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The Most Controversial Violence Jack OVA.
I'm sure Rape Town would probably would have not been a good title for this thing. Considering it happens a lot in it though. Hell Town's fine though.
The shocking second OVA in the adaptation of Go Nagai's rather grim series has Jack helping a group of models who live in a survivor community that is in three sections A,B,C. All of this underground. The first section is sort of civilized group of supposed normal men, but really they are just as evil as the 2nd section which is some kind of Road Warrior-esque gang that looks like they escaped from Fist of the North Star.
What comes next is a lot of disturbing stuff. But keep in mind this is suppose to be taking place during an apocalyptic earthquake that has leveled Tokyo. Grim stuff is going to happen.
And this OVA certainly is not going to shy away from even Child Murder in parts to show the grim reality of the situation.
The rape content is equally disturbing and there's even a added crop of cannibalism and necrophilia shoved in to make the OVA extra grim.
Which is of course why it was refused classification in Australia. And censored by Manga entertainment at first.
The most surprising thing about the acting of the whole thing, at least in the Japanese voice casting is the guy who played Jack in this one.
As usual the series of 3 OVAs cycled out Voice actors for Jack and this time didn't go with Tessho Genda who did it in Harem Bomber. But instead went with Kiyoshi Kobayashi. Now Kobayashi is actually more famous for playing Lupin the 3rd's famous right hand man Daisuke Jigen in Anime for years that it's kind of odd hearing his voice coming out of a ultra-brutal killer hulk of a monster like Jack.
Equally strange is the fact he would play the bad guy in the 3rd OVA not long after that.
Midnight Screenings (2011)
Turgid, after hour film reactions from a bunch of nobodies in a car past midnight.
It's still shocking this guy has a listing on this site. He and the rest of the TGWTG gang are about as z-level in the reviewer game as you can get. This guy reviews nothing but porn and splatter flicks, not to mention anything weird he can get his hands on. Then tries his hand at actual mainstream movies. To mostly act like a hormonal teenager about with his gang of current friends. Most of these reviews are lacking in even the basic professionalism of most reviewers. Profanity ridden and rather immature in spots with raspberry sounds being made by the man himself several times.
It's sad people take this seriously, I mean it's not even funny, it's pathetic and lame. At least that Jake guy got canned recently, his schtick was getting uncomfortably angry after every kids movie and Adam Sandler flick he went to. I don't think that was really funny, but then again some people have a sick sense of humor now these days.
The man's comment section on the site is rather frightful, all his fans are rather protective of their idol, which is rather unsettling. And he doesn't respond well to criticism of what he does on the show and ultimately his responses are about as immature as his actual reviews.
Some of them are actually plain rude and mean, like he feels like he doesn't need to explain certain things to people and so forth. Oh well. What are you going to do. This guy's got a 8.5 on here for some reason on this show for a badly shot show in a poorly lit car after midnight movie reaction show that stinks like rotten cabbage.
Anime Abandon: Golgo 13 (2013)
Don't believe this reviewer.
I mean he obviously has his own personal problems with this anime. I mean his review is so slack jawed in the lame nitpicker category. It's actually just plain stupid how he goes about ripping into titles like this like he's an actual anime fan. Pfft. I don't understand his hatred for this even more after the review is done. He babbles about how he hates the character type of Golgo 13 and nothing more and then nitpicks the whole anime because he is so disinterested in the character type or whatever that Golgo is. He has zero background in the character. I mean he would know that this came off at least two live action adaptations of the same character and he doesn't even say that or mention it. He's not at all informative about anything here. It's sad.
Why does this guy pretend to like anime again? And he watches these in those awful English Dubbed versions all the time too. Which I guess gives him extra stuff to groan about on the show. He's not even funny.
Anime Abandon (2011)
Great for a source of titles of unknown and forgotten anime that you might want to check out.
I really don't know what to say about this show. It's awful. I've never seen a guy who really hates anime actually try to act like he does like anime. And it's kind of sorry. I mean this guy, Bennett whoever. His reviews are nice I guess for just seeing certain unknown anime titles I never knew existed. Well some I did know existed, like Wicked City, Golgo 13, Akira etc.
Mostly it's lame nitpicking of things throughout these titles. It's rather stupid. And some of his problems come down to personal problems he has with the Anime. Like his Golgo 13 review, which just is so lackluster and come down to him just having personal problems with the main character being the way he is. I mean sometimes, I do agree with him, I think Genocyber and Jungle De Ikkou he did. I could understand those. But most of the others, nope.
It's like some film school reject tried to review anime and act like a fan of it afterwards. It's really sad. Plus the man chickened out on reviewing Violence Jack like a fool. I don't get that. Especially since Discotek released the whole OVA now on DVD. The chicken needs to review it now and stop being a baby about it.
And how negative can this guy get about most anime? I mean with the exception of maybe 5 to 6 titles, he is relentlessly tearing into the anime he's got on there. And his Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie review was well, divisive, probably not going to get him any places of great appreciation in the anime community.
And even when he likes a title, he still tears into it like a jerk. I'm actually surprised this guy has a IMDb page. He's pretty forgettable and not famous or anything.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Meh Movie, but still very watchable.
I know two faced in my review of this movie. On one had, it's rather dry as far as Jack Ryan movies go. Hell, it doesn't have a football stadium blowing up in it like Sum of All Fears.
Chris Pine is good, Kevin Costner is excellent, Keira Knightley is playing sort of a damsel in distress at parts of this?!! OK, this kind of blindsides me after years of Pirates of the Caribbean movies where she could kick some person's ass if she wanted to.
The director is the bad guy. Oh wait, sorry Spoilers! He's actually not bad as a sleazy Russian extremist terrorist. His end is however a letdown.
The action scenes are great, but again the whole movie as a whole is a meh. I would watch it again, if I need a fast paced Spy Thriller to watch.
I can see why this bombed and it never saw a sequel.
10 Cent Pistol (2014)
Rather great low-budget Crime Movie, but a Tarantino Wannabe through and through
If there's anything I love more is a Tarantino Wannabe, well some of them. Not Things to do in Denver when you're Dead or Guns, Girls and Gambling.
10 Cent Pistol is one big Kickstarter funded Tarantino Wannabe from the writer of Brooklyn's Finest, which while being I guess an OK movie, (I personally didn't like it much, Wesley Snipes and Vincent D'Onofrio wasted in one movie like that is just disappointing), this is better though. A tight crime movie about a robbery gone bad and the different angles of how it goes bad, the betrayal and the double crosses and even the triple crosses. Containing a lot of cussing and blood soaking shootings that actually looked professionally done without the bad CGI muzzle and whatever effects I found in Michael Madsen's latest opuses sometimes.
Rather low budget, but the scope photography makes it look more than it was probably was. It is not boring, which I can say is the best thing about it, yeah, it's a Tarantino wannabe, but it is a short one, that is well acted anyway.
Though I am just a sucker for these types of movies, I did like John Cusack and Robert De Niro in The Bag Man, I know, bad me, bad.
Soju Senshi Psychic Wars (1991)
Rather beautiful if slow and rather confusing Anime adaptation of a Japanese Scifi Novel
If you took a rather long book and crammed it into 51 minutes of plot and action, you'd probably get this. A OVA released through Manga Video in the early 00s that was really something from the early 90s and something that only got a VHS release in it's native country of Japan. There is beautiful animation done that is extremely well done, if not extremely quick too. This OVA moves quite fast with things, which is a similar problem one reviewer on here noted and I can tell, if they had slowed down and developed the OVA out more than 51 minutes, it would have been better. It's interesting still to watch, it's no Wicked City or Ninja Scroll though. But it's interesting to say the least, and I can tell that possibly the English translation on the subtitles is a little daft but anyway. Some of the plot elements are confusing based on cultural (I guess) reasons. Also, the nasty habit of the editor to start switching back and forth in scenes sometimes not revealing bits til later after the fact. Very weirdly edited. Plus, not to spoil anything but the Doctor has lousy luck with women. And is able to punch through things with his laughable magic powers.
Not Safe for Work (2014)
The Ending ruins the film
A pretty good thriller, unfortunately let down by a lame finale/ending. A hit-man is killing people working late at a massive law firm and it's up to a recently fired worker played by Max Minghella to stop him. And uncover a secret conspiracy involving a omnipresent pharmaceutical company?
I know, what the hell? A drug company is bigger than the government according to the ending of this movie, bigger than the police. It's hilarious. Most of the movie was a normal thriller involving hit-man JJ Felid doing his best Christopher Walken impersonation, prowling around the office building murdering coworkers of Minghella.
I can see why this movie was shuffled from release in 2012, not just that the movie is 75 minutes long, but the ending is complete nonsense and leaves me going what?
And it made me think, is there a whole reel of this movie sitting somewhere that got cut out by Universal that had the complete resolution of this thing on it.
Poor Minghella who was actually a notable actor from things like Social Network, The Ides of March, The Internship, Syrianna, Art School Confidential, Horns had to star in this. And the big claim to fame on the DVD box was that Jason Blum produced it, which is true, but I don't think he's too proud of it, considering the DVD had zero special features and was just slapped on there.
Oh and that one girl who plays Max's girlfriend might be familiar to people who remember her from Fifty Shades of Grey playing Dakota Johnson's friend.
Joe Johnston makes a movie that actually succeeds in being worse than Jurassic Park III, so well there's that. It's not awful, awful, but it's pretty one note, and the ending makes me go huh. I can't state that enough.
Bobby Deerfield (1977)
Al Pacino travels through Europe and does some race car races.
Yeah, don't expect Days of Thunder from this movie. The cover lies so badly about this movie being some Le Mans, Days of Thunder, Grand Prix style racing movie but is more just a character drama with Al Pacino, Marthe Keller. And a travelogue through the backstreets of Europe. The fact the critics gave it a trouncing is surprising. They probably should have liked it. But this movie is certainly no winner. Al seems lost touring around Europe, getting concerned about a fellow driver who died on the track and why it happen, why it matters, is ultimately never explored. After all he meets this new dying sick crazy woman(Keller) at a hospital in the mountains seeing a fellow injured driver and acting depressed. Keller ultimately is able to bring Pacino out of the shell he's in figuratively, basically him being like a turtle as she says. Stuck behind his sunglasses and not responding with too much life. Plus, his brother shows up with a scene of possible problems within his family. I guess half of the scenes of Pacino going around places in Europe could have been edited, but that probably would of ruined the art appeal. It's OK, Pacino still does good. Though he's not hamming it up yet, hell, he doesn't even yell until a scene where Keller goes hot air ballooning and he pretty much loses it with her weird ass behavior. And yes she is really weird. Even for someone dying of a disease.
Enzeru koppu (1989)
At first, a hard Boiled cyberpunk show, finally lapses into a crazed inflammatory finale.
Angel Cop would seem like any other dark and extreme Japanese anime from the late 80s/early 90s. The thing that makes this movie infamous is the sudden final act of the OVA, the inflammatory, crazy reveal that turns the show from a mundane action show to a laugh riot of obscene wrongness. People with extreme politically correct attitudes will probably not approve and neither did Manga Video. They censored the long winded conspiracy theory rant from the police force leader at the end of the OVA to remove heavy themes of Anti-American and plain racist talk in a final part of the OVA. But really it only comes from the obscenely wrong police force leader who let's face it isn't good either. No one's good in this story. Or innocent. It's still an inflammatory and offensive scene that turns the otherwise action packed and somewhat character driven series off the rails to crazy land. It's laugh out loud hilarious in the true meaning as well as the dubbed take of it.
It's honestly if the final reveal was written by a Anti-American, Neo-Nazi conspiracy theorist.
And it would have been one thing if it was just Anti-American conspiracy theories.