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Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs review

Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago on 25 August 2014 08:57 (A review of Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs)

Directly takes place after "Bender's Big Score". No better than the first film either, managing to get as high as the worst episodes of the show.

With the world (possibly) threatened by a mysterious rift, it somehow once again falls to the hands of Planet Express crew to investigate the threat and figure out what to do.

At the same time Fry has found a girlfriend, but can't seem to adjust to the fact that she already has four other men living with her - all of them her boyfriends. Crushed by this, Fry ventures through the rift, uncaring of the results or what lies ahead.

Also, a far less interesting plot takes us with Bender, who discovers a secret robot organization - but finds that they are not exactly what he hoped them to be.

The overall plot balances mostly between those three elements. The entity found from the other side of the rift is a strange love-hungry alien, and with all of its tentacles, it gets pretty boring pretty fast.

Besides the usual Futurama humor and characters, there's nothing new in there. If you're a fan of the show, watch this, and you'll probably enjoy it more or less like I did. Otherwise the fuel just doesn't quite carry out to the finish.


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Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow review

Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago on 25 August 2014 08:54 (A review of Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow)

Strong 3 stars.

A rather entertaining movie with a captive story for any fan of Avengers (little hints were thrown at how their story ended as Ultron rose, how Tony became the guardian of his friends' children, and so on and so forth).

The plot wasn't without its holes but none of them were big; they just simply jumped into the next important moment in the story.

Personally I felt like including the Hulk was the easy way out, although it added another layer of story.

Vision, on the other hand, was a very nice addition - not to mention Iron Man himself and the inner struggle we barely got to witness.

All in all a thrilling, fun, touching ride that has many good moments.


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Futurama: Bender's Game review

Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago on 25 August 2014 08:49 (A review of Futurama: Bender's Game)

Does Bender have an imagination? What is the secret of Dark matter?

This film is definitely the best one so far. It has the same drawn-out feeling as the other two before it ("Bender's Big Score" and "The Beast With A Billion Backs"), and the jokes and action get a bit numbing after a bit.

However, this one has more steam than the others. The events remain interesting and within limits of comprehension, keeping things interesting and relatively sane.

With Dark matter prices going up, The Professor tells his crew not to drive around excessively. Leela, however, has an anger issue to resolve - which leads their ship getting wrecked and her wearing a collar around her neck that gives her an electric shock for doing one of several things (including swearing, violent thoughts and thinking of sexual perversions).

However, it seems that The Professor has an idea about why the Dark matter prices are going up, and the crew is off to save the day.

In the meanwhile, Bender has sat down with the boy to play Dungeons & Dragons, which leads him to discover that he does, after all, have an imagination. Only, a robot shouldn't have one, so off to asylum he goes!

While rather odd, the plot takes us to a journey to release Nibblonians, who as we know are used to create Dark matter, and to merge two crystals that will, once combined, make Dark matter unsuitable as fuel once again.

The rescue operation also takes us to Bender's imagination, mixing Dungeons & Dragons with The Lord of the Rings - a mix that cannot fail!

A must-see for all Futurama fans, and also an amusing view, I'm sure, to most fantasy lovers.


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Hulk Vs. review

Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago on 25 August 2014 08:41 (A review of Hulk Vs.)

Hulk vs. Thor
Loki proceeds to bring the Hulk to Asgard while Odin is still snoozing during Odinsleep - and it falls onto Thor to battle the monster when all else fails.

The plot was actually more complex than that, well executed and bringing out the many side-stories that existed beneath the main arch, highlighting multiple characters in a very favorable manner.

The animation and overall execution were all good, bringing to life a story that didn't offer anything new and breathtaking, but rather an old-fashioned hero-smashing showdown.

Hulk vs. Wolverine
The story leaned more towards Weapon X than Hulk and Wolvie actually butting heads, and that took away a bit from what could have been expected from the story.

Besides that, the short film had all the blood, carnage and violence that befits a meeting of Hulk and 'claw people'.

A life-saver was the hilarious performance of Deadpool, no way around it.

Nothing thrilling but definitely fun to watch.


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Pokemon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior review

Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago on 25 August 2014 08:40 (A review of Pokemon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior)

Reverse World is by far one of the most fascinating things about the whole Pokémon world; the design, the rules, its Ying and Yang position with the real world... truly awesome.

Giratina, one of the new legendary Pokémon who appear in this film, wasn't bad either, and getting a glimpse of Dialga, one of my favorites, didn't make the experience any worse (although there was a bit of a plot hole there in the end).

Shaymin, however, was one of the most annoying characters by far in the history of Pokémon. Perhaps intentionally so, who knows... Sure, there was comedy there, especially between Shaymin and Ash, but the Pokémon's behavior and attitude just didn't work.

Other than that, another movie with a good plot, but there were holes here and there. It didn't run smoothly. The beginning seemed a bit too slow and confusing, but after that it was a rather enjoyable ride to the end.

Newton Graceland didn't get nearly enough screen time or depth, or his relationship and life in Reverse World, and same has to be said about the "villain" Zero (who is one of the best villains in Pokémon so far, I think). They could have had a much bigger impact if we truly understood them and their history/motives.

Not a bad movie, and well worth the watch. Standard Pokémon quality for sure.


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Dragon Hunter review

Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago on 25 August 2014 08:37 (A review of Dragon Hunter)

While there was a mediocre glimpse of a story in there somewhere, it got a little lost in everything else that was going on.

The characters weren't introduced properly, so feeling anything for them was impossible. Kendrick, for one, didn't have any makings of a hero whatsoever, although his brother Darius wasn't that bad. The world this movie took place in wasn't explained at all either, considering its inhabitants (humans, orcs, elves, dragons).

I'm aware that doing anything new in the area of fantasy is pretty much impossible these days, but this movie made me cringe: it was a weak rip-off of "The Lord of the Rings", whether you looked at a close- up of eyes, the orcs... even the stiff manner of speech that was supposed to sound old or something, but managed to make the characters sound even more ridiculous than they were the rest of the time.

The story of dragon hunters was in there somewhere, and the dragon itself wasn't all that bad, but... nothing impressive there. Apparently shaking the camera during action sequences is a good way to prevent people from seeing even the few good things - if they exist - and that's what ruined the action in between stiff speech and lame drama.

There were a few good lines, but that was it. Not worth seeing, really.


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Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder review

Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago on 25 August 2014 08:32 (A review of Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder)

Perhaps the best Futurama movie so far.

While it has some unimportant storylines (like Bender's affair with Fanny), the story is otherwise quite whole - a guaranteed humor-ride for all Futurama fans.

While Leela joins a green movement and Fry struggles to understand yet another great destiny bestowed upon him (this time because he seems to be able to read minds), Amy's father tries to build the biggest mini golf course in the universe. The majority of this movie actually takes place on Mars, instead of Earth, which is a nice change of pace.

Eco-terrorists, running from the law, creepy dark voices and a potential end of the world; this is Futurama at its best!


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Meteor review

Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago on 25 August 2014 08:18 (A review of Meteor)

Better than I dared to hope; I think I read some bad reviews somewhere, and so I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this.

The plot moves forward from the very beginning, but keeps stopping here and there to tell the stories of different characters. The locations shown on map was cool, but it seemed it took a few seconds too long each time because they could have been shorter - especially when you had been shown those locations a half dozen times already.

The whole thing was divided in two parts, and I have to say, the second part was slightly weaker than the first; we had already seen it all happen - sort of. Sure, some stories still moved forward, but the whole "meteor falling from the sky" thing had already been dealt with. It wasn't that bad all in all, though.

Less amusing was to see that the same images of meteors approaching Earth and burning in the atmosphere shown over and over again, and you began to remember each clip from before. Maybe it's a low budget thing, but it made it look kind of cheap although the special effects were pretty good otherwise.

Imogene O'Neil (Marla Sokoloff) had probably the worst couple of days of her life; nothing worked for her, and while it displayed quite well how some people would act in a situation like this, or otherwise, it still felt unreal how it could all happen to her.

The end was lame. Not the survival of the world, but the happy meal together with the heroes of the day and Imogene's musings about the next time our world will be at peril... geesh. The story really didn't need that to conclude itself.

All in all, a rather good disaster film, even though it perhaps could have been a bit edgier and focused a bit more on the disaster itself, and not the personal lives and problems of certain people. Still, I think the plot was pretty good, and the execution as well.


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Planet Hulk review

Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago on 25 August 2014 08:07 (A review of Planet Hulk)

Strong 3 1/2 stars.

One of the best Marvel animated movies I've seen.

It had a steady story which built itself beautifully and without plot holes, which isn't a given in these types of movies. You really get invested in the events and they were filled with awesome stuff.

The characters were fleshed out and alive; you wanted to care for all of them, and they were all given a sufficient amount of back-story to tie loose ends together, even in a short amount of time in some cases.

The animation was pleasing to the eye, detailed and smooth, and the action gruesome - as fits a picture revolving around the Hulk.

Also, the super awesome opening with Iron Man totally made an IM fangirl squirm in her seat!


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Family Guy Something, Something, Something, Dark Side review

Posted : 2 years, 10 months ago on 25 August 2014 08:00 (A review of Family Guy Something, Something, Something, Dark Side)

Another blackout, another thrilling story of Family Guy characters playing Star Wars.

The story, like in "Blue Harvest" before this, sticks closely to the source material. I would have loved seeing some variation, more parody, but they simply end up twisting some scenes a little.

A fun experience, and you can never get enough of Stewie as Darth Vader, but while the story arch remains restricted within the Star Wars plot, there isn't all that much unexpected excitement to be had.


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