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This Sleepwalk with Me review is a mountain of pizza flavored ice cream and delusion

Sleepwalk With Me review

Plot

This movie is basically Mike Birbiglia’s one-man show of the same name, presented in a slightly-fictionalized format.

It worked surprisingly well, despite already knowing most of jokes.

Characters

It’s kind of weird that he chose to give his character a fake name, but it didn’t really detract from the movie.

Visuals

Clear, well-lit, easy to see. That’s all you can ask for, right?

Product Placement

Well, La Quinta is part of the original act…so I can’t really count it.

Rewatchability

It’s an interesting story for sure, but watching Mike Birbiglia tell it by himself on stage works just as well.

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This Event Horizon review is not a load bearing structure

event horizon review

Plot

The first half felt like someone mashed together every science fiction movie I’ve ever seen*, but the second half was just a pile of blood and nonsense*.

*Great.
**Not great.

Characters

There wasn’t a single likable or interesting character in this whole movie.

Visuals

The old CGI is most apparent in the floating debris, but there are plenty of real sets and effects to make up for it.

Product Placement

No products in space.

Rewatchability

This movie was too gross for me…plus it’s hard to watch a movie if the characters keep yelling your name.

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This Love review can drive the mind mad

Love review

Plot

Low budget science fiction movies portray the loneliness of space in ways the big budget ones can’t.

Characters

It takes a lot to carry a movie completely by yourself. This guy did a great job.

Visuals

Quite a few of the shots were set up to look like the camera ended up in weird places because of the lack of gravity.

Product Placement

The poor guy barely had any supplies at all…especially not any branded products.

Rewatchability

A little bit of Moon, a little bit of Gravity, and a little bit of Solaris…all rolled into one.

Apparently, the best science fiction movies only have one word in the title.

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Is this Groundhog Day review what you do with eternity?

Groundhog Day review

Rounding out Catching Up On My Childhood Week is a movie that I think everyone in the world besides me has seen before.

Plot

During my research, I read that they left out the explanations as to why everything happened the way it did. I think they should have left that part in…and these “reviews” are all about what I think.

Characters

Everyone always focuses on Bill Murray when they talk about this movie…so I’m going to talk about Andie MacDowell instead.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in a movie where she did a bad job. She can do no wrong.

Visuals

I’m glad they started using jump cuts after a certain point.

Product Placement

If there was anything, I would have seen it over and over again.

Rewatchability

I could make so many jokes here, but they’ve already been done.

I could make so many jokes here, but they’ve already been done.

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Put the Who Framed Roger Rabbit? review down, you bucktoothed fool

Who Framed Roger Rabbit review

This is the only film I’m reviewing during Catching Up On My Childhood Week that I’d actually seen parts of before beginning this theme week.

Plot

The seedy nature of film noir doesn’t quite mix well with the wholesome nature of 1940’s cartoons…which I guess was the whole point.

Characters

Bob Hoskins was a great choice for the main character, but most of the cameos felt like nothing but.

Visuals

Cartoon characters in live action environments was nothing new when this movie came out, but it’s still great.

Product Placement

While it took a lot of corporate cooperation to make this movie happen, that doesn’t exactly count as product placement.

Rewatchability

I probably won’t, but I didn’t hate it.

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This FernGully: The Last Rainforest review is the last place a little fairy like you wants to go

FernGully: The Last Rainforest review

As Catching Up On My Childhood continues, I must say that, yes, this was seriously my first viewing.

Plot

A threadbare tale stuffed to the brim with a forced hippie treehugger environmentalist message and terrible, shoehorned-in songs.

But I knew that before watching it.

Characters

The voice acting in StarFox 64 had more life than these characters. Plus, the audio mixing was horrible.

Visuals

This may be the first traditionally-animated movie I’ve done here…I can’t keep up.

Either way, this one tried too hard to emulate Disney instead of finding their own style.

Product Placement

This was made back before they started doing this much in animated movies. I’m looking at you, Wreck It Ralph.

Rewatchability

I see now why people compare this so much to Avatar. They’re both terrible in their own way.

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I thought I saw a Baby’s Day Out review crawl around the corner

Babys Day Out review

Catching Up On My Childhood Week continues with the first of these movies I actually regret not seeing earlier…and yes, I’m as surprised at this as you are.

Plot

This might possibly be the closest thing to a live action cartoon I’ve ever seen.

Characters

If you want to ensure your comedy will get laughs**, just put a giggling baby it.

**From me, at least.

Visuals

How does this movie have a better gorilla than Congo?

Product Placement

Not enough of anything to worry with.

So don’t, okay?

Rewatchability

I did not expect this to be funny…or good, for that matter.

I was wrong on both counts.

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May I have 55 words with you about this Coneheads review?

Coneheads review

Catching Up On My Childhood Week continues with a movie that barely fits the theme.

Plot

I have very little knowledge of the source material, but even I can tell they didn’t have a whole lot to work with here.

Characters

I was thinking, “Wait, they’re in this, too?” every few minutes…but the main characters are just too annoying to put up with for an hour and a half.

Visuals

Lots of nice practical effects.

Product Placement

So many things…where do I begin? The only question is “Why would they sponsor this, of all movies?”

Rewatchability

Watching people try to be this funny with very little success is uncomfortable at best.

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You should always face the Jumanji review you’re afraid of

Jumanji review

Catching Up On My Childhood Week continues with one I wasn’t allowed to watch as a kid. Which I guess probably describes most of the movies this week…and on this website.

Plot

It’s so similar to Zathura that it’s almost** as if this was a less-polished prototype for it…and I’m not just saying that because Zathura has the added benefit of Kristen Stewart.

**I know that’s not the case.

Characters

At least the “little boy doesn’t talk anymore” trope was dropped quickly. It’s used too often in these kind of films.

Visuals

The practical effects are great, which makes the CGI look worse. But, look…the whole “judging the way movies look based on when they were made” thing is going to be a recurring theme this week, so just go with it.

Product Placement

The Sir Sav-a-Lot is fake, and they even went to the trouble of filling it with mostly-fake store brand items.

That’s all I ever ask for here…for movies to show some imagination, and keep corporations from having creative control over films.

Rewatchability

I’m happy to have it off of my list, and I’m glad I got to see it…but I honestly don’t think I’ll return to it.

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It cost a man’s life to get this The Rocketeer review out of Germany

The Rocketeer review

What better way to celebrate finally getting Netflix than by watching movies that I should have already seen long ago? I thought of calling it Catching Up On My Childhood Week.

Plot

A mixture of gangster films, superheroes, the 1930s in general, and Commando Cody-style serials.

These are all things I love.

Characters

Bill Campbell brought a very James Stewart feel to his character, and I don’t think I’m allowed to take points off when Jennifer Connelley is involved.

Visuals

The green screen effects didn’t transfer to high definition very well, but I’m sure they were great when they first came out…and that’s what this section is really about.

Product Placement

A few old-timey billboards that help set the atmosphere of the film don’t count.

Rewatchability

Oh, I’ve only been waiting…24 years to see this.

It was so worth it.

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