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Swaroop: Bovine Bliss (2001)
A really forgettable show that deserved not to be picked up
I remember as a little boy watching this at my cousin's house in Canada back in 2K1, during Cartoon Network's golden age. After over 15 years I've finally found it and I didn't really enjoy it as much compared to when I seen it first time and I thought seeing a show centred on an Indian family was kind of original, but it had more flaws with it.
The story is about an Indian kid stealing his next door neighbour's cow due to his religion, then regrets his decision after the cow bosses him around, that's it?
Well what do you expect from this short? The brother is soo annoying, the parents are dumb, the granny is a bossy and Swaroop is an A$$hole for stealing that guy's cow (must've cost him to buy that cow), insulting him and injuring him. The whole family comes of as a very stereotypical Indian-American family, also their lifestyle is backwards.
I'm glad this didn't get picked up, because it seems very racist, I can see the Indian community getting raged with this show lol. I wouldn't waste time with this short as the plot is useless and the only redeeming thing about this short is it's animation and voice acting (well for the most part).
Sym-Bionic Titan (2010)
Unresolved show that need gaps to fill in
Even though this cartoon has not been aired in the UK, I heard of it over the net though so I tried to read up info about it and it surprised me that it is one of Genndy's work (the same guy that made Samurai Jack), so I rather watch it. Even though there's this trend in all of Genndy's work e.g. dark & gritty look, badass tragic hero, origin episode, anti-climactic ending etc, but this show amazed me with it's visuals along with motion blurs in fight scenes and atmospheric sound and making the show more horror-action genre.
As for the characters, here's what I think:
Octus-Without a doubt steal the show, for some reason it's interesting to see a human side of him as he struggles to question whether he's a robot or not and also having feelings for Kimmy (even though she's a slut), also acts as a father-figure towards Ilana and Lance. I feel he's very likable and really hilarious.
Lance-Even though he's not as interesting protagonist compared to Samurai Jack (another of Gennedy's previous work), he can be badass at times and find his way through, even though he can be stubborn towards Ilana and not give a sh!t about Earth's customs. But to be honest whenever there are people in his past being a$$holes towards him and having to lose his father and mother, I kinda feel bad for him. He's somewhat likable and hilarious.
Ilana-Nothing much to say other than trying to be polite, I feel as if she needs more character development on her side.
General Steel-Other than the uncanny resemblance to Marvel's Thunderbolt Ross, he sure screams a lot.
Solomon-reminds me of Agent Bishop from TMNT (both having similar roles) and looks like Alucard from Hellsing. He was pretty cool and quite likable, he began being an enemy and later an ally towards the three main characters and I'm hoping to see the mystery behind G3.
Kimmy-Other than being an annoying whiny b!tch who gets whatever she wants, she began being a bully towards Ilana to being more caring after Ilana saved her. She also serves as being the love interest for Octus (hope he ditches her but I highly doubt it lol).
And my biggest problems are the plot holes that I question about and here it is: *Is Ilana still safe? *What is going to happen to the king of Galaluna? *Will General Modula find the princess? *What the G3 boss Lance's dad? *The origin of Solomon? *Is G3 an enemy of the US army? *Will Steel ever be allied with the three main characters? *Octus relation with Kimmy, if continued is he going to reveal his secret to her? *the fate of the people from Lance's past e.g. Baron, his roommate etc, if they're dead or alive? *Lance's relation with the goth girl, kristin? *What is General Modula capable of?
Also I feel like watching the 20 episodes feels like the beginning of the story (since it's like watching a quarter of the full story) hence the name of the final episode 'A New Beginning', it was pretty ballsy for CN to pull the plug on this show way too early just over toy sales (it could've been as popular as Adventure Time). I also want to see character developments, more variety of villains (not just monsters, but other Titans possibly), plot holes really needs explaining and also the struggle of the titan (since it was too OP, I want to see it get hurt and upgrade itself).
I'm aware that it's been nearly 6 years after it ended, but never say never as season 5 of Samurai Jack recently returned on Adult Swim, so maybe have this show back on Adult Swim or Netflix?
Magi: Sinbad no Bouken (2016)
Good short anime series
It's been quite awhile since I reviewed anything for ages but I must say that this anime series incorporates 1001 Arabian nights in a different manner, Sinbad in this version is very likable and becomes a sailor not just for the sake of it (I'm looking at you Luffy LOL), he becomes a sailor to change the world and unite nations (wherever corruption is) due to his sad origin. The action is great, but some character designs don't look great at all, some male characters look too feminine but it wasn't that much of a big let down. The real reason I watched this is because of my interest in Arabian mythology and also Sinbad the sailor, definitely check it out as it is only 13 episodes long.
Nice try, but better luck next time!
Thanks to IMDb user The_Phantom_Projectionist for helping me find a film about Gatka, the reason why I'm very interested in Gatka is because it use to be popular in Pakistan (but now it's slowly less popular due to the MMA craze) and the fact my uncles from Pakistan been telling me that it's all about sword/stick & shield play.
Anyways I think I was out of topic lol, Fateh was more corny than serious, having a similar premise from Karate kid (jealous jock picks on smart-puny guy because the girl prefers that guy instead of him, stranger saves puny guy from jock, stranger teaches puny guy, training montage of puny guy, enters tournament, nearly gets his arse kicked until something triggers him and ends up winning against the jock).
Also I can tell the main protagonist (Nav Bajwa) had so much potential (doing his own stunts) but was a bit of a waste due to the sloppy editing at times in fight scenes (along with stereotypical international fighters using fictional martial arts to make it more corny lol), also would've been better without the musical scenes (I guess it's a permanent staple of Bollywood lol).
Overall the only redeeming thing about this was the sympathy for the protagonist (of what he went through), the training montage and Nav Bajwa doing backflips in slo-mo lol. This film ended up being more of a RomCom instead of sports action, leaving this film being unrealistic and cliché.
If you don't care about realism and care about watching it for fun, then your free to watch it, but if you want to see it just for Gatka then go watch Jodhaa Akbar (as there are scenes of it being depicted) instead of this, although it was nice to see Gatka strongly depicted in this film.
Tian jiang xiong shi (2015)
One of the best (and yet underrated) Jackie Chan film of this decade!
I manage to watch this on an airplane while I was on my way to Qatar, anyways I was a bit worried of what the outcome might be e.g. Flops like tuxedo, the medallion and the spy next door, but it turns out that it was so brilliant (guess the critics are wrong about this film. Here are some of my pros I manage to break down: *The most redeeming thingwas the fight scenes, as Jackie stated in behind the scenes promo (he wanted the fight scenes to be realistic instead of a wuxia-type fight scene) and he absolutely delivers it well, he's in his 60's so he's not a young lad anymore that can make fight scenes look fancy (or perform stunts) and tbh it fits well with his age, also it was great contrast with eastern vs western styles of fighting. *diverse location/cast-I was so surprised of how many groups were involved including Uighur, Huns, White Indians etc and also the Romans, also filmed in a beautiful desert and with no cgi what so ever. *Prop design-the scorpion sword (attaching wrist rope to sword) was pretty original and artistic at the same time, also the costume design was also artistic as well (as it wasn't very typical).
Here are my cons: *acting-it wasn't bad nor great, it was alright but could've done a bit better. *story dragging too long-my only complaint is when it tries to get into the action, there were some boring dialogue but nothing that puts me off from the film.
Verdict: It was very interesting to see Adrien Brody to play the antagonist as he seemed to always play protagonists in previous roles. As for Jackie, he did say he wants to be a better actor so I think he should make film like this in the future minus the historical era lol.
Pirate Brothers (2011)
Fast paced and excellent fight choreography!
What a martial arts film needs is a bit of drama and this film got that nailed perfectly, although it's a bit rushed, Robin Shou actually improved in this film from when I saw him in 1995's Mortal Kombat in acting. Also newcomer Verdy Bhawanta did fairly good in acting, but OMG he had the most stylistic capoiera movements I've ever seen in a movie (which some movies fail to represent) compared to Lateef Crowder (not bad, but he's good too). this film rarely let me down but the only problem was realism but I don't really care that much for it TBH.
I wish good luck for Robin Shou (for improving his acting) and Verdy Bhawanta (to see him in more action films). So if your a Robin Shou fan, your definitely gonna see some great performance from him and if your just a casual movie goer, then this film is definitely on the same league as Ong Bak, Undisputed 3, District 13 and The Transporter.
Acting=7/10 Plot=8.5/10 Action=10/10
Assassin's Creed III (2012)
Worst AC game ever!?!
I borrowed this game of a friend 2 years ago and I can say this was very disappointing and heres why: 1. When the trailers and cover art first debut back in early 2012, I thought it was cheap and not that anticipated compared to AC2 but that's my op
2. The game is watered down in weapons like bomb crafting and hidden guns (replaced with poison daggers and a range of pistols)
3. I was expecting connor havinga third blade in the shoe to reference the fact he's the third assassin's creed character (like altair have 1 blade and ezio having 2), but no we get a stupid folding knife that was pointless.
4. The fighting system was way too complicated and was harder kill the enemy especially even without their armoury (especially killing a highlander with a kilt wtf)
5. The lock on is terrible, especially using any firearms and bow & arrow, It literally can't target properly and even if I have the target locked on and shoot it, nothing happens and they're still alive wtf.
6. They took out the hidden locations that were fun in the Ezio trilogy
7. The new assassin hideout in the modern era is badly designed
8. The stealth is terrible, even when you hid in a perfect position the enemy will still see you?
9. Escaping in this game is dreadful, every enemy all of a sudden pops up when one of them spot you, when you scale up building they shoot up with guns and your dead instantly.
10. The main protagonist, Connor is such Brat and a Tw*t, he wasn't anything like Ezio or Altair? he just lunges in battles without any tactics or plans, even his father Haytham was more interesting and therefore Connor has no character development, feels like a guy I see on the street that I feel like to punch him in the face.
11. The sub-boss Daniel Cross is really useless boss in the game and easily gets his A$$ handed to Desmond, looks like he's mentally retarded.
12. The multiplayer is awful and characters in it are unlikable
13. The final boss fight for Connor and Desmond were both lazy and undramatic, Connor escaped from a destroyed building and hangs out with main antagonist at local pub then kills him? same laziness towards Desmond's final battle were he kills Warren easily with the apple of eden? I'm sorry but that was just cr@p, I'd expect to see a big battle or something were Warren has a smart plan to counter Desmond (I've been dreaming of this since the first AC came out).
14. The ending was much like Mass Effect 3, were the ending gives you ONE option and main protagonist dies? I wanted more of Desmond to develop as a character and see him as the chosen one like Neo of The Matrix, but sadly Desmond didn't show much of his great moment in this game compared to the previous installments.
15. The story was the weakest of all AC games, nuff said
For those who are AC fans, stay away from this game as possible, worst game of 2012
Brick Mansions (2014)
Funny and yet underrated
Most of the films this year don't have much Martial Arts flick these days and this film is NOT a Hollywood remake, it's Canadian now that I brought that out of the way lets begin my review.
Like many fans, I use to watch the original District 13 film and it's sequel D13: Ultimatum, a couple of years ago when free-running was popular , Brick Mansions seems to be an alternate reality to the original (because I don't treat it only as a remake, but as it's own story), here are some difference I'm going to point out:
Lino-still the same from D13, but doesn't seem to get along with Damien a lot. David's performance is probably the strongest and most liked.
Damien-unlike the original, this film shows more about Damien's Father (a cop) that got shot dead by Termaine and wants to get revenge instead of bringing justice like the original. Paul Walker was no Cyril in this film as the fights could've been longer, but he did a decent job though.
Lola-She's actually Lino's Girlfriend, which is just a big step to change the films plot, the original had her being a sister of Leito, also in this film she work in a Cafe instead of a store. As for the actress, she seemed a bit too womanly in this film while the original was just a normal girl.
Termaine-He was more lighter side in this film as he was elected as mayor after he confessed to Damien about killing his father, also he doesn't die like the original, instead he's spared. Also in this remake, RZA's character is Black unlike the original, so RZA did average I would say.
K2-was shown more of a coward in this version unlike the original. Like Termaine, was also black in this film, the actor gave a funny performance so I would let him off.
Yeti-Unlike the original, he is shown more often shown chasing Lino & Damien, also the original was kinda unrealistically beefy. Not much I could say really.
Now for the bad points that disappointed me: *Vin Diesel dubbing David Belle/Lino-At first I already knew Vin dubbed him and I didn't mind it, but there was 1 mistake in a scene where Damien referred to Lino "French A**hole", this kinda put me off because it's obvious Vin didn't do a French accent and instead used his natural voice. Also they could've used David's natural voice, this film would be better and I hope they release a DVD to give the option to listen to David's voice instead.
*The Ending-unlike the original, once the Mayor of Detroit was arrested, they allow Termaine to be Mayor (The same guy who was the leader of a drug gang?) and everything was back to normal and children playing around?
Overall: Though the action was great, The story was okay and the cast was as well. I only went to see this film because of David Belle (famous Traceur), Paul Walker (because he died and I thought I'd see what he did on his last film) and because I'm a fan of the original.
Now if your a fan of the District 13 series or like Martial art films, watch the action in this instead of the story because it was well revised as well choreographed. If your into the story, well......treat it like an ALTERNATE REALITY to the original.
don't know if I could recommend it to you, but the action won't disappoint you ;), even though the original is honestly better, until I see a Director's cut edition for the movie to release on DVD, maybe I can re-think my rating.
Well at least it was better than that rubbish "Free-runner(2011)", at least this film had a a decent story LOL.
Enjoy this more than DBZ Kai
I actually like this more than the recently Remake of the series (Kai) which released on the channel "Kix", so anyways this film was what I always wanted, my favourite rock band "Disturbed" composed some songs in it and the voice cast from Kai in it (except for Gohan and Bulma I think), don't know why people don't like the English ver, I just think that the rock music fits in with all the action and I couldn't be bothered watching it in Japanese because I couldn't understand it, I can't be bothered reading the subtitles, Goku has a stupid chipmunk voice and the cr*p music. It's just my opinion so if you want to watch it in Japanese thats fine, but the English offers more if your into rock and anime.
Tekken: Buraddo benjensu (2011)
better Tekken film then the other 2
apart from the nude scene from Shin Kamiya, kinda miss that guy since he was awesome in the film, even though this was a girly film its also better than the other 2 rubbish Tekken film this one was actually better. But they should make a sequel because they didn't explain how Alisa ended up in a cell when Lars found her in Tekken 6 scenario mode, and namco should put shin in the future Tekken game also i recommend that this film won't be a let down to a Tekken fan because the final fight scene was epic and thought how would Jin fight in a Tekken film. the voices were not too bad to me anyways. finally a film with a plot line related to the Tekken franchise