‘Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus’ Netflix Original Review: More Than Nostalgia

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It has been 13 years since the last time we saw Invader Zim. While the show only ended up getting two seasons it grew quite a large audience when it went off the air. For years people have clamored for the return of the green little alien and at long last, he’s come back in full force.

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus follows the original show’s plot just in a longer format. Zim (Richard Steven Horvitz) plans to take over the earth with his robotic assistant GIR (Rikki Simons) while his nemesis Dib (Andy Berman) attempts to stop him and prove to the world aliens exist.

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Random Humor

The comedy that this series has always gone for is sort of aimless shock gags. For example, two characters could be having a conversation then an explosion comes out of nowhere and GIR screams ‘I LOVE TOAST”.

This movie contains the same kind of humor and it truly does not miss a beat. While this kind of comedy isn’t suited for everyone it’s a blessing that they don’t follow the same comedic routine as every other show. It’s original, to say the least.

Animation

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I did not believe that it was possible but the characters, environments, and action to look even more incredible than the original series. This film ends up feeling like a better-looking episode of Invader Zim and that’s the best we could all hope for.

The designs are not exactly the same but I see no harm done. Unique animation is hard to come by I generally feel that most animated shows or movies can be compared to a multitude of other media.

However, even after all these years, the style of Invader Zim is still pretty exclusive to this series itself.

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Unexpected Depth

I’ve mentioned already that this film is much like an extended episode of the original series but there are some elements that were never really explored in the show.

The rest of Dib’s family being Gaz (Melissa Fahn) and Professor Membrane (Rodger Bumpass) are more involved than ever before. Gaz is Dib’s sister and she’s generally a cold individual with that being basically her only mood.

While I won’t get into spoiler territory she acts more like Dib is part of her family and not just some annoying individual that she doesn’t care for. Professor Membrane is Dib’s father and he’s one of the most brilliant minds the world has ever seen.

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Dib just wants to prove to him that aliens exist but his father claims its unscientific. Their bond is nothing special in the show but during this film that changes. He goes from a very minor character that I didn’t have much to say about to a fully-fledged individual.

Conclusion

I’ll say this from the start if you enjoyed Invader Zim you’ll love this film. It brings everything back that made the show so great with tons of passion. You can tell that the creators did not phone this project in. Instead, they put their all into making this worth watching.

The random humor is back at an even higher volume than the original series but not so much that it becomes annoying. It’s very well balanced and I had quite a few laughs through this special.

Animation wise this looks as though they poured every resource into making sure this visually look the part. Honestly, I couldn’t see this looking any better.

Finally, we get some depth which wasn’t needed for this to succeed. However, it does improve the film tenfold.

Verdict 9 out of 10 Stars

 

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The Best Film of 2018

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Regrettably, I didn’t see Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse during the year of its release. I had the opportunity to see the film this past weekend and it surpassed every single expectation. Through the excellent characters, writing, score, and animation this becomes one of the greatest experiences you can have as a Spider-Man fan.

Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is your average teen who’s entire world gets flipped upside down when he gets by a radioactive spider. Thus he becomes the Spider-Man of his reality and must team up with others of his kind to defeat a threat who dangers all realities.

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Different Spider-Man? No problem

Miles breathes new life into the role of the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. He’s biracial but the film doesn’t take advantage of his race to push some agenda. The film isn’t about him being both African American and Puerto Rican but his heritage gives him a little more character.

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He’s a young kid and for an animated film, the mastery of his newfound abilities are pretty grounded in reality. Miles doesn’t start jumping off buildings and swinging throughout the city the second he gets bit. This film could’ve easily made Miles a Gary Stu, but the writers refrain from doing that and the movie benefits from that choice.

Playing safe is a thing of the past

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Many movies fail because they don’t push their respective genres enough. When creating a film that doesn’t try to do many new things you can’t expect to do much better than average. Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse is the furthest film from that state of mind. The movie wouldn’t have been nearly as impressive if they just told us the same old Spider-man story.

The animation alone allows this film to stand out in a good way. In every scene, you could pause the movie and find a great freeze frame. Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse is filled to the brim with style. There are details that you might only notice after your third or fourth viewing and that is a sign of a film that does more than what is needed. This is a passion project and knowing that this film wasn’t about just making money and that it’s creators just love what they were working on makes me appreciate the picture more.

A Very Effective Soundtrack

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Having a soundtrack isn’t special it’s a thing that the majority of films have in common. However, there are very few films whose soundtracks elevate the product they’re played in. If you have a musical itch that needs to be scratched you’ll certainly be pleased while watching. Artists such as Post Malone, Swae Lee, Lil Wayne, etc. offer new songs and long after watching the picture you’ll be trying to look up a few their songs played through the film.

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Conclusion

This will go down as one of the best-animated films ever produced. The characters are varied and all have their place throughout the narrative. Deciding not to make a “safe” Spider-Man film really pays off by giving us an experience like none other in the realm of this superhero. Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse oozes personality at every opportunity and the soundtrack is memorable, to say the least.

Verdict 10 out of 10 Stars

Review: Big Mouth’s Valentine’s Day Special Gives Fans All They Could Ask for

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A Bright Future Ahead

In a show, all about teenagers going through puberty in a comedic fashion the idea for a Valentine’s Day special is genius. If this is a good representation of the following season I am incredibly anxious to see the continuation of this series. The controversial comedy this series is known for has not lost its knack to leave you speechless. So much so that you’ll have to ask yourself if you really should be laughing at times.

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Chemistry is at an all-time high

The relationship between Andrew (John Mulaney) and Maurice (Maya Rudolph) has easily been one of the best parts of the show since it’s inception. Andrew’s weird sexual obsession with almost anything as well as being convinced to do things he wouldn’t normally by Maurice never gets old. Maurice himself is unpredictable nothing is off the table and that reminds me of the early seasons of Family Guy. The creators of Big Mouth aren’t afraid to be bombarded by today’s sensitive people all over the internet and that’s the only way to make a show of this nature.
While Andrew and Maurice are a great pair this special brings us another interesting relationship being Nick (Nick Kroll) and Connie (Maya Rudolph). Both of these characters have been on the show for quite a while, but with Connie being Nick’s new hormone monstress plenty of new problems arise.

Valentine’s Day is the Worst

This particular holiday is generally disliked by many people and it’s not hard to know why. For people not in relationships, a day that focuses on the love in the air can be frustrating. There are people that to step outside of their comfort zone and finally ask that person out that they’ve always wanted only to get rejected. This day isn’t just hard for people who aren’t in relationships it’s hard for people with partners as well because they are expected to be as romantic as possible. Seeing these ideas explored during this episode is not only relatable but entertaining to see play out.

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Conclusion

The no holds barred comedy is back and is the best it has ever been. New relationships have been forged and have only changed the show for the better. The odd musical numbers and taboo topics make their return as well. Fans of Big Mouth will be pleased with this double episode and if the following season can keep to the standard of this special we are in for the best episodes of this show yet.

Verdict: 8 out of 10 Stars

My Top 5 Favorite Movies of 2018 (So Far)

A Great Year for the Cinema!

Going to movies has been a part of my day by day life since I was born. Attending movies with close friends and family is generally one of my favorite things to do. My hope is that as the years keep on coming by more and more great movies have time to shine. I was not disappointed by the movie industry this year either. I think my list will be quite different from most movie reviewers, but everyone has their own tastes. My hope is that at least one of you will be able to experience these films at least once.

5. Deadpool 2

I have been going to Marvel movies for the past few years and they seldom disappoint. That stays true for this surprisingly enjoyable sequel. In this outing, Deadpool meets a child mutant named Russell. Not long after that, a soldier from the future named Cable sets his eyes on Russell and plans to kill him. Now our favorite R rated superhero has to protect the child at all costs.

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What I loved so much about this film are the action and comedy. Most people that attend this film I’d like to imagine have a sense of humor. Without it, I don’t think you’ll enjoy this movie and that’s a shame. It is my belief that this sequel is an improvement over the original. Even if you didn’t enjoy this series first time on the big screen I’d advise you to give Deadpool 2 a chance.

4. Black Panther

It’s a bit weird to have two Marvel movies right next to each other but I had to put Black Panther on the list somewhere. This film picks up with T’Challa finally returning home after the death of his father. He now will take his rightful spot upon the throne of Wakanda. When a great enemy appears it forces T’Challa to put himself to the test to protect Wakanda, it’s people, and gain the full power of black panther.

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While I do love superhero flicks they tend to stick to the same pattern. I’m sure the general public realizes that but surprisingly these kinds of movies still do well. What I love so much about this title is the fact that the villain is actually good. There are times where I don’t want T’Challa to succeed because the antagonist has good motivation for his actions. It’s a breath of fresh air and I hope as more Marvel films come out the antagonists can continue to improve.

3. Incredibles 2

This film has been anticipated for over a decade. I’m happy to say that it does not disappoint. In Incredibles 2, our favorite crime-fighting family is back, but this time we Helen take the spotlight while Bob takes care of the kids. Of course, this ends up being incredibly tough for this superfamily and it only gets tougher trying to deal with the numerous uncontrollable powers their baby Jack-Jack possesses. Now a new threat is looming and it’ll take everyone to work together to find a way to come out on top.

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When I saw this film in theaters a big smile came out as the movie started. I had been waiting for this film like many others and I think the greatest part about this sequel is that it didn’t let down the general public. This is a good movie from its comedy to its action it beat my expectations for everything. The animation is mind-blowing as well and the style present makes me want to dive right back into the world of Incredibles.

2. A Quiet Place

The reason why I went to see this film is that John Krasinski directed and he starred in it. Since the office, I have loved to see him on screen and his performance in this movie is stellar. The setting of this film is in a post-apocalyptic world. Krasinski and his family are forced to live in silence to avoid the creatures running amok.

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If you missed watching this film in a theater I don’t think you’ll ever have the same feeling I did when I watched this movie. The complete and utter silence of everyone in that room made this one of the most surreal experiences I have ever had while in a theater. This movie uses natural sounds most of the time with not much-spoken dialogue. Because of this you truly get invested in the film and its intriguing as well. The movie isn’t about the monsters and going into this I had just thought this would be a film where the audience would just see the enemy tear humans to pieces. To say this was a surprise hit for me would be an understatement.

1. Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War, was easily my favorite movie experience in the last couple of years. In this film we see Iron Man, Captain America, and the rest of the Avengers battle their greatest foe yet, Thanos. The hunt for the infinity stones is on and with all of them, Thanos will be able to bring the universe to his knees. The fate of everything they hold dear depends on the Avengers stopping this powerful foe.

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This movie feels like the season finale of a tv show. There have been 19 movies leading up to this point and over the past decade, we have grown fondly of these characters. We feel their struggle and we want them to come out on top because we know them. If you tend to go to Marvel movies a lot you have seen all of these characters for hours and hours. It is my belief that this film is the best Marvel movie out there. With an amazing villain, engaging fight scenes, plenty of comedic moments, and just overall polish this film blows other superhero movies out of the water.

Conclusion

This year has seen some great films and I know I missed a lot of them. If you can’t tell I have a particular taste. I love comedies, action, and thrillers which do limit the kinds of movies I will see over the course of the year. I don’t normally watch horror movies, but when I did I saw A Quiet Place which became one of my favorite films this year. My list is probably very different from other reviewers, but I do implore you all to check out these films. At the end of the day leave your minds open to seeing movies you wouldn’t normally see that way you can have different experiences.

Top 5: Best Cartoon Shows from Nickelodeon 2000 to 2010

It’s More Than Just Nostalgia with These Quality Cartoons

Believe it or not, cartoons used to actually have a quality to them. Shows from the 1990s and 2000s seldom had a cartoon series that was just plain terrible. The series that took place on tv stations normally had some quality to them even though they were targeted towards children. Now tv stations know that kids will watch anything so they have their writers put minimum effort into most content. They are more focused on quantity over quality which is a shame. Not to mention tv is being watched less and less. With the growth factors of fewer eyes on the screen, the more greedy tv corporations have become. Many writers, in fact, want to do more with their lives than make mediocre cartoon episodes. However, the industry is about money at the end of the day. This list will not contain shows like Rocket Power, Spongebob, Hey Arnold and Rugrats because they started before the 2000s.

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron makes the fifth spot because of its overall quality. This series focuses on Jimmy Neutron, who is a fifth-grade genius. He is constantly creating new inventions that either causes trouble for the town or end up saving it from some other type of threat. One of his greatest inventions is his robot dog Goddard, who is always a joy to have on screen. His best friends names are Carl and Sheen and they both are also perfect for the supporting cast role. He attends Lindberg Elementary with his friends and has his fair share of crazy adventures from episode to episode.

This cartoon ran for three seasons and even rewatching episodes is enjoyable. It wasn’t just a phase it is a quality show that I’d recommend if you haven’t seen it. The characters themselves were thrust into interesting situations from week to week. Which gave every episode its own particular taste. This is refreshing when compared to shows from all different ages. Plenty of cartoons can end up feeling like their episodes blend and you should never get that feeling when watching a show for the first time. Even the second or third viewing each adventure should feel like a different experience. I’m happy to say that this show truly is good and it wasn’t just the nostalgia talking.

The Fairly Oddparents is another classic that I’ll never forget. This show follows Timmy Turner, a ten-year-old boy who has one of the worst babysitters in history. This leads to him to be granted fairy godparents who possess the power to grant any wish he desires. These wishes go from helpful to devastating. In more extreme cases Timmy’s godparents Cosmo and Wanda must lend their hand in stopping the crazy threat they unleashed. This, of course, leads to many enjoyable and interesting adventures in a world where just saying what want can cause it to appear.

There’s a reason this show has run for ten seasons and it’s because there’s always been decent quality attached to it. Unlike Spongebob Squarepants even though this series has a long runtime it didn’t make the quality dip to the point it became unwatchable. I do have to admit that early seasons are better than the latter, however, it doesn’t mean that newer episodes are bad. They just can’t live up to the quality of the past. A great value of the show is its creativity. Wishes often differed from episode to episode and there normally was a good variety in each installment. Seeing the same wishes over and over could’ve made the show boring, but I appreciate the fact that the creator never lets the show dive into mediocrity.

The early 2000s truly birthed some amazing shows, but one of the best has to be Invader Zim. In this series, the protagonist is named Zim and he lives to be a space invader. Unfortunately, he is terrible at it and is considered by his peers to be moronic at his purpose in life. His planet’s leaders are finally fed up with him and decide to send him to earth to finally be rid of his annoying antics. Once Zim is sent to earth he sets up a base. He begins to infiltrate human culture at this point. Now he poses as a human so that he can blend into their society. With his plan underway to plot the downfall of the earth only one human knows what he is. This human’s name is Dib he is incredibly smart, but other individuals believe he’s crazy, so they won’t listen to a word he says.

We’d never get a kids cartoon like this again in our society. People get way too offended by the media and this show wasn’t for the faint of heart. Some episodes got dark, but that never turned me off the show. It was always interesting to me and I wish that the series as a whole continued for more than just two seasons. This show was incredibly funny as well. Growing up I never laughed at any other series on tv like I did with the Invader Zim. Our protagonist achieves being a genius and being an idiot at the same time. It’s impressive because comedy lies within both of these sides of Zim. The dumb trope of a character has existed forever, but only great shows can make these roles funny. Its odd to the phrase, but these writers made smart idiotic jokes. Much like Patrick in the early seasons of Spongebob Squarepants. Yes, Patrick is an idiot, but the jokes went beyond “hey, look at me I’m stupid”. There were genuinely funny jokes and Invader Zim possesses them as well.

There hasn’t been many good superheroes shows they all just repeat things that happened in previous iterations, but Danny Phantom is completely original. Danny Fenton is your typical teen he goes to school and lives an ordinary life. That is until he ended up destroying his parent’s portal to another dimension. After the explosion, Danny becomes half ghost. He now possesses ghost powers and ends up fighting ghosts who have now gotten access to our dimension. Only a few of his friends, Sam and Tucker know his secret identity. While battling ghosts day in and day out he also has to keep his identity a secret while attempting to graduate.

I don’t remember watching a bad episode in this series. While obviously, not every episode possessed the same quality the worst episodes still soared over the likes of similar cartoons. The high school setting was a good choice from the creator. High school drama is normally interesting and is very relatable. Some of the scenes in the show definitely had Danny do things I had always wished I could. Being able to possess a bully to make them prank themselves or even being able to just phase through solid matter when you’re late to class. His powers to this day are still very interesting to me. Not to mention they gave him a nice balance he has so many different abilities that it never becomes stale. Watching him fight it out with the different villains in this series gets better as the series goes on. While watching this cartoon from the pilot I didn’t think that would be the case. Series like this generally show all that our hero can do pretty early on and only changes the formula once or twice during its run. As the show continues Danny gets stronger and stronger boasting new powers from time to time. That alone makes this cartoon stand out from many others and that’s because things happen. Characters change and the series doesn’t stay stagnant. I love that about this show and there’s so much more than I enjoy. Our other main characters have their charm and the show wouldn’t be the same without them. With a cast this strong it’s hard to not to at least enjoy their screen time together.

The series that takes first for me shouldn’t be much of a surprise Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of the greatest cartoons that has ever existed. Their world is divided into four different nations. They persist of the Water Tribe, the Fire Nation, the Earth Kingdom, and the Air Nomads. Benders have the unique ability to control the element from their nation. However, The Avatar is the only one who can master all of the elements which are where our protagonist comes in. After the last avatar disappeared the Fire Nation now plans to conquer the earth. While their plan is put in motion Sokka and his sister Katara find a boy trapped in ice. Once breaking him free they become Avatar Aang’s best friends on his journey to stop the fire nation and master all four elements.

There’s so much to love about this series. The plot, characters, art style, and music are all amazing. I’ve never seen a show like this and even now none can compare. These three seasons tell a story with complicated themes. While it can easily be enjoyed by children returning to this as an adult doesn’t make me feel differently in a bad way. I do feel different now about the show, but it’s because I can appreciate the beauty of the series. You can’t judge anything by its cover and that’s not something you expect in a kids cartoon. I found myself being surprised very often with this show’s plot and I love that. Kids these days deserve cartoons with this kind of quality. I don’t think that’s happening anytime soon, but if you haven’t watched this show you’re missing out. Don’t let the live action movie detour you from this series either. Its a disgrace to the original content. I hope someday we can get a true movie adaptation, which can live up to the cartoon series.