Tag Archives: backstory

Gravity Falls Conspiracy Twin Fun

4 Oct

So I’ve been saying for a while that Grunkle Stan has a twin.  (Stanford and Stanley)

I know that most of tumblr agrees and there are plenty of wonderful, better research sites that will pinpoint all the evidence towards this.

Mild Spoilers ahead and pic heavy….

Click the image to view some detailed evidence

Fun Fact: I originally thought this was an older Dipper when I saw this scene.

But does anyone else think that the Grunkle Stan in the episode Scaryoke is NOT Stanford Pines?

Firstly, the glasses are different.  Secondly, his behaviour and speech cadence seem a little off.  Finally, he starts off the episode saying that if it works, the last thirty years will have been worth it.  Was he in another dimension?  Was he hiding in the forest?

The very next episode Into The Bunker has the shapeshifter mentioning that his creator hasn’t been seen in thirty years

HMMMM…….

It’s some interesting stuff to think over.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, snooze

29 Sep

I might be picky with my animated films.  Okay, I loved loved loved the first “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.”  For me, it was right up there with “Wreck it Ralph”  and  “Wall-E”.

I first noticed it when it was playing in the background and actually found myself chuckling.  So I stopped and then I started paying attention.  Then I rewound it and found more to laugh at.

The original had witty writing, subtle jokes and loads of heart.  The trailer for the sequel looked promising….

**** Spoilers ahead*****

The trailer was in all honesty, the best parts of the entire movie.  In the same way that “Community” was somehow just less funny without Dan Harmon, this movie is obviously missing Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street).  Mr. T had it right when he turned this one down!

Visually, it was stunning and there were some cute characters but ultimately, it wasn’t enough to save the movie.

The movie begins with a rehash of the entire last movie and then enters a never before seen flashback, incorporating a new hero of child Flint who as far as it seemed never practiced science but peddled food products.  (Screw you, Tesla!)

After this introduction to a new “very important” character, the movie proceeds to negate the entire last movie’s ending (where he starts a business with his father) but instead picking up just minutes after the last movie ended.  He is busy kissing Sam and making plans with all his new BFF’s.

The new very important character shows up to give him an alternative life plan (I’m still not sure how the ending of the last movie fits in) and all his new BFF’s wholeheartedly endorse anything Flint wants to do because he is no longer awkward but awesome and their hero and they will follow him… follow him wherever he may go…

oops

SIX MONTHS LATER…..

Well, nothing funny has happened yet.  In fact I haven’t even cracked a smile once and on top of that I was curious if I was in fact missing some strange in-joke involving over caffeinated hive workers.  If I did, it didn’t matter because the joke just disappeared moments later.

Flint works hard for something he really really wants… we don’t really see this,  outside of little montages that are similar to ones we saw in the first movie.  Instead, he ends up being laughed at by his entire company reminiscent of when he was young.  (they show this at the beginning in case anyone forgot).  He complains he was “humiliated” but I couldn’t see what was so bad about what happened?  Suddenly, he came across as whiny, which is awful considering how charming his awkwardness was handled in the first movie.

From here on, I can’t understand anything else he does.  He takes a job to go back and get the same machine that caused the problems before.   He makes promises he immediately breaks, berates his father for no other reason than because “it’s dangerous! stay here! GOD DAD! you never let me do anything!!” stomp stomp slams door

Meanwhile,  we finally get to the meat of the story, which is handled beautifully when it comes to visuals.  On the other hand, there are a lot of jokes that are meant to pander to the adults, I’m guessing in the mid to late 3o’s range.  (Butter? Parkay…  it wasn’t even funny the first time!)

Flint’s naivety is played up in full force as he must choose between his childhood hero and his new BFF’s… including a new girlfriend??  Except after the kiss at the beginning, this isn’t addressed again until the ending credits.  (it’s okay, they were kissing then too)

In the midst of this is an introduction to loads of sentient food and they conveniently manage to name them on the spot just for the viewer.  Watermelephants, Bananostriches (that sound like dolphins), Shrimpanzees.  Meanwhile, all the jokes during this time boil down to food related puns.

There is even a sequence where, no lie, a food/animal hybrid is translating and sounds exactly like Eric Cartman when he is whining.

Ugh, and musical sequences… wait, did I say musical sequences… yep.  Including 2Unlimited’s Get Ready for This… Will.I Am and Britney Spears… ugh ugh ugh.

Needless to say, I spent a lot of time during this movie making grumpy cat faces and being utterly confused as to what was going on.

It’s really a shame, since the writing was what captivated so many in the first film.  It was surprising, charming and just a little bit quirky enough to take it to another level.  This one, well, it was just there to bring in cash from the people who loved the first one and play out as a vehicle for families to go see together.  It never gets past being mediocre and at times is just out right boring.

Which made me sad.

Community, Attack the Block: Destiny and Origins

7 May

 

I may have to eat my words.  Right after I posted that I was ready to give up on Community, it came back with some pleasant surprises that are making me reconsider our break up status.   As of now, I will hold off on judgement a little longer.  Let’s just say that for right now, it’s my favorite sitcom boasting a licensed doctor and an Oscar winner as part of the cast.

So the last two episodes (Basic Human Anatomy and Heroic Origins) actually made me happy.  The first is about a “ Freak Friday”  scenario which is actually handled quite well with some good laughs.  The second is Abed trying to show that they were all always destined to meet and be together, hence their origin story.

 It is really obvious that Chevy Chase is on his way out.

That’s okay though, it seems like there has been a ton of negativity on that set.  There are some very talented people working and I’m sure it doesn’t make their job easy.

So in honor of hopeful feels some Community Appreciation:

Also, I couldn’t help looking at the flashback into high school and realize I look like Annie from them.  Unfortunately I look like that now.

On another note, I really like Origin stories when they are done correctly.

Let me explain.

I do not mean, following the story/comic/graphic novel exactly.  They are different mediums and therefore can not be addressed the same way.

Sometimes, trying to be TOO faithful to a story will cause a lot of weird down time, pacing issues, missed opportunities because too much is trying to be fit in… or the worst offender ever:

THE INFODUMP

I don’t need or want a twenty second exposition about something because someone is too lazy or thinks the audience is too stupid to follow something.

The best entertainment does not infodump and instead allows the story to unfold organically and slowly, like a journey.

So when Abed brought up Unbreakable, I was surprised.   I actually enjoyed Unbreakable (no hate please) BUT it was marketed in the wrong way.  As a story on its own, I appreciated its merits.

I thought it did what it set out to do well, an origin story.

(And no, we will not bring up X-Men: Origins or any of the Wolverine movies.  We can however bring up X-Men: First Class)

But I still want to throw up an Origin story that was one of the best put on film but was only ever made for film:  Attack the Block

If you haven’t seen it (and I seem to run into more that have not), please, go, do, support.  It gave me chills at the end.  This is movie with one foot in comic and it makes it very enjoyable and re-watchable.

Avengers Showing Off the Goods (also drinking game rules)

17 May

ASSvengers

From: Mickey
To: Leela
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 8:57 AM
  

Saw it!

From: Leela
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 9:21 AM
To: Mickey
  

AND?!?!??!!??!?!?!

From: Mickey
To: Leela
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 9:37 AM
  

I liked it, alot.  It was good. It was the anti-Matrix. It started slow and then built up to a good finale (as opposed to starting out with wonderful potential and falling to shit the last 30 minutes)

I could have probably done w/o the 1.5 of backstory though

HA! You call THAT a backstory?!

But it ended on a really good note which I appreciated.

I think I developed a little crush on captain American

I can see why loki got to you, he was great because he wasn’t one dimensional

Mark ruffalo was the best part

I still dislike gweneth paltrow

And I HATE THE FACT THAT EVERY SINGLE FEMALE IN THE MOVIE INCLUDING EVERY AGENT WAS WEARING HEELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF!!!

From: Leela
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 9:50 AM
To: Mickey
  

I did not notice any heels! except for when black widow picked hers up and walked away. Which I almost stood up and clapped for.

I love my heels. I can understand that.

*swoon @ Loki* I’m glad you understand though. I LOVE YOU LOKI! LOL

“Have a care how you speak. Loki is beyond reason, but he is of Asgard. And he is my brother”

“He killed 80 people in two days.”

“He is adopted.”

 We are Ruffalo fans at my house.

I like Paltrow. Mainly becuase of Glee. Don’t dislike or like her in this role. Anyone could’ve played Ms. Potts.

I LOVED the backstories. Right outta the comics, and they were not boring. And of course freakin Whedon has to go and kill off a loveable character… RIP Coulson.

I am glad you thought it was good. Maybe now you will trust me?

Although I was right about Cabin in the Woods.

From: Mickey
To: Leela
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 10:34 AM
  

Funny that you quote that:

1. Avengers‘ Joke Ignites Online Protest by Adoption Community

mashable.com/2012/05/14/avengers-adoption-petition/

well… I thought it was good. I didn’t think it was great. And just because the stories were in the comics doesn’t MEAN THEY NEED TO BE IN THE MOVIE! IT’S A DIFFERENT MEDIUM!

YOU JUST SPENT LIKE TWO YEARS AND SOMETHING LIKE SIX MOVIES GIVING FREAKING BACKSTORY!

I DON’T need to know WHY people have the freaking motivation to DO EVERYTHING!

Sorry

About an hour in I really thought I was going to hate it because it was soooooooooooooooooo slow

And then the heels thing ticked me off. Put Captain America, Hawkeye and Iron Man in some heels too. It pissed me off because there is no need for heels (and YOU KNOW I LOVE ME SOME HEELS!) but not to save the world, it’s only there for aesthetics and even in SHIELD all the agents wore the same suits… except the women have to unzip theirs halfway and wear heels. It’s about nothing more than aesthetics and I can really appreciate the fact that Katniss and Ripley never wore heels to run and jump and shoot. Because REALLY?!!

Also, the movie theatre didn’t know who Stan Lee was!! Just a few people cheered/clapped when he was on screen!

Excelsior Bitches!

(Damn I miss his reality show, “Who Wants to be a Superhero!”)

From: Leela
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 10:51 AM
To: Mickey
  

That is what happens when you don’t go at midnight. People went ape shit when stan lee came on screen

And seriously. People need to take a joke. That shit was funny.

Again, loved the backstory lol I am okay with it. Especially because not everyone has seen all the movies or read the comics. I mean I don’t know who these people are but they are out there.

I am not sure how it was slow. I thought it was awesome seeing all the characters come together, where they were what they were doing.

Me likey. We can agree to disagree. No way on putting captain america and iron man heels no thanks. lol The shield agents all wore provacative suits. there was no need for them to be all sexy, but thats how it is in the comic world isnt it? I guess I was okay with it because there was so much eye candy for the ladies.

Not Just the Comic Book World Apparently!

From: Mickey
To: Leela
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:28 PM
  

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/04/4461239/movie-review-avengers-looks-great.html

From: Lela
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:40 PM
To: Mickey
  

Last email wasn’t meant towards you, lol. to the author of article

Dumbest review I have ever read in my life.

It’s a comic book movie. For the love of all that is holy! And it was great.

If you want a story that frickin transends stick to Sundance. Thanks.

No I am not defriending you. It will take more than you stomping all over my heart to do that. 😉

From: Mickey
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:43 PM
To: ‘Leela’
  

Lol

Yea…. I’m sorry we didn’t fall in love with it together.      Though, yea.. might be crushing on chris evans…

*furiously googling images*

would this prove that he just might own me?

When will you see “Attack the Block”?

Ok… now tell me all the things you loved about it, like you were dying to do back when you first saw it the first time.

From: Mickey
To: Leela
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:48 PM
Subject: FW: so

OMG

He was the guy in “Not Another Teen Movie”!!

Now I can’t get the image of him w/ a banana and whipped cream out of my head… in a decidedly non-schmexy way

Also… I didn’t think he was good looking in Scott Pilgrim

Apparently I just like him as Captain America…

Hmmmmm I dunno what to think about that

captain american in a whipped cream bikini.

From: Leela
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:54 PM
To: Mickey
  

Secretly you’re a giant patriot…. OR his body is 10 billion times better now.

When he lifted the punching bag and you could see all those arm muscles *drool*

From: Mickey
To: Leela
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:59 PM
  

I have no idea what it is, he just grew on me was all.

Kind of like you and Loki

Lol

Still The Hulk… awesome…

I have a comic where Deadpool is antagonizing the Hulk on purpose and it’s hilarious.

Since you’re a Ruffalo fan, have you seen “The Brothers Bloom” ?

From: Leela
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 1:42 PM
To: Mickey
  

no. I never heard of it.

I should retract my statement and say I am huge fan of the 3 movies I have seen him in. Seeing how according to IMDB much to learn I still have.

I did not care for the Hulk movies that were put out. Well the first one. I didnt see all of the Norton one. I enjoyed Ruffalo as the Hulk. He played troubled real well.

What I wanted to revisit the second time?

EVERYTHING.

All Loki Scenes

All scenes with Iron Man talking shit 😉

Black Widow at work, being called in

Tony Stark being called in

Bruce Banner in exile in India, being called in, scaring the shit outta Widow

Captain America – working out 😀

captain american working out gif

Thor coming in to take Loki

The fight in the forrest between Iron Man and Thor

Loki locked up

The playful and not so playful banter

Hulk punching Thor while fighting the bad guys

Hulk smash

Hulk smash on Loki

Hawkeye and Black Widow

Yeah. The whole thing.

From: Mickey
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 1:46 PM
To: Lela
  

LOL

HULK SMASH!

See ? it works as a  joss whedon drinking game for your next party!

Loki tries to do a whole speech and hulk says he ain’t playing it

Thor clubbin at toonerdygirls house party!

As for my bitching about all the females in the movie wearing heels, I will just defer to my favorite movie concerning sexy schmexy heels:

Then again Chiwetel Ejiofor wasn’t trying to save the world.

If anyone else cares, here are some articles that debate exactly this topic:

http://ifanboy.com/articles/high-heels-and-cleavage-windows-why-cant-female-superhero-costumes-be-sexy-and-functional/

http://blogs.longwood.edu/thomasandcomics/2011/06/28/the-female-superhero%E2%80%A6-high-heels-are-not-very-practical/

http://www.cracked.com/article_18591_the-5-most-impractical-aspects-superhero-costumes.html

Outside of the Marvel and Sex in the City universes, women usually need  a damn good reason to redistribute their weight between their toes and  mini-heel-stilts. However, when you take the solemn oath to fight crime while  giving it a boner, that dynamic is reversed. If a female crime fighter is  wearing flats, they usually have a damn good excuse…
Read more:  The 5 Most Impractical Aspects of Superhero Costumes | Cracked.com http://www.cracked.com/article_18591_the-5-most-impractical-aspects-superhero-costumes.html#ixzz1v8boREqN

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/scott-mendelson/the-avengers_b_1519725.html

Sienna Miller G.I. Joe

 

over 21 Avengers drinking game:

TAKE A DRINK WHEN…  •Someone is killed •There’s a fight scene  •Someone yells or roars •The hero changes his clothes  •See an explosion  •A news report on a television WHEN SOMEONE SAYS…  •a superhero’s name •Scientific mumbo-jumbo  •“S.H.I.E.L.D.” or “shield”  •The superhero’s civilian name

CHUG WHEN  •Stan Lee shows up

WATERFALL WHEN  •Samuel L. Jackson gives a questionable look

**DISCLAIMER** no one here recommends sneaking liquor into a theatre in order to play this game.