It was okay though it did have potential.
1998, 2001, adult swim, America, American, anime, blu-ray, Bruce Lee, Cartoon Network, Cowboy Bebop, crime, Crunchyroll, DVD, Edward, Eine, Fay, Funimation Now, Japan, Jet, Kids on the Slope, One Piece, Samurai Champloo, Shinichiro Watanabe, space, Space Dandy, Spike, western
I remember watching this when Adult Swim first came out back in 2001 and I think the first episode of this series I saw was episode 5 “Ballad of Fallen Angels”. Watching this I was a little lost until I saw the whole show start to finish. People today have reviewed this in America since it came out in 1998 and surprised at how American it was. Also, it’s still on Adult Swim being rerun and rerun since that’s how good it is.
The director Shinichiro Watanabe also did Samurai Champloo, Space Dandy, and Boys on the Slope, which I haven”t seen yet. Though I did see Samurai Champloo and Space Dandy and they were amazing and I will get to those shows soon. Even heard Cowboy Bebop in Japan wasn’t much of a bit hit, but here though it WAS a bit hit probably because it’s so appealing to the western audiences.
The story is about the near future where people are in barely in space and crime has gotten so bad that bounty hunters do most of the work. There’s also a lot of homages to the western audience as well and can get cerebral too at times. It also has a lot of character building as well, like our main hero Spike Spiegel taking Bruce Lee’s philosophy of the water to heart.
Half of the show is creating this world and the characters that will soon meet up together as well. Like the fighter Spike, the ex-cop Jet, the dog Eine which is super intelligent, the con artist lady Fay, and the kid hacker Edward. At the end, I was kind of sad just because these shows were so good back then but if Cowboy Bebop did go on it would probably get too boring or take forever. Almost like One Piece, not that I hate One Piece it’s just like it’s afraid to end, also hope it won’t end up being the exact opposite of what it’s about like some shows that go on almost forever. You can also see my One Piece review for that but it’s kinda short.
Anyway, this anime is a legend and a must watch regardless of how old it is. The voice cast for the English dub I think did so good they do other voices as well. It’s on Funimation Now and Crunchyroll and you can get it on DVD and Blu-ray as well.
This was one of the first blaxploitation films I saw besides Superfly. I think I saw it on demand though some movie channel called Moveplex and also my parents saw it at a drive though in the 70’s, which I thought was kind of interesting. It was also the first Pam Grier movie I ever saw as well and she was amazing in this as the leading lady.
The movie starts off with this drug dealer and Coffy, played by Pam Grier, going to the dealers place at night. As the dealer looks away Coffy blows the guys head off with is kind of a cool effect. She then explains to the other guy that her little sister got into some contaminated heroine and became an addict. So she is tuning into a vigilante to stop the drug ring around the city, she’s also a nurse too at some hospital.
The whole movie at times makes me feel like if Coffy did take out the dealers it won’t change anything. Probably even do worse than them and other dealers might even fill the void Coffy left behind at times. Although this is a blaxploitation movie from the 70’s and it’s more of underground or grindhouse entertainment.
The cast all did a good job and some of the music is top notch, and it’s nice seeing all these sets they made. I was also surprised that a white guy did this and I found that out when watching the American Grindhouse documentary. Since it seemed like at times these movies were promoting reverse racism at times. It’s also pretty amazing in HD like it was truly digitally remastered. The movie also got a Blu-Ray release if any of you really enjoyed it.
Basically this is a movie to just turn your brain off and enjoy some 70’s exploitation cinema. Also if you want to look up American Grindhouse, I’m sure you can find the documentary anywhere online and on DVD.
I never really heard about this movie but I think I saw some the sequels on Sci-Fi channel a long time ago. I’m reviewing this since someone asked me if I’ve seen it at work so it’s like a request and I can do more requests. Just try and ask for one in the comments and I’ll see what I can do. Anyway I was able to get a copy transferred through the library and was able to check it out today.
The movie starts off with Jean-Claude Van Damme as Luc Devreaux and Dolph Lundgren as Andrew Scott in the Vietnam War as American soldiers. Which is ironic since one is from Belgium and one is from Sweden. When the movie started up at first I thought something was wrong with the aspect ratio. Since it looked kind of compressed like the DVD was fullscreen but it said widescreen.
Andrew goes crazy then he and Luc get killed by one another after Andrew tries to make Luc kill some civilians. They both get frozen for about 25 years and then thawed for the Univeral Solider program or UniSols, a secret program where they become genetically enhanced, mind wiped, killing machines. After one of the UniSols anti-terrorist missions Luc’s memory comes back and he escapes from the program.
Along the way he befriends a lady reporter and tires to find his family after what happened to him. The other UniSols try to find him while Luc “cools down” at a hotel while the lady reporter tries to help him.
After that they go to a different rest stop to try to get a tracer out of his leg. Also the UniSols try and chase him around along the way and some of the UniSols get killed in an explosion. Then Andrew I think starts to remember Luc and there feud rises up again.
Lucy and the lady reporter make another stop at a restaurant to look over some papers they took from the UniSols truck. While Andrew prepares for the next battle and ends up killing a UniSol medic while cooling down.
Then Luc and the lady reporter go to some veterans hospital where Luc remembers his family growing up. As well as one of the guys who helped make the UniSol program. Then Andrew tries to revive some of his UniSols but with no luck.
The cops then find both Luc and the lady reporter then as they’re being taken away Andrew finds them too. Andrew tries to kill them on some prisoner bus but then they jump out before it crashes.
Luc and the lady reporter then make it to his old home and his parents are there as well. Luc also tries to cope with being gone 25 years at his home and just as lady reporter leaves, Andrew arrives. Luc and Andrew then have this big fight and it seems like lady reporter gets killed. Then Luc gets real angry and is able to fight Andrew at the same level with some injection into his heart. Then Luc beats him up, impales him into some wood chipper, and mulches him for safe measures. Luc checks up on lady reporter and she survived the explosion and they make up.
Overall this was a lot of dumb fun for Roland Emmerich’s first American picture and they made some TV sequels and some other movies starting the two main actors. I think the movies are also on Crackle if you ever want to take a look at them. The picture quality is kinda squished even with widescreen but this is basically a popcorn movie if you enjoy those movies.
When I first heard about this movie and that John Carpenter did this as well as other movies I was surprised. Some of these scenes have been also parodied but I like to see this movie myself. Was also surprised at how John Carpenter tried to branch out the best he could throughout the years. Anyway the story starts off with this guy Nada played by Roddy Piper trying to find work. He also befriends this guy Frank, played by Keith David for a bit as well.
He then finds these sunglasses made by some people that help him see these aliens. As well as these subliminal messages the aliens made to make humans greedy and pessimistic. Kinda like if you repeat a lie over, and over, and over, some morons will actually believe it. The black and white filter when Nada wears the sunglasses is also amazing and kinda nostalgic. Also there’s a big fight scene between Nada and Frank about putting on the sunglasses that South Park parodied one time as well. I think it kinda drags a bit like it was just there for the sake of being there at times.
Most of this is homage to all the monster movies of the 1950’s and this movie became a cult hit even to this day. So if your into 80’s action and dialogue this movie is for you as well as some of the other movies John Carpenter did as well. Or if you like b-movies or movies with stuff like that in them. Those qualities can make the movie mindless but it can also be entertaining at times if it’s done right.
First watched this in a community college history class about decolonization of Africa in the 1990’s. My teacher also mentioned about Black Hawk Down as Americas attempt to stop the problem in 1993. If you want to see it check that out as well as this movie too.
The movie mentions this Hutu and Tutsi feud and how the Belgian colonists divided the Rwandans. Don Cheadle stars in this guy who works at a hotel in Rwanda doing his usual routine in 1994. Slowly he and his family have to find refuge at the hotel during the Rwanda genocide. Also while wondering while the whole world is watching but not doing anything.
There was this bonus question on some test I did after watching this. Something about why the world didn’t do much during the Rwanda genocide and I think it was because we might of made it worse if we did. I just hope Rwanda learned something after all that happened back then.
1980's, 2nd and Charles, action, adult swim, animation, Burgess Meredith, cartoon, cast, DVD, flashes, kids movie, live action, Marvel, movie, PSA announcements, Sargent Slaughter, strobe effect, voice work, voicing
I remember watching this I think on Adult Swim a long time ago. They showed this movie bit by bit and I thought it was pretty amazing compared to the live action movies. Also as you can see I saw this at 2nd and Charles and just got it when I did. The movie starts out with an amazing opening and explains this kinda weird story but then again this was the 1980’s, and a cartoon. Also it has Burgess Meredith as some kind of underground leader halfway though. Also the rest of the cast seems pretty good voicing there roles, as well as Sargent Slaughter. There’s also a lot of strobe effects and flashes so if your kid or adult is prone to seizures or epilepsy this might not be the right movie for you. The ending is also pretty good and there’s a lot of action in this movie for kids. This DVD also has the PSA Announcements in the special features as well.
Anyway this is so much better then those live action movies story wise and plot wise. Give it a watch when you can but be careful with people with seizures or epilepsy because of the strobe effect.
I think I remember watching this on live TV as a baby but only remember bits and pieces of it though. Wasn’t until I saw it mentioned on the Nostalgia Critic’s review of the NickComs I remembered it. Then I started watching bits of it on youtube because that’s how they posted it I think. Also I got the first two seasons one Christmas and I heard there’s another season but couldn’t find it on amazon.
Anyway I heard this show started out as a bunch of shorts and then they made it into a show. It seems weird but not too weird to the point where it isn’t relatable or bad. It also had both the overblown issues and views of kids and teenagers too which made it more relateable. It was also one the of the best shows they ever had at the time. Maybe even one of the the greatest they ever had. Had a lot of funny setups and good writing as well.
You can see this also on youtube in snippets just to see how amazing it is. I think they made 3 seasons and the final one might be on youtube probably because the DVD’s didn’t get many sales.