Monthly Archives: June 2015

Super Recaps: My Little Pony season 5 (Party Pooped)

We’re back with another chapter in Twilight’s Saga to become the Princess of Friendship!  After last week’s summit that had mixed results, she’s trying once again to prove her political prowess by inviting Royalty from a reclusive kingdom to the city of Ponyville!  So is this going to be a theme this season?  Is the show going to be the adventures of The Princess of Friendship trying to navigate the complicated world of Pony politics?  Equestrian House of Cards if you will?  I’m totally up for it if that’s the case!  Now the last episode was pretty heavily flawed, what with Spike continuing to be short shrifted by the writers, but this episode will at least have the benefit of Twilight not being unconscious for the majority of the running time.  Can she do a better job than Spike did?  Will her presence make this episode all the more enjoyable?  Let’s find out!!

The episode begins with the Mane 6 getting things ready for the diplomatic visit and Twilight stressing out over it.  Okay, so right off the bat I guess she doesn’t know what the heck she’s doing!  That or she’s still having trouble managing the pressures of being a Princess.

“The Princess of Friendship does NOT get nervous before a diplomatic meeting, right?  RIGHT!?”     “Uh… sure Twilight.  Whatever you say.”

“The Princess of Friendship does NOT get nervous before a diplomatic meeting, right?  RIGHT!?”     “Uh… sure Twilight.  Whatever you say.”

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Cinema Dispatch: Dope

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Dope and all the images you see in this review are owned by Open Road Films

Directed by Rick Famuyiwa

We are smack dab in the middle of the summer blockbuster boom-a-thon where you can’t chuck a rock without it exploding and narrowly avoiding a recognizable character from a long running franchise.  Who knows?  Maybe the movie going public is ready for something other than dinosaurs and superheroes for about a week or so and this might just fill that necessary niche.  No wait, they released it the same day as Inside Out.  You’re telling me that this movie, from the director of a Carlos Mencia vehicle (Our Family Wedding), is trying to go up against a Pixar film!?  If ANY movie had the balls to go up against the Mouse House, then this is either a film they just want to dump in theaters to get it over with, or something REALLY special that they are confident everyone will take notice of.  Before my pessimism overwhelms you all, it might just fall into the latter category considering the very solid trailers and the fact that it was produced by Forest Whitaker (who was actually in Our Family Wedding) and Pharrell Williams who was also responsible for the soundtrack.  Well it HAS to be better than Mac and Devin go to High School at least… right?  Anyway, the movie is primary about Malcolm who is a high school student in Los Angeles with a 4.0 GPA and wants to get into Harvard.  Not only that, but he’s also a huge nerd for nineties hip-hop and its aesthetic (just look at his flat top) which makes him an even more obvious target for bullying.  One day, he ends up going to a drug dealer’s party which gets raided by the cops and he barely manages to escape with his friends and the love interest he was chasing after in the party.  The next day at school though, he finds that the drug dealer managed to sneak a big ol’ bag of dope into his back pack and he has a bunch of angry mother fuckers looking for it.  As circumstances begin to snowball, he and friends try to do whatever they can to get rid of the drugs without getting shot or thrown in jail.

“So is this one of those life changing adventures where I learn a lot about myself along the way?”     “You watch too many movies punk.  JUST GIVE US THE DAMN DRUGS!!!”

“So is this one of those life changing adventures where I learn a lot about myself along the way?”     “You watch too many movies punk.  JUST GIVE US THE DAMN DRUGS!!!”

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Super Recaps: My Little Pony season 5 (Princess Spike)

We’re back with another episode of Syndication is Magic!  After reaching the 100th episode milestone last week (seriously; if this show is huge on a no name channel, imagine how big it’ll be if Cartoon Network picked it up!?) we seem to be heading back into business as usual for the season.  While we have gotten some highlights like the season premiere and the 100th episode, things haven’t been as good as they should be for the series what with a bunch of filler episodes and unrealized potential.  Not only does that have this episode going against it, but it’s another Spike episode which tend to be a mixed bag for me.  Still, the last time he was the focus of the story was the very good Equestria Games, so maybe the writers have figured out how to write this character well and we’ll get another solid episode this time around.  Let’s find out!!

The episode begins in Canterlot where the four princesses are holding a summit for the entirety of Equestria.  I guess that means everyone’s going to put on a good show of peace, get a bunch of photo-ops, eat lots of fancy food, and accomplish absolutely nothing.

“And we shall call it… PonyCon!!”

“And we shall call it… PonyCon!!”

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Super Recaps: Sailor Moon Crystal (Episode 24)

Welcome back to another episode of the most critically panned revival of a beloved nineties anime until the new Dragon Ball show gets released!  What?  Am I the only one expecting that?  Anyway, the last episode of Sailor Moon Crystal was pretty shaky but ended up going out on a high note and leaving us with a lot of expectations of where this episode will go.  With Chibi-Usa going full villain last time around, will we get the epic punch up between mother and daughter that we’ve all been waiting for, or will we be let down again by one of the most uneven anime in history!?  Let’s find out!!

The episode begins with everyone gathering in the middle of the wasteland to discover that this new adversary is none other than an all grown up Chibi-Usa (calling herself Black Lady) with a massive chip on her shoulder.

“Does this mean I can tap that?”

“Does this mean I can tap that?”

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Cinema Dispatch: Inside Out

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Inside Out and all the images you see in this review are owned by Walt Disney Studios
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Directed by Pete Docter

Is it too late for the Herman’s Head jokes?  It is?  Okay then.  Anyway, we once again find ourselves with another film from the world’s most harshly criticized 9.5 out of 10 studio.  It’s hard to deny that the Pixar brand has become somewhat tarnished in recent years what with Cars 2 being a critical bomb and Brave not living up to expectations for many.  That and the fact that they’re gonna start cranking out sequels left and right for the next decade.  Still, you can’t deny that Pixar on a bad day is still gonna be better than a lot of other studios on a good day.  So where does Inside Out fall on the Pixar scale?  Eh… we’ll get to that in a minute.  First, what is this movie about?

Our heroes ladies and gentlemen.  And they control EVERYTHING we do.

Our heroes ladies and gentlemen.  And they control EVERYTHING we do.

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Cinema Dispatch: Jurassic World

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Jurassic World and all the images you see in this review are owned by Universal Pictures.

Directed by Colin Trevorrow

Two hundred MILLION dollars in the opening weekend!?  Oh I’m, sorry that FIVE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS when you include the international box office.  What exactly about this movie (other than it being a new entry in a franchise that has nostalgic appeal to multiple generations of people) could bring in that kind of cash!?  Jurassic Park was never really that important of a franchise for me (only got through the first one and half of the second one) which means this movie was barely on my radar.  The only thing that caught my attention was Star Lord driving a motorcycle with his personal posse of velociraptors (and of course this amazing gif).  Needless to say, the movie caught my attention after everyone starting to go nuts over it, so I went ahead and saw the damn thing to find out what the fuss is about.  Now big box office numbers are never a reliable indicator of quality (just look at the Transformers films) but there was still a bit of optimism what with the decent trailers and the undeniable coolness of dinosaurs WITHOUT feathers.  Also, Chris Pratt.

No matter what it is, just keep running.  Dinosaurs, cops, Parks and Rec fans, doesn’t matter.

No matter what it is, just keep running.  Dinosaurs, cops, Parks and Rec fans, doesn’t matter.

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Movie Review: Jurassic World

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Jurassic World is owned by Universal Pictures

WARNING MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. I will be using a rating scale of 1-10 (1=crap, 10=excellent)

The movie Jurassic World over shot my expectations as a sequel to the iconic movie from 20 years ago Jurassic park.

Special Category: Dinosaurs 9

We get to see a few new and really big Dinosaurs.

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