Saturday, February 18, 2017

Angry Badger Movie Review: The Great Wall


Hello everyone and welcome to another movie review. Today I'll be reviewing the Great Wall



But what is the Great Wall you ask?
    In the time of the Song dynasty during the reign of the Renzong Emperor, a few miles north of the Great Wall, a mercenary group originally consisting of twenty men searching for black powder are pursued by Khitan bandits, who have already killed some of the men. Upon escaping they seek refuge in a cave but are then attacked by an unknown monster, leaving only William and Tovar alive, with the former having slashed off the monster's hand. The two decide to bring the arm with them. The next day, they stumble upon the Great Wall and are taken prisoner by Chinese soldiers of a secretive military sect called the Nameless Order, led by General Shao and Strategist Wang.


Unbiased review:

The Great Wall is an action packed adventure with great CGI and stunning graphics. It also has a nice western/eastern blend in areas like weaponry, armor, and fighting techniques. The Great Wall is one of the movies that hits the ground running but offers little in the story department. We get information about why William and his friend are in China, and we even get information about the monsters they are fighting. But its still lacking a real backbone for the film to rest on. It's overall an okay action movie for someone looking to pass 2 hours.

The Great Wall is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, thematic elements, and brief language.

           Things to Consider before watching the movie:

Violence: The Great Wall is on the more violent side of a PG-13 movie, there are quite a few scenes in which people are mulled or eaten by the Taotie (the monsters). We see corps of both people and Taotie littering the ground in one scene. In more than one scene we see the Taotie with human blood dripping from their mouths. The Taotie are also stabbed, speared, exploded, and shot with arrows. They bleed green so it isn't that graphic.

Swearing: There is little swearing in the movie, I know Bas***d is said once along with He** and some blasphemy.

Other Negatives: We see the Taotie feeding the "Queen" Taotie (which involves regurgitating the humans they have eaten). The movie also gives off a horror feel during the first few minutes of the movie but they change that.


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Opinionated review:


       The Great Wall was one of those movies that could go either way, be really cool or really dumb. As it turns out it just kind of lands in the middle. I won't say is terrible but I can't really say it's great. It's just okay (this coming from the guy who likes man vs. monster movies). Things I did like about it where:

The Costumes: I didn't know if I would like all the different color armors in the movie but they worked it out well.

The Mix: What I mean by that is they weren't afraid to mix the western and eastern style of movie, cutler, and weaponry.

The Humor: Despite the seriousness the movie wanted to portray there where, surprisingly, some really good humor between too friends.

The Action: It did have nice action scenes.

And that's about it. Everyone had nice acting but what the movie really needed was help with the main story. The plot was there but it just wasn't enough for me to get behind this movie. We also don't get much character development, so if your one of those "It's all about character development" people you probably won't like this movie. I already mentioned it can be a little bloody so I don't really need to say anything else. The movie also felt kind of rushed which brought it down a little bit. My overall thoughts are it was just an okay movie.

So what do you think? Have you seen the movie? do you Think I hit it on the nail or did I miss the broad side of the barn? Let me know your opinion in the comments down below


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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Angry Badger Movie Review: Assassin's Creed


        Hello everyone and welcome back to another Movie review. First off I want to say I hope you all had a great Christmas with your families, and if you don't celebrate Christmas then I hope you had a great weekend! Today we will be reviewing the new movie: Assassin's Creed.

But what is Assassin's Creed?

        Cal Lynch travels back in time to 15th-century Spain through a revolutionary technology that unlocks the genetic memories contained in his DNA. There, he lives out the experiences of Aguilar de Nerha, a distant relative who's also a member of the Assassins, a secret society that fights to protect free will from the power-hungry Templar Order. Transformed by the past, Cal begins to gain the knowledge and physical skills necessary to battle the oppressive organization in the present.

Unbiased review:


        Assassin's Creed sometimes is visually a nice movie. Set partly back in 15th-century Spain and partly in 2016. The CGI is done rather well and brings the 15th-century city of Spain to life. It does lack a little in the story as the Assassins goes head to head against the Templar Order. It also has nice CGI memories/hologram stuff, though it sometimes is hard to see because of all the CGI mist/smoke. The fight scenes are done rather nicely as well. They do a good job of making it look good and keeping with an 'assassin' kind of fighting style. Overall an okay movie for older members of the family.

Assassin's Creed is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, thematic elements, and brief strong language
           
              Things to Consider before watching the movie:

Violence: Assassin's creed is on the more violent side of a PG-13 movie. People are stabbed, shot, burned, a few get their neck slit/stabbed. But not a lot of blood is seen in the movie except at the end when a guy is seen in a growing pool of blood.

Cult: There is cult feel to it, it's not an overpowering cult feel but the element is defiantly present and felt. We are introduced to the cult element rather early in the movie.

Swearing: There is little swearing in the movie. Twice Sh** was said and Once the F word was used.

Other Negatives: In the beginning of the movie we see Cal's mom killed. At first it appears to be like a cult kind of sacrifice but we find out later that it is not. There are three-time jumps within the first 20 minutes. 

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Opinionated review:

  

        So this was one of the movies I was looking forward to this year. I've never played the games and I know next to nothing about the franchise. All I knew was that I liked the way the assassin's looked. But I can't say I really liked the movie. It's a little confusing. It's almost like two movies in one, which is kind of annoying. I did not like the cult element in it, the Assassin's are trying to protect the worlds Freewill while the Templers are trying to take that away, needless to say both had some interesting views. The movie also had this smoke kind of effect when they jumped from the memories to present day which made it hard to see and that was annoying. I know that the smokiness had to be there because they where using projections (And if you have even been to Disneyland and went on the Indiana Jones ride you know that light-projections need mist to work). But what made it annoying was that they would jump from the past to the present mist filled room which made it very hard to see and follow as the flipped from back and forth. We are given very little back-story to the main character as to why was he the way he was (besides that his mother was killed by his father). And another thing, the main guy Cal jumps sides rather quickly without any real reason. First he is on the side of the Templers and wants to destroy the Assassin's Creed, because it was their fault his mother was killed, and then after a smoky vision/hallucination where he sees his ancestors and his mother, he decided to switch sides. The plot is very slow for most of the movie but towards the end speeds up to in unsatisfying ending that leaves you feeling let down and thinking "is that it?". Overall it's not the best movie in the world. But it's not the worst. It's just okay, if you can ignore the cult elements.

    


So what do you think? Have you seen the movie? do you Think I hit it on the nail or did I miss the broad side of the barn? Let me know your opinion in the comments down below

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

12 Days of Christmas: Movie Post



Greetings everyone it's Marrok and today I'm taking part in the 12 Day's of  Christmas hosted by Firefly. Today My post will be about 10 Christmas movies that are great fun for the whole family. Now the 10 movies will be divided into two groups. Group one will be live action movies while group two will deal with animated movies. So let's get into this Christmas movie list!

                           First up is The Christmas Wish



And the synopsis is as followed
    
     "MARTHA EVANS has been abandoned by her ne'er-do-well husband, who took all their cash and left her homeless and virtually destitute with her two daughters and stepson. Martha leaves town in hopes of finding a job and a place to stay, she finally finds a job at a sleepy rural diner, formerly famous for its home-made root beer. But with her car broken down and the bills piling up, it looks like it's going to be a bleak Christmas for the Evans family. However, there are warm hearts working behind the scenes that ultimately make this the happiest holiday of Martha's life -- a real answer to her prayers..."   

The reason this movie is at the top of the list is because it doesn't focus on Santa Claus or a romance (thoughs things are in the movie but they are more of a side thing and not part of the main story). No, it focuses on a mother who is trying her headrest to provide for her kids and give them at least a home to sleep in for Christmas. Overall a nice movie and something I think the whole family can enjoy!

                        Next up we have Christmas with Holly:
 And the synopsis of the movie is as followed: "Maggie Conway’s had it with big-city living, especially after her husband-to-be leaves her at the altar – literally! She moves to small-town Washington State, opens a toy store dedicated to expanding kids’ imaginations … and meets Mark Nagle, proprietor of the local coffee shop. Mark’s number one priority is his six-year-old niece, Holly, whose mother has passed away, leaving him caregiver-in-chief above her two other uncles. Holly hasn’t spoken a word since her mother died, and the three men try relentlessly to get her to speak. Is there room in Maggie and Mark’s busy lives for romance? "

The reason this movie take our number 2 spot is because even though it is supposed to be about Maggie it's more about Mark, Holly, and Her two other Uncles. And well it does have that Christmas romance feel in it, it also has a broken family trying to put itself back together (and a little more time is spent on this plot in the movie). As you can imagine Mark isn't in good standing with his older brothers who kind of resent him for being chosen over them to take care of their Big Sisters daughter.


Third is The Christmas Card      
The synopsis is as followed: "the story of Cody Cullen (John Newton), a career soldier who is deeply touched by an anonymous holiday card he receives while serving in Afghanistan. When he returns to the United States, he treks to the picturesque California town of Nevada City, from which the card originated. He soon meets and unexpectedly falls in love with Faith (Alice Evans), the woman who sent the card – and is practically accepted as a new member of the family by her parents (Asner and Lois Nettleton). But there’s one major roadblock to happily-ever-after: The girl has a boyfriend who moves fast to propose once Cody is in the picture. Will Faith accept? Or is the soldier a soul mate who rescues Faith in the nick of time?"

Now this synopsis sums up the movie rather well! is there a sort of love  triangle in this love, yes. But it isn't the mean focus of the movie. All Cody wanted was to tell whoever wrote him that card "thank you". But as it turns out the family accepts this guy, who is himself without a family, for Christmas. It is a nice movie the whole family can enjoy (like go watch it!)

Fourth is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  
The synopsis is as followed: "Jennifer Cullen (Brooke Burns) is a single, working mom who has become somewhat of a Scrooge when it comes to the Holiday season. When Jen’s Uncle Ralph (Henry Winkler), a retired police officer, comes to visit for Christmas, he brings along a new friend, a nomad and Jack-of-all-trades named Morgan Derby (Warren Christie). The two met on a flight, and Morgan’s plans to continue on to Denver are canceled when he finds out the city is completely snowed in. Jen is wary of the stranger, but at Ralph’s request, agrees to let him stay the night. She warms up to Morgan, especially when she sees how he interacts with Brian, her son. Uncle Ralph approves of Morgan, too, but Jen’s boyfriend Richard isn’t nearly as receptive. Uncle Ralph has done what he can to keep Morgan around, but it’s going to take something more than that to get him penciled into Jen’s long-term plans. Jen just needs to learn “how to do Christmas,” and it turns out Morgan is the perfect one to teach her."

Yes I know what you must be thinking, and it my sounds something like it;
"What they heck?! this sounds like love triangle taken to the max dude?! how does this make a good Christmas movie?"
And your right this movie is more "love triangle" than the others here. And yes it has the "believe in Santa" thing in it. But the reason it's here is because of Uncle Ralph and Morgan. They are so chill and funny about almost everything. They see the simplicity in Christmas and while Jen tries to make everything over complicated. I'll be totally honest Jen is rather annoying.  
                                          
And the fifth is Snow
 The synopsis is as followed: "Nick Snowden, who is really Santa Claus has lost one of his reindeer named Buddy who end up at a zoo.While trying to find a way to save Buddy Nick meets Sandy Brooks, a girl who works for the zoo, He will need her help to get Buddy out. But Buck Seger, a part time hunter, who works at the zoo has other plans for Buddy. Along the way, Nick meets Hector, a son of a mail-lady, who figures out that Nick is Santa Claus. Will Nick and his new friends be able to save Buddy, or will Buck make some Big bucks off Buddy?"

Yes, this a movie about Santa Claus. But is rather funny and a enjoyable one, kind of like that movie "Elf". Side note:
If you haven't seen this movie but the main character Nick (Tom Cavanagh) looks rather familiar (and if you watch the Flash)
                                     you will recognize him as 
Still don't recognize him?
HAHAH yes! he is the main villain (of season 1)
And that is what makes Snow all the funnier! to see that a cold killer villain played Santa before is slap-your-knee funny!

At stop number six we have Gift of the Night Fury



As the village of Berk prepares for its winter holiday, the resident dragons all inexplicably fly away. What made the dragons leave is still a mystery but what is certain is that they took the fun of Snoggletog with them. Can the gang pull the Vikings together and have a Marry Snoggletog or will the holiday be ruined?






This takes our number six spot because it's a Dragons Christmas special! plus we get to see Berk all ready for the Viking holiday Snoggletog. So grab a blanket, grab a cup of Yak-nog, and get ready for 22 minutes of wintery dragon fun 



At spot number seven we have Prep & Landing and Prep & Landing: naughty vs. nice

Prep and Landing follows the adventures of Wayne and Lenny, the elf's that 'prep' for Santa's visit to the good little boys and girls. But when Wayne doesn't get the promotion he wanted, he no longer cares about 'prepping' anything. Will Wayne's lack of Christmas spirit doom one child's Christmas or will he be able to pull it together for the sake of the child?
Prep and Landing: Naughty vs. Nice follows Wayne and Lenny's adventure as they try to retrieve a secret elf device from the house of a naughty child. Things get hair when Wayne's brother Noel, who is a coal elf, joins the party.

Yes, I am aware this is another movie/cartoon about Santa. But it is a rather nice cartoon with good themes like to think of others more than yourself, and to enjoy your family. Oh, plus these elf's go all "black opt" on these 'prep' missions. It's rather hysterical

At number eight we have Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas


A Christmas themed three-part anthology-style video. The first part, "Donald Duck: Stuck on Christmas", is essentially a story where Huey, Dewey, and Louie reliving Christmas. Next is "A Very Goofy Christmas", in which Goofy tries to overcome his son's skepticism about Santa Claus. Finally, "Mickey & Minnie's Gift Of The Magi" recreate the classic tale of ironic Christmas selflessness.


Another nice Christmas movie, sure some have to do with believing in Santa. But the overall themes of each story are rather nice and even though they are retelling they have that Disney freshness to them.

Our ninth stop goes to Mickey's Christmas Carol


The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece "A Christmas Carol"

If you like the Christmas Carol and Disney then you'll love this one. It has that classic Christmas/Disney feel to it



Before we get to our tenth spot lets stop and give some honorable mentions, that for one reason or another didn't make it to our list. 


Home Alone
The Santa Claus
Elf
A Princess for Christmas
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas (both movie and cartoon)


And finally, we reach our tenth stop, which goes to... Your Favorite Christmas movie! Yes sir, the top spot goes to your favorite Christmas movie. So make sure to let me know which one that is! Make sure to check out Firefly's Blog for more Christmas blog post. Big thanks to Firefly for hosting the "12 days of Christmas"!

Merry Christmas! !Feliz Navidad! Happy Hanukkah! and any other ways to say have a great winter with your families everyone! Until Next Time, Stay True to The King!

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Angry Badger Review: Moana



Aloha everyone! And welcome to another Movie review. Today we will be taking a look at Moana, the latest Disney Princess movie to hit Theaters by storm.

But what is Moana really about you ask? Let me tell you:

    An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity



Unbiased review:

    Moana is a visually stunning movie. If you love the look of oceans and island then you will love Moana. Overall it has a nice story with the theme of finding your true self (it's not like we haven't seen that story a billion times already) but it repackages it nicely with an Hawaiian twist. We see a nice cast of characters, with loving parents and a slightly crazy grandmother. And honestly it's nice to see some diversity in a Disney movie. Moana is rated PG for fantasy adventure.

OH and if your go watch it make sure to stay till after the credits. There is a scene after them.

                    Things to consider before the movie
                        (I'll try not to spoil anything)

Magic: Like all Disney movies Moana has magic. But it's magic is a living ocean, a shape-shifting demigod with moving tattoos, a Lava Monster, and living pirate coconuts. Oh and the occasional spirit guild (Will expand more about that later).

Other Negatives: In the very beginning of Moana we are introduced to the Hawaiian legend of creation that involves the Mother island giving life to all the earth. Then we are introduced to Maui, a demigod with amazing powers. And then we are shown a 'demon' of fire and earth (it's really just a lava monster that looks like this)

And some rather unfriendly coconuts.

 

There is one point in the movie where Moana receives guidance from her grandma that is a spirit (think of Lion King). On Moana's island she is constantly tempted to sail away on the sea, which her father constantly told her not to do. But that isn't helped as the Grandmother often pushes Moana to the sea. We are also told that we should give thanks to Maui (the demigod) because he has given us a lot of things, like island and other such stuff (there is a whole song sung my Maui about thanking him)


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     So before I get into my opinion if you don't want to know my opinion just follow Chuck... okay you gone now? lets get into it

Opinionated review:

     Thought I did like the different flavor Moana gave. Such as the Hawaiian feel, the beautiful animation, and the family friendly humor. There are things I didn't like about it also. Moana seems to be called to the sea, like an unshakably drawn to it call, and she try's to fight it when her father doesn't stop her. But her grandmother kinda pushes Moana into her temptation. Also we see Moana's grandma come back as a spirit, kind of like the Lion Kind when Mufasa comes back to talk to Simba. Also I think if Christian parents are taking young kids to watch it that you may want to explain to them how the Hawaiian legend of creation isn't how it happened, and that we didn't get coconuts, islands and other such things from a demigod named Maui. If your family is fond of Disney movies, and don't mind the little issues they have, then Moana is a fun one to watch with your family. But if you don't care for the magic, demigods, island goddesses, and the such then this movie probably isn't for you.

So what do you think? Have you seen the movie? do you Think I hit it on the nail or did I miss the broad side of the barn? Let me know your opinion in the comments down below

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Angry Badger review: WarCraft


What is Warcraft?

            The Orc’s world is dying and their only hope for survival is a dark magic gate that leads to the human realm of Azeroth. But once in Azeroth the chef of the Northern Orc tribe, Durotan, isn’t comfortable with exterminating the inhabitants of Azeroth. Back in Azeroth the King hears of the strange invading force that has so far crushed all who has opposed them. So the King calls for his strongest Knight Anduin Lothar, who also happens to be his brother-in-law, to help protect his kingdom from the Orc’s. Along the way they meet a wizard and half orc who both seem to be instrumental in protecting the people of Azeroth. Sadly, the humans are no match for the orcs, But when the Ord Chef Durotan comes to from an alliance with the humans things seem to change. But is it enough to stop the Dark Orc Lord Gul'dan?

Unbiased review: 



            Warcraft is a visually nice movie, and climatically wise the story is okay. It has very nice special effects. But still with all the magic and visual spender the movie seems to not dive too deep in any direction, we don’t explore Durotan’s life, we don’t explore the Knight Lothar’s life. But rather we are given small glimpses of each of their life’s making it hard to really connect to the characters. So is Warcraft the worst movie ever made? No. Is it the greatest movie ever made? No. It’s just one of those okay movies. Warcraft is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense fantasy violence
                            
                    Things to consider before the movie

Magic: There is a lot of witchcraft in Warcraft. They do spell incantations and even draw magical symbols/demonic symbols. The main baddy uses magic to suck the life/soul out of people. He also uses magic to give people extra strength. There is a city of wizards and other magical elements to it.


Violence: Just as the name suggests this is movie with war in it so there is a moderate amount of violence, nothing to goory thought. Knights are seen being killed, people are seen getting run though with swords, people are seen getting the life sucked out of them (which makes them look all old, dead, boney). To protect her baby a mommy orc attacks another Orc’s neck with her teeth


Swearing: Surprisingly there was little no swearing in Warcraft. (I can't remember any swear words being used, but just in case I missed one)


Other Negatives: a joke is made about how a guy wants to “lie” with a human/orc and how he won’t survive it. When the main evil is seen it looks very demonic. Some of the girls show their midriff’s and/or cleavage. There are times where we see people drinking. Everyone puts their faith in a wizard.



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Biased review: 2 ½ Badger claws



            So before we get into my opinionated review of Warcraft I want to let those who haven’t watched it know that I will be spoiling some parts. Don’t worry I’ll wait for you to go…. HEY CHUCK! ARE THEY GONE…*waits for *... okay thanks Chuck. Let’s get into it.




         So what do I think of Warcraft? As I said in my unbiased review it’s okay. I wish that we could have had more of a story to it (since the story is poor and needs  some help). I really wanted to watch this movie when I first heard about it, I was like “Hey Look! Hulks everywhere!" and " Looks like the next installment of Narnia!”. I even joked that I was going to watch the next “Narnia” movie before seeing it. But sadly it wasn’t that great, it was okay. I do have some issues with it but I really liked the Orcs. I the movie was more about the Orc Durotan (he was a really cool Character). He was one of the best parts of the movie, he was not only a great chef but a great father and friend. He even sacrificed himself to try and show the other Orcs that Gul'dan (which was one of the evil Orc’s and was the man villain for most of the movie) was a chitter and a lire. Sadly that is about all that can be said about the 'goodness' of the movie. There is some major issues with Warcraft. Most of the movie relies on heavy magic, and that is something I don't like. At one point we see a very demonic thing poses this guys body. The movie revolves around a young wizard and a Knight (for lack of character I call him a paper knight) who don't seem very concerned that magic is the thing causing all the trouble. Instead they are like "magic is making this happen? well lets get MORE magic to stop this evil magic". Moreover the movie tries to make the theme  light magic vs. dark magic but fails to really make the evil, you know, EVIL since they are also using (more or less) the same 'bad' magic used as the 'good' light magic.  So even though the Orc Chef Durotan was a great part of the movie, and I wish I could like the movie more because of him, it just isn't that good. The visual of the movie are great.. but the rest of the movie is really left lacking. 


So what do you think? Think I hit it on the nail or did I miss the broad side of the barn? Let me know your opinion in the comments down below


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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Angry Badger Movie review

Hello and welcome to the Angry Badger movie review blog. Here is where I'll review movies from a Christian stand point. I'll give you an un-opinionated review of the movie then I'll hit you with my opinion on it