Saturday, May 20, 2017

While The Cat's Away We Play... More YouTube and Twitch Videos!

By: Selina

Image by GhostGrafx

Nearly a year ago, Cat went on vacation and I took the time to post about YouTube and my plans. Since then, things have changed. The way I view the creators has altered and my own ambitions have jumped from YouTube to Twitch.

I did actually start a Twitch channel recently, but it didn’t turn out to be exactly what I thought it would. I figured I’d be doing various different games, but I fell in love with speed-running and kaizo levels. So, it’s pretty much all Super Mario Maker.

A lot of that love came from watching streamers and YouTubers play the game.

It only took beating a few really hard levels with my friends watching on for me to fall in love with streaming, too.

Despite my ambition switch from YouTube to Twitch, I haven’t completely left YouTube alone. In fact, I almost exclusively watch that instead of TV. The content is better, there’s less censorship, and there’s more room for creativity.

Granted, not everyone is going to be into the gaming videos, but that’s like any other sport out there. I don’t watch football, it’s as boring to me as watching Dashie play Resident Evil would be to my mom. However, there’s so much content that gaming is really only a small section of what there is to find on YouTube and Twitch. It’s my most preferred genre, but there’s some great content otherwise.

Below is my revised list of creators, between the two platforms, that deserve recognition. There’s more knowledge and experience in my decisions now and the list has been escalated to a top 35 because I just couldn’t choose.


35 Epic Meal Time 

This YouTube channel is, shockingly, about food. It’s got some restaurant highlights and some recipes… but they usually aren’t the kind of recipes you’re going to want to utilize on a daily basis unless you’re cooking for an army.

I’m talking about 200 lb candy bars, fast food lasagna made from upwards of 30 burgers, and so on and so forth.

Despite the fact that these videos can get cringe-inducingly gross, they are highly entertaining. Couldn’t, for the life of me, tell you why.

This YouTube channel is censored, but I definitely wouldn’t call it kid friendly.

So, here’s the deal. I relatively despise the majority of Buzzfeed’s stuff. It’s all click-baity and obnoxious. This is on the list for one reason and one reason only.

There’s a series on their YouTube channel called ‘Worth It’ and it is really good. It’s reminiscent of stuff like Diners, Drive-ins and Dives from the Food Network. They check out three different versions of things at three different prices and see which one is most worth it. The dynamic between the two most-often used hosts of the show is hilarious and you get some basic cultural knowledge of the subject of each episode.

If ‘Worth It’ ever moves to its own channel, I’ll have no more need for Buzzfeed.

This channel used to post more often and it seems to have an identity crises every few months. It used to be a vlog channel focusing on the relationship between two well-known YouTubers, then it became a family challenge channel, and now it seems to be back to vlogs. Regardless of what it is, the dynamic between Matthias and Amanda is gorgeous. Whether they’re competing or talking about their baby girl, Luna, they are worth watching.  

Lindsey Stirling is a modern goddess of the violin.

She covers everything with her trusty instrument. From Beauty and the Beast songs to video game tunes to other popular or random pieces. Her music is absolutely flawless, fun for the whole family, and the videos that go along with it have incredible production quality.

Stirling also tends to collaborate with well-known others, such as Josh Groban, John Legend, and Pentatonix.

She’s a good YouTuber to just sit down and watch or to have on in the background while you work.

CinnamonToastKen is a funny guy.

His is primarily a gaming channel, but Ken also posts vlogs of him with his family. Both aspects of his channel show unique sides of his personality. His gaming persona is a little over the top and it makes sense to hear of him associated with PewDiePie. When it’s just him and his wife (and new baby) there’s a milder look into his persona – the man behind the public face.

I like stuff like that. People who stream or record often put on an exaggerated mask of who they usually are, it’s nice to get to peek behind the curtain sometimes.

There are better gamers out there, but Ken is amusing and he’s fun to watch.

This channel isn’t widely popular yet, but I enjoy it anyway. It’s not a very complex idea they work with, but they post every weekday and it’s basically horror stories from the point of view of retail workers. My best friend is a manager at a big retail store and I’m always absorbed by his stories. This is no different.

Once in a while, they put in some feel-good stories, which is nice, but otherwise it just puts things in perspective for customers.

Lesson to learn? Don’t be a dick. Retail workers are people, too.

Also? There’s nothing in the back. Stop asking.

I’m going to be really honest here, I don’t know why I find this guy as hilarious as I do. He pretty much just reads viral stuff from the internet and ‘analyzes’ it in the simplest way possible. Still, it’s hilarious. He finds some really funny shit and he has some interesting takes on it… even if he doesn’t know what the fuck a muggle is.

Seriously. Who doesn’t know what a muggle is these days?

28 Moretoki

You know this guy. You may think you don’t, but you do. You’ve seen his videos floating around out there from time to time. This is the guy that lip syncs in his car. I cannot tell you how much I love those videos. In fact, I love them so much that the last time I saw one on my Facebook I decided to check out the creator.

He’s got some funny shit.

Moretoki’s sense of humor is juvenile and immature. Which is fine. Who doesn’t need a little silly in their lives?

27 RobertIDK

RobertIDK does a bunch of stuff, but it’s his parodies that I’m in it for.

I can relate to him. Me and Cat are professional fan-girls and he’s a professional fan-boy. His parodies are about YouTubers that he adores and are set to the tune of popular songs. They’re REALLY good, too. In fact, in some cases I can’t even hear the popular songs anymore without thinking of him and his work.

I watch very little of this channel. Occasionally I’ll watch a musical or two, but it’s a single series that has me coming back over and over. I watch it often, like a favorite movie, and I actively bought it on iTunes so I could have it on my phone always. I listen to it at the gym or while on my way somewhere.

Their Five Nights at Freddy’s musical is just the absolute greatest thing ever. Seriously. Go watch it. Whether or not you like the game is not a prerequisite.


TearofGrace is probably the least family friendly of all the channels listed here, but he’s hilarious.

I, personally, watch him for the Super Mario Maker stuff, but I’ve enjoyed some of his other gaming experiences. Unlike people like CarlSagan42 or R3XR4TH, however, I don’t watch him with the interest of seeing him succeed. He’s MUCH funnier when he’s frustrated.

He also has a pleasant accent made even more pleasant by his creative cursing.

This is really just the best place to find trailers. They have the big blockbusters and lots of indie films as well. They also don’t bother you with an intro or outro when all you want is the trailer.

23Xwater / Failstream / Jaku

These are three different people and I just couldn’t choose between them. All three of them are pretty well-known Mario streamers and creators. Their content is about skill more than anything else. All three of them are capable of some incredibly sick shit.

Although the three of them have a small presence on YouTube, they are first and fore-most Twitch streamers. That means you get to see every mistake, every death, every single moment of training to get to their speed-running best.

For instance, I know Failstream is on his 250th hour of trying to defeat and upload a level. All of those hours have been streamed. Along the same note, Xwater became a Twitch partner and did a 24-hour stream to celebrate.

Clearly, that kind of thing is not for everyone. You have to have a love for the game, or speed-running, or just one of the creators in general. If you ARE into any of that stuff, though, watching these behemoths of the game play is like watching any of your favorite athletes play their chosen sport.

Except when it includes glitch levels. That shit is art.

The biggest issue with Whitney Avalon is that she doesn’t release videos very often. In fact, her last release was five very long months ago. What matters here, though, is the quality of those releases.

Because she concentrates on quality over quantity, her videos are ridiculous in the best possible way. A lot of her stuff is similar to Epic Rap Battles of History, only her rap battles are between princesses and often host guest stars such as Eliza Dushku and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Her princess rap battles are just a start, though. She also has original songs as well as parodies to work with. There may be an epically long wait between videos, but I can listen to her old stuff over and over again in the meantime.

I know this channel’s gotten some heat for overly dumb shit they’ve done, but that doesn’t change the fact that their videos are incredibly entertaining. Most of them, anyway.

They have several different series: College Kids React, YouTubers React, Kids React, Celebs React, Elders React, Teens React, Adult React, etc. These people are sometimes reacting to viral challenges, films, games, music, videos, or food… among other things.

Where the drama is concerned, it’s nothing that bad. I’m not going to report on it, if you’re desperate to know you can find the information elsewhere. This is not a gossip blog.


Clearly, here at Trust the Dice, we enjoy our “Top 5/10/20/etc.” lists. That’s basically what WatchMojo does. They examine the top whatever of film, TV, history, politics, science, and anything else you could wrap your head around. It’s almost always interesting, even if you’re unfamiliar with the subject they’re talking about.

They have some other stuff, like comparing the movie version of Mantis to the comic book version, but they mostly post lists, and they do-so regularly.

BasementJer is a newer YouTuber. He’s part of a duo podcast called, “Basement Bookers.”

Now, I’m not a huge fan of wrestling anymore so I don’t tend to listen to the podcast as often as I’d like to, but BasementJer is hilarious whether or not you watch WWE. He does gameplay and vlogs. His gameplays are fun, but his vlogs are where the greatness really is. They’re either deep or hilarious (sometimes both). Whatever he’s talking about, though, it’s worth a watch.

Jenna is absolutely adorable.

I don’t tend to watch a lot of YouTubers like her. She does some make-up tutorials and cutesy stuff, most of which is just not up my alley. The thing is, she seems to really love what she does, she’s creative, and it’s impossible to look away from her when you’re watching.

I have actually sat at my computer and watched a full video of her getting her dogs to marry each other. Weird stuff, but hilarious.


Tasty is exactly what it sounds like: all food, all the time. It shows simple recipes step-by-step. Sometimes the finished product can get a little weird, or they might use weird ingredients, but that’s fine. It’s just a good idea to try new things.

I tend to stay away from their ice cream recipes because I wasn’t a fan, but I’ve made other stuff from them, such as dinners and a cinnamon roll apple pie, and they all came out phenomenal.

Just remember – for pies – they forget to tell you to proof the crust. Five minutes in the oven before you add the filling should keep the crust from getting soggy.

This guy is definitely not for everyone. Snowflakes need not apply.

He is intent on offending everyone that’s has ever, or will ever, be alive. But it’s a character. Not unlike Stephen Colbert was on his old Comedy Central show. A very different character, but it’s the same basic idea.

If you are easily offended, Wiltshire is NOT for you, but I think he is fucking hilarious. He has NEVER failed to make me laugh. His videos don’t come out often, but they’re always short, successful, and to the point.

Someday… he might just realize he can turn his phone horizontal.

15 Matthias

Matthias is the biggest dork I’ve ever seen. However, he totally owns it. His weirdness is what makes him so good.

He does reviews for stuff from Amazon, or the 99 cent store, or Walmart, etc. It sounds unremarkable, and on paper, it is. If you’re a fan of dad jokes, weirdness, and just general family-friendly humor, however, Matthias becomes more than just watchable.

Now, you know me. I curse so hard I have to invent new ones to meet my quota. Matthias is as far from that as is humanly possible. He has an air of innocence that is hard to ignore. That makes him one of the best to watch with your kids, or your parents, or at work, or out in public. There will never be an accidental NSFW moment. He’s very careful about it and good at what he does.

Santagato used to upload every single Tuesday. It was part of the reason Tuesdays were my favorite day of the week. He hasn’t been as reliable with his uploads, which is upsetting… but I’ll take what I can get. He’s funny, crude, and raunchy.

Some of my favorite videos of his involve the Mad Libs bit he does with his brother Keith.

He is a lot of fun to watch.


Poppy is not fun to watch. She is creepy and weird and I kind of hate her. However, I’m also completely fascinated by her. After seeing someone on another channel react to her videos, I decided I had to see if her shit was for real or if it was a bit.

I proceeded to watch every single one.

I never miss a video now. It tells a very abstract story about our society, and it is always fucking creepy.

To be honest with you, I’ve got NO idea why she’s worth it, but she really is.

Superwoman is all about the awesome sketch comedy. She is an activist (not a SJW, just someone who gives a fuck) and she truly seems to care about her fans. She does live Q & A sessions pretty frequently, as a matter of fact.

At the moment, she’s on a world tour to promote her book, but her videos are still going up relatively on time. She’s also had some kick-ass guests on her channel, like Seth Rogen and James Franco.

Do you like to theorize about video game endings, YouTube channels, or movies that leave you hanging? Are you known for striking up conversations about why certain things should or shouldn’t have worked in that movie you watched yesterday? These are the YouTube channels for you.

MatPat, the guy known for these channels, knows his shit and uses it to science the hell out of our entertainment. He uses facts about the films or games you love to answer questions like such as the following:

Is Dory Faking It? (Finding Dory)

Is Daenerys Going Mad? (Game of Thrones)

Why is Mario Mental? (Mario games)

Could People Really Survive in Mirror’s Edge? (Mirror’s Edge)

What is Poppy’s Hidden Message? (Poppy)

There are a ton of other games, videos, channels, and TV shows that MatPat attacks with his wealth of scientific, entertainment, sociological, and meme knowledge.

Have you ever wondered what Julia Child might have thought about Gordon Ramsay? How about what Romeo and Juliet might have said to Bonnie and Clyde? Do you daydream about Abraham Lincoln slapping Donald Trump or being a fly on the wall for a showdown between Walter White and Rick Grimes?

Yeah, me too.

That’s where Epic Rap Battles of History come in. They pit people against each other from history, myth, and entertainment. I have TONS of favorites for this channel. Even though they have some ridiculously awesome guest stars (like Key, Peele, and Snoop Dogg), only a couple of my favorites involve anyone but the ERB team.

Dashie isn’t the greatest gamer in the world but I’ll be damned if he isn’t one of the most entertaining YouTubers out there. I LOVE Saturdays when he does Super Mario Maker, but I’ll watch him play absolutely any horror game or virtual reality.

I can’t watch him play Mario Kart, but I can’t watch anyone play Mario Kart. That’s the game I’m best at and for some reason watching people fuck up at it makes me angrier than it should.

Never-the-less, Dashie is a genuine, hilarious, caring YouTuber that’s worth watching, sometimes for hours at a time.


Watching Dashie for Super Mario Maker is like watching Kevin Hart for basketball. Watching Ryukahr for Super Mario Maker is like watching Michael Jordan for basketball – in his prime. Ryukahr is a brilliant Mario player and creator. He’s not as funny as a lot of the others, but he’s so talented that watching him play is all you’d need, even if you don’t like gaming at all – let alone Mario.

He’s just that impressive.

Ryu is a fucking artist and there’s a genuine nature to his personality. It feels casual and comfortable to watch him play.


Mark is most well-known for his Five Nights at Freddy’s video series. To be honest, I haven’t seen the majority of them. I watch him play almost everything else, but where FNAF is concerned I’ve mostly just seen his Sister Location videos.

When you watch Mark play FNAF, it’s easy to see why some gamers can be considered a kind of mental athlete. He’s all about completion on the hardest difficulty – something most people couldn’t touch in their dreams (called Golden Freddy in Sister Location).

Mark doesn’t only do gaming videos, though those are his bread and butter. He does 12-hour charity livestreams, skits, he shouts-out to his fans, he arranges random pop-up appearances at parks where his fans can meet him, he reaches out to people in his vlogs and tries to bring some positivity into the world. Markiplier isn’t just a great gamer and a funny guy, he’s a great person. It’s easy to WANT to like him.

And that’s pretty cool.


R3XR4TH was someone I found on Twitch through a raid. (A raid is when a bigger streamer tells their audience to go check out a smaller streamer and give them a shot – there’s more to it, but that’s the basics.) I watched for a couple of hours and just fell in love with his content. In fact, I credit him as one of the influences that turned my ambitions from YouTube to Twitch. He made streaming look like FUN.

He’s more Twitch than YouTube, really. I’ve seen his YouTube stuff, but he’s at his absolute best when you get to interact with him in his Twitch room.

R3X is a really great Mario player and, though I watch him primarily for Super Mario Maker, he does other games as well and he’s just as entertaining with them.

If you’re looking for a great streamer to watch to see if Twitch is for you, I’d recommend him.

Grand POOBear is a speed-running god. I can watch him speed run any version of anything. He’s got a subtly ‘late night’ sense of humor without stepping over any lines and his Twitch stream is full of hilarious memes and rumors (like him not having legs – which he does, promise).

I watched him get the world record on Super Dram World and it was one of the most impressive things I’d ever seen from a gamer.

My thing with him, is that I prefer to watch his stuff on YouTube more than Twitch, despite the fact that he’s a Twitch streamer. He never streams on YouTube, I believe it’s in his contract. However, his edited videos go onto YouTube and those are awesome to watch.

It’s clear when watching Poo that he loves the game and speed running. When someone truly loves what they’re doing, it’s easier to love watching them do it.


Facts is responsible for tons of “Irish People try/do/watch/etc.” videos. The personalities they have on the show are hilarious and have some wicked chemistry with each other. I’ve been entertained just watching them taste test peanut butter and jelly before.

It’s a great channel, they’re nearing the one million mark on subscriptions now and I’m hoping they do some kind of special for it.

Gooooooood Mythical Morning. This channel features Rhett and Link, the only two hipsters I’ve ever liked. They try weird food, give out weird facts, participate in weird competitions… and all before noon.

I can’t even open my eyes before noon without being grumpy.

My husband and I watch them every single day that they post. Normally, they post every weekday morning, but in the summer, it’s just Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I absolutely miss them on those two other days during that time.

Rhett and Link are awesome people. They give to charity, they interact with their fans, and they’re quick to tell a joke. Plus, they are about as family friendly as they come.

Let’s talk about that.

Once upon a time, I found CarlSagan42 while searching for Super Mario Maker levels on YouTube. I watched him for a few months and didn’t think much of it. Never really hit up his Twitch stream or anything. I judged him against people like Markiplier and Jacksepticeye and wasn’t as impressed. Then, it all changed real quick.

I don’t know what changed it, couldn’t tell you. Maybe it was just as simple as his incredible skill level mixed with his mad scientist personality, but one day I just woke up and found I had slowly become fucking addicted to his Brain Power.

Without fail, I watch Carl every time he streams. If I’m not home, I pull it up on my phone or a friend’s computer. I then watch his YouTube videos (which are just edited versions of his streams) in the background while I work.

He’s funny, ridiculously talented, incredibly brilliant, and a huge nerd – all good things in my book. I have binge watched his videos in the past, and I will in the future…. Even though I’m at a point where I’ve seen them all.

His science lessons at the end of his videos alone are worth it.

Jack is the absolute best ever. I’m a huge fan-girl. I have merchandise, I watch every video he puts out, I’ve back-watched his videos, he’s remarkable. Much like some of the previously mentioned gamers, he’s not always the absolute best at the games, but he’s so much fun to watch that I don’t care (I still can’t watch him or anyone else play Mario Kart. That’s a constant).

I found him while I was looking for Super Mario Maker levels on YouTube, but I think his Super Mario Maker series is one of his worst… and that was the one I decided I liked him after watching. If someone were to make me guess his best series, I’d be at a loss.

Inside was a great series, but I also loved his Antisepticeye stuff that he did for Halloween. Night in the Woods was phenomenal. His Portal 2 Co-Op with Bob is always hilarious. He had so much fun with The Last Guardian that it was impossible to look away. My husband and I watched his Turmoil series together and had a lot of fun yelling at him through the screen. His vlogs and fan comment videos are all funny and touching and awesome.

I’ve binge back-watched a lot of Jack and I’ve seen him grow from a young adult trying to pretend to be someone else (he used to hide his Irish accent) to a true entertainer living his dream. He loves what he does and he cares about the people who watch. He often plays games based around anxiety or other emotional issues, which allows him to touch on trying to get those who need it the help they deserve. He raises money for charity and he works his fucking ass off to make sure that whatever he’s doing, his fans get two videos every day, without fail.

I like being a fan of people who make me want to like them. Jack is one of those people. He’s a comedian, a voice artist, a decent human being, and a hell of an entertainer.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Golden Time (2013-2014) - Foreign Film Friday - Through the Eyes of Selina

Number Rolled: N/A
Movie Name/Year: Golden Time (2013-2014)
Tagline: None
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Length: 24 Episodes
Rating: TV-14
Production Companies: J.C. Staff
Producer: John Ledford
Director: Chiaki Kon, Sega Kajii, Yoshitaka Koyama, Hiromichi Matano, Makoto Sokuza, Osamu Honma, Tomohiro Matsukawa, Toshinori Fukushima, Masato Kitagawa, Hideaki Nakano, Yoshikata Nitta, Masako Sato, Takashi Yamazaki
Writer: Fumihiko Shimo
Actors: Yui Horie, Makoto Furukawa, Ai Kayano, Kaito Ishikawa, Ibuki Kido, Takahiro Hikami, Takayuki Kondo, Satomi Sato

Blurb from IMDb: Banri Tada is a freshman at a Tokyo law school. After an accident, he suffers severe memory loss. Despite the incident, he befriends fellow freshman, Mitsuo Yanagisawa, which leads him to the beautiful, yet obsessive, Kouko Kaga.

Selina’s Point of View:
Ok, you caught me. This isn’t a film. Never-the-less, it is foreign and Cat’s away so… it’s anime day!

I’m only just starting to get into anime. Before recently, I’d mostly seen the stuff from Adult Swim. Animes like Inuyasha (2000-2006), Blood + (2005-2006) and Bleach (2004-2012). I guess, technically, my first anime was Sailor Moon (1995-2000) or Pokemon (1997-) … but we all know there’s a clear difference between the Americanized versions and the originals.

I chose Golden Time randomly from the many, many animes listed on Crunchy Roll. I’d bought a subscription and I was curious about some of the series that I hadn’t heard of much. In the mood for a romance, I just wound up picking this one.

At first, I found it difficult to submerge myself in. It seemed like such a cut, copy, and paste young adult angst bit of cringe-worthy semi-romance. In fact, I almost gave up on the series altogether. Even the characters seemed depthless and uninteresting.

I don’t recall exactly which episode I was on when that all changed.

Something original was revealed about the main character and everything about the story started to shift. There was almost a mind fuck kind of aspect to it after that.

Still, I was able to stop myself from binge-watching too much, too fast. I just watched a couple of episodes here, a few there. At about 13 episodes in… that changed too.

I wound up stuck to the TV.

In fact, I finished the rest of the season in three days after that.

I became enthralled with the story and fell in love with each of the characters, no matter how annoying or strange they seemed on the surface.

To be honest, I feel like the writers may have done that transition on purpose.

We were shown the superficial aspects of the characters first. There seemed to be a lack of anything under the surface – as if we were meeting real people for the very first time. The longer the series went on, the more I felt I was getting to know them.

The romance aspect was secondary to the real story – once that real story was revealed, anyway. It was a HUGE secondary aspect, though, so if you don’t like romance this won’t be your thing. It’s just that the real story had so much going on that there were times that the love parts didn’t really remain in the fore-front of my mind.

I would get to the end of an episode and have to know what came next. What was Banri Tada going to do next? How was he going to fix things? What was this mystery hanging over everyone’s head?

The ending was intense and memorable, which elevated Golden Time from an anime I was glad I watched to one of my favorite animes of all time.

Granted, that’s not such a huge deal yet – I have only about a dozen or so animes under my belt at this time – but it’s a start. I believe Golden Time will be a series I remember for a long, long time.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – N/A
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – N/A
Metascore – N/A
Metacritic User Score – N/A
IMDB Score – 7.7/10

Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating4/5

Movie Trailer: 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mercury Plains (2016)

Number Rolled: 100
Movie Name/Year: Mercury Plains (2016)
Tagline: No home. No laws. No limit.
Genre: Action, Thriller, Drama
Length: 102 minutes
Rating: R
Production Companies: Number 5 Films, Republic of EPIC
Producer: Tibaut Bowman, Marianna Gose, Houston Hill, Frank Robertson, Susan Temple, Robert Thomas, Eric Watson
Director: Charles Burmeister
Writer: Charles Burmeister
Actors: Scott Eastwood, Nick Chinlund, Andy Garcia, Jorge A Jimenez, Justin Arnold, Justin Park, Angela Sarafyan, Keith Poulson, Nicholas Pullara, Miguel Velez, Steven Pritchard
Stunts: Mark Chavarria, Joe Gonzalez, Jason Owen

Blurb from Netflix: Running from his troubles in Texas, an aimless drifter takes up arms with a paramilitary group that says it’s targeting Mexico’s drug cartels.

Selina’s Point of View:
Netflix needs a better blurb writer. By just the blurb – which I’m sure they thought was cleverly worded – I knew exactly what this film would be. Not just plot-wise, but spoiler-wise.

That’s not cool.

I have a feeling that the emotions that come along with slowly figuring things out was supposed to be a huge part of this film. Which means whoever wrote that blurb screwed up the experience of this movie for people watching it on the Netflix platform.

That said, I had several issues with this film itself.

The biggest of all was that the script was terrible. The plot alone might not have been an issue and Scott Eastwood (The Fate of the Furious, Suicide Squad, Fury) did well with his character, but the script was just bad. It could have been a decent film with a better writer and some better actors to work alongside Eastwood.

To be fair, though, if the greatest actors of all time had to say what some of those in the film had to say, they likely wouldn’t have been able to sell it either.

This was supposed to be a thrilling and gritty film that caused feelings of dread and unease… I don’t know how the creators thought it could be that and pretentious at the same time. It didn’t work. It just wound up making me sigh most of the time.

I likely won’t watch this film again in the future.

Cat’s Point of View:
If this film crossed my radar at all, it didn’t stick with me. Having now watched the movie, I’m afraid I don’t think that will change. I’m likely going to forget this one in time.

I have a good deal of respect for Scott Eastwood (The Forger, The Perfect Wave, Snowden) as an actor. He’s more than his looks and his well-known last name. His first handful of film projects, he didn’t even use the Eastwood name; and he auditioned for his first role like anyone else – even though his father was the director. Nepotism didn’t land him that part.

He seems to have been slightly type-cast so far, however, and part of me wonders if he’s seeking those roles specifically or if they’re finding him. Either way, the apple is certainly not falling very far from the tree.

I don’t really have any faults with his performance, per se, but overall the production was just lacking something. It went so slowly at times. It elevated the sense of dread and impatience that I felt – but it also drew out everything else so that it became uncomfortable. Not physically, of course, but I got to a point in the film that I just felt squirmy in general.

I really enjoyed moments here and there, though, so it wasn’t really bad. It felt like there were even shades of Full Metal Jacket (1987), which I also found interesting.

Nick Chinlund (The Onion Movie, The Chameleon, Need for Speed) was a good fit for The Captain. I did spend a bit of the movie trying to figure out where I remembered him from, though. Of course, he had a bit more hair for The Chronicles of Riddick (2004). There’s a deep voice in my head now that’s saying "You should have taken the money, Toombs." But I digress.

All in all, the movie was okay. It wasn’t bad, and it wasn’t great. If asked if I would recommend it, my response would probably be ‘eh, sure.’ I’m just not entirely sure I’d watch it again.

Speech Available: English
Subtitles Available: English

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 13%
Metascore - None
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 4.3/10

Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating1.5/5
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating3/5

Movie Trailer:

Monday, May 15, 2017

A Few Best Men (2011)

Number Rolled: 81
Movie Name/Year: A Few Best Men (2011)
Tagline: Keep your friends close, but don't invite them to your wedding.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Length: 97 minutes
Rating: NR
Production Companies: Screen Australia, Quickfire Films, Screen NSW, Parabolic Pictures, Stable Way Entertainment, Unthank Films, Story Bridge Films, Ingenious Broadcasting, Auburn Entertainment
Producer: Antonia Barnard, Dean Craig, Todd Fellman, Gary Hamilton, Josh Kesselman, Mark R. Lindsay, Laurence Malkin, Share Stallings, James M. Vernon
Director: Stephan Elliott
Writer: Dean Craig
Actors: Laura Brent, Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall, Kevin Bishop, Tim Draxl, Elizabeth Debicki, Olivia Newton-John, Rebel Wilson, Jonathan Biggins, Oliver Torr, Steve Le Marquand, Alan Cinis, Kim Knuckey
Stunt Doubles: Perry Attfield, Ingrid Kleinig, Scott Marcus, Rhys Richards, Sharelle Starr, Ben Toyer

Blurb from Netflix: A would-be groom sees his wedding day turn into a fiasco when his terminally pubescent best friends, a drug dealer, and a male sheep enter the picture.

Selina’s Point of View:
This was the Australian version of the Hangover (2009) with a little more romance.

I’ll admit that there were some funny moments in A Few Best Men; I giggled here and there. I was even emotionally touched a few times, but I don’t think there was anything even remotely original about the film.

By fifteen minutes in, I not only knew the ending, but I called at least six things leading up to the ending. Big things. Things that were meant to be huge surprises.

That said, it wasn’t a terrible movie. It wasn’t painful to sit through or anything… just a little boring. I feel like a few minor tweaks in the plot or script could have easily turned this Hangover wannabe into something that could stand on its own.

After all, the acting wasn’t bad and some of the jokes were decent. I just wish they’d have done one thing, just ONE thing that didn’t fit the tropes one would expect.

Honestly, I think the writer was lazy.

If you really need some background noise, or to turn your brain off after a hard day, then this would be fine for you. I wouldn’t watch it if you’re looking for something to really make you roll from laughter, or something that would blow your mind. It’s not awesome and I’d bet it won’t even be memorable.

I suspect that in a year or two when I’m going through blog records I’m going to come across the title of this film and stare at it blankly until I speak to Cat and ask her what dimension we watched this in. (This is a thing that recently happened with the film If I Stay [2014]. I still don’t remember anything about that film.)

Cat’s Point of View:
I absolutely loved this movie.

I became intrigued with Xavier Samuel (Bait, Plush, Love & Friendship) a while back and sought out some of his work. From Shakespearean England to facing down tsunami-stranded sharks, he’s definitely shown that he has quite the range. Of course, this movie added some levity. Samuel played it brilliantly.

I really liked the chemistry between Samuel and his on-screen fiancé, Laura Brent (Legend of the Seeker, Healing, Secret City). It felt believable, even if parts of the tale itself were a little harder to suspend disbelief on. But who cares, really?

The movie was meant to be rollicking fun rather than some serious drama. There’s some irreverent humor - mostly spearheaded by friends Tom, Graham, and Luke; played by Kris Marshall (The Merchant of Venice, Meant to Be, Sparks and Embers), Kevin Bishop (Moonwalkers, The Rack Pack, Birds Like Us), and Tim Draxl (In My Sleep, Undocumented, A Place to Call Home) respectively.

There were a couple of pleasant surprises among the cast, as well. Before her career really took off, at least here in the States, Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids, Pain & Gain, The Brothers Grimsby) played the unsubtle sister of Brent’s character, Mia. I really enjoyed her performance – it avoided being too far over-the-top as some of her more recent roles have been.

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge Olivia Newton-John (Sordid Lives, The Wilde Girls, Score: A Hockey Musical). Not only does some of her music grace the soundtrack of the film, but she plays the mother-in-law to be. I adore her character here. She captured the essence of the politician’s wife – as well as handling the other demands of her role deftly. I can’t say more without giving too much away!

I could probably babble on forever about this movie, but I’ll spare you by leaving you with my firm recommendation that this film is great for some good laughs. I’ll likely watch this one again on more than one occasion.

Speech Available: English
Subtitles Available: English

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 16%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 36%
Metascore – None
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 5.7/10

Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating2/5
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating5/5

Trust-the-Dice’s Parental Advisory Rating: R

P.S. Short scene after the credits.

Movie Trailer: