Tokusatsu in Review: Toqger Vs Kyoryuger

The Kyoryuger-thon comes to it’s ultimate conclusions…with a character-assassinating crossover that shows just how bad Yasuko Kobayashi is at teamup movies.
it comes from her doing absolutely no research into the material she is writing about.
Considering her recent work, this isn’t that far from par for the course.

 

Tokusatsu in Review: Zyuden Sentai Kyouryuger part 6

Kyoruyuger concludes it’s main series with Many individual character arcs being concluded, a surprising plot twist, and Both sides reaching their respective win condition; making it a race for who’s melody can be unleashed first.

 

Tokusatsu in Review: KyouRyuger vs Gobusters

A Massive Teamup of an unprecedented (Outside of Gokaiger) number of Sentai Members!
It’s too bad they gave this to the guy who freely admits to sucking at managing larger casts.
Still better than ANYONE bar Naruhisa Arakawa would’ve done with this, but you can see the executive mandates as plain as day. And yet people still ask why it didn’t get adapted.

 

 

Tokusatsu in Review: Zyuden Sentai Kyouryuger part 5

Kyouryuger shines Silver, with the storyarc elevating a castmember into the final Teammate slot, amidst the awakening of the final Zyudenryu.

 

.Hack//Retrospective: .Hack//G.U. Last Recode

Game Developer Cyberconnect2 has released a remaster of their greatest original work. How does it stack up? Here’s franchise fan Des Shinta with a spoiler-light review of the story, it’s improvements, and additions!

 

Tokusatsu in Review: Zyuden sentai Kyouryuger the Movie: Gaburincho of Music

Kyouryuger’s half-hour cinema event brings us the showcasing of a trope started in Prior Dinosaur Sentai, and for the first time actually plays it straight!

 

Coco Review-Festive and Delightful!

 

At this festive time of the year the world of cinema is filled with films commemorating the holiday season. Many a year have the likes of Christmas played a role on the big screen and it tends to go well with moviegoers. Yet of all the holidays to be depicted this year it is surprise to see the likes of Dia de los Muertos, aka Day of the Dead, to make a cinematic appearance. The Mexican holiday where families pay respect to past relatives can lead to some interesting ideas for(especially when implementing the supernatural aspect of the day) and this is evident in the latest film from Pixar: Coco. Helmed by directors Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, Coco centers on the ideas behind the Dia De Los Muertos in a fashion that is accustomed to Pixar. The end result to this new animated feature was an experience that was rich with festivity as well as creativity. Read more

Thor Ragnarok Review-Weakest Marvel Studios Film Yet!

 

The Holiday Season is about to get underway which means that it is time for a big time blockbuster; or to be precise it is time for another film from Marvel Studios. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has already had it’s share of films this year with the likes of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Now the studio brings its year to an end with none other than Thor: Ragnarok-.the next solo adventure for the God of Thunder. Directed by Taika Waititi Ragnarok puts the Mighty Avenger in a cosmic journey that also serves the MCU’s version of the Norse End of Days. With a distinct design and the appearance of a certain Avenger, Ragnarok looked to be an exciting blockbuster that could certainly be another hit for Marvel Studios. However what I experienced was quite possibly the weakest Marvel film to date.

Ragnarok features Thor (Chris Hemsworth) trying to stop the goddess of death Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying Asgard. Yet this proves to be a task for Thor after he loses his hammer and is trapped on the planet Sakaar where he is forced to compete in the Grandmaster’s (Jeff Goldblum) Contest of Champions; which also features the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) as a contender. The plot of Ragnarok, in of itself, was not bad. The tale to this superhero film had interesting ideas and plenty of moments that ranged from being enjoyable as well as captivating. However how this story was handled is what made the difference for me, and in this case the latest chapter in Thor’s journey left much to be desired. While the story had good ideas it did little to implement them. The plot was suppose to be the MCU’s take on Ragnarok and yet the Asgard element loses its impact because the story focused on being a space adventure Now this would not have been a problem if the adventure was compelling, but sadly it was not. The reason for this leads to the other problem in the story: the plot’s pacing. As soon as Thor lands on Sakaar the story starts to move at a snail’s pace which it made it increasingly difficult to sit through the movie. When it came right down to it this was a story that relied to much on convenience and padding which suggest that this movie had more important things to worry about then telling a good story.

The movie had a formidable cast but the ensemble to Thor: Ragnarok was a hit and miss situation. In the matter of performances the cast did the best they could with the material presented to them. However when it came to things such as character development and progression, this film had little to none. Thor’s development made some sense but his direction was squandered for the need to make him a goof. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) did not fair any better as the once great villain was turned into an antagonist with almost no development. Other returning characters such as Heimdall (Idris Elba) and Odin (Anthony Hopkins) has such a minimal presence in the movie that it seemed like they did not need to be there at all. I wish I could say that the new characters made up for the film’s shortcomings, but unfortunately they too were underwhelming. Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) had the most development of anyone but her progression did not make for an intriguing character as she was too predictable . Meanwhile Karl Urban as the Executioner was there to be fodder and nothing more. The only one who worked was the Grandmaster as his bizarre antics made sense for character and Goldblum’s style of acting When it came to the film’s villain, Hela had the potential to be a captivating antagonist. Unfortunately Hela’s motivations was very mundane and the character would have been a total waste if not for Cate Blanchett’s performance. Last and not least was the inclusion of the Hulk. Featuring the Hulk was not necessarily a bad thing, but having the Avenger in Ragnarok did not do him any services. Yes the movie gives the Hulk some new traits (like speaking) but his direction was narrow to point where including the hero seemed unnecessary.

If there was one area Thor: Ragnarok strived in it was the technical elements. The movie’s visuals, though some effects were better than others, were impressive while the film’s cinematography and design gave it a distinct look. The score by Mark Mothersbaugh was surprisingly well done as it created an out of this world composition for the movie. The film’s action was decent. Although I felt that this area could have been more memorable the action worked within confines of the movie’s concept. Yet of all this leads me to the elephant in the room: the comedy. This movie had a sense of humor and it would remind you of this whether you like it or not. The comedy was so blatant that the movie may as well have featured a laugh track. Having comedy in film such as Thor: Ragnarok is not a bad thing. Comedy can make a movie more engaging and it helps the drama to be taken seriously as the humor allows moviegoers to connect with the story and characters. However in the case of this film the humor was beyond excessive. The comedy dictated everything which took away from the film’s stronger moments. It was to the point where, regardless of what was happening, I could care less about the circumstances of Thor: Ragnarok. Plus the comedy was not that funny.

Thor: Ragnarok had so much potential. The likes of visuals made this film stand out and the performances from the cast gave the movie the right level of prestige. Yet the latest Marvel film squanders its substance for shock value and punch lines. The film’s obsession to be “the funniest movie of the year” did it no favors as its sporadic presentation damaged the likes of storytelling and character development. I will not say that Thor: Ragnarok is the worst film I have seen all year, but so too will I not blindly praise this cosmic adventure for the blatant mediocrity presented on the silver screen.

Justice League Review-Justice is Served!

 

In 2013 a new era began for Warner Bros and DC Comics. It started with the unique Superman reboot-Man of Steel. Three years later two icons clashed in the polarizing (and very much underrated) blockbuster Batman v.Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now a year,and two additional releases, later DC’s shared universe continues with the long awaited team up film: Justice League. Directed by Zack Snyder Justice League marks the first time that DC’s famed superhero team unites on the silver screen. Now to say that Justice League did not have an uphill battle to contend with would in fact be an injustice. Not only did the movie have to deal with changes in production but it seemed that every critic, journalist, blogger, YouTuber and moviegoer was gung ho on dissecting this blockbuster with the precision of a disgruntled surgeon. Regardless of what others may think it is in this Film Adventurer’s opinion that Justice League is,without a doubt, a superhero movie through and through.

Taking place after the events Batman v.Superman the plot to Justice League deals with Batman (Ben Affleck) bringing together Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman (Jason Mamoa) in order to face an alien threat that is bent on destroying the world. You know how it goes: a great evil threatens the world and a group of unlikely heroes come together to save together from certain doom. When putting like that it seemed that Justice League followed a very simple concept, and truthfully this statement is quite true. Was this a poor choice on the story’s part? The answer to this question may vary but I do not believe the film’s straightforward narrative was a bad thing. It may have been broad but the story was exciting and it turned to be an adventure with a decent pace. Yet this not to say that the plot had no dimensions to it. One of the most intriguing aspects to the movie was how it was able to expand on the cinematic world of DC Comics. Seeing the likes of Atlantis or the start of Flash’s journey gave the plot a captivating element that made me eager to see more. The only issue I had with the plot was that its direction at times was a little too straightforward. Although the movie did its best to clarify on plot points the broad narrative did hold the story back and took the impact away from certain moments and twists. Despite its merits and shortcomings I felt that the most compelling thing about Justice League‘s plot was that it was as much of an ending as it was a beginning. The story brought the plots of Man of Steel and Batman v.Superman to a full circle while also being the start of a new adventure for this franchise; and that certainly gave this tale of heroes a defining trait.

The cast to Justice League was quite the highlight for the film. The ensemble of superheroes were a formidable group as their individual characteristics were as impressive as their chemistry together. For Batman and Wonder Woman their progression felt right as it gave them new directions that was natural for both characters. Meanwhile the new heroes almost stole the show away from their established peers. Both Flash and Cyborg were equally impressive with their distinct characters and the solid acting from both Miller and Fisher. As for Aquaman he could have had a little more more development, but he was solid addition to the film and this was thanks to Jason Mamoa’s raw performance. As for Superman(Henry Cavill) he did not have the development of his fellow League members, but the Man of Steel’s presence was definitely there and Cavill’s performance gave the movie (and the franchise) some of the character’s best moments to date. As for the supporting cast they certainly did their jobs. The likes of Lois Lane(Amy Adams), Hippolyta (Connie Nielson), Commissioner Gordon (JK Simmons), Mera (Amber Heard) and especially Alfred (Jeremy Irons) gave a sense of variety to the movie that was worthy of any superhero film. As for the movie’s villain I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds). True he was not the most dynamic antagonist but there were elements, namely Ciaran Hinds’ performance, that gave Steppenwolf the edge to standout; and for what it was worth I felt that this type of villain was appropriate to face the newly formed Justice League.

When it came to factors such effects and action, Justice League managed to do well for itself. The film’s cg could have been stronger in certain areas but I felt that right sense of spectacle. I was particularly impressed with how well the effects Cyborg turned out as it blended the cg and practical effects better than expected. The cinematography, on the other hand, was stunning as it use of colors gave locations like Gotham City distinct looks, and created images that felt like they were ripped right out of the comic books. The film’s action was effective. It may not have had the definitive execution of its predecessors but the action still worked by featuring moments that were both creative and thrilling. The score by Danny Elfman was also a surprise as the music enhanced the scenes and gave the film a superpowered and remarkable composition. I was also pleased to hear the soundtrack feature several tracks from DC’s past films. I will not deny that my nostalgic senses tingled when the main theme to 1989’s Batman played during the movie’s climax.

Justice League may not have exceeded my expectations but it still ended up being a pleasing cinematic experience. While the film’s execution held it back, I cannot deny that the likes of storytelling, characters and atmosphere gave this blockbuster the push it needed to soar. It may not be the most dynamic superhero movie, or the most groundbreaking film, but Justice League was an empowered blockbuster that indeed did justice to its name, its genre and the standards of this Film Adventurer.

 

 

 

Tokusatsu in Review: Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger Part 3

Part three has Utchi properly join the samba, character exploratory episodes critics of this entry say don’t exist, and the 8th man to the band coming in to encourage the next stage of their growth.

 

Tokusatsu in Review: Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger part 2

Kyouryuger continues with the continued gathering of the Team, one of whom the cast has already met as an enemy!
…Come on, it’s a Dinosaur sentai, you think they weren’t going to pull this?

 

Tokusatsu in Review: Zyuden Sentai kyouryuger Intro/Part 1

Vamola! Des Shinta dives into the last widely popular and yet mixedly-received modern sentai series!
Maybe that mixed reception has to do with it being the third show based around Dinosaurs when there are other themes they’ve yet done.

 

 

we suck at this rare replay ep 8

Wrestling guy and Ota-kun play two of the best games in rare replay KILLER INSTINCT and BLAST CORPS

We Suck at This rare replay ep 7

Wrestling guy & Ota-kun rock rare replay in the 90’s

Tokusatsu In review: Lupin the 3rd (2014)

Lupin returns to the show with the 2014 movie everybody hates despite its cast being awesome.
Can you believe the writer of this thing is actually pretty popular?

 

And Starting next week:

 

Tokusatsu in Review: Garo Yami Wo Terasu Mono part 4

Yamo Wo Terasu Mono Ends with the Madou horrors Exterminated, The Garo armor restored to it’s golden shine, and a Sealed evil unleashed upon the world!
…come on, would you expect a Garo entry to end any other way?

.Hack//G.U last recode giveaway is active until October 29, 2017: https://youtu.be/CT3V9VayLco

Tokusatsu in Review: Garo Yami Wo Terasu Mono part 3

 

With Ryuga on the run from the world, the Makai Knight struggle to gain an Advantage over the Madou Horrors; with the true mastermind being revealed in their midst!
Eh, still makes more sense of a plot-twist than Sigma Fudou’s.

.Hack//G.U last recode giveaway is active until October 29, 2017:

Tokusatsu in Review: Garo Yami Wo Terasu Mono part 2

the Horror Hunts in Vol City continue, with Ryuga outing his identity?
…He’s not very good at this, is he?

 

G.U. last recode Giveaway is active until October 29th:

https://youtu.be/CT3V9VayLco

Tokusatsu in Review: Garo Yami Wo Terasu Mono Part 1

the Garo reviews continue on into…THE FUTURE!  With a new wielder of the armor in an era where it’s broken and weak.
…So does this actually reflect the state of it’s protagonist as well?

 

in Addition…I am Giving away .hack//G.U last Recode!