Ghost in the Shell (2017) Film Review

Interesting Ideas; Mixed Results

d947b6bcdd3c2ac2f86e6b39bed43778Went and saw the new Ghost in the Shell movie with some friends and the movie felt pretty average. It was what you might expect from a Hollywood action film but still had nods to source material that made it feel somewhat unique compared to if the film was truly “Westernized.”

This write up will be a bit shorter, since I’m coming off the film fresh. In addition to my own thoughts, I’ll be providing the thoughts of the two people that went with me. It’ll be like getting 3 reviews in 1! Continue reading “Ghost in the Shell (2017) Film Review”

Ghost in the Shell (Pre-Film) Thoughts

Ghost in the Shell’s Live-Action Release is Right Around the Corner

So I thought it might be a good time to let you all know what my thoughts on the upcoming film are, my expectations, and familiarity with the franchise. This isn’t a sponsored article, but I’d like to quickly thank Crunchyroll for providing me with a free ticket to see this film and giving me an excuse to talk about a franchise I really enjoy. Continue reading “Ghost in the Shell (Pre-Film) Thoughts”

‘Power Rangers’ Film Review

Grade: F

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‘Power Rangers’ featuring the rainbow cavalcade of teenagers in super suits was a huge deal when the show was on television stations in the 90’s. The 90’s was a decade when kids could just watch their favorite shows with snack packs and cereal when they gathered around their televisions every Saturday morning. I grew up with the ‘Power Rangers’ and still have the original ‘Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers’ movie in my collection. (Although it is kept in storage for now.) Memories of my childhood have been brought back in the form of a reboot film catered to those who grew up with these karate-chopping teenagers. The original show (as cheesy as it was) was actually better.

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Anime ABC’s F Results

 

 

This One Was a Real Nail Bitter Folks

FLCL and Flowers of Evil were going back and forth throughout the voting period. For awhile it looked like FLCL was going to win, but suddenly near the end of the voting period, the two titles were all tied up and it was anyone’s game. In the event of a tie, I would choose between the two based on various criteria (a very secret process that involves my personal preferences) but this was not how this round turned out. In the hours of twilight, a victor emerged with a total of 6 whole votes:  Flowers of Evil.

Man it would have been funny if some other random title dethroned the two front runners but that’s not how this one turned out. I’m actually glad Flowers of Evil managed the victory because I haven’t seen this anime yet while I have seen FLCL already. I’m excited to be watching this one and have been in the mood for something pretty dark, which Flowers of Evil seems to promise.

We had a very small voter turn out this time around with a total of 9 unique voters, but given when I put this up and wanting it closed out by the start of my Spring Vacation, this is not at all a surprise or really all that low. If anything, it is more surprising that FLCL and Flowers of Evil were voted for with as much fervor as they were. I expected Brotherhood to be more of a contender, but am pleased with how things turned out.

I’ll be busy with the Ghost in the Shell live-action film later this week and Your Name the week after, so I may not get to finishing this anime over the break as I had originally intended. The series is only 12 episodes so it shouldn’t be too far out by time I finish this one. I’d like to not take over a month like last time with Erased :p

As always, below you’ll find a breakdown of the votes. I’m looking forward to this review, and I hope you are too!

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Other title voted for:  Flag 

‘Kong: Skull Island’ Film Review

Grade: B+

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The visual effects on Kong may be more of a human look than Peter Jackson’s giant roaring gorilla in the 2005 remake of the original ‘King Kong’ films that have come before it, but holy moly, is the angry giant more amazing than ever! Watching Kong fight these monsters on the famous fictional Skull Island is one that is more reminiscent of Gareth Edwards’ ‘Godzilla’ and is of pure, amazing, albeit ridiculous action.

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Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor (Season 1) Review – Gambling is Serious Business

Serious Business, With Serious Consequences

80032After finishing Kaiji:  Ultimate Survivor, to be further referred to as Kaiji, I felt it was necessary to immediately do a write up. Normally, I would wait a bit, think about it some, and do this, but not for this show. I have a passion for the “mind game” genre which Kaiji belongs to and have waited a good long while before watching. Did it live up to all the praise, or is this anime not worth taking the gamble on?

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Anime ABC’s – F Voting Round

 

 

Time Again to Vote!

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

Voting will be open from today until 3/26/17 at 11:59PM.

Remember to encourage others to vote for your choice. We had a pretty big improvement in terms of voter turnout for the E round so let’s keep up the excellent work!

Nothing extra on the survey this time either 🙂

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 sixth 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!, Code Geass, The Devil is a Part-Timer, or Erased by clicking either of their respective titles for examples of what the end result looks like.

So what are you waiting for? Go out and vote for the anime I’ll be reviewing next!

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Film Review

Grade: B-

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It is a story that revolves around one enchanted rose, two lovers, and is considered by many to be referred to as “a tale as old as time”; most famously from the likes of lyricist Howard Ashman (who died 8 months prior to the release of the original animated classic), Angela Lansbury (Who was the original voice of Mrs. Potts), and the duo who sang the original title song, Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson. The original ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was an animated masterpiece that relied on beautiful animation, sweeping camera motions, and the energy of a classic Hollywood musical. It also went on to gain 2 Oscar wins (‘Best Music, Original Song – ‘Beauty and the Beast’, Best Music, original score), and 4 other Oscar nominations (including Best Picture, making it the first animated feature to achieve that category.) While this updated remake in Disney’s roster is visually stunning with its CGI effects that put last year’s ‘The Jungle Book’ to shame (At least in my opinion), the film also turns out rather clunky and doesn’t show us the energy that the original animated film had.

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Anime ABC’s – E is for Erased

Erased Has Excellent Direction & an Interesting Premise, but is That Enough?

3727644b109279e2cb405ac89b0f293f1452549294_fullAfter over a month of waiting I am finally getting to this review of Erased! This is the first Anime ABC’s show that I haven’t seen prior to it winning a vote. I was really excited to have a show win that I hadn’t seen yet. I had been wanting to watch Erased, or Boku dake ga Inai Machi it’s Japanese title, pretty much since it aired back in the Winter season of 2016, but just didn’t get around to it. This anime was pretty contentious so where exactly do I stand? Continue reading “Anime ABC’s – E is for Erased”

‘Logan’ Film Review

Grade: A

Logan Movie Poster

Just because the MPAA has finally given a stand-alone X-Men movie an R-rating doesn’t mean it can’t be great. The financial and critical success of last year’s ‘Deadpool’ was enough to give Fox and Hugh Jackman the courage to finally get an R-rated Wolverine made. The sad truth however, is that this is the Aussie actor’s last time bearing the Adamantium claws he is most famous for. Jackman has played the character of Logan/Wolverine for 17 years, and he feels this is the best way to say goodbye to our favorite mutant.

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