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10
Aug
09

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra – Movie Reveiw

Let’s get this straight up front: Marlon Wayans is NOT a pain in the ass in this movie. And the movie is actually good.

What?!

Did I just say that this movie, the one that obviously screwed up every iconic image Hasbro’s Joe line has, was good? Why yes, yes I did. Cobra Commander’s mask sucks just as hard on the big screen as it does on the figures and their box art, Destro never actually wears that damned mask he seems to cherish so much in those trailers, Cover Girl is limited to a cameo appearance (one she sadly could have done without if you ask me), the Baroness is not as badass as she really could be (for plot reasons), and those Vipers are too hard to kill ( and the only reason they exist is for the Joe’s to kill while looking awesome in the process); yet, somehow, Stephen Sommers managed to do what Micheal Bay did in 2007 with Transformers: he made the Joes viable silver-screen stars.

Those of you familiar with my review style know I use a basic 5-point system. For the sake of doing this movie justice, I’ll get right to the point: Score -1.5 for overuse of generally good FXs that stood out because they were used so much, for action shots involving Ray Park’s Snake Eyes being too tight, too short, or too dark for Ray’s talent to really shine on screen, for Marlon Wayans still coming across as awkward despite playing a decent Ripcord, and for a fairly weak ending that, after about 1 hr. 45 min. of no Cobra Commander at all, finally sees some hope for a promising sequel that will probably have an equally stupid subtitle.

Just a 1.5 points? Just 1.5 for no Cobra Commander? Well, I can’t punish the movie because the toys suck (and they do, let no one tell you otherwise). Seriously, this movie does way more right than wrong, and CC’s absence is only in name and mask as, in true Cobra fashion, he is more than just pulling strings behind the scenes the whole time. So, here I give cudoes for relagating CC to a support role and letting Destro and the Baroness do their thing – just as poorly as they always did in the 80’s XD. And that isn’t the only nod to the spirit of G.I. Joe in the film:

* “Knowing is half the battle” and “Yo, Joe” are gloriously used by our heroes

* Duke wears a scar under his right eye, just as the original 12″ doll had a copyright marker scar under his right eye

* Generally speaking, the characters are themselves: example – Breaker still loves gum

*Snake Eyes is the baddest mofo in the whole movie. Period.

Obviously, there have been changes; not the least of those changes being the international nature of the team. The reasoning for that is about the only thing in the film actually explained. Really, stuff just happens. No reason why a dead guy can’t have electrodes shoved in his skull so his last memories can be photographed. Why shouldn’t there be a massive, missile-launching subartic base for a terrorist cell that (according to the title now) has yet to fully come together. Why exactly can’t Duke and Ripcord jump over cars and run really fast without those bulky Accelerator Suits, but Snake Eyes can – you know, without the damn suit (yes, Snake IS that awesome)? The answers to those questions are never, ever explained here, and who cares. The ride is just that fun.

That is, if you let it.

Don’t go into this expecting Dark Knight. Hell, don’t expect Transformers. This movie does not take itself seriously at all, but it does respect itself and its audience. It’s a mindless action movie based on a line of 3 3/4″ TOYS. The good guys are good and the bad guys are bad and the good guys ultimately beat the bad guys and ride off into the sunset in skin tight leather bodysuits and fatigues with the Black-Eyed Peas playing in the background.

If you can’t have fun with that, shame on you.

Final Score: 3.5

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25
Jun
09

T2: Revenge of the Fallen (Zasa’s Review)

As Kyoji prepares more Transformable postings, I will add my comments here, in my personal review of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. I have no idea how Kyoji or any of the other contributors to G.O.N.G. feel about this movie, but I at least enjoyed to outing. It’s not perfect, but it does manage to improve upon the first film. For a sequel nowadays, that in and of itself is a crowning achievement in Hollywood. (Note: I tried to avoid it, but there may be spoilers below. You have been warned.)

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20
Jun
09

The Fantasy Dies Again

If you haven’t seen this, shame on you.

The brainchild of Monty Oum, the Dead Fantasy series pits the iconic heroines of Final Fantasy (Yuna, Rikku, Tifa, Rinoa, and one other special guest) against the sexy divas of the Dead or Alive franchise (Kasumi, Ayane, Hitomi, and a special guest of their own). To date, Dead Fantasy I and II are the only parts of this ongoing fan project. However, the end of part II leaves the door wide open (read: promises) a sequel. Actually, a series of sequels.

Well, it’s been awhile since Mr. Oum graced us all with DFII. Now, the wait may finally be over. Guests at several anime/comic/geek/etc. conventions this season have been treated to a glimpse of unfinished footage from the upcoming Dead Fanatsy III and IV (and possibly V). These new shorts pack more intricate choreography, more devastating blows, more use of character powers/abilities, more fan service, more story, and even more characters. There also seems to be hints that combatants may not just be bested in battle, but killed altogether.

If no one else is excited about this, I certainly am. Especially DFIV – one word for you… Aeons…

The Fantasy Dies agin, next month. Maybe. The summer… hopfully…

Sometime…

10
Jun
09

One more reason I want to live in Japan…

RX-78_5

What you see here is a 1/1 scale (that’s right, life size) model of the RX-78 Gundam.

Needless to say, I nearly had to change pants when I saw the link to this blog post earlier today on Facebook. The Japanese are so kewl, they find nothing strange about building giant mechs in the middle of a park (I guess its a park; does it matter, it’s a f-ing GUNDAM).

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RX-78_2

There are even more stunning pics of this blessing to mankind over at punynari’s Moe Passion, from which these pics were borrowed, and, man, did this guy take some fantastic shots…

30
Apr
09

Why I don’t like DiC

So, here I am, writing my first article for GONG. What’s a girl to write about? Something that she’s excited, yet annoyed about, of course.
When I was young and still in the I-want-to-be-a-Disney-princess phase, I watched the DiC version of Sailor Moon. I car pooled with my friend Diana at the time. I would get home in time to watch most of SM and tell her all about it the next day. She wanted to be Sailor Venus, I opted for Sailor Mecury.

The first thing that clued me in to the possibility that the SM version I was watching was a load of BS was a boy. This boy, in 6th grade, had the SM manga. The little magazaines that only had one chapter at a time, but usually had color for the first couple of pages. (I later dated this boy, perhaps hoping he had learned something about what girls want from a guy from SM. He hadn’t.) The manga was so different. Tuxedo Mask didn’t throw roses (not once in 18 volumes) and make lame speeches. He admitted to being a thief, made a badass villain, and had his own powers as the prince of Earth. Sailor Moon was the comedic relief, but in a crisis she was hardcore! In order to stop Tux from using the silver crystal’s power to take over the Earth, she got him with a poisoned sword, then used the same sword on herself in despair! Plus, there are points in the manga where it is clear they had a sexual relationship. (It’s a good thing my mother thought Sailor Moon was a kiddie show and didn’t understand my need to read all 18 ‘comic’ versions.)

Sailor Moon prompted my dive into the online anime world, spending a great deal of time on the Sailor Moon Romance Archives (especially the Hentai). It also lead me to other awesome anime and manga series. When Hastings first had their graphic novel section open, it was just two or three shelves, filled with Urusei Yatsura, Oh! My Goddess, Battle Angel Alita and, of  course, Sailor Moon. While I can trace my anime history back to Yume no naka no Rondo (Gigi and the Fountain of Youth) and Pokemon, Sailor Moon is where I really got my start.

Now why in the world do I bring this all up? Because the lovely Tina lent me the original Japanese episodes of Sailor Moon. It was corny in places (Why the speeches Tux? Admit it – a 12 year old girl is your writer.), but in taking out all things not ‘fit’ for sensitive American viewers, DiC made a fun and occasionally intensely dramatic series into a trite mess. To compare the versions in a way I hope people who have never watched or read an episode will understand, I turn to a Pokemon reference.

Sailor Moon manga = Pokemon manga/original game

Original Sailor Moon anime = First season of original Pokemon anime

DiC Sailor Moon = The worst season of dubbed Pokemon you know ( I personally spared myself the brain trauma and have only caught enough to know it’s gone bad).

Thanks for reading, peoples! I’m off to play my daily Animal Crossing.

07
Mar
09

Spring 09 Anime List

I, in conjunction with the Middle Tennessee State University Anime Club, will be tracking and keeping an eye on the list of anime that will be premiring from March to May in 2009.

The list itself is draw from different sources and was compiled by the bittersweet folks on the Yotsuba Channel’s Anime and Manga board.

(Note, this chart will change. I will do my best to update it as soon as the new version of the list comes out!)1236437392582