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.


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.

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 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.

Minotaur Movie Review by Eugene Alejandro

Minotaur is a 2006 horror film based on the Greek legend of Theseus and The Minotaur, and it is directed and produced by Jonathan English, and stars Tom Hardy in the leading role. This movie is very much a standard interpretation of the classic myth, but it does add some of newer things to it to keep it different, but I don’t wanna say too much as that would result in me spoiling this film (which is NOT what I want to do for this review.)

While this movie is nothing revolutionary regarding films based on Greek Mythology, it is still very entertaining in its own right thanks to some good elements that help keep it watchable. The acting, pacing, and overall writing are done pretty well, and even though the Minotaur itself isn’t seen too much, the effects used are still very solid as I didn’t mind the way it looked for this film.

My biggest nitpick (even though it is a very small aspect to this movie) is that Theseus in this movie is actually called “Theo”. While I understand that this film is suppose to have its own version of the myth of Theseus and The Minotaur, I still found it very odd that Theseus true name wasn’t used and instead replaced by a very generic one that just sounds out of the place in my opinion.

While 2006’s Minotaur isn’t groundbreaking by any stretch of the means, it is still a very fun horror film to check out and while it isn’t perfect (no movie is with all honesty), there is still a lot of enjoyment to had with this movie for sure.

I give Minotaur (2006) Two Thumbs Up, and 4/5 Stars.

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 Review by Eugene Alejandro

Disclaimer: For this review, I am only going to be reviewing the English Dub because that is the version I watched before making this review.

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 is a feature-length computer animated major motion picture that serves as both a direct prequel and midquel to the video game from Square Enix; Final Fantasy 15 (which I am currently still playing at the time of me writing this review).

The story in this film is that in the world of Eos, two nations are at war with each other over the planet’s crystal because said crystal grants whoever uses ultimate power (which the kingdom of Lucis has, and the other wants to take). The two nations are Lucis, and Niflheim. The Kingsglaive are a group of elite soliders tasked in protecting Lucis from Niflheim’s invasions. I could go into more detail about this movie’s plot, but I prefer not to because I don’t wanna go into any spoiler territory regarding this movie’s story at all in this review.

For a movie that is meant to be a companion piece to the Final Fantasy 15 universe, I have to say that I found this movie to be spectacularly awesome to watch as not only does it work at benefiting Final Fantasy 15’s overall story, but it also turned out to be a very entertaining movie to watch as far as my opinion is concerned.

The most notable aspect in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 is the computer animation which is meant to have a very photo-realistic look to it. For how it looks, the animation is simply breath-taking and beautiful to look at. The character’s movements regarding facial expressions, lip-syncing, and walking, jumping, etc, are all done very well in order to help all the characters feel alive. The visuals, background animation, and creature designs are also very nice to look at. All of this really shows how talented Square Enix is at making good photo-realistic computer animation.

The English Dub voice acting in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 is another good quality/aspect of the film as each voice actor delivers their lines perfectly, and each voice fits the characters very well. The lip-syncing also helps with the movie’s English Dub because it makes the character’s mouth movements believable.

The soundtrack in this movie awesome. While I should go into more elaboration and detail on as to why I think the music for this film is good, all I can honestly say is that for what it is, its great to listen to while watching the whole movie.

The only nitpicks that I have regarding my experience of watching Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 are that while I was completely entertained by the whole movie, I still felt the movie went on for way too long to where I was worried the film would never end. But even then despite that, the movie is still worth sitting through in order to get the full Final Fantasy 15 story experience (at least in my honest opinion anyways). Another nitpick that I have is that while this film works very well as a companion piece to the Final Fantasy 15 universe, I personally think it would have been even better had it been its own stand-alone movie with the Final Fantasy name and some of the themes and elements from the franchise added to it. Now I shouldn’t fault the movie for being part of Final Fantasy 15 as that is what Square Enix made it out to be,but I still would’ve preferred it being its own movie rather than a prequel and midquel to the game.

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 is a sci fi and fantasy action movie that I can easily recommend to Final Fantasy fans, as it works very well as both a companion piece, and as an overall movie.

I give Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 Two Thumbs Up, and 5/5 Stars.