Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) Review

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We’ve taken quite a time jump with Creature of the Black Lagoon, this is the first time I have ever seen the film and I was surprised that it was able to use my wide screen television to its advantage as the other films we have looked at only took up a percentage of the screen.

Julie Adams and the Gill Man in CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, 1954.

The creature is one of the most popular monsters of all time, it became a beloved icon after the success of the movie and many toys, food promotions, board games and plush toys made Universal more than 10 times the amount they got from the film alone, today the simple story of a group of scientist’s hunting a man/fish monster so they can study it probably wouldn’t be so popular compared too some of the more complex horror movies of today, so what made this so famous and why did so many people love the monster?

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Some may believe that the creatures success is purely due to how brilliant the movie is and the creative design of the monster but I beg to differ, I believe the success was for two reasons, the first is that the movie was shot in 3D which was a new concept back then which would surely draw in an audience and the other reason is just because of when it was released, in the 1950’s monster movies were huge and more popular than they have every been and throughout the decade many popular monster movies were released including Invasion of the body snatchers, Tarantula, It came from out of space and Godzilla just to name a few.

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The creature was played by two people Ben Chapman played the creature on land while a gentleman named Rico Browning played the creature whenever he was in the water, the supporting cast is a lot of fun they each bring a lot of energy and charisma to the production, apart from the creature itself  Richard Carlson, Richard Dennings and Julie Adams are the best part of the film these three actors have an amazing chemistry and their personalities are always bouncing off of each other also Julie Adams did a bikini scene which helped to sky rocket her acting career.

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The sets for creature are not too great but this is due to a big chunk of the movie taking place underwater and when the movie takes us somewhere else its only for a short while, the underwater scenes are fantastic and beautifully shot, they were recorded in the North Florida Wakulla Springs while the rest of the film was shot at the Universal back lot in California, the problem I have with the sets is that apart from the Wakulla Springs the rest just aren’t that memorable you haven’t got a Dracula’s Castle or a Doctor Frankenstein’s Laboratory which is a real shame.

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The Creature from the Black Lagoon is a really great film, the movie is a lot of fun to watch, out of all of the films this month I would say that this one felt like a proper monster movie, Creature from the Black Lagoon was like watching a Godzilla movie that’s loosely based on King Kong its absolutely brilliant.

The Blu-Ray is once again lacking in Bonus Features although there is a decent documentary and a directors commentary to watch also a 3D version of the movie is available on the disk which is pretty cool.

you can purchase the Universal Classics Monsters Collection on Blu-ray here

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Universal-Classic-Monsters-Essential-Collection/dp/B008H45YSO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1506697249&sr=8-1&keywords=universal+monster+collection

A DVD version can be bought here

https://www.amazon.co.uk/THE-CLASSIC-MONSTER-COLLECTION/dp/B001GQWT24/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1506697249&sr=8-2&keywords=universal+monster+collection

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BRUU The Gourmet Tea Club 2015: December Box

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I received my very first box of BRUU today and honestly I didn’t know what to expect as I have never joined a subscription service before.

For those wondering BRUU is a tea club that sends its members different types of home grown loose tea every month, I personally am a big tea lover but I have never had loose tea before so this was definitely a brand new experience for me.

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What first shocked me was the contents, I only expected three bags of tea but I was also greeted with a Christmas Card, a letter, some Haribo sweets, A chocolate and a scented candle, I was shocked at just how well BRUU seemed to know me even though this was my first box, I love tea but I also love Haribo’s, chocolates and scented candles all the same so this was a very pleasant surprise.

Before discussing the different Tea’s I would first like to talk about all of the extras, first of all the chocolate was delicious it was a classic milk chocolate but you could definitely notice the difference in quality when compared to the branded stuff, this was much nicer it had a finer texture and it was very milky I personally thought it tasted like a posh hot chocolate which I found to be very interesting.

The scented candle reminded me of christmas trees which is very fitting, as you may know the Pine Tree (Christmas Tree) has a very distinct scent compared to other trees, the smell is very sweet and natural and is a very fitting scent to add to a Christmas Box.

I’m not going to review Haribo’s because I am absolutely  certain that everyone who is reading this has eaten Haribo’s before and if not they are literally 10 pence a packet in most retail stores.

Lets now discuss this months Tea’s, the tea’s in my box were Rosey Rhubarb Green, The Earl of Winter and Cheeky Digestive.

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The first tea I tried was Rosey Rhubarb Green, it’s a blend of Green Tea, Rhubarb and rose petals, it was surprisingly quite sweet, you could definitely taste the Green Tea and the flavors of the Rhubarb danced with your taste buds, the rose petals were an excellent addition to the brew as it gave of the sweet scent of roses at Christmas time.

Rosey Rhubarb Cream was a very tasty blend of Green Tea, it’s honestly the best Green Tea I have ever had.

Next I tried Cheeky Digestive, Cheeky Digestive is a blend of Pistachio, Apple Pieces, Orange Peel, Wild Strawberry Leaves, White Cornflower, Blossoms, Raspberry Leaves, Sweet Blackberry Leaves, Pink Peppercorns and Hazelnuts.

Now the Cheeky Digestive boasts that it tastes like a biscuit but with all the ingredients you would most likely find that very doubtful, well let me be the first to tell you that it does indeed taste almost exactly like a Digestive Biscuit, I don’t know why this is perhaps many of these ingredients are in Digestive Biscuits.

Cheeky Digestive is a very yummy blend of Tea but I recommend it as an occasional treat as some of the ingredients are quite large so you may find that this bag will empty much quicker than the others in this months box.

Finally I gave the Earl of Winter a go, a blend of Earl Grey, Aniseed, Liquorice Root, Star Anise, Strawberry Leaves, Cornflower Petals, Verbena, Rooibos, Blackberry Leaves, Lemon Grass and Cloves.

The Earl of Winter is an interesting combination, the idea is that its the popular classic Earl Grey but with a festive kick, I found the Liquorice Root to be very overpowering which made it difficult to recognize the other flavors in the brew, it did remind me of Christmas which was nice it helped make this more of an experience other than just a cup of Tea, I will be enjoying a mug of Earl of Winter on Christmas Night.

Earl of Winter was a very tasty blend of Tea, I only wish that some of the other flavors were as strong as the Liqourice Root.

My first box of BRUU was a fantastic experience that I wont likely forget anytime soon, BRUU have opened my eyes to the world of real Tea, this is better than Tea Bags and I recommend BRUU to anyone who loves Tea as much as I do.

Cant wait till next month.

Merry Christmas

If you would like to join Bruu, you can do so by clicking the link below

http://bruutea.co.uk/

You can contact me at ragglefragglereviews@gmail.com

Building a Ginger Bread House: Featuring What Maff Said

Building a Ginger Bread House so amazing that even Hansel and Gretel would be jealous

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Christmas is the most beloved and celebrated holiday in existence and of course almost every aspect of Christmas is iconic, one popular aspect to Christmas is the many sweets and chocolates that you can freely consume without much guilt simply because its Christmas, I personally have always loved having an excuse to eat loads of crap and so this year me and another blogger (What Maff Said) decided to team up and build a Ginger Bread House.

Now before I begin explaining the steps we took in order to build our marvelous house, I first need to explain the most important things that allowed the magic to happen.

The Ingredients

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The most important ingredient was the Ginger Bread House itself, yes we did buy it instead of baking, we did this mostly to save time as it took a long time to put the house together and decorate it without having to bake the ingredients as well.

other ingredients include

Cheap Chocolate Peanuts

One tube of Smarties

One bar of Milka White Chocolate

Marshmallow Biscuit Snowmen

and finally Ginger Bread Stars and Penguins which we bought more for the extra ingredients more than the ginger bread itself.

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The first thing we needed to do was too construct our house,we used some icing glue that was included with the Ginger Bread House kit,this is me using my pretty swag gluing skills.

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This is Maff fitting the roof on our Ginger Bread Home, he is a perfect craftsman and hes looking pretty snazzy in his Christmas Jumper.

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At this point the house was looking quite nice, it was a little bear and could most definitely benefit from some tasty decorations but before that we decided that we needed to scrape away any glue that was leaking through the roof and walls.

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Next we melted up some of that delicious and creamy Milka chocolate and we then spread the white chocolate on to the roof to help create a snow effect.

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Once the our chocolate snow roof had hardened we decorated the base of our house with some Peanut M and M’s, we originally intended to do the whole house like this but the M and M’s were much too heavy.

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Maff had  this brilliant idea of creating a path to our house using tiny marshmallows, in this image you can also see him starting to draw around the doors and windows with red icing to help them stand out more.

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I decided to take the liberty of adding a smarty to the door knobs of each of the doors, and I also added a pattern of smarties to the top of both the front and back of the house.

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And that’s it we finished our epic masterpiece, we finalized the house by adding a lot of icing sugar to the roof to give the snow some fluff, we also added two residents to our home.

Unfortunately we never had time to eat the ginger bread house but I’m sure it would have tasted delicious, if it helps we did each eat a snowman and they tasted vile.

Thanks for reading my first collaboration blog.

big thanks to What Maff Said for joining me you can check out Maffs Blog here

http://www.whatmaffsaid.co.uk/

go on give him some love

I know today was meant to be for the movie review, I have been very busy the past few days and I promise that the film review will be uploaded tomorrow so for the mean time I hope this will do.

Merry Christmas

By Padawan.

Remember the Night (1940) Review

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Its Christmas time and Lee Leander (Barbara Stanwyck) a Local Crook has just been caught shoplifting, she is being prosecuted by a Lawyer called John Sargent (Fred MacMurray),the trial is postponed as it is difficult to get a conviction during the Christmas season.

John feels bad for Lee having to spend Christmas behind bars so he pays her bail and ends up taking her to his mothers for Christmas instead.

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John and Lee spend a lot of time together during Christmas, they spend a lot of it with John’s loving family which was a real treat for Lee as her family are complete arse holes, the memories and time spent together over Christmas combined with the atmosphere of a loving family causes John and Lee to fall in love.

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This may seem really sweet but there is a massive problem, John is meant to be putting Lee in jail so how are they going to fix this issue in the court room?

The conclusion may surprise you

Remember the Night is a fantastic Christmas movie, its an emotional experience that will leave you wanting more when it finishes, the cast are great I particularly enjoyed the character of Lee Leander she is a really lovely girl but you can definitely sense how sly she is whenever she’s on screen, I was honestly really surprised by how good this film was, its charming, its emotional and its definitely gonna tug at your heart strings.

you do not want to skip this one this year.

Thanks for reading my Review of Remember the Night

The next Christmas movie I will review is

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you can contact me at ragglefragglereviews@gmail.com

Birthday Cake M and M’s Review

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When I saw that you could get Birthday Cake flavoured M and M’s I was immediately confused because birthday cake is not a flavour, yeah you eat it on someone’s birthday but the cake is always a certain type of cake such as chocolate, sponge, carrot etc, at least that’s how things tend to work in the UK.

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One Pack of Birthday Cake M and M’s has

190 calories

70 fat calories

8g total fat

5g saturated fat

0g trans fat

5mg cholesterol

30mg sodium

28g total carbs

1g fiber

25g sugar

2g protein

Vitamin A

Vitamin C

4 percent calcium

2 percent iron

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You may not be able to notice in the above picture but compared to original M and M’s the Birthday Cake M and M’s are almost double in size and they only come in a variety of three colours Red, Yellow and Blue

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underneath the shell lies the usual Milk Chocolate that you will find inside of  any other M and M’s  candy but what surprised me the most was the flavour of the chocolate because it legitimately tastes like chocolate cake, the chocolate cake flavour is actually quite amazing because you get the obvious taste of chocolate but you also get a surprising fruity flavour that tastes very similar to the jam that you find in between the layers of most cakes.

Birthday Cake M and M’s really surprised me, I expected that they would have hardly any cake flavour at all and that they would be nothing but a cheap product that M and M’s put together to make a quick buck, but too my surprise there was a large quantity in the single packet I bought and they legitimately taste like chocolate cake.

Birthday Cake M and M’s are great and I really wish that they were sold in the UK 10/10

Thank you for reading my review of Birthday Cake M and M’s

If you respect my opinion, I will respect yours

By Padawan

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Food Fight (2012) Review

Following the success of the Toy Story movies Director Lawrence Kasanoff (True Lies, Mortal Kombat film series) founded his own animation studio and called it Threshold Entertainment.

Director Lawrence Kasanoff

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Kasanoff wanted to make a film about American Food icons living in a city within a Super Market.
The movie had actually been in development since 2002 but during the development the hard drives containing the films footage were stolen, this meant that Lawrence Kasanoff and the rest of the development team had to start the production again from scratch.

During interviews Kasanoff promised that he got the best voice talents he could find and that some of the best animators world wide would be helping with the development of the film, but sadly the film was never released and was instead locked away in a vault never to be seen by the public eye, until 2011 when it was advertised in a Hollywood news paper. The movie finally got released In 2012 but instead of going to theatres it was instead released straight to DVD.

So with all of the years of development and a wopping budget of 65 million dollars, the final result is one of the worst animated movies of all time

ladies and gentlemen may I present Food Fight

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The movie follows the adventures of Dex Dogtective (Charlie Sheen) who has spent six months in a deep depression after his girlfriend Sunshine Goodness (Hilary Duff) went missing.

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Things move on for Dex and the rest of Marketopolis until a villain called Lady X (Eva Longoria) and her army of Brand X Minions arrive to take over the store. It is now up to Dex and his best friend Daredevil Dan (Wayne Brady) to save the supermarket.

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Food Fight is often referred to as the animated equivalent of The Room but the sad thing is that the movie actually had potential and could have been at least decent but unfortunately everything went wrong.

Food Fight has no redeeming factors, the voice acting sounds like something out of a school play, when characters talk their lips don’t synchronise with the vocals, the characters are all generic and not very interesting, the animation is badly put together and there is a huge error which makes the characters limbs jolt about making it look like the entire film was made on Microsoft Kinect.

My biggest question is where did that 65 million dollars go? because it definitely didn’t go towards the graphics or the visuals because I have seen less disturbing imagery in some horror flicks.

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Food Fight is a horrifying mess of a movie it is literally the worst movie I have ever had to sit through and it should not be seen by any one.

I hope you enjoyed my review of Food Fight

Due to a broken computer this was written using my IPhone so I hope it all turned out ok, I am working on PC repairs and everything will be back to normal soon

If you respect my opinion I will respect yours

By Padawan