Hancock Review

Hancock is a 2008 superhero comedy drama film directed by Peter Berg, starring Will Smith, Jason Bateman, Charlize Theron, Eddie Marsan, and Jae Head.  Hancock is a superhero whose ill considered behavior regularly causes damage in the millions. He changes when the person he saves helps him improve his public image. Positives: Great performances Bateman, Theron, and Smith are awesome Good action sequences Great use of special effects Good score Really good story Good writing Witty dialogue Negatives: Lackluster antagonist Plot:  It tells the story of a vigilante superhero, John Hancock…

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Martin Review

Martin is a 1992 comedy drama sitcom created by John Leanne Bowman, Martin Lawrence, Topper Carew, and Bentley Kyle Evans, starring Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Carl Anthony Payne II, Thomas Mikal Ford, and Tichina Arnold.  Series focuses on his romantic relationship with girlfriend Gina, her best friend Pam and escapades with best friends Tommy and Cole. Positives: Great performances Great cast Great humor Great writing Good makeup effects Great characters Witty dialogue Negatives: Season 5 starts to fall off Over-the-top performances Cheesy humor Plot:  The series is about a radio disk…

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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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New Girl Review

New Girl is a 2011 comedy drama sitcom series developed by Elizabeth Meriwether, starring Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greeenfield, Lamorne Morris, Hannah Simone, and Daman Wayans Jr.  The series revolves around a teacher, Jessica Day, after she moves into a Los Angeles loft with three men, Nick, Schmidt, and Winston. Positives: Great characters Good cast and performances Intelligent writing Great humor Negatives: Repetitive writing Cheesy humor Plot: The premise of the show follows Jessica “Jess” Day who’s living with three guys and all the wacky adventures that ensue.  In…

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Orange is the New Black Review

Orange is the New Black is a 2010 comedy drama web television series created by Jenji Kohan, starring Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Selenis Leyva, Kate Mulgrew, Samira Wiley, Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, and Taryn Manning.  Based on the memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison (2010) written by Piper Kerman, the series centers around a privileged New Yorker named Piper Chapman ends up in a women’s prison when a past crime catches up with her. Positives: Great characters Great cast and performances Awesome intro theme High budget…

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Santa Clarita Diet Review

Santa Clarita Diet is a 2017 horror-comedy web television series created by Victor Fresco, starring Timothy Olyphant, Drew Barrymore, Liv Hewson, and Skyler Gisondo.  The story follows married realtor agents Sheila (Drew Barrymore), Joel (Timothy Olyphant), and their daughter Abby (Liv Hewson) who live in Santa Clarita, California.  Their lives unexpectedly takes a dark turn when Sheila goes through a dramatic transformation into a zombie sending them down a road of death and destruction. Positives: Witty dialogue Fantastic cast Great performances Interesting premise Great humor Great characters Great special effects…

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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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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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Don’t Kill It Review

Don’t Kill It is a 2016 comedy horror film directed by Mike Mendez, starring Dolph Lundgren, Kristina Klebe, Tony Bentley, James Chalke, and Miles Doleac.  The story follows demon hunter Jebediah Woodley (Lundgren) who travels to Mississippi in the hopes of destroying an ancient, but homicidal demon. Positives: Interesting premise Good amount of gore Negatives: Terrible script Terrible direction Dolph Lundgren is terrible Forgettable characters Forgettable score Lackluster performances Plot: The story follows demon hunter Jebediah Woodley who travels to a southern Mississippi town when a demon is accidentally released,…

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Happy Death Day Review

Happy Death Day is a 2017 comedy slasher horror film directed by Christopher B. Landon, starring Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, and Ruby Modine.  The story follows Tree Gelbman, who wakes up again and again on the same day -her birthday – only to be murdered and restart the process until she finds out who killed her. Positives: Great performances Good cast Jessica Rothe is a good lead Great humor Interesting story Really good twist Good characters Great character development Good music Well-written script Negatives: Character stereotypes Plot:  The film follows…

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