Movie Monday: About Time

Hey all I’m back with a movie I watched about a month ago for this week’s Movie Monday. It’s About Time!

Plot: The plot is alright, there are some serious plot holes when it comes to the time travel powers that are a key plot device in this film, but overall I found the movie to be very fun to watch. It had enough moments of comedy that I didn’t mind the the drama at all, and enjoyed the movie despite the plot holes. I won’t say what those plot holes are, because they are obviously super spoilerific, but you could find them online in the movie’s Wikipedia page easily.

Casting: Dohmnall Gleeson is our lead actor portraying Tim Lake and he does an outstanding job in that role. Honestly the entire cast was well done, though Rachel McAdams portraying the female lead Mary was probably my favorite character.

Cinematography: There are no special effects that are particularly outstanding or noteworthy so I’ll just say that the camera work wasn’t ever so poorly done that I found it to be a problem.

Music: The musical score was as equally mediocre as the cinematography.

Overall: A fun, if flawed, film. If you are hankering for a Romantic Comedy with little romantic melodrama, but more comedy About Time will suit your needs very well.

For those who like: Romance, Comedy, Drama, Great Cast, Decent Plot.

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

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Bookish Wednesday: The Gorgon Bride by Galen Surlak-Ramsey

Hey all I’m back with a book I highly regret bothering to read. It’s The Gorgon Bride by Galen Surlak-Ramsey!

Plot: The plot is just stupid, it involves some Joe Schmoe pissing off Greek Gods left and right just to progress the plot. It had the potential for a heartwarming story, but devolves into a never ending spiral of stupid. Our main character goes from one situation to another just fucking up again and again, and for no real reason other than “Greek Gods are all assholes”. I mean yes that is pretty much the bottom line when it comes to Greek mythology, ALL the gods are just jerks who deserve multiple punches to the face, but if I wanted to read that I’d go look up the original myths rather than bothering to read this pile of rubbish.

Characters: Honestly I hated every character, except maybe Jessica who just happens to be a tool rather than a dumbass or just a plain old ass. Still I didn’t like Jessica as a character all that much, because she is a figurative and literal tool.  Alex our protagonist is dumber than a starfish, which is impressive given that they have literally no brain, but almost no other characters are any better.

Overall: Stay far, far away from this pile of crap. It’s just treading old ground and does nothing really new or fun.

 

 

Movie Monday: The Mask

This week for Movie Monday I’m covering a Super Hero Movie. It’s The Mask!

Plot: The plot is okay, it’s nothing all that amazing to be honest, and frankly it’s pretty mediocre to me. That being said I remember it was somewhat funny to me as a child. I’ll admit I never knew until recently that this movie was based off a comic series published by Dark Horse, and that the comics were much darker in tone than the movie ever was. That’s probably a good thing, because honestly from what I’ve read about the comics in a quick perusal they sounded incredibly dark just to be dark.

Characters: The lead character is Stanley Ipkiss who is played by Jim Carrey and he does a fairly good job with it. That being said the cast isn’t good enough to make up for the mediocre plot.

Cinematography: The special effects were fairly good for their day, but they weren’t amazing either along the lines you might expect from a high quality Sci-Fi movie. That being said those effects have aged poorly, but that’s to be expected after nearly 25 years.

Music: I honestly don’t remember much of it, except that it was very fitting for the zany tone of the movie.

Overall: A fun, but not amazing movie. If you’ve never seen it, it might be worth your time to watch if you are really bored and can’t find a better movie.

For those who like: Comedy, Super Heroes, Jim Carrey.

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

TNT: Isekai Ryouridou Volume 02 by Eda

Hey all I’m back with the second entry in Arata’s adventure as a cook in a new world for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday. It’s Isekai Ryouridou Volume 02 by Eda!

Plot: The plot of this second entry is pretty good, with Arata making more food for more people this time. That being said, if you are looking for action and adventure, prepare to be disappointed. This series isn’t one that focuses on that, not really. There are tense moments, and others as well, but it’s mostly focused on Arata being himself and trying to introduce delicious foods to the people of Forest’s Edge.

Characters: We get some new characters in this volume, mainly branch members of the Wu clan, but still it’s an interesting cast of characters. Ai Fa is still my favorite character, but Leina Wu was pretty interesting as well.

Overall: A solid second entry in a solid series. If you enjoy slower and more Slice of Life series that delve into the Isekai genre, Isekai Ryouridou will be just for you.

TNT: Isekai Ryouridou Volume 01 by Eda

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with another new series. It’s Isekai Ryouridou Volume 01 by Eda!

Plot: The plot is pretty interesting as it takes the typical Isekai plot sequence and throws it out the window. There is no Hero required to defeat a Demon King, no war to win. Instead Asuta is stuck in a very early hunter gatherer society and needs to make do with what he has, which is the knowledge of cooking. It’s not action packed, nor is it filled with great political intrigue, it’s just slice of life in a very different setting with a 17 year old kid who knows nothing but how to cook and general knowledge from public education.

Characters: Our stars are Tsurumi Asuta and Ai Fa, both of who are very different people and outcasts in the society Asuta finds himself in. Asuta isn’t some great warrior or gifted with incredible knowledge and foresight. Ai Fa is a young woman whose only family died a few years before leaving her to fend for herself in a community that prides itself on strength and hunting but frowns on Women doing what is perceived as Men’s work. The rest of the cast is interesting as well, but the stars are Asuta and Ai Fa.

Overall: A must read if you want something vastly different from the usual Isekai genre.

For those who like: Isekai, Slice of Life, Cooking, Drama, Great Plot, Excellent Lead Characters, Amazing Cast of Characters.

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

Movie Monday: Hitch

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with another movie produced by Will Smith. It’s Hitch!

Plot: The plot is okay, honestly it’s too much Romcom for my tastes. That isn’t to say this is a bad movie, just that I wasn’t highly impressed by the story and it’s tone. However the plot is solid, and there’s nothing particularly wrong with it, just that I personally don’t like Romcoms.

Casting: Will Smith does an awesome job at portraying the titular Hitch and the rest of the cast is also pretty great. Eva Mendes and Kevin James are the other two main characters of the movie and they did a great job of acting the part.

Cinematography: The special effects are relatively tame, but I will say that the seafood allergy scene was pretty well done in terms of makeup and special effects. That said if you ever have such a allergic reaction what happens is absolutely not what you should do in such a situation. Call 9-1-1, or your local equivalent, and follow the instructions given to you by the operator.

Music: I honestly don’t remember pretty much any of it, since Hitch isn’t a sweeping fantasy epic or sci-fi soap opera the generic musical production was low on my radar.

Overall: A good movie, if you enjoy Romantic Comedies. Otherwise you might want to watch something else.

For those who like: Romance, Comedies, Drama, Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, particularly the Romantic Comedy part.

Anime Sunday: Seishun Buta Yarou Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering a new series from the Fall 2018 season. It’s my Seishun Buta Yarou Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: The plot of this first episode is very intriguing and it sets the stage for the series really well. I will say that this is an adaptation of a Light Novel Series, but I haven’t read it. I don’t tend to enjoy the romantic comedy series, but hopefully this avoids most of the faults of those Anime. This first episode shows that it could go very well, but that could end up being just a short reprieve from another poorly done romantic comedy.

Characters: Mai and Sakuta are our main characters and they are both very interesting. Mai isn’t a terrible person and is actually incredibly likable from the get go, if a bit surprising in her choice of garb. Sakuta on the other hand is also fairly forthright in his interests with Mai, and it’s a refreshing change of pace from other romantic comedies that always have awkward love polygons for no purpose beyond making drama.

Art: The art is okay, but nothing spectacular. It’s not egregiously bad, but it’s not amazing either.

Music: I enjoyed the musical score, and the opening theme. Not much more to be said about that.

Overall: This could prove to be a delightful series if this first episode is indicative of the rest of the series.

For those who like: Romance, Supernatural, School Life, Drama.

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