Ultimate 90s Blogathon Conclusion

Hey, readers!  It’s been a fun three weeks but we all knew this day would come. As they say, all good things must come to an end. Here are all the entries of the Ultimate 90s Blogathon in case you missed any of them:

Drew’s Movie Reviews – Encino Man

Tranquil Dreams – Robin Williams Triple Feature

OC Movie ReviewsPump Up the Volume

Charlene’s (Mostly) Classic Movie ReviewsThe Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

MovierobGoodfellas

Plain, Simple Tom ReviewsTotal Recall

DB Movies BlogBatman Returns

OC Movie Reviews – Life is Beautiful

Charlene’s (Mostly) Classic Movie Reviews – The Sweet Hereafter

Thoughts All SortsThe Last of the Mohicans

Rhyme and ReasonLiar Liar

Film and TV 101Reservoir Dogs

Life of this City GirlSleepless in Seattle

OC Movie Reviews – Leon

Starry Traveler’s RoadAnastasia

Often Off TopicLiar Liar

In the Depths of DVD HellMovie Year: The 90’s

Realweegiemidget ReviewsStar Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Drew’s Movie Reviews – Wild Wild West

Tranquil Dream – Top 3 Disney Animated Films

My fantastic co-host, Kim, and I have had a wonderful time revisiting a decade that is very special to us. There were a wide variety of films reviewed. Action, comedy, science-fiction, and animation. Although there were some surprising omissions as well. Besides Kim, no other Disney movies were reviewed. Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs was reviewed but his other big movie, Pulp Fiction, was not. Neither was any of Stephen Spielberg’s work, such as Jurassic Park or Schindler’s List, nor was IMDb’s number one movie, The Shawshank Redemption, reviewed.  I guess that just goes to show the eclectic tastes we all have!

Before I go on, Kim has a few words she would like to share.

2017 is passing us by incredibly fast! Our three weeks of visiting one of my favorite decades filled with a ton of nostalgia is has officially ended today. Just because the blogathon has ended, doesn’t mean that there are no lingering effects of having a heightened desire to watch more 90’s movies, especially with all of the fantastic entries we got and more than a handful that I haven’t seen. 90’s no doubt had a ton of outstanding choices and we had a wonderfully mixed bag of everything which was absolutely awesome and really shows off the variety that the 90’s brought. I’m known for rambling so I’ll get straight to the point and give a gigantic virtual hug to all the participants for joining in and making this blogathon such a success. I’ve met some new bloggers that I can’t wait to see more reviews from in the near future. Thank you so SO SO MUCH to all the readers, participants and of course, my fantastically amazing co-host! Stay awesome everyone! 🙂

Well said, Kim! To echo her words: thank you! Thank you to all of the participants for submitting entries to us. Thank you to everyone who read them and liked and commented. And finally, thank you to my blogathon better half, Kim! It was fun to take this adventure with all of you and I look forward to doing it again. 🙂

Until next time, cheers!

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Ultimate 90’s Blogathon Wrap-up: Wild Wild West (1999) by Drew’s Movie Reviews

Tranquil Dreams

We have arrived, ladies and gents! We are at the final day of the Ultimate 90’s Blogathon and both my fantastically awesome co-host Drew from Drew’s Movie Reviews and I will be sharing our final wrap-up posts on each other’s sites. First to share is Drew with his review of 1999’s Wild Wild West. Will Smith, Kenneth Brannagh, humor and wild west…

Take it away, Drew!

Synopsis
Army Captain James West (Will Smith) is tasked by President Grant (Kevin Kline) to work together with US Marshal Artemus Gordon (Kevin Kline) to find the ex-Confederate scientist Dr. Arliss Loveless (Kenneth Branagh) before he can take over the United States government.

Review
Wild Wild West was a go-to movie for my friend and I back when we were growing up.  Between the two of us, we could (and still can!) quote the movie in its entirety.  Having watched this many times over…

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Ultimate 90s Blogathon Wrap-Up: Top 3 Disney Animated Films! by Tranquil Dreams

We’re finally here ladies and gents, the end of the Ultimate 90s Blogathon.  Today Kim and I are doing something a little bit different and posting each other’s wrap-up entry! For her kick-off, Kim shared three of her favorite movies from Robin Williams, one of her most memorable actors from the decade. This time, she is taking a look at another one of her biggest influences: Disney.  At the time, Disney was going through a period known as the Disney Renaissance, a resurgence of the Disney princess and musical.  For her wrap-up, Kim takes a look back at three of her favorite 90s Disney movies. Head on over to her site to check out my wrap-up post with my review of Wild Wild West.  The floor is yours, Kim!


We’re finally at the big wrap-up of the Ultimate 90’s Blogathon. I kicked off this event with one of my favorite stars and movies that I couldn’t get enough of. But, almost nothing else would define my 90’s without Disney. Disney had a fantastic decade especially when Disney also added on Pixar. I can almost never pick favorites from the 90’s  Disney animated films but after some long thoughts, these are hands-down my favorite 90’s Disney, mostly because they defined something amazing. Note that Pixar is not included in these selections so if you go and tell me that I’m missing Toy Story, there’s your reason.

In order of release, here are my Favorite  Disney Animated Film of 1990’s in order of release!

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Beauty and the Beast movie poster

Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

Voice Cast: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jesse Corti, Rex Everhart, Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers

“A young woman whose father has been imprisoned by a terrifying beast offers herself in his place, unaware that her captor is actually a prince, physically altered by a magic spell.” –IMDB

What little girl doesn’t like a good princess story? I can actually say that because I went through a tomboy phase and this hit right in that timeframe. Beauty and the Beast is so much more than a romantic story. It packs in a beautiful story with a wonderful heroine who would do anything for her father including trap herself in a cursed castle with a horrible beast. Beauty and the Beast is a story that a ton of movies have then tried to replicate the formula about loving someone for who they are inside and that there is much more to than their horrendous exterior. However, what drew me to Beauty and the Beast was Belle.

Belle was a princess I could relate to. She loved to read and couldn’t put down her book who lived through her fantastic fictional worlds. She was brave enough to go hunt down her father and stood up for him no matter what anyone said. She respected herself enough to not accept Gaston who was self-absorbed and pretentious. Belle is a strong character and one that many girls can look up to. Wrapped up in a wonderfully magical world full of catchy tunes, like Be Our Guest as inanimate objects can now talk and are alive in this castle that really is more than its scary exterior. Are you sensing a theme here?

Beauty and the Beast is magical and a ton of fun to watch despite some rather scary moments with the Beast’s first appearance and the whole uproar to kill the Beast in the end. The animation in Beauty and the Beast is beautiful, the songs are enchanting and fun and humorous at parts and it just makes this animated film so much more than just a princess movie and a great start to the 90’s for Disney.

The Lion King (1994)

The Lion King movie poster

Director: Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff

Voice Cast: Mathew Broderick, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Moira Kelly, Ernie Sabella, Nathan Lane, Robert Guillaume, Rowan Atkinson, Jim Cummings

“Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble.” – IMDB

Mid-90s brought us the majestically beautiful coming of age story of Simba in The Lion King. This was a different equation. Sure, there was still a very slight romance going on in this one but the themes of The Lion King was more about taking responsibility, facing our fears and figuring out along the way who Simba really wants to be. There is great friendships and father-son relationship and of course, what Disney movie is without its massive villain out for revenge or perhaps not revenge but lusting for power in Simba’s uncle, Scar.

The Lion King started out the first act innocently as we learned about Simba and his great friendship with Nala. We learn about his relationship with Mufasa and not only the valuable lessons about what it takes to be king but also some heartwarming father and son moments but only to have the first scene end with his father being ripped away and Simba blaming himself and leaving in shame to run away from his past. The second scene is all about the most unlikely friendships. It is happy and worry-free, just like the energetic tunes of Hakuna Matata. Timon and Pumbaa are two hilarious characters. They bring a lot of laughter and joy to everyone. However, these two are the most loyal of friends who finds courage in the third act when Simba realizes what he has left behind and after some struggles decides that he has to go back and assume his responsibility and make things right.

The Lion King doesn’t only have fun tunes like I Just Wanna Be King or the ever some creepy but oh so easy to get stuck in your head villainous song, Be Prepared. It gave us really only one romantic but memorable, Can You Feel the Love Tonight. Music was all that made The Lion King great. The coming of age story and the wonderful characters made it great. Visually, it was stunning bringing to life the African setting with it’s safari animals. Most importantly, it made us laugh and cry and generally evoked a ton of emotions just like any well-written story should.

Mulan (1998)

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Director: Tony Bancroft & Barry Cook

Voice Cast: Ming-Na Wen, June Foray, James Hong, BD Wong, Pat Morita, Harvey Fierstein, Eddie Murphy

“To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China’s greatest heroines in the process.” – IMDB

Mulan changed the Disney game in 1998. Perhaps Mulan might not mean as much to others but for a little Chinese girl like myself, Mulan was the first Disney heroine that I could relate to. She was brave and courageous. Persevering to survive and prove that she could be whatever she wanted to be and all because she wanted to protect her family, especially her father. Obviously, this is made into a much more childish story with the addition of many humorous moments especially since we have the great voice work of Eddie Murphy as the incredibly animated Mushu. Mulan’s horse and cricket all added to the fun times.

Mulan is a great story and one that I love so much. Sure, I sometimes question as I got older about how she was able to conceal herself from the other men in the army from realizing that she was a lady but animated films can really bring out quite a bit of charm. Mulan shows off some more oriental tunes and tells of some of the values that the Chinese society had back then for young girls about marriage and their role and predetermined future. Mulan also showed someone who didn’t fit in because it wasn’t what she was really looking for, at least she didn’t believe her future wasn’t going to be that well-known path. Mulan chose to go to war for her father perhaps to also find herself. That makes her a fantastic heroine as we watch her journey to toughen up both mentally and physically.

There’s so much to love about Mulan other than the more personal level for myself. The animation of bringing China to life was great. The music was heavily inspired with Chinese instruments and sounds. There was not only an emotional level to the songs but a lot of very fun ones. My favorite is I’ll Make A Man Out of You which is so powerful as a song and in the funny department, there’s always A Girl Worth Fighting For. With a balance of humor, honor and courage, Mulan is a great way to wrap up the end of 90’s for Disney.

Ultimate 90s Blogathon: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) By Realweegiemidget Reviews

We are nearing the end everyone! Today’s review is the last blogathon entry before Kim and I close it out together tomorrow. Exciting how quick these last three weeks have flown by, isn’t it? For the penultimate review, Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews joins us. Her site is filled with a cornucopia of posts, ranging from movie reviews, book reviews, lists, and so much more. Definitely go check her site out because there is a lot to discover.  Side note, that is the first time I have been able to use the word ‘cornucopia’ in a post, so thanks Gill! Star Trek is a sci-fi staple and for this blogathon, Gill shared her review of the first Star Trek film of the decage: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.


Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country movie poster

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country – Trailer, Paramountmovies Digital, http://www.youtube.com and photographs © Paramount Movies

I guess being in a household which every second weekend is 75% male and therefore inevitably more geek friendly a review on a Star Trek film would eventually surface. I’ve watched the newer films and the original series with William Shatner and his crew but am by no means a Trekkie. I’ve seen Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) with the mulleted Ricardo Montelban – of course – and as far as his Khan goes there can only be one. I would gladly have cheered his Khan on if he and thespian Cumberbatch had fought it out Highlander (1986) style. I’ve also seen Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986),  which I’m surprised still hasn’t been remade by the Syfy crew but involving killer sharks instead of whales. Anyway let’s boldly go where none of my reviews – so far – have travelled before…. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

The film starts with an explosion on a Klingon Moon, after which the Klingons state they wish to make peace with the Federation. Kirk and his crew are asked to attend a meeting at the Federation chaired by Spock. They all attend but aren’t happy about it as they are given a mission and all grumble Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon (1987) style about being three months away from retirement (McCoy, DeForest Kelley) or having made plans to buy a boat (Scotty, James Doohan). The mission requested by the Federation president (Kurtwood Smith who plays Red Foreman in The 70s Show (1998-2006) who is the guy married to the Teri Garr lookalike who gets all the good lines –  to escort a Klingon chancellor,  Gorkon (David Warner) to earth. Kirk becomes initially sceptical about Chancellor Gorkon’s intentions and then upset. As. Dammit. They killed. His son.  The crew is equally disturbed to meet the new girl Vulcan Lt. Valeris, played by Kim Cattrall.

Anyway Kirk and his crew set off and then once they find the Klingon ship,  they invite them to dinner, and the Klingon crew are beamed aboard the Enterprise.  We are introduced to Gorkon, his daughter and General Chang (Christopher Plummer), his Head of Staff. Plummer is almost unrecognisable being as bald as a coot, moustache and eye patch. At an awkward dinner, old grievances against the Klingons are aired in short sentences. By. Kirk. More eloquent in speech is Chang who quotes Shakespeare. After the Klingons return to the ship, two unknown dudes wearing uniforms and magnetic boots, assassinate Gorkon and some of the crew on board. Kirk and McCoy go to help out with medical assistance but Gorkon dies. Kirk and McCoy are promptly arrested for being accessories to murder as it appears the assassins were Enterprise employees. This leads to my favourite scenes. They are then are tried for murder in a scene resembling a cross between a Star Wars scene and the trial for Zod in Superman (1978), thus using his interogating skills Plummer used previously for a role in Murder by Decree  (1979) when he was equally convincing in identifying Jack the Ripper as Sherlock Holmes.

So with the Klingons seeking revenge, and the crew seeking an escape plan for the Captain and the Doc, the rest of this film is a must see.  Especially as this film was the last one in which the original Star Trek cast were together on celluloid. This fact was something darlin’ husband neglected to tell me and  I surprisingly didn’t guess despite the average age of the cast. The film of course includes the obligatory Kirk love interest – yes, even his own Doctor McCoy is not surprised – a Vulcan mind melt, a fight between two aged Kirks – which would have been much sexier in a 1960s storyline, but with the older Kirk you are more worried about him fracturing his hip. There are a few lines which you think WTF and missed opportunities for catchphrase. On the whole, it’s a good fun film with the rapport and the teamwork of the Enterprise cast still evident.  But I must agree with the Red Letter Media guys this film should have been a fitting end to their contribution to this film series.

So The Undiscovered Country was the one I am glad to have seen,  as the one with Christopher Plummer – and that made me sob  – as my darlin’ husband called it, thus ensuring it as a must watch movie for me.  As he knows about my recent liking for Mr Plummer after suddenly seeing him as a bit of a hunk in The Sound of Music (1965) and on remembering what a sweetheart he was in International Velvet (1978). It meant he joined the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Jon Hamm in the good-looking male celebrities I would like to see more of, so now will have to look into seeing Murder by Decree once more… If you too are a Plummerite but avoid Star Trek, do make this one exception to the rule as for me its would’ve really be renamed Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Plummer.

Weeper Rating😦 😦 😦 /10

Handsqueeze Rating:  🙂  /10

Hulk Rating: ‎ mrgreen mrgreen mrgreen ‎/10

Bonus Trailer:  Yes

Ultimate 90’s Blogathon: Movie Year: The 90’s by From the Depths of DVD Hell

Tranquil Dreams

Ultimate 90's Blogathon

Welcome all to the next entry! We’re in for a complete 1990’s decade visit with our next participant and my awesome Game Warp co-host, Elwood Jones who also runs In the Depths of DVD Hell and runs the podcast MBDS Showcase. Elwood is a man of many projects. He also co-hosts another podcast called TV Good Sleep Bad and recently starting hosting the Lamb Tracks which is currently doing commentary on the Jurassic Park franchise. All incredibly fun and awesome podcasts and site that you need to check out! Hopefully I’ve linked them all so you won’t miss out!

Now let’s pass it on to him!

My Movie Year: The 90’s

What better excuse to look at my favourite movies of the decade, if only to help highlight some of the great and frequently overlooked films which came out during this era, which would also see with 1999 one…

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Ultimate 90s Blogathon: Liar Liar (1997) by Often Off Topic

We are in the home stretch of the Ultimate 90s Blogathon! Today, Allie, the lady behind Often Off Topic, talks about a film special to her: Liar Liar.  Allie is one half of Flick Chicks but has recently ventured out on her own.  Besides movie reviews, she also reviews books, and talks about what she’s been up to and showcases fellow bloggers in her Going Off Topic feature.  Be sure to give her a visit because chances are you will find something that piques your interest. Take it away, Allie!


Liar Liar movie poster

I would like to firstly apologise to the fans of great cinema, and the professional bloggers who will be discussing the fantastic movies made and released back in the 90’s. I’m not here to do that, I’m afraid. Instead, I’d like to talk about my all time favourite movies from that decade, which is when I was still a kid, and shelving my Disney movies to discover the comedy genre. I don’t know how my brother and I stumbled across this movie, but every weekend my brother and I would find the time to watch Liar Liar (1997).

You either love Jim Carey or you hate him, he has a very specific way of comedic delivery, but I’ve always loved his movies. Since really getting into movies, it’s rare that I ever rewatch anything, because I’m always on the hunt for something new, but to this day I think I could recite the entire script of Liar Liar to you.

What is it about? Well, it has one of the most generic scripts of all time. Fletcher Reede (Jim Carey) is a professional liar. Sorry, I mean lawyer. He’s a busy man of course, and doesn’t have enough time for his son Max (Justin Cooper) or wife Audrey (Maura Tierney), who he is separated from. Making things worse is Audrey’s new fella Jerry (Cary Elwes) who is just the worst. On Max’s birthday, when Fletcher fails to turn up despite promising to be there, Max makes a wish, and wishes that for just one day, his father cannot tell a lie.

Cue the movie magic! Max’s wish comes true, leaving Fletcher unable to tell fibs. He’s now forced to tell the truth after an unsatisfying hookup, he tells a cop about the multitude of laws he broke when being pulled over, and tells a new starter in the lift at work that everyone’s only been nice to her because she has huge boobs. Whoops!

I wish there were more comedies like this being made. Yes, there’s some bad language in here (more than I thought actually, I can’t believe our parents let us watch this!) but so many recent comedies rely on nudity, drug trips or pop culture references to get laughs, and they just don’t age well at all. You can watch Liar Liar now, or in another 20 years time, and every single joke will still make sense and be funny. That’s what comedy should be all about!

For me, it’s how quotable Liar Liar is that puts it up on the shelf of my all time favourites. Perhaps they’re inside jokes between my brother and I, but no one can hand either of us a piece of paper without us scrunching it up into a terrible attempt at an origami bird and saying “Mrs Cole…a goose!” Don’t give us a pen, either. We’ll tell you that the colour is rooooooooyaaaaaaal bluuuuuee. In fact, the more I think about it, don’t spend time with us when we’re together, we’re a bit weird.