror queen, mannequin, rhythm of love
Sweet dream,…

Review:

A solid song that most people know be it from parents playing it in our childhood to going to concerts and hearing covers of the song…or even going to the Mad T Party event at Disneyland in the mid 2010s.  this song is super popular at clubs of all types (ugh remember clubs and concerts?)…. I rarely run into someone who is over the age of 18 who hasn’t heard this song in some capacity.

Pretty typical of Def Leppard and their style of rock.  Catchy.  I know all the lyrics…a solid song.

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Listen to the song through the link above or in our cultivated Valentine’s Day mix below:

We recommend listening to the mix on shuffle. It is a mix of the top 10-20 most popular love songs from the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and ’10s along with other top rated love songs from history and some of my personal favorites that didn’t seem to make any list!

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REPOST: Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, by WHAM!: a Song review

General Information:

-Album Title: Make It Big

-Artist: WHAM!

-Release Year: 1984

-Song Length: 3:51

-Genre: Pop

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 190

Lyrics:

Jitterbug
Jitterbug
Jitterbug
Jitterbug

You put the boom-boom into my heart
You send my soul sky-high
When your lovin’ starts
Jitterbug into my brain
Goes a bang-bang-bang
‘Til my feet do the same

But something’s bugging me
Something ain’t right
My best friend told me
What you did last night
You left me sleeping in my bed
I was dreaming
But I should’ve been with you instead

Wake me up before you go-go
Don’t leave me hanging on like a yo-yo
Wake me up before you go-go
I don’t wanna miss it when you hit that high
Wake me up before you go-go
‘Cause I’m not planning on going solo
Wake me up before you go-go
Take me dancing tonight
I wanna hit that high, yeah yeah

You take the grey skies outta my way
You make the sun shine brighter than Doris Day
You turned a bright spark into a flame
My beats per minute never been the same

‘Cause you’re my lady
I’m your fool
It makes me crazy when you act so cruel
Come on baby
Let’s not fight
We’ll go dancing
Everything will be alright

Wake me up before you go-go
Don’t leave me hanging on like a yo-yo
Wake me up before you go-go
I don’t wanna miss it when you hit that high
Wake me up before you go-go
‘Cause I’m not planning on going solo
Wake me up before you go-go
Take me dancing tonight
I wanna hit that high, yeah yeah yeah, baby

Cuddle up baby
Move in tight
We’ll go dancing tomorrow night
It’s cold out there
But it’s warm in bed
They can dance
We’ll stay home instead
(Jitterbug)

Wake me up before you go-go
Don’t leave me hanging on like a yo-yo
Wake me up before you go-go
I don’t wanna miss it when you hit that high
Wake me up before you go-go
‘Cause I’m not planning on going solo
Wake me up before you go-go
Take me dancing tonight
Wake me up before you go-go
Don’t you dare to leave me hanging on like a yo-yo

Take me dancing
A boom-boom-boom-boom, oh!
A boom-boom-boom-boom (Yeah, yeah)
(Take me dancing tonight) Yeah!

Yeah, yeah

Review:

WHAM! is not one of my favorite bands but I grew up with this song as well.  Between it being played on the radio in the ‘90s to my house (thank my DJ-in-a-former-life, music junkie father) I’m familiar enough that I know all of the lyrics to this song.

Its upbeat and catchy.  Its got a fun chorus.  A song that I put on when I do housework to keep me up and going…and using the broom, or hairbrush, as a microphone… because why not.

Solid, fun, kind of superfluous and airy…overall silly and upbeat.

Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Listen to the song through the link above or on our cultivated Valentine’s Mix below:

We recommend listening to this mix on shuffle as it contains the top 10-20 love songs from the last 40 years as well as some of my favorites that didn’t make the list and others that are popular from history.

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Footloose (1984), created by Dean Pitchford: a Film Review

Synopsis:

New guy in town, Ren MacCormack and his mom, have just arrived from big city Chicago to live with Ren’s Aunt and Uncle.  While attending Sunday church services he meets the Reverend Shaw Moore and his wife Vi and daughter Ariel, who seems sweet and docile but is actually incredibly reckless.

When at school Ren befriends Willard and discovers that the town has a dancing ban that extends to all rock music within the borders.  A few kids got killed in a car wreck a few years earlier and the whole town blamed the music, the books…the dancing…for the whole wreck and the subsequent deaths it caused.

As Ren and Willard become closer friends and Ren starts to befriend Ariel and her friend group he decides to show them the joy of dance by taking them out.

This subsequently encourages all of them to stand up to the elder generation of the town and petition for a school dance- THE PROM.  Its just within their reach…or so they think.

General Information:

-Genre: American Musical Drama, Teen Drama

-Creator: Dean Pitchford

-Length: 110 minutes

-Rating: PG (mild sex and nudity, moderate violence including a fire being set, mild abuse, moderate profanity, mild use of drugs, smoking and alcohol, mild intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Hulu (with subscription), Amazon Prime Video (with subscription, Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, Dianne Wiest, John Lithgow, Chris Penn, Sarah Jessica Parker, John Laughlin, Elizabeth Gorcey, Frances Lee McCain, Jim Youngs, Timothy Scott

-Page of Reference in RP1: 102

Review (contains spoilers):

I love this movie.  It’s a really interesting study of what happens when you are too strict with your kids. Its also one of my go-to movies for sleepovers.

There isn’t anything wrong with music, or books that challenge your current way of thinking, or dancing…so long as you aren’t hurting anyone.

There will always be accidents and bad choices but the more you restrict your child the worse its gonna be. 

But this film also does a lot of what a teen film should do.  Showcase hard to talk about issues so that you can open up the dialogue with your kids.  Here there is the chance to talk about domestic abuse, drugs and drinking, teen sex, verbal and mental abuse….

But its also just an awesome film with a fantastic soundtrack that just sets the tone for the whole thing.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Candy and Snack Board

Candy and snack board featuring some ‘90s comebacks like Doritos 3D, Pop-Tart Bites, and DunkAroos (on the side)… and Pizza Hut’s Stuffed Crust Pizza!

Description:

Party like its 1985! Or I mean…maybe a little more adult than that… XD

I decided this year that we were going to have a self-contained quarantine slumber party!  And boy was I in LUCK!

The 1980s and 1990 nostalgia has hit SO VERY HARD!!!  I’ve found everything from Dunkeroos to the 25th anniversary Fruit Roll-ups, to Pizza Hut re-releasing its classic stuffed crust pizza again!  I just cannot with the whole idea that my people have decided this is the time for things to happen.

So here it is…the candy and snack board.  This one will be themed to my slumber party tonight!  I will post pictures when I can.

Remember you can make this for any holiday, party or random Saturday you feel like…just retheme the candy to fit that occasion (Christmas candies in Christmas shapes as well as red, green and white OR Valentine’s candies such as red-hots or anything pink, red and white…a favorite color for a birthday…you get the idea)

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite candies and treats between 8-12 of them
  • For a 1980s/1990s board:
    • Fruit Roll-ups or other fruit snacks that were popular (like gushers!)
    • Pop-tart bites
    • Dunkaroos
    • 2-3 Little Debbie’s cakes/snacks (I’m using a few I love like Strawberry Shortcake Rolls and Star Crunch but use what you love…most of them were popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s)
    • 3-5 types of Candy! Here are some that are still around today that were popular:
      • Runts
      • Atomic Fireballs
      • Flavored Tootsie Rolls
      • Jawbreakers
      • Pixy Stix
      • Ring pops
      • Smarties
      • Starbursts (original flavor)
      • Sweet tarts
      • Tootsie rolls
      • Skittles (original flavor…without the green apple…lime was WAY better)
      • Nerds (grape, cherry and orange were defiantly around in the ‘80s and rainbow came out in the ‘90s)
      • Airheads
      • Warheads
      • Blow Pops
      • M&Ms
      • Albanese Candy Company Gummi’s (these are on my board as they are delicious and a local Indiana company! You can even tour their factory under normal circumstances)
      • Cella’s brand Chocolate covered cherries
      • SOUR PATCH Kids (original flavor…minus the blues today)
      • Hershey’s bars (original, cookies and cream, and Symphony Bars for sure)
      • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (original)
      • Lemonheads (original and flavored)
      • Hershey’s kisses and hugs
      • Starburst Jelly Beans! (I LOVE these….the Fave RED pack is on my board but those didn’t come out till the 2000s…oh well)
      • Tart n’ Tiny’s
      • Twix bars
      • Reese’s pieces
      • Jelly Belly
      • Pop rocks
      • Snickers
      • 100 Grand bars
      • Now & Laters
      • Junior mints
      • Mike & Ikes (original flavors minus the strawberry today)
      • Twizzlers and twizzlers pull and peel
      • Rock candy
    • 2-3 other cookies or salty treats…for example:
      • Goldfish
      • Flipz (or other yogurt covered pretzles)
      • Chex mix (bonus points for homemade)
      • Girl scout cookies! (support a local girl you know or Troup 6000 which is all homeless girls in NYC!)
      • Popcorn
      • Doritos (bonus if you can find the recent rerelease of the 1980s packaging and flavor…I ate all mine! Or the return of Doritos 3D)

Step by Step:

  1. Collect your supplies including your food stuffs AND containers to put them all in…I know as kids we would have just dug in with maybe a big bowl for the chips and stuff…but we are adults now. Time to make our movie night snacks good!
  2. Now…start just like we did with our stores boards:
  • Layout your smaller bowls you are using for small stuff like M&Ms, Nerds, Runts…anything loose and put them on your board
  • Then build out from there using things that stack, lay in long lines or can be put up as barriers for smaller things like Little Debbie’s, pull and peel Twizzlers and oreos
  • Fill in spots with other loose but not super tiny items like gummi bears, mini twix or snickers bars, goldfish crackers or Flipz
  • Add in things with sticks and stems around as extra décor like blow pops or ring pops…you don’t need lots of these to make them really fun. I added some chocolate covered strawberries I had because I’m super extra!
  • Put on your favorite jammies (bonus if they look like the could be from the 1980s), plop down in your blanket fort, pop a tape into the VCR (or you know…find a great ‘80s/90s movie on streaming), open the box of Pizza Hut old school stuffed crust pizza, pop a Coke or a SURGE and CHOW DOWN!!
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Ladyhawke: The Motion Picture Soundtrack, by Andrew Powell: a Album review

General Information:

-Album Title: Ladyhawke

-Artist: Andrew Powell

-Release Year: 1985

-Album Length:

-Genre: Instrumental Film Score, Medieval Dark Fantasy

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 106

Lyrics:

NONE…all instrumental

Song Titles:

  1. Main Title
  2. Phillipe’s Escape
  3. The Search for Phillipe
  4. Tavern Fight (Phillipe)
  5. Tavern Fight (Navarre)
  6. Phillipe Describes Isabeau
  7. Navarre’s Ambush
  8. The Chase, the Fall & the Transformation
  9. “She Was Sad at First…”
  10. Navarre Returns to Aquila
  11. Narvarre’s and Marquet’s Duel
  12. Marquet’s Death
  13. Bishop’s Death
  14. End Title

Review:

This is a beautiful soundtrack.  It is one that plays throughout the background of the film and adds an incredible depth to the storyline.  The majority of the music seems to have medieval themes throughout it and many of the moments feel truly like what I imagine life in this time period would have been like (if you had the ability to carry music with you always).

The ups and downs of the score follow the action in ways that enhance, not detract from the story and the action that is going on upon the screen.

This is one of the few scores I can listen to that helps me focus.  Usually I need talking or singing to stimulate my brain well enough to focus but the depth here is just so beautiful that it is easy to listen to in the background.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Ladyhawke, created by Richard Donner: a Film Review

Synopsis:

In Aquila, a town in medieval France, a thief known as “The Mouse”, aka Phillipe Gaston, escapes from prison and the city proper.  On his flight he is nearly captured by the Bishop’s guards.  He is saved by Etienne Navarre, the former captain of the guard.

As they run Navarre picks up Phillipe and the pair, along with Navarre’s beautiful hawk, flee finding a safe place to lodge for the night.  As they settle in Phillipe is told not to disturb Navarre under any circumstances.  As Phillipe goes about his evening chores he stumbles upon a beautiful woman, and is nearly attacked by a solid black wolf who has already killed the farmer they are staying with.  Though neither is safe the night passes on.

The next day Phillipe tells the tale to Navarre who reminisces about the woman hoping she will enter his dreams.  Navarre tells Phillipe of his intention to slay the Bishop and demands the assistance of the thief.  Unwilling to do so, Phillipe spends his night tied to the tree.  As the same woman appears this night as well Phillipe begs for her help.  He escapes into the night.

When Navarre comes upon Phillipe the following day he again rescues the boy from the Bishop’s Guard who are about to kill him.  In the heat of the battle Navarre is hit and his beloved hawk attacks the guards.  She is hit with a crossbow bolt and falls to the ground.  Navarre finishes off the guards and proceeds to send Phillipe to a monk who can help to heal the poor bird.

When Phillipe arrives on horseback to the monk the sun has nearly set.  The beautiful woman has appeared again, with a wolf howling in the night.  She has a bolt running through her chest where the bolt had formerly been in the hawk.  When the monk is confronted by Phillipe he tells the story of Etienne and Isabeau, and the curse that they have been placed under by a jealous and powerful man (who Isabeau had rejected).

Will Phillipe help the pair to break the curse or will they be forever doomed?

General Information:

-Genre: Medieval Dark Fantasy Film

-Creator: Richard Donner

-Length: 121 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (mild sex and nudity, mild violence and gore, medieval battle, mild profanity, mild alcohol use and drunkenness)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Leo McKern, John Wood

-Page of Reference in RP1: 106

Review (contains spoilers):

I absolutely love this film.  My father showed it to me at a fairly young age (I believe 12 or 13) and I was hooked.  But I love anything from the late-1980s to early 1990s.  This movie along with other like Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, and The Last Knight share a lot of similar flavor.

There is a specific feel to them that is just delightfully outdated by our standards, however, the writing is beautiful, the stories are robust, and the romance is just delightful in its rendition. 

This is a lovely movie with a beautiful story of a man and a woman whose love was so pure that they were determined to be together despite the fact that they were cursed and could never touch each other again. 

It’s a wholesome film that can be shared with older children and pre-teens.  The story is heartwarming, and the film is well developed and beautifully filmed.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Real Genius, created by Neal Israel and Pat Proft: a film Review

Synopsis:

The CIA is determined to create a new “peace time” weapon, codename Crossbow, that uses a high-powered laser to eliminate potential threats before they become terrorists.  To do so they recruit the help of a well-know college professor to create the laser needed to pull off this accomplishment.

Meanwhile, 15-year-old Mitch is accepted to the college for mid-winter term due to his insane intellect.  Rooming with genius and role model, Chris Knight, proves to be vastly different from the idea that Mitch builds up in his head.  Knight is a bit of a prankster and overall chill guy compared to tightly wound genius Mitch.

As the pair find their differences and turn them into strengths to help each other through the difficult final semester for Knight, they work to create an incredibly powerful laser that will be Knight’s ticket to graduation.

But when they are forced to see what possible uses someone would have for a laser that big and powerful they must come to terms with the fact that sometimes, as scientists, you need to think about the practical applications of your creations…and come to terms with the fact that they may not be used for the good and hopeful reasons you would want them to be…

General Information:

-Genre: Science Fiction Teen Comedy

-Creator: Neal Israel and Pat Proft

-Length: 106 minutes

-Rating: PG (for mild sex, nudity and sexual innuendo, mild profanity, mild partying)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), STARZ (with subscription), HBO Go (with subscription), DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Val Kilmer, Gabe Jarret, Michelle Meyrink, William Atherton, Robert Prescott, Jon Gries

-Page of Reference in RP1: 62

Review (contains spoilers):

Such a great comedy and one of my top watched movies of all time.  It is a staple in my vocabulary to quote lines from this film.  And there are plenty of them that are quotable.

I love the story, the quirky characters and the fact that, though the science is incredibly above my head as I know nothing about optics, everything discussed is relatable.  It isn’t about the science.  You don’t have to know anything to love this film.

Witty and sarcastic this whole movie is an absolute gem of late ‘80s comedy.   From the child genius on a college campus (and in a dorm!) to the fact that the bad guy is someone in the faculty…its just an overall ridiculous film that is just as funny after the first watch as the 100th.  Plus, it has a great soundtrack.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Stardust, by Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman, based off the novel by Neil Gaiman: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Tristan Thorn lives in the English town of Wall, named for the long wall that runs along the village separating it from the fantasy world that is said to be on the other side.  When he sets to win the heart of the local girl, Victoria, he cannot seem to do anything more than blunder every attempt to do so.  Suddenly he is struck with an idea to win her hand in marriage.  Cross the wall and retrieve a star the pair has seen fall from the sky…which may be easier said than done.

On the other side of the Wall lies the kingdom of Stormhold where a dying king’s seven sons are competing to decide who will reign after his death.  Unfortunately for them it is either the throne or death themselves…but when they cannot seem to defeat each other for the title the king sends out his ruby necklace to be restored by his one true surviving heir.  Which ends up knocking a star out of the sky and to earth.  The same star seen by Tristan and Victoria that fateful night.

But Tristan is not the only one who sees the star fall from the sky.  A trio of witches is also after her heart to make themselves young again and extend their life for another 400 years.

As Tristan crosses the wall in an effort to find the fallen star he meets a host of characters from a swashbuckling pirate, to the deadly prince Septimus, insane witches, and even the fallen star herself…what he could never imagine was the adventure that he would embark on…as soon as he can get past the old man that guards the hole in the Wall.

General Information:

-Genre: Romantic Fantasy Adventure

-Creator: Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman, based off the novel by Neil Gaiman

-Length: 128 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (for mild implied sex and nudity, moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, mild use of alcohol, moderate intense scenes including fighting and magic elements)

-Where to Watch: Netflix (with subscription), Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Sienna Miller, Rickey Gervais, Jason Flemyng, Rupert Evertt, Peter O’Toole, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro

-Page of Reference in RP1:

Review (contains spoilers):

I really enjoy this film but be warned I have not read the book at the time of writing this review so I cannot compare the two. 

The story is quite unique to what I have seen in the past.  But that is to be expected from the mind of Neil Gaiman.  Between the adventures through the land of faerie, the cruel princes trying to gain their father’s throne, and witches trying to get ahold of a fallen star, the story is varied with the depth of a fully imagined world.

When I first heard of all of the different stories that go on during the course of the film, I thought it would be quite confusing to keep everything straight but the filmmakers did an exquisite job interweaving everything a way that makes it easy to follow and incredibly enjoyable.

The characters are bright and bold both in their portrayal and their writing.  The costuming is lovely… a perfect mix of historically accurate Victorian styles with fantasy elements. The settings are beautiful.  Just an incredibly done film. 

I love the world that Gaiman created and this film brought to life.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.