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Dragons: Race to the Edge

So an interesting show that I discovered on Netflix is Dragons Race to the Edge. It is a continuation of the How to Train Your Dragon movies. David and I both loved the How to Train Your Dragon story, partly because: who doesn’t love dragons?

The show brings us to the dragon riders having explored most of the area, discovering most of the dragons along the way. At the beginning Hiccup is having a bit of a crisis as to what to do now, so of course suddenly they discover something that opens up a whole new world!

It has been interesting to watch the continuation of these stories, but they only got some of the voice talent back so when first watching it there were moments that were a little jarring, but overall it has been a fun exploration.

Continuing the Story

How to Train Your Dragon actually functions as a perfect story for a larger series. I mean who doesn’t want to see a group of people riding around one dragons, finding more dragons? It is great because they have trained some dragons, but they show that there are dragons that they can understand yet cannot be tamed.

The other side is that with the introduction of the dragon hunters they can use that to create an appropriate villain for dragon riders. Besides just general dragon hunters there is also a crazy Viking from Bart who is obsessed with Hiccup, which makes for a pretty good counterpart to our main character. In general it is a fun ride and the more dragons they find the better!

Different Voice Actors

Luckily they got some of the main voice actors for the show, but there were enough that were different that it is a little jarring at first. Now getting Hiccup, Astrid, Tuffnut, and Fishlegs helps a ton because those are the main characters, although Ruffnut is a different voice, which can be jarring. The more difficult one is that Stoik was voiced by Gerard Buttler in the movies and it would be difficult to get someone to replicate that voice – so they don’t really even try. As the show goes on the different voices become a little less weird, but it would be difficult to go back and forth.

Netflix Originals

Netflix has been doing some interesting shows lately and this is just another one in a growing list. It is a fascinating choice to take two in-theatre movies and choose to continue the story on the small screen. Yet, they seem to have kept the heart from the movies, which helps make the show successful (with 3 seasons currently on Netflix). It will be interesting to see what other shows might end up on Netflix that you wouldn’t think it would be continuing.

 

Limiting Trailer Consumption

For a while now I have thought that trailers give too much of the movie away. Recently with the Lego Movie, while they did not give all the jokes away or the plot for that matter they did give away almost all the Batman jokes. I still loved the movie, but I had seen the various trailers so much that the Batman jokes ended up feeling kind of old. It made me wonder about whether watching as many trailers as we do is actually a good idea if we know we are going to see the movie. 

I do not know if it is just recently or if I am watching more trailers / specials, but they seem to be giving more away. One way is that there seems to be an increase in showing clips from the movie. Even at other movies they will do special presentations of a big name movie that is coming out. The idea is to get people who want to see that other movie coming to the other movie, but it is also giving a way a moment from the big name movie. The problem is by watching all these trailers and features you are missing out on seeing the moments for the first time in the context of the movie. It does not ruin the movie, but if I am going to see it anyway, why not go in unspoiled. Continue reading

What I’m Excited For in 2014

With a brand new year of things coming up, we’re showcasing a few of the things we’re excited for. Here are some of the things I’m excited for; you’ll get Holly’s list in a few days.

You’ll probably recognize some of the things I’m excited for based on my other posts, so I’ll try to mix things up a bit as well. I’m also realizing a lot of it is movies, because they do the best job of advance notice and choosing a release date. On the other hand, a lot of the video games on the horizon are vague promises of a game, and a statement of which console they would be on – no release date.

But hey, movies have trailers, so I’ll include these, too! Join me in my excitement for the things coming up this coming year!

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5 Favorite Recent Rewatch Movies

There are movies that you are willing to rewatch and then there are movies that you can land on in the middle of the movie and just keep watching every time there are on tv. Now there are the classics that we have watched so many times we can almost quote the entire movie, Ghostbusters, Princess Bride, Monty Python, etc and are still willing to watch on tv at any time. When you find a new movie that has come out that you are willing to watch over and over again.

These movies are ones that David and I will catch on tv at almost any moment and just keep watching. It is the movie that you know so well and is just fun that you can catch at any moment and still enjoy it. These are all pretty recent movies and are definitely ones we have added or will add to our shelves. Continue reading

Movies That Surprised Us

After seeing Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and Warm Bodies these past couple of weeks, I started thinking about movies that have taken me by surprise. Now, I saw Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and Warm Bodies in theaters so I at least thought I would enjoy them, but there are other movies that I see the preview for and I think, meh. Down the line I will sometimes end up renting these movies just to see what they are about, and sometimes I am pleasantly surprised at what I find.

This does not mean that suddenly these movies are fabulous creations of cinema, but rather that they were good in ways I was not expecting. So here are 5 movies that took me by surprise. (No spoiler warning: I want you to maybe check these movies out, so I am avoiding spoilers). Continue reading