Archive for November, 2010

The Goonies

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 22, 2010 by Griff

so here I am finally with my first movie review (something I may do more of in the future) and ah yeah, I’m talking about The Goonies

The Goonies is such a ridiculously lionized film among people around my age that it can be hard to separate the movie itself from it’s reputation (I find this to befall a lot of 80’s classics as a matter of fact), few kid’s films from the last 30 years inspire such warm feelings, it’s easy to see why it’s so well regarded because it really is a great movie

I really don’t need to explain the plot do I?

anyway it’s been a long time since I’ve last seen this movie and I consequently forgot most of the beginning of it, although I remember the movie after the kids reach the caves pretty well unsurprisingly, I of course saw this movie a bunch of times as a kid, I remember thinking it was one of the best movies I ever saw, second only to Jurassic Park (which I watched my beloved VHS of on an almost daily basis)

watching The Goonies you can see elements of all the lame kid’s movies to come afterward, but what makes The Goonies a classic is the simple fact that all the young actors deliver great performances that really make them seem believable as real kids, there is a little cussing (nothing worse than shit), but it only makes seem more believable because that’s how kids really talk, it’s also hilarious to see such a young Josh Brolin in the movie

lastly when they discover the pirate ship is such a great sequence, it’s comparable to when the main characters in the Hayao Miyazaki movie Castle in The Sky, it’s a fascinating and exciting place that makes you wish you could explore it yourself, all the skeletons on it who apparently died in a struggle tell an interesting untold tale and the fact that the whole ship is a real pre CGI set only makes it cooler, as a matter of fact I do wish there were more scenes of the kids exploring the ship

as a bonus I’ll throw in a quick review of another beloved 80’s kid’s movie The Monster Squad, like The Goonies, Monster Squad is a childhood favorite for many, but it also happens to be way more obscure than The Goonies, I never saw it as a kid and only just saw it for the first time earlier this year on blu ray, my overwhelming thought watching the movie was “man, I really would have loved this as a kid”, but it never played on television and I never stumbled upon the VHS in any video store, I’m actually curious how so many people managed to see this one as kids

it’s very hard to have an unbiased opinion on which movie is better since one I saw as a kid and the other I didn’t, but Monster Squad certianly holds it’s own against The Goonies and is rightfully regarded as a classic, for one thing Monster Squad is definitely edgier and more politically incorrect than The Goonies, it has just as much cussing, a scene where one of the kids spies on another kid’s teenage sister in her pink underwear (a scene I definitely would have found particularly fascinating as a kid), there’s even a scene where one of the kids flat outs shoots and kills one of the monsters with a shotgun! can you even imagine a scene like that in a modern kid’s movie? plus it treats the monsters (Dracula, The Wolfman, The Mummy, Frankenstein and The Creature From The Black Lagoon) as legitimately scary threats (save for when Frankenstein becomes friendly later on) and not just silliness

overall both are great, but I think I’m gonna have to give the nod to The Goonies for having a better score and better acting

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Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 19, 2010 by Griff

imagine if you will, an insane mix of a classic late 90’s Cartoon Network show (Dexter’s Laboratory/ Powerpuff Girls/ Cartoon Cartoon) with Dead Lives, a dash of FLCL, a dash of Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, a dash of Invader Zim and toss in elements of movies like American Pie and Ghostbusters and what do you get?

you get the hilarious and gloriously perverse Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt!

to describe the premise of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt will make me sound like I just got through smoking some of that reefer, but here goes, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt follows two girls, Panty who loves sex and spicy food and her sister Stocking who loves sweet food and candy, who live in “Daten City” and under the command of an afro’d priest named “Garterbelt” fight evil ghosts that infest the city by turning their underwear into weapons so they can obtain “Heaven coins” for….some reason

the American cartoon influence is pretty apparent, not only in the art style which perfectly blends east and western styles, but in the episodic format with two stories per episode, that is something that’s common in American toons, but I have never seen an anime that has two individual stories per episode, you really almost feel like you should be watching it on Saturday morning while munching on extremely sugary cereal, save for the constant toilet and sex jokes

now this is the first time in fact that I’ve ever followed an anime while it was being released on the internet (how behind the loop am I?) so I’ve only seen the first 7 episodes, but I’ve already fallen in love with this show, I love it’s unpredictable nature, you really have no idea what you’re gonna see next, whether it’s shit ghosts, puke ghosts, one episode even switches to “little Tokyo” has a bizarre art style caricaturing real life and let’s not forget the awesome villains Scanty and Kneesocks, bottom line this anime makes me laugh a lot, if Matrix was here, he’d laugh too

the cherry on top is the awesome techno soundtrack, I especially love the ending theme

so there you have it, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is awesome, I can’t wait for the remaining episodes