Three college students met each other in a class on Witches in Media and since have been best friends. Through college they hung out and shared their interests and now they come together as recent college grads to share their views with the world! From reviews on movies, comics, books, and music, welcome to the ASYLUM FOR NERDS!!!
I’m probably one of the biggest fans of director Eli Roth. I’ve seen every movie he’s released so far,
and I just think he’s the greatest. I wanted to do a Character Analysis on one
of his film characters, but I couldn’t make up my mind who I wanted to write
one about. I could’ve gone with Grimm,
the character he played in his directorial debut, “Cabin Fever” and I also debated doing one about Keanu Reeves
character from his film “Knock Knock”. In the end I decided to go with the main
character from the first Eli Roth film I ever saw, Paxton from “Hostel” and “Hostel 2”.
from “Hostel” (2005) and “Hostel Part 2” (2007)
Paxton from "Hostel"
Paxton is a young
American traveling with his friend Josh across Europe with their Icelandic
friend, Oli. At one point, Paxton
mentions that he’s “studying for the Bar” which implies that he’s a recent law
school graduate. Paxton and his friends
have arrived in Europe for sex, drugs, and partying. Paxton is trying to help his buddy Josh soil
his wild oats and some of the many fine women of Amsterdam. Paxton, and his friends end up taking shelter
at the apartment of a young Dutch boy named Alex. They tell Alex, that they’ve been looking all
over Europe for fine women, and tells them about an amazing hostel in
Bratislava, Slovakia where the girls are hot and they go crazy for American
guys and will do anything and everything sexual with them. Paxton and his friends decide to skip their
trip to Barcelona, and head to Bratislava instead. When they finally arrive at the hostel it’s
even better than they ever dreamed.
However, after both is friends mysteriously vanish without a trace, and
Paxton experiences a sense of déjà vu at the hostel, he becomes increasingly
frustrated and concerned about where his friends have gone. Paxton tracks down two of the girls he met at
the hostel and orders that he take them to where his friends are. He is led to an abandoned factory in in the
countryside where he learns that his friends were sold to the highest bidder by
a group called “The Elite Hunting Club” to be tortured and killed, and that he
is next to be killed on the list.
Paxton is played by actor Jay Hernandez. Who has a small name with a lot of experience
in a lot of big name movies. Before “Hostel”, Hernandez appeared in Disney
film “The Rookie” and “Friday Night Lights”. Since then, Hernandez has gone on to star in
films such as “World Trade Center”, “Quarantine”, and most recently starred
as El Diablo in “Suicide Squad”. Hernandez did a great job in the role as
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Paxton is exactly what you think of when you think of a stereotypical
young American in Europe. He’s spoiled,
vulgar, arrogant, feels he is entitled, and that he’s more important than
everyone else. I also think that Paxton
shares some similarities with Pinocchio.
Both are young boys with wanderlust who are lead astray by people they
thought they could trust (In Paxton’s case Alex and Natalya, in Pinocchio’s
case Honest John and Gideon) and sold off to the highest bidder (I.E. The
Coachmen and the Elite Hunting Club) to have unspeakable things done to them.
I dont know who had it worst
Did Paxton get a new haircut?
Paxton tries pleading for mercy with the German
client who paid for him (in German), but he German man does not listen to his
pleas. After a substantial amount of
serendipity, Paxton manages to escape his captors, and even gets revenge on
Alex and the two girls for being responsible for their pain and suffering. Paxton manages to get on the train and escape
to safety, where he eventually ends up killing the Dutch Businessman who killed
his friend Josh. The next time we see
Paxton it is at the beginning of “Hostel:
Part II”. Paxton is dealing with
PTSD following his ordeal, and has not told anyone, except his girlfriend, the
truth about what happened overseas. The
next day Paxton’s girlfriend awakes to find his decapitated body in their
kitchen, and the box with Paxton’s head in it is delivered to the head of the
Elite Hunting Club.
Let’s talk about
Disney again, shall we? Equally as
Iconic as the films themselves, Disney has given us some of the most memorable
film soundtracks of all-time. From the
soundtrack of “Snow White” which not only was the first full-length animated
feature made, but also was the first commercially issued film soundtrack made
available for sale to the public, to the Academy Award Winning works of Howard
Ashman and Alan Menken. Disney is
responsible for some of the most memorable and beloved songs of all-time. However, for every song in a Disney film like
“Pinocchio’s” “When You Wish Upon a
Star” or “Frozen’s” “Let it Go”, you’ll end up with one that
falls flat like “Scrumps” from “Sleeping
Beauty”, and then every now and then there’s a song that isn’t disliked,
but it just somehow becomes forgotten.
Maybe it was because the film wasn’t well received or maybe it got
outshined, by another more popular song from the film, but for whatever reason
these are my Top 5 Underrated Disney Songs.
5.) Higitus Figitus from
“The Sword in the Stone”
I truly believe that
this is the most underappreciated Disney film out there today. For all the talk of Disney Princess’s there
is on the internet, you rarely ever here anyone talk about a Disney King’s.
Yes Kings have played some minor roles in Disney films, but “The Sword in the Stone” is the first
film that’s main character actually becomes a King, and he didn’t start out as
a Prince like Phillip, Eric, or Hans, he starts out as an orphan peasant and
becomes a King! Probably the best song
in the “Sword in the Stone” has to be
a fun little song called “Higitus Figitus”
sung by the wizard, Merlin. Merlin sings
the song when he’s packing up his home.
4.) Everybody wants to be
a cat from “The Aristocats”
I’m not going to lie;
this is one of the most boring films Disney has ever created, but “The
Aristocats” isn’t without some merits.
It’s strongest (and probably only good part of the film) is the song
“Everybody wants to be a Cat”, a song that starts off as a smooth Jazz number,
before transitioning into a real swinging party song by the end.
3.) Let’s get Together from “The Parent Trap” (1961)
I only knew of this
song from a “Disney Sing-A-Long Video” that my grandparents had when I was a
kid. My older sister and I used to sing
this song when we were younger. Yes,
long before the days of Lindsay Lohan, Disney had an earlier film version of “The
Parent Trap”. I’ve never seen the
original, but I still remember this song after all these years. The plot to the film is pretty much identical
to the remake Disney did in the 90’s with Lindsay Lohan. The actress was Haley Mills, who would later
go on to appear in an TV show called “Good
Morning Miss Bliss”, which would later be renamed as the more popular, “Saved by the Bell”. I must say though just judging from this one
scene in the film that I know, Lindsay Lohan’s fake British accent is a
thousand times better than Hayley Mills fake American accent.
2.) The World’s Greatest
Criminal Mind from “The Great Mouse Detective”
It is said that Disney Studios created Professor Ratigan in “The
Great Mouse Detective” specifically for Vincent Price. I’ve also heard reports that Professor
Ratigan was Price’s favorite role. It
should come as no surprise that someone who was so invested in a role gave one
of the Best singing performances in any Disney film. Yes, the Villain’s in Disney films typically
do get an awesome song, but Price’s delivery in the song “The World’s Greatest
Criminal Mind” truly makes it one of the best Villain songs ever. Just listen to Price sing, he clearly loves
how bad his character is in this film.
1.) I’m Still Here (Jims
Theme) from “Treasure Planet”
I remember this Sci-Fi
version of Robert Louis Stevensons Treasure Island for two reasons: 1.)
I am a Steampunk Hobbyist, and there is definitely a great deal of Steampunk
influence in “Treasure Planet” and 2.) The Amazing song written and performed
by John Rzeznik of The Goo Goo Dolls.
Rzeznik was no stranger to writing scores to films. His song “Iris” which he wrote for the
soundtrack to the film “The City of Angels” helped propel his band into the
spotlight. Years later he would be hired
by Disney to write a title track and Theme song for the films main character,
Jim. While “I’m still here” wasn’t as
popular on the charts as “Iris” (possibly because it was written for a kids for
a film), it is still a great song, and in my opinion the most underrated Disney
Song ever recorded.