Batman: NINJA(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the newly released movie Batman: NINJA. This movie partially takes place in modern-day Gotham City while mostly taking place in Japan’s feudal era.

 

The heroes in this movie are Bruce Wayne/Batman (Vehicles: BatMobile/BatWing/BatCycle/BatArmor), Damian Wayne/Robin (Batman’s son), Tim Drake/Red Robin, Dick Grayson/Nightwing, Jason Todd/Red Hood, Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Alfred Pennyworth (Batman’s Butler).

 

The villains in this movie are Gorilla Grodd (Powers: Super-Genius Intellect/Mind Control), Harvey Dent/Two-Face (Crime Boss), Slade Joseph Wilson/Deathstroke (Assassin)(Weapons: Twin Pistols/Twin Katanas), Pamela Lillian Isley/Poison Ivy (Mother-Nature Incarnate)(Powers: Manipulation/Control any & all PlantLife), Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot/The Penguin (Maestro of a million criminal Umbrellas)(Weapons: Weaponized Umbrellas), Antonio Diego/Bane (Assassin/Mercenary/Super-Soldier)(Powers: SuperHuman Strength/Extreme Resilience), Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel/Harley Quinn (Ex-Psychiatrist/Joker’s Right-Hand Henchwench)(Weapons: Pistol/Giant Mallet) and The Joker (the Clown Prince of Crime/Batman’s ArchEnemy)(Weapons: Joker Toxin “Laughing Gas”/Acid-Squirting Flowers/Million-Volt Hand Buzzer/Razor-Sharp Playing Cards).

 

In conclusion, I found this movie to show off Batman in Japanese Animation as well as at one of his most greatest & historically heroic moments to date “No PUN Intended”.

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Inuyasha the Movie 3: Swords of the Honorable Ruler(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Inuyasha the Movie 3: Swords of the Honorable Ruler. The events of this movie takes place between episodes 136 & 137 of the Inuyasha TV series.

 

In this movie, we learn the complete details concerning the death of Inuyasha and Sesshomaru’s father Inu no Taisho as well as the fame and history behind Inu no Taisho’s swords Tessaiga and Tenseiga as well as So’unga which is exclusive to this movie alone.together they are known as the Swords of Supreme Conquest.

 

The three swords in question are as followed: Tessaiga-Sword of Man(This blade can fell a 100 enemies in one stroke), Tenseiga-Sword of Heaven (While this blade cannot harm the living, it can however kill the living dead, save a 100 lives in one sweep and heal/resurrect someone who has been killed most recently via a one-time deal) and last but not least, So’unga-Sword of Hell (This blade can open the gates of hell and summon a 100 dead souls as well as convert thosed felled by this blade into soulless walking dead) Also, unlike Tessaiga & Tenseiga, So’unga is in fact possessed by the spirit of an ancient, evil demon thereby serving as the movie’s antagonist.

 

The cast consists as followed: Inuyasha (Male)(Half-Demon)(Protagonist), Kagome (Female)(Human Priestess in Training), Shippo (Male)(Fox Demon), Sango (Female)(Demon Slayer), Miroku (Male)(Monk), Kirara (Female)(Two-Tailed Cat Demon), Totosai (Male)(Demon Swordsmith), Sesshomaru (Male)(Demon)(Inuyasha’s Older Brother) and Jaken (Male)(Demon Priest).

 

In conclusion, I found this movie to have key emotional scenes such as Inuyasha finally meeting his father Inu no Taisho for the first and last time. Also, this movie teaches us that when we humans have someone we must protect, does our strength & will grow exponentially.

(Tessaiga)

(Tenseiga)

(So’unga)

(Inu no Taisho aka Great Dog Demon)

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Darkest Hour Movie Review

By Jake M.

During winter break my family and I saw the movie Darkest Hour (2017). The star of the film, Gary Oldman portrays British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The film highlights key decisions Churchill must make, such as whether to go to war with Nazi Germany or negotiate, plus his handling of Dunkirk. The movie also focuses in on Churchill’s personality giving the audience a detailed look of who Churchill was outside of politics. It’s a history buff’s galore.

Churchill came into power during a tumultuous time with leaders like Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler carrying out ethnic genocide and European occupation. The prior Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s foreign policy of appeasement was failing and Winston Churchill was tasked with convincing parliament and the British citizens that a military campaign was the only way to win against European fascists. He also had to conduct a well organized rescue operation at Dunkirk.

Gary Oldman, the highly revered actor, is a household name with a vast variety of roles. Millennials know him best for his roles as Sirius Black in the Harry Potter Series and as Detective Gordon in the Dark Knight Trilogy. He also played a role in the 2014 film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, directed by Matt Reeves. Older fans might recognize him from iconic 1990s films. Roles include: Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK (1991), title character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) and Ivan Korshunov in Air Force One (1997). Oldman’s résumé speaks for itself and his role as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour won him the academy award for best actor.

Darkest Hour offers something different for everyone. If you’re a history enthusiast you’ll definitely feel right at home and if you are a fan of Gary Oldman you won’t be disappointed. My biggest takeaway was the beautifully executed portrayal of Churchill and the costume design. I’d give the movie 10 stars.

Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the newly released movie Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

 

In this movie, Batman Recruits Scooby Doo & the Gang to join the Justice League’s mystery-solving department known as the Mystery Analysts of Gotham. While there, they help solve an unsolved case from Batman’s past as well as fend off a rogue gallery of Batman’s greatest villains led by a new villain known as the Crimson Cloak.

 

The cast consists of Scooby Doo,Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, Fred, Batman, Detective Chimp, Martian Manhunter, Question, Plastic Man, Aquaman, Black Canary, Joker, Catwoman, Penguin, Riddler, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Mr. Freeze.

 

In conclusion, this movie is without a doubt the best of both mystery-solving franchises. Last but not least, this movie was released January 9, 2018 on DVD.

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Thor Ragnarok Review by David G.

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Thor:Ragnarok was a Marvel movie that came out November 3rd. Thor:Ragnarok had numerous funny scenes that made me laugh but the funniest scene which was my personal favorite was the scene when Korg is seeing an illusion of Loki dissipating and his reaction is to charge at it, (nonchalantly) shouting “P1$$ OFF, GHOST!”

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My Little Pony: The Movie

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The ponies of Equestria prepare for their first Friendship Festival, which is overseen by Princess Twilight Sparkle in Canterlot. The festivities are interrupted by an invasion of monstrous storm creatures commanded by the broken-horned unicorn Tempest Shadow, who uses magical obsidian orbs to petrify Twilight’s fellow princesses; Princess Celestia unsuccessfully urges Princess Luna to seek help south of Equestria, uttering “the queen of the hippo” before being interrupted. Twilight flees the city alongside her five pony friends – Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Applejack, and Fluttershy – and her assistant dragon, Spike, setting out with them in search of the aforementioned “hippos”. Tempest is contacted by her superior, the Storm King, who reminds her to gather all of Equestria’s princesses in order for him to activate his mystical staff with their magic, promising to restore her horn in exchange.

In the desert city of Klugetown, a feline con artist named Capper falsely offers to guide the seven friends to the hippos, secretly intending to sell the ponies to settle a debt to a local criminal. However, he develops a genuine friendship with them after Rarity generously mends his coat. Twilight discovers an atlas in Capper’s manor that reveals the “hippos” to be hippogriffs, exposing Capper’s treachery to the others. When Tempest arrives in pursuit of Twilight, the seven evade her aboard a delivery airship. Tempest interrogates Capper over Twilight’s whereabouts, but he deliberately misdirects Tempest to atone for deceiving the seven.

The airship’s birdlike crew reluctantly allow the seven passage during a lunch break, revealing themselves to be former pirates that have been forced into the Storm King’s service. Rainbow Dash persuades the pirates to defy orders and take the seven to the hippogriffs’ kingdom on Mount Aris, performing a Sonic Rainboom that inadvertently gives their location away to Tempest. Disgruntled by her friends’ carelessness, Twilight single-handedly engineers her group’s escape in a makeshift hot air balloon, leaving Tempest to destroy the ship with the pirates and Capper on board.

The seven reach Mount Aris to find the kingdom deserted. Following a singing voice to a fountain, they are pulled down a whirlpool where the singer, the seapony Princess Skystar, gives them air bubble helmets and takes them to her underwater home of Seaquestria.  Princess Skystar identifies her kind as the hippogriffs, transformed by a magic pearl used by her mother, Queen Novo, to hide from the Storm King’s assault; Queen Novo demonstrates by turning the ponies into sea ponies and Spike into a pufferfish. When Queen Novo denies them the pearl to use against the Storm King, Twilight desperately attempts to steal the pearl while letting her oblivious friends socialize with the seaponies as a distraction. Pinkie Pie nearly changes Queen Novo’s mind until Twilight triggers an alarm, prompting the outraged queen to banish the entire group to the surface.

After arguing with her friends over her actions, an ashamed Twilight is abducted by Tempest and brought before the Storm King in Canterlot to have her magic absorbed; Tempest gains Twilight’s sympathy upon divulging how her own friends feared and shunned her for her dangerously unstable magic after she lost her horn in a monster attack as a filly. Meanwhile, Twilight’s friends reunite with Capper, the pirates, and the hippogriff Princess Skystar to infiltrate Canterlot and rescue her. Seeing the group repel his army, the Storm King uses his empowered staff to unleash a tornado on the city, betraying Tempest as well. Twilight saves Tempest from the tornado and reconciles with her friends, working together with them to take the staff from the Storm King and disperse the storm. The Storm King hurls an obsidian orb at the seven in a final effort to reclaim the staff, but Tempest jumps in his way, petrifying them both. The Storm King’s body falls and shatters, while Twilight and her friends use the staff’s magic to revive the petrified ponies and repair the damaged city.

The Friendship Festival resumes, and the ponies celebrate with all of the allies they have made on their adventure. Tempest is convinced by Twilight to join them by using controlled sparks from her still broken horn to provide a fireworks display, happily accepting the friendship of Twilight and her friends

 

by Sydney

Jeff’s Eccentric People, Places and Things: Mike Jittlov

 

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Who dosen’t like to go to the movies? I know prices for the snacks are outrageous when you can get them for at least three times less at the gas station. The lines are also a pain and so is all the crap you get for the first fifteen minutes of the show, (But I do enjoy  the film trailers). Well I guess we all could wait for Redbox to release the film for a buck or get Netflix. However some movies are almost forgotten as soon as they are made. Of course we’ve got our cult classics, b-movies, midnight movies and art films, but we have also have films so bad they probably should stay forgotten but we can’t because they are so bad ( I’m talking to YOU, M. Night Shyamalan’s “Last Airbender”). We do have some gems so rare they are hardly known and only the super nerdiest of nerds, geeks and film buffs can find, providing that they know what they are looking for. Which leads us to the almost unknown genuineness of Mike Jittlov.

 

Mike was born in Los Angeles on June 8, 1948. He became a math-language major at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and took an animation class to satisfy the art requirement. He made a number of short films specializing in stop motion, rotoscoping and pixilation, works that still look impressive for its time. His work won a number of awards and Academy Award nominations and even caught the eyes of the Walt Disney Company. There he created the shorts “The Collector” and its sequel “Mouse Mania” for Mickey’s 50th, a two hour special in 1978, celebrating the world famous mouse’s’ golden anniversary. “Mouse Mania” featured the first stop motion of Mickey Mouse and over one thousand Disney toys dancing in a psychiatrist’s office, with Mike Jittlov as the patient, to the tune “Baroque Hoedown,” the theme to the Disney’s Electrical Parade. The following year Jittlov worked on another project, a three minute short for another Disney special Major Effect entitled “The Wizard of Speed and Time.” In the short it…well…you know what, maybe it’s better if I just show you…

 

Whoa.

 

Just blows you away the first time you see it. Right? I mean, I can not describe how I felt when I first saw this. I learned about it in a documentary and looked forever to find it. Then, after many years, almost giving up on looking for the Wizard until, “BAM!” I discovered Youtube and experienced the magic for myself. But if you think that was amazing you should see what Mike had up his green robed sleeve. This…

 

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Yep,  in 1989 Mike Jittlov created a full fledged 95 minute movie based on the three minute short he created ten years ago. In this film Mike Jittlov played himself, a brilliant, eccentric but unknown jack of all movie trades trying to get his big break in showbiz, despite his talent he is non union and is constantly under attack from by the book, arrogant, money-grubbing bureaucrats out to steal or destroy his work. Mike also directed, wrote, and produced special and visual effects for the movie, among other things. A number of big named (well sort of) stars appeared in the film like Steve Brodie, Philip Michael Thomas of “Miami Vice” and “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” fame, voice actor Will Ryan and Stephen Stucker. Music was done by John Massari, who also created  the soundtrack for “Killer Klowns from Outer Space,” and Russell Carpenter worked on cinematography. He later worked on big name films including “Titanic,” “Charlie’s Angels” and “Shallow Hal.” There was even a cameo of Ward Kimball, award winning animator and on of  Walt Disney’s core animators the “Nine Old Men.”  I just love this film, five out of five star entertainment at its best.

Sadly “The Wizard” was not released in theaters for very long and only appeared in a selected areas. It has been released on VHS and LaserDisc, but not on an official DVD, and has mostly great reviews at about every website I found about it. There is a created DVD image file made by fans that Mike is aware of and supports that is available on peer to peer networks until an official is released and the complete movie and others of his works are available on Youtube for your entertaining pleasure.

 

The question that Jittlov fans all over the world (all ten dozen of them) ask is what happens next? Where is our Wizard in the robe of Green? To tell you the truth he pretty much remained a mystery. He was a fairly common visitor at conventions during the nineties. He worked as a special effects technician on the blockbuster film “Ghost” and played was the voice of Han Solo in the fan film “Darth Vader’s Psychic Hotline,” and was was an early internet user creating his own website:http://www.wizworld.com/ but it REALLY needs an update. From what I’ve heard Mike gave up making movies due to the bad luck he had with the limited release “The Wizard,” and not getting much money from the video release. Lately has moved back in with his mother to look after her in her old age. Hardly anyone know of him. Where are the Wizard of Speed and Time fanarts or cosplayers at Comic Con? Still even if he never creates another film again and despite being barely known, I still see him as a renaissance man and genius who helped bring stop motion to new levels and hop with this article more people will start appreciating that wonderful green Wizard of Hollywood, and as Mike sometimes says, “May all your fine wishes and good dreams come true”.

 

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