5 (More) Underrated Anime

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Back in December 2015 I made a list of 5 Underrated Anime and I thought it was about time I got to making another. Since then I’ve seen way more shows and of them, here are a few more that could do with a little more love.

Only shows I’ve watched to conclusion are counted, just like last time. If I missed a good show to recommend, I probably just haven’t seen it or didn’t include it this time around. Feel free to recommend any interesting shows of your own in the comments and let me know what you think of the shows on this list as well! Continue reading “5 (More) Underrated Anime”

‘XOXO’ Film Review

 Grade: F

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This film is horrible! I don’t know why I subjected myself to this piece of filth on my laptop, but something had to be written about it! I don’t think there is any other film that could take home the “Turd Prize” that ‘XOXO’ has taken. I also have to admit that this film is worse than last year’s ‘Fant4Stic’, and it is worse than all the other terrible movies that has come out this year, and may be worse than films that could come after it. There is no way that I can recommend this movie without it subjecting you to seek a therapist to rid yourself of the nightmare that ‘XOXO’ has brought upon the raving community.

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‘Special Correspondents’ Film Review.

 Grade: A

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What happens when two men get into trouble? The answer is revealed in Ricky Gervais’ new comedy ‘Special Correspondents’. The premise involving a lie that completely gets out of hand has been done in a comedy before; but rarely done like this. Instead, the film delves into satire dealing with political events and even a little jab at pop culture for a brief moment. I have a feeling that Rotten Tomatoes and I are on a bit of a disagreement with films like ‘Vacation’, ‘Suicide Squad’, and ‘Ratchet & Clank; ‘Special Correspondents’ is one of those films, and it is much clever than it seems to be.

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‘The Little Prince’ Film Review

Grade: B-

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‘The Little Prince’ had promise to be a great animated film. The first trailer I’ve seen of this film made it seem to be a sweet, heartwarming drama about the friendship between an old man (Voiced by Jeff Bridges) and a little girl (Voiced by Mackenzie Foy) as they experience the story of ‘The Little Prince’. (titled “Le Petit Prince” in France, where the story first originated) I expected emotion, heart, and tears to stream down my face by the time the film ended; what I got was a plot element that needed to be worked on more. As a movie however, ‘The Little Prince’ seems to do well with what it’s presenting. It is a take on what it is like to lose childhood innocence as you grow older and face the dark cruel world of reality, and a tendency to leave your memories of childhood behind you.

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School-Live! – More Than Meets The Eye

There’s More to School-Live! Than Just Slice of Life

Not too long ago I got around to watching School-Live! and I’ve got to say, even knowing it wasn’t your run of the mill slice of life show, it still managed to spring more surprises on me than I could have ever expected. Originally airing in 2015, Gakkougurashi!, or School-Live! in English, is a treat for long-time anime watchers and newcomers alike. Continue reading “School-Live! – More Than Meets The Eye”

‘Bad Moms’ Film Review.

Grade: F+

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I can’t believe I sat through this film. ‘Bad Moms’ is an overcharged, hyperactive comedy that brings on the jokes, but doesn’t deliver in writing and plot. The writers of this film could not even figure out which plot elements work and try a bit too hard for cheap laughs consisting of dick and sex jokes and the occasional mommy humor it likes to boast. The cinematography and directing style do not work here, for they mostly consist of slow-motion shots and wild zoom-in shots just to make for some humor that doesn’t really hit. I do appreciate ‘Bad Moms’ for the effort it’s putting with its jokes (Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, and Annie Mumolo get the most reactions here); but for a movie this horribly set-up and characters written this stupidly, I can’t even recommend paying the money to see it. I would say it’s worth seeing if you’re finding something to watch on DirecTV in the On-Demand section with your drunk buddies for a fun night. I guarantee you will get more laughs on a quick buzz than trying to sit through this in an auditorium.

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‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Film Review.

Grade: B-

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I believe what makes ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ worth watching is not only for its amazing stop-motion, but also for the animators’ ability to bring a large world- such as the one scene in this movie -to life. If you look at the mountains and the seas that are shown during this amazing, yet terrifying and thrilling adventure that young one-eyed Kubo (Voice of Art Parkinson) takes along with his companions: The fierce Monkey (Voice of Charlize Theron) and the idiotic, yet in some ways brilliant, master of archery Beetle (Voice of Matthew McConaughey in his animated debut), you can feel the style and effort these animators have put forth in order to make this movie an animated masterpiece.

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‘Pete’s Dragon’ Film Review

Score: 4.5 out of 5

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What made the original ‘Pete’s Dragon’ charming was not just because it was a musical featuring a cartoon dragon in a live-action setting with real actors, but because of the relationship between an optimistic boy named Pete and his dragon friend named Elliot that made it worth watching. I was one of those kids who grew up watching the original Disney classic from 1977 on Videocassette to the point where I’ve considered it to be one of my favorite movies, so I was looking forward to this remake directed by David Lowery; I was also a little skeptical of it, because of how it was marketed as a thrilling fantasy-adventure and abandoned the musical element that made me enjoy the original so much. After seeing it however, I felt a sense of calm and realized that the decision to remake ‘Pete’s Dragon’ was much needed.

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‘Sausage Party’ Film Review

Score: 4 out of 5

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Be warned as you go into ‘Sausage Party’! There are a few major scenes near the end that will not only offend some, but also qualify as “Outrageous”; this warning comes from a guy who enjoys animated comedies such as ‘South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut’, and the political satire that is ‘Team America: World Police. One of the major scenes that I won’t discuss is so outrageous in an over-the-top manner that it puts those two films and many other animated adult comedies to shame. Not even the X-rated ‘Fritz the Cat’ could raise the levels that ‘Sausage Party’ has raised. Another warning I have to explain for those parents on Facebook; ‘Sausage Party’ is rated R. A lot of people now know this with its overdone marketing trying to raise awareness, but this movie is a different type of R. It’s a ground-breaker for future animated movies to come.

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‘Suicide Squad’ Film Review.

Score: 4.5 out of 5

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One of DC’s comic books has finally been translated to film in what may be nearly the best way ever; on-screen, we see amazing effects, a story involving global destruction, a city being destroyed by sibling witches, and a group of freed criminals strutting their stuff on the streets while wondering about their pasts. Throughout the majority of ‘Suicide Squad’, we get to know more about and possibly enjoy what may be DC’s best characters since Batman and the Joker (who both happen to be in the film in a few scenes). To be honest, I would love to see these characters, maybe not make appearances in other installments in the DCEU (DC Extended Universe, for short.), but in a sequel, if this film keeps bringing in the dollars.

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