‘Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe’ Film Review

After 26 years (and one reboot series later), Beavis and Butt-Head return, though instead of a cinematic outing, they have made their way to the streaming world of Paramount+. For its 25th anniversary, I covered my thoughts on Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, one of my favorite comedies. Needless to say, it still held up with its dimwitted approach to a thrilling plot. Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe shows us that the boys still have what it takes in a world afraid to dip its toes in offensive territory. Not much has changed about Mike Judge’s iconic creations, for they are just as rude and sexual as ever; laughing at over every bit of innuendo they could possibly notice. It is the comedy we need to get through the roughness of 2022.

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‘The Bob’s Burgers Movie’ Film Review

The best way to describe The Bob’s Burgers Movie is that it is a delight! From the moment we get our first musical number, it is clear that we are in for something special. Either that, or it sure is nice to see a 2D-animated feature on our big screen. Whatever the case, The Bob’s Burgers Movie is a perfect way to ring in the summer, and then some. I am not someone who has heavily watched the Fox series from which this film spun itself from, so I cannot call myself a fan, yet after watching Bob’s, I find myself wanting to immerse myself into its quirky world. For those who are not aware, Bob’s Burgers takes place in a fast-food burger joint run by the Belcher family, led by patriarch Bob (Voice of H. Jon Benjamin), with the help of his overly-positive wife, Linda (Voice of John Roberts), and his three children, the fun-loving Gene (Voice of Eugene Mirman), mischievous Louise (Voice of Kristen Schaal), and deep-voiced, socially-awkward Tina (Voice of Dan Mintz) as they deal with all sorts of mishaps. While the show was aimed for adults, one thing that separates the Belchers from the likes of Family Guy‘s Griffin family, or the titular Simpsons is how much the Belcher family loves each other, and manages to stand by each other, even when the chips are down. You could even say that, despite its crude humor, you could probably watch this show around your kids, as it is not raunchy enough to require putting them to bed.

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A Look Back on ‘Fritz the Cat’ (1972) – The First Adult Animated Movie

When Fritz the Cat, first came out in 1972, it broke new ground for what animation could do in terms of being exclusively for adults. There was sex, nudity, violence, and language that many had found controversial at the time; it even became the first animated movie to receive an X rating. Yet, despite its crude and graphic nature, it became a success at the box-office and paved the way for more grown-up cartoons like The Simpsons, Family Guy, and South Park to name a few. Who do we have to thank for, for such a rudely ambitious feature? It is none other than Ralph Bakshi, who would later go on to make Heavy Traffic, Wizards, The Lord of the Rings (There was an animated film, believe it or not), and Cool World.

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#Anitwitwatches Season 19 – Sound of the Sky

Welcome to the Nineteenth #Anitwitwatches!

I’m about to start a new job and right alongside it we are going to start Season 19 of ATW with Sound of the Sky. This is a title I’ve looked at previously and quite liked so I’m hoping you will too. As a result of my new job though, this watch may function slightly differently than normal. It is possible that I may not be as active in leading the discussion so be sure to interact with other posters on Twitter if you join in, plus it is just a lot more fun if you do that anyway. If you missed us last time we watched Terror in Resonance. Just because one of our group watches has ended doesn’t mean you can’t go back and take the journey yourself!

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.

Sound of the Sky 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. I also start my job, as mentioned, so I need a week off to properly adjust before trying to juggle this and everything else. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

If you have not done so, you can see where you can watch Sound of the Sky 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). Please note that episode 7.5 is optional as is episode 13, we also have a break on the 4th of July as I know that I will personally be busy at that time. Be sure to save a copy of the schedule for your use:

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A pretty straightforward watch this time around. That means this is an 8 week watch if you count the break. I hope you’re excited to watch this one and I look forward to all the excellent discussion!

‘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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