[Movie Club] My Ticket Stub Collection

[Movie Club] My Ticket Stub Collection

I’ve been keeping track of all my ticket stubs for movies for the last several years. I don’t remember exactly why, but I decided to take them out and order them chronologically just to see how many I had.

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Instead of a traditional movie club essay, I just wanted to give you a picture of my movie-going habits from about the time that I could drive all the way to present. There are several missing, most notably a few midnight movie premieres that I seem to have lost including Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, and The Dark Knight Rises, but for the most part this is my theater-going experience summed up into one tidy list.

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[Movie Club] Home Clipart Animal Deer’s Top 5 Movies of 2015

[Movie Club] Home Clipart Animal Deer’s Top 5 Movies of 2015

We have seen a lot of movies this year. Like, tons of movies. Something like 30 a piece, and there are still a bunch that haven’t gone to wide release yet or that we just haven’t had the chance to see. Which ones did you think were the best? Well, we’re going to tell you which ones were the best, so don’t worry yourself with that whole “having an opinion” thing.  If you feel that any movies are missing then I’m sorry you feel that way.

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[Movie Club] “Return of the Jedi”: All Those Damn Aliens Everywhere

[Movie Club] “Return of the Jedi”: All Those Damn Aliens Everywhere

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(Foreword: Screenshots courtesy of Starwarsscreencaps.com)

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi had so many damn aliens everywhere. From the opening scenes in Jabba’s Palace all the way to the fireworks celebrations in the Ewok Village, there’s more new creatures and weird-looking dudes than practically every other Star Wars movie combined. If you’re really cynical about it, you’d probably say that it was all a marketing ploy to sell more action figures. But I’ll be optimistic and say that, because of the success of Yoda and other special effects masterworks in A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back, ILM and George Lucas decided to go overboard with the costume and effects work and make some crazy-ass shit.

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Good Band Names – That Gypsy Up There

Good Band Names – That Gypsy Up There

Name: Thay Gypsy Up There

Genre: Techno

That Gypsy Up There is the name of artists Ghan Odelle and Roxy Rockatansky, who made electronic dance music (EDM) from 1993 to 2001. They made absolutely nothing notable at all, but their music played in the background of dance club scenes of over sixty movies and television shows.

Madoka Movie Marathon Recap

Madoka Movie Marathon Recap

Because this is technically a blog, I’m going to take advantage of the fact I can post anything I damn well please and suddenly start making a blog post about real life.

My school’s anime club (after intense weeks of negotiations, AKA me whining a lot) held a movie marathon last night, playing all three Madoka Magica movies. It was a very fun time!

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[Movie Club] “Star Wars: Clone Wars”: The Missing Link

[Movie Club] “Star Wars: Clone Wars”: The Missing Link

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Star Wars: Clone Wars

The Star Wars: Clone Wars microseries is one that I will always hold very dear in my heart. Released in 20 three-to-five-minute episodes across 2003 and 2004, and then with 5 more twelve-minute episodes in 2005, this series essentially acts as a true Star Wars: Episode II.V. It runs at just over two hours, and its plot runs the course of the entire Clone Wars from the beginning all the way to the Battle of Coruscant, the end of which we see in the opening to Revenge of the Sith.

Every single Star Wars marathon I do with my family and friends, we watch Clone Wars in between Episodes II and III (except for when we did Machete Order once, though I don’t recommend it for marathons after having done it). It’s extremely fun, more fast-paced than any of the other prequels, and it fills in a crucial gap in Anakin’s story arc that isn’t directly shown in the other movies– his growth from a reckless Padawan to a reckless, but beloved, hero.

But it’s also a somewhat obscure entry in the franchise, at this point. Especially considering the massive success of the 2008 CGI series The Clone Wars (the word “The” makes all the difference), this series has been completely neglected by Lucasfilm, and somewhat forgotten by the fandom. It never even got more than a two-volume DVD set that quickly went out of print, and has never been re-released on Blu-Ray, or officially online (though you can easily watch it on Youtube here, and it doesn’t seem like Lucasfilm cares enough to take it down). Why is this? I don’t know. It could be a rights issue with Cartoon Network or director Genndy Tartakovsky, or it could be worries that it would confuse people trying to watch the 2008 series. There isn’t any official word that I can find on it.

Star Wars: Clone Wars is no longer canon, apparently, and is put in the Legends timeline (despite contradicting with the 2008 series almost not at all and in fact introducing or developing characters that would become major ones in that series). But I will still watch it every time that I do a Star Wars marathon, and I will continue to consider it canon, for me, until something comes along that unambiguously negates it.

In this article, I will discuss the reasons why Star Wars: Clone Wars deserves to be the seventh Star Wars film (which is why I will be referring to it as a movie not a series), while also going through the story loosely in chronological order, as much of this essay will cover Anakin Skywalker’s character growth over the course of the microseries. Once again, if you haven’t seen it already, I highly recommend that you watch it, because it’s one of my favorite movies of all time (despite being divided into two separate DVDs….).

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[Movies We Haven’t Seen] Pokemon: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages

[Movies We Haven’t Seen] Pokemon: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages

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I haven’t watched a Pokemon movie since the one with Deoxys and the evil cubes flooding a city or whatever. That was the point in my life in which I said, “Maybe I don’t need you anymore, Pokemon movies. This just isn’t working out.” So I kicked Pokemon movies to the curb and have since just played the games. However, I was curious about just what the hell was happening with Pokemon movies in the 10 or so years I have been away. Was there one where Jirachi helped Ash wish away poverty and famine across the world, which lead to increased greenhouse gas emissions from the hundreds of newly industrialized nations, bringing about radical climate change? Did Giratina fuse the Pokemon and Digimon universes together, leading to harmony among fans of shitty anime about battling monsters? No, they made some movie about some fucking ring ghost Pokemon that I have never heard of. And it turns into a six armed Yu-Gi-Oh card named EvilDEMONsion – Battle Genie or something.

Anyway, you know the drill. This is what I hope the movie will be like, even though it almost certainly will not be anywhere close. Those people at Nintendo aren’t ready for my radical new vision for the Pokemon Cinematic Universe. The movie just came out in New Zealand and Australia, so can our singular reader from there tell us how accurate this script is?

Pokemon: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages

[Movie Club] “Attack of the Clones” and Expanding Worlds

[Movie Club] “Attack of the Clones” and Expanding Worlds

(Foreword: All screencaps courtesy of Starwarsscreencaps.com.)

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Introduction

One thing I noticed about Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones was the way it acts as a sequel to The Phantom Menace. The large gap between the episodes makes it a lot more standalone than any of the other films in the series; this is part of the reason why people leave The Phantom Menace out of Star Wars marathons, when doing the “Machete Order” (which goes IV, V, II, III, VI), because Attack of the Clones works well enough without requiring the viewer to have seen it.

However, even with that, Attack of the Clones works as a sequel to The Phantom Menace in some very subtle but powerful ways. What I will focus on for this article is the setting– the planets. The three planets visited in the first installment are all shown once again, and they expand on these worlds, making them feel more alive and diverse.

Coruscant, Naboo, and Tatooine are all shown again and in each case, the movie goes more in-depth into the nature of each planet than in The Phantom Menace. So, having already seen the planets before, the movie is able to explore them without needing to fully re-introduce them.

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