Movie Monday: Shanghai Noon

This week for Movie Monday I’m covering a movie that I had some real trouble remembering the name of. It’s Shanghai Noon!

Plot Synopsis:In 1881, Chon Wang (pronounced as John Wayne) is a Chinese Imperial Guard in the Forbidden City. After Princess Pei-Pei (Liu) for whom Wang has affection, is abducted and taken to the United States, the Emperor of China sends three of his guards along with the Royal Interpreter to retrieve her. Wang is not one of the three, but he tells the Captain of the Imperial Guards that it was his fault the princess was kidnapped and insists on joining them. The Captain first refuses, but when the Royal Interpreter, Wang’s uncle, offers to allow Wang to come help with the baggage, the Captain agrees in the hopes that the “foreign devils” would get rid of Wang. In Nevada, Roy O’Bannon is an outlaw who, with his gang, hijacks the train Wang is on. When Wallace, a new member of Roy’s gang, kills Wang’s uncle, Wang chases the outlaws down.

Plot: The plot is nothing amazing, but pretty fun to watch with plenty of martial arts scenes mixed in with the classic western shootouts.

Casting: The cast is awesome, with Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson in the lead roles. They are both hilarious. The rest of the cast is just as great, but really don’t get nearly as much attention as the two lead stars.

Cinematography: The production is awesome, with some amazing martial arts sequences that are quite a lot of fun to watch, in addition to the western shootouts. There aren’t a ton of special effects used, but those that are, are done fairly well.

Overall: A fun movie to watch, but don’t expect an amazing story.

For those who like: Westerns, Martial Arts, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate all that?

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Movie Monday: My Cousin Vinny

This week for Movie Monday I’m covering one of the great classics. It’s My Cousin Vinny!

Plot Synopsis: Driving through Alabama in their 1964 Buick Skylark convertible, Billy Gambini and Stan Rothenstein, college students from New York who just got scholarships to UCLA, shop at a convenience store and accidentally shoplift a can of tuna. After they leave, the store clerk is robbed and killed, and Billy and Stan are arrested for the murder. Due to circumstantial evidence and a confession to the shoplifting that is misconstrued as one to the shooting, Billy is charged with murder, and Stan as an accessory. Billy’s mother reminds him there is an attorney in the family: his cousin Vinny. Vincent LaGuardia Gambini travels there, accompanied by his fiancée, Mona Lisa Vito. Although he is willing to take the case, Vinny is a personal injury lawyer from Brooklyn, newly admitted to the bar, and with no trial experience…

Plot: The plot of this movie is great, and actually incredibly accurate in regards to the American judicial system. While not a super successful movie in the box office it’s still earned quite a cult following and is probably one of my favorite non-Mel Brooks films. I won’t spoil the plot, and you should read that article I’ve linked above only after watching the movie if you have yet to do so.

Casting: The entire cast is amazing, including the late Fred Gwynne’s final movie appearance. Personally my favorite is Vinny played by the great Joe Pesci, even if his New Yorker’s accent is highly foreign to my ears, it’s still great. But seriously the entire cast is awesome.

Cinematography: This wasn’t a film for special effects, but nonetheless it still is an awesome movie.

Musical Score: I sadly don’t remember much of it, but what I do remember is it being very appropriate for the film.

Overall: If you’ve never seen My Cousin Vinny, you definitely should watch it. It’s one of the greatest movies of all time and definitely worth the couple hours to watch it.

For those who like: Legal Movies, Comedy, Topical Accuracy, Amazing Plot, Fantastic Casting.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

 

Anime Sunday: Winners of Winter 2018

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering my favorites from the last season. It’s my Winners of Winter 2018!

Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family: I really enjoyed this slice of life set in an alternate universe of the Fate/SN series. The fact it focuses on just food and some minor character interaction was refreshing from all the battles that occur in the Fate series. It being animated by ufotable might also have a big part in why this is one of my favorites.  Who am I kidding, it being animated by ufotable has a huge part in it.

Ryuo: I actually enjoyed this series quite a bit. While Sangatsu is a great series about Shogi it is also emotional wearing, so a more light hearted series was appreciated. The fact that Yaichi is a dense harem lead though is fairly disappointing.

Honorable Mentions:

Last Encore: I was pretty skeptical of this series after it diverged so greatly from the original storyline. It was interesting, but honestly it just makes me want to play the original game more. It also didn’t feature Tamamo, who is a much more interesting Servant than Nero in my opinion.

Hitori no Shita: I hated the first season of this show, it was terribly animated and the plot was sub-par. The plot isn’t any better, but the animation is much improved and thus get’s an honorable mention from me.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday.

Movie Monday: Hancock

This week for Movie Monday I’m covering an often forgotten film. It’s Hancock!

Plot Synopsis: John Hancock is an alcoholic American who possesses superpowers, including flight, invulnerability, and superhuman strength. Whilst performing superhero-like acts in Los Angeles, he is often ridiculed and hated by the public for his drunken and careless acts, and becomes enraged when referred to as an “asshole”. Hancock rescues Ray Embrey, a public relations specialist, from an oncoming train, which he irrationally derails to save Ray. Thankful and seeing him as a career opportunity, Ray offers to help improve Hancock’s public image…

Plot: The plot is pretty okay for the first half, but after that it gets completely ruined. Honestly the only noteworthy things about this movie isn’t the plot, which is why it’s such a poorly rated film and often forgotten.

Casting: The casting is okay, with Will Smith as John Hancock being our star and titular character. That being said the rest of the cast is only okay, so it definitely didn’t help the ratings or memorability.

Cinematography: This is probably the sole redeeming feature of this movie, but even that wasn’t enough to save the film from being completely terrible in most peoples mind.

Music: I don’t remember much, except for a particular song that plays which I never found entertaining personally.

Overall: Skip this, otherwise you’ll be wanting some brain bleach to wipe this from your memory.

For those who like: Comedy AND Drama, Superheroes, Will Smith, Decent Cinematography.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Anime Sunday: Mahou Shoujo Ore Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering a series from the Spring 2018 Season. It’s my Mahou Shoujo Ore Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Unpopular idol and high school student Uno Saki discovers that her mother, Sayori, used to be a “magical girl,” but, as a result of back problems, found it necessary to pass her position down to Saki. With the help of a Yakuza-like mascot character named Kokoro.

Plot: The plot is pretty freaking ridiculous, and is full of references to other magical girl shows, including Sailor Moon. Frankly I might have enjoyed the show a bit, but it broke the fourth wall a bit too many times. I’m not a fan of that particular trope, so the usage of it in the series isn’t doing it any favors for me personally. That being said, the show is pretty freaking funny and I was totally not expecting the plot to go the way it did.

Characters: The cast is good, but frankly it’s not amazing. It’s not terrible to the point that I forgot characters names in an attempt to mind bleach my memory as soon as possible, but it’s not far from reaching that point either.

Art: The art is okay, but it’s nothing spectacular. Studio Pierrot is the animation studio behind this series, and while I’ve enjoyed their work in the past, I’ve also seen better from them. Maybe it’s because of the ridiculousness of this show and I’m just having a hard time really appreciating it.

Music: The music is okay, but it’s fairly forgettable.

Overall: An okay show, but not something I’ll be continuing to watch unless I hear some really freaking amazing things about it.

For those who like: Comedy, Magical Girls, Good Art.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Movie Monday: The Producers

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with another of my favorites. It’s The Producers!

Plot Synopsis:The once-great Max Bialystock had once been the toast of Broadway, but now he has been reduced to a washed-up, aging, fraudulent, corruptible, and greedy Broadway producer who barely ekes out a hand-to-mouth existence romancing lascivious, wealthy elderly women (“angels” in theatrical terms) in exchange for money for his next play. Accountant Leopold “Leo” Bloom, a young man who is highly nervous and prone to hysterics, arrives at Max’s office to do his books and discovers a $2,000 discrepancy in the accounts of Max’s last play. Max persuades Leo to hide the relatively minor fraud, and while shuffling numbers, Leo has a revelation: a producer could make a lot more money with a flop than a hit by overselling shares in the production, because no one will audit the books of a play presumed to have lost money….

Plot: This is a freaking hilarious movie, and frankly one of Mel Brooks, because of course it’s from his genius mind, best productions. In fact it was so successful that Brooks actually went to Broadway with it and was a huge success. There is a remake, and while it’s good, it’s not the one I’m covering today. This is full of laughs, fun times, and more laughter. My favorite part might just be the opening of the play. You’ll see why when you watch it if you haven’t seen this already. If you have, you know what I’m talking about. “Winter for Poland and France”

Characters: All of the cast is awesome, but the fact that Gene Wilder is in it is just icing on the cake. However my favorite character has to be Lorenzo St. DuBois.

Cinematography: There isn’t any really fancy with this, mostly because it doesn’t need it. That being said it was still fun.

Music: Perfect. In fact I think I’ll go listen to that opening song of the play after I finish writing this post.

Overall: If you’ve never seen this movie, or the remake, you absolutely need to do so.

For those who like: Mel Brooks, Laughter, Satires, Broadway, Uncontrollable Laughter, Fantastic Plot, Excellent Cast.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate all that?

Movie Monday: Mrs. Doubtfire

This week for Movie Monday I’ve got a movie that I loved when I was younger. It’s Mrs. Doubtfire!

Plot Synopsis: Daniel Hillard is a freelance voice actor in San Francisco. Though a devoted father to his children Lydia, Chris, and Natalie, his wife Miranda considers him unreliable. One day, Daniel quits his job and returns home to throw a lavish birthday party for Chris despite Miranda’s objections, creating a situation with their neighbors. Miranda files for divorce, and the judge gives sole custody of the children to her, but tells Daniel if he can find a steady job and a suitable residence within three months, he will agree to share joint custody…

Plot: The plot is pretty great, and while it’s a little cheesy by today’s standards it was quite impressive when it first entered theaters. That being said it’s no action flick. So if you want a heart-pounding thriller, you’re going to be disappointed with Mrs. Doubtfire.

Characters: Robin Williams as Daniel is amazing, and the entire cast is quite great. One thing I did forget about this movie was that Pierce Brosnan was in it, although I’ve never had the same memory for movies as I did for other forms of stories.

Cinematography: There aren’t any amazing special effects, but the film is still well done.

Music: I don’t remember it, sorry.

Overall: A must watch movie, probably one of the greatest of the last 30 years.

For those who like: Comedy, Excellent Plot, Awesome Cast of Characters, Fantastic Cinematography.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.