Clash of The Titans (1981) Review by Eugene Alejandro

Disclaimer: For the sake of this review, I will NOT be comparing it to the 2010 remake as I only want to review the original 1981 version on its own.

Clash of The Titans from the 1981 is the very last movie that the legendary Ray Harryhausen worked on before retiring, and for this to be his last movie, it most certainly still leaves a good impression to this day as I’ll say right now that Clash of The Titans (1981) truly is a work of art.

Without (hopefully) going into spoilers, the original Clash of The Titans film is loosely based on the Perseus story, and is actually pretty faithful to it despite some changes and differences. With Ray Harryhausen working on this movie to help create the special effects using stop-motion, its obvious that the effects are going to be phenomenal and they truly are to the point that they still hold up even to this day thanks to the hard work Ray Harryhausen put into them.

The acting from the entire cast is also very good with each actor and actress giving in a wonderful performance. The soundtrack by Laurence Rosenthal is outstanding and fits the tone of this film very well. Another thing I should mention is that the film-makers did an excellent job at making the movie feel like it belongs in an ancient Greek setting.

All I can honestly say is that if you are a Ray Harryhausen fan, and wanna see how his last movie is like, look no further as 1981’s Clash of The Titans is most certainly a masterpiece of cinematic film-making at its finest.

I give Clash of The Titans 1981 5/5 Stars, and Two Thumbs Up.

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Troy The Odyssey Review by Eugene Alejandro

Troy The Odyssey is a 2017 movie from The Asylum, and is very loosely based on the story of Odysseus (and I do mean very loosely).

The Greek Myth of Odysseus is already a very well-known story, so I prefer not to go into a synopsis for this review, but while I should point out the differences between this movie and the original legend, I also feel there would be no point in doing that too much as I’ll just come out and say right now that for this review that Troy The Odyssey is a terrible movie.

Before I go on, I want to quickly clarify that my reasons for hating this film have NOTHING to do with the fact that there are a lot of changes made as Greek Mythology itself has been re-written numerous times in the long past. My real problems with Troy The Odyssey is that the overall movie is a poorly made mess from start to finish, and I truly regret having seen it even to just make this review.

Now I understand that The Asylum is a very small company so I’m aware that to some extent that I shouldn’t be so harsh towards one of their movies since it was made with a low budget, and I’m sure everyone making this movie had their hearts in the right place (so I mean no ill towards any of them at all), but since I want to review Troy The Odyssey as just a movie, I am allowed to express my own opinions when reviewing movies.

When I reviewed the 1997 movie; Hercules from Walt Disney Pictures, I did point out that I still found that movie to be very good despite a lot of the changes made to it that differ from the original Greek Myths about Hercules. To go into more detail as to why that is, it is because at least that movie was still enjoyable in my opinion despite being made for a family audience (thus explaining the changes). While Troy The Odyssey is a completely different film from that one, I will still admit that Disney’s Hercules is more respectable to Greek Mythology.

While it is a very ambitious concept to adapt the whole story of Odysseus’s many years of trying to get back to his family after the Trojan War ended, the way this movie handled it was not executed very well as while watching the film, I didn’t feel years had passed between Odysseus’s many adventures.

More aspects about Troy The Odyssey that make it a bad movie are the poor acting, and terrible special effects. Now again, I’m aware this movie is low budget, but even then, that to some extent shouldn’t excuse those negatives.

While I should go on more about Troy The Odyssey, I prefer to end this review by saying that unless you like really bad movies, I recommend staying away from Troy The Odyssey as it isn’t even so bad that its good (and I do like some films that fall into that category, so that’s saying something).

I give Troy The Odyssey 1/5 Stars, and Two Thumbs Down.

Omukade Novella Chapter Release Schedule

Update: My Booksie page for where I’ll be publishing Omukade has just been made. Please click on this link to see it: https://www.booksie.com/users/eugene-alejandro-253916

Starting next month and in this year (November 2018 just to clarify), my novella; Omukade, will finally be published on Booksie.com to read for free. However, each of the 10 chapters will be posted on that site every two days a week. I fully promsie to make sure to inform everybody if I’m unable to upload a certain chapter on a scheduled date. With all of that now out of the way for now, here is the entire schedule for when each chapter of Omukade gets published on Booksie.com.

Omukade Chapter One-11/2/2018

Omukade Chapter Two-11/7/2018

Omukade Chapter Three-11/9/2018

Omukade Chapter Four-11/14/2018

Omukade Chapter Five-11/16/2018

Omukade Chapter Six-11/21/2018

Omukade Chapter Seven-11/23/2018

Omukade Chapter Eight-11/25/2018

Omukade Chapter Nine-11/28/2018

Omukade Chapter Ten-11/30/2018

To quickly re-cap as to what Omukade will be about without going into massive spoilers, this novella is a period piece fantasy horror story very loosely based on the Japanese fairy tale; “My Lord Bag of Rice”. This plot will focus on a specific group of characters who must save the world from a massive threat that could destroy all of humanity.

The reason why I’ve chosen Booksie.com (as well as the read-for-free digital format) to publish this novella of mine is because I personally feel that it would be a very good way to attract a lot of people who are interested in reading my very first work of fictional story literature. Also, my own father was kind enough to edit/revise Omukade for me (which I am very grateful for).

If are also interest in following me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and DeviantArt, please be sure to do so if you’d like. Overall, thank you to everyone who has helped me achieve me this goal of mine before the year 2018 ends. I very much appreciate finally being able to make myself become an Author/Creator/Writer/Storyteller because of the love and support I have recieved from a lot of good people who truly care about me.

Disney’s Hercules Review by Eugene Alejandro

Walt Disney’s Hercules is a 1997 animated feature film musical very loosely based on the Greek Myths of Hercules. The movie is more specifically about Hercules’s journey into a becoming a hero so that he can re-unite with his original family back in Olympus while facing off against the evil Hades.

With this movie being made and released by Walt Disney Pictures despite being about the Greek character; Hercules, this movie adaptation is toned down in order to appeal to a family audience. Despite that however, this movie still manages to be a very enjoyable movie thanks to a lot good aspects about it that help make it a very fun film.

The most obvious good part of this movie is the animation. The art design was done by the legendary Gerald Sarfe, and the way Disney handled it works well for this movie as a lot of the character designs are very unique and creative, and the movements are very solid (the background work is also awesome).

Another good part about this film is that while the entire voice acting is very good, James Woods as Hades really steals the show as its clearly shown that he matches the character of Hades very well, and turns in some very fun dialogue to listen to.

While the musical numbers aren’t bad, I wouldn’t say I enjoyed them either as while the songs were good, they weren’t all too memorable for me.

So while this movie is a very toned-down version of Greek Mythology (more specifically about Hercules), Walt Disney Pictures still managed to make a very entertaining movie adaptation of the classic Greek hero that both children and adults will enjoy thanks to its beautiful animation, and amazing voice acting (most notably by James Woods).

I give this movie Two Thumbs Up, and 4/5 Stars.

Jason And The Argonauts Review Eugene Alejandro

Jason And The Argonauts is a 1963 epic fantasy movie featuring stop motion special effects by the legendary Ray Harryhausen, and is based on the Greek Legend of Jason’s journey to find the golden fleece.

Without making too many comparisons for the sake of this review, Jason And The Argonauts does follow the original Greek Myth pretty well despite some very small changes, but the way this film is made doesn’t really affect that aspect as Jason And The Argonauts is still a very fun and enjoyable movie.

With Ray Harryhausen being the person who made the special effects for this film using stop motion tactics, its no surprise that this aspect of the film is the most memorable part about it as the stop motion effects are a spectacle to look at with each creation made by them still holds up to even this day.

The acting is a part of this movie that gets ignored a lot, so allow me to mention for this review that all the performances from the entire cast is very solid and helps make the movie amazing.

Jason And The Argonauts truly succeeds in being a part of Ray Harryhausen’s filmography as it is a very awesome movie to own on Blu Ray as even a lot of the bonus content and special features are great to check out. To all fans of Ray Harryhausen, please give this movie a watch.

I give Jason And The Argonauts 5/5 Stars, and Two Thumbs Up.

Immortals Gods And Heroes Graphic Novel Review by Eugene Alejandro

Disclaimer: This is going to be a very short review. Just want anyone who reads this to know that.

Immortals: Gods And Heroes is a graphic novel anthology that serves as a prequel to the Immortals movie (to clarify, each story in this anthology is set before the events of the film). It is officially published by Archaia Entertainment and many of the stories featured are each done by different creative teams.

To be fully honest, there isn’t much that I can really about this graphic novel since its an anthology, but what I still say is that for what it is, its a very solid tie in to the movie as each of the stories very much do feel canon to what takes place before the main story of the movie. My only nitpick is that even for an anthology, some of the stories do feel too short, but they are well-written, so I shouldn’t complain.

While Immortals: Gods And Heroes isn’t anything special, its still an interesting read if you are a fan of the movie like I am, and want to know more about the world and characters and even the movie didn’t mention. Just keep in mind that this graphic novel anthology is intended for mature readers (18 and above).

I give Immortals: Gods And Heroes Two Thumbs Up, and 4/5 Stars.

Immortals Movie Review by Eugene Alejandro

Immortals is a 2011 action fantasy movie directed by Tarsem Singh, and noticeably stars Henry Cavil, Micky Rourke and Freida Pinto. This movie is an extremely different and loose adaptation of Greek Mythology as while characters such as Theseus, Hyperion, The Olympians, and The Titans appear in the film, they are interpreted in a way that differentiates from how they originally were in Greek Mythology (which isn’t a bad thing really as even Greek Mythology has been changed a lot in the past before media entertainment came into existence).

The main plot of Immortals is that a mad king named Hyperion wants to release The Titans from Mount Tartarus as an act of revenge against The Gods (the reason for such is explained in the movie, but is actually shown in the prequel graphic novel anthology that I will also be reviewing). While The Gods themselves cannot interfere with humanity, they choose Theseus to be their hero in order to put an end to Hyperion’s reign of terror.

The best and most memorable experience of me seeing this movie is when both me and my father saw it in theaters when it first came out back in 2011. Which is why even to this day, I have such good memories with it to where I can say that it is one of my all-time favorite films. I must mention however, that if you are going into this film expecting it to be very accurate to Greek Mythology, you sadly won’t enjoy it as it makes lots of changes to some of the characters and story elements. But I really didn’t mind as I found Immortals to be Tarsem Singh’s very interesting and unique take on Greek Mythology despite being so different.

The biggest highlight to point out for this movie is the fantastic visuals and special effects as it makes the film look very beautiful (and even more so on Blu Ray). Tarsem Singh in his own very words did say that this movie is “done in Renaissance painting style”, and it very much shows as some shots in Immortals truly do feel like they are canvas paintings you’d see in art museums. The costumes presented in the film are great to look at as a lot of time and effort was put into making them look very detailed with great designs.

Other positive aspects in Immortals include the acting and music, but if I really had to mention some negative aspects of the film it would have to be the story, and some of the character development shown in the movie. To clarify, the character development and story aren’t horrible, but regarding the plot, it isn’t anything new and its too simple even for a movie loosely based on Greek Mythology. The character development is also sometimes very weak as the movie doesn’t take too much time to explore some of their backgrounds and motivations. However those are only two things that I can safely say I didn’t link about Immortals.

While Immortals isn’t a film for everybody, it is still a very well-made piece of entertainment that despite its flaws, is truly enjoyable for what it is. I should also mention that the Blu Ray does come with some very cool extras and bonus features, and that this movie is rated R.

I give Immortals 5/5 Stars, and Two Thumbs Up.