Naruto the Movie 2: The Legend of the Stone of Gelel – Obvious Villain is Obvious and Dumb Character is still Dumb

 It is time for the second outing of Naruto in this movie marathon I am doing and this time we are promised an even longer runtime! Oh joy! I mean that non-sarcastically as I think with more time a proper story could be told. Well hopefully this time they learn from their mistakes a give us a great Naruto film. One can certainly hope right? I mean this time we have a magical McGuffin that an evil dictator like figure is hunting for and needs the royal family of a broken kingdom…Wait a second. This seems oddly familiar to the previous film. We are on the second film and we are already reusing ideas. Well that just means that they can refine it and most likely nothing is going to go my way. We shall see if this film manages to get itself out of this narrative similarity to the previous film, or if it will indeed just be a shallow rehashing with a new coat of paint.

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Young Justice Season 2 – Oh How the Mighty Have Fallen

Due to the promise of the first season, I quickly decided to hop onto the second. Young Justice showcases some great characters that are easy to fall in love with in its first season. With a finale that promises more galactic problems for the Justice League in the future and the potential for Apocalypse showing up because of his weaponry being used in some episodes. There is a grand design at work that the second season has time to work on. Wait a second, there is only 20 episodes this time? Also there is a bunch of new characters joining the team. This is okay so long as it doesn’t, oh dear it also is five years after the first season. There is certainly a hill to climb for this one with foreboding choices in both narrative and production. This could work though, we have seen time gaps work quite well especially in returning series like Samurai Jack in its final season. Will Young Justice’s second season overcome what could easily be perceived as hurdles?

There will be spoilers for Young Justice’s first season. You have been warned.

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Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow – Naruto being clever?!

Well I have decided with my family (who will watch anime) to take a crack at the Naruto series of films. The series itself has been a big part of the Western fanbase since the 2000s and could be one of the pivotal series that sparked a boon in anime fans over here. For a while it was Naruto this and Sasuke that, to ad nauseum mind you. It was a series that was hard not to know in this sphere of influence and for the most part anime fans of the early 2000s have at least come across and shared fond memories with it. I have included shared my many fond memories with the franchise and certainly I have talked quite a bit about one of my favourite portions during my Hunt for the Great Antagonist post on Zabuza Momochi. Though my love died down for the franchise when Shippuden came around, I still want to judge the movies on their own merit. Do they stand apart and craft well told companion pieces, or are they merely trite to get people to buy more merchandise? Hopefully the first film, Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow, can offer a solid experience.

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Street Fighter II The Movie – IT’S A STREET FIGHT!

Oh video game adaptations how I’ve missed you! It has been a while since I have delved into this territory since I stopped doing the video game adaptation weekends. Now fighting game adaptations is something new to me. I often see fighting games try to incorporate a story into its arcade fighting mode yet often it’s more grasping at straws for lore than creating anything memorable. So if the game is a blank slate waiting to be rewritten, then the film can certainly go wild with its story and not be held down right? Well due to the fact that there is still some lore it needs to adhere to it, but besides that it seems like these types of adaptations should bring forth bombastic action with potentially good characterization. Street Fighter II has enough character in its designs and framework of a story to make a story interesting if not serviceable, but the scary question is will the adaptation feel like it needs to appeal to fans by shoving in all the characters or focus only on a few?

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Young Justice Season 1 – The Right Time for a Change in the Guard

The world of superhero media nowadays is astonishing. We have entered an age where it is everywhere and never is it more prominent is in the television shows. We have live action and animated superhero shows for both adults, teenagers and children. I mean of varying quality, but I remember before when I was younger we had only a few shows about superheroes like The Justice League, Batman and Batman Beyond. There were others of course like Spiderman, but there was this feeling of all these shows hitting the same demographic except for the odd one that transcended that. Parents can still have fun watching these with children, but after a certain time one would feel awkward watching them. It was as if they’d outgrown them which I always felt odd since the stories they told were simple enough to understand but at times had complex storylines and themes. Nowadays with the boon we have something like Young Justice coming out and fitting that young adult market much like the Teen Titans kind of did before it. Yet does this become one of those shows that it feels situated in a specific age range or does it transcend that?

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Ash vs the Evil Dead Season 1 – The King of Camp is Back

Ever since being introduced to the Evil Dead series back in my 12 Days of Halloween I have been itching to return to it. I long to see the parody it has become in the subsequent titles in the series, yet I decided to move past the two films to jump into the television series. Ash vs the Evil Dead is the newest chapter of Evil Dead following an old and graying Ash through his adventures to seal evil yet again. I am always a fan of reviving cult classics, especially with the notion of aging the characters to have it be more reflective on their journey. You can’t rehash the same things over and over again, so a show taking that extra step of reviving itself needs to be more complex on how it handles its lead. This is odd though since I don’t know how much has changed since Army of Darkness or Evil Dead 2, so I’m going into this one a tad bit blind to part of the series. Often these types of continuations, especially shows that don’t take themselves seriously like Ash vs the Evil Dead, are able to be watched without the need of the prequels being watched. Will this prove to be the case, or will I be a bit out of my element in terms of this show? While that is a big question, I think a bigger question is that in this day and age where camp is rung out for nostalgia exploitation purposes does Ash vs the Evil Dead have a place in this landscape?

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The Eyes – This Time The Hills Don’t Have Them

I have seen the wicked and the wicked shall be punished. There are many films about people being trapped in a room and forced to figure something out. The Nine needed to figure out why they are all there, Would You Rather pitted people in terrifying games against each other and the Killing Floor had a selection process of people killing each other. Every one of these films have a similar idea, but one time out of three these types of films are stinkers. None are truly terrible, and all could be some decent popcorn material if you enjoy people talking in a room for an hour and a half. The ones that go further and have something to say are generally the ones that supersede the others yet often that doesn’t mean things work out. Sometimes the film becomes a bit long-winded or focuses more on the situation than making the characters desirable to watch. Does The Eyes manage to be a good fun ride or does it fall back and become another movie at the bottom of the pile? Continue reading “The Eyes – This Time The Hills Don’t Have Them”