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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Movie Review:Robots

Premise:A young inventor and his new friends must stop a plot to make the average robot obsolete.

Cast:Ewan McGregor as Rodney Copperbottom, Mel Brooks as Bigweld, Robin Williams as Fender, Amanda Bynes as Piper, Drew Carey as Crank, Harland Williams as Lug, Stanley Tucci as Herb Copperbottom, Dianne Wiest as Mrs. Copperbottom, Chris Wedge as Wonderbot, Greg Kinnear as Phineas T. Ratchet, Jim Broadbent as Madam Gasket, Jennifer Coolidge as Aunt Fanny, Paul Giamatti as Tim, Dan Hedaya as Mr. Gunk, Natasha Lyonne as Loretta Geargrinder


Director:Chris Wedge and co-directed by Carlos Saldanha


MPAA Rating:PG for some brief language and suggestive humor


Genres:Animation, comedy, children's


Notes:Image taken from IMP Awards and belongs to 20th Century Fox.


Pros:Likeable characters. It's funny. Fair voice acting.


Cons:Unimpressive visuals. So-so plot. Ditto with the villains.



Since he was a kid, Rodney Copperbottom has dreamed of coming to Robot City to meet and work for his role model. And now his dream is coming true, except for one thing...

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Tips On Writing Reviews

Note:I'm going to write this like it's for movies, but it can easily be changed to apply to a book, TV show, video game, etc.

I found out I had deleted this post. Luckily, I had made a backup, so here it is again.

  • Actually watch what you're reviewing. This may sound obvious, but there are people who will give movies positive or negative reviews based solely on previews, news, and their strong opinions about the people involved. You can say something looks stupid/great based on that, but writing a review for a film you haven't actually seen isn't fair to the work or your readers.
  • Say more than it rocked/sucked. What made it awesome? How did it suck? Go into more detail that that. What the plot done well? Did the characters annoy you to no end? Was the twist ending good or did it make you want your money back? Tell us.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Movie Review:Transformers


Premise:A pair of teenagers get caught in the middle of a alien robot war for the Allspark.

Cast:Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky, Meagan Fox as Mikaela Banes, Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime, Jess Harnell as Ironhide and Barricade, Robert Foxworth as Ratchet, Darius McCrary as Jazz, Josh Duhamel as Captain Lennox, Reno Wilson as Frenzy, Jon Voight as John Keller, John Turturro as Seymour Simmons, Tyrese Gibson as Robert Epps, Rachel Taylor as Maggie Madsen, Anthony Anderson as Glen Whitmann, 
Hugo Weaving as Megatron, Kevin Dunn as Robert Witwicky, Julie White as Judy Witwicky, Michael O'Neill as Tom Banachek, William Morgan Sheppard as Archibald Amundsen Witwicky, Charles Adler as Starscream, Bernie Mac as Bobby Bolivia

Director:Michael Bay


MPAA Rating:PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, brief sexual humor, and language


Genres:Action, sci-fi


Notes:Posters taken from IMP Awards and belong to 20th Century Fox.


Pros:Nice CGI.


Cons:Flat characters. Bad acting. Storyline could use work.




Sam is living an average life. He just getting his first car, which turns out to be an alien robot searching for the Allspark. Things get more exciting (and dangerous) from there.

Let's get one thing straight:This film is not meant to make you think. It's not supposed to tell a great story. It's intended to entertain you with explosions, clumsy teens, giant robots, and a hot actress.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Album Review:Casting Crowns

Artist:Casting Crowns

Songwriters:Mark Hall, Steven Curtis Chapman, Hector Cervates, Darrell Evans

Genres:Worship, pop rock

Notes:Album art taken from the official site.

General thoughts:Here we have the start of the career of one of the biggest worship bands out there.

About half the songs are quiet while the other half is straight-up Christian rock. Subject matter includes critical judgement within the church, speaking the truth to a friend who might soon be lost, workaholism at the expense of one's family, and praise to the Lord.

If you like worship music, you may want to check this out. Not excellent, but not bad either.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Musical Devices I'm Sick Of

Image credit:MichaelMaggs at Wikimedia Commons

I've done plot devices; now onto music.

  •  Repeating Syllables:One thing that often comes up in pop music are stretched-out words. I don't know about you (ou-ou-ou), but I can name a couple of songs I would have liked better were it not for this. 
  • Hidden Tracks:What is the point of these? They make it harder to do playlists. It would work better if you just made two tracks instead.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

New Year's Resolutions

Image source:Open Clipart

Well, here we are less than a week into the new year. I have a few thoughts about resolutions I decided to bring up.

First, why wait until the end of the year to improve yourself? Why not start when you notice the problem? Why should you think about your flaws only during the New Year? I'm going to take a wild guess and say you aren't perfect and have a few things that could use improvement. And as you might guess, this applies to me as well. Why should you examine yourself only once a year?

Not to mention you probably aren't going to keep it. Who knows, maybe you've already broken yours for this year. A lot of them are unrealistic anyway.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Album Review:Maybe I'm Dreaming

Artist:Owl City

Songwriters:Adam Young

Genres:Synthpop, alternative


Notes:Album art was from the official site, but is no longer available there.


General thoughts:Adam Young's lyrical style has always been strange. Take this line from "Dear Vienna".

"Farewell, all my friends/In textbooks, I'm going home/Cause my blood cells cannot depend/On the weather in photographs."

I don't know what it's supposed to mean, do you? So if weird lyrics turn you off, skip this album (and any other by Owl City).

Several songs made me gently move to the beat. Musically, they are often soft and a little slow. The overall feel was calm and serene, like a lullaby. (I'm not going to be able to talk about the individual tracks without reusing words or not understanding what it's about, so bear with me.)

If you like tranquil pop and don't mind odd lyrics, check this out.