King Kong Review

King Kong is a 2005 epic monster adventure film directed by Peter Jackson, starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Andy Serkis, Jamie Bell, and Adrien Brody.  Serving as a remake of the 1933 film of the same name, the story follows an ambitious filmmaker who coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to the mysterious Skull Island, only to encounter Kong, a legendary giant gorilla. Positives: Great performances Great cast Some characters are great Terrific music Terrific visuals Emotionally, compelling story Well-written script Great direction Great action Negatives: Characters…

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Review

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters is a 2000 fantasy adventure Japanese animated series directed by Kunihisa Sugishima, starring Dan Green, Wayne Grayson, Amy Birnbaum, Greg Abbey, Megan Hollingshead, and Eric Stuart.  Based on the manga written by Kazuki Takahashi, the series revolves around a boy named Yugi Mutou who battles opponents in the Duel Monsters card game. Positives: Great, well-written characters Awesome English dubbing Great score Interesting story Awesome dialogue Good art style Negatives: Useless characters Plot: The show revolves around a young teen named Yugi Mutou and friends who engage in…

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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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The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time #2) Review

The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time #2) is a 1990 fantasy adventure novel written by Robert Jordan, published by Tor Books and Orbit Books, serving as the second installment in The Wheel of Time series.  For centuries, gleeman have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn. So many tales about each of the Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of…Now the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages. And…

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Saints Row: The Third Review

Saints Row: The Third is a 2011 open world action-adventure video game developed by Volition and published by THQ, released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Linux, and Microsoft Windows.  It is the third title in the Saints Row series and follows the 3rd Street Saints who are in a city turf war with three rival gangs in the city of Steelport. Positives: Fun gameplay Great humor Good graphics Good score Memorable characters Vast open world Character customization Tons of collectibles Tons of minigames Great voice performances Negatives: Incompetent AI Lackluster story…

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Samurai Champloo Review

Samurai Champloo is a 2004 action adventure samurai anime directed by Shinichirō Watanabe.  Set in an alternate version of Edo-era, the story follows a brave girl named Fuu, who is on a quest across Japan to find the “samurai who smells of sunflowers”, who is accompanied, Mugen, an impudent and freedom-loving vagrant swordsman; and Jin, a composed and stoic rōnin. Positives: Great main protagonists Awesome voice performances Good animation style Great soundtrack Touches on a lot of themes Intense action Negatives: Story isn’t compelling Plot:  The story follows a young woman named Fuu who embarks…

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Review

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic high fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson, starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, and Sean Astin.  It is the second installment in The Lord of the Rings series, the plot following Frodo and Sam continuing their journey towards Mordor to destroy the One Ring, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli who reunited with Gandalf to join the Battle of Helm’s Deep, and Merry and Pippin who join the Ents to help plan an attack on Isengard.…

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Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time #1) Review

The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time #1) is a 1990 fantasy adventure novel written by Robert Jordan and published by tor Books.  Set as the book of The Wheel of Time series the story picks up when The Two Rivers is attacked by Trollocs-a savage tribe of half-men, half-beasts–five villagers flee that night into a world they barely imagined, with new dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light. Positives: Good characters Good story Terrific world building Good dialogue Good writing Negatives: Unlikable characters Unoriginal plot Overly…

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Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Review

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is a 2010 action-adventure video game developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix, released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and iOS.  A part of the Tomb Raider series, the game follows Lara Croft and a 2,000-year-old Mayan warrior named Totec who must work together in order to stop the evil spirit Xolotl and retrieve the Mirror of Smoke. Positives: Fantastic level design Great score Fun, challenging gameplay Great multiplayer Negatives: Cinematics suck Lackluster story Campaign:  The campaign is surprisingly…

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Batman: Arkham Knight Review

Batman: Arkham Knight is a 2015 action-adventure video game developed by Rocksteady Studios, published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows.  Based on the DC Comics superhero Batman and the fourth main installment in the Batman: Arkham series, the story follows Batman as he confronts Scarecrow and the mysterious Arkham Knight, who has launched an attack on Gotham City. Positives: Great open world Great characters Awesome gameplay Good story Fantastic graphics Great voice performances Great score Dual Play mechanic is awesome Negatives:…

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