lunes, 20 de junio de 2016

Voltron: Legendary Defender Review

As someone who grew up in the 80's I was a bit afraid to watch Netflix's version of one of my favorite cartoons ever. Still, I knew that Netflix has yet to let me down so I sat down and watched the first episode. A few hours later I was done with the entire season. I don't usually watch full seasons of a show in one day, but Voltron: Legendary Defender was just THAT good.

The first season of the show explains everything that we would need to know about the show and its characters. The update to the story is great and it does not feel as if it was written for kids. I think it is safe to say that the show is not only for kids but also for adults that enjoy good science fiction. Legendary Defender is pretty much a show for kids of all ages.

The only complaint that I could have is that we did not get more time exploring the villains. There are hints as to what some of their background is, but nothing that is so memorable that we would be talking about it. More villain development would probably make this show a serious contender for the best animated show ever.

That is not to say that we did not enjoy Voltron: Legendary Defender. Even with that flaw it is still one of the top 5 animated series that we have ever seen. Yes that means that it is better than the original series and those that were fans of the cartoon like we were will be pleasantly surprised.

We also loved the way the protagonists were portrayed and how they wrestled with the decision of becoming a Voltron Paladin. They have their lives and families to think about and they know that they miss that, but for the most part they understand that their mission is more important than themselves. Voltron is described as the most powerful weapon in the universe, but that does not mean that it is invincible. The weapon that is the giant robot is only as good as the people using said weapon and the paladins are a bit green so they do suffer some defeats.

Overall Volron:Legendary Defender took us back to our childhood and did it with great art, writing and a lot of fun. We are giving this Netflix series a 4.5 out of a possible 5 stars rating. Well done.

jueves, 16 de junio de 2016

El Cielo En Tu Mirada (Heaven In Your Eyes)

El Cielo en tu Mirada is a movie that I watched while traveling in a bus. I am always willing to give movies a chance and I should be watching more international flicks anyway.

This movie follows the story of Jose who dies and goes to heaven. Jose in life was a singer and after his sudden death is given a chance to come back to earth and complete his life purpose in 2 weeks. His life purpose is of course a girl named Abril who is engaged t a doctor that looked familiar when I saw the movie. Turns out that the doctor is the same actor who plays Joey in Agents of SHIELD (Juan Pablo Raba).

Now as far as the movie goes, it is a bad one. That is why I don't always watch international cinema, movies like this. It is a tired plot of the guy who dies and comes back to try to get the girl who is dating someone else at the time. It is as predictable as a movie can be, full of bad acting, and it will make you regret wasting the time that you used to watch the movie.

It is clear from the very beginning that Mane DeLaParra was only cast in the lead role because of his looks and not because he has any talent in front of the camera. The same goes for most of the cast with a couple of exceptions. It felt like I was watching a movie version of a really bad Mexican soap opera.

How bad was the movie? I was regretting the fact that during my trip I lost my headphones and that did not buy another pair before getting into the bus. I know some people walk out of the movie theater when a movie they don't like is playing, and “El Cielo en tu Mirada” made me think that I should walk out of a moving vehicle in the highway. Even the little twist at the end was not a surprise... yikes.

This movie has a bad story, bad acting and is really predictable; It is not a movie worth watching and we are giving this turd a half star from a possible 5

viernes, 3 de junio de 2016

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Review (MINOR SPOILERS)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is out and it is time to give you our thoughts on the movie. There will be minor spoilers here, but we will try to keep them to a minimum.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is the sequel to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from 2014. This movie is all about giving the fans of the 90's TV show something that they have been waiting for now for over a couple of decades. We saw characters that we did not think that we would see on the screen like Beebop, Rocksteady and Krang. All of those characters looked surprisingly good on the big screen,

Other characters included were the returning April O'Neill played by Megan Fox, Vernon Fenwick played by Will Arnett, Brian Tee playing Shredder, Tyler Perry playing Baxter Stockman and Stephen Amell playing Casey Jones.

The movie is not necessarily for most adults. We think that this is mainly a kid's movie with nothing but one of the jokes about certain mutants' junk aimed at adults. The movie also makes no sense, but in reality we kind of knew that it was not going to the moment that we checked out the trailer. There was some good action but surprisingly none of it came from Shredder. That we think was a missed opportunity.

As much as we love Stephen Amell, he was a miss as Casey Jones and it felt as if he was not into wearing tat hockey mask. The same can be said about the part that April O'Neill plays in this movie. The truth is that this franchise is suffering fro the same problem that plagued X-Men Apocalypse. They cast a star in this case Megan Fox, and wrote the movie around her.

So those are the negatives for us, now the positives are that this movie is entertaining and it focuses a little more on the turtles and Beebop and Rocksteady. Those two characters for the most part were a highlight of the movie. It was also pretty cool to see the Technodrone almost complete on earth, and although Krang had a very small role, he reminded us of the arcade game which is a huge plus.

If you go see this movie, you should not be expecting something like Civil War. It is a fun, senseless movie, but how much sense can you expect from a movie that has 4 mutant ninja turtles as the main characters. If you go in not expecting a great movie with a great plot then chances are that you will be entertained. I would say that people who are not familiar with the 90's show or those without kids are not likely to have a great time. So we are giving Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows 2.5 out of a possible 5 stars, but that's only because of nostalgia.