Movie Monday: The Emperor’s New Groove

Hey all I’m back with a movie I completely forgot was a Disney movie for this week’s Movie Monday. It’s The Emperor’s New Groove!

Plot: It’s a Disney Movie, so that means songs, dances and talking animals. All of which are the main character. However while this was originally going to be a typical Disney movie with a more serious plot, well as serious as Disney movie’s get that is. The two directors, Roger Allers and Mark Dindall eventually ended up disagreeing until Allers left and this became a much more lighthearted movie. Hence why I forgot this was a Disney movie. Regardless of all that, this is a fun movie and kids will enjoy it, adults will enjoy it as well, if only for the Defenestration.

Casting: David Spade is our main character, Kuzco and he does an awesome job at it, he portrays him perfectly with just the right amount of snark and sass you’d expect from such a character. The rest of the cast is pretty good as well, including Tom Jones as the “Theme Song Guy” which is actually the characters name.

Animation: This is still one of the cel drawing films, so the animation is pretty classic. That being said it didn’t have that many great special effects added into it as they were focused more on the character’s poses rather than special effects.

Music: It’s a Disney movie, enough said.

Overall: A fun movie, and I honestly can’t believe that I thought this wasn’t a Disney movie, I think I got confused with The Road to El Dorado, which released around a similar time.

For those who like: Comedy, Drama, David Spade, Fun Plot, Oddball Cast of Characters.

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

Movie Monday: Ace Ventura

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with another classic comedy film. It’s Ace Ventura: Pet Detective!

Plot: The plot is ridiculously silly, but when you consider that the lead star is Jim Carrey that’s par for the course. It’s an okay family movie, but it will be a bit grating for the older members.

Casting: The cast of course includes Jim Carrey as Ace, but also has Dan Marino as himself and Courtney Cox as Melissa Robinson with Tone Loc as Officer Emilio and Sean Young as Einhorn. Despite the plot being pretty terrible the acting itself is fairly good, with Carrey being his normal outrageously expressive self. Fun fact: Alan Rickman (who played Severus Snape in the Harry Potter Films) was once pitched as Ace Ventura.

Cinematography: The film really didn’t have much special effects to speak of so it’s fairly lackluster in that area.

Music: The music fit the film and that’s really all that can be said of it.

Overall: A silly movie that most kids will enjoy, but older family members will cringe quite often.

For those who like: Jim Carrey, Pets, “Mysteries”, Ridiculous Plots.

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

Anime Sunday: Cautious Hero Episode 01 Impressions

Hey all I’m back with another series from the Fall 2019 season for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Cautious Hero Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: This is almost pure satire, and it’s pretty funny. It pokes fun at pretty much every single gaming and Isekai stereotype out there. The plot was pretty slow in this first episode, but given that this is based off a Light Novel series I can’t help but think that it was in the adaptation’s favor to do so, although I haven’t read the original Light Novels.

Characters: Rista and Seiya are our two main characters and they are pretty hilarious. Rista is the typical goddess on the outside, but she’s pretty snarky in her own thoughts and speech, which was a nice deviation from the standard trope. Seiya is a really cautious guy, and overprepares for EVERYTHING. A friend gives him some lunch? He’ll check for poison. I personally thought that was hilarious, although the gag might get annoying later on if it continues. So if they keep playing it up it might annoying.

Art: The art is pretty good, White Fox did the animation and they did pretty damn good, but still not up to my gold standard of ufotable.

Music: The musical score is decent, and the theme was at least catchy. It wasn’t overly memorable, but it wasn’t terrible either.

Overall: This might be really good, this first episode was pretty funny, although if they keep playing the overly cautious gag all the time it might get annoying.

For those who like: Isekai, Action, Comedy, Overpowered Heroes.

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

Movie Monday: Crocodile Dundee

Hey all I’m back with a true classic film for this week’s Movie Monday. It’s Crocodile Dundee!

Plot: The plot is okay, it’s fairly stereotypical by today’s standards and even back then it was pretty cliched. However the acting and characters make up for that lackluster plot.

Casting: Paul Hogan is the titular character, Michael Dundee, and he does an awesome job at portraying him. That said it’s super stereotypical. The rest of the cast is just as good though with Linda Kozlowski portraying the female lead Sue.

Cinematography: The special effects are pretty well done although they are a bit cheesy to look at by today’s standards.

Music: The musical score is good, but not particularly noteworthy.

Overall: This is a true classic film, if a bit filled with cheesy stereotypes.

For those who like: Comedy, Romance, Action, Australian Accents.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or stereotypes played absolutely straight.

TNT: Instant Death Volume 03 by Fujitaka Tsuyoshi

Hey all I’m back with the third volume in the satirical Isekai series I’ve taken a liking to recently. It’s Instant Death Volume 03 by Fujitaka Tsuyoshi!

Plot: The plot is pretty good, but it starts off very oddly. Still the rest of the volume is pretty much Yogiri being his pretty passive self only to scare the living daylights out of pretty much everyone except Tomochika.

Characters: Honestly the entire class of Tomochika and Yogiri is made up of some really freaking weird people. That said I really did like seeing the new perspective of Ayaka.

Overall: A fun volume for this Satirical series.

TNT: Instant Death Volume 02 by Fujitaka Tsuyoshi

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the second entry in Yogiri and Tomochika’s adventures. It’s Instant Death Volume 02 by Fujitaka Tsuyoshi!

Plot: The plot continues with it’s comedic bent, and adds even more fuel to that fire with this volume. Honestly it’s kind of hilarious how much the plot tries to hammer home how much of a murderhobo many Isekai characters are, which when you look at it is pretty apt. That said if you were expecting serious drama, you should look elsewhere as you won’t find it here. Honestly I enjoyed reading this volume if only because it’s very much poking fun at the Isekai genre and main characters of fantasy role playing games everywhere.

Characters: We get introduced to more of the world, but the stars are still Yogiri and Tomochika, although she now has to deal with her ancestral spirit trying to egg her on into becoming a pyschopath. Which is again really funny, because that’s the exact opposite of what you’d expect of such a being.

Overall: A fun second entry, you should definitely give it a try.

Movie Monday: Big

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with another classic movie. It’s Big!

Plot: The movie’s plot is pretty stereotypical however the way Big showed the typical “I wish I was an adult already” so often uttered by kids was rather unique at the time. It’s also fairly funny and has an appeal to pretty much everyone. Even if you haven’t seen Big, you’ve most likely at least seen clips of at least one scene.

Casting: Tom Hanks is the actor for the movie playing the adult version of Josh and he does a spectacular job of it. The entire cast is pretty great, with some really well done performances by Elizabeth Perkins and Robert Loggia as the other central characters of the film.

Cinematography: There aren’t really any big special effects in Big so there aren’t many flashy scenes. However there is one particular scene that is pretty much timeless out of the entire movie, and that’s the scene in FAO Schwarz playing on the piano by Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia. That’s a scene that I’ll always remember and think fondly of, and I’m sure I’m not the only person to have such feelings.

Overall: Honestly this is a really classic movie, so if you haven’t seen it you really ought to at least once.

For those who like: Comedy, Coming of Age stories, Tom Hanks, Great Story, Fantastic Casting.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but really if you haven’t seen it, you ought to see it at least once.