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Death Note (2017) Netflix movie review

August 25th, 2017 No comments

I don’t frequently review movies, but this is one I believe I can talk about a bit. I’m a bit of a Death Note fan after all. In fact I have an actual Death Note somewhere in my house.

Anime/manga live-action adaptations have a pretty spotty history in America. There was a Fist of the North Star movie that sucked, Ghost in the Shell had pretty mixed reviews (I haven’t seen it yet, I plan to eventually), Dragon Ball Evolution might be one of the worst movies ever, and I don’t remember hearing anything good about Speed Racer back when that came out.

From Japan I have actually seen a few anime/manga-based live-action films that were decent, but there were good for a pretty specific reason. Cutie Honey (both the movie and the TV series… there’s also a newer movie I missed) was pretty good, Prince of Tennis was kinda decent, Great Teacher Onizuka had a pretty fun TV series, Ranma 1/2 has a 2011 movie that was pretty good, the first Rurouni Kenshin movie was quite cool (I need to watch the sequels), the Jojo Part 4 movie looks pretty cool (I really want to watch that), the Kaiji movies were decent…

More importantly and relevant to this review, the Death Note movies were quite solid. There’s one focused on L that was a bit meh, and a new one that takes place several years after the original movies that was okay, but the first 2 were pretty fun as I recall. I know I missed a shitload of movies based on manga in Japan, but these are the ones I’ve seen and enjoyed (I’m sure there’s plenty of crappy ones). What made them so enjoyable was their adherence to the source material and keeping within the style of the series they’re based on, even if they took several liberties. It’s kinda like why the japanese Phoenix Wright live-action movie is good, but, say, The Legend of Chun-Li was terrible.

So since we already have acceptable Death Note movies out of Japan, I was curious about what they’d do with it in America. Maybe it would bust out of the usually-negative impressions people have of anime movies in America.

I’ll talk about the movie itself, how it fares as an adaptation and if it’s any good by its own merits. Let’s go!

THERE MAY BE SPOILERS… I kept it low, but there’s details here and there.

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Power Rangers (2017) review

March 25th, 2017 No comments

Surprisingly this poster is a lie
So I grew up with Power Rangers. I watched that stuff every day, it was great. The crazy monsters, the Bulk and Skull, the robots, the Amy Jo Johnson (don’t deny it). It was super fun. And it still is, I’ve been glued on the Twitch Presents Power Rangers thing for the last couple weeks, it’s been great fun up to S.P.D. (and RPM was legitimately really fun too, to my surprise). It’s campy and stupid, but it’s just a fun show. I also watched some of the sentai stuff more recently, it’s really fun too.

Back in the day however I actually stopped watching at the end of Mighty Morphin. See, Mighty Morphin ends with the rangers LOSING (the base getting blown up and all). I got pissed at that as a kid. So I sadly missed Zeo, thankfully missed Turbo (though I did see the Turbo movie), and sadly missed the really good In Space and anything following that (which varies wildly in quality).

Anyways, I thought this was a weird thing to do, reboot the original Mighty Morphin series. It’s such an iconic, timeless thing. There’s characters we love and clearly they were going to change them all. The one trailer I watched showed what looked like a much more serious take on the whole Power Rangers idea. I wasn’t sure what to think of it, particularly because reboots of classic franchises recently have largely ranged from “not really worth watching” to “absolute worthless garbage”. I was worried.

Read on and see if it lives up to or surpasses the original!

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Categories: impressions, Movie, Opinion, Review

Heavy Rain review

November 11th, 2010 No comments


Yeah, I know this game is 9 months old already, but I find that it’s still relevant to talk about it.

When I talk about modern gaming bringing the creativity and overall fun of gaming down, I usually state Halo, Call of Duty and God of War, as well as their legions of bad clones, as examples as to why gaming is currently sucking. But they have NOTHING on Heavy Rain in this regard. Heavy Rain is a display of almost everything that’s wrong about modern gaming. I took my time (9 months…) about getting it as a rental because I knew from the start I wouldn’t like it. But I wasn’t expecting it to be THIS bad considering how it has been getting positive reviews… But wow… This is BAD. WTF is wrong with everybody?

Read on and see how Quantic Dream’s attempt at trying to make gaming evolve fails!

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Categories: Console, Movie, ps3, Review

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Movie Review

August 14th, 2010 4 comments

Well I just came back from seeing Scott Pilgrim vs the World. And… well, I was originally planning on having one big super-post reviewing the whole of Scott Pilgrim, including the movie, the game, and the comic. But after seeing the movie, I realized I had a lot more to say about it than I was originally expecting. As such, I’ll review the game and movie separately (and will not bother with reviewing the awesome comic series).

Just a quick look at how I got into Scott Pilgrim: I never heard about it, at all, until I saw the first trailer for the movie. And I thought it looked awesome. And then I found out it was actually based on a comic book, so I went and read it, though I waited a while before doing so, so I ended up reading the comic, multiple times, back in June (and the final volume, multiple times, the day it came out). Loved every second of it so I set my expectations for the movie pretty high. And than add the fact that it’s being made by Edgar Wright… yeah, I was really damn hyped.

So read on and see what I liked and didn’t like about the movie!

(NOTE: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS, BUT I’LL TRY TO NOT SPOIL TOO MUCH)
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Categories: Movie, Review

Movie review – Alice in Wonderland by Tim Burton + “3D” technology impressions!

March 13th, 2010 6 comments

This is a movie I was quite excited about for 2 reasons. First, it’s Alice in Wonderland. And I LOVED the original animated film by Disney, which still lives up to this day. Second reason is that it’s made by Tim Burton, a man who made wonderful movies like Ed Wood and The Nightmare Before Christmas, amongst others(like the beetlejuice cartoons).

Another tiny draw was the fact that the movie was presented in 3D. I didn’t watch Avatar in 3D, so I was quite interested in seeing if the new 3D technology was worth all the hype it was getting.

So read on and see what I thought of the movie, and what I thought of the 3D technology used in it!
(Note: I did not see the movie in Imax, just the “Disney Digital 3D” version of it)
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Categories: impressions, Movie, Review

Random movie review – Ed Wood

September 23rd, 2009 No comments

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Well, I could just say “O_O” and be done with it for this mini-review, but that wouldn’t do the film justice. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect but I did hear lots of great reviews on this, so I went in there knowing it would probably be okay. But I was wrong… it was GREAT.

So let’s go just a little bit more in detail and talk about one of the weirdest people in the world of cinema!

Read on! (Yeah, I know this movie is 15 years old, but I just saw it for the first time and I thought I should share my thoughts with everyone)
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Categories: Movie, Random, retro, Review

Crappy Movie Review – Dragonball: Evolution

March 17th, 2009 3 comments

Well it was leaked on the internet, and refusing to give money to the idiots who, as all DB fans predicted, destroyed the franchise, I checked it out online, on a site that have it streaming. Well… surprisingly I sat through it all, so here are my impressions of it. (Hint: They’re not positive)(Tip: Don’t watch it, even if your life depends on it)
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Categories: Movie, Review

Movie Mini-Review – My Name Is Bruce

February 25th, 2009 3 comments

Damn, how long did I wait for this movie? It was around my second year of college, so at least 3 years ago, probably close to 4 years by now. Needless to say, I was constantly doubting this movie would actually come out beyond random screenings at places far from here. But at total random I check out the video store’s release list and lo and behold, I see My Name Is Bruce. So it’s actually coming out? Really?

As excited as I was, I had to wait a bit to watch it, because I wanted to see it with friends. But finally, no more than 20 minutes ago, I watched it.

Was it worth the wait? Read on! (don’t worry, really short review, with a few screenshots at the end)
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Categories: Movie, Review, sexy

Resident Evil: Degeneration Review

December 6th, 2008 1 comment

 

The new look Leon and Claire, back in action.

The new look Leon and Claire, back in action.

 

Resident Evil Degeneration is Capcom’s answer to the Hollywood smash hit take on the survival horror franchise that has revolutionised the genre time and time again. Instead of Alice and her telekinetic powers, we see a pre-Resident Evil 4 Leon team up with an old friend to combat a new outbreak. Is this film the true film adaptation of Resident Evil? Or is it as lifeless as a zombie? Read on to find out…

Note: Beware of a few spoilers.

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Categories: Games, Movie, Review

Meet the sandvich lawsuit! Same as 1987’s Predator bean counter says.

October 17th, 2008 No comments

This is hilarious. I choked trying not to laugh out loud.

Categories: Games, Lulz, Movie