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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Posted in Animation, Family, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 1, 2017 by Mystery Man


When Bikini Bottom’s livelihood is threatened after a pirate steals the secret Krabby Patty recipe, SpongeBob and his pals head to shore to get it back. But the animated crew will have to get tough to face the live-action villain on land.

What people are saying:

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water won’t win over many viewers who aren’t fans of the show, but for the converted, it’s another colorful burst of manic fun.” 3 1/2 stars

“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” remains true to the surrealism of its animated television roots. But it also tries to force a live-action element which isn’t as comfortable a fit as a certain pair of symmetrical trousers.” 3 1/2 stars

“It’s a great way to say goodbye to thI remember loving Spongebob as a kid, and this brings me back to my childhood! It reminds me of Spongebob back in the good old days. I can see how people would find the mixture of computer-animation and live-action distracting whenever the characters would go to the surface, but I don’t find it too bothersome. Besides, they don’t go to the surface until the final act, so most of the movie still has that 2D traditional hand-drawn format that the TV show has. If you love the first SpongeBob movie, then chances are, you’ll probably love the second one.e part of my childhood that was a Spongebob fan who lost his interest in the show catching glimpses of the horrible recent episodes of the show. It feels like a film, though probably filmed in a very short time period and made easily with the directors sitting at a table thinking up of the most ridiculous things they could think of and finishing the script in less than a week…but it’s a fun film. Batshit insane, sure…but it’s fun. I enjoyed it.” 3 stars

“I remember loving Spongebob as a kid, and this brings me back to my childhood! It reminds me of Spongebob back in the good old days. I can see how people would find the mixture of computer-animation and live-action distracting whenever the characters would go to the surface, but I don’t find it too bothersome. Besides, they don’t go to the surface until the final act, so most of the movie still has that 2D traditional hand-drawn format that the TV show has. If you love the first SpongeBob movie, then chances are, you’ll probably love the second one.” 4 1/2 stars

“Despite what Nick’s advertising would have you believe, SpongeBob is a brilliant show that a person of any age can enjoy. Well it used to be. SpongeBob was brilliant in its first 3 seasons and decent in seasons 4 and 5. However in season 6 the quality tanked the show became an annoying and boring shell of its former self with Choir Boys being the series’ masterpiece of failure. Sponge out of Water however managed to be a laugh-out loud ride that brought back my childhood love of the show. The movie is colorful and bursting with creativity, all while showing the immense comedic talents of the cast and characters creating one of the stronger 2010’s comedies.” 4 1/2 stars


The Time Machine

Posted in Action/Adventure, Classics, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2009 by Mystery Man


On January 5, 1900, four upper-class friends arrive for a dinner in London, but their host, H. George Wells (Rod Taylor), is absent. As requested, they begin without him, but then George, staggers in, exhausted and disheveled. He begins to recount his adventures since they last met on New Year’s Eve 1899.

A week earlier, George discusses time as the fourth dimension with friends, among them David Filby (Alan Young) and Dr Philip Hillyer (Sebastian Cabot). He shows them a tiny machine that he claims can travel in time. He tells them it is experimental, that his larger version can carry a man “into the past or the future”. When activated, the device first blurs, then disappears. The others dismiss it as a trick and leave. Filby warns George that if it was not a trick, it is not for them “to tempt the laws of Providence.” They agree to meet again next Friday.

George heads to his lab where the full-scale model is waiting. He sits in it, pushes the lever forward, and watches time pass at an accelerated rate. To his amusement, he observes the changing of women’s fashion on a mannequin in the window of a shop across the street. He stops at September 13, 1917. He meets a man in uniform whom he mistakes for David Filby; it turns out to be his son James. He informs George that his father had died in “the war”.

George returns to the machine and travels to June 19, 1940. There are barrage balloons and bombing. He cannot believe the war has lasted so long, then realizes “this was a new war.”

George’s next stop is August 18, 1966, where he is briefly fascinated by the changes in the neighbourhood, which is now part of a magnificent future metropolis featuring proud skyscrapers and an elevated monorail. However, he is puzzled to see people hurrying into a fallout shelter amid the blare of air raid sirens that sounds like a Thunderbolt siren which is disguised as some triangular pipes with holes. An older, grey-haired James Filby tries to get him into the shelter, warning him that “the mushrooms will be sprouting.”. Shortly after, James spots an “atomic satellite zeroing in” and flees into the shelter. An explosion turns the sky red and lava oozes down the street. George restarts the machine just in time to avoid being incinerated. The lava covers the machine, cools and hardens, forcing George to travel far into the future before it erodes away.

He stops the machine on October 12, 802,701, next to a low building with a large sphinx on top. George explores the idyllic pastoral paradise and spots young adults by a river. A woman is drowning, but the others are indifferent. George rescues her, but is surprised by her lack of gratitude or other emotion. She calls herself  class=”hiddenSpellError” pre=”herself “>Weena (Yvette Mimieux) and her people the Eloi.

As night falls, George is surprised to find out that the Eloi have no government, no laws, and little curiosity. Wanting to learn why, he asks to see their books. When he finds them all covered in dust and rotted by mold, he is outraged:

“What have you done? Thousands of years of building and rebuilding, creating and recreating so that you can let it crumble to dust. A million years of sensitive men dying for their dreams, for what?!!! So you can swim, and dance, and play.

George returns to where he had left his time machine, but it has been dragged into the pedestal, behind locked metal doors. Weena follows George and insists they go back inside, for fear of the Morlocks. As George tries to recover his machine, a Morlock grabs Weena, but George saves her.

The next day, Weena shows George openings in the ground like air shafts. She then takes him to a museum, where “rings that talk” tell of a centuries-long nuclear war. One group of survivors remained underground in shelters while the rest decided to “take their chances in the sunlight, small as those chances might be.” George starts climbing down a shaft, but turns back when a siren sounds. Weena and the Eloi walk towards the open building in a trance, conditioned to seek refuge from a non-existent attack. When the siren stops, the doors close, trapping Weena and some others inside.

To rescue her, George climbs down a shaft and enters a large cave. In one chamber, he sees human bones and learns the terrible truth: the Morlocks feed on the Eloi. The Morlocks are shown to be irradiated, sloth-like creatures. George finds they are sensitive to light and uses matches to keep them at bay, eventually fashioning a makeshift torch. A Morlock knocks it away, but one of the male Eloi summons up the courage to punch the Morlock. Weena pitches in as well. George sets the Eloi to setting fire to material in the cave, driving off the Morlocks, then leads the Eloi up the shafts to safety. Under George’s direction, they drop tree branches into the shafts to feed the fire. There is an explosion, and the area caves in.

Finding the doors to the building now open, George goes to get his machine, but they close behind him. A few surviving Morlocks attack, but George manages to activate the machine and travel into the future, watching the Morlocks turn to dust.

Then George returns to January 5, 1900. He tells his story, but only Filby believes him. George’s friends leave. Filby turns back, but by the time he reaches the laboratory, it is too late: George has left again. The housekeeper, Mrs Watchett (Doris Lloyd), notes that he took three books. Filby rhetorically asks which three she would have taken to restart a civilization.


H.G. Wells’ classic novel The Time Machine has been the inspiration for many films about time travel, but none have been done as well as this version from the 1960s starring Rod Taylor.

Taylor portrays H. George Wells (H.G. Wells, get it?), an inventor in London who has just invented a time machine.  As expected his friends are skeptical about whether his newest invention will indeed work. Once he gets in and tests it out though, he makes an astonishing trip through time, all the way to the 81st century. Along the way, eh observes the changes that occur outside. These are brought to life through the wonders of stop motion.

Upon arrival in the 81st century, George saves a  beautiful, young girl, Weena whose civilization is being threatened by the Morlocks, a group of  sloth-like creatures who have more or less taken it upon themselves to rule ro ruin everything.

After saving the girl, George decides he needs to get back to his own time, but to do so he has to go back in the Morlockls lair. As he enters his machine, they attack and he has to fend them off. finally he returns to his own time of 1900, but soon returns to Weena (we believe).

Any fan of sci-fi should not ignore this film. A true classic, even if you may think the effects are cheesy. Personally, I like stop motion animation and cheesy effects, but I know there are more than a fe out there who think these things should never have been allowed to be filmed. The Time Machine is one of the greatest novels ever written, and while this film doesn’t stack up to the book, it is quite enjoyable.

4 out of 5 stars

The Time Machine

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2009 by Mystery Man


Alexander Hartdegen (Guy Pearce) is a shy, dedicated scientist living in 1899 New York City. Obsessed with the idea of time travel, he teaches at Columbia University as a professor of “Applied Mechanics and Engineering” and gets into trouble for his radical theories. One day, on his way to the park to meet his girlfriend Emma, he becomes distracted by a motor car beside the park gates. He puts himself in immediate good graces with the driver who, while refueling, forgot to activate the parking brake – something Alexander does quickly when it threatens to get out of control. While walking in the park with Emma (Sienna Guillory), Alex proposes to her. The romantic moment is short-lived; a robber emerges from nearby bushes and holds a gun on them. During the struggle, the gun goes off and Emma is fatally wounded, dying in Alexander’s arms.

For the next four years, Alexander spends every waking hour working on his time travel calculations, and eventually succeeds in building a working time machine. His self-imposed exile has led to him being ostracized from his oldest friend David Philby, who arrives at the lab to confront Alexander who in turn flies into a rage. Philby invites Alexander to dinner in the hope it would cause him to leave the lab and return to a normal life, but Alexander postpones the dinner until the following week; after Philby has left Alexander remarks that in a week they “wouldn’t have had this conversation”.

When the time machine gets completed on February 3, 1903 he travels back to January 18, 1899 and intercepts Emma before she was destined to meet his 1899 counterpart. Escorting her away from the park, they walk back to her apartment where he leaves her out in the street to purchase some flowers. However, despite Alexander having removed her from the danger of the robber, Emma is knocked down and trampled by a horse and carriage outside. Alexander realizes bitterly that if he prevents one means of Emma’s death, another will take its place. Disenchanted with the prospect, he decides to go forward in time to find out if there are any answers in the future.

Alexander stops on May 24, 2030 and learns that the Moon is being prepared for colonization. He visits the New York Public Library where he talks with Vox 114, a holographic AI librarian. Vox has information on H. G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, Harlan Ellison and even one of his own papers, but not on time travel, stating that such a thing is impossible.

Alexander moves on to the future, until he hits a ‘bump’ on August 26, 2037. The Moon mining operation has disrupted the lunar orbit, causing the satellite to break apart and showering Earth with massive chunks of rock. Alexander makes it into the machine just as the city is destroyed, but is knocked unconscious. Alexander and his time machine speed through hundreds of millennia.

Regaining consciousness, Alexander brings the machine to a halt on July 16, 802,701 AD, and finds that civilization has devolved to a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. The survivors, calling themselves the Eloi, have built their homes into the side of a cliff on what resembles Manhattan. Alexander is nursed back to health by a woman named Mara (Samantha Mumba), & begins to develop a relationship with her – a teacher, and one of few who knows the Time Traveler’s now obsolete language, through an Eloi ritual passed down through the ages – and her younger brother Kalen (Omero Mumba).

One day, a stunned Alexander finds himself running when the Eloi are attacked & Mara and others are captured, disappearing instantly through the sandy ground with the Morlocks – (monstrous, pale, ape-like creatures that hunt the Eloi for food). Trying to find out where she has been taken, Alexander is told that “the Ghost” might know. “The Ghost” is Vox 114, the holographic librarian, who is still functioning after all these millenia.

Alexander promises Kalen that he will find his sister. With Vox 114’s help, Alexander locates a way into the underground realm of the Morlocks, but is captured. The Morlocks’ leader, the astonishingly more human-looking Über-Morlock, explains that they were people who chose to stay underground after the Moon collapsed, while the Eloi were those who chose to remain on the surface. The Morlock have evolved into a caste-like society, with each caste fulfilling a different role. The ruling caste are super-intelligent telepaths, while the hunters that Alex has encountered were bred to be predators.

The Über-Morlock reveals the reason why Alexander cannot alter Emma’s fate. Since Emma’s death was the prime factor that drove him to build the time machine, he cannot use the machine without her death being incorporated into the timeline, as he would have had no reason to build the machine in the first place. The Über-Morlock (Jeremy Irons) also states that the Morlocks would not exist without those like Alexander in their quest for science and technology.

The Morlocks have found Alexander’s time machine and have brought it underground. With the Uber-Morlock about to send Alexander back, he hands Alexander his pocket watch. Suddenly, Alexander pulls him into the machine’s sphere with him, pushing the control lever far forward, taking himself & the Über-Morlock into the far future. The two fight until Alexander pushes him outside of the time sphere, and stares as the Über-Morlock hyper-ages, disintigrating outside the time bubble. Exhausted, Alexander slows the machine as the sky appears overhead, revealing a harsh, red-oxide color. He is now in the year 635,427,810 AD, and the landscape is a desolate wasteland as far as the eye can see, dotted with immense, sinister, Morlock surface entrances. In the distance, Alexander sees a human-like procession walking slowly.

Finally accepting that he can never save Emma, Alexander travels back in time to rescue Mara. After freeing her, he sets the time machine to forward, but jamming the controls with his watch, causing it to malfunction and create a time distortion stream. Alexander, Mara, Kalen and their tribe escape to the surface as the time stream disintigrates the Morlocks.

Given a new purpose and future, Alexander resolves to build a new life for himself, Mara & the Eloi, with the help of Vox and his vast record of history. The closing scene is shown side by side with a sequence in the year 1903, where David Philby chats with Alexander’s elderly housekeeper, Mrs. Watchit, before leaving and throwing away his bowler hat on the street as a small tribute to a conversation they had had before the accident, wherein Alexander had wanted his students to be free thinkers and to “knock off every bowler they saw.”


I read H.G. Wells’  The Time Machine in junior high and loved it, so you can imagine I was more than a little excited to see the film version, which had slipped by me when it was released both in theater and DVD until recently. I wish I could say that the film does the film justice, but it doesn’t.

The casting seems as if they were trying to find the next big star by putting them in what was supposed to be a low budget blockbuster. While I commend the idea of finding the next big star, it didn’t work.

Guy Pearce comes off as trying too hard to be Tom Cruise in some points and just can’t carry the film.

Jeremy Irons is wasted in his small role as the Uber-Morlock.

Samantha Mumba, who is best known as a one hit wonder singer, does a pretty good job in her role, but I just couldn’t connect with her.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that top to bottom this film just doesn’t cut it. The visuals are stunning, however. Orlando Jones brings in some nice comic relief and lightens the mood a bit and keeps the film moving, because I know that before he shows up I was dozing off.

It may sound like I have nothing but criticism for this film, but that’t not the case. I just felt it could have been done much better. It’s worth a watch once or twice, but not worth purchasing or repeat viewing.

2 1/2 out of 5 stars