Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)

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Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)

Director:

John McTiernan

Writers:

Jonathan Hensleigh

Roderick Thorp

Starring:

Bruce Willis

Samuel L. Jackson

Jeremy Irons

Blurb:

John McClane and a Harlem store owner are targeted by German terrorist Simon in New York City, where he plans to rob the Federal Reserve Building.

Thoughts:

This may be controversial, but Die Hard with a Vengeance is my favorite Die Hard. Obviously, the first one is a classic and I love it. The second one, though, is a complete rehash of the first, and while that’s fine, it’s a bit boring. The third one, with the addition of Samuel L. Jackson, cranks things up a notch, for me. I love the added attitude and humor that he brings. It is a bit longer than it needs to be, the first one has it beat there, but I’ll deal with it.

There are a number of plot holes in this film, but that’s always the case with action movies. Since the dialog makes up for it all I’m able to keep that from causing me to enjoy the movie. It’s fun to point them out while watching, but that just enhances the watching experience.

It would be nice to see Jackson’s character in the following movies, but I completely understand why his character wouldn’t want to have anything to do with John McClane. Zeus would not put up with McClane’s self-absorbed ass for long.

I’m halfway through the 90s, but I don’t believe I’ll make it through them by the end of the year. Christmas is coming and I have holiday movies to watch.

Spider-Man Crime Lab Play Set

So we’ve got a new Spider-Man set. It looks more interesting than past ones, but I find it difficult to get excited about another one. At least we’ve now got a Peter Parker figure, not just another Spider-Man.

Sorry, I’ve got a horrible headache. Have fun.

New Toybox Figures and Sets!

First off, thanks to spitfire9467 for emailing me to let me know these were finally showing up on the Disney Store online.

Second, AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I’ve got a Captain Carter figure. You have no idea how excited I am for this one. I loved Agent Carter. A pic of her is my avatar in a lot of places. I loved the Agent Carter tv show and I’m pissed at how they retconned that with Endgame. Anyway! The figure looks like it’s going to stand up better than other female figures. It also looks to be one of the nicer MARVEL Toybox figures in that there’s some character in her face.

Captain Marvel comes paired with The Hydra Stomper. He lights up and the helmet flips up to show a bust of Steve Rogers. There aren’t any pics of that on the website except for the small pic of the bust on the box. Since he’s so big and it’s two figures this is one of the more expensive at $35. Still, CAPTAIN CARTER!!!!!!!!!!

I was aware that she was coming and it makes sense with the release of MARVEL’s What If? cartoon on Disney+. Their episode was really good btw. I was not expecting a new Mando and Baby Yoda (Grogu if you want to be technical). Their figure set did sell out pretty fast, but why the addition of the ship? Could we not have had an updated figure with Baby Yoda no longer in the bassinet? Oh well. It is nice to have an updated Baby Yoda. Mando looks to be the same. The ship lights up, shoots missiles, has a removable carbonite freezing chamber, and a secret compartment. I’ve never gotten one of the big toybox sets, but if it’s anything like the Playskool sets the removable parts will get lost if played with for more than five minutes. Their set is only $5 more than the Captain Carter one. I’m starting to think they might be price gouging on my love of her. Hmmmm…

Jumanji (1995)

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Jumanji (1995)

Director:

Joe Johnston

Writers:

Jonathan Hensleigh

Greg Taylor

Jim Strain

Starring:

Robin Williams

Bonnie Hunt

Kirsten Dunst

Bradley Pierce

David Alan Grier

Blurb:

When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped in it for decades – and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.

Thoughts:

A lot of people remember where they were when they found out that Robin Williams died. I don’t. However, I feel a deep sense of sadness when I see him in a movie. He was such an incredible man. Even with that sadness, he can still make me laugh.

Having read the Jumanji book the writers of this movie took a lot of creative liberties and it worked out wonderfully. I love the concept of getting stuck playing a scary game. Something that the newer version doesn’t have is the effect that these things have on the real world. Seeing how others who had no idea what was going on reacted was great, but even better was seeing how the world was changed by the disappearance of Alan. I loved that and wish there was more of that in the remakes.

Jumanji is another movie that I watched a fair amount when I was growing up. I still can’t watch when the spiders are on the screen, but it’s still one of my favorites.

Alan is such a whiny ass that getting sucked into the game was probably good for him. As much as that sucked for him.

The special effects still look good and I think that’s because so much of it wasn’t CGI. I wish there was less CGI in films nowadays. I’m getting old lol

Coraline (2009)

Coraline (2009)

Director:

Henry Selick

Writers:

Henry Selick

Starring:

Dakota Fanning

Teri Hatcher

John Hodgman

Blurb:

An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Review:

Coraline reminded me of Into the Spiderverse in that it was visually stunning. I was struck several times by how amazing this movie looked. In the opening scene, it looked real until you saw the dude climbing on the roof. It was beautiful and I loved that aspect of it.

I realize Coraline isn’t technically a Halloween movie but it’s definitely scarier than your average kid’s movie. I was freaked out more than once and while I’d love to watch this with my kids I’m not sure how they’d react. There were people with button eyes. They wanted her to gouge her own eyes out and sew buttons in their place. It was a trip in places.

Poison oak is a vine, not a tree.

Dowsing is a pseudoscience.

I was an annoying little shit while I watched this movie with a friend. Yet, I’m pretty sure she’ll still watch movies with me. Friends are awesome.

I enjoy Neil Gaiman’s works, Good Omens is one of my favorite books and the TV show was amazing. However, I have not read Coraline. After watching this I’m not sure if I will. It could be one of those rare instances where the movie is better than the book. I’ll let you know when I finally get around to it.

4/5