Anyone who says animated films are only for children is either lying or hasn’t opened themselves up to an entire selection of fantastic movies. I have a hard time saying animated films are a genre of their own because there are many genres within animation. Sure, a good portion of animated flicks are geared toward kids, but there is usually enough depth within the films to make them appeal to all ages. If you’ve gone back and watched the Disney movies that came out in the 90s, there are plenty of jokes that went over our heads. Even though a lot of people lump animated films into that just-for-kids category, many times these movies are created with adults in mind as well.
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With Disney’s Frozen coming out this week, I thought now would be a good time to talk about all the animated films I’m excited for in the coming year. Originally, Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur was on this list, but unfortunately the film’s release date was pushed back to 2015. Since The Good Dinosaur was meant to be Pixar’s only release next year, there will be no Pixar films in 2014. While it’s tragic, that’s not to say there aren’t any good animated movies coming out. Plus, it means there will be two fantastic Pixar movies in one year–The Good Dinosaur and Inside Out. (I’m actually looking forward to the latter movie more.) Now, let’s take a look at my most anticipated animated films of 2014 as well as the rest of 2013.
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Is it just me or are networks getting better at spacing out premieres throughout the fall? Although it makes life easier for television reviewers and people like me who watch all (or most) of the fall TV premieres. Seriously, could you imagine if every new TV show debuted in the same month, let alone the same week? It would be pandemonium! It would be chaos! It would also be impossible. So let’s thank the TV network gods that they don’t. Still, the staggering of these premieres especially over October and November is making it hard for me to only review the pilots of all the new shows.
While some series have already been cancelled (We Are Men, Welcome to the Family, Ironside, etc.) others haven’t even begun. Although part one of my premiere reviews exclusively rated each show on their pilot episode, some of the series in this post are on their seventh or eighth episode and I’ve nearly forgotten the pilots–or they’ve blurred together. So this time around, it’s going to be a little different. I’ve rated each show based on the pilot as well as all the episodes that have aired so far (or if I didn’t watch anything past the pilot.) It might be a little unfair to the shows that premiered more recently, but all’s fair in love, war, and TV.
Bromance is not exclusive to dudes: two girls can have a bromance or a guy and a girl can have a bromance. Bromances on TV are loving friendships between two people and sometimes they’re even more interesting to watch than plain, old, romances. But the best bromances are the platonic heterosexual partnerships found on TV shows new and old. Hetereosexual friendships on television are often more interesting when the writers don’t inject it with a dose of cliche romance. Sure, sometimes viewers want TV partners to get together–Scully and Mulder from The X-Files for instance–but I for one am sick of seeing heterosexual friendships and partnerships begin to develop or acknowledge feelings for each other for the sake of drama.
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There have been plenty of successful platonic partnerships on TV that haven’t gone anywhere. Zoe Washburne and Mal Reynolds from Firefly; Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler from Law and Order: Special Victims Unit; and Veronica Mars and Wallace Fennel from Veronica Mars the television series (as well as the upcoming Veronica Mars film!) Although none of these partnerships are still on TV–Olivia has a new partner while Firefly and Veronica Mars were cancelled–they showed that platonic partnerships can be more interesting than romantic relationships. Now more than ever, it seems Hollywood has realized that these types of friendships, partnerships, and bromances can work on TV. So, I thought I’d pay homage to the onces I love the most.
Thor: The Dark World is the second movie in Marvel’s phase 2–everything since Marvel’s The Avengers–the first beingIron Man 3. Now, I wasn’t a huge fan of Iron Man 3 and The Dark World is the first sequel for any of the Avengers sinceIron Man 2 (also not that great,) so I was a little hesitant. Especially because Thor didn’t necessarily impress me very much. (To be fair, I watched Captain America: The First AvengerandThor in the same day and I liked Captain America better.) Since it is a Marvel movie, The Dark World was heavily promoted and highly anticipated, though I didn’t have very high expectations for the film. Whether because I wasn’t expecting much or not, I enjoyed The Dark World a lot. It’s a fantastic edition to the Marvel franchise that is definitely worth seeing in theaters.
The Dark World had plenty of action and more humor than I had even hoped for, plus some great brotherly moments between Thor and Loki. There’s been a trend in Marvel movies since Iron Man 2 where the plots of the film tend to drag in between the fight sequences. The Dark World suffers from this same affliction to a certain extent, but I noticed that whenever I started to get bored with a scene, it changed. So the pacing has improved since the first film. Additionally, The Dark World strikes a great balance between plot development, action, and humor–plus some character development, of course. I have to give it to the cast–Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, and Christopher Eccleston especially–for their fantastic performances. Now, let’s get down to the nitty gritty of why I loved Thor: The Dark World.
I don’t talk about web series too often–because I watch too much TV as it is and adding multiple web series would be absurd. Although there was that time that I tried to convince the world to watch The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. But I’ve noticed, as many others probably have, that fictional web series are becoming more and more popular. The CW network even launched it’s own website to host its four original web series called CW Seed. With the increase of quality writing and production values in web series, as well as the shift toward watching more media on web devices, it’s no surprise that the audience for this kind of medium is growing.
Photo via Pemberley Digital on Twitter.
Although I don’t keep up with all the web premieres and continuations as well as I do with television, there was one series I was particularly excited for:Emma Approved. The series was created by Hank Green and Bernie Su, the minds behind Pemberley Digital (the hub for all these series.) Their immediate follow up to the LBD was Welcome to Sanditon, an interpretation of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, Sanditon. Now, Pemberley Digital is adapting a more well known Austen novel with Emma Approved: Emma (obviously.) Although Emma Approved is only on it’s 8th episode, I’m already in love.
October is the month of scary movies. There was the release of Carrie and of course all the marathons on TV. However, I’m just not into it. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m not a huge fan of scary movies. I’ve never seen Saw, Paranormal Activity, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, or any of the sequels. Of course, there are plenty of other films that are appropriate for October. ABC Family had marathons all weekend of non-scary Halloween movies like Teen Wolf (the original) and The Addams Family. Last year, I listed some Not-So-Typical Halloween Movies and I might as well keep up the tradition. We all know the cliche flicks you can watch on or around Halloween (all those movies I haven’t seen.) So while others are marathoning the scariest films known to mankind, I’ll be over here with my non-scary Halloween flicks. Grab some candy and a blanket for this fun non-fright fest.
I have applauded and raved about Songza, but more recently I’ve been getting into 8tracks. (Don’t worry Songza, I’ll never leave you forever.) The trick with 8tracks is finding good playlists to listen to, which can be hard because there are so, so, so, SO many.
The way I got into 8tracks was through people I follow on Tumblr. I started noticing these playlists popping up on my Tumblr dashboard with cool graphically designed cover art that had some really great music. So I began listening to the playlists, which made me start looking for more playlists and before I knew it, I was hooked. I’m still wary of finding good mixes on the 8tracks site, especially since it’s difficult for users to display the song listing. (In fact, it’s impossible without listening to the mix unless the user includes it somehow.) But as long as the people I follow on Tumblr keep reblogging good mixes, I’ll keep discovering new music to love. Here are some of my favorite playlists I’ve found so far.