Godzilla’s Revenge Review by Eugene Alejandro

Godzilla’s Revenge (also called All Monsters Attack in Japanese) is a 1969 Tokusatsu Kaiju film directed by Ishiro Honda, and released by Toho. The movie is about a young boy who is struggling with bullying problems, and has imaginations of meeting Godzilla’s son; Minya (or Minilla depending on the translation) in which Gabara is also present, and causes havoc towards Godzilla’s son. There is a whole lot more than what I just mentioned, but I prefer not to say as this is indeed going to be a very long review, and I have other things I want to say about Godzilla’s Revenge.

Now before anyone asks me, I am 100% fully aware that I’m reviewing a 1960s movie in 2019. But since Godzilla: King of The Monsters comes out in the USA next month (May 31st, 2019 to be specific), I feel that it is best to fully express my honest opinions towards the critically panned entry in the Godzilla franchise known famously as Godzilla’s Revenge. As a quick disclaimer, this movie review will NOT have any impact on my interest in Godzilla: King of The Monsters in the slightest.

To get this out of the way, while I can fully understand why so many fans of the Godzilla series hate this movie as I do in fact agree that it isn’t a good movie whatsover at all, I really don’t think the film is truly awful as I have seen other movies in general that are actually way worse than Godzilla’s Revenge. So for this review, I want to go into elaborative detail as to what I liked, and didn’t like about Godzilla’s Revenge. In no way am I defending this film as even though I’m a hardcore Godzilla fan myself, I personally believe this movie is very flawed, but I don’t have any true hatred for it as like I stated, there are other bad movies I’ve seen that are much more awful.

In order to bring up the positives for the start of this review, the movie is very ambitious regarding it’s message of why bullying is bad and how to stand up to it in the same way that Martin Scorsese’s Silence had a strong and powerful message about religion and faith, and how Dragon Ball Super: Broly was truly about teaming up and working together to overcome a major problem. The effects for the most part are actually pretty good as well considering the film’s low budget (at least I believe it’s low budget to my best of knowledge), and the final battle between Godzilla, Minya, and Gabara was also a pretty cool scene. The Japanese acting is also solid, and way better than the English Dub version of this movie.

With the positives mentioned, it’s now time for me to talk about the negatives as there is actually a lot that really do hurt the overall quality of this film, and why I see the reasons for so many other Godzilla fans truly hating on this movie. The most obvious is the blatant and overuse of stock footage seen throughout Godzilla’s Revenge as when Minya is showing the little boy Godzilla fighting other giant monsters, the scenes are clearly re-used footage from past Godzilla movies (the most notable are scenes from Son of Godzilla, and Ebirah: Horror of the Deep). For a major studio such as Toho to do something cheap like this is really confusing, and makes you question the reality of this movie’s making. Another major negative in Godzilla’s Revenge is that the anti-bullying message isn’t executed very well at all, and I wish more time was given to edit and revise the script so that the message can be shown in the movie much better as I do give credit for the movie in trying to include it, but again, I just felt it was handled poorly (which is really unfortunate if you ask me). The film’s soundtrack was truly forgettable, and while that may sound biased considering the fact that the legendary Akira Ifukube wasn’t involved with his film whatsoever, I just really felt that the music and score for this movie could’ve at least been better.

So in the end, I can agree to an extant with a majority of the Godzilla fan community as to why Godzilla’s Revenge is a terrible movie, but at the same time, I can’t bring myself to fully hate on this movie as it did try to show children a good message (even though it wasn’t handled very well), and while it is a “kids movie”, that really doesn’t make it an awful film as even though I am 22 years old at the time of me writing this review, I still enjoy watching Children’s Films like Kubo and the Two Strings, Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Monster’s Inc, Ghost in the Shell from 1995, The Shape of Water, and the Deadpool movies starring Ryan Reynolds. So overall, I’m not someone to fully hate on Godzilla’s Revenge as even though I can see a lot of it’s flaws, it isn’t one of the worse movies I’ve ever seen.

I give Godzilla’s Revenge… 1 out of 5 Stars and Two Thumbs Down. Happy April Fool’s day of 2019 everybody!

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Dragon Ball Super: Broly Review by Eugene Alejandro

Dragon Ball Super: Broly is a 2018 Japanese animated feature film by Toei Animation, and was made into an English Dub by Funimation Films (which is the version I’m reviewing by the way), and was distributed theatrically for an official USA release by 20th Century Fox for the year; 2019 (January 16th, 2019 to be more specific). The movie’s screenplay (or script however you’d like to call it) is also written by the creator of the Dragon Ball franchise; Akira Toriyama (thus making this entire movie canon to the whole franchise).

The primary plot of the film without going into any spoilers is that after Universe 7 won the tournament of power seen in the Dragon Ball Super anime TV series and manga (that’s not a spoiler by the way as even a lot of the official marketing and advertising for the film explained this even before it come out in theaters), Frieza (who participated in the tournament of power, and was brought back to life as a reward), still wants revenge against Goku and Vegeta, so he ends up discovering two lost surviving Saiyans named Paragus, and Broly (who this movie is named after) thanks to some of his own troops finding them on a deserted planet.

With Broly’s immense power, Frieza now decides take advantage of the opportunity to use Broly in order to have him kill both Goku, and Vegeta, but perhaps there is a whole lot more to Broly’s power than anyone else can even realize.

Before I begin explaining my thoughts on the film in great detail, I must also point out that there is also another story that happens in the movie that while it does a very good job at connecting to the rest of the movie (as well as the main franchise’s continuity), I prefer to not to say too much about it for this review as I really do want people to see Dragon Ball Super: Broly without it being ruined, and I will explain why I say such.

I usually like to start with positive aspects, but for this review, I prefer to start it off with some minor nitpicks worth mentioning since I did notice them when seeing this movie in a big screen theater, and they thankfully don’t contain spoilers.

The first is that while the movie does acknowledge the fact it takes place after the Universal Survival Saga, I felt the movie didn’t explain that too well as it mostly came off as a short mention, which isn’t a bad thing, but for those watching the film that have never seen that story arc in Dragon Ball Super, a lot of confusion is bound to occur.

The second nitpick is that since this movie does have a slightly different art style to its animation, while it is indeed good to look at for a theatrically-released film, I wasn’t really too impressed with how the character of Beerus looked since I felt that in some scenes, this face looked like that of a Dog’s as opposed to a cat. But again, it’s only a nitpick as opposed to a major part of the film.

Now on to the positives since there are indeed lots of them I want to talk about for this review. As I already mentioned, the animation and the art style presented in Dragon Ball Super: Broly are great to look at, and truly show the amount of money, effort, and passion that was put into it looking nice (despite my nitpick about Beerus’s new design). One thing to mention about the animation before I forget is that there are small moments where CGI (Computer-Generated-Images) is used for some scenes, and they surprisingly look ever good and never detract from the hand-drawn animation.

The fights scenes were simply epic and really help add to the martial arts feel the series is most well-known for thanks to them being very fast-paced, but never in a way they were hard to follow.

The English Dub provided by Funimation Films was done very well with each voice actor displaying a good voice performance, and each of the voices matching the respective characters very well. At the time of me making this review, I haven’t seen this movie in Japanese with English subtitles yet, so I sadly cannot say if the original Japanese voice acting was also good, nor can I also compare it to the English Dub. But from what I’ve seen, the English Dub is still very good to hear.

The soundtrack provided by Norihito Sumitomo in Dragon Ball Super: Broly is extremely energetic for all the right reasons, and fits a martial arts sci fi action movie such as this very well.

As for the overall story concerning the main plot of the film (and just the whole movie in general), it isn’t anything way too unique for those unfamiliar with Dragon Ball, but the story is indeed a fun joyride to those who are fans of Dragon Ball as it contains all the ingredients necessary to make a fun Dragon Ball movie (there are also a lot of fun little “Easter Eggs” present in the film).

Dragon Ball Super: Broly may only appeal to hardcore Dragon Ball fans in the sense that it does require lots of knowledge about the franchise to fully (and truly) appreciate it, but it is still a very fun and entertaining film that I had the honor to watch in a big screen American cinema, and I can most certainly recommend it to Dragon Ball fans since it is also canon to the franchise.

I give Dragon Ball Super: Broly Two Thumbs Up, and 5/5 Stars.

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 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.