January 25th, 2018 Movie – Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo

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T-E-E-N! T-I-T-A-N-S! Teen Titans! Let’s Go! One thing I am not ashamed to admit is that I do enjoy watching cartoons, even as an adult. The thing that some people don’t consider is that there are plenty of times that cartoons are written with the fact that adults watch them as well, and will have a lot of subtle humor that adults will pick up on but it will go over kids heads. Regardless, I remember watching Teen Titans when it was on Cartoon Network and thought it was one of the best written cartoons to come out in a long time. Today’s movie, Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo, is kind of like a series finale, coming out a couple of months after the show ended, and one that I was eager to watch.

The plot: A brightly colored ninja named Saico-Tek begins attacking Jump City in order to draw out the Teen Titans; Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven, and Beast Boy. The Titans attempt to capture Saico-Tek and eventually do so, but not before Saiko-Tek damages Titans Tower. As Raven directs the others into helping clean up the damage, Robin begins interrogating Saiko-Tek to find out why he attacked their city and their home. Saiko-Tek eventually reveals he was sent there by his boss, Brushogun, then kicks the sprinkler system and disappears in the falling water. When the Titans can find no trace of Saiko-Tek in the city, Robin decides they should head to Tokyo to track down Brushogun and bring him to justice. When they arrive in Tokyo, Beast Boy starts to treat it as a vacation and wants to head to the famous comic book factory but Robin says they are heroes, not tourists, so they should find Brushogun and try to stay out of trouble. When they find themselves lost and unable to understand the language, Starfire kisses a boy (which makes Robin jealous) in order to learn Japanese and starts to lead them where they want to go when a giant reptile begins to attack the city. The Titans try to stop it but are unsuccessful and just before the reptile kills Robin, he is saved by Tokyo’s supernatural defense force, Commander Uehara Daizo and the Tokyo Troopers. Daizo greets the Titans, giving them a tour of their facility, and Robin asks if they can use it to track down Brushogun but Daizo says that Brushogun is simply an urban legend and doesn’t exist. Seemingly with nothing left for them to do, Beast Boy, Cyborg, and Raven split up to explore the city, while Starfire drags Robin along with her, unaware that a mysterious individual is observing them and creates 4 beings to follow them. Cyborg heads to an all you can eat sushi restaurant while Raven searches for something to read, with a shop keeper handing her a pack of gum. Beast Boy laments about the comic factory being closed for the day but sees a cute girl and starts following her around, eventually being led to a karaoke bar. Meanwhile, Robin and Starfire keep hanging out and eventually wind up on Tokyo Tower, where they start to express their mutual attraction to each other. Before they can kiss, Robin focuses his attention back onto Brushogun and says they are heroes and don’t have time for this, upsetting Starfire and causing her to fly away. As Robin tries to focus on the object left by Saiko-Tek at the tower, he is attacked by Saiko-Tek. Robin and Saiko-Tek begin fighting and Robin eventually catches him and pummels him into the ground but as he stands up, with Saiko-Tek’s blood on his hands, the crowd believes he killed him and Daizo and the Tokyo Troopers arrest him. Meanwhile, Raven finds a bookstore and asks the shopkeeper about Brushogun and he hands her a book about his history. Meanwhile, Beast Boy is mobbed by fan girls after his karaoke singing and he runs away, running into Cyborg, who was running from the angry chefs, and the two quickly hide from their pursuers. Starfire is feeling dejected about Robin but after talking with a little girl, feels that Robin does care for her and she wants to find him, only to see a news report about his arrest and the mayor calling for the other Titans to turn themselves in or leave Tokyo. Starfire contacts the other Titans and tells them the news and they make plans to meet up but they end up being attacked by the 4 beings; with a blue robot boy attacking Starfire, a ghost-like being attacking Raven, a yellow robot attacking Cyborg, and Beast Boy being attacked by the girl he had followed, who had turned into a pink cat-girl. Meanwhile, Robin is being transported to prison when a note with the name Brushogen slips into the van. Suddenly, the name lifts off the paper and transforms into one of Saiko-Tek’s explosive throwing stars, causing an explosion in the van. Robin drags the driver to safety and then leaves, changing clothes with a mugger, who had tried to mug him in order, in order to avoid detection. Robin then heads to a dive bar and after beating up the patrons, asks for information about Brushogun and is told that he was real but disappeared just before the new criminals showed up. When the Tokyo Troopers arrive, Robin attempts to escape and after a chase, is surrounded by the troopers but before they can arrest him, Starfire flies down and rescues him. Starfire takes Robin to a temple and hands him his uniform and the two are about to kiss when Beast Boy and the others show up. Cyborg tells Robin they reexamined the crime scene and it wasn’t blood on Robin’s costume, but ink, which was also on all of them after their encounters with their attackers. Raven then explains the history of Brushogun, who was a comic artist who used dark magic to bring his drawings to life but the spell backfired and he ended up becoming Tokyo’s first super villain. Realizing he didn’t kill anyone because Saiko-Tek wasn’t really alive, Robin dons his costume again just as they find themselves surrounded by their various pursuers. The Titans manage to escape and start working to track down Brushogun when Robin realizes where he is hiding; the comic book factory Beast Boy wanted them to visit earlier. The Titans make their way inside and find that Brushogun is actually a captive himself, trapped in a cursed printing press which uses his powers to create villains against his will. Brushogun explains that he sent the first Saiko-Tek to them as a message, knowing that they would head to Tokyo to investigate. When they ask Brushogun who is the one controlling the villains, Robin deduces that it is Daiko, who shows up and has his troops attack the Titans. When the Titans defeat his troops, Daiko uses the press to create multiple copies of Saiko-Tek and the other creations to attack them. As the Titans fight their attackers, Robin confronts Daiko, who jumps into the press and merges with Brushogun, becoming a monstrous creature made of ink. Daizo then creates more beings to fight the Titans and the Titans defends themselves against the attacks. Seeing Brushogun in Daizo’s stomach, Robin heads up to him and asks how to stop Daizo and Brushogun tells him that if he is freed from the press, Daizo will lose his powers. Robin frees Brushudo, who thanks Robin for saving him before fading away, and the spell breaks. Robin checks on Starfire and as he starts to talk about them being more than heroes, Starfire tells him to stop talking and the two kiss, with the other Titans looking on and Cyborg saying, “Well it’s about time.” The next day, the Titans are rewarded for saving the city and exposing Daizo for his crimes. Beast Boy finds himself mobbed by fan girls again, Cyborg is awarded a mountain of sushi to eat, and Raven is made the mascot for the gum she was given. Afterwards, Robin says that maybe they do deserve a vacation once in a while and Beast Boy says next time they should go to Mexico, prompting Raven to smack him.

All of the humor that was in the TV series was able to make it into this movie, making this a really funny movie to watch. The voice acting was great, with all of the original people returning to voice their respective characters. The story was well written, making for a great stand alone movie that did not need to reference anything from the TV show to carry it but able to stand on it’s own merits, and did a great job of mixing in a somewhat serious plot with some humorous moments to lighten the mood. While I did like that they gave some resolution to the Robin/Starfire drama, which was a constant running gag in the show, I will admit that it did feel like it was done as a bit of fan service and wasn’t really essential to the story. The animation was great, with the cut scene animations making me really laugh several times. Whether you were a fan of the show, a fan of comic book based cartoons in general, or just a big kid at heart, this movie will definitely entertain you.

Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5


Notice On The Lack Of Updates

I apologize for the lack of updates on here. I recently came down with a case of vertigo which, unfortunately, made watching movies pretty much impossible. I am feeling better and will hopefully be picking things up back at the beginning of the year.

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December 15th, 2017 Movie – Superman: Doomsday

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In 1992, an announcement was made that rocked the comic book industry, and the world itself; DC comics was going to kill Superman. The event would become one of the most talked about events worldwide, with Superman (vol. 2) #75

superman 75(the actual comic where he died) becoming the highest selling comic of all time. As popular as the story was, it only makes sense that they would make a movie based on it. So to jump start their new line of animated films, DC decided to do just that. So let’s see how the animated version lives up to the hype from the comics as I watch today’s movie, Superman: Doomsday.

The plot: At the Daily Planet, Lois Lane and Perry White are arguing about her article on a LexCorp charity being a front, with Perry refusing to print it to avoid being sued for libel. As Lois storms out of his office, Perry says goodbye to Clark Kent, who is getting ready to travel to Afghanistan as a foreign correspondent, and Clark says goodbye to Lois before he leaves. Elsewhere, a secret LexCorp project is digging deep underground to tap into the Earth’s core as a new power source when the uncover an alien spaceship. As Lex Luthor watches from a video uplink, the workers accidentally pierce the spaceship, causing an inert gas to escape as a hologram of an alien being warns them about what is inside. When the gas is dispersed, a massive figure inside the ship suddenly breaks free and proceeds to kill everyone in the tunnel, as well as back up on the surface. Elsewhere, Superman and Lois are having a romantic getaway at the Fortress of Solitude but Lois’ thoughts drift back to Clark. She comments to Superman about how Clark seems to become more distant, physically and emotionally, the closer she gets to him and, getting suspicious, starts trying to find out more about Superman and gets upset that he won’t admit who he really is. Meanwhile, Doomsday continues making his way through the woods, killing everyone and everything he encounters, until he finally reaches Metropolis. At the same time, Luthor tells his assistant to make sure there is no sign his company was ever at the dig site, as he doesn’t want to be held responsible for unleashing Doomsday on the city. Back at the Fortress, Superman apologizes to Lois and starts to tell her who he really is when his robot servant informs him of the events in Metropolis. As Superman prepares to leave, the robot says it found mention of Doomsday in his father’s records and that it was created to be the perfect killing machine while being practically unkillable itself. Superman carries Lois back to Metropolis with him, setting her down on the roof of the Daily Planet while he flies off to face Doomsday. When he arrives at where the military is trying to stop Doomsday, Superman attempts to freeze the creature but it breaks free from the ice and begins to attack Superman. Lois and Jimmy use the Daily Planet’s helicopter to report on the story but Doomsday spots them and attacks the helicopter. Superman rescues them, knocking Doomsday into a building, then sets the helicopter down and tells Lois and Jimmy to run while he continues to battle Doomsday. Doomsday appears to get the upper hand, battering Superman to the point he is coughing up blood, but when Doomsday turns his attention onto a little girl who is crying nearby, Superman grabs Doomsday and flies up into space, then turns around and speeds back to Earth, pummeling Doomsday as they fall. The two crash into the street and Doomsday is finally killed while Superman staggers out of the crater they left before collapsing on the ground as Lois rushes to him. Superman asks if everyone is ok and when Lois tells him he saved everyone, Superman dies, with Lois and Jimmy both crying over him while in Smallville, Martha Kent breaks into tears as she watches the footage on TV. A funeral is held for Superman and as Perry walks Lois away, she notices Martha leaving as well. Meanwhile, Jimmy is approached by the head of a tabloid, who offers Jimmy a job which Jimmy accepts. As Perry tells Lois to take some time off and go be with family, Lois decides to travel to Smallville to see Martha. Unsure of how much she might know about her, Lois stammers her way through an introduction but Martha, suspicious at first, takes pity on her and invites her in to talk. Meanwhile, Mercy tells Luthor that everything was taken care of so there is no sign of their involvement at the dig site and Luthor kills her so she won’t become a loose end. When the Toyman kidnaps a bus full of kids, Lois heads to the rooftop he is holding them on and tries to get them to safety. She is spotted as she is saving the last girl and Toyman throws the bus off the roof but Lois, and the rest of the onlookers, are surprised when she is rescued by Superman. Superman sets the bus down and goes after Toyman, defeating his giant mechanical spider and dropping him in front of the police before flying off with Lois. Lois asks how he is back and he says he isn’t sure, just that he woke up in darkness. When he drops her off at her apartment, Lois kisses Superman but he doesn’t kiss her back and Lois gets concerned. Meanwhile, Superman heads LexCorp to confront Luthor, who tricks him into entering a room lit by red sunlight and proceeds to beat him up with Kryptonite laced gauntlets. After rendering Superman unconscious, Luthor tells him that he is doing a good job in pretending to be Superman. Luthor then heads to another room, where he has the Superman’s body kept in a stasis chamber, and reveals that he cloned Superman so that he can take the glory for his accomplishments. As time passes, Lois and Martha both get suspicious about Superman as there has been no sign or contact from Clark to either of them. At LexCorp, Luthor goes to mock Superman’s body again only to discover that it is missing. At the Fortress of Solitude, Superman awakens and finds the robot tending to him, explaining that his biology had slowed his metabolism to a crawl in order to heal. He then explains about the clone but says it is best to leave it be for now, as it is helping the people of Metropolis, and instead he should focus on healing. Back in Metropolis, the clone sees a news broadcast of the Toyman having escaped custody and killing a kid before he is recaptured. Superman heads to the police station and grabs the captured Toyman, then flies him up into the air before letting him go, where he falls to his death. As the clone starts behaving more totalitarian in his dispensing of justice, Luthor hands him a list of people that might have stolen Superman’s body and tells him to find it discreetly, warning the clone he can kill him if he gets out of line. The clone leaves LexCorp and heads to a beauty salon, where he uses a mirror to examine himself and discovers a small, lead sphere in his brain. Realizing that it must contain Kryptonite inside, the clone uses his heat vision to burn a hole in his head, then removes the sphere. Back at the Fortress, Superman is in a chamber that is accelerating his solar absorbtion as he continues to heal and regain his strength. Lois heads to LexCorp to ask Luthor how he got Superman to be his puppet and when Luthor attempts to seduce her and kisses her, she drugs him and knocks him unconscious. Lois and Jimmy then find the files and secret room, where Luthor has created dozens of clones. Luthor regains consciousness and admits he is making the clones as his own personal police force, then prepares to kill them when the clone arrives. Luthor attempts to kill the clone but when the detonator doesn’t work, he notices the scar on the clone’s forehead and realizes that he removed the safeguard. The clone proceeds to destroy all of the other clones and computers in the room, then tells Lois and Jimmy to evacuate while he goes after Luthor. Luthor heads into his red sun room and challenges the clone but the clone simply seals Luthor into the room, then pulls it free from the building before throwing it down to the ground, seemingly killing Luthor. Back at the Fortress, the robot informs Superman about what is happening and Superman says he has to go back. The robot warns that he is not at full strength and the clone could kill him again, then hands him Luthor’s Kryptonite gun to use as a way to even the playing field. Back in Metropolis, the military is called in to deal with the clone but he easily destroys all of their vehicles. Superman arrives, wearing a black solar suit to help him recharge, and he speaks with the clone first before they start fighting. Superman tries to shoot the clone with the Kryptonite gun but the clone quickly knocks it away and they begin fighting. Lois and Jimmy start to cover the action but when it seems like the clone is getting the upper hand, Lois heads off to get the Kryptonite gun. As the clone goes to kill Superman, Lois shoots the clone with the gun but before she can fire another shot, the clone destroys the gun, sending the Kryptonite cell falling into some tar. Superman renews his fight with the clone but the clone overpowers him. As the clone grabs the Superman memorial to crush Superman with, Superman sees the Kryptonite cell stuck to the clone’s chest and uses his heat vision to cause it to explode, sending a cloud of Kryptonite smoke to surround the clone. The clone falls to the ground with the memorial falling on top of him and as the clone staggers away from the smoke, he collapses in front of Superman, begging him to protect the people. Lois approaches Superman, wanting to know if he is the real Superman, and when Superman kisses her, she accepts he is the real Superman. Superman is worried that the people of Metropolis won’t be so accepting of him but when a kid approaches him and asks if he will go back to wearing his normal uniform, Lois says she isn’t worried as more people approach Superman. Back at Lois’s apartment, Superman emerges from her shower as she is writing an article. When he corrects a spelling mistake in her article, he comments about being the Smallville Elementary spelling bee champ and when she turns to face him, she sees he has put on his glasses to reveal to her that he is Clark. Lois kisses him, then tells him to call his mother as they embrace while back at LexCorp, Luthor is shown to have survived and is recuperating from his injuries while thinking of his next plan to destroy Superman.

I am of mixed opinions about this movie. I mean, the death, and return, of Superman was a months long affair in the comics and to condense it down to 77 minutes definitely means a lot of stuff out. That being said, this wasn’t that bad of a movie. The voice acting was good, with Adam Baldwin (Superman), Anne Heche (Lois) and James Marsters (Luthor) doing good jobs voicing their characters. Obviously, the story is not going to be like the comics but it wasn’t too bad. I did like that they included a brief scene of the tattered cape hanging from a pole (as seen in the cover above). I also liked that they included the clone aspect from the comics, though in this case it was a full grown copy while in the comics, it was a half Superman, half Luthor hybrid that became Superboy. My favorite part was the brief voice cameo that Kevin Smith had, where he commented about the giant mechanical spider as this was a nod to when he was working on a Superman movie in the late 90’s and the producer kept insisting that he add a giant spider to it. The animation in this was pretty good and the lighting kept the movie pretty dark and gritty, which helped keep with the rather somber tone of the movie. It is not as good as the comics, but it is a decent movie and worth watching.

Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5


December 5th, 2017 Movie – Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie

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The summer after I graduated high school, I ended up renting a lot of anime movies pretty much every day. It really was a rountine for most of the summer; wake up, head to the video store to rent a couple of animes, head off to work, get home, watch said movies, go to sleep, repeat. Now this is one of the anime movies I had rented during that period and I thought it was fantastic, definitely better than the live action movie. My brothers got it on VHS and I know we watched it several times back in the day and years later, I ended up buying it on DVD. Now let’s get right into today’s movie, Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie.

The plot: On a dark, stormy night, a Japanese martial artist named Ryu is fighting Sagat, an undefeated Muay Thai champion, unaware that their fight is being observed and data is being collected on the two fighters. After a fierce battle, Ryu scars Sagat’s chest after hitting him with a Shoryuken and as an enraged Sagat charges at him, Ryu finishes the fight by hitting him with a Hadouken. A few years later, MI6 agent Cammy White attacks and kills a Justice Minister but is quickly captured by security. As they watch video of the incident, Interpol Agent Chun-Li explains that Cammy has been interrogated and has no memory of the last 3 years, leading them to believe that she had been brainwashed by Shadaloo. After showing pictures of three men (Sagat, Balrog, and Vega) who have already been recruited by Shadaloo, Chun-Li says that they are organizing a joint operation with the U.S. military in order to take down Shadaloo and it’s leader, M. Bison. Chun-Li heads to an Air Force base to speak with Captain Guile about the task force but he dismisses her, saying that he will destroy Bison on his own, angering Chun-Li. Meanwhile, Bison, Sagat, Balrog, and Vega arrive at the Shadaloo base in Thailand, Bison’s head scientist shows him their newest model of monitor cyborgs, which they use to collect fighter data. Bison asks if they have found Ryu let, as Bison wants him in his organization, but the scientist admits they haven’t, though scoffs that Ryu’s ability is really as high as their data suggests. Elsewhere, Ryu is training high in the mountains and as he trains, he thinks back to when he was first studying martial arts with his friend Ken Masters. Some time later, Ryu goes travelling to find tough martial artists to fight and ends up fighting Fei-Long in China. After beating Fei-Long, Ryu and Fei-Long are walking down the street and Fei-Long tells him that he recognizes his name now, and tells him about Sagat joining Shadaloo before the two men go their separate ways. In Seattle, Ken meets up with his girlfriend Eliza for lunch and ends up fighting T. Hawk later that evening, unaware that a monitor cyborg is observing their fight. Some time later, Ryu travels to India, where he accidentally causes a young girl to spill the milk she was taking to her mother so he gives her some money so she can buy some more milk. While there, Ryu observes a fight between a yoga master named Dahlsim and a sumo named E. Honda. A monitor cyborg is also observing the fight and Dahlsim gets the upper hand when he uses his mysticism to paralyze E. Honda but he suddenly senses Ryu’s power and gets distracted, allowing Honda to win the fight, while the monitor cyborg attempts to locate the fighter Dahlsim was talking about. After leaving the fight, Ryu sees the little girl running towards him when she is knocked down by a Shadaloo assassin, who had just killed a public speaker speaking out against Shadaloo. When security wounds the assassin, other Shadaloo agents kill the assassin and fire into the crowd to escape, causing Ryu to attack them and knock several of them out. Ryu then goes to check on the girl, who is ok and was bringing him his change but he tells her to keep it. After she is taken away in an ambulance, Honda approaches Ryu and offers him half of the money he won in his fight, saying that he would have lost if Ryu hadn’t of been there. Back at the Shadaloo base, Bison is shown video of Ken’s fight and the similarities that his fighting style has with Ryu’s. After learning that Ken and Ryu studied martial arts at the same school, he decides to go after Ken and convert him to his cause. Back in the U.S., Chun-Li again attempts to get Guile to join her, telling her that she wants Bison dead because he killed her father but she chooses to put her duty first and Guile finally agrees to help. The two travel to see Dee Jay, a fighter that Guile had heard about, and warn him about Shadaloo being after him, with Chun-Li kicking the head off of a monitor cyborg that was watching him, but they are unaware that a second cyborg was watching them from the roof of the club. Bison sees the video and decides to send Vega after Chun-Li, then calls Balrog in Las Vegas, who is promoting Bison’s interests there before watching a fight between the Russian wrestler Zangief and Blanca, the Brazilian man/beast. Vega attacks Chun-Li in her apartment and severely injures her with his blades but Chun-Li manages to beat him, kicking him through the wall of her apartment where he falls to his death. Guile arrives at the apartment and takes the injured Chun-Li to the hospital, then calls into Interpol to explain what happened. Interpol tells him of the monitor cyborg following Ken and Guile says that once he knows that Chun-Li is stable, he will head to Seattle to check on Ken. In Seattle, Ken is driving with Eliza and asks her to marry him and she tells him she will think about it. After dropping her off at her house, Ken leaves but he is soon confronted by Bison, who easily captures Ken and flies off, just as Guile arrives and finds Ken’s car. Returning to Interpol, Guile learns that they have found Ryu’s location and though there are monitor cyborgs are in the area, they don’t believe they have located him due to his constant movements so Guile heads out to find Ryu. Meanwhile, Bison begins subjecting Ken to his mind control process when he learns that Guile is heading to the Thai/Laos border and realizes that Guile has located Ryu. Bison decides to take Ken with him so that Ken and Ryu can have the battle they both want and Sagat pleads with Bison to let him face Ryu again but Bison refuses, telling Sagat that he needs to go to New York to deal with Cammy and Vega. After visiting Chun-Li, who is in a coma, Guile heads to see Ryu only to realize that Bison had followed him there. When Bison’s plane lands, Ryu is shocked to see Ken there with Bison and when he goes to confront him, Ken attacks him. Honda, who had been staying with Ryu, attempts to attack Bison but Bison dodges it and Honda ends up fighting with Balrog, and the two end up falling off the mountain. Meanwhile, Bison confronts Guile, who tries to attack him but is unable to land a single blow on Bison and Bison uses his psycho power to send Guile flying off the mountain. Ken and Ryu continue to fight, with Ken beating Ryu as he refuses to fight the brainwashed Ken and tries to free him from Bison’s control. As the fight progresses, Ken starts having flashbacks to his training and he eventually breaks free from Bison’s control, only for Bison to appear and toss Ken aside. Ryu tries to go help Ken but Bison stops him and the two begin fighting. Ken regains consciousness and finds his legs won’t support his weight. Crawling up the hill, he sees Bison’s plane and remembers what happened, then sees Bison and Ryu fighting and calls out to them but stumbles back down the hill. Ken channels his chi to heal his legs, then heads out to help Ryu fight Bison. The two work together and manage to beat Bison, using a double Hadouken to send Bison flying into his plane, causing it to explode while Honda arrives back up the mountain, carrying Balrog and Guile with him. At the same time, the U.S. and Interpol forces attack Shadaloo’s main base, destroying it. Guile returns to New York, where he receives a call from the hospital. Getting there, he finds Chun-Li covered with a sheet and, thinking that she is dead, tells her that he got their revenge but Chun-Li reveals that she was playing a trick on him and embraces him. Meanwhile, Ryu and Ken are talking to each other, saying that they have to settle their score the next time they see each other. Eliza picks Ken up and they offer Ryu a lift but he chooses to walk and heads off down the highway. As he is walking, a semi comes barreling towards him and when he turns to look, he sees Bison driving it so he leaps to attack him, unaware that a monitor cyborg is watching him.

This is a much better adaptation of the video game and definitely a fun movie to watch. The voice acting was pretty good and the dubbing matched up the lip movements pretty well, though some of the dialogue just sounded weird. The story was good, bringing up all of the various characters introduced in Street Fighter II, as well as the 4 new characters  and showcasing them much like they are in the depicted in the video game. I also liked the brief appearance of Akuma in India, as he was a hidden character in the some of the later versions of Street Fighter II. The animation was very good and some of the back ground scenery, such as the mountains, were incredibly realistic looking. Definitely a better movie rendition of the video game and I think something like this should be how most video game movies should be done.

Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5

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November 3rd, 2017 Movie – Spring Break Shark Attack

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Sometimes, I wonder why it took so long for an idea to be turned into a movie. I mean, when you think of Spring Break, the beach is pretty much the first thing that comes to mind for the majority of people. So why not throw in a couple of shark with the mixture of drunken college coeds. That idea practically screams out to be a Syfy original movie. There is only one problem with that idea. As you can see from the poster above, Syfy had nothing to do with this movie, as it was a CBS production. I remember watching this when it debuted on TV and thinking it was kind of lame but let’s see if my opinion changes as I watch today’s movie, Spring Break Shark Attack.

The plot: 4 Women are out in a raft off the coast of Seagull Beach in Florida when one of them, who was hanging on to the side of the raft, is attacked by a shark and as she is thrashing about, she ends up causing the raft to flip over, spilling the other women into the water to be attacked as well. Danielle Harrison is talking with her friends Karen and Alicia, who invite her out to the beach house they are staying at in Seagull Beach. Danielle asks her parents about going but her over-protective father refuses to let her go, citing that the boys down there “are only after one thing” while her mother reminds her about her volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Colorado. The next day, Danielle’s parents say goodbye as Karen leaves, supposedly for Colorado, but she secretly changes her ticket and heads down to Florida, surprising her friends when she arrives. After getting changed into bikinis, the three girls head out onto the beach and observe some of the activities that are going on before Danielle leaves to go visit her brother Charlie, who is in graduate school down there. Alicia and Karen go looking for Alicia’s boyfriend Max, as Alicia had heard rumors that he was cheating on her, while elsewhere on the beach, Max and his friend JT are using Max’s video camera to try and get girls to flash them. At a small boat shop, Joel Gatley, owner of a club in nearby East Point, is talking with shop owner Mary Jones, who is happy about the business the new reef is bringing Seagull Beach and questions Joel’s current attitude, as he was a vocal critic of the reef and felt it would take business away from his club. Meanwhile, Charlie and his professor are out on the school’s research boat and Charlie is complaining about the reef causing ecological problems with the fish population, including the tiger shark population, but his professor want to hurry back to enjoy spring break, with neither of them noticing the large tiger shark that was circling the boat. Danielle arrives on the dock looking for Charlie and meets Shane Jones, Mary’s son, and he tells her that Charlie went out on the school boat and after talking for a while, he tells her that he will tell Charlie she was looking for her when he gets back. Danielle rejoins her friends and they eventually see Max, who introduces them to JT. JT takes an immediate liking to Danielle and starts flirting with her, convincing her to head out into the water with him but Max is upset, thinking he won’t be able to fool around if Alicia is here. Later that night, Danielle and the others are at a club, with JT trying to get close to her, and as he goes to get some beers, Shane approaches Danielle and after the talk for a bit, she convinces him to go dancing with her. Meanwhile, JT runs into a girl he met last year and asks how she is doing but she just stares at him in shock before quickly leaving with her friend while Max steps waway from dancing with Alicia to ask another girl to meet up later. JT rejoins Danielle as she is dancing with Shane and she introduces him to Shane but before they can talk, Alicia and Karen come up asking if they have seen Max and JT says he will look for him while Alicia and Karen drag Danielle away to dance with them. Shane ends up leaving the club and heading to the bookstore next door and Danielle shows up a few minutes later and the two keep talking and end up getting closer. The next day, Danielle goes to visit Charlie and Charlie is shocked to see her there and tells her about his project while warning her to stay out of the water. Later, the girls plan on going to a party and Karen invites a few people over for a pre-party cocktail but it ends up turning into a an impromptu house party. When JT shows up and puts down Max’s video camera to dance with Danielle, Alicia grabs it and watches the footage, getting angry when she sees what Max had been doing. Danielle leaves the party to get some air, heading to a nearby restaurant to get some soda and finds Shane working there. As the two start talking, JT shows up to interrupt them and buys Danielle a soda but when Shane hands him the cup, JT slips a roofie into Danielle’s drink while she is busy writing directions to the house so Shane can come later. As the party continues, Danielle starts feeling the effects of the drug and stumbles out to the beach, where Shane finds her and carries her back inside. As Alicia and Karen help him take Danielle upstairs and place her in a bed, Danielle tells Shane she is starting to have feelings for him before she passes out. After Shane leaves to get her some water, Danielle wakes up briefly and, in her drugged state, she ends up calling her dad and telling him she is in Florida before passing out again. Meanwhile, JT slips upstairs and attempts to molest the unconscious Danielle but quickly moves away when Shane comes upstairs with some water and sits down to keep an eye on her. The next morning, Danielle comes downstairs and after talking with her friends about what happened, Karen and Alicia think Danielle might have been roofied but Danielle says she doesn’t think anything happened but does remember calling her father. Meanwhile, JT goes to rent one of Shane’s boats and though Shane doesn’t want too, Mary tells him to take them out on the boat. As Danielle, Karen, Alicia, and JT go to board the boat, Danielle’s father arrives to try and take Danielle back home with him but she refuses to go with him and gets on the boat. As they head out on the ocean, JT drags Danielle into the water with him, with Karen and Alicia jumping in after them but as they are swimming, Shane notices blood coming out from underneath the boat and yells at them to get back on the boat. JT, Karen, and Alicia quickly get on but Danielle had floated further away and as she starts to swim towards them, they see a shark approaching her. Shane throws her a life preserver and tells her to stay still as the sharks start circling her and after they start swimming away, he yells at her to swim for the boat and she makes it to the boat, where Shane and JT pull her on board. When the sharks start attacking the boat, it damages the engine and Shane has to jury rig it to get it started but says they won’t be able to make it to the dock so he heads to a nearby island instead. As they unload some of their gear from the boat so they can make camp for the night, Danielle finds a pill packet with one pill missing mixed in with the towels. Later that night, Danielle asks JT about the night before, then goes to Shane and shows him the packet, saying she doesn’t think he was the one to use it. Shane gets pissed and punches JT and accuses him of trying to drug Danielle and when JT says Shane was the one to get the sodas, Shane says he handed him to JT and Danielle says that he wouldn’t have known which cup was hers. Shane walks away disgusted and Danielle follows after him, apologizing for doubting him. The next day, Shane is finishing repairing the boat so they can come back and tells Danielle that someone had been using the boat to chum the waters and left the bait well open, which is what caused the blood to appear in the water. Meanwhile, Alicia is walking along the island when she sees Max’s body and screams, bringing the others to see what happened. The group return to dock and Danielle goes to see Charlie and tell him what happened, while Shane goes to tell his mom and Karen and Alicia go to tell the police about Max’s body but JT walks out of the station and goes to get drunk. Mary, hearing what happened to Shane, finds Gately on the beach and confronts him about what he had been doing but Gately denies any wrongdoing. When people spot a swarm of tiger sharks heading towards the beach, Danielle, Shane, and Charlie grab all of the chum on the dock and load it onto the university boat and use it to lure the sharks away, but not before JT is killed by the sharks. After luring the sharks away, Shane and Charlie go to set the bait loose but the sharks grab the cage and drag it underwater, ripping the cable harness and engines free from the boat. As Charlie radios for help, the sharks start attacking the boat and Shane is injured when a spear gun accidentally goes off and shoots him in the shoulder. Danielle tells Charlie to use his project to chase off the sharks but one of the pods malfunctions so Danielle goes into the water to repair it and the sharks swim back out into the ocean depths. As a police boat picks them up, Mary confronts Gately again and tells him he got his wish and that the beach is being closed and Gately says that he was going bankrupt and only wanted to scare people, not wanting people to be killed. The boat returns to dock and Danielle reconciles with her father then approaches Shane, who is being tended to by paramedics, and the two kiss before they go walking along the beach.

Yeh, this was a bit of a let down of a movie, even now. The acting was ok, with Shannon Lucio (Danielle), Riley Smith (Shane), and Justin Baldoni (JT) doing good jobs in their roles. The story was interesting but I think they could have done more with the shark attack aspect of the movie, as they didn’t really do much with the sharks themselves until the last 30 minutes of the movie, outside of the brief attacks here and there. Instead, the movie focused more on the sleazy aspects of spring break, particularly JT’s trying to drug and rape Danielle, and implying he did the same thing to the girl he met the year before. The special effects with the sharks were pretty average and honestly didn’t really instill much of the shock effect in me. This was just an average movie that you might watch if you are bored and there is nothing better on TV.

Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5


August 25th, 2017 Movie – She Gods Of Shark Reef

the she beastI have an important announcement to make. CANNONBALL! In all seriousness, I do have a rather annoying issue to be discussed here. So the internet is out at my house due to the cable accidentally being cut. Until it is fixed, my postings are probably going to be a little spotty at times. What I will probably do is write up the review as a word document, then use a flash drive so I can upload it onto the blog while I am on a break at work. This will work, to a degree, during the work week but the weekend movies will have to all be poster on Monday. Here is hoping that this issue doesn’t take too long to get fixed.


So it is Friday and what better way for me to end the work week than to watch a Roger Corman movie. Now this is an older movie of his, as in they thanked the “Territory” of Hawaii, as it was not yet a state when this movie was filmed there. Now I remember seeing this movie years ago during some late night TV viewings but honestly don’t remember a single thing about it. The funny thing about it is that I have this movie in two different collections; a Roger Corman set that I bought as well as in the Sci-Fi Classics box set. So let’s see what I am getting into with today’s movie, She Gods Of Shark Reef.


The plot: Lee Johnston and his partner swim underneath a dock, then climb up and kill a guard before they sneak into a warehouse and open a crate containing some guns. When a second guard makes his rounds and finds the dead guard, Lee’s partner jumps back into the water and swims away. The guard sees this and starts to raise an alarm but Lee attacks and kills him, then uses the cover of darkness to swim to the far side of the island, where his brother Chris has a boat. Lee’s plan was to stow away on the boat and when they reached a nearby island, he would disembark, as he had friends there that would help hide him. However, the ship was stuck in a hurricane and ends up getting caught on a reef. Chris and Lee, the only survivors of the ship, are rescued by some female pearl divers and brought to their island, where the village elder, Queen Pua, approaches the beach. Pua asks what happened and Chris explains that their radio was damaged during the storm and they tried to make it to the island but got caught on the reef. Pua doesn’t want the men on the island, as their village is a female only village, and Chris says he doesn’t want to stay longer than he has too. When Chris asks if any ships come to the island so they can be taken back to port, Pua tells them a company ship will be there in 10 days, then takes them to a guest hut on the island. Once there, she gives them some dry clothes to wear, saying that her girls will salvage what they can from their ship, and asks their names so she can put it in her report. Chris gives them their names and then asks what company she is talking about and Pua explains that they are pearl divers. As Pua goes out and uses a semaphore flag to send out a message about the two men, Chris and Lee begin to argue about staying on the island, as Lee is worried that if he stays there too long, every police station on the islands will be looking for him. Chris and Lee use a raft to head out to the wrecked boat and salvage what they can, then head back to the village. When they get there, Pua approaches them and asks how they fared. After telling her their bad luck, Lee asks about food on the island and Pua tells them where to go, saying the girls will take care of them. She them points out the hut where they store the pearls they collect until the company ship arrives and tells them that area is off limits to them. Lee, noticing one of the girls, Mahia, seems attracted to Chris, convinces him to talk to her, saying that she might be able to help them get off the island. Chris talks to Mahia and invites her to eat with him and Lee and she agrees, though Pua does not seem happy about it. After lunch, several of the girls get up to do various hula dances and Mahia convince Chris to try. As he is dancing with Mahia, she puts her lei around his neck  but as he dances, his hand gets caught in the lei and it breaks, causing all of the women to gasp and stop what they are doing. Chris asks what is wrong and Pua tells him it is taboo as she quickly pulls Mahia away from Chris and all of the girls leave. The next day, Chris goes looking around the island and sees Mahia swimming in a nearby cove and goes to swim with her. When they come back to shore, Chris asks her about what the broken lei means and Mahia explains that the shark gods are angry because Mahia rescued them. Chris tries to tell her that it isn’t true and kisses her and Mahia returns the kiss. However, Pua had seen them together and after Mahia leaves him, Pua speaks with Chris and tells him to leave Mahia alone. Meanwhile, Lee had found an outrigger that is not too damaged and Chris says that if they can replace the mast, it should be ok to use. That afternoon, Pua and the other women are sitting around a fire, with Pua asking for a sign from the gods, and based on the smoke and flame of the fire, she says that they have to perform a purification ceremony. Mahia is bound and taken out on a boat and then thrown into the water to be fed to the sharks but Chris goes out an a long board and rescues Mahia. Chris brings her back to shore and starts to carry her to the guest hut. Pua and the others follow after him and beg him to leave her to them but Chris refuses to let them kill her. Later, Chris and Lee go to work on fixing the boat and Pua follows them, to see where they are going, then heads to the hut to get Mahia. Pua tries to tell her that Chris and Lee are bad, as the police are coming for them but Mahia doesn’t believe her about Chris and calls out for him. Chris and Lee hear her and go to help, taking both women back to the hut, where Lee ties up Pua. Realizing they have to leave now, Chris asks Mahia if there is a map to show the breaks in the reef and she says it is in the hut with the pearls. Lee tells Chris and Mahia to get some supplies and take Pua to the boat, as they have to take her with them so she doesn’t raise the alarm, while he gets the map. Lee grabs the map, then gets greedy and tries to take the pearls as well, but he is seen and the rest of the villagers chase after him. Lee gets on the boat and they start to sail away and Pua says that the villagers were saying Lee took the pearls but he denies it. Deciding to wait on the reef until dark before they get away, Lee says he wants to check the other side of the reef, but secretly swims back to the island and steals the pearls. Meanwhile, Mahia asks Chris why they are running from the police and Chris tells her that Lee had got into some trouble and he was trying to help him escape. Meanwhile, Pua manages to free herself and heads back to the island, calling for the girls to warn the others. When Lee gets back to the reef and finds Pua is gone, he tells Chris that they have to leave now but Chris says it is too risky. Seeing the bag in Lee’s hand, Chris grabs it and realizes Lee went back to steal the pearls. When Mahia asks about the guard, Lee admits to killing her then attacks Chris when he tries to stop him from leaving. The two begin fighting on the reef, eventually spilling into the water, and Lee manages to knock Chris unconscious and then steals the boat. Mahia helps Chris and they watch Lee as he gets tangled in the ropes for the mast and falls into the water. When a shark approaches, Chris dives in to try and help him, with Mahia following after but they are unable to save him and he is killed by the shark, while the bag of pearls falls out of the boat, spilling onto the ocean floor. Pua and the other women reach the reef and Pua calls out for Mahia but Mahia chooses to stay with Chris and they sail off together.


This wasn’t too bad of a movie and if it had a longer run time so they could flesh out some parts, it would have been a lot better. The acting was pretty good, with Bill Cord (Chris), Don Durant (Lee) and Jeanne Gerson (Pua) all doing good jobs in their roles. The story was a pretty straight forward for the most part but was a little confusing in the beginning as they didn’t really explain what was going on until several minutes after Chris and Lee were rescued. The pacing of the movie did feel a bit off at times while some of the scenes with the sharks didn’t blend well with the scenes of the people, as you could tell they were shot on different types of film. A short movie that can be worth a watch.


Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5

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July 1st, 2017 Movie – Sasquatch


Wow. Three years. Three years since a friend of mine gave me the idea of writing a blog as I start going through all my movies. To be honest, I am surprised that I am still keeping with this but I seem to be doing a decent job with it and people are reading it, which is a plus. I plan on making a change or two to things on here and would appreciate any feedback on what you think I could do to make things more enjoyable.

Anyways, today I find myself dealing with a summer cold, which is not what I want to deal with over a holiday weekend. Well, whenever I was sick as a kid, that was basically an excuse to stay in bed and watch cheesy movies on TV and that’s pretty much what I plan on doing today. Now today’s movie is a Sasquatch movie, which is a type of movie I always enjoy watching, and it has honestly been too long since I have watched one. I guess I need to buy some more in the future but for right now, I’m going to lay down and watch today’s movie, Sasquatch.

The plot: Tara Knowles is flying in a Bio-Comp Industries company plane over the Pacific Northwest when something happens and the plane ends up crashing. As Tara uses a video camera to document what happened, the wreckage begins shaking and the surviving passengers hear a roaring coming from outside the plane. Some time later, Tara is seen running through the snow covered mountain, firing a flare gun so she can see, as something chases after her and when she tries to use the flare gun to defend herself, she ends up being killed. Bio-Comp CEO Harlan Knowles is hit hard by the news of the rescue search being called off, both by the loss of his daughter as well as the loss of the biotech project that was being transported on the plane. Harlan decides to fund and head up his own team to go searching for the wreck and hires local guide Clayton Tyne, wilderness expert and author Winston Burg, forensic investigator Nikki Adams, Marla Lawson (an insurance underwriter for Browning and Burroughs), and Plazz (a tech expert from Bio-Comp). As they make their way up the mountain, Plazz continually talks about cryptozoology and legendary creatures that supposedly live in the area, much to the annoyance of Winston. During their second day in the woods, they hear a strange knocking sound in the woods and when Clayton goes to see what is causing it, he finds an antler that was used for wood knocking, as well as some foul smelling hair snagged on a tree, but chooses not to say anything. When they make camp for the night, something grabs Marla and drags her out of her tent and through the woods but Clayton, Winston, and Harlan chase after her and find her after Winston starts shooting into the woods. Later, as Clayton is tending to Marla’s injuries and they all wondered what happened, they hear a roaring in the woods. The next morning, they find a crippled bear roaring in pain and Winston believes he had shot it the night before but after Clayton puts it out of it’s misery, he discovers that it’s neck is broken and sees a large, blood covered rock that is too heavy for him to lift. As the group keeps going, they argue over which direction they should go when Winston finds some footprints leading to a cave with some cave paintings drawn on the walls. Nikki determines that the paintings are only a couple of months old and Winston finds a shell that Tara wore around her neck, indicating she was in the area so they decide to search the area in the morning but find no sign of anyone. That night, Harlan keeps watch as Marla takes a bath in a hot spring and she asks him about the Huxley Project, saying she had quit her job and was offered money by his competitors for it but Harlan decides to match their offer for her not to say anything about it. The next day, they continue searching for the plane and reach the spot where it should be but find no sign of it. Clayton finds a piece of the fuselage in a tree and sees scratches along the trees where the plane had been moved. They eventually find the plane and Harlan goes inside but doesn’t see any signs of survivors except for a skeletal limb. As they realize that there are no sign of survivors, Harlan says they need to find a metal box, which Winston finds outside the wreckage. Harlan has Plazz check the machine and Clayton gets upset as he believes Harlan is more concerned with the machine than the survivors, including his daughter. When Clayton goes to leave, Harlan convinces him to stay and begins to explain what the machine does. Using some of Marla’s hair as an example, he tells them that the Huxley Project is able to examine and test DNA in a matter of minutes, which would be revolutionary for medical and law enforcement purposes. Plazz then notices that the device was used shortly after the crash and the resulting sample came from an unknown animal, which Plazz says is impossible as the data for every animal known to man is listed in it’s databanks. That night, as they try to figure out how the plane wound up moved to it’s present location, Clayton and Plazz both give voice to the possibility that Sasquatch might be real. When they hear a roaring in the woods, Winston begins firing blindly into the woods, almost hitting members of the group. After Clayton and Harlan disarm him, Harlan fires Winston and says that Clayton is leading the group now and Winston says he will sue Harlan for defamation of character if he tells anyone what happened. Finding a video camera in the wreckage, Plazz manages to get it working so they can see what happened and watch the events that Tara had filmed. Meanwhile, Winston is getting drunk by the fire when he notices some blood dripping down onto his hand and when he looks up, something in the trees grabs him. Clayton goes looking for Winston and finds his body, as well as the bodies of the people from the plane. He goes back to tell the others just as Nikki realizes the cave drawings depict the plane crashing and killing one of the creatures and theorizes that they killed the survivors for revenge. Harlan goes to see the bodies himself and then chooses to bury them before they get ready to leave and head down the mountain. As they sleep in the plane, planning to head down in the morning, Marla grabs the Huxley Project and decides to head down without the others, intending to sell it to Harlan’s competitors, but she ends up being attacked and killed by the Sasquatch. When Harlan and the others wake up, they realize that Marla and the machine are gone and grab what gear they can find and go looking for her. The eventually find her body and Harlan grabs the machine and they continue down the mountain but the Sasquatch follows after them. When the reach a steep drop, Clayton says the Sasquatch is following them in order to get the machine, due to it being able to provide proof they really exist, but Harlan refuses to give up the machine and chooses to make it down the mountain on his own. Harlan makes his way down the mountain but is soon attacked by the Sasquatch, which knocks him out and drags him away. When Harlan regains consciousness, he sees the device nearby as well as the body of the Sasquatch that the plane had hit. When he sees the Sasquatch that attacked him watching him, he aims his revolver at it but then shoots the device instead and the Sasquatch leaves without killing him. Harlan and the others make it safely down the mountain and Plazz tells the authorities they were attacked by a Sasquatch but when the others refuse to confirm his story, Plazz ends up taken to a psychiatric hospital for observation as the authorities fear he is delusional.

Well, this had an interesting story idea but it kind of flopped on the delivery. The acting was decent, with Russell Ferrier (Clayton) and Andrea Roth (Marla) doing good jobs in their roles but Lance Henriksen just seemed uninspired and flat as Harlan. The story was actually pretty interesting, with the concept of the machine that could prove the existence of Sasquatch being a nice twist from the typical “rescue party searching for people encounter Sasquatch” theme. For me, the thing that honestly killed this movie was the camera editing. There were several times where they would pan around the characters, which seemed to do nothing more than kill time in the movie. They also would bounce back and forth between different conversations at different time periods which made things confusing. I’m not talking about Harlan’s flashbacks of his daughter but conversations that obviously happened minutes to an hour apart and yet they were going back and forth between them like it was just occurring. I will say that the whole thermal vision to indicate how the Sasquatch saw the group was an interesting idea but the actual Sasquatch honestly looked kinda stupid, looking like a cross between Tarman from Return Of The Living Dead and a drowned cat. I know Sasquatch movies can be somewhat hit or miss but this one is definitely a miss.

Rating: 2 out of 5