Naruto Review

Naruto is a 1999 adventure, comedy, martial arts, fantasy Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto.  The series follows a hyperactive and knuckle-headed ninja named Naruto Uzumaki who leaves in Konohagakure village as an outcast. Shunned because of the Kyuubi inside him, Naruto struggles to find his place in the village, while his burning desire to become the Hokage of Konohagakure leads him not only to some great new friends, but also some deadly foes. Positives: Well-written, original story Well-written characters Great art style Rich setting Good humor Awesome…

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Underworld (Resident Evil #4) Review

Underworld (Resident Evil #4) is a 1999 science fiction horror novel written by S. D. Perry and published by Pocket Books.  Serving as the fourth installment in the Resident Evil book series, the story follows Leon Kennedy, Claire Redfield, Rebecca chambers and their comrades who set out to the American Southwest to take down one of the Umbrella Corporation’s most elaborate facilities and its genetically engineered horrors. Positives: Good characters Good action Interesting story Good writing Negatives: Reston is a forgettable antagonist The Planet is a lackluster setting Plot:  The…

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Vampyrrich Review

Vampyrrich is a 1999 supernatural horror novel written by Simon Clark and published by Leisure Books. The plot follows a group of four who are besieged by vampires in a small, isolated town. Positives: Great main characters Great, suspenseful atmosphere Well-written gore Good attention to detail Unique vampires Interesting story Negatives: n/a Plot:  David Leppington is a doctor who returns to his hometown of Leppington for a possible job as the current town doctor is retiring, while taking the time to visit his uncle George.  He takes up residence at…

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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Review

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is a 1999 epic space opera directed by George Lucas, starring Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, and Ian McDiarmid.  In the Star Wars series it serves as the fourth installment but chronologically the first, the film follows Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (Neeson) and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi  (McGregor)who are assigned to protect Queen Amidala (Portman), in hopes of securing a peaceful end to a large-scale interplanetary trade dispute while contending with the mysterious return of the Sith. Positives: Great performances…

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The Matrix Review

The Matrix is a 1999 sci fi, action film directed by the Wachowskis, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano.  The film is the first in The Matrix film trilogy and follows a computer programmer named Neo who learns the truth that his reality is a simulation created by sentient machines who use the human population as an energy source.  Upon learning this truth he becomes drawn into a rebellion against the machines. Positives: Great performances by a talented cast, both main and supporting. Well-written…

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Super Smash Bros. Review

Super Smash Bros. is a 1999 crossover fighting video game developed by HAL Laboratory, Sora Ltd., Game Arts, Bandai Namco Games and published by Nintendo.  The game serves as the first installment in the Super Smash Bros. video game series. Positives: Highly competitive gameplay Terrific soundtrack Tons of replay value Highly customizable Negatives: Dated graphics Repetitive gameplay Small character roster Campaign: Although the campaign (referred to as Classic Mode) is fun, it lacks length, depth, and any kind of storyline, which is a let down because of the variety of characters.  An adventure mode…

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