Over the Garden Wall, My Favorites

Over the Garden Wall is a charming and short series that is awesome all of the time. It stars two children lost in the woods and trying to get home. On their way, they encounter all sorts of crazy situations and strange characters. Each episode is short and packed with so much to see and experience. The world over the garden wall is an imaginative and whimsical one that still has its dark spots.

I really like the series because it’s like a modern-day fairy tale. I mean, it takes place in the past, of course, but it’s made up by modern minds. There are witches, talking birds, ghastly spirits and more roaming the woods. The world is mysterious and unsettling. Like peeling off the thin layer of happiness would reveal some thing horrible underneath.

The main characters are a pair of brothers. The older one, Wirt, wants to get home and doesn’t have time for all of the strangeness that goes on. The younger brother, Gregory, is boundlessly happy and upbeat at all times. They are joined by a guide leading them through the woods, a talking bluebird, Beatrice. Beatrice has her own brand of snark and sarcasm at whatever the brothers are going through.

Their chatty banter is great as is how each one interacts with the world. It becomes especially clear when they split up at times. Wirt tends to get roped into things while Gregory gleefully goes in. Beatrice gets roped in, too, by the brothers wandering nature. The group just works together.

Oh, and the songs. There are songs in this show and they are charming and haunting at the same time.

Over the Garden Wall is an imaginative fairy tale story that has several layers to what’s being shown. While the story sounds simple, it’s not. There’s more going on. The individual episodes are great, even when not considering the overall story. This is a great cartoon for all to experience.

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Fifth Element, My Favorites

Fifth Element is some kind of awesome sci-fi action movie. The feel of it is really clever, and all of the characters are great. Yes, even Ruby Rhod. The Fifth Element has a dirty, somewhat tacky feel, but it is clever and fun throughout. Oh, there will be some spoilers throughout. If you like sci-fi and have not seen this movie yet, get to it!

I remember reading for the first time that the main character of the movie, Korben Dallas, never comes across the main villain. That realization kind of made me sit back and go, “Whoa.” The closest that Korben comes to knowing about the villain is that his cab company is owned by the villain. That’s it.

And that scene where some thug tries to rob Korben was the best.

The villain, Emmanuel Zorg, looks pretty goofy, and he’s over the top pretty much all the time. He has a lot of great moments sprinkled throughout the movie from selling the crates of weapons to the scene with the priest in the office.

Of course, when speaking about the characters of the movie, I can’t forget to talk about Leeloo. Her introduction was really memorable to me, and I had no idea what was going on the first time I saw it. I had to watch it a second time before I realized they were bringing the piece of alien back alive again. It’s weird. Over the course of the movie, it’s so easy for me to forget that Leeloo is actually some ancient alien and not a lab-grown woman.

And this movie is full of scenes that I just like so much. That opera scene? Yes. The bomb countdown, yes! It’s different compared to the other countdowns. This time, the bomb is diffused at 5 seconds! But then there’s a second bomb that has a 5 second timer that starts up immediately afterwards so everything still blows up. Awesome.

The visuals of the movie are great, too. I just enjoy the flavor and atmosphere of everything from the grungy city to the extravagant space hotel. I’m hoping that new Valerian film will match up to the Fifth Element, at least somewhat. Note that I have not read the original Valerian comics, so I really have no idea what to expect from it.

Ocean’s Eleven, My Favorites

This is the first installment of a new blog series entitled, My Favorites. This is, simply enough, some of my favorite pieces of media from all ranges. Though likely there will not be many art media here or comic books. So this will focus on regular books, movies, TVs and video games.

Remember, these are just my tastes, and my taste skews towards fun and quirky rather than deep explorations of humanity and stuff like that. Ew, biopics.

I just recently rewatched Ocean’s Thirteen so I thought that Ocean’s Eleven would be a good first entry. And this would be the George Clooney-starring remake, not the original one. I also enjoy the entire Ocean’s trilogy, so there will be a bit about each movie. Speaking of which, I am rather excited for the sequel to the Ocean’s trilogy with a female cast.

There will be some spoilers here and there.

Ocean’s Eleven is a heist movie. Of course having more people in the team means less money per individual, but more people is also more fun. And each member of the team is likeable and a decent person. Sure, they’re thieves, but they’re gentlemen about it, most of them anyway.

Ocean’s Eleven, and the movie trilogy as a whole, is just fast and loose fun. You never know when the characters are just putzing around and when they are doing something important. Things just fly by with little to no explanation, and it’s pretty great. You see professionals work in a capacity that they don’t even need to fully communicate.

That gives the films quite some fun rewatch possiblities. On first viewing, I missed a lot of stuff that became important later on. Even on the second viewing I still missed some things. But the movies are fun enough that I enjoyed watching them more than once, each time knowing more than the previous time.

The main fun of Ocean’s Eleven, for me anyway, is seeing so many characters working together. It does feel crowded at times, but a team of eleven works really well. The main characters are Danny, Rusty and Linus. At times, the other characters are there just for fun and to get thing done, but they are each given enough personality to be memorable.

I really like how Terry Benedict stay’s relevant throughout the movie, though he does become less threatening as the movies go on.

The movies never feel too crowded. Everyone does their part will and the smooth-talking goes on at a fast pace. These movies are fun the first time through and even better on rewatching since you’ll now when Ocean and his team are doing something important. The best part is the movie doesn’t point out anything.

I just like how slick the movie is.