Movie Monday: Bicentennial Man

This week for Movie Monday I’m covering a movie I was taken to by my dad when I was much younger. It’s Bicentennial Man!

Plot Synopsis: The NDR series robot “Andrew” is introduced in 2005 into the Martin family home to perform housekeeping and maintenance duties…..

Plot: The plot was way over my head as a kid. I think I mostly enjoyed Robin Williams portraying Andrew. That being said it was an interesting movie and it’s story has always stuck with me throughout the years, and definitely impacted more than a few choices when I was playing games like Mass Effect or reading books like Otherlife Dreams. That said the script was pretty bad, and handled incredibly poorly.

Casting: Robin Williams plays Andrew and he does a good job, but unfortunately the script of the movie itself makes his performance one of the only bright points in the film. The rest of the cast is okay, but again the script overshadows their performances.

Special Effects: Okay, especially when you consider that Robin Williams actually wore a robot suit to portray Andrew. It was nominated for multiple awards for the special effects, but none of were winning nominations.

Music: I don’t remember the musical background of the movie at all, I was pretty young when I watched the movie.

Overall: Not a must watch by any stretch, this is probably one of Robin Williams poorer performances.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, Romance, Drama, Comedy, Robin Williams.

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

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Movie Monday: Dr. Doolittle

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with a classic family film. It’s Dr. Doolittle!

Plot Synopsis: As a boy, John Dolittle displays an ability to talk to and understand animals, starting with his pet dog. His behavior disturbs his father Archer, who hires a local minister to perform an exorcism on his son, but after John’s dog attacks him, Archer sends her to the pound. John eventually forgets he can talk to animals…

Plot: The plot is really quite tame, as you might expect from a family film. It’s got it’s comedic moments though and that is what it makes it tolerable for more adult viewers, at least in my opinion.

Casting: Eddie Murphy portrays the titular character and does a pretty great job at it. The rest of the cast is okay, but not particularly memorable.

Special Effects: The special effects are relatively minor, and again not particularly outstanding.

Music: I don’t remember them at all, sorry.

Overall: Not a must watch, but a good choice if you are stumped for something to watch with a younger audience.

For those who like: Comedy, Animals, Eddie Murphy.

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

TNT: Growth Cheat Chapters 32-53 by Yousuke Tokino

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the second arc in Ichinojo’s adventures. It’s Growth Cheat Chapters 32-53 by Yousuke Tokino!

Plot Synopsis: I, Ichinosuke, failed to get a job for 100 consecutive times. Furthermore, my record is still being updated as unemployed. On my way to a job interview, I was involved in an accident with a truck and tragically passed away. And then, a pair of Goddesses bestowed upon me the ability to grow at a speed 400 times faster than normal, before sending me to a game-like otherworld. However, knowing that I would not become stronger even if I continued growing while jobless, I aimed to get a job, but I found out that it was my terrible fate to remain jobless….

Plot: It’s an okay arc, though the peak of the arc is due more to a certain pair of idiots more than anything of Ichinojo’s doing.

Characters: We get introduced to a few new characters, but my favorite might be Centaur. Scratch that, it is definitely Centaur.

Overall: A fun set of chapters.

Movie Monday: Men in Black

This week for Movie Monday I’m covering a movie that just turned old enough to drink. It’s Men in Black!

Plot Synopsis: After a government agency makes first contact with aliens in 1961, alien refugees begin living in secret on Earth, mostly disguised as humans in the New York metropolitan area. A secret agency known as the Men in Black (MIB) polices these aliens, protects Earth from intergalactic threats and uses memory-erasing neuralyzers to keep alien activity a secret. Agents have their former identities erased, and retired agents are neuralyzed and given new identities. After an operation to arrest an alien criminal near the Mexican border by Agents K and D, D decides that he is too old for his job. K neuralyzes him and begins looking for a new partner…

Plot: The plot is pretty awesome.

Casting: The entire cast is amazing, with both Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as the main characters J and K respectively. Frankly this is one of the better casts in that everyone does incredibly well as their characters.

Cinematography: The special effects were incredibly well done, and the make up in particular was incredibly noteworthy and won an Academy Award.

Music: I’ll be upfront and say that I don’t remember the music pretty much at all. Sorry.

Overall: An excellent movie, and possibly a must see one at that.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, Action, Comedy, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast, Amazing Special Effects.

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

Movie Monday: Austin Powers

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with a movie that some of my family loves to the point that they got a cardboard cutout of the titular character from a Movie Theater. It’s Austin Powers; International Man of Mystery!

Plot Synopsis: In 1967, British spy Austin Powers thwarts an assassination attempt by his nemesis Dr. Evil in a London nightclub called Strawberry Alarm Clock and The Lemon Pipers Dr. Evil escapes in a space rocket disguised as a Big Boy statue, and cryogenically freezes himself. Powers volunteers to be placed into cryostasis in case Dr. Evil returns in the future. Thirty years later, in 1997, Dr. Evil returns to discover his henchman Number 2 has developed Virtucon, the legitimate front of Evil’s empire, into a multibillion-dollar enterprise…

Plot: The entire movie is absolutely ridiculous, and that’s the point. This being a spoof of the James Bond movies this pokes fun at all sorts of spy thrillers by making the situations and characters absolutely ridiculous. That being said the movie probably shouldn’t be watched by kids.

Cast: The entire cast is awesome, with Mike Myers playing both Dr. Evil and Austin Powers. The rest of the cast is just as ridiculous as well.

Cinematography: The special effects are just as ridiculous as the plot.

Overall: A fun movie to watch, if only to have a few good laughs at the sheer ridiculous nature of the movie.

For those who like: Comedy, Mike Myers, Parodies.

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

Anime Sunday: Losers of Spring 2018

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with a look at the series I didn’t find to be that great. It’s my Losers of Spring 2018!

Mahou Shoujo Ore: Now I did say last week that I found Hinamatsuri to be funny. I also mentioned how I find slapstick humor to sometimes be grating and sometimes not. The line that was crossed for me in the case of Mahou Shoujo Ore was the breaking of the 4th wall in the first few minutes of the show. I’m not generally a fan of that particular trope and it was one too many things for me to enjoy the show.

Caligula: This show was just confusing, and I had no desire to continue past the first episode that I watched. It might have gotten better in later episodes, although I’ve heard that it didn’t. Nevertheless it failed miserably in catching my attention.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday. Were there any shows I missed that deserve to be on this list? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Anime Sunday: Winners of Spring 2018

I’m back with a look at the past season for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Winners of Spring 2018!

Golden Kamuy: I enjoyed this series, excepting for the awkward usage of some 3DCG artwork, the series was entertaining on a whole. Whether you will enjoy it is something I can’t tell you, but you might.

Hinamatsuri: This series was oddball enough to make me laugh, but not so slapstick that I couldn’t enjoy the comedy. That can sometimes be a fine line for me, but Hinamatsuri managed to pull it off fairly well.

Series I didn’t get a chance to look at this season, but mean to do so sometime soonish:

Devil’s Line: Being an Urban Fantasy romance series, this might be interesting. Or it could totally disgust me. We’ll see. I may make a post on this series.

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