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I know I always talk about films, but I thought that this time I would show you a list of albums (in only somewhat of an order, I’m not listing them by which ones I love the most) that I fucking love. I own all of these albums, so if I missed some that you love I either don’t own them and forgot to mention them OR I just don’t fucking love them. Here we go…

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Set Fire to the Rain”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “We Need a Resolution” featuring Timbaland

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Sugar Magnolia”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Whatsername”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Back to Black”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Lemons”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “California”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Love Interruption”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Minnesota, WI”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “America”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “You and I”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Brick by Boring Brick”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Behind These Hazel Eyes”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Let Me Be”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “The House That Heaven Built”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Super Rich Kids”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Seven Years”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “When”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Waterfalls”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Run Right Back”

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Favorite Fucking Song: “Where is the Love” featuring Justin Timberlake

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Explain it to Me”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Going Under”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “LoveStoned”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Anything Could Happen”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Grey Eagle”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Now I’m All Messed Up”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Bedouin Dress”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Chariot”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Top of the World”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Smile Like You Mean it”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Ave Maria”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “I’m Not Dead”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Hand in My Pocket”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “20 Dolla”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Man Down”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Cool”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Drumming Song”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “I Feel Better”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Pursuit of Happiness” featuring MGMT and Ratatat

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Breaking the Habit”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Ya Hey”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Monster”

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Favorite Song on Here: “Something in the Way”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Mercedes Bens” 

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Who Will Save Your Soul”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Melancholy Hill”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “400 Lux”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Darling Nikki”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Nothing Really Matters”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Me and Your Cigarettes”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Don’t Let Me Down”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Rockferry”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Gold Dust Woman”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Follow Your Arrow”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “If it Makes You Happy”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Thistle & Weeds”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Some Nights”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Isn’t She Lovely”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Sparks Fly”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Crazy”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “People Are Strange”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Walk Away”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Caress Me Down”

imageFavorite Fucking Song on Here: “Marvins Room”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Welcome to the Black Parade”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Karma”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Same Love” featuring Mary Lambert

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Stan” featuring Dido

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Lost Ones”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “A Movie Script Ending”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Modern Man”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Another Brick in the Wall” Parts I, II and III

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Helter Skelter”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Billie Jean”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “I Would Do Anything For You”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Work it”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Strawberry Swing”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “Walk”

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Favorite Fucking Song on Here: “1901”

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             Just when I thought I would be over the whole Marvel universe phenomenon that has captured an outlandish number of viewers almost each and every time, I get pulled right back in. I always think, “Now there’s no way they can keep being this good.” I am not as over the moon about The Winter Soldier as everyone else, but it did indeed remind me just how brilliant Marvel is.

            We begin with the usual comedic opener and the mission trip we see in about every Marvel production. Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (Chris Evans), is on a trip to save certain passengers of a ship from being murdered. He goes along with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). They fight crime all the while try to figure out who Captain America should date after such a long time from being single. This is where I had my doubts, for while the acting was solid I was a little bored with it. Nothing interesting or exciting happens until they go back home. We are shown that Steve is having a bit of a hard time coping with the new world, and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) gets in a bit of a frenzy with the one known as the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). We repeat these question through and through: Why is the Winter Soldier after Captain America? Why does he have a metal arm? Who is this guy in reality? 

         The answers to those questions may come as a surprise. If you have already seen the film, or if you have read the comics, you know exactly who the Winter Soldier is, you know why he is after Captain America and the rest of S.H.E.I.L.D, and you know why he has that damn metal arm. I’ll give a hint: go back and watch the first film; he’s in it.

          While that may be one twist, it’s not the only one this film has up its sleeves. I refuse to give anything away, but I have the say they did catch me by surprise. While some of them may have been a little predictable, this film digs deeper than expected. It will take you to certain places that you will not expect…or at least I didn’t expect them. Then again, I don’t read the comics. 

           We may have heard the news that Chris Evans will no longer be acting once he is done with Captain America, but after seeing this it comes as a bit of a disappointment to me. His acting ability keeps getting better and better, especially with this character, and I wish we could see him do as amazing as he did here in other projects. Scarlett Johansson is flawless as the ever-so-sneaky Black Widow. She kicks some ass and, unlike in Iron Man 2 and The Avengers, really holds her own. Maybe a Black Widow film can be adapted? Maybe? Samuel L. Jackson is solid here, and is involved in one of the better twists. We also come to know a little more about his character, Nick Fury, here and it all makes me satisfied. Anthony Mackie is a fun new addition to the Marvel universe as Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, as he flies around with his mechanical wings. He is the friend Captain America will need to stay sane here, and I am excited to see more of what they do with this character. You know, the more they show Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, the more invested I get with the character. With what she is given, she is truly solid. It would be nice to see her in more films, for she is someone I believe has a lot to give to us. Robert Redford is fantastic…fantastically evil that is. Lastly, Sebastian Stan does is quite dark and intimidating as the Winter Soldier. He is what ultimately makes this film, and why this particular one in the Marvel universe will be remembered.

         Winter Soldier is far from perfect, but it definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat. The twists are what make this film so much fun. I will accept the film as it is, flaws and all. With the way they dug deep here and with the twists they throw at you, I may start demanding a Captain America mystery.

Release Date: April 4, 2014

Rated PG-13: for intense sequences of violence, gunplay and action throughout.

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Starring: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Colbie Smulders

Written by: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Ed Brubaker

Running Time: 2 hrs. 16 mins.

4 stars/5

         

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           Grief is a hell of a thing. In this particular situation, Amelia (Essie Davis) is still grieving the loss of her husband, who was driving her to the hospital to have their son, Samuel (Noah Wiseman). Samuel is a six-year-old who is a bit of a loner when it comes to being around other children because they will always call him names and pick on him because his father died and a lot of people say it’s depressing to be around him and Amelia. Neither of them have much of a social life, nor do they desire to be socialites. 

          After having a nightmare, Amelia comforts Samuel by reading him a bedtime story. This story, The Babadook, sends them into a nightmarish Hell while still trying to cope with being around each other. This creature, Babadook, is a shadowy figure that will go into your soul and devour it. Amelia has to fight this creature from making her do terrible acts to herself, a dog, and her son. 

           The Babadook, while having a few flaws, is a nightmarish journey. The imagery of the films Amelia watches while trying to fight off the Babadook is a bit gimmicky, and there are certain aspects here that are not entirely explained. How did the book get into their house in the first place? What exactly does the Babadook want? On top of that, we never see the potential love interest again after Amelia and Samuel freak him out with an argument. 

          The few flaws are obvious, but the thing that makes this film so chilling and completely worth watching is much more powerful. The scares do not appear out of jumps; the scares appear through tension and the fear of what could come next. In a sequence of flipping through channels, Amelia stops to a news report in which a mother has done something terrible to her son. In a moment of true terror, we see Amelia in the news report through a window smiling rather eerily. That’s not even the worst that is shown here.

         Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman have outstanding chemistry as mother and son. You feel they have a true connection throughout the entire film. She is highly protective of him, and he will do anything in his power to make her happy even in the worst of times.

           When Davis is meant to be creepy, she truly is a bit terrifying. There is a certain smile I mentioned earlier, and this smile is so terrifying it can have the power to give nightmares for ages. Her evil laugh is a bit comical, but at the same time rather chilling. When she is in Babadook mode, you won’t want to get in her way.

          This is Jennifer Kent’s first full-length feature, and I have to say I am impressed. She wrote and directed something truly terrifying, and it will be something I will personally remember for years on end. The dialogue here is very real, the arguments between Amelia and Samuel are heartbreaking but truthful, and the direction this film goes in is very satisfying. I can’t wait to see more from in the future. 

          I will take this film with me for years, flaws and all. It is a truly terrifying film experience that the true horror fan will hopefully come to appreciate. With its message on on grief, its brilliant art direction and screenplay, this is something to be remembered.

Release Date: TBA

Rated: NOT RATED

Directed by: Jennifer Kent

Starring: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman

Written by: Jennifer Kent

Running Time: 1 hr. 32 mins.

4 stars/5

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           Darren Aronofsky did not make the silly Sunday School version of Noah, and I salute him for doing the darker version. Granted, if you know Darren Aronofskies films, then you should have known that this was going to be dark. What I love most, though, is that he did not hold back on truth, unlike most Biblical based films. 

          If you don’t know the story already, Noah is about a man named Noah (Russell Crowe) who hears the word of the Creator and makes an ark. Why does he build an ark? There is a flood coming that will wipe life from existence. He must protect his loved ones and all the animals from harm and ultimately keep them alive. Unlike the Sunday School version, though, it gets much darker and deeper than what you may imagine. 

          The girl whom he brought into his family, Ila (Emma Watson), gets a blessing from her new grandfather, Methuselah (Anthony Hopkins), to make love with one of Noah’s sons, Shem (Douglas Booth), and ultimately gets pregnant from him. Ham (Logan Lerman), Noah’s other son, wants to murder Noah for letting an innocent girl he had feelings for get trampled by a stampede of angry soldiers attempting to get into the ark. Naameh (Jennifer Connely) ultimately despises Noah for a while because of the way he has treated their family while trying to save the Earth. 

        Certain frames here look as though they she be in the most trusted of museums, and there are certain multi-shots that deserve a bow. The sunset is like an orgasm of light, and the nature shots are like candy for the eyes. The visuals and art direction are so beautiful, they must not be ignored. It goes without saying that Matthew Libatique is a master of his craft.

         Clint Mansell truly brought a great piece of music for our ears to this film. The score goes extraordinarily well with the flow of the film, and it may sometimes bring you to tears. 

         Subjects of creatures from above come off as a little far-fetched, but ultimately work. I didn’t enjoy that aspect the whole way through, but had fun with it for the most part. It still makes me wonder, too, how in the world an ark survives that massive a flood. An explanation here or there would have been nice. 

         Ultimately, Noah is a feast for the eyes that brings to life a great old tale of triumph, wisdom, betrayal and forgiveness. It has indeed been quite some time since I have read anything of the Bible, but this seems much more accurately told than what we constantly try to teach children. We must thank Aronofsky for doing this with truth instead of what I feared until now- a fluffed up cash-grab. 

Release Date: March 28, 2014

Rated PG-13: for violence, disturbing images and brief suggestive content. 

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth

Written by: Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel

Running Time: 2 hrs. 19 mins.

4 stars/5

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10.) Out of Africa (1985)

9.) A Man for All Seasons (1966)

8.) The Last Emperor (1987)

7.) Braveheart (1995)

6.) Dances with Wolves (1990)

5.) The Greatest Show On Earth (1952)

4.) Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

3.) Chariots of Fire (1981)

2.) Cimarron (1931)

1.) The Broadway Melody (1929)

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10.) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

9.) All About Eve (1950)

8.) American Beauty (1999)

7.) Titanic (1997)

6.) It Happened One Night (1934)

5.) Annie Hall (1977)

4.) The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

3.) Gone with the Wind (1939)

2.) The English Patient (1996)

1.) Chicago (2002)

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              The problem with many animated films today is that it is like the originality is long gone. While “Frozen” had many fantastic moments, great musical numbers and an overall great story to back it all up (and one of my absolute favorites of last year), it was not all that original. Even the great Pixar animation studios seem to be having trouble being original lately. After “Up,” we got “Cars 2,” which was not THAT bad, but it was overall unoriginal and clearly the worst of the films Pixar has made. “Brave” was a well done film and had some originality, but was far from the wow-factor we love seeing in their films. “Monsters University” was well done and had some great moments here and there, but it was lacking in the originality department, did not stay completely true to the first one (if you have seen it and know certain things about the first one, then you will know what I mean), and was overall not outstanding like we all wanted it to be.

           There are some things in this world, however, that are quite unpredictable. For instance, Warner Bros. studios making the next big, most exciting and original animated film we have seen since 2009. Ladies and gentleman, that actually happened. I understand that any studio, if they put their mind to it, can create a fantastic animated film, but let’s face the fact that when we think of studios that make great and memorable animated films, we have a tendency to think of Pixar, Disney, anything made by Hayao Miyazaki, and sometimes even DreamWorks. This time around, Warner Bros. has made one of the most fun, hilarious, sometimes heart wrenching, and original films we have seen in a long time. 

          The story is of Emmett (Chris Pratt), an ordinary Lego living an ordinary life, but also is living a life like an outcast, which he does not seem to understand. While he listens to all the songs (or one song) and watches the same show everyone else listens to and watches, he is always excluded from being invited to things such as late night outings with friends and even being truly acknowledged in any shape or form. That is until Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) shows up and tells him that he is possibly the Prophet, a man who has the power to create everything amazing and knows how to deal with peril situations. This “Prophet” was crated by a blind man named Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) after the terrible President Business (Will Ferrell) decides to make everything all too controlled because he thinks people creating original things is weird (seems as though we have a parody of an average Hollywood Executive on our hands). Through this journey with Wyldstyle and Vitruvius, meets a robotic-like pirate, Batman (Will Arnett), Uni-Kitty (Alison Brie), Spaceman Benny (Charlie Day) and many other fabulous people who help him along the way to create new and exciting things and to save the world one lego piece at a time.

           It is hard to imagine a great film about Lego’s, but this film completely pulled it off with its hilarity, brilliance, sarcasm and wit. They did not by any means think of the audience as stupid folk, and even the script by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller is completely outstanding and random. Even when this film is predictable, it is still truly amazing. Lord and Miller also directed this fantastically and created something so mind-blowing and surprisingly sophisticated. There is a bit of a twist near the end that some will love and others will hate, but to this viewer it was quite hilarious and heartfelt. Overall, it was a story built on nostalgia, friends, hilarity, randomness, and something to remind the world that everything is awesome.

Release Date: February 7, 2014

Rated PG: for mild action and rude humor. 

Directed by: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Voices by: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett, Will Farrell, Alison Brie

Written by: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Running Time: 1 hr. 41 mins.

5 stars/5

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Some of ya’ll may be wondering why I have not been posting movie reviews lately, and most of y’all probably don’t care either way. Anyway….the thing is I have recently been going to college and have not really had the time lately to go to the movie theater and watch new movies. To be honest, where I live now, there is a much less variety are films that there once was for me to see because the only movie theater I live close to now only shows three movies. SO, that being said if there are any films from the past instead of the present that y’all would like for me to review on here, please give me a shoutout! Remember, they have to already be on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Sincerely,
jandrew1

PS- When a movie I have yet to see comes to the movie theater close to me I shall go see it and review it. 

PSS- I don’t think they show independent films….FUCK!