It always has to be time travel doesn’t it?! I honestly never thought I’d see Naruto tackling time travel to be able to have him be in an adventure with the Fourth Hokage, Minato. I can’t honestly say that I thought a Naruto film has jumped the shark yet, though there is a high chance that this one will. I mean I fear that my best Naruto films are behind me, not even the Will of Fire’s visual flair was enough. I am in a bit of a drought, and a Naruto film about time travel is not exactly instilling me with confidence. I am starting to almost regret my decision to go through each one in an attempt to capture some essence of why I enjoyed Naruto as a child. So while I am down and out does the Lost Tower manage to reinvigorate my investment in this marathon or am I still going to careen ever so slowly off the cliff of spin-off films?
It has really been a while since I have done one of these and I finally got the courage do one again thanks to a great game I have been playing, Iconoclasts. There are few times in which the zealot in video games actually seems like they are an effective force in how it plays out. Not act as the stereotypical megalomaniac who must be toppled or is deemed just a “crazy religious person”. It is difficult to correctly create any narrative that allows us to reason or understand the zealot type of antagonist. However I think Iconoclasts, a game created by Joakim Sandberg, could quite possibly offer us one in the form of General Chrome. He is the agent in charge of military practices but is not privy to the things others are, thus leaving him in an odd part of the system within the societal structure. His attempt at changing the world of Iconoclasts is it worthy of a high score or is he simply just another insignificant cog in the machine?
The Hunt for the Great Antagonist is a series that will spoil elements from the series surrounding the antagonist and most likely key points within the series itself. You have been warned. This time it is Iconoclasts.
We all have that one genre of media that doesn’t usually appeal to you. It isn’t that the film you are watching is bad or anything, but more often than not you will not get invested in what is going on. Unfortunately mine is comedy as I find myself the odd duckling in terms of what I laugh at. I don’t usually enjoy pure comedy movies and would rather something else to coincide with it. Sketch comedy while really fun in some moments does not usually appeal to me because the joke can run flat very fast. Films that feel like a sketch comedy have a doubly hard time with me purely because they are that previous fear personified. Keanu has been praised by people I know as a funny comedy and luckily for me it came on Netflix so I was finally able to watch it one night. I am a fan of Key and Peele, two funny guys who I have enjoyed watching their careers (Key in acting and Jordan recently in directing). This seemed to me like a hit out of the park, but for some reason it still loomed in my head that maybe my gut reaction to it originally was right. That maybe it just wasn’t my type of movie. Who knows though, I have been surprised before.
The Will of Fire has certainly taught me something. Upon watching the third Naruto Shippuuden movie, the Will of Fire, I realized that I was watching something akin to a sparknotes version of Naruto. It taught me all of the motivations up until that point and really allowed me to understand their Will of Fire. What is the Will of Fire you might ask? Well it is Naruto’s 10th anniversary film that talks about people discussing what they have been taught over the course of their ninja careers (or their Will of Fire so to speak). I even was taught to learn how to write this opening paragraph thanks to the Will of Fire because no matter how old you are you can still learn and be taught some new things and further develop your own Will of Fire. In some ways one could say I found my own Will of Fire and perfectly understood the message this movie, The Will of Fire, was trying to teach me quite well. So does the Will of Fire sound as repetitious as this opening paragraph or is there something beyond just repeating the exact same thing over and over again?
Murder mysteries are a dying breed in cinema these days and I have to say it is at the very least refreshing when I originally saw this remake of the Agatha Christie book. It made me genuinely excited to have a piece of cinema I can enjoy as popcorn material that wasn’t jokes, action and things blowing up. My expectations were raised due to the casting and director, but I held myself at purely trying to enjoy the film because this is my bread and butter of things I enjoy just turning on or reading. I forgot how much fun films like these used to be as just fluff pieces, but while I wholly enjoyed my experience there is still the matter of this being a film. I love film, I love watching films, but when I am so biased towards films like these I felt the need to pay closer attention to how others may perceive it and listened to the people I had watched with. Does the film manage to satisfy on the round trip or is it just a fun ride you will forget as soon as you reach the station?
One of my favourite Nintendo franchises that I still find myself replaying today is the Kirby franchise. It was even the topic of the first post (content wise) on this blog with the top 10 bosses from Kirby which I should update at some point. I find myself seeing this franchise as one of the most soothing gaming experiences I ever had. It helps when you have a stressful day to just play a simple platformer filled to the brim with charm. Now we come to 2018 and to the latest installment within the franchise, Star Allies. This was a more local multiplayer focused idea with a theme that was built on “friendship”. I found myself thinking that is strange since Kirby was always about friendship and playing with allies for a long time, but I don’t believe it ever was a main focus. How does this new game measure up within a franchise of simple, easy to play and complete games?
Have you ever walked into a movie and tried your hardest to enjoy it? That you said to yourself “this could be a fun ride” almost like a mantra before putting it on? Well to me Jurassic World is something that fits into that category. A film trying to reinvigorate a classic franchise whose first film is still considered a classic in terms of cinema technological innovation and just plain “Spielberg magic”. It is a beloved franchise that brought us dinosaurs walking the earth yet again. To delight in the fantastical and terrify as a dream fades into a nightmare for those involved, Jurassic Park is a classic that is a classic tale of nature and how far we should tweak with it. Good intentions make way for bad circumstances, could that be what Jurassic World turns out to be?