The cast of The Princess Bride 25 years later. Entertainment Weekly
Spaceship! Spaceship! Spaceship!
This scene made me so happy holy shit
Read my review of Dallas Buyer’s Club, over at my other blog.
11%? Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t know shit, man
idk what critics are thinking, this movie is a modern masterpiece
jennifer lawrence’s performance was complete shit, lupita was fucking amazing, us magazine can go fuck itself
Smokey and the Bandit (1977). Polish poster.
Reblogging an old post. Designer: Maciej Zbikowski. Source.
Entertaining status quo: The Lego Story is a comfortable mix of mediocrity and pizzazz.
-Runs hands through hair- Ok. The Lego movie. The Lego movie. The. Lego. Movie. -sigh- Where do I even begin with the Lego Movie? It isn’t that this is a BAD movie. It’s easy to write reviews of terrible movies. It’s just that…it’s a good movie that…is like…so typically typical in so many ways and is just….kinda….I dunno.
Yeah. That was kind of incoherent. See, I’m having a hard time organizing my thoughts on this movie because it’s just so…..eh.
Ok, we’ll do this Good New and Bad News.
Good News: The Lego Movie is totally watchable. It’s sleek, looks great, has a great soundtrack. It’ll make you laugh at all the right times. It’s little “Man upstairs” twist is WONDERFULLY executed. It perfectly captures the no holds barred imagination of being a kid and is self-aware enough to make fun of itself occasionally.
Like really. I saw this movie and I….liked it. I did.
Bad News: Oh my god. This movie is just so full of every typical boring thing that irks me about mainstream media. Like, there is nothing SO huge and SO offensive that I flat out spit bile. But it’s just like a checklist of annoying background radiation that permeates the film.
Plus it is the Matrix. (I’m not kidding. Emmet is Neo. Vitruvius is Morpheus. WyldStyle is Trinity. It’s the Matrix. Really.)
Like….PoC representation. 1. There is 1. Vitruvius, the wise and kindly Morgan Freeman voiced black wizard. That’s it. He’s not a BAD character by any means. He’s actually super awesome. But he’s just…1. (And yes, I know, the other mini-figs are yellow. But let’s be honest here. Like in the Simpsons, they are still clearly white. The only brown character we get is actually brown. So yes, Emmett and Batman and WyldStyle are all white. Just deal with it.)
And LGBTQIAP+? Well, how much can you really expect from Hollywood? But the closest we get is the Dumbledore mini-fig being seriously coded with a stereotypically “gay voice.” I just. I can’t. I don’t know what’s worse: That the Lego Movie tried harder to represent Dumbledore as being openly gay than the books he’s from, or that they chose to do so with ridiculous stereotypes.
And women. I don’t….Wyldstyle is the only female main character (unless we count the cat? Are we counting the cat?) And she’s set up to be this really kick ass master builder bad ass. And ends up being the love interest in the middle of a love triangle. I’m not saying that she’s LESS of a character because she is a love interest. But her major role in the film is to be this nearly manic pixie-ish love interest for Emmett. And that’s just disappointingly predictable. (Plus she has like…curves drawn on her mini-fig body? CURVES? ON A LEGO?) She’s a cool character, but that her entire character arc was about this…weird Batman VS Emmett love triangle was…uuuuuuuugh.
Or let’s talk about Cloud Cuckoo Palace [SPOILER] the only set of Legos that Finn is allowed to place with is a distinctively “girly” set that all of the male characters find annoying before it is destroyed. (Finn seems pretty unhappy about it being all he can play with. So crumpled into the box it goes?)
Or at the end when [AGAIN SPOLER] we get the “your sister gets to play too” HORROR punchline. GASP SHOCK NOOOOOOOO. Because what could be worse than having to…play Legos with your sister? (When the entire theme of your movie is how everyone should be allowed to play with legos, regardless of their age or ability?!)
None of these things by themselves are exactly awful. But they are all terribly typical. And that’s sort of my problem with the Lego movie. It’s typical. It’s painfully typical.
At times, the movie TRIES to be so self-aware. But listen, movie, being SELF AWARE as you commit annoying cliches doesn’t actually mean you aren’t committing those cliches. It isn’t a subversion to knowingly and winkingly fulfill boring cliche tropes.
Like, the entire ~twist reveal~ of the movie is that [SPOILER] there isn’t really a special chosen one. That anyone COULD be the chosen one if they were willing to do those actions. Which is a nice message, since normally those ~chosen one~ movies boil down to “only one person is amazing enough to save the world. And it’s a straight white guy.” But, Lego Movie, you had the balls to say “ANYONE can be the chosen one. And guess what? It’s…wait for it…hehehehehehe….A STRAIGHT WHITE GUY! I KNOW!” -groans- In a story where, by your own explanation, literally ANYONE could have been the special, you STILL had a straight white guy be the special. Typical.
If you go watch it, you probably won’t be horribly offended. I wasn’t. But, if you like your media to be, ya know, different or progressive or ground breaking or unique…Lego Movie is probably gunna leave you a disappointed.
I dunno. What do yall think?
American Psycho (2000). Japanese poster.
They Live (1988). Japanese poster.
An American Werewolf in London (1981). Thai poster.
Yellow Submarine (1968). Polish poster, designed by Roman Kalarus.
Blazing Saddles (1974). German poster.