Beta Test #25: Logical Journey Of The Zoombinis

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What to do! What to do! The year is 2004. Your ten year old and six year old desperately want a video game. You’ve tried Maths invaders! They get bored. Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego is too hard. Duke Nukem is right out. With all the pressure of raising children right in this new age of technology you are terrified of putting them behind the rest of their class. What will their teachers say? What will your Mother say? What will your increasingly snobby mother’s group (who are all raising geniuses) say? No! You need something fun and educational … Something sneaky, Something that will break down barriers without letting your children know they’re doing maths, and problem solving. 

You pick up the Scholastic brochures, already in a spin over so many of the options, your eyes scan the page. Your hands tremble. What if you pick the wrong product? What if your children hate it? What if it’s uncool? Slowly you trail through the options when all of a sudden your children barge in, screaming at the top of their lungs “MUM CAN WE GET ZOOMBINIS PLEASE PLEASE CAN WE! CAN WE GET ZOOMBINIS AT SCHOOL!”

It’s on page three of the Lucky booklet.

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Bonjour my little blue explorers! I’m Bethany Griffiths, and this is Beta Test! A game review platform where I – Great overlord and saviour – choose one game a month to go ham on until either I get better or get wrecked. All in the hopes that I can provide you with a completely (un)biased review. 

A small point on that intro before we kick off. My mother has been buying edutainment games for my brother and I since we got a computer (which is to say: before my brother was born). She’s very hip and groovy, and would not like people to think she was behind the times. Good on ya mum. Love you. 

No but seriously, Zoombinis was one in a long line of early learning development games we were privy to as children (Freddie Fish, and Put Put also feature). The early 2000’s was rife with the stuff, what with the millennium bug having failed, and kid’s were given video games as an aid to the 6 hours of T.V time we spent watching Play School and Sesame Street. Yes, life was good for a borderline millennial like me, and this game goes down in history as one of the classics.

Developed by TERC, and published by Viva Media, Logical Journey Of The Zoombinis is the first instalment in a trilogy of games set to inspire young players by displaying problem solving conundrums of the maths based variety. Children aim to get the little blue critters from one side of the map to the other by defeating ‘enemies’ and surviving natural disasters. The aim of the game is to find a new homeland for the Zoombinis, after their own city was taken over by what I can only explain to you as white people. (No, seriously, they’re called the Bloats, and they trick the Zoombinis into becoming slaves in their own land. Sounds like every history book I’ve ever read)

I binged this game when I got it to relive maximum nostalgia and if there’s something I truly wasn’t prepared for it’s that this game is hard! This game has had me stumped to the core, trying to figure out what mirrors I needed to set, what order I could pull of in the bloody tiger room, and don’t get me started on the goddamn bubbles from hell!. I remember feeling absolute terror when I got my Zoombinis sucked down a void the first time in Bubble Wonder Abyss, but the defeat of realising you’re an adult ans *still* don’t know what to do to get the little guys to the promised land is disgusting. Full disclosure, I had to get my mum to finish the rest of the game after I failed it the first time because I was so distraught.

This game is for 8 year old’s and my 25 year old brain still can’t understand the first obstacle of the entire saga (on Very Very Hard mode). This game’s first ranking is ‘not so easy’. This game’s difficulty ranking is like the Australian fire rating chart. I am both elated and horrified. 

What I love more than anything with Zoombinis is the reliable fact that it delivers. It promises a learning experience, and boy howdy does it deliver. This along with the great revamp on the art style (because yes, it’s so old it got a re-release, Spyro Who?), I give this game:

3/5 ZOOMBINIS for style
2/5 ZOOMBINIS for plotline
3/5 ZOOMBINIS for easiness
5/5 ZOOMBINIS for *dang DANG dang DANG dang-A-dang dang-A-dang dang-A-dang DANG-DANG-DANG-A-dang dang DANG dang*

So dang son, what’s next? I’m going to play this till my eyes bleed, but how about you? Got a game you want me to roast the shit out of? Got an old hit you want to put to the test of time? Want to give me a game I love so much I’ll actually physically die for it? Let me know! Till then, I’ve been Bethany Griffiths, and this has been Beta Test, A game review platform where I either got better or got wrecked. All in the hopes that I can provide you with a completely (un)biased review.

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FRED Watch Episode 25: Down Among the Z Men (1952)

DOWN AND OUT.

VCI Entertainment.

Goon fanatic Phillip introduces Wayne to a movie that is quite confusing and incredibly disappointing. It’s Down Among the Z Men (1952)…

 

Listen to their review here:

 

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Starring: Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe, Spike Milligan, Michael Bentine, Carole Carr, Graham Stark.

Director: Maclean Rogers | Producer: E. J. Fancey | Writers: Francis Charles, Jimmy Grafton | Music: Jack Jordan | Cinematographer: Geoffrey Faithfull | Editor: Peter Mayhew

 

Available: DVD (rare).

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FRED Watch Christmas Day 2019 Special: The Simpsons, Season 1, Episode 1 – Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire (1989)

HO, HO, D’OH!

Fox

Wayne and Phillip celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the debut of The Simpsons, revisiting the unintentional pilot episode to the pop culture phenomenon, Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire (1989), in a special Christmas Day FRED Watch presentation!

Listen to their review here:

 

Check out how the series began here:

Starring: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Pamela Hayden, Jo Ann Harris, Christopher Collins.

Director: David Silverman | Producer: Richard Sakai | Writer: Mimi Pond (created by Matt Groening; developed by James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon)| Music: Richard Gibbs | Editors: Ric Eisman, Brian K. Roberts

Available: DVD.

 

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from the FRED Watch team.

FRED Watch Quickie Television Review: Shrek the Halls (2007)

SHREK’S MEANINGFUL CHRISTMAS.

I’m a Fulya Kantarmaci and welcome to FRED Watch, where we review everything from the mainstream to the obscure. Today it is the television special Shrek the Halls

DreamWorks Animation

All Shrek wants for Christmas is to spend quality time with his family. But first, he needs to discover what Christmas is all about…

Ah, yes! It’s that time of year again where everything is merry and bright. Everybody loves Christmas! Well, maybe everybody would if they knew the true meaning of Christmas which is Shrek’s dilemma in the 2007 television special Shrek the Halls.

Shrek (Mike Myers) is enjoying his quiet swamp life with his family. As Christmas approaches, Donkey (Eddie Murphy) keeps popping up out of nowhere to try and persuade Shrek into preparing for the festive season. It’s two days before Christmas and it’s snowing to Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz)’s delight. And although Shrek has been persistent in telling Donkey that he doesn’t care about Christmas, he now has no choice but to “surprise” Fiona and his ogre babies. Insert “O Fortuna” for dramatic effect. Shrek runs to Far, Far Away in order to create a memorable Christmas for his family. But there’s one problem: he doesn’t know where to begin and how to even make a Christmas. The shopkeeper (Marissa Jaret Winokur) hands Shrek a book titled Christmas for Village Idiots to guide him through the process. 

On Christmas Eve, Shrek follows the steps in the guide book by decorating the house and getting what he thinks is a Christmas tree. This is a surprise to Fiona but she loves the effort that Shrek puts in. Donkey, on the other hand, arrives at the Ogre residence and voices his dislike for the shambles that Shrek calls decorations. Shrek is annoyed at Donkey’s presence and tells him to go away. Before he leaves, Fiona explains that Shrek just wants to have a family Christmas. Donkey seems to understand what Fiona meant so he leaves looking like he has a great idea. That night, sitting in front of the fireplace, Shrek begins to tell his family a Christmas story when Donkey bursts in with some very familiar faces including Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) who are all carrying in food, presents, decor, and of course, a Christmas tree. Shrek is not pleased and does his best to kick them all out but to no avail. The chaos of Christmas begins and apart from Shrek, everyone else seems to be having fun. Donkey and Puss decide to tell their own versions of The Night Before Christmas and even Gingy (Conrad Vernon) has a story he wants to share but it’s not quite a happy one according to him.

This half-hour Christmas special is really enjoyable and because it’s a short animated film, you will be left wanting a little more. The story depicts the reality of most Christmases where even though there is a lot of fuss and family chaos, being together during the festive season is most important and also very memorable. My family doesn’t celebrate Christmas because of our culture but that doesn’t stop me from attending my best friend’s family Christmas lunch every year.

Shrek the Halls doesn’t disappoint you in any way. You get the puns and side gags that the regular animated feature films include and one in particular is, how should I put this, so obvious that the joke is explained by the characters! All typical to a Shrek movie and I love it! The only gripe I have about the film is that, for me, it is a tad too short. It could have been better with a little more fleshing out but only by about ten minutes at the most. To me, the movie felt rushed. However, in saying that, it’s still a great piece of entertainment and the kids will most likely watch it from start to finish without any complaints. 3 / 5

 

Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Conrad Vernon, Cody Cameron, Aron Warner, Christopher Knights, Marissa Jaret Winokur.

Director: Gary Trousdale | Producers: Gina Shay, Teresa Cheng, Aron Warner | Writers: Gary Trousdale, Sean Bishop, Theresa Pettengill, Bill Riling (based on Shrek! by William Steig) | Theme Music: Harry Gregson-Williams

 

Available: Netflix.

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FRED Watch Episode 24: Gone With the Wind (1939)

SCARLETT FEVER!

Selznick International Pictures / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Loew’s Inc.

In celebration of its eightieth anniversary, Wayne introduces Phillip to one of cinema’s most significant productions, Gone With the Wind (1939).

The boys discuss the film in context as well as through a contemporary lens. But does Victor Fleming’s epic romantic melodrama hold up enough to still blow audiences away eight decades later?

 

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Starring: At Tara: Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O’Neil, Vivien Leigh, Evelyn Keyes, Ann Rutherford, George Reeves, Fred Crane, Hattie McDaniel, Oscar Polk, Butterfly McQueen, Victor Jory, Everett Brown; At Twelve Oaks: Howard Hickman, Alicia Rhett, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Rand Brooks, Carroll Nye, Clark Gable; In Atlanta: Laura Hope Crews, Eddie Anderson, Harry Davenport, Leona Roberts, Jane Darwell, Ona Munson; Minor supporting roles: Paul Hurst, Cammie King Conlon, J. M. Kerrigan, Jackie Moran, Lillian Kemble-Cooper, Marcella Martin, Mickey Kuhn, Irving Bacon, William Bakewell, Isabel Jewell, Eric Linden, Ward Bond, Cliff Edwards, Yakima Canutt, Louis Jean Heydt, Olin Howland, Robert Elliott, Mary Anderson.

Director: Victor Fleming | Producer: David O. Selznick | Writer: Sidney Howard (based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell) | Music: Max Steiner | Cinematographer: Ernest Haller | Editors: Hal C. Kern, James E. Newcom

 

Available: YouTube and GooglePlay.

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Beta Test #24: Pit People

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Imagine you’re me circa 2017. You’re in a children’s toy store, because you work there. The shelves are stacked way passed an OH&S safe level because the area manager is a dick. The store is quiet because it’s 8:20 on a Thursday evening, and the only thing you’re allowed to play is this ONE Electro Swing Spotify playlist because it’s either that or the ‘hottest 100’, and you’re not going to play Blurred Lines…in a children’s toy store… One song comes on, it’s upbeat, has a catchy hook, and it’s towards the end of the playlist so you know it’s almost time to close. You and your boss have a bit of a quiet boogie as you mop and sweep for EOD. You make $80 that day.

Now imagine you’re me circa right the heck now, and you open a new game. The themes are strong, the characters are bold, and… wait…is that…I know this…OH MY GOD! ‘Wash My Hands’ by Kormac starts pumping into your headphones. War flashbacks beseech your senses, you can smell the floor cleaner and lemon myrtle soap. You can see the fluorescent lights. In the distance: Security alarms. Ah yes, Retail never truly left you. It just waited in the darkness for the right time to strike the hippocampus. And it fucking hurt.

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*FIERCE WAR CRY* I’m Bethany Griffiths, and this is Beta Test! A game review platform where I – Blueberry muncher – choose one game a month to go ham on until either I get better or get wrecked. All in the hopes that I can provide you with a completely (un)biased review. 

Developed and published by The Behemoth, Pit People is a turn based battle royale game that focuses heavily on side quests and item collection to fuel your army of fighters. The story centres around Horatio, the unwitting hero ad humble blueberry farmer, that is flung into the world of fighting after his son is tragically squashed by *ahem* a big purple bear in the sky. (trust me, it makes sense when you play it). From there Horatio makes friends, enemies, and builds up his swole physique to battle onward into glory. 

‘Firstable’, let me just say the animation in this game is everything. The cartoon graphics zip in and out of the frame with ease, and there’s no lag at all. Every character has its own movement pattern, and the team at The Behemoth did such a good job incorporating all the different collectable (wearable) elements on each person. 

‘Second-diddly-ary’ this game has a banging soundtrack The electro swing really bops and allows you to get into the groove…Unfortunately as you just read, it also gives me intense retail flashbacks, so the groove to me is: Depressy, Stressy, Messy, and unlawfully being forced onto a casual contract (Read more by googling Australian Geographic Lawsuit). Regardless though it’s the best genre for this quirky kind of game. I always like it when these sorts of games know their niche and go for gold, it works in the game’s favour every time, and this is no exception.

What I really do love about Pit People above all else though, and this is probably why I’m such a sucker for this game, is that it hearkens back to the games I played as a really small child. Games like Guardian’s Crusade, and Pokemon were my family’s jam for many reasons, mostly because you amass a giant army of power and obliterate the competition, but also because of the connections you made to the characters along the way. We’ve all had that Zigzagoon, or Poochyena that we just couldn’t bare to get rid of, and this gives me all that and a bag of chips (note, the game doesn’t actually provide me with a bag of chips, but there IS a red solo cup if you’re into that #fratlife). Indeed, the best games, I think, are the ones where you take a party of adventurers on quests, and battle it out until you win… Just win, dying is not an option, I live by the blade.

On top of that, the art style is just *smooch*. You know when you see something done really well and immediately want to lick it? No? Just me? Well it does that. Everything is just so detailed! From the town square, to the loading screens, and everything inbetween. I really can’t fault this game at all, it’s very well done and the team at work shound be super proud of their achievements. A+

Because I’m the one writing this and I make the rules, I give this game:

5/5 HORATIO’S for style
4/5 HORATIO’S for plot line
3/5 HORATIO’S for easiness
5/5 HORATIO’S for STAMPER’S STRONG VOICE ACTING

So I’m going to go play this every waking chance I get now. It’s just that good, cash me inside for 50 days straight howboutdah. I’ve been Bethany Griffiths, and this has been Beta Test, A game review platform where I either got better or got wrecked. All in the hopes that I can provide you with a completely (un)biased review.

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FRED Watch World AIDS Day Special: Holding the Man (2015)

EMBRACING THE MEN.

Transmission Films

On this World AIDS Day, Wayne introduces Phillip to one of Australia’s greatest love stories, Holding the Man.

Based on Timothy Conigrave’s bestseller, the boys discuss if Neil Armfield’s film does justice to Tim and John’s legacy.

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Starring: Ryan Corr, Craig Stott, Sarah Snook, Guy Pearce, Anthony LaPaglia, Kerry Fox, Camilla Ah Kin, Tessa de Josselin, Tom Hobbs, PiaGrace Moon, Caleb McClure, Geoffrey Rush, Lee Cormie, Kaarin Fairfax, Paul Goddard.

Director: Neil Armfield | Producer: Kylie Du Fresne | Writer: Tommy Murphy (based on the book by Timothy Conigrave) | Music: Alan John | Cinematographer: Germain McMicking | Editor: Dany Cooper

Available: Google Play and YouTube.

 

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RELATED PODCAST: FRED Watch World AIDS Day 2019 Special: Philadelphia (1993) ⬇️


FRED Watch Quickie Film Review: Coco (2017)

DISNEY PIXAR’S SWEETEST SONG!

I’m a Fulya Kantarmaci and welcome to FRED Watch, where we review everything from the mainstream to the obscure. Today’s film is Disney Pixar’s Coco

Walt Disney Pictures / Pixar Animation Studios

A young boy with a dream to becomes a musician. Unfortunately, his family forbids it…

Miguel Rivera (Anthony Gonzalez) loves playing the guitar, teaching himself by watching his favourite musician Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt) on video. Sadly, he’s had to do this in secret because his family has banned music in their place so he can’t reveal his passion to them. This ban has been set way back when Mamá Imelda (Allanna Ubach) was alive. Her husband left her and their daughter Coco behind to become a famous musician. Because he chose music over family, Imelda decided that there will no longer be a music presence in their household and started a shoe making business. To the present day, the Rivera family still make shoes but Miguel’s passion lies in music.

On Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Miguel accidentally damages a picture frame on the family ofrenda—a photo of Mamá Imelda, Mamá Coco, and a headless man (assumedly the husband). Miguel then discovers a folded in section of the photo which revealed to him a guitar once belonging to Ernesto de la Cruz! He quickly works out that Ernesto was his great great grandfather and goes to the village plaza to register to participate in a talent show. Unfortunately, his Abuelita (Renée Victor) destroyed the one guitar he had made for himself earlier that day. So, he decides to break into Ernesto’s mausoleum and “borrow” his guitar for the talent show. The moment he strums the guitar, he is immediately invisible to everyone in the village plaza and realises he can see skeletal people, including some of his dead relatives. This means, he is now in the Land of the Dead. Miguel quickly learns that he is cursed and must return to the Land of the Living otherwise he will be stuck there. The only way he can return is if he receives a blessing from one of his dead family members before sunrise. Mamá Imelda is happy to give him her blessing, however she had one condition: that Miguel ceases to continue his musical path. This doesn’t sit well with him so he runs off into the Land of the Dead to find his great great grandfather Ernesto de la Cruz to receive a blessing from him.

On his journey, Miguel bumps into Héctor (Gael García Bernal), who says that he knows Ernesto well and that he will take him to Ernesto in exchange for having his photo taken to the Land of the Living, placed on the family ofrenda so he can visit his daughter before she forgets him.

This is the first film that has an all-Latino principal cast and a great representation of Mexican culture. The music, the characters, even the landscapes and architecture transport you to Mexico. During pre-production, Lee Unkrich (from whom the idea of the film was based) and some of the filming crew, visited the colourful country on a research trip to get a better idea of what Mexico was all about. I absolutely love how they incorporated the colour schemes of the buildings and used it to their advantage throughout the movie. This animated feature film widens your eyes to all the colours and textures, especially in the Land of the Dead. Because the film is based on the Day of the Dead celebrations, the Land of the Dead is set overnight and you can see how vivid the colours are here.

The characters in Coco are wonderful! I enjoyed Gonzalez’s performance as Miguel and the fact that he is a young mariachi singer himself is just amazing! What a talented boy! Bernal is probably my favourite of the voice actors. His performance as Héctor was very funny and genuine. There are a few small-part characters that also made me smile (and cry)—Clerk (Gabriel Iglesias), Frida Kahlo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley), and of course Chicharrón (Edward James Olmos).

The music is wonderful and made me feel like I was in Mexico! From what I learnt in the behind the scenes section of the DVD’s bonus features, there are quite a lot of genres in the Mexican music and most of them were included on the soundtrack.

But can I just say how much I loved the story? The story is not really about the music, it’s about family and it is so beautiful. To be able to watch a movie that encapsulates the essence of what it means to be family melted my heart and yes, I shed some tears.

This is a movie to be watched with family and friends. The kids will love the adventure and colours, and the adults will love the story and music. I wholeheartedly recommend Coco to everyone! And remember to love your family. 5 / 5

 

Starring: Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Edward James Olmos, Alfonso Arau, Selene Luna, Dyana Ortellí, Herbert Sigüenza, Jaime Camil, Sofía Espinosa, Luis Valdez, Lombardo Boyar, Octavio Solis, Cheech Marin, Carla Medina, Blanca Araceli, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Salvador Reyes, John Ratzenberger, Libertad García Fonzi, Antonio Sol.

Director: Lee Unkrich | Producer: Darla K. Anderson | Writers: Adrian Molina, Matthew Aldrich; Story: Lee Unkrich, Jason Katz, Matthew Aldrich, Adrian Molina | Music: Michael Giacchino | Cinematographers: Matt Aspbury (camera), Danielle Feinberg (lighting) | Editor: Steve Bloom

 

Available: Google Play.

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FRED Watch Quickie Film Review: Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

GET READY TO RAGNAROK!

I’m a Wayne Stellini and welcome to FRED Watch, where we review everything from the mainstream to the obscure. Today’s film is Thor: Ragnarok

Marvel Studios / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Deprived of his mighty hammer Mjolnir, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must escape the other side of the universe to save his home, Asgard, from his older sister Hela (Cate Blanchett), the goddess of death.

Taika Waititi’s trademark wit is evident from the opening scene of Thor: Ragnarok, so we know that we’re in for a film that won’t take itself too seriously from the get-go. And, for the most part, this approach works.

The story is pretty straightforward with siblings battling and/or working with each other to serve the best interests of either themselves or the people of Asgard. With Thor and Hela representing good and evil respectively, it is of little surprise that man in the middle, Loki, is the most fun. We trust him at times, though we should know better by now, and marvel at his cheekiness and selfish endeavours. Needless to say, Tom Hiddleston steals the show as the god of mischeif, and his return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe only works in the extensive franchise’s favour.

Mr. Hiddleston is in good company, with Cate Blanchett having fun with an undemanding villainous role, Jeff Goldblum essentially playing a dictator version of his glorious self, and Tessa Thompson is excellent as Valkyrie. Waititi portrays Korg, a genteel rebel whose reason behind his failed uprising is by far the greatest gag in the entire franchise. Benedict Cumberbatch’s appearance as Doctor Strange is delightful, demonstrating that the character has merit in the franchise even if reiterating how pointless his solo adventure was at the same time.

As returning Avengers Thor and Hulk, Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo are comfortable and confident without being complacent. The pair have exceptional rapport—the result of numerous films under their belts—and those who have seen the characters’ storylines unfold and overlap throughout the course of the franchise believe the friendship depicted here. Hulk behaves like a spoilt teenager at times; finding the widespread acceptance and adoration he lacked on Earth, there are some lovely nuances to Ruffalo’s performance that keep Hulk relatable. As Bruce Banner, Ruffalo’s scenes with Hemsworth are fun and their opposing traits bounce off one another to great effect. My main gripe, however, is the manner in which Thor has been written and Hemsworth directed this time around. Hemsworth is unmistakably in fine form (you can’t knock his enthusiastic performance), but Thor sometimes speaks and acts in ways that is inconsistent with what we have seen before. His language can be overly informal and some of his physical gags make him the butt of the joke. The joy about Thor ever being away from Asgard is that he is a confident fish out of water, but he has some himbo-esque qualities here (and an unnecessary haircut) to give the audience a laugh.

But Thor: Ragnarok is clever and entertaining enough that it a) doesn’t need to push all of its humour as far as it does, and b) is so effective in achieving what it sets out to do that we can forgive it easily. The film has a gorgeous colour pallet, a terrific soundtrack, and is adequately paced. An overall engaging and thoroughly entertaining comic bookmovie that makes you wish there were like this one. 4½ / 5

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins, Tadanobu Asano, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel House, Taika Waititi, Clancy Brown [voice], Sam Neill [cameo], Luke Hemsworth [cameo], Matt Damon [cameo], Scarlett Johansson [archival footage].

Director: Taika Waititi | Producer: Kevin Feige | Writers: Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, Christopher L. Yost (based on Thor by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby) | Music: Mark Mothersbaugh | Cinematographer: Javier Aguirresarobe | Editors: Joel Negron, Zene Baker

 

Available: YouTube and Google Play

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RELATED VIDEO: Non-Scripted Ramblings #20: Countdown to Thor: Ragnarok ⬇️


 

FRED Watch Episode 23: Doctor Dolittle (1967)

DOCTOR DOES VERY LITTLE.

APJAC Productions / 20th Century Fox

Phillip introduces Wayne to one of his favourite childhood movies, Doctor Dolittle (1967).

The boys discuss whether or not the classic family musical holds up and if it is strong enough to withstand its production problems.

 

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Starring: Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar, Anthony Newley, Richard Attenborough, Peter Bull, Muriel Landers, William Dix, Geoffrey Holder, Portia Nelson, Norma Varden, Ginny Tyler [uncredited voice], Jack Raine [uncredited], Paul Vernon [uncredited], Bob Winters [uncredited], Queenie Leonard [uncredited].

Director: Richard Fleischer | Producer: Arthur P. Jacobs | Writer: Leslie Bricusse (based on the story by Hugh Lofting) | Music: Leslie Bricusse, Lionel Newman, Alexander Courage | Cinematographer: Robert L. Surtees | Editor: Samuel E. Beetley, Marjorie Fowler

 

Available: YouTube and GooglePlay.

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RELATED PODCAST: FRED Watch Episode 3: Oh! What a Lovely War (1969) ⬇️