American Animals – Review

So my Odeon did another Screen Unseen last night. Hadn’t really heard anything about this film ahead of time so I had no idea what to expect even once the title was revealed.

I didn’t care for it. I don’t know if I’d say it was a bad film as I can see what it was going for but personally I was never invested in the heist and don’t understand why the interview segments were with the real people instead of reenactments like in I, Tonya. In fact it tries to do the unreliable narrator thing I, Tonya did but with much less drastic differences in the accounts to the point is wasn’t even relevant.

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Another problem with the interview segments is that these are real criminals who violently attacked someone and I don’t like that these people are actually narrating this movie. I can understand the presentation and that they’re trying to show how horrible the events of the heist were but they could have had the same effect actually letting the actors perform those interview scenes instead of showing us shots of the real people looking guilty.

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I do understand I am in the minority here though as most reactions to the film I’ve read have been positive so if this movie does appeal to you maybe you’ll have a better time. As for me I probably would have skipped this if it wasn’t a Screen Unseen. Hopefully it will be a smaller gap before the next one as regardless of my opinion on the movie I do still enjoy the Screen Unseen experience.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Music Wishlist

When the recent Smash Bros direct mentioned how rather than being tied to specific stages we could use any track we wanted on a stage from that franchise I found myself having fun thinking of what music I’d want to include on each stage. Mostly from the Wii U soundtrack and the confirmed new tracks of course but of course with over 800 tracks in the game there’s going to be a fair share of new music to listen to so I decided to make a wishlist. Unfortunately we know we’re not getting any more Final Fantasy music so I’m not even going to bother including any in this list. But there is a lot of Pokémon music. I also plan to update this every so often to add more music or tick off any that might get confirmed.

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Gladion Battle (Pokémon Sun & Moon) CONFIRMED
Champion Red & Blue Battle (Pokémon Sun & Moon)
Ultra Beast Battle (Pokémon Sun & Moon)
Team Skull Encounter/Battle (Pokémon Sun & Moon)
Champion Kakui Battle (Pokémon Sun & Moon) CONFIRMED
Ultra Necrozma Battle (Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon)
Team Plasma Boss Ghetsis Battle (Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon)
Team Rocket Boss Giovanni Battle (Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon)
Primal Groudon/Kyogre Battle (Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire)
Wally Battle (Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire)
Zinnia Battle (Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire)
Deoxys Battle (Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire)
Trainer Battle (Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire)
Elite Four Battle (Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire)
Raid Battle (Pokémon Go)
Wild Pokémon (Pokémon Go)
Gym Leader Battle (Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee)
Pokémon Tower (Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee)
Team Rocket Encounter (Pokémon Heart Gold & Soul Silver)
Advance Adventure (Pokémon anime, yeah it’s never gonna happen)
Mirror B. Battle (Pokémon Colosseum)
Lavender Town (Pokémon Red & Green)
Magicarp Festival (Pokkén)

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Street Fighter

Ryu’s Theme (Street Fighter III)
Dudley’s Theme (Street Fighter III)
Hakan’s Theme (Street Fighter IV)
Chun-Li’s Theme (Street Fighter IV)
Evil Ryu’s Theme (Street Fighter IV)
Ryu’s Theme (Street Fighter V)
Ken’s Theme (Street Fighter V)
Guile’s Theme (Street Fighter II) CONFIRMED

Sonic
Sonic

Casino Park (Sonic Heroes)
What I’m Made Of (Sonic Heroes)
Green Hill Zone Act 1 (Sonic Mania)
Studiopolis Zone Act 1 (Sonic Mania)
Fist Bump (Sonic Forces) CONFIRMED
Enemy Territory (Sonic Forces)
Theme of Dr. Eggman (Sonic Adventure)
City Escape (Classic) (Sonic Generations)

Mario
Mario

Main Theme/Fossil Falls (Super Mario Odyssey)
Break Free! (Lead the Way) (Super Mario Odyssey) CONFIRMED
Bowser’s Castle (Super Mario Odyssey)
Band Performance (Super Mario Odyssey) CONFIRMED
Birabuto Kingdom (Super Mario Land)
Athletic (Super Mario Land 2)
Forest Maze (Super Mario RPG)
Big Blue (Mario Kart 8)
Main Theme (Super Mario Party)

Zelda
Zelda

Battle Theme (Breath of the Wild)
Guardian Battle (Breath of the Wild)
Title Theme (Wind Waker)
Outset Island (Wind Waker)
Lowrule Castle (A Link Between Worlds)
Yuga-Ganon Battle (A Link Between Worlds)
Skyloft (Hyrule Warriors)

Kirby
Kirby

Green Greens (Kirby’s Epic Yarn)
Fountain Gardens (Kirby’s Epic Yarn)
Snowy Fields (Kirby’s Epic Yarn)
Main Menu (Kirby Star Allies)
Green Greens Orchestral (Kirby Star Allies)
Honey Hills (Kirby Star Allies)
Sky at Sunset (Kirby Triple Deluxe)
Moonstruck Blossom (Kirby Triple Deluxe)
True Arena (Kirby Planet Robobot)

MegaMan
Mega Man

Theme of Mega Man Battle Network (Mega Man Battle Network)
Operation (Battle Theme) (Mega Man Battle Network)
Departure (Sand Wilderness) (Mega Man Zero 2)
Main Theme (Mega Man 11)

Xenoblade
Xenoblade Chronicles

Codename Z (Xenoblade Chronicles X)
Uncontrollable (Xenoblade Chronicles X)
Wir fliegen/X-BT2 (Xenoblade Chronicles X)
Song of Giga Rosa (Xenoblade Chronicles 2)
You Will Recall Our Names (Xenoblade Chronicles 2)
Counterattack (Xenoblade Chronicles 2)
Unique Monster Battle (Xenoblade Chronicles 2)

DonkeyKong
Donkey Kong

Title Theme (Diddy Kong Racing)
Scorch ‘N’ Torch (Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze)
Banana Battles (Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle)

Splatoon
Splatoon

Kraken Up (Splatoon)
Inkopolis News (Splatoon)
Ebb & Flow (Splatoon 2)
Tidal Rush (Splatoon 2)
Nasty Majesty (Splatoon 2)

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Other

Strike the Earth! (Shovel Knight)
High Above the Land (The Flying Machine) (Shovel Knight)
Main Theme/GrandPrix (ARMS)
Ribbon Ring (ARMS)
Isaac Battle Theme (Golden Sun)
Venus Lighthouse (Golden Sun)
Trip Through Sequin Land (Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse)
Dance Through the Danger (Shantae: Half-Genie Hero)
Lockstep (Rhythm Heaven)
First Steps (Rayman)
Miifoto (Miitomo)
Stage Theme (Gyromite)
Cornered (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney)
Dragonborn (Theme) (Skyrim)

I included a few 3rd party franchises in the Other section but only picked from companies that have good relationships with Nintendo. I don’t really expect most of these but hopefully I’ll at least get something from each category.

The Spy Who Dumped Me – Review

Outside of the occasional James Bond or Mission: Impossible movie most spy movies that come out these days tend to be comedies. This works because most of the fun stuff about the genre are the things newer movies tend to leave behind to seem more serious (which is why I’ve not really cared for the Daniel Craig Bond movies).

I found this to be pretty funny. It’s not the funniest movie of the year so far but it’s enjoyable. That said while jokes in the trailers are presented better in the movie if you saw the trailers and don’t like the look of it I expect seeing it won’t change your mind.

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The strengths of the movie come from the two leads. Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon work really well as a duo. In fact most of the weaker elements of the film come from most of the other characters, especially Sam Heughan’s character who is just a generic love interest that doesn’t really add to the comedy.

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If you’re a fan of either of the lead actresses and other spy comedies like Spy and the Austin Powers series you’ll probably have fun. If you’re not you can skip it.

To All the Boys I’ve Love Before – Review

So while browsing Twitter I noticed a Netflix Original movie was getting some positive attention, something that doesn’t happen that often and the fact it was through the Search Twitter section of the app and not my regular feed was even more surprising.

And yeah out of all the Netflix Original movies I’ve seen this year this deserves to be the one to get attention because so far it’s the best one. Much like Love, Simon I’m not familiar with the original book so I can’t say how it works as an adaptation but as someone without book bias I really liked it.

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While yes this does have some pretty common romance tropes because they’re so common they’re not really a problem as long as the cast and characters are likable enough and that is without a doubt the case here. I really hope we see more from Lana Condor in the future because she’s really good in this and was underused in X-Men: Apocalypse. Plus as I’ve said before sometimes it’s just nice to watch a cliche romance movie.

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If you have Netflix and you like romance movies I recommend giving it a watch. There’s still several Netflix movies from this year on my list I haven’t even started yet but this one is going to be hard to beat.

Christopher Robin – Review

It’s hard to say if this movie was made because they knew Goodbye Christopher Robin was being made or not but it’s been amusing seeing the confusion that can come out of this movie coming out the year after another movie about Christopher Robin. In fact just yesterday while I was talking with my brother about the film I had to stop and explain that one movie was about Christopher Robin Milne the person and the other was about Christopher Robin the character. The funny thing is now that Disney have purchased Fox they could easily package these two movies together as a set and cause even more confusion.

This is a charming film. Yes elements of the plot are a pretty cliche “dad works too much” movie but that is the most fitting story to tell about an adult Christopher Robin… the character. It’s pretty much the Winnie-the-Pooh version of Hook so if you like that movie and Winnie-the-Pooh you should like this. The charm of the movie of course comes from the Winnie-the-Pooh characters and the way they interact with Christopher Robin and his daughter Madeline (not Clare). I like how the design for Pooh and his friends were a nice mix of the Disney designs and the book illustrations with Piglet having his book colour scheme and unlike some Disney Winnie-the-Pooh movies had Rabbit and Owl as regular animals rather than stuffed toys.

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Jim Cummings of course is in this as Winnie-the-Pooh (and Tigger too) and continues to give an amazing performance. There’s a scene at the beginning with dialogue that is almost word for word out of the final chapter of The House at Pooh Corner and there’s just something special about the combination of his voice and the words from the original books (seriously why hasn’t there been a Winnie-the-Pooh audiobook read by Jim Cummings already?). The rest of the cast are all good choices for their characters and because of this movie I’m going to call the characters Mark Gatiss tends to play a lot woozles from now on.

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Out of the Disney live action reimaginings this is one of the better ones. I’m going to try and watch the ones I haven’t seen yet so I can make a ranking image for them (I also might need to revisit Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent and Cinderella), especially with three of them set to come out next year.

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies – Review

I’ve said before that this was probably going to be the best DC movie of this year. Mostly because I’ve not been that impressed with the films they’ve released so far (and I hated Gotham by Gaslight) and they’ve not really been selling me on the rest of their lineup. And unlike a lot of people I don’t hate Teen Titans Go, I think it’s an alright show that I’ll watch if I just feel like putting Cartoon Network on.

Looks like I was on to something because this movie is a lot of fun and genuinely one of DC’s better recent movies up there with Wonder Woman, The LEGO Batman Movie and the animated Adam West movies. It’s very funny, has great songs and is an example of Teen Titans Go at it’s best; making DC jokes.

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There’s a lot of great jokes aimed specifically at DC fans. There’s a running gag about Slade being fun to say dramatically, some visual nods to iconic comic covers, a MARTHA joke and a lot about super hero movies in general. There’s even some Marvel references including the best Stan Lee cameo of the year. And even outside of the jokes you have neat little details like all the characters you can spot in group shots, Nicolas Cage playing Superman and the mid credits scene for fans of the 2003 show.

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I know a lot of people hate the show too much to give this a chance but if you’re a DC fan who enjoys when DC makes fun of itself I do think you’ll enjoy this. And while in-universe the Titans don’t have their own movie this is actually the 4th Teen Titans movie and…

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It’s the best one.

Ant-Man and the Wasp – Review

After an annoying football based delay this movie is finally out in the UK and I’ve managed to successfully avoid spoilers. After the big event that was Infinity War and the setups for Captain Marvel and Avengers making them the next things for MCU fans to be excited about this movie there’s unfortunately less hype for this film.

But this is still just a fun movie. Yes it’s the weakest of this year’s MCU movies but that’s only because the other two were two of the best films in the MCU in general. The stakes are smaller but considering this is a movie about the characters with the power to shrink that makes sense.

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Of course being a smaller story that means a lot of the strength is in the characters. It’s great getting to finally see Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne suit up as Wasp and after having that Elf/Dwarf love triangle she didn’t want forced on her in The Hobbit I bet she’s glad to have a big action movie role without that mess. Paul Rudd continues to be entertaining as Scott Lang and MCU Hank Pym is still best Hank Pym. Another returning stand out is Abby Ryder Fortson as Cassie Lang, it would be neat if the interest she expresses in helping her dad turned out to be foreshadowing for her becoming Stinger in a future movie.

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If you liked the first film you’ll enjoy this one for a lot of the same reasons. I’m not sure which I like more without rewatching the first film, something that I plan to do along with all the other MCU movies at some point next year so I can have my rankings ready for Avengers 4’s release. Now after seeing a Marvel movie it’s time to look over at DC…