Devil May Care Review

Devil May Care is a 2008 action crime spy thriller novel written by Sebastian Faulks and published by Penguin Books.  Based on the works of Ian Fleming, the story follows James Bond who is investigating a megalomaniac chemist named Dr. Julius Gorner who has a deep-seated hatred of England. Positives: Great characters Great writing Witty dialogue Interesting story Good action Negatives: Can get really slow in terms of pacing Villains are cliche with no real depth Plot:  The story follows a worn Bond who is considering a change of career. …

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Message from the King Review

Message from the King is a 2016 American revenge action thriller film directed by Fabrice Du Welz (Alleluia), starring Chadwick Boseman (Captain America: Civil War), Luke Evans (Dracula Untold), Teresa Palmer (Lights Out), and Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2). The film’s plot revolves around a man from South Africa who travels to Los Angeles in order to avenge his younger sister’s death. Positives: Great performances by Boseman and Palmer Fights are brutal Great shots of the city Negatives: Unoriginal, generic story Paper thin characters The writing is lackluster Jacob King is a flat character Plot:  The story is painfully predictable especially…

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Tiger & Bunny Review

Tiger & Bunny is a 2011 science fiction superhero action comedy Japanese animated series directed by Keiichi Satou. It is set in a futuristic city where heroes fight crime whilst promoting real life sponsors, focusing on two superheroes, the old-fashioned Kotetsu T. “Wild Tiger” Kaburagi and the rookie hero Barnaby “Bunny” Brooks Jr., as they are forced by their employers to work together Positives: Interesting premise Good amount of humor Good voice performances Great English dubbing Good characters Great animation style Awesome intros Good world building Great music/sound effects Negatives: Too…

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ReBoot Review

ReBoot is a 1994 CGI-animated action-adventure science fiction television series created by Gavin Blair, Ian Pearson, Phil Mitchell, and John Grace.  The series follows the adventures of a Guardian named Bob and his companions Enzo and Dot Matrix as they work to keep the computer system of Mainframe safe from the viruses known as Megabyte and Hexadecimal. Positives: Great characters Good voice performances Good graphics Good score Great sound Great premise Intelligent writing Negatives: Graphics are dated Plot:  The story is set in the inner computer world of Mainframe, a…

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Thor: Ragnarok Review

Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 superhero film directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows), starring Chris Hemsworth (Snow White and the Huntsman), Tom Hiddleston (Kong: Skull Island), Cate Blanchett (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers), Idris Elba (The Jungle Book), Jeff Goldblum (Mortdecai), Tessa Thompson (Creed), Karl Urban (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers), Mark Ruffalo (Collateral), and Anthony Hopkins (Titus).  Serving as the third installment in the Thor series, the film follows Thor who must escape the alien planet Sakaar in time…

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Birds of Prey Review

Birds of Prey is a 2002 superhero action drama television series developed by Laeta Kalogridis, Ashley Scott, Dina Meyer, Rachel Skarsten, Shemar Moore, Ian Abercrombie, and Mia Sara.  Loosely based on the DC Comics series of the same name, the series follows the Birds of Prey who protect New Gotham City from criminals and metahumans. Positives: Good performances Some good special effects Good characters Great atmosphere Good score Good action Interesting premise Negatives: Exceptional bad writing Some poor special effects Plot:  The plot takes place in New Gotham City where…

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Spider-Man: The Animated Series Review

Spider-Man: The Animated Series is a 1994 superhero action animated television series developed by Bob Richardson, starring Christopher Daniel Barnes, Jennifer Hale, Gary Imhoff, Edward Asner, Roscoe Lee Browne, Rodney Saulsberry, and Sara Ballantine.  Based on the Marvel Comics superhero created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the series follows a young man with spider-like abilities fighting crime as a superhero in New York City while trying to have a normal personal life. Positives: Well-written Great intro Great voice performances Great characters Great score Good animation Clever, gripping stories Witty dialogue Negatives: Poor CGI…

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Smallville Review

Smallville is a 2001 superhero action drama television series developed by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on the DC Comics character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, starring Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, John Glover, and Erica Durance.  The story tells the tale of a teenage Clark Kent who must deal with a variety of individuals given powers by the green rocks called Kryptonite, keep his powers a secret, cope with his friendship with a young Lex Luthor, and balance the two girls in his…

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X-Men: The Animated Series Review

X-Men: The Animated Series is a 1992 superhero action animated television series developed by Eric Lewald, Sidney Iwanter, and Mark Edens, starring Norm Spencer, Cathal J. Dodd, Lenore Zann, George Buza, Alyson Court, Catherine Disher, and Cedric Smith.  Based on the Marvel Comics superhero team created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the series follows Professor Charles Xavier and his band of courageous mutants strike back against corrupt and bigoted government agencies as well as mutant extremist Magneto. Positives: Good animation Great voice performances Great characters Great music Compelling storylines Awesome…

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Naruto Review

Naruto is a 2002 martial arts action fantasy Japanese animated series directed by Hayato Date, based on the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto.  The series details the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja searching for recognition and dreaming of becoming the Hokage, the leader of his village. Positives: Terrific characters Great humor Good score Great voice performances Good animation style Great, original story Great antagonist Good writing Intense action Good setting Negatives: Lengthy fights Follows some anime troupes Plot:  The show’s premise is…

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