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This post was written by correspondent Robert Sunshine and edited by me.~missemmamm

 
Warning: Spoilers Abound (for the first film, as well)

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Hello, children. Today, I have a special little story for you. Recently, missemmamm, my lovely temptress, and I decided to go see a movie. What movie did we go see, you ask? Well, keep reading and I might tell you. Man, you guys can be impatient sometimes, you know?

Anyway, we went to go see Hotel Transylvania 2. It’s that movie with Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, whose names sound extremely close to each other. The fact that they both were musical talent on SNL also seems a little more of a coincidence. But, oh well, back on to my ravings of a mad man.

The story of the first Hotel Transylvania took place in the year whatever the fuck. Dracula builds a castle for the protection of all monsters, including his newborn baby girl, to save them from the horrors of the human race. As years pass, his child wishes to leave the castle and explore the world. Fearing for her safety, Adam Draculer builds a fake city using zombies as townsfolk to scare her from leaving. It works. Yada, Yada, Yada.

Andy Sandberg shows up and is like “dude”. The daughter, having never met another man her age, falls in love instantly. Now, the reason I’m talking about the story of the first movie isn’t really to give you a lot of backstory. It’s to show that this movie is already giving a bit of a racial undertone. Dracula is afraid of Andy Johnnystein because he is a human and humans are not to be trusted. Now, we don’t really see any hints of racism show up until his daughter starts to express her feelings. Dracula says that it’s unheard of, disgusting, and fearful. In the end, they fall in love. Dracula accepts Andy into his vampire heart and accepts his daughter is going to love him, regardless of his opinion.

Now, let’s turn to the second movie. I just want to point out that I know everything in this movie was in all good fun. I’m not trying to derail you from watching this movie, because I personally loved it. The message they were getting across isn’t the blatant racism, but how they react to it. It’s how in the end, it didn’t matter the race of species. Whether monster or human, mattered, but how they were able to accept each other, rather than just tolerate them. The story of the movie itself is incredible. The general racism in the movie is only there to show that in the end, none of it mattered. Then again, as I said, earlier, these are probably just the ramblings of a mad man who pays too much attention to these movies. Okay, now that that’s out of the way…

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Now, fast forward a few years. The young couple are married. They have a half-breed baby, half vampire and half human. Now, I wont go into too much detail about this movie, except for a couple key parts. Mavis wants to move to Andy’s hometown. Dracula wants them to stay for two reasons: he wants to protect the baby from the outside world and he wants to try to get the child’s baby fangs to grow. Everyone believes the boy is human, but Dracula is determined to prove otherwise.

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally in Hotel Transylvania 2

Okay, so there’s the general plot. Now, Andy’s parents are your typical suburban couple, who are now in the movie series to show their tolerance of monsters. Thinking they are abnormal and that their grandson shouldn’t be in that kind of environment, because they think that he is a human as well. Now to try to convince them to stay, they brought two “mixed couples” to show how “progressive there community is”. One of the couples was supposed to be a werewolf and a woman. The man who they thought was a werewolf just had a big beard. So, it was generally just typical monster profiling. There’s another scene, in which Dracula’s father made it very clear how disgusting he thought it was that humans and monsters were mingling together. There is actually a straight shot of his face saying that it’s wrong. That’s when it went from subtle to in your face.

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Finally, at the end of the movie, the grandfather’s henchman, realizing that the baby was a half-breed, screamed his own personal disgust. After threatening his friend, the boys vampire blood awoke to kick some serious racist ass. Following, was an incredible fight scene of bats versus humans and monsters working together. The whole movie moving to a head, into a full blown race war, goddamn. Now, in the end of the movie, they won, kicking ass. Good triumphs over evil.

Like I said, I really, really liked this movie, including the art style and the story. Usually, whenever it comes to sequels, I’m very touch and go. However, this one really was an enjoyable ride. As I said earlier, I’m not discouraging anyone to see this movie. Racial undertones were definitely in it, but only to show a positive message that it is not okay to treat somebody differently. Whether they are human, monster, or unicorn.

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Photos are from the official Hotel Transylvania Facebook

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Yes, there are more Disney movies than the following available on Netflix, but in keeping with the original theme of this series, these are the ones that I truly enjoy.

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Pocahontas (1995)/Pocahontas 2: Journey to a New World (1998)

Pocahontas was released at the tail end of my childhood, bookending into the dreaded teen years. Luckily it was awesome enough to draw me in even though I’m sure I acted too mature for it at the time. Pocahontas was inspired by the life of the famous Native American, known for working in harmony with the early colonists of Jamestown, VA. While history indicates that she did save the life of John Smith, they were not in a relationship. However that is not the film’s take, which I quite enjoy. The basic plot is the early colonists trying to take over the Native American’s land. The love story between Pocahontas and John Smith throws a monkey wrench in the works.

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Watching the movie in my youth I was drawn in by the music (Tia Carrere has a beautiful voice) and seemingly magical properties of the Native Americans. While watching it early this year I not only was able to enjoy that but also the comedy. Seriously, rewatch it as an adult and guffaw at the awesomely fab songs by the baddies who openly admit their plans to steal the Native American’s land. Plus, the villain’s henchman is super flamboyant. The animal sidekicks (on both sides) are also a treat.

I have not had a chance to watch the sequel yet but I assume it’s some fun.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
I’m not sure if there’s anyone who isn’t at least passingly familiar with Tim Burton’s stop motion masterpiece at this point. The super quick rundown is that a skeleton king who resides in Halloweentown discovers Christmas. Fun ensues when he gets things a bit wrong.

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Dumbo (1941)
I identify to much with the character of Dumbo to have watched it all that often. Dumbo is an unpopular elephant who is criticized for his large ears. Aw. Even before I hit adolescence and understood this type of cruelty I still found it a sad tale. The film involves Dumbo going to visit his mother. It also includes Dumbo accidentally getting drunk and crows that I (and many others) have found to be racially demeaning. So yeah, if you are planning to watch Dumbo with a child, I’d recommend using it as a way to teach acceptance to those who are different/unpopular but be prepared for questions on his inebriated state and why “the crows talk like that”.

So, what are your Disney favorites that can be found on Netflix? Yes, Mulan is in my queue.

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Okay, so it’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these.

Sanctum in 3D-(02/04)

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"every gesture I make is more important than anything you will ever do"

Ugh, a cave movie by James Cameron. I would rather gnaw off my own arm than watch this.

The Roommate-(02/04)
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(SNL’s recent spoof of the film)

I’m really excited to see this take on the whole Single White Female genre starring Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester. This one is set at a college. Yes, all of these ‘that new bitch is stealing my life’ movies are pretty much the same but they are the type of cheese that I love. Burlesque’s Cam Gigandet costars as eye candy.

The Other Woman-(02/04) (Limited)
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This is a heavy handed drama starring Natalie Portman as a stepmother dealing with the death of her and her new husband’s baby and learning to be a stepmom to his ex-wife (Lisa Kudrow)’s son. Yeah, I have no interest in ever seeing this. People are actually acting excited to see it due to Black Swan. Yes, Black Swan was amazing but that has nothing to do with this movie.

Just Go With It-(02/11)
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The newest Adam Sandler movie also happens to be the newest Jennifer Aniston attempt at romantic comedy. If you have seen any of her recent romantic comedies (or even seen them advertised) you probably plan to steer clear from this, as I do. The only interesting thing about it is this article that I saw last summer. If the marketing team had any sense they would try to promote Nicole Kidman’s role in this film. I haven’t seen her in one commercial for it. The plot in all of the commercials is Sandler using a fake wife to pick up hot babes. The subplot seems to be about the one upping feud between Aniston and Kidman which would definitely make a more interesting movie.

Gnomeo & Juliet in 3D-(02/11)
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This creepy looking new animated children’s movie looks okay. If you have a kid you may be able to contend with it. It’s a take off on Rome & Juliet played by garden gnomes, one of whom is voiced by James McAvoy.

Cedar Rapids-(02/11) (Limited)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJqFUWbITug
This looks like a little oddball comedic gem. The Office’s Ed Helms starts a new job and has to compete with the boisterous John C. Reilly. Anne Heche, Rob Corrdry, Mike O’Malley, Stephen Root and Sigourney Weaver costar.

The Eagle-(02/11)
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The Eagle is the type of old A.D. battle movie that is great for families or dates because even if you get sick of the battles you can ogle Channing Tatum. Donald Sutherland costars.

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never-(02/11)
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This is listed only to remind you that if you have a theater that gets overgrown with preteens when trash like this comes out you should probably avoid checking out any movie the weekend that this opens to avoid them.

The Resident-(02/18) (Limited)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVrQ4Iu8fAs
I stumbled upon this movie by accident. I hadn’t heard or seen anything about it. Despite starring the very talented Hilary Swank and Jeffrey Dean Morgan it looks more B movie than A lister. The theme seems to be ‘women shouldn’t live alone, because they scare easily’. Yes, the basic plot is damaged woman gets a stalker. The film also costars the ever creepy Christopher Lee who I thought had already died. The film is being rushed to DVD on March 29th so you don’t really need to check it out in a theater even if yours happens to get it. My game plan for viewing this would be to Netflix or Redbox it with some wine and popcorn.

I Am Number Four-(02/18)

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"chicks dig flashlight hands"

I’m truly sick of hearing about this teen alien movie because it was shot in Pittsburgh (which I am not far from) and they did a lot of local casting for it. I don’t recognize any of the cast, aside from Timothy Olypant. I suppose they are newbie teen actors, but I could be wrong. I have a feeling that this is going to bank a lot of dough and make teens think that aliens are sexy. Oh wait, I guess I thought they were too when I was that age. Hmm.

Unknown-(02/18)

This is a new mystery action flick starring Liam Neeson. He is an accident and then when he comes to everyone is acting like he is inventing the old life that he remembers. I’ve seen this type of film quite a few times and my guess is that he knows some big secret that they are trying to hush up and drive him crazy or kill him so he can’t expose it. It will probably turn out to be a half decent movie and everyone now knows that if pushed to do so Neeson can kick some ass, evidenced from Taken. The film costars Aidan Quinn (Can someone stop him from aging any more? This is ruining my girl hood crush.), Mad Men’s January Jones and Inglourious Basterds’ Diane Kruger.

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son-(02/18)

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"I hope I'm getting paid a lot of money for this"

You mean you haven’t been wondering what would happen if Martin Lawrence taught another guy to dress in drag? Yeah, me neither. Why does this exist? Oh yeah, $$$. Blame people who see all of those Tyler Perry movies for garbage like this. P.S. The lead Brandon T. Jackson is a douche. You may know him as Alpa Cino in the hilarious Tropic Thunder. He’s also one of those C level actors who joins twitter, follows a ton of people and then unfollows them to look popular, very lame indeed. Wow, his twitter bio is so ridiculous that I want to laugh out loud.

Vanishing on 7th Street-(02/18) (Limited)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFbBIUcklt8
This end of the world movie stars Hayden Christensen, John Leguizamo and Thandie Newton. I’ve seen some bad reviews floating around about this movie. I think whether or not I will like it will depend on how Christensen comes across. Sometimes I think he’s great in a movie, but at other times I find him bland. What’s really cool is that this movie currently has a pre-theatrical release on Amazon’s Video On Demand. So you can go here and rent this movie right now to watch in your own home instead of waiting to catch it at the movies.

Drive Angry 3D-(02/25)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2-hiHUh4UQ
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“he broke out of hell…”
This is the newest Nic Cage vehicle. Not quite a revenge movie, but close enough. I saw a preview for it in front of The Green Hornet and it looks B movie fantastic. So schlocky, so awesome and in 3D! William Fichtner costars as Cage’s adversary. Check out the 3D poster on the official site.

“Rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, grisly images, some graphic sexual content, nudity and pervasive language.”-Oh yeah!

Hall Pass-(02/25)
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Hall Pass sounds awesome on paper. It’s a comedy about some guys who get permission to cheat on their wives. It stars Jason Sudeikis, Owen Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate, Alyssa Milano, Richard Jenkins and Vanessa Angel. So far though all of the ads make it look like it falls flat. The film still isn’t rated which usually means that the studio is trying to get a R rating trimmed to a PG-13 so they can make more money. Sometimes movies like this are hilarious when you watch them but they couldn’t show all of the dirty stuff in the ads. Here’s hoping that it gets a R and is actually funnier than it appears. Also, I have always had a huge crush on Owen Wilson and he looks weird in this. I hope the drugs aren’t catching up to his face. Check out the official site for tons of pics.

Shelter-(02/25)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSAU4-ClVxs
This looks dark and interesting. Julianne Moore stars as the psychiatrist to Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ (dangerous?) multiple personalities patient. Reviews for this are pretty good.

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