Monday, September 18, 2017

Let's Play BioShock HD Part 4: Arcadia and Farmer's Market

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 Well ok there's also the Smugglers Hideout as well but honestly that area was so small I bet nobody even cares to mention it. Though aside from that I do have to apologize for the amount of videos in this part. Some business kept popping up so I had no choice but to stop every so often thus the five videos here on top of what happened in the first video. As for the levels themselves I wonder why exactly they only used the Pigskin Splicers in the Farmers Market? I mean they're only in the Market and the final boss fight so what exactly was the point? But regardless Arcadia does provide some actual logic to the setting since as Atlas said "Bottom of the Ocean boy'o, no trees no Oxygen".

Bioshock is owned by 2K Boston, 2K Australia, Take-Two Interactive, Ken Levine, Alyssa Finley and 2K Games.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Tokusatsu Review: Chou Super Hero Taisen Part 1: Featuring Dante from the Devil May Cry™ Series

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Coming out even more frequently then FNAF and Assassins Creed, and unfortunately half as good but just as consistaint.
 Because of course there's another one of these things even though the reception of these movies keep getting even worse and worse with every one that comes out. Hell last years Kamen Rider #1 movie at the time of this article is sitting at a 4.8 on IMDB!

Ouch, even worse is that if you look at their Box office intake they're going down in flames. 
 If you follow this link to TvTrope's page on 2015's Super Hero Taisen GP you'll see that it was the worst received of all of the Taisen movies.

 Which only begs the question of why in the wide, wide world of sports does Toei keep making these things? Also why do they keep making them with the worst director and writer in their staple being Shōji Yonemura and Osamu Kaneda respectively? Probably because their paymaster is Shinichiro Shirakura AKA Japanese Dan Didio who has been proven time and time again to be one of the worst producers at Toei. Hell just look at the staff changes for Kamen Rider Hibiki for proof of that alone, plus apparently he considers the modern Heisei Kamen Riders to be "boring and toothless" as compared to his baby Amazons. Kaylin Saucedo AKA Marzgirl has summed up the general reaction to this statement on this Tumbler post.

 Now what he probably also implies in this statement is that the shows he produced were superior to the current run which for the most part lacked his direct involvement which ran from Agito to Decade minus Kiva, all of which have had major problems and have demonstrated a general lack of care or respect to Ishinomori's works which have ironically become his company's biggest cash cows. There's shooting yourself in the foot and then there's blasting your entire leg off with a sawed off Shotgun! Which leads to a big question from me. If you hate this genre so much why the hell don't you just quit and let someone who does care take charge already? But of course this is making money in your world (aka Dodo land) so who cares you'll keep making these movies and pissing the fans off until the backlash is so intense you'll be forced to step down and I and many others will be there with bags of popcorn and hot dogs watching the festivities unfold.

 But enough about how Toei is run by gigantic douche-canoes time to carve open their latest turkey. Now these events aren't mentioned in the actual series (and for good reason) but there'll still be spoilers for Ex-Aid and Kyuuranger. (Though again I don't give a flying fiddlers fuck for Kyuuranger and have given up on it after Episode 1 a first for me as it was that bad! As such I shall also be giving them appropriate Nicknames, see if you can guess which is which.) We open surprisingly not in Japan but in Seoul South Korea (probably a shout out to those who watch Kyoryuger Brave). It's a peaceful day and an Old Man is playing Mighty Action X when it switches to Xevious which summons a blue pixelated wave of energy into the sky summoning a scale sized Andor Genesis which proceeds to go Independence Day on the city.

 Oh god this really is Pixels, quick hide Peter Dinklage I don't think his career can survive another bomb like this! From bad to worse we cut to the Orion the Kyuuragners' main ship where their boss Spyro the Dumbass Dragon informs the team on the situation. They think it might be Jark Matter but don't know for sure yet. Their Red Dumbluck is about to cream his Disney underwear over  the prospect of an unknown enemy. The Kyuurangers display their own unique flavors of annoying before checking it out, moving on! They apparently do their stupid Deploy Roulette thing so only Dumbluck, Bootleg Spock, Josuk3PO, Luigi Mario and Kurumi go down to stop the unknown threat instead of all 9 of their current ships which would be better to counteract the squadrons of ships the main one keeps sending out!

 Unsurprisingly this does not go well for the Spaceballs until they form KyuuRen-Oh where they cut the entire ship clean in half with one swing of their sword! But the Genesis just comes back and after a beam struggle with KyuuRen-oh we cut to our title card for the movie. Thankfully afterwords we don't focus back on the Kyuurangers but cut to the hospital Emu aka Ex-Aid works at where an unusual patent is brought in, Amu aka Jyuoh Tiger, she's in bad shape, barely conscious and bleeding so they check her x-rays.
Oh dear sweet god she's a Diclonius, quick get her out of here before Lucy shows up and kills us all!
 Of course since Amu's a Jyuman her catlike skeletal structure is leaving Emu stumped. But since Hiiro is Hiiro he tells Amu he'll cure her with no problem. Later on she's transferred to the CR monitoring room where she wakes up and explains what happened, she and the other Jyuohgers were fighting off the Xevious ships who apparently in this universe destroyed Jyuland. I say universe because on top of the Kyuurangers being around despite them apparently being set in the future or an alternate universe; at the end of Jyuogher Jyuland merged with Earth so this makes no sense. Continuity errors, in a Shirakura production, you're swimming in them!

 Poppy shows up and explains what Xevious is for those who've never been to an Arcade in the last few decades. She doesn't however know why the Xevious Bugsters are attacking. On the roof Emu and Hiiro contemplate what's going on when KyuuRen-Oh lands near the hospital.

It's a giant Menorah the fuck do you think it is!?
 Still they check out the Menorah to see Dumbluck, Leman Russ, Sasuke Clone #3472, Yera Allon and Robo Bison try to capture Poppy; since she's a Bugster they figure she had something to do with Andor Genesis and the other Xevious ships' rampage. And with the Kyuurangers being dumb as bricks they're overly aggressive and try to take Poppy without hearing hers or the Ex-Aid Riders' side of the story just assuming that since she's a Bugster she's involved. Even when Emu tries to ask who they are Dumbluck just tells him to hand Poppy over so of course Emu, Hiiro and Taiga are going to fight to make sure Poppy isn't taken by these hotheaded idiots, I'd complain more but Dumbluck is normally this stupid and the Kyuuragers are just as stupid if not more so for putting up with him.

 Both sides transform and start the slugfest, and the camera is apparently being held by a drunken Monkey. Poppy managed to get away with Haima (Hiiro's suck up father) but get cut off by Josuk3PO (who was the one who told the others to get Poppy) and Bootleg Spock who freeze Haima. Before they can take Poppy Amu calms the two down, but before a logical solution can be reached more shit shows up. A nearby Genm corps game console apparently becomes a Broken COMP from Devil Survivor and starts playing Galaxian causing their Bugsters to show up to start swarming the heroes. Ex-Aid and Dumbluck break off their fight to get the civilians to safety ( even with my hate for Dumbluck this scene still shows he's a better hero then Bizzaro or Crazy Steve from Batman Vs Superman) before fighting off the Galaxian Bugsters.

 The COMP then switches to a new game that summons some odd back up, including Kiria Kujo AKA Kamen Rider Lazer with his new posse consisting of Shinken Blue, Bouken Pink, Mega Red, Den-O Gun Form (AKA Ryutaros) and Kamen Rider Shin-Zangetsu. This kit bash squad takes care of the Bugsters before going back into the game aptly named Chou Super Hero Taisen. Though a new player destroys the last Bugster and reveals he has the Galaxian Gashat, the Chou Super Hero Taisen version of Hiiro who has the power of Taddle Legacy Level 50, Kamen Rider True Brave. Both hero groups power down as Shadow Hiiro stares down the real him and goes back to the game with the Data Heroes. Emu asks Dumbluck if he can leave things to him and his allies, and Dumbluck says sure since he knows that there's no bad guys among heroes.

 Back at the university even Poppy doesn't know what's causing the worlds to bridge together. But Emu figures that the Data heroes still want to protect the Earth even if they aren't the real versions of those heroes so he and Poppy decide to get their help with the Xevious crisis. But if Emu comes then they might see it as an act of aggression so Poppy and Amu decide to go inside the game world to negotiate with any who could help (forgetting that Amu is a Jyuoger). They go inside and apparently find themselves in Silent Hill with weird 8 statues all over the place. They're specifically looking for Shadow Hiiro since they figure that he's the one in charge but find nobody except for a kid (goddamn it a kid) who runs off.

 But before the two can speculate the game announces another match and pits Amu against Kamen Rider Data-Stronger. She morphs and manages to defeat Data-Stronger who gets turned into a card and flies off, but Jyuoh Tiger then has to fight against Data-Amazon. Poppy then gets a transmission from Emu who figures that Data-Hiiro is most likely hiding out in the Game world's version of the hospital.
Castle of Hiiro Kagami
South Jersey Shore
 Amu is about to be killed by Data-Amazon but is saved by Data-Utchy (Kyoryu Gold) who beats Data-Amazon back to a Clow Card that flies off. After introductions are made Data-Utchy escorts Amu and Poppy to where Data-Hiiro is. They explain their idea to Data-Hiiro who agrees but says that they have to follow the rules of Chou Super Hero Taisen if they want their help against Xevious. Data-Hirro designates Emu as the game's player and he's whisked off to the player select screen and is given the rules, he has to pick a team composed of five heroes. It doesn't matter whether it's of a mix of Sentai and Riders or just Sentai or all Riders and compete against other teams in a tournament to determine who will become the Kamen Sentai Gorider which will be the team to defeat Xevious and save the real world.

 Ex-Aid is already the Red by default (though he should be Pink technically but whatever) so he has to pick between the Blue, Yellow, Green and Pink heroes for his team. Who will Emu pick for his team? Who created Chou Super Hero Taisen? Who released the Xevious Bugsters in the first place? Will that Pizza make it in 30 minutes or less? Find out next time in Part 2 of my review of Chou Super Hero Taisen.

Kamen Rider is owned by Ishinomori Productions, Toei Productions, and Bandai.
Super Sentai is owned by Ishinomori Productions, Toei Productions, and Bandai.
Plan 9 from Outer Space is owned by Ed Wood.
Patton is owned by Franklin J. Schaffner, 20th Century Fox and based on Patton: Ordeal and Triumph by Ladislas Farago and A Soldier's Story by Omar Bradley
Futurama is owned by Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, 20th Century Fox Television and The Curiosity Company.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Lets Play BioShock HD Part 3: Neptune's Bounty

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 We finally escape the Medical Pavilion with our skin intact and head to honestly one of my least favorite areas in the game. No it's not because of the atmosphere or anything like that I don't really like this place since it gives us WAAAAAAAAAY too much ammo so early in the game that it mostly sucks most of the challenge out of the game for me. Also that means that there's ammo lying around on Splicer corpses which annoys me to absolutely no end. Now normally that would resort to me using Winter Blast or the Liquid Nitrogen mod of the Chemical Thrower but I'm too cheep for the Plasmid and since I know what's coming in Arcadia I'll just suck it up and blow my ammo on the Big Daddies.

Bioshock is owned by 2K Boston, 2K Australia, Take-Two Interactive, Ken Levine, Alyssa Finley and 2K Games.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Lets Play BioShock HD Part 2: Medical Pavilion

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 We begin our true adventure into Rapture by escaping the forces of Andrew Ryan and fleeing into the Medical Pavilion. However we're stuck in the facility and the only way out is through the local Splicers and their leader Dr Steinman. Once he's dealt with however Jack is confronted by Dr Tennenbaum and is given a choice, though admittingly it's one of the most obvious Black and White choices ever in a video game, but for this game it gets the job done.

Bioshock is owned by 2K Boston, 2K Australia, Take-Two Interactive, Ken Levine, Alyssa Finley and 2K Games.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Lets Play BioShock HD Part 1: Museum and Welcome to Rapture

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 Since we've finally reached the 10th Anniversary of one of my absolute favorite Video Game Franchises of all time I will be doing a 100% Complete Lets Play/Walkthrough/Whatever of all 3 of the current BioShock games and most of their DLC. After a trip to a museum we begin with the game that started it all, with a man, a city and a lighthouse.

Bioshock is owned by 2K Boston, 2K Australia, Take-Two Interactive, Ken Levine, Alyssa Finley and 2K Games.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Tokusatsu Review: Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Part 2: Five Player Co-op action!

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Wow guys, just look at those bad-ass Beetleborgs
 Now for those of you who came in late here's the link to the first part of this review.

Caught up? Good moving on, after the Pac-Man fever was cured a very familiar man with a certain ring observes the city and starts to form a plan. As for our villains Zaizen learns firsthand that just like Jack from BioShock maybe rewriting your DNA on a whim isn't exactly the smartest idea in the world. Yet instead of turning into something out of a David Cronenberg movie he says he got exactly what he was looking for. Have to admit though, first time Plasmid's a real kick from a mule, but there's nothing like a fist full of lightning an't it? Back at CR both Alan and Makoto are in recovery while Kagami's barely holding on himself from the slugfest to the point where Taiga offers to take over while he gets some rest.

 Takeru's still suffering from Hatena's virus and Emu's gone straight into the self-doubt cycle. Poppy tries to shake him out of it but to no avail while Kiriya asks her why Emu can become Ex-Aid if he didn't undergo the compatibility surgery, but we'll answer that later. Back at Zaizen's base Shinnosuke and the Police have the place surrounded, but before Zoolander can unleash the full power of Magnum on them Haruto uses his magic to sweep the cops away into the Corn-fields. Zaizen tells the captive Tougo that he'll be their first test subject for their grand experiment, to become the Ultimate Life FOR FUCKS SAKE THIS AGAIN!? Yep our main bad guy for this movie is yet another Dr Moreau type asshole who wants to "perfect humanity through evolution" by screwing around with DNA.
So he wants to turn humanity into Edgelord versions of Iron Man? Somewhere Charles Darwin is trying to eat his own beard, maybe Takeru could check and see; he does still have his Eyecon as far as I know.
 But Iron Man needs War Machine so he gets to work on converting Tougo into another monster like him when Zoolander and Haruto come in and Haruto offers to join their little Science club from hell. But when Zoolander tries to object Naruto points out that he got rid of the cops with no problem and Mr "Can't turn left" over there wasn't up for the job, and Crimson Dynamo says, "sure the more the merrier" and accepts. Back in CR Takeru gets a call from Shinnosuke who tells him the location of Zaizen's hideout which sends him up and running after finding out he and Akari have only 8 hours left before the Virus kills them, and in Takeru's case again. After one of Takeru's speeches Emu manages to crawl out of his self-doubt cycle and tells him he's not doing this crazy shit on his own and suits up while the other prominent players make their own preparations.

 Emu and Takeru make it to the hideout and Haruto lets them right on in as part of his plan, after confirming that he's Kamen Rider Wizard of course since these two never met Haruto, nor did Shinnosuke so he couldn't tell them he was on the up and up. The three Riders crash the party and Hatena sends some Foot Solder Bugsters to back the Models up. While showing of more of Sakamoto's awesome fight choreography Shinnouske shows up to help out the Riders.

 Shinnouske recognizes Mongo as the one who pulled that Ice T and starts seeing red. Yet not even Shinnosuke's best "I am a Man" punch can even tickle him, also free tip, don't bother shooting him it'll just make him mad. The four Riders are cornered by Zaizen and his goons when all of a sudden we get a good old fashioned case of Deus Ex Fructus as Fruit Jesus himself Kamen Rider Gaim literally crashes the party. And he managed to bring Krim along because he's Fruit Jesus LOL, in any case Shinnosuke can transform now so great we have five Kamen Riders against five evil nut jobs. So both sides do their respective transformations and the fight is on. Wizard gets to humiliate Zoolander again, Drive settles the score with Mongo, Ghost and Ex-Aid take on Hatena and Dynamo respectively which just leaves Gaim to take care of Valentina.

 While Drive, Wizard and Gaim finish up their fights with little to no trouble once they used their final forms that doesn't work out well for Ghost as all of his forms are completely useless against Hatena. (But then again Mugen sucks out loud so no surprise there.) But before Hatena can put Takeru down again the movie pulls a Gosei and gives Takeru A BRAND NEW POWER UP RIGHT OUT OF FUCKING NOWHERE!!! Noubunaga drags Takeru inside of his Eyecon and tells him that he, Hideyoshi and Ieyasu have decided to fuse together, because of reasons.

Thus creating another Movie Exclusive form for Ghost, Tenkatoitsu Damashii.
 But you must be thinking, "wait this Bugster was able to overpower Ghost's Final form there's no way this brand new form could do the job that his most powerful form failed to do right?" Well if you are asking that then you must be new to Tokusatsu so in case you are, whenever they introduce a new form, it's an automatic win condition for that fight logic be damned. So with this brand new, untested and undoubtedly weaker new form, Ghost kills Hatena in no time flat, thanks Yogurt! Ghost then goes after Crimson Dynamo and accidentally reads his memories revealing that he was the one who extracted the original Bugster virus from Emu 6 years before. During Dynamo's unholy beat down of Emu he gets an idea, to give him a taste of the same hell he and his minions experienced, so he insists the Proto Mighty Action X Gashat into Emu's Gamer Driver along with his normal Mighty Action X Gashat to make him OD on the Bugster Virus and send him to the Game World.

 But that's where Dynamo made his mistake, since Emu is Patient Zero and his Bugster (Parado) is still around he's still infected with the original strain. So all that did was give Emu a home-brew, bootleg esq version of the Mighty Brothers XX Gashat (in other words a temporary preview of his then upcoming form) so he transforms into Ex-Aid Double Action Gamer Level XX and he and Ghost finish of Hatena and Dynamo for good. So we begin to warp things up with Takeru and Akari's Game Syndrome being cured, Tougo being saved, the Riders congratulate each other on a job well done, Takeru dies for what was it the 6th time now?

 But as expected he pulls through, (yet doesn't lose any braincells despite his body dying so once again science can go suck on a railroad spike) and everyone's happy. So the movie truly ends with Kuroto and Parado gloating how their plans are coming closer to fruition thanks to the information they got from observing Zaizen's activities, not the least of which being that Kuroto finished two new Gashats. The first is Pac-Adventures, the second is a new game for Parado, Perfect Puzzle one half of the Gashat that makes up Kamen Rider Paradox.

 So that was Kamen Rider Heisei Generations and despite some bumps in the road this was a pretty good movie. Like a lot of the really good tie-in movies the events of this story actually are followed up on in the main show but that's not what makes a movie good (though it is a nice touch) nope the characters are on point, don't contradict their portrayals from the main show and some even show their lives have developed once they've hung up their belts. We see Takeru going to High School and move on with his life, Shinnosuke working for his wife and new baby and Haruto, continue to be one of the most boring Kamen Riders in recent history by having yet another plain sugar donut. You notice that I didn't mention Gaim but that's because we didn't see Kouta (mostly due to his actor Gaku Sano not being able to make it to filming so they had to use stock voice clips of him, wait they really couldn't just get him into a booth to churn out some new lines?)

 Though there were some flaws, Zaizen's plan was stock and generic in this genre though the execution of it was competent, unorthodox but competent. The three goons he had were physically strong but had rather stock personalities, hell we never heard their names spoken out loud though out the movie. Also yes we saw their names on Shinnosuke's files on them but they still didn't hear them so I don't care. Oh and also Takeru still sucks like a vacuum cleaner, his supposed final form wasn't enough to defeat the Hatena Bugster but an Eyecon composed of three spirits was enough to do the job even though Grateful couldn't scratch him?

 Also if Chiaotzu gets a free Sundae when he died 3 times what does Takeru get when he dies 6 times? But aside from that the writing was competent and even the Pac-Man CGI was pretty damn good, like I said far better then that blight of an Adam Sandler movie since he actually looks like Pac-Man in this movie. So overall even if you aren't watching Kamen Rider Ex-Aid I'd still give this movie a watch just to see some shenanigans and really good fight choreography. Now what to do next time? Oh wait, next Monday is the 21st? My friends we will begin an expedition to the world of one of my all time favorite video games with a Lets Play in honor of its 10th anniversary.

Would you kindly watch my full Lets Play?

Kamen Rider is owned by Ishinomori Productions, Toei Productions, and Bandai.
Blazing Saddles is owned by Mel Brooks and Warner Bros.
Family Guy is owned by Seth Mcfarline, 20th century fox television, Fuzzy door Productions and Fox Television animation. 
Bioshock is owned by 2K Boston, 2K Australia, Take-Two Interactive, Ken Levine, Alyssa Finley and 2K Games.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Movie Review: Spider-Man Homecoming: No Pyramid Heads here.

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 After last weeks review of the newest hotness Baby Driver we follow that up with the first MCU staring movie for everybody's favorite New York wall crawler Peter Parker aka the Spectacular Spider-Man. Which only came about after Sony finally realized that if they were going to get anymore money out of the license they should probably let the people who actually created the character take care of it since at least for their movie universe they seem to know what they're doing. Yes, after the poorly received and short lived mess that was the Amazing Spider-Man franchise wound up more dead then Uncle Ben Sony finally allowed Marvel to at least partially reclaim Spidey's movie rights to introduce him into the MCU, first in Captain America Civil War and now properly integrate him with a proper Homecoming. 

 Now let me get this right out of the way Tom Holland (not that one who wrote the Tv miniseries version of The Langoliers) does a very good job as Peter Parker and Spider-Man managing to capture both the super intelligent budding science major and the annoying eager beaver teenager that manages to screw up just as much as he helps. Now initially this annoyed me as Peter tended to; as stated cause as much damage that he does manage to fix and him wanting to prove himself to Tony Stark was the main driving force of his impulsiveness but then again most teenagers like Peter do tend to do this so that makes this more tolerable. On top of that unlike characters like Wrong from Toqger, Leftovers from Ninninger or Dumbluck from Kyuuranger Peter actually acknowledges when he screws up, owns up to it and tries to fix his mistakes. Another point of hesitation for me is his modern day comic book incarnation where the writers want to keep writing him as a teenager even though he's been an adult for decades at this point!

 Though I may be talking out of my ass since I don't read comics I just see the movies and Linkara's show so I could very well be wrong in my statements and if so I apologize. Also yes Tom probably won't be replacing Toby McGuire in the popular consciousness anytime soon but I never completely liked Toby's portrayal (personally he does a better Peter Parker then Spider-Man) but hey whatever that's just me. Now enough of me blowing off steam let's discuss the movie itself and what I think this opens for the MCU.

 While it takes place in modern day (2017) we actually open right after the events of the first Avengers movie where a local salvage company and their leader Adrian Tombs played by Michael Keaton are in charge of clearing and excavating the debris from the Chitauri ships that were destroyed during the final fight. But they get kicked off the project by Tony Stark's and US Government backed Department of damage control so they start salvaging and reverse engineering the alien technology, re purposing it into weapons, thus becoming a group of high tech arms dealers, Tombs himself taking charge of his crew with a specially constructed flight apparatus that looks like a giant set of Vulture wings, what are the odds of that?

 Elsewhere after Civil War Peter is still hyped for his chance to play with the big boys but hears nothing from Tony so this mostly results to him pestering his handler Happy Hogan to surprisingly no results. All he hears from Tony is to just stay low and focus on local NYC stuff "you know, be your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man" helping old ladies cross the street, stop bank robberies, car jackers that kind of thing. But when he eventually comes across Vulture he naturally tries to stop him but is of course waaaay over his head and gets his ass handed to him by Tombs and his right hand man. So with his best buddy Ned, Peter has to figure out the Vulture's identity, stop whatever he's up to and prove his worth to Tony (even though Tony pretty clearly does trust him) and still have time to woo his crush Liz and persuade her to go with him to Homecoming, eh see what they did there?

 Now I won't give away everything more that happens but I will give my two cents. Overall this movie is about the most "ok" and down to earth for lack of a better term of the MCU movies I've seen, not fantastic not horrible just you know ok. There's no hint of any of the infinity gems, well duh Peter's going up against a group of arms dealers who scavenged alien tech not Hydra or something so in the over all scheme of the MCU this is rather low key but that's just fine, not every part of the MCU has to be a piece of the big puzzle. I mean if anything all this movie will contribute is that since they introduced a bunch of Spidey's bad guys and that alien weapon dealers business I'm guessing all that will happen is that the Netflix shows and Agents of Shield might have some new plot points to play around with.

 I mean that tech is still out there and not all of Tombs' crew were captured as far as I know so this plot point could introduce other baddies aside from Spider-Mans. And when those villains that were caught get out of Ryker's they could be recruited by the Kingpin which could lead to the Sinister Six. Apparently the Netflix shows could use something like Shocker, Rhino or the Tinkerer since apparently The Hand (which have been the background bad-guys in the Netflix shows) haven't been setting the world on fire, again haven't seen the Netflix shows but I have heard that The Hand and Iron Fist have been pretty damn bad so there you go. Or at the very least this plot point could be used to set up Spidey's sequel. Though there are some plot points that I do want to talk about but I'll save them for my end of the year roundup. So all in all this was a pretty ok movie, not amazing, nor horrible just middle of the road with some interesting plot points for some smart writer to take advantage of latter. So when you get the chance catch up with the spectacular Spider-Man of the MCU.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is owned by Sony Pictures Releasing, Marvel Studios, Pascal Pictures and Colombia Pictures

Monday, July 31, 2017

Movie Review Baby Driver: Bananas

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 I honestly should have gotten into more of Edgar Wright's work before this. Actually that's not quite true I meant to say I should have payed more attention then before, I mean I've seen Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim but I never really revisited those movies more then I should have and after seeing Baby Driver I'll definitely give them a rewatch as well as see Worlds End rounding out the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy. As for what I saw here's our premise. Our focus is on the titular Baby played by Ansel Elgort who's a getaway driver for Kevin Spacey's gang of pro bank robbers so he can pay off a debt he owes him for trying to jack his car. Now that the debt is squared away Doc's not done with Baby and has one last job for him; though that requires forcing him to work with the unstable Bats played by Jamie Foxx, Darling played by Eiza Gonzales and her boyfriend and fellow cokehead Buddy played by John Hamm. And in between this and caring for his deaf foster father Joseph played by CJ Jones Baby meets a waitress named Debora played by Lily James who may be his last real shot of living a normal life away from the one he's stuck in.

 Though the reason why Doc wants to keep Baby no matter what is due to his masterful driving skills which are accented thanks to Baby's condition. See Baby has tinnitus due him surviving a car crash when he was younger which killed his parents. So to drown out the ringing Baby is constantly listening to music on his various iPods which he times to his driving. As the music goes on Baby's movements are near perfectly coordinated with the music which makes him a demon behind the wheels and thus invaluable to Doc. 
Ok so for every other jack off they get a constant annoying ass ringing in their ears while this guy gets super badass driving powers? Only in freaking Hollywood people!
 Ok so who's supposed to be the one called Baby here? However this leads to one of the biggest strengths of the movie the music, stunt coordination and timing around the music is downright awesome. I honestly haven't seen such a brilliant execution of this combination since the original Blues Brothers. The music and the music synchronization is nearly pitch perfect, pun most certainly intended. The drums beat, the guns fire and the crescendo goes when everything is roaring in flames you get the deal, also for those who are more musically inclined then I each of the songs chosen for the soundtrack and heist scenes could give more hindsight into Baby's views and personality if you were so inclined. I'm not however so if somebody could tell me the messages and themes of the songs on Baby's ears that could be really helpful.

 Though speaking of Baby let's discuss him since let's face it most of the other characters aside from him and Doc are best left alone. Baby seems to be one of those guys who knows more then what others see of him and thus only seems to talk to them either when he wants to or has to, otherwise he mostly just observes and analyzes. He's not a space cadet like most of the dumber characters tend to write him off as rather he prefers to remain detached and aloof from the job and crews and only opens up to his foster father and girlfriend since they seem to be the only people in Baby's life that he feels deserve it since they care for him and he in turn cares for them. Now I may be reading too much into this and seeing things that aren't there but I'm just saying what I feel is why Baby prefers to keep to himself, just a theory and nothing more.

 Other then that the movies characters tend to be more of "what you see is what you get" and that's ok for what the film is, though who the final opponent for Baby may not be exactly who you think it is. But don't worry, who you think are the primary bad guys do go out in a pretty satisfying way so don't feel cheated when those moments do happen. But aside from Baby, the music and excellently choreographed action there's not really a whole lot going on, the characters relations tend to be pretty straight forward like I said before what you see is what you get and some of the action scenes while awesome do tend to stretch the limits of believability just a tad, not too crazy but seem to rely quite a bit of luck and convenience. The best example is early in the movie Baby manages to hide between two other red cars while eluding a police chopper and swap spots when they go under a bridge so they can make a clean getaway. 

 But to sum up Baby Driver is one of the best movies you can see in 2017. Sure this movie may have borrowed a bit too many notes from Guardians of the Galaxy, The Blues Brothers and obviously The Driver which Edgar stated was a major source of inspiration for the movie but hey the movie does show its own unique quirks and strengths to make it stand on its own and does more then pass. So when you get the chance to see this movie do so and bring your own crew and gal. Now on to my next major feature of summer 2017 where every body's favorite wall crawler gets a rather well deserved Homecoming and wow that joke was obvious as hell.

Baby Driver is owned by Edgar Wright, Sony Pictures Releasing, Tristar Pictures, Working Title Films. Big Talk Productions and Media Rights Capital.
Archer is owned by Adam Reed, Floyd County Productions, Radical Axis and FX Productions.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Movie Review: War for the Planet of the Apes: Apes, strong, together.

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 Wow-we is it time for another Planet of the Apes Movie? It seems like forever since the last movie and also seems forever since my text review of it. Wait how long was it again? Oh right three years, three whole years since my review of the second movie. Such memories, why don't we take a look at my review of the last one shall we?  

 Yeah I was pretty crap wasn't I? Judging by my view count between then and now I might still be crap but at least I'm better smelling crap. Though speaking of crap this movie definitely didn't have me flinging mine at the screen mostly due to it being pretty good. Now for those who never saw the first two movies the third does give a very short and sweet text recap of what happened previously. Which is a good way to solve the "haven't seen the first two movies so I'm not sure if I should see the third one" problem. I perfectly understand that not everyone has a whole wealth of time to movies and not wanting to feel left out when the third and a beloved trilogy comes out. 

 Moving on it's been a few years since the events of the last movie and Ceaser and his tribe are continuing their search for a permanent settlement away from the remaining humans who understandably are a little peeved that most of their species were killed by the Simian Virus and are a little trigger happy toward the new dominant species of the earth. Ceaser learns from his oldest Son that there is a place that could serve their needs beyond the boarder of California. But before Ceaser can act his wife and oldest son are killed by a Colonel played by Woody Harrelson so he and a small group of his most loyal apes decide to launch an attack on the Colonel and his unit as revenge. Along the way Ceaser is plagued by doubts set in from the last movie, primarily centered around the actions of Koba. I won't say how exactly but for those who played Arkham Knight (and not Blacklisted Warner Brothers games after playing the PC Version) they should have a pretty good idea how.

 The advertising for this one may be a little disingenuous about what the actual "war" in this movie is. No it's not the obvious Ape vs Human war but a more personal one for Ceaser, now I won't say what it is but those who've seen the last two movies and read what the driving motivation for him and the Arkham Knight reference can probably guess what the "war" is. Once again the special effects in this movie have gone up, still convincing me that I am indeed watching a group of super intelligent apes and not CGI puppets being moved by the brilliant motion capture work of Andy Serkis. What helps with this is in the characterization, you can truly see some great and captivating performances and emotions in the facial movements of Ceaser and the other apes. Though the human characters aren't slouches in this case either, especially Woody Harrelson's Colonel but I won't give away why since this is truly something you need to see for yourself.

 Now as of writing this I still haven't seen the original Planet of the Apes movies but I know enough to know what are the seeds for those movies that are planted in this movie. Now we can all just definitively agree that the Tim Burton remake never happened, right? Right good, moving on because seriously screw Tim Burtons remakes, we may like the guy or at least not have gotten sick of him but everyone can admit his adaptations and remakes are just; as the brits describe complete and utter pants. Again since I do want you all to see this I won't give them away but be on the lookout. But for now all I can say is get your tribe, get some popcorn and definitely be sure to swing on by and catch this when you legally can. Speaking of swinging when I come back to looking at movies either I'll be swinging to music or swinging around NYC, depends on which I get to first, either way I'll definitely be in for a good time so keep an eye out for that.

Special thanks to my Patreon backer Jesse for his support.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is owned by 20th Century Fox Based on Characters Created by Pierre Boulle

Monday, July 17, 2017

Tokusatsu Review: Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Part 1: This is better then Pixels by default.

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 What is this folks? It looks like a Kamen Rider Crossover movie, but it's actually good, and in cannon with the currently running rider series? That can't be right who created this, who wrote this? Let me check this out, ah now it makes sense. This movie was actually directed by Koichi Sakamoto (who everyone who grew up watching Zordon and Saban Era Power Rangers should know by now) and written by Yuya Takahashi the writer of Ex-Aid. Oh my god they actually put people who knew what the hell they were doing in charge of this production it's about time!

 Well with that glowing sign of quality let's jump right in and see what enjoyment we can have making fun of this movie. Though for those who are watching Ex-Aid be warned this movie contains spoilers and takes place between episodes 10 and 11 so keep that in mind for those who need to catch up. We open on another bright sunny day at Genm Corperation. The birds are singing, the office workers are greeting the front desk staff, the really, really, really ridiculously good looking Evil GQ models in lab-coats are killing the guards, wait what? Oh trust me their boss makes this even weirder as he's, a guy with an evil Pac-Man helmet.

 Kuroto knows a bullshit storm when he hears it so he tries to flee with the Proto Gashats but Zoolander, Valentina and Mongo get to him and threaten to blow his head off if they don't get the Proto Gashats and Bug Visor. Apparently all this is about was them collecting on their backpay since they, you know were apparently killed 6 years ago and came back for the sake of finishing Dr Pac-Man's research. Outside the cops swarm the building ready to gun them down until Mongo breaks out the Gekitotsu Robots Proto Gashat.

And that's when the cops realized that their guns were as useful

as boobs on a bull.
 The Mongo Bugster then proceeds to wreck the cops' shit in record time. We then cut to some High School students playing this universes counterpart of Bejeweled called Hatesate Puzzle when one of the girls of the group tells the game's creator Tougo that his game just hit 20 Million downloads. But he's not really concerned with that, no he's got far bigger ambitions then that.

 But before his fangirls can register the Sploosh their academy is attacked by thousands of tiny Pac-Men, some of who start chowing down on Tougo. We then cut to the Seto University hospital where Emu is helping a patient with his recovery when Asuna tells him there's an epidemic on the rise. Elsewhere Takeru Aka Kamen Rider Ghost is catching up on his schoolwork when Onari and Akari burst into the classroom to tell him about the crisis.

 Both groups connive on a massive swarm of Pac-Men and Emu and Takeru recognize each other's drivers. OH MY GOD CONTINUITY HOW I LOVE THEEE!!! After the two get their "hi how've you been" stuff out of the way the Pac-Men swarm on Takeru after munching on Power Pellets/Power Cookies and eat his Ghost powers so he can't transform into Ghost. Leaving Emu the only one able to take a swing to them so he transforms into Kamen Rider Ex-Aid and fights off the Pac-Men.

 After the title card Mongo's back at Dr Pac-Man's base who informs Zoolander and Valentina that they've found their target Tougo who luckily has been found by Takeru. Zoolander wastes no time and uses the Photo Drago Knight Hunter Z Gashat to become a Bugster and attacks. Ex-Aid changes into his Level 2 form to give the others time to get Tougo to safety. Valentina isn't having it though and chases the group to a garage where she pulls out her own Jian sword and fights Takeru. Needless to say both heroes get their asses kicked and hard.

 Dr Pac-Man shows up to show that he's the one giving everyone a literal case of Pac-Man fever (no really I thought he was spreading the Dig-Dug virus.) He then gloats and walks off, yep some other villain who got their advice from Mr Freeze. Back at CR they confirm that Tougo is infected but with an unknown strain of the Bugster virus. Afterwords the two groups get brought up to speed on the situation and come up with a solution to stop the Pac-Man virus, Ghost. Since as we all know Pac-Man's enemies are the four Ghosts the powers of Kamen Rider Ghost are needed to stop it. However Ghost is out of commission thanks to the Pac-Men having a Power lunch on him earlier. Kuroto comes in with Taiga and tells the group about the Proto Gahsats that Dr Pac-Man and his crew stole and to get them back no matter what. When Emu asks who they are Kuroto says that he has no idea.

 Tougo wakes up and surprise, surprise he's an asshole and wants out even though he's infected and the GQ demons are after him. Kagami, being the detached asshole that he is says if the patient wants out then let him. Up on the helipad Emu and Takeru talk about how awesome the other is, Takeru even revealing he still has the Ex-Aid Eyecon from the end of his series. Kuroto interjects asking for Takeru's Ghost Eyecon so he can come up with a countermeasure for Pac-Man.

 As for why Kagami let Tougo off? To use him as bait for Dr Pac-Man, though he at least does bring up the good point that there's thousands of lives at stake unless they get the cure for the Pac-Man virus so they can't exactly take the moral high ground in this situation. We then cut to Takeru, Akira and Onari going to see Shinosuke AKA Kamen Rider Drive to see if the three GQ goons have a record and if so a possible identity for Dr Pac-Man. Shinnosuke reveals that they all worked for the Next Genome research institute and that place was known for some really shady shit going down. He also gives them a name for Dr Pac-Man, Zaizen Michihiko. However there's a problem, all four of them died 6 years ago and all of their data was erased, all the police could recover was one video showing the four dying.

 Back with Emu Dr Pac-Man catches up to them and calls Takeru for back up. Shinnouske offers to help but since he doesn't have Krim he can't become Drive anymore so he just tells Takeru to be careful. Dr Pac-Man and his two goons corner Tougo and Emu saying that the entire point of the Pac-Man virus was to find Tougo specifically since he installed a Virus detection program into Pac-Man. Which virus, the Bugster Virus what else? But since Emu and Asuna  couldn't detect it in CR that can only mean one thing, Tougo has a brand new strain!
Which culminated into the Hatena Bugster.
 Takeru and the others arrive and reveal Dr Pac-Man's identity so Zaizen finally takes off that weird helmet and begins going on about his evil plans. Long story short he and his cohorts were trying to create a new life form from the Bugster Virus, something went wrong, they went to the game world, they escaped to complete their plans and they need the Hatena Bugster for their plans to come to fruition. Hatena attacks causing blocks to fall and several explosions in very close proximity to our heroes.

 Yet most if not all of Toei's heroes survive explosions like this so go figure. The good news is that Makoto and Alan drive to back the group up, bad news Akari and Takeru get caught in the blast of some of Hatena's block bombs yet surprisingly only Akari's on deaths door after that instead of both, I guess given how many times Takeru died and just came back during his show I thought the writer would have that excuse to kill him again for shits and giggles. Though I might not be that far off as both Takeru and Akari are infected with Hatena's Virus strain and will both die unless Hatena is killed in 24 hours, because of course it's 24 hours and not instantly since we need to feed the Drama Llama somehow!

 Speaking of drama Makoto and Alan get their asses kicked by Valentina and Emu gets beaten like a drum by Zoolander who literally did it single handedly, ok now that's funny. Zaizen uses the Bugvisor to capture Tougo while his two goons to finish off the riders. Thankfully they get more back up from Kiriya, Taiga and Kagami who also gives Emu the new Gashat from Kurt, the Kaigan Ghost Legendary Rider Gashat, so now they have a counter measure against Pac-Man without Takeru. Good thing too since Zaizen summons a Giant Pac-Man to cover his and Hatena's escape.

"Pac-Man's a bad guy?" There, that's as far as I will ever get to actually referencing that god awful piece of crap movie.
 Pac-Man then turns into a more monstrous form to chase down Takeru and Emu. Takeru has yet another inspirational courage boost which restores his Rider powers, because Pac-Man's yellow, the Heart of the Cards I don't know how folks either way this somehow helps Emu get over his own blue screen and uses the Kaigan Ghost Gashat to become Ghost Gamer Level 1. Back at Zaizen's base Mongo's finished creating the gene diagram needed for their goal, Zaizen has Hatena reconfigure his DNA to match the sequence. Both groups of secondary Riders force the goons to retreat but not without Makoto and Alan taking heavy damage. Back with the main riders Ghost uses the Ex-Aid Eyecon to gain the Ex-Aid Damashi and Ex-Aid levels up so the riders can double team Pac-Man and purify the virus, they succeeded and by defeating Pac-Man the Pac-Man fever epidemic is cured. So that's where we'll leave things for now check in next time for the defeat of Zaizen, the salvation of Akari and Takeru and some back up from some old friends.

Kamen Rider is owned by Ishinomori Productions, Toei Productions, and Bandai.
Archer is owned by Adam Reed, Floyd County Productions, Radical Axis and FX Productions.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 is owned by Joel Hodgson,  Best Brains, Syfy, Comedy Central and Shout Factory.
The Other guys is owned by Paramount Pictures and Adam McKay.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Manga Review: Kazumi Magica The innocent malice Vol 4 pt 2: Witches Brew

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 From where we last left off the remaining Pleiades heed Kazumi's threat and head to the freezer where she erects (phrasing) a barrier to make sure they can't run off which doubles as a motion sensor so that if she senses magic other then her own she'll thaw out the girls they have on ice.
Yeah folks this is the look of a person who is in precisely zero mood to listen to anyone's hogshit.
 She tells them she's read the diary and it's clear to her how much Michiru meant to all of them and how she cared for them in turn. So then comes the million dollar question. Why didn't they give her Michiru's memories? Saki says that every time they tried giving the clones some of the memories they went berserk. They took it as a sign of Michirus will and then decided to create one with a different personality, thus Kazumi. But this leads to the biggest problem with this plan, she's not Michiru! 

 Kazumi hearing this declares that she refuses to accept the idea of Magical Girls being born from hope to end in despair and tells the others to never stop until Michiru and Satomi are brought back to life, they committed the ultimate Taboo so they have to take responsibility and finish what they've started. She also says they have one other job to do, kill her. Kazumi starts turning into her Amazon form and asks one last question. 

Thank you Kaoru, Keelah se'lai.
 She finishes transforming, swallows the two evil nuts to go completely berserk and screams at them to kill her. She then slams Kaoru with her tail knocking her into a wall. Niko asks Saki what her call is, Saki then swears that she'll kill Kazumi as many times as it takes until they truly revive Michiru and she'll bear the guilt each and every time. She and Mirai transform to take on Kazumi; who incapacitates Niko with an energy blast. During the fight Umika sees that Kaoru was paralyzed by a spell, she breaks it and Kaoru blocks one of Saki's attacks to tell her that Kazumi is still herself. She wants them to kill her thinking she went berserk and the reason why Kaoru was taken out first was because she swore to protect Kazumi. When Kazumi stumbles with Kaoru's accusation Saki collapses, her resolve to kill Kazumi shattered.

 But that's because she's sane, Mirai however cuts Kazumi in half with her buster sword without a second thought. But the Kazumi that was cut turned out to be a decoy as well as the Niko that was shot. The real Niko emerges from the shadows with Kazumi shrunken into her tube. As Mirai prepares to attack Niko for interfering she points out that she has a bigger problem on her hands and points to Saki, whose Soul Gem is turning into a Grief Seed. Chapter 17 ends with Niko then teleporting to Saki, creates an Evil Nut and inserts into her, wait what the HELL?! 

 Chapter 18 continues with Niko reveling to everyone that; like Kazumi she's also an artificial magical girl. Saki keeps bringing down the thunder which according to Niko is her trying to not become a witch. 

 Mirai dives into the electric column and refuses to leave Saki's side even when Juubey says that it's too late to purify her gem. The reason why Mirai is so obsessed with Saki is that when the two were starting to become friends Saki says that Mirai reminds her of how she used to be, this combined with Mirai's ostracization and how she selflessly protected Saki from the jellyfish witch lead to her developing feelings for Saki. So she won't leave Saki no matter what happens. Saki finally becomes a witch with Mirai's last words of her declaring her love for Saki, as her head gets bitten off by Saki's witch like a gram cracker! 
Time for a game of disappearing lives?
 That barely fixes her stoner munchies so the freshly backed witch goes after Kaoru and Umika but the fake Niko uses a spell to restrain the witch and tame it like a beast master. With Kaoru and Umika left to deal with Niko's revenge is almost complete, when Umika asks what revenge she's talking about she tosses her phone to her which is opened to a California newspaper article. Niko explains that after that tragedy; her original self Kanna Hijiri was consumed by guilt, day after day she blamed herself for killing her two friends and always wondered what her life would have been if not for that one bad day. She even created an imaginary her to live out that fantasy; there was her then the imaginary her, mixing the two created "Niko". 
Oh so she took on the responsibility of fighting witches to atone for her horribly consuming guilt while you lived the life she always wanted, boo fuckidy hoo here's the worlds smallest violin just for you you little Rule 63 Kratos.
 Though her anger is less from that but from the day she found Niko and the saints fighting a witch and of course is shocked to find someone who looked exactly like her. Normally she would've thought nothing of it but Juubey approaches her and spilled the beans about Niko creating her with her wish. After she discovered the article about the shooting she was understandably livid about her life being a lie. Though she asks Juubey why Niko didn't just wish those memories away he says that she didn't want to run from her guilt. 

 Kanna is understandably disgusted with Niko's decision and wants revenge on her and her friends. So she makes her wish, for the power to sneak on people without being noticed so she can get a front row seat for the moment of Niko's death. From her observations she learned about Niko's suffering and the Saints' plans. When she found out that another artificial magical girl was created she was understandably over the moon, but at the same time the way the Saints were running rough shod over everyone pissed her off but good. Kaoru assumes that Kanna was the one manipulating everyone, however she admitted that all she did was create the evil nuts using Niko's reformation magic and Umika's Ex File. 

 In truth all she had to do then was point Yuuri and the Souju's in the right direction and everything else was all them. All she needed was to get the girls to use up their magic thus corrupting their Soul Gems, her plan was going perfectly until Yuuri accidentally switched the suitcases with Tachibana. The volume then ends with Umika then asking what her end goal in all of this is now that she has Kazumi. 

New humanity with Kung-Fu grip!!
"Screw humans I'll make my own species, with blackjack and hookers, in fact forget the new species!"
 Needless to say humanity and our three remaining protagonists are up shit creek without a boat much less a paddle, tune in to the coverage of the last Volume of Kazumi Magica to see the outcome of this story and afterwords my analysis of this entry in the Madoka franchise. 

Special thanks to my Patreon backer Jesse for his support.

Kazumi Magica The Innocent Malice is owned by Masaki Hiramatsu, Takashi Tensugi, Magica Quartet and Yen Press.
Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation is owned by LBS Communications, Nelvana Communications and Colombia Pictures.
Attack on Titan is owned by Hajime Isayama and Kodansha.
Attack on Titan abridged is owned by Team Four Star.
The Spoony Experiment is owned by Noah Antwilder.