Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

spider-man-into-the-spider-verse-2018-movieDirector: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure

Runtime: 117 Minutes

Main Cast: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Zoƫ Kravitz, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn, Liev Schreiber, Chris Pine

Plot: Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man after Kingpin’s use of a dimension-crossing super-collider causes 5 universes to join. Miles now has to learn to use his powers whilst also working with the other Spider people to stop Kingpin and return everyone to their home universes.

My Thoughts: I’m literally the last person in the world to watch Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, I’m sure of it. Never have I ever kicked myself so hard for not making the trip to the cinema! Believe in the hype, this movie really is as amazing as everyone is saying it is. Apologies in advance because this review isn’t going to be coherent in the slightest.

Where do I even start? I love animated movies, especially those with something different in their style, and this movie has style in buckets. It looks so cool. Cooler than its looks? The soundtrack. Every single song is perfect. Never did I ever think I would want to watch an animated Spider-Man stuck to the ceiling, singing Sunflower by Post Malone but it was a brilliant moment!

The casting choices? Spot on! I thought Jake Johnson was an odd choice before I watched the movie, but no one else could voice a lazy Spider-Man like he did. Nicolas Cage is hilarious as Spider-Man Noir. Also, does Mahershala Ali have some kind of superpowers when it comes to picking movies? Dude knows how to pick a winner for sure!

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Honestly, this movie just has everything you could want and more. It’s so funny, it has references aplenty for the comic fans, it has surprises along the way, it’s emotional, it’s just…perfect.

Best Bit: I could pick at least 10 just off the top of my head but the moment I keep replaying in my head is when Peter B. Parker is telling Miles his plan to make and steal a new ‘goober’. “I select a bagel…”

Worst Bit: The credits. I never wanted the movie to be over. Seriously though I can’t find a fault. I thought maybe Peni Parker or Spider-Ham might be annoying but they weren’t!

Fun Trivia: This film was dedicated in memory of Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko, who died on July 6, 2018, while this film was finishing production. However, this was not the only dedication, as a month before the film was released, Stan Lee died on November 12, 2018. The film was dedicated to both of Spider-Man’s creators.

My Rating: A full 5 out of 5 bagels. This is the best Spider-Man movie out there. Don’t @ me.

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Tag (2018)

tag-movie-poster-review-2018Director: Jeff Tomsic

Genre: Comedy

Main Cast: Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Isla Fisher, Hannibal Buress, Jeremy Renner, Rashida Jones, Leslie Bibb

Plot: Every year during the month of May, Hoagie and his friends take part in an epic game of tag. They go to huge lengths to tag each other, including getting a job at the company one of them works for. In this particular year, Jerry has said it’s last year taking part, and as he has never been tagged, the rest of the gang are determined to get him.

My Thoughts: I feel so conflicted about this movie. On one hand, I love that Tag is a different comedy story to most that we see these days. Based on a true story too! I also love this cast, and they gel so well together. I’ve never seen Jeremy Renner in a comedy before and he actually did really well.

On the other hand, whilst Tag started strong, it lagged in the middle, and then in the final 20 minutes or so the tone changed completely, which threw me off balance. Also, although I found it quite funny in places, 24 hours after seeing it I’m struggling to remember any specific jokes, apart from one which went too far. Ultimately, it was fun while it lasted but was kind of forgettable to me.

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Best Bit: Whenever the gang try to tag Jerry – played by Jeremy Renner, he goes into an ultra slo-mo analysis of every move, and it never got old! It’s such a shame that Jerry couldn’t be an Avenger instead of Hawkeye!

Worst Bit: I love inappropriate jokes as much as the next terrible person but repeatedly making jokes about miscarriage was too cringy for me, and soured my mood a little. Do it once and you’ll get a shocked “should I laugh at this” reaction but 10 more times and I just cringe.

Fun Trivia: The film was based on the true events of the lives of former high school classmates (Bill Akers, Patrick Schultheis, Sean Raftis and Mike Konesky). As teenagers during the 1980’s, they would entertain themselves by playing the schoolyard game during breaks at Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, Washington.

My Rating: 2 and a half watches out 5. Synchronise them if you can, unless you don’t know how, don’t have a watch, or don’t believe that time itself is a construct!

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Top 10 Nick Miller Quotes (New Girl)

Today is Jake Johnson’s birthday, and so to celebrate (or drown my sorrows knowing that the next season of New Girl is the last) I thought now was a better time than any to share some of my favourite Nick Miller quotes!

He’s a grumpy old soul, and unless Winston is planning one of his famous pranks, he’s also my favourite character in the show. It’s hard not to love him. Without further ado…

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#1 I wish I was witty enough to come up with a line like this every time I’ve been at a family function and not wanted to dance to the latest Beyonce hit.

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#2 In an old job I had, I got to take part in a fancy dinner as thanks for helping to organise it. The tables were round, and I accidentally took a bread roll from the wrong side of the plate. Chaos followed.

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#3 In the same job, we had some interns who hated us all, and we came across a string of emails in which they’d insulted us all. Mine? “She thinks she’s older than she is.” Well, sorry if I like cups of tea and bed by 9!

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#4 Same, Nick, same. Only my weird stuff is binge watching 13 Reasons Why and crying at videos of cute puppies.

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#5 Who doesn’t?

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#6 I’m getting soppy now I know, but I’ve been wishing for a happy Jess & Nick ending since the very first episode, and I could have filled this post with soppy quotes!

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#7 I’ve never been a diet kind of person. It’s not that I’m super skinny or anything, I just love food too much! Nick and I share the same views on this subject!

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#8 This is going to be one of the first things I ask after I give birth later this year. Until I realise I’d like to breastfeed. Then I’ll be sad.

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#9 Indeed it is! Especially when you only have 4 episodes of 13 Reasons Why left, and your friends are moaning that you’re taking longer than Clay to get through it all.

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#10 Yeah, I know. This isn’t a quote. But what face in New Girl is more recognizable than Nick Miller’s turtle face?!

Who else is going to miss New Girl when it all ends next year? I hope the cast move on to bigger things afterwards, I’ve really grown to love all of them. Jake Johnson has been in a few movies already, most recently a little indie movie on Netflix called Win It All. If you’re a fan it’s definitely worth a watch. I was just double checking the name of that movie and realised he’s also going to be in The Mummy this year too!

But anyway, what have I missed from this list? What’s your favourite Nick Miller quote?