I am a movie lover and someone who enjoys watching some (not all) TV shows (Doctor Who, The Simpsons, a couple of anime, etc.). I choose to break out of my comfort zone to rip apart any remake and episodes of a TV show that happens to be really bad! These reviews are both called Remake Reaping and Rerunagade. Don't like what I do here? Well, that's a shame!
I don’t really go out and watch movies all too often, which means I don’t see a lot of bad movies either (not that I want to anyway). However, I did watch enough bad films make up a list of the bad movies that I saw all year-long. So, here goes nothing!
Just to let you know, I love reading the book this movie is based on. I truly believe that The Case for Christ is an excellent book for people to read, especially for those who are wanting to know all of the burning questions that they have about Jesus. And this movie does go into that. …..for at least a third of the movie. Yeah, the other two-thirds of this movie is struggling to save Lee Strobel’s family (the main character), and his case of an accused murderer. And neither one of them are that interesting. I can tell why those two parts were in the movie, because his interviews can’t fill up roughly 2 hours of its run time, it these problems do show why there shouldn’t have been a movie on The Case For Christ to begin with. I’m not hateful about this movie, I was rather disappointed for the most part. However, it’s one of the better Christian films that I have seen within the past ten years. But it’s still not a good enough movie.
Talk about a remake that has no purpose for existing. I’m going to say it right off the bat and just say that Beauty and the Beast was never my favorite fairy tale, nor is Beauty and the Beast my favorite Disney animated film. That honor belongs to The Little Mermaid. I only saw this movie because I was with a friend and her group for her birthday, and she wanted me to watch this movie with her. I was lost at first as to what I thought about it, walking out, saying random things like “I guess it was fine?” But then I developed more of an opinion about it to where I can safely say that I didn’t like it. Emma Watson can’t sing through a sheet of toilet paper, especially when she sings a high note. Some of the CGI either looked okay, to just either creepy or unnecessary, like the beast being in full CGI. Even the controversy over LeFou being gay or not was a waste of time, especially for those who demanded a scene that would have made him gay to be put in was serving as a waste of time. Honestly, I don’t remember this movie very well, but I do remember Sarah Lewis from the Cinemasnob’s website saying about people who defends this movie by saying “why change something that’s not broken?” Sarah best said it, “Why do anything?” At least the food we ate before the movie was delicious!
I wanted to like the anime when I first saw both the original movie and Stand Alone Complex. I really, REAAALLLLY did! But I couldn’t. It’s too slow for me to get into, and I love cyberpunk. I do believe that it’s a great and fascinating genre to work with. I just wish it can make a huge comeback again. This movie couldn’t even do that. I saw this movie just to see whether or not if the rumors on the racism were true, and it was worse than I expected to be. You’re obviously in Japan, a country that is, according to statistics, is 98.5% Japanese, and to top it all off, this movie’s story did the whitewashing for us by saying that a Japanese girl died, and then had her brain being put in a white woman’s body. That’s worse than not giving an explanation as to why a woman with Japanese relations is being played by a white actress. Even if I didn’t notice any of those issues in the first place, I can’t even bring myself to say that this movie is good. Not even close. This film’s story is both forgettable and uninteresting. I don’t even know what it was about. Not that I even knew what the first movie was about either, but come on. Couldn’t you at least try with this movie? Not only that, but the characters are boring, the villain is boring (or at least I think there was a villian), and the CGI was all over the place. I swear, if I see another hologram in real life, I am going to destroy whatever is projecting it, and declare it witchcraft! This movie had no reason to show off that much CGI, and it makes the CGI in the Star Wars prequels look minimal in comparison.
Now we’re down to two more. Before I say anything about what number 2 is, I just want to add that the previous movies that I saw were pretty much based off of source materials that didn’t care for, with the exception of The Case For Christ. However, these two movies that I am about to talk about are based off of source materials that I love so much that turned out to be incredibly bad. So brace yourselves and be very afraid, because it’s about to get very ugly after this paragraph.
Why is this series so difficult to adapt in live action? No, better question. Why do so many people try so hard to make a live action adaptation of Death Note? This should be an easy series to adapt, and yet no one can do good with it. We had the awful as hell movie trilogy in the past, the somehow worse live drama series from 2015, and somehow, SOMEHOW this is worse than all of those combined! I can’t believe that this movie turned out so bad! I don’t think I even need to explain here as to why this movie was so bad. Here, I wrote all about it:
What also drives me insane about this movie are those who liked it. Yes, it may be hard to believe, but there are people who said this movie was good. No offense to those who liked this garbage, but what the hell were you smoking to say that!? Horrible! Just plain horrible!
I am a huge fan of the Alien movies, excluding 3, some of 4, or even the Alien vs. Predator movies. But overall, it has writing and story telling, as well as direction that I think makes up good movies. This one started off, for me, as a conflicting situation. I walked out of it with my brother during premier night, not knowing how I felt about the movie. I was rather confused for the most part, wondering whether or not if I thought it was good or not. I remembered the moment perfectly well when I finally made up my opinion. I was drying the dishes on a Friday afternoon, somewhere around 12:30ish or so, and I started to think about the movie, saying to myself “wait a sec. If these engineers claimed to be the creators of the human race, make a spaceship that can master space travel, create space suits, make signals that can go outside in space, as well as holograms with prerecorded images, then why were they living in stone-like civilizations, stone temples, and use both papyrus and tools made out fo sticks and stones?” And then the massive amount of plot holes began to submerge inside of my brain. And then, everything else. The beautiful cinematography is wasted with unintentionally comedic slapstick in some areas, the people who you see in this movie have no characters to care for, and not even the characters give any care to mention their names all that much. The married men calls their wives, without ever mentioning their names! Not only that, but this movie made David, the best character in Prometheus, to be incredibly dumb in this movie. Not only that, but unlike in Prometheus, where everyone complained about the scientist and geologist being really stupid, you can go back to that movie and fall on your knees, begging for forgiveness on everything about that movie, because Alien: Covenant humiliates everyone else! It humiliates farmers, it humiliates men in leadership, it humiliates guards, thrown in anything! I’m pretty sure I missed that too! What kills me the most about this movie is that I liked Prometheus! Sure, it made some stupid decisions that I didn’t approve of, but for the most part, I was enjoying everything else that I saw, and I defended that movie for 5 stinking years! Now that we have this movie, not only contradicting Prometheus, but it even contradicts the entire Alien franchise as well. Now I finally know and understand the haters of Prometheus, because this hurt me a lot. I have no faith in the next 6 movies. Oh, goodness gracious, there are 6 more in the works! I don’t know if I can even do it.
“sigh!” That was my top 5 worst movies of 2017. This wasn’t easy for me reflect upon, and watching these movies was more of a challenge for me. This was work if I ever experienced it. So, did you disagree with any of this? Which movie did you see all year that was the worst for you? Let me know in the comment section below, and stick around for my list of top 5 favorite movies of 2017!
I know it’s not right to judge a book by its cover, but if the trailer doesn’t invest me to watching it, or if there are other reasons that- You know what? I’m gonna write out why I avoided these movies!
When I first saw the first Transformers movie, I was oblivious from the huge amount of negativity that it got from the critics, and from everyone else who rightfully hated it. I liked it a lot as the dumb 17 year old I was. You know what? A lot of us were dumb back then for giving it over $700 million. But when the second one came out, my brother came out explaining just how it was the worst movie he has ever seen. I saw it, but even though I don’t agree with him, it was still very bad. I saw the last third of the third one, and even then I was annoyed at how awful it was. I didn’t bother with the fourth one, and I didn’t bother with this one either. To me, these movies have no reason to continue up to part 5, and from the looks of it, the quality doesn’t seem to improve in any way, from the trailers, it seem to have the same structure as the last 4, and I stopped caring to give these movies a watch. Usually, box office records don’t apply to me as quality, and now that China, these movies last, dying effort to make money for a failed movie, did not give a crap to pay for this movie.
I had no interest in seeing this movie, since the mummy was one of my least interested Universal monsters, and this movie still didn’t change my mind to see it. And after hearing about how bad this movie did, I was relieved that I didn’t put any money into this. And even hearing that this was suppose to be a start of another cinematic universe, that just sounded dumb to me. How can you start a cinematic universe where your three previously failed films you had were The Wolfman, I, Frankenstein, and Dracula Untold? It’s clear and evident that whoever wanted to start this not only didn’t think this through, but also should have first tried to make a good movie before anything else.
I never thought that the previous sequels were as bad as most people made them out to be, at least not 2 and 3, but I thought the fourth one was so bad that I didn’t even care to watch the 5th one. And I even had one of my friends saw the trailer for this one, and asked “Does anyone even care anymore?” That was, from what I can tell, truer than I thought. I don’t get why Disney would want to allow another Pirates movie to be made and released 6 years later, or even make another sequel in the first place. I didn’t care to watch this movie, and I feel grateful for it.
Tyler Perry, if you somehow found out about my website, I’ll just tell it to ya plain and simple. I will never understand you and your fans, and your movies for that matter. I tried to watch Madea Goes to Jail a few years ago, and even when I first saw Madea in jail, I stopped watching it, only because I couldn’t take anymore of it. I can’t even figure out how Tyler Perry keeps getting the funding for making these movie, nor do I know how he has a following either. And I can’t believe I’m saying this, but my brother knew I couldn’t stand Tyler Perry so much that he even went as far as buying me this…. “thing” for Christmas.
So, no. I will never give in to watch another Tyler Perry movie ever again! I will even fight people to keep me away from watching another second of his movies!
Let me give you an explanation as best as I can possibly offer. Last year, I saw the reboot to a miserable faliure of another cinematic universe that was suppose to be launched. That movie was Ghostbusters. It was the worst movie I have saw all last year, not only because I didn’t see that many movies last year to make up a list (but I rarely go out see movies anyway), but my goodness, was it awful. And then I looked back at all of the previous movies that they have made in the past 2 decades, such as The Magnificent Seven, Chappie, Goosebumps, After Earth, Sex Tape, Annie, White House Down, The Amazing Spider-Man movies, Passengers, Life, all of the Resident Evil movies, and the onslaught of Happy Madison movies that refuses to die, I started to think to myself “is this studio really worth putting any money into anymore, besides Spider-man Homecoming, only because it was also a Marvel movie, and that alone? And even the movies that came out this year didn’t changed my mind. Geostorm?! Resident Evil: The Final Chapter?! (why was it in chapters all of a sudden?) The Emoji Movie?! The Dark Tower?! Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation?! And no, don’t throw in other movies that you thought were good, like Baby Driver or Blade Runner: 2049. I’m glad that I didn’t put in a single penny to watch a child molester on screen, and I never liked Blade Runner in the first place anyway. Even some of their disisions in the past were too dumb to past as anything you would want to write home about. When Peter Jackson was going to start making The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he went up to Sony, and told to make them as one whole movie. Not only that, but Sony was caught making up fake reviews for their own movies back in 2002. And don’t get me started with the Sony hacks either.
Yeah, I’m done with this list. I hope you enjoyed hearing me ramble on about these movies that I didn’t give a fair chance to see, but I did give fair and honest reasons for why I didn’t want to see them either. Let me know which movies you were thankful for not watching this year. Leave your comments on the comment section below, and stay on board for the my top 5 worst movies of 2017!
The Tournament saga ran for 14 episodes, with three different categories. The first 5 episodes are about both Goku and Krillin being trained by Master Roshi, the tournament itself, and the final match. This, to me, is the way how I see as the start of how we view Dragon Ball as a whole. Before this saga, we only saw an adventure-type theme, trying to search for the Dragon Balls. Now we don’t get to see it as much after this saga. I guess the closest we get to that was in GT, but I digress until we get there, and I don’t count the Frieza saga either, and I will explain my point until we get there.
And before I go any further, I also found out just recently about the English names for these characters. Before Funimation took the job for doing the English translation, Harmony Gold did the first 5 episodes of Dragon Ball, as well as the first and third Dragon Ball movie. I’m not too sure only those two were dubbed by Harmony Gold. The names that were different were:
Goku – Zero (*groan*, yeah)
Bulma – Lena
Karin – Whiskers the Wonder Cat (I got nothing)
and my personal favorite,
Oolong – Mao Mao
The other series that Harmony Gold did were Dr. Slump,Gatchaman, and the greatest one of them all, Robotech. The only big stinker from Harmony Gold was…… *sigh* Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned. Yeah, I’ll just stop right there. This saga was the first time Toonami was allowed to air the show in English. You see here, the very first 13 episodes of Dragon Ball for the longest time was owned by Lionsgate all the way up till it’s contract was expired in 2009, then giving the rights to FUNimation to do their job. As for this saga, it was only first aired on Toonami in 2002, thanks to the popularity of Dragon Ball Z. The only thing that this saga had changed was the music. This was more troubling in Dragon Ball Z, and I will get to that.
The first episode of this saga shows Goku flying to Master Roshi’s house so he can get stronger. It also has scenes of Bulma, Yamcha, Puar, and Oolong trying to get to West City through trials and tribulations, like crash landing in a jungle when flying an airplane inbetween trees instead of flying over them, and walking through a desert. In these scenes you get to see Krilin trying to get to Master Roshi’s house to also become stronger too. And how does he arrive at Master Roshi’s house in front of Goku and Roshi? Like this.
Krillin travels to Master Roshi to train under his martial arts. Goku only needs to find a woman for Master Roshi. But Krillin, on the other hand, knew what he wanted right away. Porn. And you know what? I can believe that. I mean, have you not seen the women he has went out with?
Krillin was suppose to start off as just a minor character, but later on grew into one of Goku’s best friend, if not, his best friend in the franchise, until Vegeta came in. And before I go any further, I should establish my thoughts on Krillin. To me, he’s the type of guy who is hard to hate. He’s there to make fun of for many reasons that we all have, but I think we all share the same opinion about him:
Anyway, this episode is half-entertaining, and half-boring. Most of the boring stuff is from the first half of the episode, seeing Bulma, Yamcha, Puar, and Oolong wonder around, trying to get back to civilization. But the second half gives us all a payoff.
This episode gives us the introduction of Launch.
What’s that? A DBZ fan just questioned who Launch is? How can you NOT KNOW who she is? She only had her one cameo appearance when she helped Goku create the spirit bomb in the Kid Buu saga.
Oh, wait a sec, I remembered now. She appeared again in the Vegetta Saga, just so she can never be seen again til’ the last few episodes of DBZ. I’ll get to that later on. She was also suppose to turn up somewhere else in DBZ, but I will get to that very later on.
Yeah, of all the characters in the entire franchise, one can wonder why she disappeared from the show. Her character is the most weirdest and humorous in this show.
When she has blue hair, she has a soft, dumb, and has innocent personality. But when she sneezes into a blonde, she tough enough to the point where it really makes me wonder who would win in a fight between Launch or Revy from Black Lagoon. And now I might have started a new fan fic. This episode is entertaining at best, being kind of western-type of episode with Launch in it. Give it a watch for the fun that Launch provides, even though it has a character who will end up not having too much of a purpose for the rest of the show. Maybe that’s why Launch was in only two episodes of DBZ. Go figure.
“Find That Stone” is the beginning of Goku and Krillin’s training from Master Roshi on another island. The training in this episode requires both Goku and Krillin test to see who’s the fastest, and trying to find a rock within an hour that Master Roshi throws in a jungle in the island they are in. There isn’t a lot to say about this episode, other than that Krillin is seen in these first few episodes as a jerk towards Goku. He lies, cheats, and even tries to downplay Goku, thinking that he is better and tougher than him. Pfft! Yeah right. Just you wait till the next martial arts tournament.
“Milk Delivery” is considered to be one of the most strangest episodes in the franchise. The only reason is because of how both Goku and Krillin are delivering the milk They have to deliver the milk to the citizens of this unnamed island, and that is normal. But they have to deliver this milk by skipping from one house to another.
And then they have to skip in a zig-zag through a road with trees on both sides. And then they have to walk up on a huge stair case that leads to the top of a really high hill.
And then they have to cross a tree trunk that is on top of this hill that leads to another hill, go through a river, and walk through a desert to deliver milk.
If you think that’s not crazy enough, in the beginning of this episode has Goku sleeping on Launch’s bed, only to wake up and see her blonde’s side waking up, shooting Goku, and Goku kicks her right in the face!
Oh, and Yamcha appears again in the end of this episode. This episode is entertaining, just to see how far Master Roshi took his training for both Goku and Krillin over delivering milk. It’s strange, but I say you give this a watch for that reason alone.
This episode is more of the last episode, like delivering milk again, being chased by a shark butt naked, being chased by a dinosaur, which means that Lord Beerus didn’t kill all of them, and tilling the fields with their bare hands. And now Goku’s role as a farmer, and his training with Whiz and Vegeta is starting to make sense, isn’t it? Plus, Goku and Krillin gets educated, which is quite unheard of when you think about Goku actually learning something, instead of having to believe that he’s, umm, …..”special”.
Another thing that I would like to point out is that with every exercise Master Roshi gives both Krillin and Goku, there’s always a point in it all. He gives an explanation for how each exercise helps them train for fighting, which is something that Mr. Miyagi failed to do in The Karate Kid. If that movie explained it to the audience, then maybe “wipe in, wipe out” would make some sense for us all. Great episode, nothing more to add-on top of that
The very first half of this episode is just more of training and eating. Now, about Goku eating. The joke at first, I believe, was that Goku was so pure, so innocent, and so juvenile that he loves to eat a lot. And then his son Gohan came along and he ended up loving to eat a lot. Okay, he gets a lot of things from his dad, so that works. Fair enough. And then we get to see Vegeta eat as a pig, which meant that maybe only Saiyans eat like crazy. And then Beerus and Champa came along, and they love to eat a lot too. The only lesson I have to give you all is this: if space aliens come on planet earth, make sure to prepare them a buffet table that can circle the earth twice! Oh, and both Goku and Krillin go to the Tenkaichi Budokai in style as Japanese Blues Brothers!
The second half is Yamcha meeting Bulma in West City, Goku and Krillin heading to the Tenkaichi Budokai, and wearing their fighting gi for the first time.
You may be wondering why almost every character in the show has a circle with a logo on it, and Toriyama just said that he never had a reason for why.
This episode does give us a few introductions in the series, like West City, the fighting gis, Papaya Island, and the Tenkaichi Tournament. Outside of that, this episode feels more like the last one in the first half, almost making this whole episode feel like you could have easily combined the second half with the flashbacks of Master Roshi’s training that you see later on in future episodes. Not a bad episode, but not something I’m going to look back at.
We finally have the very first episode of the Tenkaichi Budokai, and now we get into the nitty-gritty of its origins. Akira Toriyama adopted most, if not, all of Dragon Ball from his love of the Chinese culture. The story of the show was based on of Journey to the West, the action was based off of watching Kung Fu movies (which is what made him want to make the series to begin with), the tall thin mountains were based off of China’s Tianzi Mountains,
and the Tenkaichi Budokai was based on from a real life tournament in Lei Tai.
Toriyama loved China and it’s culture so much that he stopped using it after the show was over.
The location of Papaya Island, however, was based in Bali, Indonesia, where Toriyama and his wife toured in Indonesia, and based the tournament’s designs from, all the way from the structures, it’s village, to its statues. The rules for the Tai Lei tournament worked the same as the Tenkaichi Budokai’s rules, where you lose when you’re knock out of conscience, you get a ring out, and you can say that you give up.
The preliminary tournaments involves in 100 fighters, Goku, Krillin, Yamcha, and Bruce Lee.
Yeah……when you’re Bruce Lee, and you surrender to Krillin of all people, then you know there’s something wrong with you. Anyway, this episode is fun to watch, giving a good introduction to the Tenkaichi Budokai.
This episode officially starts the first fight of the Tenkaichi Budokai with Krillin versus Bacterian, who is what you get if Gimli wasn’t a dwarf and became a wrestler. I know people can see Krillin smell Bacterian, but he has no nose. Akira Toriyama said that this is only possible because he has what he calls a physical idiosyncrasy, which allows him to breathe in through his skin. Yeaaaaah, don’t bother looking it up. That’s not what it is.
This episode does include the very first appearance of the announcer!
You may be wondering what his name is. Me too. I tried to look all over the internet and figure out what his name is, and I have come into dead ends. And no, this is not the reason for why it took me 3 years to write all of this. Not even Akinator himself was able to know his name.
And since I can’t find out his name, let’s at least talk about the English voice actor himself, Eric Vale. Eric Vale got his very first job as a voice actor as Trunks in Super Android 13 in 1992, but for some reason was credited as Eric Johnson, and then get the role as the announcer in 1993 during the Majiin Buu saga. He would later on in time get to be in more noteworthy roles, such as Loki in Fairy Tail, both Canada and America in Hetalia: Axis Powers, Casshern in Casshern Sins, and his most famous role of them all, Sanji in One Piece. I really love his role as the announcer. He’s always excited, always in a great mood, and was able to live through Piccolo Jr.’s destruction. He’s practically immortal enough to live through the end of GT. And yes, I do mean that he was able to live after Majin Buu destroyed the world.
Anyway, good episode, even though there’s a scene in it that goes a little too overboard of the disgusting factor.
This episode’s first half starts with the match between both Jackie Chun and Yamcha. Spoilers: Yamcha loses very quickly. Yup, this is the first time you ever get to see Yamcha as a loser. After that match is over comes the fight between Nam and Ranfan, a woman who you would confuse for a hooker due to her fighting tactics that continues to show why it took FUNimation forever to bring this show on the air. We know nothing about Ranfan, but we do know some details about Nam, who came to the Tenkaichi Budokai to get money to save his village that’s in dire need of money. In other words, he’s basically Uub, just without being a Majin. What’s also strange is that Master Roshi is able to read his mind. It goes from being vague, to being useless here as it did with both Goku and Vegeta. I bet you anything you forgot those two can do that until I just mentioned it here. Good episode, even though I didn’t have a lot to say about it.
This episode starts Goku’s very first real fight against a dragon, and it is kind of exciting to watch, even though you know who’s going to win. You get to see Goku almost lose, Goku growing back his tail, which I will discuss more of in the Piccalo Jr. saga, and Goku destroying the statue faces in the arena. That was done because Toriyama’s assistant at the time was tired of drawing those faces in, so he used Goku to test his strength by destroying them. That alone showcases Toriyama’s talent of being the master of cutting corners on not to always draw all the time. This was also one of the reasons for why Super Saiyan was made, because Toriyama’s assistant was tired of coloring in Goku’s hair all the time, which he can just let Goku’s hair look white all the time in the manga. Very good episode, showing that this saga was on a role.
this episode features Krillin’s fight against Master Roshi, AFTER Goku proves that his tail is real by mooning the audience.
He does show his penis, but that butt is enough. The fight between Master Roshi and Krillin is a great watch, even when we see Krillin almost defeat and knock out Roshi, if it weren’t for him using his Kamehameha wave to bring him back, by performing what I believe was collateral damage. It sure won’t be the last time we will ever see our heroes do more collateral damage in the future. Great episode!
This episode features the fight between both Goku and Nam, which is an episode all in itself impressive to watch. Even both Nam and Goku looking like they’re flying in the sky!
And to top off the rest of the episode, we do get a moment of both Master Roshi and Nam discussing both Goku and Krillin’s passion to become the strongest in existence. It’s heartwarming and does establish what made Goku into what we see today when it comes to fighting. I do recommend this episode a lot for this last moment alone, even though Nam and Goku’s fight is great to watch too.
I was going to continue splitting these episodes as I’ve been doing this whole time, but I’m going to treat these three last episodes as a whole for the fight between Master Roshi and Goku. These episodes, in order, are The Grand Finals, Number One Under The Moon?, and The Final Blow. The first episode starts off with Master Roshi Knocking Goku out of the ring, making everyone believe that Goku lost within seconds. But then, for the first time ever, without the use of the flying nimbus, Goku manages to fly!
Now if only Nappa was able to do the same thing, that way this line will work so much better:
And then we see Master Roshi fight Goku with the Kamehameha at the same time, and fight like a drunken man, while Goku does the same thing as a monkey, which he likes to call the crazy monkey technique.
Now if only Goku was able to use this technique against Frieza. And then in the next episode, Master Roshi was able to hypnotize Goku to sleep, which raises the question, would it work against Frieza when he came to earth during the Golden Frieza arc? Goku also beats Master Roshi up with some rock, paper, scissors! I forgot to mention that before the kamehameha was introduced, Goku would frequently use rock, paper, scissors as a fighting technique, learned from his grandfather. This fighting technique is no longer being used anymore, but it is referenced a lot in the franchise, even up to this day!
Master Roshi almost defeated Goku with his Sith lightning attack (which is one of the many moves we will never see again), and then see Goku turn into the almighty oozaru! This episodes ends, trying to make us believe that Master Roshi uses the kamehameha to kill Goku in the oozaru form, but in the next episode, we get to see that he only blew up the moon. I have three things that I would like talk about:
Did this franchise lied to me into thinking that Krillin is the strongest human alive?
Either Master Roshi is strong enough to blow up the moon, or the moon was as weak as toilet paper.
Another thing I would like to add is the Carrot Master and the Rabbit gang from the Emporor Pilaf saga.
The last time we ever saw him was on the moon. And now the moon just blew up. According to Akira Toriyama, the moon blew the Rabbit gang off into space. Where exactly? All I know is that I want to see the Carrot Master make a return in Dragon Ball Super.
So anyway, both Master Roshi and Goku fight hand-to-hand combat, exhausted, in front of the setting sun, which makes this last fighting sequence so much beautiful to watch. Master Roshi ends up winning, along with the prize money that was wasted in feeding Goku.
This arc starts off kind of slow, but ends up being a joy when the Tenkaichi Budokai begins and ends. If anything, this arc’s reputation and what it was meant that the show was on a role, and the next arc will continue to solidify my point. Join me next time as we get to the Red Ribbon Army. We get to see the return of Pilaf, Chi-Chi, and the very first android in the show, Android 8! And let’s hope I don’t stall for another 3 years to continue making more of my Quick Look Through Dragon Ball.
In dedication of Hiromi Tsuru
Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Super, and Dragon Ball GT are all owned by Funimation, Toei Animation, Shueshia, and Akira Toriyama
All other images are owned by their original designers.
I know I haven’t posted so much on my website, but I’ve been getting all of my finals done, and I’m officially done for the season. This means that I am able to continue where I left off, and present more reviews. I won’t be putting up my next Torchwood review any time soon, but I do have another review that is looooooong overdue. I will post it for Christmas! But now, Star Wars!
Before Viewing Star Wars: The Last Jedi, 12/14/2017
For those of you who are new to this segment, Before and After is where I talk about my preimpressions of the movie I’m about to see, as well as everything else that goes around it. It mostly has to do with my personal history on whether or not if the movie is part of a franchise or a fandom. If you want to see my example of this, here’s my bitter rage of the Death Note Netflix movie that came out a couple of months ago:
I don’t think there is anything new I can add under the sun as to how much of an impact that Star Wars has laid upon pop culture for 40 years. 40 years?! HOT DANG!!! I’m not even 30 years old, and knowing that makes me feel old! Red Letter Media has torn the prequels to shreds countless times, there are numerous documentaries on the films, going from the making of Star Wars, to the fandom of Star Wars. Just about everything you can find about this perfect and imperfect franchise has been said.
Since I can’t find a new thing to talk about Star Wars (besides the left over original scripts, rough drafts, and testimonies of the people who worked on the movie that hasn’t been told yet), the only thing that I can talk about is my personal testimony. I started seeing Star Wars for the first time in pieces as a kid. I didn’t watch them all the threw until later on. My first viewing of Star Wars was on laserdisc! Yes, that is how cool my dad was growing up as a kid! When I turned, I believe 9 years old, I saw the movies all the way threw on the special editions as a kid, late at night at my grandma’s house, with the exception of Return of the Jedi the day later. Fun fact, I forgot that Darth Vader was Luke’s father the next day I saw Return of the Jedi. If you can’t tell, I love Star Wars. Enough said.
Then there were the prequels. Let me just clear this out of the way by saying that seeing a movie as a kid doesn’t mean quality. You probably ate dirt and grass as a 2 year old and thought it was good, but that doesn’t mean that disgusting grass and mud that has remnants of dog poo and pee was ever good. I can even say the same thing about The Phantom Menace being a bad film. I saw that movie as a kid in the theaters, and even I was let down by Darth Maul. The movie advertised him being the main antagonist and he does almost nothing, if not, nothing of value. Not even Darth Sidious does a thing. Even the Trade Federation’s existence was lame. I did, at the time, enjoyed everything else. No, I don’t remember why, nor do I think I had a reason for why, but I thought the movie was good as a kid. Nowadays, I can testify that Quigon Jin is a liar, a cheater, and a gambler, the CGI isn’t all that impressive, especially for it’s time when both Terminator 2 and The Fifth Element came out before this, the story is both boring and vague, especially for a film where it’s target audience was aimed at children.
Not only did I see Attack of the Clones in the theaters, but it was also the first movie I remember watching with just pure hatred for a movie. Not only was it boring, but it felt useless, stupid, and overall, pathetic. If you ever wondered where all of my rage and anger ever came from, it was on May 17th, 2002, over for a film that was nominated for an Oscar over it’s overabundance of CGI, which I like to call high film cholesterol. I remmeber liking Revenge of the Sith a lot when I was in high school, but after looking back at it 5 years later, it really wasn’t good at all. It still contradicted everything that was in the original trilogy, the use of CGI was just as bad as the other movies, the acting was terrible, the direction was terrible, and even the Wookies were in this movie just for fan service, as well as Chewbacca.
And before I say anything else, no. I don’t like the lightsaber battles either. the first one used the lightsaber battles where it went on forever, just seeing three guys banging on lightsabers just as some spectacle over characters we don’t care for. The second one had way too many lightsabers to where it was starting to get old. I didn’t even remember any of that in the bug coliseum all too well. And then you got the one on the volcano planet where it just felt tiring to the point where I stopped caring about lightsabers. I brought this up because I know a ton of people would bring this up as a defense for the prequels.
After George Lucas sold Lucas Films to Disney, and then announcing that they’re going to make more Star Wars movies, I said to myself “good.” I believed that anyone can do a much better job than George, and after watching The Force Awakens, I was right. Even though I like The Force Awakens, and saw that it had it’s share of problems, it was still a good enough movie to keep in my collection. Yes, I do have a collection, and it’s not going anywhere without me. Anything prequel related is not allowed. Except for Rogue One, which is the only good Star Wars prequel, was better than the Force Awakens (to my opinion), even though I agree that it didn’t need to be made. So far, there hasn’t been a bad Star Wars movie from Disney yet, but after seeing an onslaught of new Star Wars movies planned out, I don’t feel like I’m going to get tired of it as some people do. It’s just something that I would think that I will get over with, but I just don’t. I don’t even know if I’m able to explain why if I tried.
I can’t bring myself to say that I want to side myself with the majority of the fandom, because I think that most of them are either fun or just poison to me, thanks to them coming up with massively ridiculous fan theories, such as the ring theory, Jar Jar Binks secretly being a sith lord, the force being a living entity that caused everything you saw in the prequels to the Last Jedi as planned (no, I did not make any of that up), and then there are MattPat’s film theory videos that all have failed right in front of his face. I love the guy, but he’s not making the fandom any better. Not gonna stop him from making any more film theory Star Wars videos, but I won’t acknowledge them either.
As for The Last Jedi, I only saw the first trailer once, and that’s about it. Not that I’m not looking forward to this movie, but I want to go into this movie cold, not seeing as much about the film before going in. With that being said, I’m off to see my movie!
After viewing Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a movie that I went in, thinking that it was just going to be another good Star Wars movie within the franchise. I never thought that there was ever going to be another Star Wars movie that could ever top off, or even measure up to Empire, for a few reasons. For starters, The Empire Strikes Back was such a fantastic film that it reached the point where it was going to be difficult for another movie in it’s franchise to be as good. The second reason is because whenever we see another Star Wars film after it, not one was ever able to reach it’s level of goodness. The ForceAwakens was still good and brought Star Wars back to where it needed to be, but it still wasn’t earth shattering good. Rogue One I thought was better than The Force Awakens, but I still felt like it wasn’t necessary of a movie to be made, and some of it’s characters were kind of there for the most part. Return of the Jedi was still good, but as a movie, there were some moments in the script that felt obvious that it was rewritten a lot before filming that made it feel like as if something was missing. I already explained my beef against the prequels, so let’s move on.
Where does The Last Jedi stand? Right up there with The Empire Strikes Back! Yeah, I’m dead serious with that statement. This movie managed to surprise me the most. This movie, that I can best describe it, was like a roller coaster. It starts off really well in the first half, and then it gets really exciting at the second half of the movie! I don’t feel like there was a dull moment to be found, especially the scenes where there was no action to be found. Most of the characters (from what I can remember), did an excellent job, keeping me invested with the whole movie. The action scenes are well done, and I couldn’t have done better. This is a movie that I KNOW that you will enjoy from beginning to end if you haven’t seen it yet. If you went into this movie with low expectations like I did, prepare yourself to be very wrong with those low expectations. I do go as far as saying that this is the best movie of the year so far, and I say that because I have yet to see The Disaster Artist.
I’m glad that this was a spoiler free review, and believe me, I almost did that. Yeah, as much as I made the Death Note review a spoiler filled rant, I don’t think it deserved to roam around free with any dignity from anyone. However, this movie was so good, that it deserved my respect, as well as those who have not seen the movie yet.
Halloween is nothing without Garth Marenghi, and I won’t let it go to waste! The beauty behind reviewing each and every episode of Darkplace isn’t just because the show is amazing to watch, or that it comes out every year, or that there are only six episodes of the show, but the fact that it’s incredibly easy to review. Just the fact that you can write up a review of something that is both great and short and something that you love is what makes it so much easier for me to do for you people. I can’t think of a better show to write about for my audience than Darkplace!
We start off our episode with Rick waking up Sanchez to help him out with a kid with leukemia, but Sanchez takes a sip of some dirty ecto cooler that turns him into an ape.
Todd Rivers still thinks that the ape makeup in this show looks amazing, and after watching the gorillas in the 90s Tarzan movie, he’s right.
Rick helps a child out by giving him the medicine, and then Dr. Reed punches him in the face. Yeah, child abuse may not be funny, but there are times when it can be great to watch!
Rick almost drank the pre-solidified green jello, but didn’t because Reed needed him. However, both Sanchez and Liz did get a taste of that filthy Surge, which resulted in Liz turning into a monkey.
The only thing that’s keeping both Rick and Reed from drinking the green kool-aid is their love of coffee, which uusually people would drink with water from how hot the drink is. Wait a sec, I’m trying to put logic in a show that was meant to be dumb. Scrap what I just said.
Sanchez tells Rick that he’s losing his mind lately of being an ape, and clubs him on the head, thus bringing him into a dream so crazy, you have to see it for yourself.
No, you didn’t image any of that. You did in fact see all of those apes in nurses outfits. Oh, and you also heard Reed’s words that the hospital is taken over by apes in Rick’s month long nap. But he won’t do a thing about it because he thinks that the hospital is running better with the apes around. And then Rick finally turned his brain on, figuring out that the problem is coming from the water being tampered by an ape peeing in the water. Maybe this is what REALLY caused the water to be tampered in Squidbillies.
Rick chases this ape that he calls an apealoid in probably the best chase scene in existence!
After the apealoid was caught, everything went back to normal in a high speed explanation.
This episode, just like the rest of the show, is great to watch. Even though this show is self aware of it’s makeup and effects are massively cheap, the passion of using them is what overshadows the poor look of them. This episode does showcase their passion of using their makeup and special effects, unlike most movies and tv shows that just relies on CGI to do the job. The writing in their humor is still spot on, and the action sequences are also great to watch, which also shows that even though Garth Marenghi is well known for horror and comedy, he also does well with action, making a great balance in less than 25 minutes. So, 4 down, 2 to go for this show. Don’t worry, I will find another show to replace Darkplace when I’m done in 2 years.
One of my favorite shows as a kid that I can barely remember, but had a tone of fun watching, was The Tick. For those of you who don’t know, The Tick was one of Fox Kids’ best animated cartoon shows in the 90s that was also one of the first superhero comedies ever made. Possibly the first of it’s kind. It was the best kind of quirky comedy that you couldn’t find anywhere else at the time, and it’s style has inspired many good comedy shows after it.
The Tick himself is just a massive dumb superhero who tries to fight crime without knowing what he is doing, or even knows how to fight crime for that matter. He is also teamed up with Arthur, who is supposed to be a moth, but looks more like a bunny. But what makes the Tick great are two things. The first thing that you can tell is that he is very likable in every way imaginable, and is what you get if Darkwing Duck was fighting crime with a writer who happened to be funnier than those who wrote Darkwing Duck. I know what I just said might sound like heresy to some people, but the more you watch this guy, you more you can agree with me. The other thing that makes him great is that, even though he isn’t a smart guy, he still fights crime because he wants to fight evil and do good. That’s what made The Tick a very fun show to watch.
I’m not sure if it was successful or not, because I don’t know, so I won’t get into whether or not if it was cancelled. However, I won’t and CAN’T deny that The Tick has a massive cult following, especially when MTV aired its reruns in the early 2000s. There was even a live action version of The Tick that I remember watching on Fox back in 2001 with Patrick Warburton as the Tick. I thought that show was okay, but it wasn’t good enough to keep itself from being cancelled. And now we got the newest version of The Tick, and it’s so far a good watch.
The Tick stars Peter Serafinowicz as the Tick. In case if you’re wondering, Peter Serafinowicz was in both Guardians of the Galaxy, and did the voice of Fisher King in the Doctor Who episode, Before the Flood. I would have prefer Will Arnett for the role, but this guy is good enough to where I never thought that he would have taken the role. As a matter of fact, he’s not even known for taking big roles like this. And yet, he’s very funny! This show is, so far, very fun to watch. I’m not going to spoil anything, but Arthur’s back story is, not only tragic, but funny at the same time. I really like how they were able to balance both the humor and serious moments very well without making it either boring or forceful. It’s just right. From the first episode, it shows you how this world manages to work with both heroes and villains, and how both Arthur and the Tick meets each other. They got both the characters just right, and even the Tick’s written dialog is pitch perfect. If there’s anything that I would of like to have seen is the Tick having a pathetic fight scene where he still manages to win through wacky hijinks, but I think I will get that later on.
Yes, I do think you should watch The Tick, whether or not if you’re a fan. It’s both a good and fun watch, and you won’t be disappointed. And yes, I do recommend you to watch the animated series! If you excuse me, I’m going to make myself a BLT sandwich.
Welcome to my new segment called “Before and After,” where I talk about my pre-impressions of a movie before I watch it, and then discuss my thoughts on what I saw. Sure, this may sound like what Tony Goldmark does with “One Movie Later,” but I also want to do the same thing anyway and steal his shtick. And by the way, go check Tony Goldmark’s Youtube channel if you haven’t already. I highly recommend it.
So, we have finally reached to the fourth attempt at a Death Note adaptation. And you know what? I understand why there’s another. Death Note was, is, and forever will be one of the biggest and greatest anime ever made that broke new grounds that came out before Attack on Titan and after Dragon Ball Z. The odd thing about it, Death Note was the very first manga to ever break new grounds in, and it wasn’t inspired by anything. At all. Tsugumi Ohba said in an interview that all of this came from his own mind as a concept, and later on developed everything else, from the rules of the Death Note to the story. He kept on piling so much that he eventually got started writing Death Note. Think about it: Dragon Ball was inspired by Toriyama from watching Kung Fu movies, Samurai Champloo was inspired by old Samurai films, and Death Note was from Ohba’s head. You got to have some crazy mind to think this stuff up.
Death Note is an excellent manga series, from beginning to end, and I do recommend it to everyone who has never seen the show either. I’m even showing it to my friends right now as I’m writing this article. One of which didn’t grow watching anime, and I got him to watch Fullmetal Alchemist, Attack on Titan, and now Death Note. He now thinks that Death Note is the best anime he has seen so far.
I do call this show to be very revolutionary for anime, for a few reasons. Before Death Note came out, most anime were dominated by both action and dumb girly dramas in the mid 2000s, from what I can remember at the time when I was in high school. But when Death Note was first introduced to me, my mind and concept of anime was redefined when I saw how great of a story you can make, from the characters, the atmosphere, the tone, and all the way down to how you can make something so intense without the use of fighting or beating people up. The plot itself was incredibly original, and even today I have yet so see an anime that can top it’s creativity. Not to say that this is my favorite anime of all time, because it isn’t. But it is in my top 5!
And I did see the three movies. What were my thoughts? How about “what was my reaction?”
That image alone sums up what I thought about those movies. I already talked about the live drama from 2015 on my first thoughts, and my mind still hasn’t changed. Just go look up my article on that for more information. As for the Netflix movie, I saw the first trailer, and was kind of skeptical. But after watching the second trailer, I was starting to feel pretty nervous about how it was going to turn out. As the reviews started to come in, my expectations are not getting better so far. I haven’t read any of them yet, because I’m trying to go into this movie with an open mind, and I try to do that with every movie that I go out to see. I have no idea what I will think about it, but there’s only one way to find out.
I just finished watching Death Note by the time of writing this article. Now, there are two ways how you can watch this movie. The first way is by going into this movie, without ever seeing or read Death Note. However, if you do that, you will find yourself both baffled and bewildered by how stupid and outrageously unsubtle this movie is. The other way is by going into this movie as a fan, and try to not shut this movie off out of pure rage and disrespect that this movie puts on the original source material and the fandom. And no, I never said there’s a good way to watch this movie. Netflix’s Death Note I believe is worse than the other live adaptations in the past. It makes the three other movies look more competent, and it makes the tone of the live drama, as well as the atmosphere, look more accurate in comparison, and to top it off, it makes those previous live adaptations look both smarter and good. Yeah, that’s where we’re at with this abomination.
The very first problem that I spotted in this movie is Light. I have no idea who the actor is, nor have I ever heard of him before, and I can see why. The very first thing you hear from him is his whining, as well as his foul mouth that shows us what you get if you take the Tarantino style of writing and remove all of it’s charm. This movie doesn’t make Light look like a genius either. Sure, he does other people’s homework for money, but this movie couldn’t do better than that? He’s pretty ignorant for the most part. He hates his dad (Shea Whigham), or at least I think he does, because about 90% of the dialog that he shares with him is just whining, complaining, and arguing with him. As for his dad, James Turner, he’s pretty forgettable, and the movie can do without him.
Ryuk is, not only forgettable, but his motives are kind of hard to read. I know that he finds how interesting humans can get and finds himself entertained by what they do, but you don’t get to know why. As a matter in fact, you don’t get to know anything about Ryuk. You don’t know why he has an obsession for apples, you don’t know why he finds humans to be interesting, or where he came from. Not only that, but you can barely see his face. It’s always revealed in the dark, and I don’t get it. The special effects, when not seeing his face (usually showing his back on the camera) looks good. As a matter in fact, it looks better than the previous live action Ryuks that I have seen before. It’s just a shame that its ruined for giving us no reason to show his face completely.
I am not kidding on how I described his presence. These images show us just how we are able to see him in this film.
Now before we get to talk about L, I think I should just get rid of the casting of this movie, because, even though the racial choices that this movie made isn’t as big of a topic as Ghost in the Shell was, it’s still making some headlines with a few websites. I am going to say right here and now that there was nothing wrong with Death Note taking place in America with American actors. I complained about the racial casting in Ghost in the Shell because, one, the movie wants us to think that Japan is a multiracial county, even though it’s population 98.5% Japanese, and two, Motoko’s Japanese brain was put inside of a white woman’s body. In other words, the movie’s script white washed the character, which makes it worse. In this version of Death Note, I find the casting to be fine, because they managed to write a story in an American setting where anyone can be whoever they want, with the exception of Watari, even though his name can be whatever they choose. I’ll get to him later on. Now that I discussed my point of view on that issue, I can finally talk about L.
L’s acting started off fine for me, making me think that probably, just probably that this movie would get him right. I was right. For the first quarter of the movie. Whenever he starts to have serious problems, like losing his reach for Watari, he starts freak out. Yes, this is an adaptation, where there are going to be changes, but make good changes, as well as keeping the story consistent with the original source material, which this movie clearly doesn’t understand. L turns out to be a badly written character, whose motives are confusing and horrible that you can’t really see him as either L or as great of a detective that this movie wants you to believe. He already had tons of people working for him, either defending him, or guarding him. Hmmmmm……. working with Watari, avoiding yourself from anyone else by isolating yourself so you can be protected from anyone confiscate any evidence and not getting yourself killed, or just make a public announcement out in the blue and having a team with you that can get yourself killed?
Watari is played by Paul Nakauchi, who is also known for voicing Hanzo in Overwatch, is probably the closest to being a good character in this movie, but I would be lying if the script is what ruined him too. He does have some moments where he shows his compassion for L and how he communicates with others, but the things he does later on in the movie kills it for me. Which this does make me discuss the rules of Death Note.
For those of you who memorized, some, more than half, or all of the rules in the Death Note, don’t worry. This movie just uses some of the rules, but makes up their own, like the only way how you can cancel out someone’s death is by burning the page it was written on within 48 hours. Oh, you thought that you can just write down someone’s name and wait for 40 seconds? Of course not, stupid! That rule is disposed of and you do need to write the cause of death and wait for it to happen. But in some parts of the movie, it does show that you can just write their names without writing the cause of death. Other people can touch the Death Note, but only the owner can see, hear, talk, and touch the death god, and no one else. Not only that, but Ryuk was the one who wrote the rules, meaning that he can write down whatever he wants, so anything goes. But I do like the look of the Death Note. I thought they did a good job on the design.
Mia, whose suppose to be this movie’s version of Misa, is not very good. She may not be as bland as Sofia Coppola in The Godfather Part III, but she is as stupid as Bella Swan in Twilight, and can be pretty insufferable too. Yeah, I don’t have a lot to say about her. She sucks.
The rest of this movie is horrible. The anime sure might have when over the top for most of the show, but that’s only because you’re watching an anime about a man who’s trying to become the god of the new world. Only Tetsuro Araki is able to do that right with an anime like Death Note and Attack on Titan. His style is almost cinematic. This movie’s tone isn’t that bad, as well as the direction of it, but the music sounds like something that you would hear from a show, video, or movie that is based in the 80s. Come on, this is a movie where a guy wants to become a god, you got to make it look and feel like it. Subtlety has no room in this movie either. Half of this movie has people overreacting, and because Light writes down people’s causes of death, it only gives the movie’s excuse of showing off the gore effects, which do look good, but not even that works for the reasons behind what Light wants. Most of these criminals are killed along with people who have nothing to do with the people Light kills. There was one where he kills a criminal by derailing a train with people, right next to another train! In the anime, Light was smart enough to kill only the people he wanted dead without putting the innocent in harm’s way. This Light’s interpretation of justice just doesn’t seem to matter how he does it, as long as he does it. And don’t get me started with the ending. It’s as bad as the rest of the movie. L finds a page in Light’s bedroom, only showing that he was ready to write down his name, but hesitates, and this movie thinks it’s cleaver enough to make us wonder if he does it. This movie isn’t even cleaver enough to make us care!
No, I obviously don’t recommend this movie. It’s void of joy, has no charm, it has no ambition, and it is definitely nowhere close to being as smart and competent as the original source material. The acting is terrible, the script is terrible, and the director obviously had no idea as to what made Death Note great at all. As for the negativity that this movie has already gotten from the critics, they’re not wrong. As a fan, you will only be angry, and as a non-fan, you will not like this movie at all.
I hope that this segment worked like a charm, and I’m off to go watch The Tick!