‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Film Review

After the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a pretty big order to deliver with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which is the first solo outing for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange since his first film came out in 2016. I loved Doctor Strange and was really looking forward to Multiverse of Madness, especially with director Sam Raimi filling in for Scott Derrickson, who left the project due to creative differences. With the madness on display, it seems that Raimi was a perfect choice to direct Multiverse of Madness as it boasts some of the elements of his previous films, along with the style and flair that the Evil Dead/Spider-Man director has been known to incorporate in his work.

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‘Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers’ Film Review

In a world filled with sequels, prequels, reboots, remakes, and the like, we get a film that manages to point out everything wrong with the film industry and more. Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is that kind of film! Brought to you by the music comedy team that is The Lonely Island, and director Akiva Schaffer (Hot Rod, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping), Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers sets out to poke fun at Hollywood’s need to turn beloved IPs into full-fledged reboots for the sake of money, er, I mean… nostalgia in a clever meta adventure, starring our favorite high-pitched gumshoes. Though in this case, the chipmunks are actors, and their voices are that of comedians John Mulaney and Andy Samberg.

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A Look Back On ‘Freddy Vs. Jason’ – The Clash of the Horror Titans

Before Godzilla Vs. Kong, Batman V. Superman and Alien Vs. Predator, there was Freddy Vs. Jason; the movie that pitted two horror icons against each other! Just the idea of placing Freddy Kreuger from A Nightmare on Elm Street and Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th in a battle to the death seemed like something a slasher movie fan would conjure up. Well, someone took that idea and decided to put it to film as an original idea instead of something based off of a comic (which were the stages for crossover battles like this), yet upon rewatching Freddy Vs. Jason, it seemed that it was probably better left to a horror fan’s wet dream.

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‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ Film Review

Two years after Sonic the Hedgehog surprised and impressed audiences with its blend of character-accurate CG (which couldn’t have been possible without the cry of outraged fans who were unlucky enough to catch the first trailer back in 2019) and witty humor, we get a sequel that seems to promise more Sonic adventure with the addition of two classic characters, yet upon further viewing becomes much of the same in terms of comedy and hi-jinks. I was one of those people who was not as impressed with the first Sonic, as it felt more like a mid-2000’s kids movie based on a cartoon a la Alvin and the Chipmunks or Smurfs (The latter in 2011, but still). Not even the presence of Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik was enough to save the experience. Cut to 2022, things seemed to have changed. Carrey sported a look more in line with the Dr. Robotnik we know and love, while the introduction of Miles “Tails” Prower and Knuckles the Echidna, and a plot involving chaos emeralds seemed to ensure a Sonic film worth seeing. While Sonic 2 improves on the adventure aspect, it seems held back by an attempt at being a family-comedy.

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Fate/Zero Route 0 – Where it all Began…

What I Wanted from Fate

When I previously watched and reviewed Fate/Stay Night (2006), I made no secret of the fact that I enjoyed it but found the series to have multiple issues. I had guessed that watching something like Fate/Zero would have made going backwards a lot harder for myself, and I suspect newer fans would be of no exception. Now that I’ve watched Fate/Zero, I can safely say that the order I chose to view these titles in was indeed the correct one as this was easily the better of the two experiences. To put things simply, Fate/Zero was everything I wanted out of the Fate franchise the first time around, a polished version of what was first attempted in 2006. Continue reading “Fate/Zero Route 0 – Where it all Began…”

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Film Re-Review

Spider-Man: No Way Home finally got a home release yesterday, so I decided to stop down by Fred Meyer to buy the Blu-Ray. I figured it was great enough to add to my movie collection! As most of you know, I really loved No Way Home and consider it to be the best movie of 2021, as well as the best of both the MCU films, and the Spider-Man film franchise. I would have even checked it out again on the big screen if I had the chance (and money). I was especially thinking of writing a spoiler-filled review to talk about the details I could not in my initial review. I am sure that a lot of people have seen it by now, and after giving No Way Home a rewatch, I feel the need to write a re-review, so I can talk about this film in detail!

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A Look Back at ‘Sausage Party’ – What the Hell Was That Movie?

Anyone remember Sausage Party? You know, the 2016 animated movie created by the duo of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg? Well, I decided to give it a rewatch just for the fun of it. I know I reviewed this movie before after seeing it in the theater with my dad, but seeing how it is slowly fading into obscurity as an animated movie that came and went, I figured that I would talk about it again, maybe see how well it holds up, whether it’s deserving of praise, or is just better left as a distant memory. Before I talk about Sausage Party, let’s start from the beginning.

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‘The Batman’ Film Review

With all the different variations of Batman, it is understandable to be fatigued over the Caped Crusader. It seems that every five to ten years, a new actor takes on the cape and cowl in a set-up that feels all-too familiar; Bruce Wayne dressing up as Batman taking on baddies wreaking havoc on the city of Gotham while dealing with his own personal issues. Yes, the formula feels the same, yet, Matt Reeves’ take on The Batman is a dark, gritty, almost-too real approach that doesn’t seem to match the cinematic spectacle of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, but in its own right serves as a solid detective-thriller which ditches the same plot threads we have heard before in favor of a sinister, politically-relevant story akin to David Fincher’s Se7en. with the epicness of a superhero movie.

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‘Jackass Forever’ Film Review

A decade after their last theatrical outing, the guys of Jackass have returned to show the world that they still have it. In a world dealing with political turmoil and a never-ending pandemic, we need a movie like Jackass Forever to brighten our spirits with some good old schadenfreude. There is no guarantee that anyone will make it unscathed, yet the end result is a fun, if not sickening, time. For the past twenty years, Johnny Knoxville and his buddies have seen and done it all, from the wild and outrageous, to the gross and disgusting. But through it all, they know how to have a good time, even if that type of fun is dangerous.

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#Anitwitwatches Season 18 – Terror in Resonance

Welcome to the Eighteenth #Anitwitwatches!

Our last watch sure went quick! We just finished up Girls und Panzer, which was a fun series I would encourage you to check out if you haven’t already. Since that is over though, we needed to decide what to watch next. There was a short time it looked like we might have a tight race, but Terror in Resonance held steady for a bulk of the voting period and ran all the way to the bank with your votes. I have previously reviewed and discussed this title as you can see in the link above, but as always, I’ll be there each week with you all to share in the conversation.

What is #Anitwitwatches?

This is a weekly community event meant to bring folks together to revisit old favorites and discover new shows. It’s meant to be something you can get as involved in as you want, there is no pressure to participate every week or every watch, but we’d love to have you to share in the experience and discuss the shows we are watching all the same!

I was inspired to do this after seeing the “rewatches” that people do over at Reddit in the r/anime sub. Since I interact with a lot of you guys on Twitter, I thought it would be the perfect place to do something similar! That said, even if you do not have a Twitter you can still join in by posting any content via WordPress, YouTube, or whatever suits your fancy. If you do, be sure to send me an email at jonspencerreviews@gmail.com so I can share your wonderful creations!

For everyone else, simply watch the episodes for the week based on the schedule below. Make sure to use the hashtag, #anitwitwatches when you do, and that’s it! Discuss with the other folks participating, create content, and generally just have a fun time!

This next show was chosen based on YOUR votes, so let’s get to the watch schedule.

Terror in Resonance Schedule

As always, we have a short break before returning. The main reason for this is to give everybody a little time off between watches. Beyond that, I’ve been slacking a bit on a few things so going to need that time to catch back up! Anyway, that means we’ll be starting on April 4, 2022.

If you have not done so, you can see where you can watch Terror in Resonance for free, and legally, by using justwatch.com. Unfortunately, I cannot realistically check all regions but I aimed to make this as accessible as possible. That said, I won’t stop you from doing what you need to in order to participate. The more the merrier!

Here are the dates (all Mondays) and the episodes for each, please keep in mind that Monday’s are the main days for discussion but you basically have the whole week to watch (if you need to miss a week or whatever, that’s all good too):

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We’ve had some pretty long watches lately, so I made sure to keep this one on the shorter side. As a result, we only have 6 weeks for this series. I hope you’re excited to watch this one and I look forward to all the excellent discussion!