Friday, December 9, 2016

Home Alone is a Good Movie

 
There are lots of holiday movies some good, most bad.  Recently I’ve noticed people criticizing a Christmas classic.  That classic is Home Alone.  Yes, Home Alone is a Christmas classic.  It’s been panned as a film riddled with cheap jokes and senseless slapstick humor.  In Dogma (1999) director Kevin Smith accused the creators of the film selling their soul to Satan to make the film a success.  What does Smith know about having a soul or what the value of one is?  People forget that Home Alone is still one of the top Box Office grossing movies of all time.  Not because of soul selling evil but because it’s comedy is a throwback to the Three Stooges. 

Some people love how simple it is others hate it.
Everyone loves the slapstick comedy that emanates from the Stooges’ shorts.  Home Alone tried to recapture that simpler time and the early 1990s was the best time for it. What’s not to love about Kevin McCallister, a smart-alleck youth, youngest in his family who is ignored and ridiculed by them?  The entire story is told through his perspective.  Macaulay Culkin plays the part to perfection.  Adults remember a “simpler” time in their lives when they were that child and children relate because they are that child. 


We never read the book but who wouldn't love their very own Peter Pan.

He then proceeds to get his wish of his family disappearing and learning the allegory through his missing family that not having a job for a week is a nice vacation but not having a job forever gets really crappy really fast.  It’s not deep stuff but why does every movie have to be some deep philosophical lesson in life? 

Socrates.



Kevin overcomes several fears on his own, faces down some home invaders (a growing urban crime since the film’s release), and rejuvenates the relationship with his family.  Couple those simple tales and Hallmark happy ending with some brilliant cartoon violence and you have a nice relaxing December evening that helps you forget the holiday stress. 

Most people are just jealous he got to date Mila Kunis,

Written by
Joseph Ammendolea
Owner/President
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®



Friday, December 2, 2016

The Cosplayer - Preview at Wintercon

The Cosplayer trailer was so well received we were offered the opportunity to preview our latest feature film at the 2016 Wintercon. 

What is Wintercon?  Wintercon is the biggest pop-culture convention in Queens, NY.  It’s a two-day event running on December 3, 2016 and December 4, 2016.

The Cosplayer will preview the film this Sunday December 4, 2016 at 11:00am at the Resorts World Casino located at 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard Jamaica, NY 11420. 


To get your passes go to www.nywintercon.com.











Here is a link to the event on our Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/events/349531065418206/


Here’s a link to the panels being shown all weekend at Wintercon.



Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Journey Games - TVG: Game Break #10



Anyway you want it from Dave about video games.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Little Boy Kills Rabbit with Trix Cereal

Little Boy Kills Rabbit with Trix Cereal
(Bellmore, NY)


On the early morning of 10/21/2016 little Joe Scarola killed his bunny rabbit by feeding it Trix cereal.  Authorities released a statement stating the boy was watching vintage 80s commercials on YouTube when he saw repeated ads about a cartoon rabbit trying to get some cereal without success.  He felt it was a great injustice to society and proceeded to force feed his bunny until it fell into a diabetic coma and died. 


Scarola a Florida native now residing in Bellmore, NY didn’t seem to understand the nuances between animal food and people food.  What’s really baffling investigators is how he couldn’t tell the difference between a cartoon rabbit and real one. 

Maybe it's not that baffling.
No charges are being filed at this time.  We reached out to executives at General Mills the makers of Trix cereal regarding the toxicity of their cereal to bunny rabbits.  Their response to the incident was “Silly rabbit Trix are for kids.”

Written by
Joseph Ammendolea
Owner/President
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®

Friday, October 14, 2016

Prom - A Review On Reality



Prom had this annoying girl in it that was the star who was a goodie goodie that kept talking about how it's such an important thing in your life (when we all know it's not). She would not shut up about it. Every time she cried/almost cried I laughed and applauded. Of course she falls for the bad boy leather jacket with the shady past who has some punishment which causes them to have to work together. 


Wow, they are so different. She puts up posters and he gets books from his locker.
It was also a bit racist, the only real villain in the movie is the all star black athlete who is cheating on his black g/f with a sophomore white girl. They both leave him in the end so when he's voted king of the prom no one wants to dance with him. They could have humanized him a bit and shown that he was just a 17 yr old dude but they didn't because that's Disney! 


He didn't become the villain of the film until trying to date a white girl.
The sophomore girl likes the athlete and another dude her own age and at first chooses the glitter and glam of prom night and than realizes she should be with the boy who she shares similar rock band music interest with. 


They bond over their love of punk rock, but there is not punk rock anywhere in the soundtrack.
There is the girl who has her whole life planned with her b/f until she gets accepted to Parson fashion college in NY and won't being going to college with him. 


Girls never get accepted to medical school in film.  They all want to work in fashion. 
We can't forget the Ray Romano/Napoleon Dynamite hybrid who keeps asking every girl he sees to prom with comedic results and then ends up taking his sister, only to find the quirky funny girl he was looking for at the dance. 


Perhaps an illegitimate child?

It was better than Love Actually.


Worst film ever.


Written by
Steven Rogers
Writer
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®

Friday, October 7, 2016

Silicon Valley is Great

Silicon Valley is Great


I’m not talking about the California home of technology. I’m talking about the HBO sitcom Silicon Valley, It’s currently the Best Show on TV.  Why, you ask? Well for starters it’s hilarious.  Not Bob Saget America’s Funniest Home Videos hilarious, it’s sophisticatedly hilarious.  It’s a genuinely smart show that explores how corporations work.  If a person doesn’t understand how a board of directors works or the difference between a founder and a CEO, Silicon Valley explains it.  It doesn’t talk down or spend hours of exposition telling you how it works.  It just shows the audience in a cleverly written way.  Beyond that it’s smart, like the time they mathematically figured out how long it would take to jerkoff every dude in a room, or the moral debate on whether they should explain to a douchebag that his math is wrong for a death defying stunt. 


Beyond learning about how corporations function or more accurately malfunction, also going beyond their smart use of math, it’s inspirational.  It’s impossible not to be inspired the time our characters built their own servers because they were being boxed out of the market due to a lawsuit, the time they were experiencing heavy web traffic and needed retired coder and resident asshole Erlich Bachman to break out his wrist brace and pitch in.  Each failure on the show makes each success they achieve all the greater.  So if you’re looking for a hilarious show that teaches you why corporations cannot change the world but make money and also have some awesome math jokes in there, watch Silicon Valley.



Written by
Joseph Ammendolea
Owner/President
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®