Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Kristoff is Now One of My Favorite Disney Men

I watched 'Frozen 2' with my baby girl yesterday and I was honestly really surprised by how much I enjoyed it. This is actually exactly how I felt after watching 'Frozen' six years ago - on DVD, I might add. Yes, that's how long ago it has been since the first 'Frozen' movie came out. DVDs were still a hue thing.

Anyway... I still remember watching it on DVD and bawling my eyes out during the sister scenes because, well, I simply wasn't close to my sister growing up and it made me wish I had that kind of sisterly love in my life.

The only scene in 'Frozen' I could relate to. :p

This time around, I found myself bawling my eyes out because of all of the mother scenes because, well, my mom and I have never gotten along and it made me wish I had that kind of motherly love in my life. The only thing I can really do from here on out is be that kind of mother for Syrena.

The sappiness aside, I absolutely loved the soundtrack and how the songs in the actual movie are completely different from the songs in the credits - though both versions of each song are equally amazing. (Check them out on Spotify!)

Fun fact: Olaf's Samantha line was improvised by Josh Gad and made it into the film.

I was also surprised to find myself loving Olaf and almost dying of laughter at his one-liners. See, I used to get annoyed by Olaf. He was the C3PO of 'Frozen' for me. But in this one, he really stole the show. I especially loved his re-enactments of past events ala Luis in 'Antman'.

And let's not forget that ultra adorable salamander Bruni. PLEASEEEEE. He was like a puppy and basically everything I look for in a Disney toy.

Most importantly, though, Kristoff's character arc was downright mindblowing. In the first installment of 'Frozen', he didn't really make an impact on me and let's face it: Hans stole that show, being the villain and having one of the best songs in it and all.

In 'Frozen 2', however, Kristoff is nothing short of amazing. He has a boyband-like solo in the woods. He doesn't get mad at Anna for always doing what she has to do, even if it ruined his proposal plans several times and left him alone in the woods with a bunch of reindeer. And most importantly, when Anna is running towards the dam, he (literally) sweeps her off her feet and instead of being the knight of shining armor, he says, "I'm here. What do you need?" LET'S. GO. KRISTOFF.

Clocking in at 1h43m, 'Frozen 2' is just the right length for a Disney movie. It won't leave you longing for more, and it won't make you check your watch to see how much longer you need to sit through it. 'Frozen 2' is a breath of fresh air and I'm honestly still on a 'Frozen 2' high, singing the songs everywhere and even learning it on the ukulele. It's worth the cinema visit. Go watch it.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

'The Mandalorian' is a Dream Come True for Star Wars Fans

I honestly had no idea how to feel about 'The Mandalorian' when I first started watching it today. It felt so cliche at first, like the beginning of a bad Star Wars joke. "A bounty hunter walks into a bar..." I also didn't know how to feel about his all silver armor having grown up thinking Boba Fett in his green armor was the bomb and then eventually getting to know Jango Fett in his blue armor.

The more I watched the first episode, though, the more I found myself hooked on it. (Please take note that there will be some spoilers in this review, so do not keep reading if you do not want spoilers of the first episode.)

The 'Star Wars' series has always felt like somewhat of a classic Western, but it feels even more like that in 'The Mandalorian'. Except this time, they prove that Star Wars can actually work on the small screen in non-cartoon form - and I loved every minute of it. Screw my doubts. Finally, they focus on the world of the bounty hunters in more detail, including how the whole bounty-hunting system and the Bounty Hunters Guild work. We get to see little bits and pieces that will bring about nostalgia, like Hoth and people frozen in carbonite.

It isn't really surprising that it's so awesome, though, with Jon Favreau at the helm and with a stellar cast, including Pedro Pascal of 'Game of Thrones' and 'Narcos' fame as The Mandalorian himself and Taika Waititi of 'Avengers: Endgame' as the short-lived droid IG-11.

While it's definitely too early to sing too many praises for the show, 'The Mandalorian' is definitely off to a great start. And the best part? Its success isn't relying on any of the previous Star Wars releases. In fact, if this had been he first time I've ever seen a Star Wars anything (it's obviously not), I'm sure I would've been hooked onto it anyway.


Just as with the 'Star Wars' movies that I watched as a child, I found myself falling in love with creatures in the show (I WANT A BLURRG. RIGHT. NOW.) and practically crying when I realized who was in the carrier (SPOILER: IT'S BABY FUCKING YODA!)

Although obviously, it can't be Yoda coz last I heard, 'The Mandalorian' is supposedly set seven years after 'Return of the Jedi' and according to Favreau focuses on all new characters. SO CAN SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN WHO THAT ADORABLE LITTLE GREEN THING IS?!?? Did Yoda have sex and make babies? That's a cringe-worthy though. Was he reincarnated? Is it a clone? I don't understand!!!

I'm obviously not the only one confused, either. Even The Mandalorian is confused because he knows he's hunting someone who is supposedly 50 years old. This actually makes sense in the Star Wars universe since Yoda died at 900, but still. If this is a brand new character, why does he/she (I'm not gonna assume it's a dude) look exactly like Yoda? We don't actually know what Yoda's species is, so this is really interesting.

Fortunately, episode 2 is already showing on Friday, so we hopefully won't have to wait too long for answers. Hopefully.

What did you think of the first episode of 'The Mandalorian'? Geek out with me!

Monday, November 4, 2019

This Red Horse Planner is Perfect for Drinkers Like Me

When Starbucks announced their planners this year, I was so proud of myself for not running to my nearest branch to start collecting stickers for a planner I was probably never going to use.

When I saw this ad for the Red Horse planner, though... SIGN ME UP!!!

This planner is a different ballgame. I love how they market it as the 'planner for people who don't have plans'... coz honestly, that is so me. :p Plus, it's from Red Horse, and I'm a pretty big drinker.

That's not all, either. It has surveys in it ala old-school magazines, as well as crossword puzzles (my inner Amy Santiago is screaming!) It also has other fun stuff in it, like mini games and passes for drinking. Check out the video for it here:

Subscribe to the Red Horse Lakas-Tama YouTube channel here for more updates on how to get this epic planner!