‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Film Review

Grade: A-

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It looks like the ‘Star Wars’ train isn’t slowing down yet. With the success of ‘The Force Awakens’ came the dawn of a new addition to the lore of the most popular film franchise in cinema history. We now have ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’; a prequel to the original trilogy, yet a sequel to the prequel trilogy that works as a stand-alone feature. (If you are confused, the franchise’s order is jumbled. Damn it, George Lucas!) The one problem I faced this year leading up to the release of this new addition is how it basically seems like a way for Lucasfilm LTD to not only compete with the cinematic universes of Marvel and DC, but also try to bank on the popularity of this ever-expanding franchise. With brilliant cinematography, answered questions, and direction by Gareth Edwards, those thoughts can just lay to rest.

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‘Sing’ Film Review

Grade: D+

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Illumination Entertainment has failed this year with their box-office hit, yet shameful film, ‘The Secret Life of Pets’. With ‘Sing’, it looks like they may still have some of that charm that has made ‘Despicable Me’, ‘Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax’, and ‘Minions’ animated masterpieces; except the only problem is unlike those films, ‘Sing’ is a clunky mess that hasn’t figured out a way to set up what could be lovable characters that could instantly become action figures and toys to fill up the rooms of children everywhere. (It’s possible this movie is succeeding at the box-office based on Christmas returns, so toys are sure to happen.) If ‘Zootopia’ meshed with the likes of ‘America’s Got Talent’, and ‘American Idol’, we would have ‘Sing’. Despite the title, ‘Sing’ is less of a musical, and more of a comedy in the style of ‘Noises Off!’ and ‘Footlight Frenzy’, wherein everything on stage that could go wrong does, and it’s up to the director/manager/host to keep everything together while the cast/variety of talent deals with problems of their own.

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‘War Dogs’ Film Review

Grade: B

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Miles Teller and Jonah Hill cause havoc when they land a $300 million dollar contract with the Pentagon to sell guns to the U.S. military, where they become embroiled in a life of crime and dangerous situations in the “Based on a true story” comedy, ‘War Dogs’; written and directed by Todd Phillips (obviously known for ‘The Hangover’ trilogy). While this movie was advertised as a comedy that seemed prepared for offensive humor that is more restrained than your political satire from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the humor just happens to be there in riotous fashion, with Hill’s America-loving portrayal of former arms dealer Efraim Diveroli being the target of politically incorrect/ foul-mouthed centerpiece of the comedy. While Teller not only plays the straight man, he is also the main guy, (and our reliable narrator) telling us all the details about his life while illegally working for the self-made arms dealing company known as AEY (I checked. It’s real.) with Diveroli.

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Anime ABC’s – D Voting Round

 

Time Again to Vote!

Anime ABC’s D Voting Round. Vote Here! <—Click Me!

I’ve improved the voting method so each title is also accompanied by a picture that shows what the anime looks like. This was done mostly for folks who aren’t familiar with a particular title and because a wall of text isn’t that interesting.

Voting will be open from today until 12/30/16 at 11:59PM. Voting is open longer than normal this round due to Christmas.

Remember to encourage others to vote for your choice. We had 13 people vote in total last time which is up from the B round before it. We still have yet to smash the 40 vote record set by the A round. Let’s shoot for a new record with the D round.

Thanks for voting!

Not Sure What Anime ABC’s Is?

Anime ABC’s is a fun community event that I run here at Jon Spencer Reviews. Any and all are welcome to participate in determining what anime I’ll be reviewing next for this series. Each voting round cycles to the next letter in the alphabet, that means we are currently on our fourth voting round. This is done to keep things interesting and to allow for more variety in options each time.

The goal of this series is to encourage community input, interaction, as well as to allow me to discover cool new shows, or in some cases, rediscover ones that I previously watched. You can check out my previous ABC reviews for Anohana, Bacanno!or Code Geass by clicking either of their respective titles for examples of what the end result looks like.

So what are you waiting for? Vote to help decide what I review next!

Anime ABC’s – C is for Code Geass

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This review has been a long time coming, but I finally finished watching both seasons with my friends. This review will cover both seasons and is spoiler free. Code Geass is a 50 episode Sunrise anime split between 2 seasons. For several years the anime has been out of print but recently came back thanks to Funimation for a 10th anniversary re-release. I first watched Code Geass several years ago when I first got into anime, and I loved every second of it. Did my thoughts change, or is it just as awesome as I remember? Continue reading

‘The Edge of Seventeen’ Film Review

Grade: A

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Hailee Steinfeld has come a long way throughout her acting career. We should remember when she started working in film at age 14 as Mattie Ross in the Coen Brothers’ remake of the 1969 John Wayne classic ‘True Grit’, (for which she was nominated for the ‘Best Supporting Actress’ Oscar) all the way up to last year’s ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ as aspiring singer/Freshman member of the Barden Bellas, Emily Junk. She was also in ‘Barely Lethal’ and ‘Term Life’ after that, but I don’t think those films were as mainstream as ‘Pitch Perfect 2’. Now, in 2016, she plays the lead in the James L. Brooks produced teen comedy-drama ‘The Edge of Seventeen’, where she not only gives a career-best (I have yet to watch ‘True Grit’, so hold your horses), but also plenty of attitude as Nadine, a 17-year-old with a lot of angst and hatred for almost everything around her.

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‘Akira’ Classic Film Review.

Grade: B-

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‘Akira’ is considered by many to be an important film that paved way for future science-fiction classics, such as ‘The Matrix’ by The Wachowskis. It was also the film that was said to have introduced Anime to the Western part of the world. I have been wanting to see this film for a few years now; once I saw it in Target, the “movie critic” in me told me to buy it, considering it to be an important addition to my collection of film. (and what a wide variety I have.) After finally watching the film last night, I admit that it is definitely not the greatest Anime film I’ve seen in my life.

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