Wednesday, May 24, 2017

First Time Watches: April 2017

We’re getting towards the end of May and I’m just now getting around to finishing this post.  It took me longer than I expected.  I practically took a week off from writing mid-month because I hadn’t taken a breather since about halfway through the school term that ended in April.  It was a necessary break, but it put me behind in terms of writing.  My lazy ass had a buildup of posts that needed to be written and I’m starting to get them out now.

This is the monthly recap of my first time watches.  This post is going to cover the movies that I watched during April.  Yeah, I got the post up within a month of the month I’m covering.  It’s the first time in a few posts that I’ve managed to do that.  I’m excited to see what you think of what I have to say about the movies.  You probably won’t say much.  I don’t know how many people actually read these posts.  Nobody has ever mentioned them to me.  Whatever.  I’m going to keep putting them out there.

April was an interesting month for my first time watches, much like any other month.  There were some feline antics, and some fun in South Africa.  Someone said “Hello” while someone else managed some celebrities.  There was a possible close encounter of the third kind, some cat burglary, and a little bit of Bill Hader.  Maybe you’ll be able to figure out a few of the movies.  If not, read on because I’m about to get into them.

Nine Lives
Hello kitty, hello kitty… Whether record companies replaced Avril Lavigne with her lookalike or not, this movie replaced Kevin Spacey with a poorly done CGI cat.  It was not good.  There was a heartwarming story to be told, but the execution was so poor that it’s hard to imagine anyone looked at the finished product and thought, “Yeah.  Wide release.”  The acting was bad.  The effects were bad.  The story ended up just being insane.  It was as though someone saw Click, thought they should make another movie where Christopher Walken teaches someone the same lesson, and then threw in cats because people love cats.  It didn’t work.  Not at all.

I’ve always been a fan of the John Carpenter aesthetic.  There’s something to the feel of his movies that I always dig.  The way that the music, the stories, and the cinematography come together works.  There’s a simplicity to everything.  He takes his movies and removes any of the excess fat so that you get the bare bones of what needs to be there, and the bare bones work perfectly for his vision.  Starman was one of the movies in his filmography that I hadn’t yet seen.  Now I have six movies and his shorts left to watch.  Starman wasn’t the greatest outing from Carpenter.  It had a strange performance by Jeff Bridges, and Karen Allen wasn’t great, but it was still solid.  I would watch it again if given the chance.  I might appreciate it more, like I appreciate all of his movies on subsequent watches.

Neill Blomkamp is one of those directors who I respect but haven’t fully loved any of his work.  Until now, that is.  District 9 and Elysium were okay, but there was something about Chappie that connected better with me.  The use of Die Antwoord as actors in the movie was an interesting choice that gave a unique feel to that storyline that wouldn’t have worked the same way with professional actors.  Dev Patel and Hugh Jackman were both solid.  The standout, however, was Sharlto Copely doing some of his best work to date as the voice of Chappie.  He embodied the essence of the artificial intelligence coming to terms with being alive, having a personality, and dealing with mortality.  Good movie, this one.

Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin
This special helped to highlight why Dave Chappelle is one of the best stand-up comedians to ever grace the stage.  It was not that the special was filled with amazing, memorable comedy.  There was some in there, but to be honest, I don’t remember much of it outside of the whole Same Hero New Boots bit.  His presence elevated everything.  Chappelle has an assured confidence that pulls you into everything he says.  Even if the jokes aren’t funny or memorable (they’re usually funny), he brings you in and you enjoy every minute of it.  He likes the comedy almost as much as you do.  He’s laughing when you laugh.  He is one of the best.  I need to watch the other Netflix special that was released at the same time as this one.

Hello, My Name is Doris
One of the best performances of 2016 was Sally Field in this movie.  Her performance as an older woman going through her own sort of mid-life crisis kind of thing when her mother dies was brilliant.  She perfectly personified Doris, trying to find herself and break out of her shell when she never had a chance to before.  The time that she had spent caring for her mother had turned her into a recluse who thought her dreams were a reality.  The rest of her family was pushing her to do what they wanted without any care for what she wanted.  By the end of the movie, she showed them her strength and found the confidence in herself to live life to its fullest.  It was a well written, well directed, and well performed movie.  Well worth the watch.

Everybody Wants Some!!
This was a spiritual successor to Dazed & Confused, a Richard Linklater movie from the early 1990s about the 1970s.  Everybody Wants Some!! moved ahead a few years to depict a college freshman travelling to school in 1980 to join the baseball team in the week leading up to the start of the school year.  It had the same sort of hangout style of Dazed & Confused but with a more jock-ish bent to it.  The characters were about getting drinks and getting laid.  It took a while for me to get into the movie.  Yet, this is likely to become another one of those movies that I go back to time and time again just to hang out with the characters.

Sandy Wexler
The third movie that Adam Sandler produced for Netflix might be the worst.  It might also be the most interesting to analyze.  Sandy Wexler was one of those times when Adam Sandler tried to do something a little more serious, with his brand of humour still shining through, and it led to really weird results.  The main character was off-putting in almost every way.  He was a compulsive liar with mannerisms of a sketch character, yet the bloated runtime of over two hours was anything but sketch comedy length.  There was an unnecessary framing device that only helped to extend the runtime.  At its core, though, there was the potential for a great love story about a manager who made his talent feel like family falling in love with one of them.  It was touching.  Adam Sandler being Adam Sandler was what ruined it.  He has tried to be the straight man in many of his movies recently.  Why did he have to goof it up in this one?  He doesn’t seem to realize when he should play the straight man and when he shouldn’t.

God’s Not Dead 2
I had two major issues with the first God’s Not Dead movie.  One, there were too many storylines that didn’t connect in any way to what the main story was.  It was about a college student standing up to his professor for the right to believe.  It wasn’t about all of the other disconnected characters’ home lives.  Secondly, the movie was about belief.  It shouldn’t have been pushing one specific religion.  It should have been inclusive to all religions.  That was my headspace going into the sequel.  Luckily for me, the sequel improved upon the storytelling.  Every storyline was connected through the court case that was going on.  Add to that, the defense (the woman accused was put to trial for discussing the Bible in history class) was simply saying that religion should be allowed to be discussed in school because large parts of history involved religion.  It was looking at religion in a historical context and saying that people should make up their own minds on what to believe.  That is what the series should have been saying all along.  It was also an entertaining courtroom drama, though a little too melodramatic at times.

The Fate of the Furious
This franchise has gone from a mild street racing movie to insane, over-the-top action and that transition was… Well, I wouldn’t call it flawless because the fourth movie was kind of garbage.  But the before and after of the transition were both interesting to see.  The growth of the series was unprecedented and has led to two of my favourite modern action movies in Fast Five and Furious 7.  Fate of the Furious fits in fairly well, though it’s not as good as either of my favourites.  It had great moments, though.  The prison break sequence was some of the best hand to hand combat in the entire franchise, and the gunkata scene with the baby might have been the greatest action scene of the year (until Atomic Blonde comes out in a couple months).  The movie was nonstop action.  The only thing keeping it from the height of Fast Five was that it wasn’t as grounded (though that one still has some insanity), and it didn’t reach the Furious 7 level of great one-liners, even with the solid ones that were there.  There was no “Woman, I am the cavalry” moment, or the “Daddy’s gotta work” cast ripping moment.  There was a weird girls’ soccer team dance though, and that’s something to see.

Neil Patrick Harris: Circus Awesomeus
Neil Patrick Harris was a child actor who practically disappeared from the spotlight until the mid-2000s when he had the one-two punch of playing himself in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, as well as a starring role in How I Met Your Mother.  These two projects brought him back into the spotlight and allowed him to let the world see his showmanship.  He has since hosted awards shows, performed in plays, and even had his own variety show called Best Time Ever.  Circus Awesomeus was a variety show that Harris hosted for the Just for Laughs comedy festival that featured acts not normally showcased in comedy.  There was a singing clown, a puppet and human comedy duo, a juggler, an acrobat, and a few other performers.  It was funny at times, but it all depended on the specific act.  I’m glad I saw it.  I’ll probably never see it again, though.

For the final first time watch of my History of Animation class in college, I saw a short film from Tim Burton.  It was about a boy who idolized Vincent Price to the point of obsession.  He was basically Tim Burton in child form.  I’m not a huge fan of the Tim Burton aesthetic, but I can understand why people like it.  This was as into that aesthetic as a movie could be.  It was well crafted, and was a well animated stop motion film.  Any problems I have with it are just from my own tastes and not really liking the whole Tim Burton thing.  Nice touch having Vincent Price narrate it.  That needs to be said.

Comedy can be very subjective, with each person having a different opinion of what is funny and what isn’t.  People liked Amy Schumer when Trainwreck first came out, but all of a sudden, they’re now turning against her.  I’m still in the middle.  I didn’t find the movie to be anything amazing.  It was well written.  I’ll give it that.  It just didn’t make me laugh out loud all that much.  There were a few scenes and a few individual jokes where I chuckled.  Most of the movie was just watchable though.  It was entertaining.  Just not laugh out loud funny most of the time.  I don’t get what people have against Amy Schumer.  She’s not unfunny.  She’s just not hilarious.  Maybe they’re unfairly judging her.

Stir Crazy
There’s something to be said about the chemistry of movie leads.  When two people get along in real life, it can translate to magic on screen.  That seemed to be the case whenever Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor got together.  Stir Crazy put them into prison and had their contrasting comedic styles playing off of a bunch of tough criminal types.  Hijinks ensued, and so did laughs.  It was a pretty funny movie, though dated with the many years that have come between its release and now.  Still, I enjoyed watching them deal with life behind bars.

Conspiracy Theory
This was not the Mel Gibson movie.  Instead, it was a 2017 movie about the crew of a show called Alien Engineers searching for aliens outside Las Vegas.  It was an hour and fifteen minutes or so of boredom before five minutes of dull action that left me confused.  The climax of the movie left two possibilities for what happened and I don’t know which one I’m supposed to take away from the movie.  As for the highlights of the boredom, the only real moment of note was a five minute scene of one of the characters trying to remember the lyrics to a rap she wrote about a threesome involving anal sex.  The song even came back in the end credits.  This movie was so bad.

Hudson Hawk
Early Bruce Willis movies have a certain magic to them that hasn’t been recaptured in most of his recent work.  Maybe it’s that he tried a little harder then.  I think it’s that his sense of humour came through a little better.  He wasn’t Mr. Serious Action Guy.  He was Mr. Funny Action Guy.  Hudson Hawk perfectly played into his goofy comedic sensibilities.  It was laugh out loud funny through a lot of the runtime.  It had a solid story, though the story was insane as well.  The whole thing was an experience that I wasn’t expecting, and one that I will surely want to relive in the future.  I will definitely be going back to this movie.

Win It All
Joe Swanberg is part of that new wave of directors that I appreciate.  He goes in the same circles as Ti West, Adam Weingard, and even sort of the Duplass Brothers.  He’s kind of hit and miss with me, though.  I liked Drinking Buddies, and I thought Happy Christmas was okay.  I enjoyed his work in V/H/S.  Win It All didn’t do much for me.  I appreciate what Win It All was trying to do.  The way that it handled gambling addiction felt real and it’s an important topic to tackle.  Jake Johnson turned in a solid performance as the lead character.  It just didn’t capture me.  I never got invested in what was going on even though I appreciated all of the elements.  Something just left me cold.

With that, we come to the end of another month of first time watches.  In total, there were sixteen, from different genres and different directors.  April was a month filled with variety.  There was a comedy special and a variety show among all of the movies.  Maybe my next month will have some more against the norm first time watches.

What I can tell you so far is that I kicked off May with a documentary and a martial arts film.  I also saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, so you have whatever I say about that to look forward to.  It’s already over halfway through the month, so I’ve got some catching up to do if I want to toss some oddball picks in there.  I’ll see you next month with more first time watches.

A few plugs before you go, though.  I also write about Power Rangers on this blog.  On my other blog, I have a whole series about bad movies called the Sunday “Bad” Movies.  That’s about it for now.  See you in a month.

Monday, May 8, 2017

First Time Watches: March 2017

Welcome to the month of May.  I fell behind on these posts during the school year, but I’m working hard to get them up.  Oh yeah, this is my post for the movies that I watched for the first time in March 2017.  I’m only a month late on this one, and I’ll be even less late on the one for April.  How about that?

You might be wondering why I write these posts.  What is the point of writing them?  For the most part, it’s a way to quickly share my thoughts on the movies that I recently watched for the first time.  That way you know what my opinions are, and I know how I felt in case I want to go back to the movies in the future.  It’s a win for you and a win for me.  You might call it a win-win situation.

March saw a few interesting movies.  There was a sequel to a disaster movie from the 1990s.  There was a documentary about an animation studio.  I saw Emma Stone horribly miscast, and James Franco trying his hand at horror direction.  The Eagles of Death Metal performed and Chuck Jones made some funnies.  It’s all here in my first time watches for March 2017.

I was introduced to Ben Wheatley when I watched his film Kill List.  That movie didn’t do it for.  Because of that, I wasn’t too excited about checking out High-Rise.  People were saying it was good.  Those people also loved Kill List.  I finally got around to seeing High-Rise and I loved it so much more than I was expecting.  It was a dystopian thriller set in the 1970s with a stellar cast.  The look, the feel, and the overall atmosphere worked perfectly for what I could have hoped to get out of it.  This is a movie that I’m sure to pick up if I spot it on blu-ray.  It’s a movie I would recommend to anyone.  I don’t care if they like it or not.  I just want people to watch it in the hopes that I find another person who falls in love with it as quickly as I did.

Independence Day: Resurgence
Roland Emmerich has had an interesting career.  He’s this generation’s disaster movie icon, taking off from where Irwin Allen left off and pushing the cast aside to showcase the effects of destruction.  Sure, his movies still have great casts, but Emmerich focuses much more on how much he can destroy.  He moved up from Independence Day and Godzilla to The Day After Tomorrow and 2012.  Now he decided to take on the aliens once more, but using the computer effects that he had for 2012.  It made a messy movie.  Gone was Will Smith, which removed a large amount of the charisma that the first movie had.  In his place were generic young people, one of whom was Liam Hemsworth.  The miniatures were gone in favour of destruction on the level of the limousine chase from 2012.  The movie ended up being okay and entertaining enough, but it wasn’t as good as the first, and wasn’t as entertainingly bad as 2012.  It fell somewhere in between, and that’s probably its biggest weakness.

X-Men: Apocalypse
Modern blockbusters have a hard time escalating the stakes as the franchises progress.  X-Men suffered from this problem in the third installment of its rebooted cast timeline.  Days of Future Past chronicled the end of mutants in the future that also meant the end of the world, and how the characters in the past had to stop it from happening.  That is as big as the scope can go, with the biggest possible stakes.  Then along came Apocalypse, which was about a powerful mutant trying to destroy the world with the help of a few other mutants.  It wasn’t personal enough to feel like it meant more than the movie before it.  This felt like a major step down.  There were still good parts (the Quicksilver scene in the mansion is a highlight of the franchise), but it lacked the importance of the previous installment.  Apocalypse was a letdown.

Cameron Crowe is someone who I’ve appreciated since first seeing Almost Famous about fifteen years ago.  No matter the quality of his movies, I tend to get something out of them.  Even movies like Elizabethtown and We Bought a Zoo, which people don’t necessarily like.  Aloha fits in with those two pretty well.  It’s not a great movie.  It has major issues.  What is Emma Stone doing in that role?  But I still found myself enjoying the movie.  By the end, I was filled with joy as the emotional impact of the story hit me.  As poorly done as some parts of the movie were, the final ten or fifteen minutes got me.  They sucked me in and made me love this movie the same way I love Crowe’s other work.

Chuck Jones: Extremes and Inbetweens
The problem with documentaries about an artist’s career, whether music, film, animation, painting, writing, or any of the other multitudes of art forms, is that it sometimes gets difficult to bring insight.  There can end up being a bunch of people praising the work without actually bringing anything to it.  This was a documentary that suffered that fate.  Famous people appeared throughout, interspersed with clips of the Warner Brothers cartoons that Chuck Jones directed, simply to say that they thought the cartoons were good.  It was a nice recap of his career, but if you’re looking for some deep information on how the cartoons were made, this might not be the best place to find it.

This movie is known for being one of the worst of all time.  The thing is, I didn’t find it all that bad.  The acting was fine, though a little over the top on Justin Bartha’s part.  The story was kind of slow, but it was basically just three people in an apartment, or dealing with stuff related to why they were in the apartment.  It wasn’t an action movie.  It was a romantic comedy mob movie with an R rating, and it worked perfectly fine.  It wasn't terrible.  It wasn’t great.  It was in that vast inbetween that so many movies end up in.  I’m not sure why this one is hated so much.

Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis
Colin Hanks directed this documentary about the band Eagles of Death Metal and how they dealt with the aftermath of the Paris shooting in November 2015.  They were performing at the Bataclan theatre on November 13th when shooters entered the venue and killed 89 people.  The first twenty minutes or so suffered from that same problem as the Chuck Jones documentary, as people spent that time praising the lead singer.  Once they got to the event, the documentary took a turn and it became about what witnessing death can do to a person, and trying to figure out how to overcome the PTSD.  It was a very well done documentary that everyone should watch.

This modern horror movie was sold on its gimmick, that the entire thing took place through a video chat on a computer screen.  A group of high school friends were chatting on the one year anniversary of a friend’s suicide when a mysterious chatter joined the group and began terrorizing them.  It was a unique twist on a fairly standard horror tale.  The acting was believable, which kept me interested in watching it.  The only real problem was the end of the movie.  Not the climax, but the final two seconds.  The final two seconds were the only part of the movie I didn’t like.  Let it also be noted that my used bluray copy was skipping, so I may have missed a few seconds in the middle of the movie.

The Institute
James Franco has been quietly building up a directing career that I didn’t know about until watching this movie.  I knew he had directed Interior. Leather Bar., and I knew he was going to be directing The Disaster Artist.  I didn’t realize that he had 37 directing credits to his name, though.  This was one of the movies he directed that I didn’t know about.  It’s not a great movie, but a solid period piece horror about an institute for women with mental problems and how the women were treated.  The acting was solid and the setting was well established.  The problem was in the writing, which had the moments of tension feel disjointed as though they were put in the wrong order.  Still solid, just a little messy in the writing.

The Nice Guys
I wish I had seen this in theaters.  It deserved my support because it’s so damn good.  This was Shane Black’s follow up to Iron Man Three and continued the buddy cop style that he has always been good with.  Gosling and Crowe work well together to create a memorable pair of flawed heroes that you want to watch.  The first half wasn’t the greatest, but it can be forgiven because the second half was amazing.  Perhaps I’ll enjoy the first half more on subsequent viewings.  I love this movie.  It’s too bad there’s a slim to none chance of getting a sequel.

This watch was inspired by two things: I really like Michael Crichton, and I loved the Westworld television series.  Crichton has written some of my favourite books.  Jurassic Park was a great book.  He also wrote Twister, which is one of my favourite movies.  Westworld was like a precursor to Jurassic Park, having the park malfunction and cause harm to the guests.  It was a precursor to the great television show that has aired one fantastic season on HBO.  I had to go back to the beginning.  The movie isn’t great.  The potentially great concept is there.  The problem is that the movie becomes much more about the action of the robots going haywire than how that affects the characters.  The future works based on Crichton’s work, whether his own pseudo-remake in Jurassic Park or Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s reimagining of Westworld into a television series, brought the character side into it, which improved on the nifty idea.  Westworld is not a great movie, but it led to many great things.

My way of preparing for the release of Fate of the Furious wasn’t to watch the Fast and Furious movies.  It was to check out one of the big Vin Diesel movies that I hadn’t yet seen.  It also happened to be directed by Rob Cohen, the director of The Fast and the Furious, the movie that started the franchise.  It felt like Vin Diesel thought “I could be James Bond, but more badass” and Rob Cohen replied with “Hell yeah! Let’s make it!”  It had the basic James Bond tropes, except it was Vin Diesel sleeping with women and travelling around the world.  But it was also 2002-era “cool,” which meant nightclubs and extreme sports.  The action was decent.  The movie doesn’t quite hold up because it feels directed toward people of its time.  It is fun enough, though, so you could have a good time with it.

Goon: Last of the Enforcers
This hasn’t been getting great reviews, with people saying that it lacks the heart of the first movie.  I guess I can agree that it doesn’t have the same amount of heart.  I would also say that I laughed more with this one than the original.  It brought back most of the actors (one of the team members being the biggest change), and threw them into even crazier hockey action.  The most exciting thing for me was that director Jay Baruchel brought in actress Elisha Cuthbert.  It was a Popular Mechanics for Kids reunion!  The movie was great and surpassed my expectations, based on the trailer that I wasn’t too excited about.  Good stuff.

I’ve been meaning to watch this movie for years.  It was a movie made by Outkast after they broke into the mainstream with their Speakerboxxx/The Love Below album.  Set during prohibition, the movie followed a couple of men working at a nightclub of that era.  The men were, of course, played by the guys from Outkast.  The movie wasn’t great, by any stretch of the imagination.  The music was alright, and the acting was solid.  The direction was pretty great.  But the mixture of everything just left the movie feeling a little stale.  It didn’t work.  I can’t quite place my finger on why.

People seem to love this movie.  It’s good, don’t get me wrong.  I enjoyed my time watching it.  It just wasn’t great.  However, what it potentially set up was something amazing.   The group of children that were introduced could serve to lead a great spin-off series that could take the X-Men franchise in a new direction.  Hugh Jackman turned in what was possibly his best performance in the franchise to date, and possibly the best of his career.  He was supported by Patrick Stewart who was at the top of his game as an even older than normal Professor X.  There’s not much to complain about.  If you’re a fan of superhero movies and don’t mind an R rating, this movie will be everything you want.

Power Rangers
This franchise has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.  When I was a child, I would watch the show on television.  My imaginary friend was a Power Ranger.  I had toys, and may have even dressed up as one for Halloween once.  Now in my twenties, I’ve been working my way through the original series once again and writing about it.  When the new movie was nearing release, I was brought in to write a post about the Power Rangers for the Talk Film Society website.  It has had a large influence over my life.  This movie was a reboot/reimagining of the franchise in a modern film setting.  Equal parts Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Chronicle, and The Breakfast Club, the movie brought the original series to a new audience.  One of my good friends would call the movie “a healthy shit.”  That means that it’s not particularly good, but easily watchable.  I sort of agree with that.  I wouldn’t put it in those words, though.  For fans of the original series, this is a completely different take on the material.  Some of it might anger you.  But if you’re willing to see the characters and situations in a different way, you could have a lot of fun with it.  I had fun with it.  It’s not great, but there’s no denying that it’s fun.

A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman
Stop-motion is a method of animation that takes a lot of time and patience to master.  Aardman studios mastered it in the 1990s and has been putting out animated classics ever since.  This hour long documentary recounted their history, from their early work in the 1970s and 1980s all the way up to the release of The Shaun the Sheep Movie in 2015.  It gave insight into how the animation was created, the trials and tribulations that the studio went through (including a devastating fire), their successes, and the people who love their work.  For anyone interested in the history of one of modern animation’s most influential group of filmmakers, this documentary is a must see.

Adam Sandler had Jack and Jill.  Eddie Murphy has Norbit.  This movie was filled with unlikeable characters that weren’t entertaining to watch.  They were more annoying than anything.  Norbit was a nice guy on the outside, but he treated people terribly if given the chance.  His wife was one of the most despicable characters ever put into a comedy.  There were no redeeming qualities about the movie and I don’t want to write about it anymore.  Unfunny.  Not good.

Denis Villeneuve has made movies that people love for a few years now.  Ever since his breakout film Prisoners in 2013, people have been praising him up and down and all over the place.  I watched his follow up to Prisoners, Enemy, and was left wondering what the hell I had just watched.  The movie was the unravelling of two characters who look the same.  They discovered that each other existed and their lives fell apart because of it.  Maybe they were two personalities of the same guy.  I don’t know.  Whatever it was, I was interested the entire time.  I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to have their mind jumbled around.

My cartoon history teacher forced this abomination on the class.  It was poorly animated, and the audio was garbage.  The people who made it secretly recorded their children having a make-believe adventure before bed one night and set the gibberish to animation.  It was from the 1950s, so the audio quality of the recording wasn’t good.  You couldn’t understand half of what was being said.  The animation also didn’t make sense.  If it was meant to be some surrealist style animation, I guess it worked.  In terms of entertainment value, however, it was one of the most grating things I’ve ever experienced.

Arthur Christmas
This is not about the aardvark that many of us watched when we were children.  Aardman Studios made their second computer animated movie about the Christmas family.  This included the current Santa, his father (the former Santa), and his children (one of which would be the future Santa).  They used high tech gadgets and teams of elves to get all the gifts to the children.  When one child was missed, they had to figure out how to fix the holiday and get the gift to that child in time.  It was the kind of heartfelt story that Aardman tends to make.  This could be a Christmas classic for anyone who decides to give it a try.  It might be a Christmas classic for me now.

With that, March comes to a close.  In total, there were 21 movies watched for the first time.  That’s a lot of first time watches for a guy who was in school.  A few of them were for school, though, so that brought up the number a bit.

Next month is going to be a big month too.  There are a lot of movies to cover for the April post, which should be fun.  I’ve seen movies like The Fate of the Furious, Stir Crazy, and Hello, My Name is Doris.  If you liked this post or any of the other posts that I’ve written for my first time watches, come on back soon when I share what I thought about my April first time watches.

Also, check out my Power Rangers posts and my Sunday “Bad” Movies blog.  I might as well cross promote.  And one last thing I want to share is the Talk Film Society website, run by my good online friends Marcelo J. Pico and Matt Curione.  They featured a post I wrote about Power Rangers in March, and I’m happy they exist for the good writing they provide.  Thanks, and see you soon!