The Nut Gallery Review Podcast Episode 119

The Jungle Book Remake.

May Movies: Captain America Civil War, The Darkness, Money Monster, The Nice Guys, Angry Birds, Neighbors 2 Sorority Rising, X-Men Apocalypse, Alice Through the Looking Glass.

May DVD & Bluray Releases: Joy, The 5th Wave, The Choice, Deadpool, The Boy, Dirty Grandpa, The Witch, How to Be Single, Risen, Zoolander 2, The Finest Hours, Gods of Egypt, Race, Triple 9, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

May Video Game Releases: Battleborn, The Park, Superhot, Table Top Racing World Tour, Coffin Dodgers, Uncharted 4 A Thiefs’s End, Doom, Valkyria Chronicles Remasterd, Homefront The Revolution, Dungeons 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mutants of Manhattan, Total War Warhammer, Overwatch.

Movie Classic: Young Guns.

The List: Heart breaking moments in animated films.

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The Jungle Book Review

The Jungle Book is Familiar but Fresh

I will be honest with you, when I first heard about a live action Jungle Book I was very skeptical. Granted they do call this a live action film when the only live action actor is Mowgli. The rest of the film including almost all of the imagery is CGI. Regardless how it was done I was concerned that they would fail. I have seen to many of these project fail and ruin a classic. If you don’t read anymore of this than know this, the succeeded and made a great film.

The casting of Neel Sethi the one live actor to appear in this film was spot on.  He owned the role and even out shines the fabulous CGI of the film. He had the challenge of acting opposite a screen. interacting with items that would be replaced with cgi later.  In some Neel Sethi

ways this might put an actor under less pressure but in other it has to make it even more of a challenge to show the emotion.  You can’t feed off of each other.  Still this young man pulls it off and makes you believe he is a part of this living/breathing jungle.

He also has a great voice cast around him.  Christopher Walken as King Louie is outstanding.  But then again he is Christopher Walken and as he does owns that character.  My other favorite voice actors are Bill Murray as Baloo and Idris Elba as Shere Khan.  Scarlett Johanson as Kaa and Ben Kingsley as Bagheera were also good but not to the level of the ones listed above.

The story as I said at the beginning of this review has a lot of things that are familiar and a lot of things that are fresh.  Mowgli grows up in the jungle, having been taken in by a pack of wolves.  They have raised them as there own. This is all well and good until a very dry season comes along and this causes a water truce to be put in place so that all animals could get water without fear of being killed by another animal.  That is when Shere Khan shows up and basically gives the ultimatum that he wants the man cub out of the jungle and back with his people.  Shere Khan had a bad experience once with a man and knows that the man cub will grow up to cause problems again one day.  This is when Mowgli leaves his pack of wolves and heads into what is a dangerous jungle.  He meats Baloo, Kaa, elephants and more as he heads for the nearest man village.  He discovers a lot about the jungle, and about himself.  Who he can trust and who he can’t.

This does bring me to something that made me very happy with the film.  The incorporating some of the same music as was used in the animated film.  I was a little concerned that they would forget how important that was to the film.  Just like in the animated film the music was key and vital to this film.

For parents that might be a little concerned taking a younger child to this.  It is fairly decent.  I watched it with a five year old that does tend to get scared easy.  He only really got scared in one part and that was more due to a surprise that got everyone in the theater.  He stayed entertained throughout and did not seem to get bored. He actually got more scared watching Zootopia so I am pretty comfortable saying that anyone his age or older would be fine.

The Jungle Book

It would be wrong of me not to mention that they did change part of the story for this film.  At least they changed it from the animated film.  I am fine with the changes and think in some ways the changes were for the better.  With that it makes me think that a second film is already being discussed.  It would appear that director Jon Favreau is on board for a second film and that Disney is already putting resources to making that happen.

Overall this film brought a lot of great things.  It stayed fairly true to the original, it brought some of the best CGI I have seen.  Finally it did the one thing we all want in a movie and that is a great story.  I am sure that this will be a film that we will own once it makes it’s way to Blu-ray.

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The Nut Gallery Review Podcast Episode 117

Predtor news and Zootopia,
April Movies: Collide, Hardcore Henry, The Boss, Before I Wake, The Jungle Book, Criminal, Everybody Wants Some, Barber Shop, The Huntsman Winters War, Compadres, Ratchet and Clank, Mother’s Day, Keanu, Green Room.
April DVD & Bluray Releases: Star Wars Episode 7, The Hallow, The Forest, Justice League VS Teen Titans, The Revenant, Norm of the North, Fifty Shades of Black, IP Man 3, Ride Along 2, Krampus, Jane Got a Gun.
April Video Game Releases: Dead Star, Dirt Rally, Quantum Break, Dark Souls 3, Ratchet and Clank, Star Fox Guard, Star Fox Zero, Dungeons 2, Lost Reavers.
Movie Classic: Goodfellas.
The List: Best marial arts movies.

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Zootopia Review

Review of Zootopia

I will be honest I was sold on this film form the trailer. If you have not seen the trailer then you missed the best scene in the entire movie. Yes the DMV being run by sloths. I am sure workers at the DMV don’t like this reference but it is hilarious on not only to adults who have waited in line at the DMV for hours but also to kids. It is such a well laid out scene all the way around. Also if you didn’t catch that the best scene in the movie was shown in the trailer.

The story follows a bunny that believes that if you live in Zootopia you can be anything you want. Even a bunny can be a police officer. Once she gets to Zootopia she realizes that not all dreams are possible. She also finds that predators and prey don’t actually live in harmony. For adults this translates a lot into the climate around the country in regards to racial tension. The predators in Zootopia especially the foxes are thought to be sly and underhanded. Bunnies are also not thought to be very good at being police officers so much so that there has never been a bunny officer before.

I will also compliment the animation. It was well done and really captures the animals of Zootopia. Actually Zootopia itself is pretty awe inspiring.

Overall it was a good film. It has some twists and turns along the way. Even though the best scene in the movie is spoiled in the trailer it still is funny. The story itself is good and fun. Though I felt the message at times was maybe a little heavy handed most of that will be lost on the youth that watch the film. Just a good family film that is good for all kids and adults.

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Episode 116

The Nut Gallery Review Podcast Episode 116

March Movies: Zootopia, London Has Fallen, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Brothers Grimsby, Miracles From Heaven, The Divergent Series Allegiant, The Little Prince, Batman vs Superman Dawn of Justice, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.
March DVD & Bluray Releases: Creed, The Night Before, Legend, The Peanuts Movie, In the Heart of the Sea, Victor Frankenstein, Sisters, Alvin and The Chipmnks The Road Chip, The Big Short, Mockingjay Part 2, Daddy’s Home, The Hateful Eight, Concussion, Point Break.
March Video Game Releases: Ironcast, Mcdroid, ScreenCheat, Square Heroes, Gunscape, Blast ’em Bunnies, The Division, Kholat, Hitman, Marvel Battlegrouund Infinity Brawler, Samurai Warriors 4 Empires, Pokken Tournament, MLB The Show.
Movie Classic: Enter the Dragon.
The List: Movie sets you would like to be on.

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New Ghostbusters game to Xbox 1 and PS4

Ghostbusters Franchise to get a new game


The upcoming Paul Feig-directed Ghostbusters movie is reportedly going to be accompanied by a new Ghostbusters video game, and it’s coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The new Ghostbusters movie is set for a July 15 release date. It’s unknown if the new cast of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones will appear in the upcoming video game.

Essentially it appears that something is in the works but Activision has not confirmed this rumor.  Though if you dig deep enough into future retail releases it would appear that this game will be released at the same time as the movie and is expected to have a full game release.  With it being projected to be released at the same time I would suspect it to contain voices from the new group of ghostbusters and follow the story that is told in the movie.

The last game released in this franchise was in 2009 and at that time was said to be the what the 3rd film in the franchise.  With the reboot of sorts coming in July it will be interesting to see if they can hold up to what is expected of the beloved franchise.


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Podcast Episode 115

Disney’s Plans for Star Wars.

February Movies: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The Choice, Hail Caesar, Deadpool, How to be Single, Zoolander 2, Gods of Egypt, Triple 9, Eddie the Eagle.

February DVD & Bluray Releases: Bridge of Spies, Batman Bad Blood, Spectre, Crimson Peak, Black Mass, Steve Jobs, The 33, The Good Dinosaur.

February Video Game Releases: Cobalt, Crypt of the Necordancer, Digimon Sotry Cyber Sleuth, Megadimension Neptunia VII, Nitroplus Blasterz, Fortified, Shtshimi, Xcom2, Alekhine’s Gun, Arslan The Warriros of Legend, Firewatch, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, Neverwinter Underdark, Unravel, The Escapists The Walking Dead, Layers of Fear, Street Fighter V, Tron Run, Far Cry Primal, Platns vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2.

Movie Classic: Batman Begins.

The List: Favorite Fictional Companies.

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The Hateful Eight Review

The Hateful Eight – Tarantino’s Eight Film

The movie starts out with some nods to the Westerns of days gone by. Though as I remember them they used to take place in the desert with rolling sand and extreme heat. Tarantino’s takes this twists and he does best and puts it in the middle of a blizzard. Of course he brings back some faces he likes to work with such as Samuel L Jackson, Tim Roth, and many more. To start this off I have to say very few directors could pull off putting 8 people in a small room and turn it into something interesting for over 2 hours. Of course Tarantino can as he does use dialog to drive his film and violence to keep you on your toes.

Now don’t go thinking that this film is by any means light on violence and or language. There is plenty of blood to go around and even a fair amount of brain matter being splattered around. As far as the language goes if you have problems with a couple of the major ones being dropped on a regular basis as well as a couple racists words then you might want to stay clear. These words have to be used at least 100 times. Once again if you enjoy Tarantino’s previous work that you have come to expect that.

I did mention that you see some faces that you have seen before in Tarantino’s work. Considering the script for this film was leaked and almost caused the project to be canceled we still get some great performances. Samuel L Jackson delivers a performance very similar to what he did in Pulp Fiction and Black Snake Moan. He is the lead you just might not know it at first. Kurt Russell also is at the top of his game and really is everything you would expect from his character. If I had to pick a surprise performance it would have been Demian Bichir as Bob. I just felt like he really went above expectations making his character come alive. You also never can go wrong with Tim Roth at least in a Tarantino film. As with his previous films I really never question the people he puts into rolls. Jennifer Jason Leigh also delivers a great performance even though she takes a beating in this film and spends a good portion of it covered in blood, brains, and stew.

You put those great actors in a room, in the middle of a blizzard and you know that something is going to happen.  From violence, to some great dialog, to some surprise moments, to even some man junk, this movie finds a place for it all.

Overall I would say that as the movie came to a close that is when I started to be a little concerned.  Granted the ending is very much the logical ending for this film it just does not leave you walking away feeling like there was a winner.  For me that takes a few minutes to swallow but also recognize that it also is nice to not have the happy Hollywood ending that has come to be expected.

As I have warned above Tarantino’s work is not for everyone but for this guy he creates some of the most entertaining films I have watched and this one is follows that pattern.

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Podcast Episode 114

The Nut Gallery Review Podcast Episode 114

The Good Dinosaur and Star Wars The Force Awakens (Spoiler Alert).
January Movies: The Forest, Norm of the North, Ride Along 2, 13 Hours The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Dirty Grandpa, The 5th Wave, The Boy, The Finest Hour, Jane Got a Gun, Kung Fu Panda 3, Fifty Shades of Black.
January DVD & Bluray Releases: The Walk, The Green Inferno, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, Captive, Martian, Hotel Transylvania 2, Sinister 2, Straight Outta Compton, The Intern, Everest, Woodlawn, Goosebumps.
January Video Game Releases: Amplitude, Hardware Rivals, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles India, The Banner Saga, Zheros, Resident Evil 0, Resident Evil Origins Collection, Stardust Vanguards, Lego Marvel’s Avengers, The Witness, The War of Mine.
Movie Classic: Back to the Future.
The List: Favorite Villains

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Ghostbusters Photo

I keep hoping that this is not true, the Ghostbusters Franchise deserves better


The Ghostbusters Abby (Melissa McCarthy), Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), Erin (Kristen Wiig) and Patty (Leslie Jones) inside the Mercado Hotel Lobby

Thirty years after the original film took the world by storm, Ghostbusters is back and fully rebooted for a new generation.  Director Paul Feig combines all the paranormal fighting elements that made the original franchise so beloved with a cast of new characters, played by the funniest actors working today.  Get ready to watch them save the world this summer!

Release: July 15, 2015

Director: Paul Feig


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