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Tenchi Muyô! In Love (1996)
A Touching Storyline With An Action-Pack Twist
Twenty-six years ago, the Masaki family died out. A young teenage girl named Achika Masaki has disappeared, and in the near future, so did her son, Tenchi. Now, Tenchi, Ryoko, Ayeka, Sasami, Kiyone, and Mihoshi must travel back to 1970, to save not only Achika, but also their own lives as well. With the help of scientific genius, Washu, Tenchi and the gang will travel back in time to save the Masaki family from the evil and sinister Kain.
The fist Tenchi film made, but the second I saw after seeing "Tenchi Forever!". I was more pleased with this one. It's filled with more twists and turns, and has more action...especially the battle against Kain.
Unlike "Tenchi Forever", this film is less dramatic and more comedy...which is what Tenchi is pretty much known for although the series itself has it's dramtic moments. Of course, this film has it's dramatic times as well as it goes towards the ending. And of course, the film ends with a sweet melody called "Alchemy of Love".
Also, the DVD version of this movie has more information than "Tenchi Forever!". :) I highly recommend it to Tenchi fans who have DVD players!!!! **grin**
Shin Tenchi Muyô (1997)
Tenchi In Tokyo - Monster Busters
Tenchi Masaki is going to Tokyo for school, which saddens his friends, especially space pirate Ryoko and Juri Princess Ayeka (who are both known for tying to win Tenchi's love and affection). To make matters look brighter, scientific genius Washu creates a Dimension that can take anyone from the Masaki home to Tenchi's flat in Tokyo. Yet Tenchi seems like he wants nothing to do with any of them, especially Ryoko and Ayeka. In Tokyo, Tenchi becomes smitten with a young girl named Sakuya. Of course, this greatly provokes aggressive fury from both Ryoko and Ayeka. Mysertiously, however, as Tenchi and Sakuya become closer, Ryoko, Ayeka, Sasami, Kiyone, Mihoshi, and Washu are growing further apart from each other. This once-close-knit family friendship is dying...and now there's another even greater mystery...and her name is Yugi.
"Tenchi In Tokyo", like the other two series, is funny and has witty humor in it. Not to mention, a few cat fights between Ryoko and Ayeka, although in episodes like "The Eternal Pledge", the two team up with each other to rescue Tenchi from odd creatures. Then of course, there is Kiyone and her ditzy sidekick, Mihoshi, who still gets poor Kiyone caught up in a web of disaster.
However, "Tenchi In Tokyo" lacks what the other series has featured and totally turned the whole idea plot around. For one, when did Washu and Ryoko end up being a team in the beginning? In "Tenchi Universe", Ryoko landed on Earth alone, and Washu didn't come until after a few more episodes. Then of course, there's Ryo-Oki...in this series, he was with Sasami and Ayeka. In "Universe" he came after Ryoko teased Tenchi about being pregnant with Tenchi's child after come into the kitchen with Ryo-Oki's egg. Then finally, there's Ayeka and Sasami. In this series, Sasami was with Ayeka when she came to Earth, yet in "Universe", Ayeka came to Earth alone. Sasami came later looking for Ayeka. Same goes for Mihoshi and Kiyone.
So, the whole entire plot has changed almost in "Tenchi In Tokyo" which kind of ruined the whole entire "Tenchi" saga. Then there is the animation - not quite as sharp as it is in "Universe" and in "Muyo!" if you ask me. Also, it lacks feelings more. Like in "Universe" for example with the final episode, it finally reflected Tenchi's true feelings for both Ayeka and Ryoko, though his feelings for Ryoko seems more touching than Ayeka's. Not to mention, it shows even more in the "Zero" episodes from "Muyo!". "Tenchi In Tokyo" is more comedy than serious which is good...and their episodes aren't as emotionally tear-jerking like a few they have in the other two series (i.e. "There's No Need For Memories" or "There's No Need For Ghosts" from "Tenchi Universe").
I do like "Tenchi In Tokyo", and I can do without Sakuya 100% - who is perhaps the most annoying character to ever happen to Tenchi - besides Haruna, but thank God Haruna's just from a movie. "Tenchi In Tokyo" isn't as impressive as "Universe" and "Muyo!", but it'll do for "Tenchi" fans. At least, they didn't leave out the humor and action and excitement it always has been known for! :)
Delightful Like A Beautiful Dream
One day during a Solar Eclipse in Tokyo, the Dead Moon Circus has arrived, searching for the holder of Pegasus, the protector of beautiful dreams of people, so they can get a hold of the Golden Crystal to turn the world into pure darkness. Little does she know, young Rini - better known as the daughter of Neo-Queen Serenity - is the holder. Later, she and Pegasus form a strong bond and become the best of friends. Yet no one knows, especially Serena, Darien, and their friends. What Rini doesn't realize is that she is in grave danger, for the Dead Moon Circus leaders, Queen Helena and Zirconia, has sent out Tiger's Eye, Fish Eye, and Hawke's Eye - also known as the Amazon Trio - and the Amazoness Quartet - JunJun, ParaPara, CereCere, and VesVes - to search for the holder of Pegasus and the Golden Mirror. And it's up to the Sailor Scouts and Tuxedo Mask to protect the citizens of Tokyo from the Dead Moon Circus's evil plans.
Before I watched this, I lost in touch with watching Sailor Moon, because before I watched this, I had NO IDEA who Rini was until I read the comic books, learning that she was the daughter of Neo Queen Serenity, who is Sailor Moon's future self.
Yet I found this different than the old Sailor Moon I used to watch. It shows the more emotional side of each character, and highly shows the strong friction between Pegasus and Rini, and not to mention, Serena's jealousy if her boyfriend, Darien, is talking to another girl (kind of sounds like one of my friends! - ha ha!!!). I personally also think that the art work is A LOT better, and humour is even more witty and amusing!!! :)
But anyhow...what I found more interesting is that Sailor Moon Supers is more amusing than the regular series I used to know and love. And it features a few issues that can be seen through the eyes of an adult rather than a child.
Well of course, there are other features in Japan that aren't featured in America such as homosexuality. Take Fish Eye for an example. In America, Fish Eye is the only female of the Amazon Trio. However, according to one website that I was surfing, Miss Fish Eye is actually a homosexual male and a transvestite. Plus, you don't see Serena and Darien kissing a lot, but only in two episodes. Plus, in the comic books, you catch Serena and Darien kissing a lot, but also sharing their love together in bed if you know what I mean! On the other hand, these things are forbidden for Sailor Moon's more younger audience!!! :)
"Sailor Moon Supers" expresses a lot of touching emotions and episodes..and not to mention, it features lots of laughs that will keep Sailor Moon fans entertained!!! :)
Tenchi Muyô! (1992)
No Need For Bad Reviews! :)
Tenchi Masaki is your average school boy who lives with his grandfather, who is a Shinto Priest, and his father. His mom died when he was a young boy, and his grandfather is teaching him how to be like him. One day, something falls from the sky and arrives on Earth. It's the infamous Space Pirate, Ryoko. Once Ryoko is welcome into the Masaki home, she finds herself in love with Tenchi. Soon, other girls from outer space joins in the fun...taking Tenchi on the ride of his life!
Besides Ryoko, Tenchi is joined by:
Ayeka - the crown princess of Juri who also finds herself attached to Tenchi and will do anything to win his heart away from Ryoko. Of course because of this, she and Ryoko are always getting into cat fights! :)
Sasami - Ayeka's little sister, who is also a princess. She is the youngest, yet she finds herself being the nurturer of the household - doing all the house work and even cooking delicious meals for everyone.
Ryo-Oki - a cabbit (a rabbit who "meows" like a kitty cat, but LOVES carrots), who is the Masaki pet, but also Ryoko's space ship. Ryo-Oki also found a friend in Sasami, and a boyfriend in Nagi's cabbit (forgot his name!!!).
Washu - the scientist who invents some of the worlds most craziest (i.e. Meca-Washu, who ended up being like Mihoshi) and sometimes dangerous invention (i.e. a device that could destroy an entire planet from the last episode "No Need For A Conclusion"). She is also said to be Ryoko's creator.
Kiyone - Galaxy Policewoman, who finds herself caught in a web of disaster thanks to her partner, Mihoshi.
Mihoshi - Kiyone's partner, who seems to have an IQ of a bag of dirt and is always saved by pure luck. It took her quite a few episodes to finally figure out that Ryo-Oki was a girl. Not to mention, she is the reason why Meca-Washu was a bust.
"Tenchi Universe" is the best of series I think. Plus, it has everything from lots of lots of laughs, a bit of emotional tear jerking like when audiences learn about Tenchi's mom's death ("No Need For Memories"), and of course, love ("No Need For Ryoko" and "No Need For Conclusion"). Then again...there are a few things that Japan has that America doesn't - nudity when the girls are bathing in the bath house, a bit more shed of blood, etc. Of course this is forbidden to be shown since it's on Cartoon Networks "Toonami" hours, and America treats this stuff as the ultimate taboo!
As for Tenchi's feelings for Ryoko and Ayeka...I personally think that Ryoko has truly won his heart. You can tell by the way Tenchi looks at her in the last couple of episodes, espeically when she embraces him in a forest of Cherry Blossom trees, and they walk close together holding hands with little cabbit, Ryo-Oki, following. Also when she does all she can to rescue Tenchi, who was tied up in a coffin, from her arch-rival, bounty hunter, Nagi.
An enjoyable series FOR ALL ANIME FANS...especially best when you watch it in Japanese - thanks to the magic of DVD!!! :) No need for bad reviews here - "Tenchi Universe" is a true delight!!! :)
Tenchi takes a walk in the mountains after Ayeka and Ryoko get into a bitter fight. Mysteriously, however, he all of the sudden disappears. After months of searching everywhere for Tenchi, Ayeka and Ryoko come to Tokyo, and spot him. Only he's older, he has no idea who Ayeka and Ryoko are, and he is with another girl - her name is Haruna. Haruna has provide a soft, comforting, and loving home for Tenchi, yet it distracts him from his memory, which irritates Ayeka, Ryoko, and his friends. Yet Haruna has a mysterious past connection with Tenchi's grandfather, Katsuhito. And what does she want with Tenchi? With the help of scientific genius, Washu, Galaxy Policewomen, Kiyone and Mihoshi, Juri's younger princess, Sasami, and Tenchi's own grandfather, Ryoko and Ayeka must rescue Tenchi from Haruna's manipulative and evil grip before they lose him forever!
Overall, this movie is a far cry from the television series I watch. Not only is it more serious than the television series, but also it includes what America doesn't let you watch - full frontal nudity, sexual situations, etc. etc. Also, Ryoko and Ayeka are actually getting along instead of fighting like they always do in the show, and Mihoshi, the airhead, wasn't being much of a ditz - well, except for one part when she yelled out how realistic the fake Science Academy ID car was! :)
Yet the movie also features different information than the tv series. For ONE, since each Jurian has a tree, like Haruna's Camelia tree, how come Jurian princesses, Ayeka and Sasami, don't have their own trees?
Besides that, I thought the movie was quite good, even though Haruna is the most ANNOYING character in the whole film, especially when Ryoko was trying to get Tenchi back and speaking for Tenchi, instead of letting him speak for himself. She perhaps is even more agrivating than Sakuya (from "Tenchi In Tokyo")! :P Besides the fact how annoying Haruna was, this was a great movie - a must have for all "Tenchi" fans!!! :)
That Night in Rio (1941)
Another Funny and Musical Work From the 40's
During a nice night out with his wife, Cecilia (Alice Faye), Baron Manuel Duarte (Don Ameche) watches a performance by entertainer, Larry Martin (also played by Don Ameche), who impersonates him...and he does it very well. Impressed by the performance, the baron goes backstage to meet the young actor. Little does the baron know that the actor chats with is wife. When the baron is missing for work, his associates hire Larry to impersonate the baron (and has no idea what he's doing either). And the rest is history.
A comical 1940's film this is, also starring the one and only Carmen Miranda, who plays Larry's hot-tempered girlfriend, Carmen, who of course is also a singer at the club where Larry performs.
What I love about the old films from the 1940's is the old fashion Hollywood glamour with the fancy dresses and evening gowns, etc., and not to mention, the fine jewelry the women wear (i.e. the baronesses anniversary gift from her husband). But it's a far cry from what you see today: Lack of long term kissing, sex, violence, and of course, swearing. Lots of music and ditsy characters.
I found "That Night In Rio" quite delightful when I watched it on AMC. It was bubbly with a lot of really lighthearted music and comedy, and sophisticated fashions worn by Carmen Miranda and Alice Faye. I got a kick out of Carmen's hot-tempered character, who kept on throwing her shoes at Larry when he made her angry. Not to mention, Don Ameche was a brilliant actor who could play two different characters quite well, and can compare each of them onscreen. :)
Good film...enjoyable for anyone who likes old movies! :)
A Diva's Christmas Carol (2000)
Another Delightful Remake of the Charles Dickens Classic - DIVA STYLE!!!
Ebony (Scrooge) (Vanessa L. Williams) is one of the world's most successful and popular female pop stars in the world. In a glamorous, luxurious world of fame and fortune, Ebony lives up to the title of "diva". Her too-hot-to-handle, fiery temper, and nasty attitude makes her band and manager feel bitter about her. Only a few days before Christmas, Ebony decides to put on a concert to raise money for the homeless, but her band and her manager are anything but excited. On Christmas Eve, Ebony is visited by the dead spirit of her former singing partner, Marli Jacob (Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas of TLC), who tells her that she will be visited by "three spirits". Little does Ebony know, that these "three spirits" will do anything to turn Ebony from nasty to nice.
Yep...same concept as the original by Charles Dickens of course. But I really don't know what it was about this movie that really captured my attention. I mean, I've seen A LOT of remakes of "A Christmas Carol" from "Disney's Christmas Carol" to "A Muppet's Christmas Carol" and the one with Patrick Stewart who played Ebenezer Scrooge.
Perhaps, "A Christmas Carol" is afterall a timeless classic story about a cold-hearted Englishman who gets a second chance in life. It's a touching story that kind of proves that even nasty and mean people have feelings and are surprisingly ....nice.
In this case, we have a modern-day "diva" starring song bird singing sensation Vanessa L. Williams ("Save the Best For Last", "Colors of the Wind"), playing one nasty woman. Like the original "Christmas Carol", Ebony (like Ebenezer) is wealthy, cold-hearted, and doesn't care about Christmas. Her manager is surprising named Bob Cratchett (played by Brian McNamira), and is also an ex-boyfriend of hers. Also, like the original character, Bob has a sick little boy named Tim (deleting the "tiny" part). Then of course, you have the three spirits:
Ghost of Christmas Past - played by Kathy Griffin -- who adds a bit of spark and humor in the movie and to her character.
Ghost of Christmas Present - played by former Duran Duran bassist, John Taylor -- whose version of the Ghost of Christmas Present makes his appearance the same way as the original, only the yummy Christmas food is replaced with groupies and booze. :)
Ghost of Christmas Future - which is supposedly the big surprise of the show.
So, put this all together, and here you have "A Diva's Christmas Carol". Apart from the amusement of the music bussiness and the stereotypes of female pop singers and rock stars, "A Diva's Christmas Carol" is like the original "Christmas Carol"....giving a single soul a second chance. But one things for sure, that this holiday tale still is very heartwarming....and not to mention, this modern day version of the Dicken's classic is very heartwarming.
There are emotional parts in the film (i.e. Ebony's journey with Kathy Griffin's Ghost of Christmas Past -- you'll see what I mean), a few funny and amusing parts (John Taylor's Ghost of Christmas Present and how he drags Ebony around NYC faster than a ray of light), and of course, lots of really great Christmas songs ("Heart of Christmas" and an up-beat, pop version of "Sleigh Ride").
I really enjoyed "A Diva's Christmas Carol". One of the greatest remakes of "A Christmas Carol" has been made and seen on VH1 during the holiday season!!! It may not be amusing to EVERYONE, but for those who just can't get enough of this classic holiday tale is will love it!!! :) I know I did!!! :D
Fainaru fantajî VIII (1999)
A Convincing Tale About Courage, Trust, Friendship, and Love
Squall Leonhart, a courageous young man, who gets his training skills at the Balamb Garden. Because of his lack of trust in anyone, Squall isolates himself from everyone in the Garden. His excellent fighting skills soon makes him a SeeD, an organization who goes against the sorceress, who soon comes into the picture and tries to destory and take over the world. Now it's up to Squall and his new friends to try to stop the sorceress from destroying the world. Yet that's not all - soon Squall learns the meaning of true friendship and surprisingly - LOVE. And who is Laguna Loire and Ellone?
Joining Squall in his great adventure are:
- Quistis Trepe - the SeeD instructor who, like Squall, suffers from loneliness, and becomes an older-sister figure to Squall and the other SeeDs
- Zell Dincht - a fun-loving SeeD who loves wild and risky adventures, and is one of the best fighters in the Balamb Garden.
- Selphie Tilmitt - a SeeD with a cheerful, spunky, and bouyant attitude who also has great fighting skills like Squall and Zell.
- Irvine Kinneas - a ladies man originally from Galabia Garden (Balamb Garden's rival Garden), and sharpshooter who soon has a thing for Selphie, yet secretly has a sensitive and caring nature.
- Rinoa Heartilly - the princess of the Timber Owls, an anti-government orginazation who calls for the Seeds for help, who at first had a brief fling with Balamb Garden bully, Seifer Almasy, but soon falls helplessly in love with Seifer's arch rival, Squall.
All I can say about this game is "WOW!"
Can you believe the life-like graphics and animation on this game? Some say that "Final Fantasy VIII" is the weakest of the sagas (because of it's storyline), but I loved the storyline! The storyline is mostly, I think, based on life...explaining how a gifted lonewolf like Squall could learn to open up to his friends and the girl of his dreams especially. This story a long life lesson for all loners who feel isolated, and Squall's personality is an important part in the story and how his attitude changes, is even more important.
As you read the dialogue, you can easily see what each of the characters are feeling...whether it's love (i.e. Squall and Rinoa), fear, courage, hopefulness (i.e. Zell and Quistis), sorrow, or happiness (i.e. Irvine and Selphie).
Not to mention, the dialogue can also be pretty hilarious. Seifer's comment on Zell and Squall for example:
"This is great! I have a chicken-wuss and a guy who just reached puberty in my squad!"
"Final Fantasy VIII" is the first FF game I ever played, but on the other hand, it's very easy to. A LOT easier than "Final Fantasy VII". I even beat the Omega Weapon, which is the toughest monster on the game. Plus, the plot and storyline isn't as difficult as the 7th.
Final Fantasy VIII has the best animation and kind of crosses over into new technology for video games and even Japanese Animation! :)
TIPS: **Squall and Zell are the strongest fighters in the game** and **Squall, Zell, and Rinoa have the best limit breaks** And DON'T FORGET to get **AURA** magic, and DO NOT spend it all in one battle - or you'll be SORRY!!!!
Inventing the Abbotts (1997)
Not My Cup of Tea, but (Still) Okay.
Meet Lloyd and Joan Abbott (Will Patton and Barbara Williams), the wealthiest in the neighborhood. Then there is the Holt brothers, Doug and Jacey (Joaquin Phoenix and Billy Crudup), whose bank accounts could never match the Abbotts'. Unfortunately for Lloyd and Joan, Doug and Jacey have set eyes on the Abbott sisters - Alice (Joanna Going),the good sister, Eleanor (Jennifer Connelly), the bad sister, and Pamela (Liv Tyler), the youngest. While Jacey tries to seduce both Eleanor and Alice, Doug forms a faithful, friendship with little sister, Pamela. Yet what the Holt brother's do not know is the true reason why Lloyd wants nothing to do with them - and involves their beloved mother (Kathy Baker).
First and foremost, this movie takes place in the 1950's and pretty much extends into later years as you watch Alice's almost-perfect marriage fall apart, Jacey's greed for wealth blossom until he soon tries to seduce all three of the Abbott sisters - especially Eleanor, and of course, on the lighter side, watching both Pamela Abbott and Doug Holt's relationship grow more mature.
I found "Inventing..." a bit boring, and it's not a movie I'd be overly excited to watch again, but there are a few good parts that I enjoyed watching. The 1950's fashions and settings were really interesting to see, and I must admit that Joanna Going and Jennifer Connelly - who sort of look like each other (and could pass for sisters) - have that classic 1950's/1960's look with the full red lips, snow white skin, and dark color hair. Of course, Jennifer Connelly has also starred in 1930's/40's/50's etc. based films such as "The Rocketeer" (Jenny Blake), "Mulholland Falls" (Allison Pond).
Oh and one more thing...the Holt's mother's secret with the Abbotts is NOTHING that exciting either. When you find it out, it's like, "God! Isn't that the way it usually is with most movies?!" or as I thought, "I watched this whole movie and that's what the secret was?! Geez!"
But for anyone who likes these simple movies, I recommend it. Otherwise, it's also a good movie to fall asleep to.
The Exorcist (1973)
Interesting Plot...Interesting Film! :)
(Fictional) Actress and single-mother, Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn), loves her daughter, Regan (Linda Blair), more than life itself. Yet mysteriously, young Regan becomes "sick". She's doing wild things that she's never done before and saying things that Chris could never imagine. What's the cause of this all? Captain Howdy, of course! Now, Chris and Regan's only hope is Father Damien Karras (Jason Miller), the exorcist himself!
I saw the re-release version (w/ the never-before scenes) in theaters (as well as on video). I remember my two friends being scared before watching and they were huddling together in the theater. I personally didn't find this movie scary at all even though the fact that being possessed by demons is possible. Yet I must say that I think this is by far, the freakiest movie I've ever seen in my life. Interesting too, because there was never a movie like this before! And of course, afterwards, other movies about possessed victims have followed (i.e. "Stigmata" starring Patricia Arquette as the helpless victim). Yet nothing could ever repeat the errie horror of "The Exorcist".
As a matter of fact, there were some funny parts of this film! (he he!). When Linda Blair's character, Regan, is possessed, prepare for very funny cursing lines (especially when the two priests come to visit), but also rather painful parts (when she's attacking herself with a crucifix...lots and lots of blood - **ouch**).
But anyways, this horror cult classic is one of the best movies I've ever seen! :) It's even great watching it on the silver screen w/ the re-release version! :)