Pokemon: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages [Movie Review]

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There are almost two dozen Pokemon movies — including the upcoming live-action Detective Pikachu film — and, despite how much we enjoy the Pokemon franchise, Rachel and I have really only seen a handful of them. When we had a little downtime lately, we decided to stick one that we haven’t seen before on, and this time we chose Pokemon: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages.

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It’s on Netflix so it was easy enough for us to watch, despite the few DVDs we have of other Pokemon movies we haven’t seen. I remember when this movie came out and it looked interesting to me, though we never got around to watching. I never knew much about Hoopa before watching this film and Hoopa is a pretty cool Pokemon! The movie itself was pretty good as well.

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I was disappointed by the lack of theme song in the beginning of the movie, since I always enjoyed those, but it was a minor detail. This movie dove right into the action, showing off Hoopa’s Unbound Form a century ago and all its power destroying a town in a bid to show off its strength. Considering Hoopa’s Unbound Form is a genie-like creature, it was captured in a bottle by a guy who had some power of Arceus, the legendary Pokemon that is said to have created the world.

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I honestly didn’t realize there was no theme song until Kris pointed it out. The action began from the first second and I was drawn in anyway. Hoopa is certainly an interesting Pokemon as I didn’t realize he’s a genie-like Pokemon. It was a really cool concept. The movie as a whole was great. It was action-packed and none of the characters were annoying. The brother and sister characters were awesome where I usually find the side characters to get on my nerves.

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It took place in the Kalos region, so Ash had Serena, Clemont, and Bonnie as companions. In all honesty, the companions didn’t do much, aside from Bonnie recruiting a random Hippopotas to help them near the climax of the movie. The movie would have done well with just Ash and the side characters — Meray and Baraz — helping Hoopa against its Unbound form. Speaking of Hoopa, the small form of it was adorable in the movie! The Unbound form was actually kind of creepy.

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Yeah, some of the “main characters” weren’t needed. Honestly, Pikachu didn’t even do much in this movie, which was off. The Unbound form was super creepy! He can teleport through his rings and just poke his head through and his eyes were red and evil and it was nightmare fuel for sure. Small Hoopa was so cute though and could, of course, speak English. What I loved most about this movie was that it was one giant Pokemon battle. They summoned a bunch of legendary Pokemon to help and it just felt epic.

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Lugia, Rayquaza, Latios and Latias, Palkia, Dialga, just to name a few legendary Pokemon that were involved in this battle. They battled all around the city, causing such destruction that Rachel and I weren’t strangers to saying, “Well, the people in that building are now dead.” Honestly, if more battles in the anime were that epic, I probably would continue watching the series.

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I still want to watch the anime anyway… I’ve gotten way too far behind in it. But anyway, the movie overall was great. I teared up once, but it never made it cry. It was actually just good feeling and a wholesome movie. It felt different from the rest of the Pokemon movies and I really liked it.

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WTF Friday: Video Game Movies

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

One of the types of reviews Rachel and I like to do are movies or television shows, most that have to do with video game-related themes. Lately, I’ve been hearing about a few more that are or will be in production…

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There have been a handful of movies throughout the years that are based on video games. Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter, Prince of Persia, Assassin’s Creed… There’s quite a bit of them, some in live-action, others in animation, direct to television, and, of course, anime.

Video games make quite a profit in today’s culture, so it’s no wonder that studios continue to create movies based off of them. If there are enough players for the games, then it’s logical that there will be an audience for a movie.

Recently, however, I heard of a Minecraft movie that is rumored to be in the works. With the rights secured in 2014 by Warner Bros., the movie has recently hired its third director to take the reins. Originally, the movie was rumored to come out this May, but with a director just getting on board, who knows when this movie will be released. And, while I’m sure people still play Minecraft, is the audience still there for this movie? There are spin-offs, Choose-Your-Own-Adventure games and Netflix episodes, but will there be a full-length movie audience?

Also, Just Dance is somehow going to be made into a movie. I have no idea how this is going to be a thing. All I can picture is flash mobs and, possibly, something like “Save the Last Dance.” As if Just Dance isn’t enough, it will be against the Dance Dance Revolution movie.

Detective Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog (which also made me go “Wtf?” when I saw that strange posters) are coming out this year. There’s also an untitled Monster Hunter movie that may be in the works. Of course, there’s also movies out there with plenty video game elements, such as Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph and Ready Player One, based on the novel of the same name by Ernest Cline.

I’m curious to see how well the upcoming movies will do in theaters. Just Dance? Minecraft? Perhaps if we were getting a Legend of Zelda movie, something with settings that resembled The Lord of the Rings, I’d be pre-ordering tickets.

…Then again, I’d be worried the franchise would be ruined.

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Minecraft Story Mode: Episode One [TV Show Review]

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While we knew the Story Mode Minecraft games existed, it was fairly recent that we heard about the interactive series of episodes that were available on Netflix. We had no idea what we were going to be in for when we started this up for the hell of it.

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It was certainly something different and neither of us were expecting it to be “good.” It truly was interactive though… which it says it is, but for some reason I wasn’t expecting to use the Xbox controller to make choices for the main character. That was certainly a cool addition.

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You start with the main character entering a building contest with a couple of her friends and, for a while, the only motivation these characters have is to “be cool.” It was a bit cringy, to be honest. The actual plot revealed itself eventually, with a character who had a grudge against some heroes of the world unleashed a Wither monster. It’s up to the main character and friends to find the rest of the heroes to stop the Wither. While there were enough choices throughout the episode to keep the story interactive, there were only a few where the episode actively told you, “Your story is changing,” due to your choice.

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The plot itself isn’t that bad once it’s revealed and it shows some history on the world as well. But yeah, some of the choices were kind of pointless and if you don’t make a choice by the time the timer runs, it makes the choice for you based on whatever your controller is currently on. While I don’t think I’ll watch this again, I’m curious to see what happens if we made different choices that actually changed the course of the story. Some of the choices was also crafting as well, which was a cool touch.

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The crafting choices — like, would you craft a bow or a fishing rod for your current situation — were interesting, yes. Some of the characters weren’t too bad, although we were kind of yelling at some of them often enough. Honestly, some of the situations could have been avoided if a character just, ya know, moved from where they were standing. One of the side characters was called Axel, and he was basically the muscle of the group and was fantastic at being Captain Obvious. He was one of our favorites, haha!

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Axel was good, yeah. While there were some good lines that made us laugh throughout this hour and half long episode, I didn’t care for any of the characters or their voice acting. The tones never seemed to match what was going on in the scene and it didn’t seem like there was much emotion or effort behind it. That definitely got annoying to listen to after a while. The sound effects, however, we great. The Ghasts in the Nether were spot on. Granted, they’re probably ripped from the game but it was nice to hear anyway since the voice acting was lacking.

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Considering it was done in conjunction with the developers of the game, I imagine the sound effects were right from Minecraft. We don’t have any emotional attachment to these characters — although, I’m sure younger kids would — but we were interested enough in the plot to be curious about what happens next or, as Rachel mentioned, what would happen should we chose different responses to the crucial choices of the first episode. We’re not rushing off to watch the next episode, but if we get bored enough later down the road, maybe we’ll stick on another one.

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I would like to at least finish the rest of the season. It was interesting, to say the least. And, honestly, I think we had a pretty good time watching it together. Though, I have to take it in small doses.

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The Legend of Zelda TV Show [Review]

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This is one of the corniest and ridiculous shows that we’ve seen. It’s a product of its era, with the episodes following the similar plot line of Ganon creating a scheme to try to steal the Triforce of Wisdom while Link, Princess Zelda, and their fairy friend Spryte stop him. Each episode is about fifteen minutes long and is full of glorious puns.

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The show didn’t last long at all beginning in September 1989 and ending in December 1989. The voice acting is over the top and the overall show is ridiculous, as Kris said, but… I kind of wish there was more.

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More episodes would have been nice. It’s rather a shame that it didn’t do well enough to go past one season. Considering all the episodes follow a simple formula, it isn’t too surprising. Still, we enjoyed the characters, especially with how sassy Zelda and Link were to each other. Zelda was also just as much as a protagonist as Link was, even if she did need to be rescued many times. I also enjoyed the music and sound effects, which are lifted straight from the original games. They were fun Easter eggs.

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Honestly, the music and sound effects were probably my favorite part of the whole show. That could be because we just played the original game on the NES, but still. It was refreshing to hear over the corny voice acting. There’s a reason Link is a silent protagonist. Neither of their voices is at all what I had expected for them, but they worked well enough anyway. Link and Zelda had a cool relationship with one another. They were friends even though Link’s job is to protect Zelda and the Triforce of Wisdom.

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Yes, they were friends, even though one of the running jokes was Link always trying to get Zelda to kiss him. They flirted throughout the season, but Link never gets his kiss. There was respect between the characters, but familiarity to ensure the audience understood the friendships. Other jokes included the famous line, “Well, ex-CUSE me, Princess!” and a time when Link whistled the Super Mario Bros. theme song.

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This show certainly has its charm. It’s fun to see these beloved characters in a new light. This isn’t the kind of show that I’ll turn on once in a while, but I’m sure I’ll come back to it again to get a good laugh.

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Clue Movie [Review]

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The Clue movie is based off of the board game of the same name, throwing people from all sorts of different backgrounds into a mansion where each of them are suspected of murder. Despite the killings, the movie itself is comedic and it’s a fun film to watch no matter how many times you’ve seen it.

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It’s an older movie, which came out in 1985. Our family enjoys older movies, our parents growing up in times and our older sister just being born in the wrong era. We’ve seen Clue many times and enjoy it each and every time. It’s funny with awesome actors and the mystery is one that’s woven perfectly.

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The actors definitely make this movie. Several we knew from other movies, so it was a treat to recognize them in these ridiculous roles based on a board game. Miss Scarlet had also been Cinderella while Colonel Mustard was the principal on Sabrina the Teenage Witch. And, of course, everyone knows Christopher Lloyd.

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And Tim Curry. He was there too. The movie is meant to be ridiculous and fun. Honestly, you can’t really figure out the mystery either. I mean, I guess if you took notes then maybe you could try, but it’s a tough one. It all makes sense though. It’s hard to figure out and then the butler reveals all and, if you follow closely, it does wrap up nicely. However, there are three different endings and the writers worked it so that each makes sense.

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For the most part they all make sense. There is a question or two on a couple of the endings, but they’re not totally far-fetched. Originally, the cast is meant to discover who killed Mr. Boddy after he attempts to blackmail each of the guests of the house. Together, with the butler and maid, the guests go around to figure out which of them is the killer. Personality quirks, to put it lightly, ensure that the plot is not serious at all.

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Overall, it’s a great movie and a fun experience if you enjoy mysteries and the Clue board game.

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Animal Crossing Movie [Review]

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So, about a week or so before the latest Nintendo Direct where Animal Crossing was announced for the Switch, Kris found through Pinterest that there’s an Animal Crossing movie. I wanted to watch it right away. So, naturally, I found the anime on YouTube.

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Rachel is definitely the bigger Animal Crossing fan out of the two of us. I’ve barely played the games. As soon as I saw that pin that mentioned the Animal Crossing movie, I knew Rachel would be interested in it, and she was wicked excited to hear about it. The “movie” on YouTube was about 45 minutes long, so we figured it was a short thing and stuck it on. I wasn’t too sure what kind of plot would be developed on a 45-minute movie based on such an open-ended game.

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It turned out, even though the video stated it was the full movie, it actually wasn’t. It ended in the middle and we ended up finding a different YouTube video that summed up the entire movie in about four minutes. Still, from the 45 minutes we saw, it wasn’t too bad.

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It was rather cute, but I was sitting there for about half of it wondering when something resembling a plot was going to happen. The beginning showcased the excited new resident of Animal Village meeting her new neighbors while working for Tom Nook by making deliveries, and there were random segments of various villagers doing random activities, like the jock monkey jogging everywhere or the penguin fishing all day. The plot seemed to start building up about finding your dream and following it with a touch of aliens thrown in.

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I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting too much from it. Animal Crossing doesn’t have a huge story line for the games so I couldn’t imagine what they could do for a movie. The villagers were interesting enough though. And yes, the plot turned out to be mainly Margie the elephant had a dream of becoming a fashion designer and the movie turned into following your dreams and reaching for the stars, which was nice.

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While reaching for the stars, you may find aliens, which is apparently what happened in the 4-minute movie explanation video we saw. We’re not quite sure what exactly happened, but we’re guessing the bottled messages the protagonist kept finding about planting pine trees for a winter festival had something to do with it. All in all, the half of the movie that we did see wasn’t too bad, with little hints of the games thrown into it. Hearing familiar music and jingles was nice, and we giggled when K.K. Slider’s singing not only had the English dub but also the game’s pixel-y rhythm.

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Yeah, hearing the game music in the background was great. It really threw me back into the game. I’ll admit, I could have done without some of the voice acting. A lot of it was high-pitched. Then again, it’s anime, so I’m not knocking it. Overall, it wasn’t a bad movie and I wouldn’t mind having more down the road.

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The movie was entertaining enough, especially while watching it together. It wouldn’t be something that I would watch on my own, but we were able to laugh at the characters’ antics together. It was enough for us to be interested in seeing the rest of the movie and, perhaps, one day we will.

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Sonic Mania Shorts [Review]

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Sonic Mania, if you haven’t heard, is the hit Sonic the Hedgehog game that checks off all the right boxes for old-school Sonic fans. It’s nostalgic-inducing fast-paced side scrolling levels are exactly the kind of game that the fans, new and old alike, have wanted for Sonic for years. With the Sonic Mania Plus DLC, introducing fan favorite characters Mighty and Ray, the game has continued to deliver. Along with the game, a few short animation videos were created to help promote the game, and we finally sat down to watch them.

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The shorts are… well, short. And pretty sweet. We found a video that showed all the episodes in one and it was a little over 11 minutes long. So we, of course, watched it all in one sitting.

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Back when I was a kid, I used to have a VHS — remember those? — of a few episodes of The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, so seeing that there was a little cartoon to go along with Sonic Mania was a treat. We found ourselves laughing out loud at parts of the animation. There was no voice acting. Rather, the animations were perfectly timed with music and sound effects.

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I’ll admit, I missed hearing their voices a little bit but it was so well done that I don’t mind. The facial expressions through the characters along with the sound effects were spot on. It wasn’t something I was expecting, so it was a pleasant surprise because, yeah, we got some good laughs out of it.

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The animation was smooth and clean, with lots of throw backs to elements of the earlier Sonic games and cartoons. It made me miss the times when I would wake up early Saturday morning for my favorite cartoons. I wouldn’t mind a show starring this version of Sonic and friends, especially Knuckles and his protective nature over the Master Emerald!

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Exactly! I miss watching the old school cartoons and it was great to revisit this case of characters without having them be changed or butchered in any way. The whole animation was light-hearted and funny and I feel as though they captured the classic characters perfectly.

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Considering there is a Sonic the Hedgehog live-action hybrid movie in the works, and I really don’t know how to feel about that just yet, seeing these animations was just refreshing. The animations did their job wonderfully, bringing both excitement and feel-good nostalgia with them to help the hype of Sonic Mania.

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