Well, in a figurative sense at least. Before we begin, today’s article is sponsored by Uso, or as you may know him on Twitter as @obamasnowToo. Having won the New Year’s AMQ special event, I awarded him my $15 Patreon tier where you can suggest just about anything for me to take a look at and cover in some capacity. In keeping with the New Year spirit, he gave me a few suggestions from the 2021 anime lineup to choose from and I ended up selecting Muteking the Dancing Hero. He knows that I’m a fan of Tribe Cool Crew and Brave Beats, so this was something I had some interest in anyway, but thanks to him I had a nice excuse to watch the whole show. With all this preamble out of the way, today I want to talk about anime fans and children’s media, why so many fans seem drawn to it, and what exactly it can bring to the table while looking at this Muteking reboot along the way.Continue reading “Anime Fans & Children’s Media – A Look at Muteking the Dancing Hero”→
When it comes to #TheJCS, I can hardly believe that it has been going strong for four years now. It’s really amazing and I cannot stress enough how grateful I am to the community for keeping it going steady for so long. That is why, with a heavy heart, I have to announce that I’m breaking the chain today. While I will be celebrating the anniversary in this post, I will not be accepting submissions as per the norm during the month of January. Rest assured though, the Showcase isn’t over, it’s just taking a mini vacation for one month. Additionally, I’ll be posting an update with this so you can know what’s going on and why I’m not tackling this project this year. Thank you in advance for your understanding.Continue reading “Jon’s Creator Showcase – Forth Anniversary & Site Update”→
As the pandemic raged on, something miraculous happened that got us through the year 2021! Businesses started reopening, including movie theaters. Not only could we go back and see our friends who we felt empty without, but we could also experience the feeling of paying a ticket to a movie that we thought would never release. Once again, we could smell the scent of freshly buttered popcorn, quench our thirsts with refreshing beverages, and see amazing sights that graced the screens! Of course, streaming was always an option for those who felt more comfortable just staying at home without the risks of catching transmissions from a stranger’s orifices. Nothing truly beats the feeling of being back at the cinema again! While I have been going to the theater less, I have managed to catch a few gems on the big screen (four of these have made the list to be exact – points if you can guess which ones)! The movies are back and I have 12 that made an impression on me! As with every year, I am sure that there are some superior movies I may have missed, especially with awards season, which if I had seen before this list would knock some of these picks down, so you get what you get! Without further ado, let’s begin!
Awhile back I watched the original 2001 version of Fruits Basket which is a slightly dated, partial adaptation of the source material of the same name. I enjoyed it, but didn’t have enough to say to write a full piece. Now I’ve had the chance to watch through the first season of the 2019 version, and it begs the question: Did this receive the Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood treatment? By which I mean, is the old one worth watching, and by extension, do you need to watch the first season of the new one afterwards? Today I aim to answer these questions and walk you through exactly what’s been improved upon, and what hasn’t.Continue reading “Fruits Basket – Old or New?”→
The amount of hype for Spider-Man: No Way Home, the third entry in Jon Watts MCU trilogy was unbelievably high. Right from the get-go, there has been a lot of discussion in which direction this installment was going to head, especially since Sony and Disney almost parted ways after the huge success of Far From Home. We almost didn’t get a third chapter until Spider-Man actor Tom Holland allegedly made a drunken phone call in tears to settle a dispute! We really owe it to Holland for stepping up and speaking his mind, as it paved way for what may not just be the best Spider-Man movie, nor the best MCU movie, but the best movie of 2021 as of late!
2021 is almost over, which means a new year in movies is approaching! As we get ready to leave this year behind, it is time to look at the upcoming movies that I am most certainly anticipating, as many as they are, for I am always down to see these when I have a chance. As with previous year’s releases, I may not get to all of them upon release, but these films are the one I am looking forward to the most!
When I was a kid, I had no idea who Beavis and Butt-Head were. I never really watched MTV, nor did it seem that I was really allowed to. What I do remember was seeing a VHS copy of their first motion picture, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America at age nine, but I had never really watched it, nor did I ever watch the show that it was based on. My first experience watching Beavis and Butt-Head was in high school when I noticed that a neighbor of my dad at the time, happened to have a couple of VHS’ of the show and the movie. I decided to borrow them both. While I cannot remember what my initial reaction was, all I can say is that watching Do America opened the door for my appreciation of the characters and it eventually became one of my favorite comedies, which I like to watch whenever I am in the mood.
Earlier this year, Marvel’s WandaVision set the stage for a new type of show, which combined the makings of a stereotypical sitcom with hard-hitting drama featuring tragic characters who feel the need to escape, only to be hindered by circumstances beyond their control. It was a real game-changer, not just for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but for sitcoms in general, as solidified by AMC’s new series, Kevin Can F**K Himself, which has the same blend of sitcom shenanigans and TV drama, enough to make it somewhat of a copycat. Yet, while WandaVision was more of an evolution of sitcom styles from the 50s to now, Kevin Can F**K Himself is a straight parody of the typical family-sitcoms you saw in the 90s through now. A lot of them seem to have the same formula; you have the extremely self-centered, slobbish, dim-witted husband who everybody loves, yet somehow gets into a situation which makes things worse, as well-intentioned as he tries to make it, while his hotter-than-average wife shrugs at his ideas, only to help clean up the mess. Kevin Can F**k Himself helps us to see it from the wife’s point-of-view, opening our eyes to what is beyond the bright lights and canned laughter of a sitcom. It is really one huge “f**k you” to sitcoms of this nature.
Nearly 40 years after the first Ghostbusters premiered in theaters, a third movie in the franchise has finally arrived! It has been a long, rocky road to get to where we are now, with the project being in development hell for nearly two decades, matched with the casts’ hesitancy to return, along with the passing of Harold Ramis (who played Egon Spengler), it seemed that a third Ghostbusters would never get off the ground. The closest we have come was 2016’s female-led reboot which seemed to distance fans and divide critics. Now, a true sequel has come in the form of Ghostbusters: Afterlife! Afterlife is directed by Jason Reitman, who you may know as the director of films such as Juno, Up in the Air, and Jennifer’s Body. Yet what makes this special is that he is the son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, which makes it feel like a passing of the torch. Ivan seems to appreciate his father’s work enough to continue the legacy as he visited the set of the original 1984 film as a kid. The touch is noticeable, but what it comes down to is more of the same story, yet for a new generation of Ghostbusters fans.
Now that Jingle All the Way is on Disney+, I figured that I would give it a rewatch for its 25th anniversary. I remember it as the movie that introduced me to the corniness that is Arnold Schwarzenegger. Though he was mostly known for being an 80’s action star with films like The Terminator, Conan the Barbarian, Predator, and Commando, there was a time when he decided to take on family comedies. Kindergarten Cop and Junior were movies that showcased his comedic chops, but none seem to match the ridiculous, over-the-top, exaggeration that is Jingle All the Way. Jingle All the Way is Arnold at his corniest as he plays a father desperate to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas, only to cross paths with a police officer, a manic mailman, and a crowd of last-minute shoppers who all seek to get the ever in-demand Turbo Man doll. In reality, Jingle All the Way is a testament of a father trying to prove his worthiness to his son as he sets out on an all-day journey to make things right.