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The Pacific: Iwo Jima (2010)
Episode title is very misleading
Although titled Iwo Jima, hardly any of this episode shows the battle itself until the very ending. It mostly covers John Basilone training new recruits and his romance with a woman whom he later marries, which is extremely dull. Whatever scenes of the battle only lasts for a few minutes.
Compared to Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima and Flags of Our Fathers (which also portray the battle to a wider extent), the depiction of the battle in this episode appears to have been over-sensationalized and possibly exaggerated. Basilone's portrayal might also have been heavily fictionalized. I believe all this was merely done for the sake of entertainment. Either way, I am very disappointed that little is shown of the battle.
Pokémon: Yellow Version (1998)
The Special Pikachu Edition
It's nearly the same as the Red and Blue versions, but I consider this enhanced version to be slightly better. The three starting Pokemon is replaced by a Pikachu, but nonetheless all three can be obtained by the player later in the game. The Pikachu will also appear following the player throughout the game. The sprites are far better looking, and Jessie and James of Team Rocket also appear in Yellow.
There are as usual some bad points, the worst of which I believe is the introduction. While it clearly shows Pikachu using the Surf and Fly moves, it can't learn either in the game. A legitimate way is to have Pokémon Stadium, which is only compatible with Nintendo 64; both have been obsolete for over a decade. The game can transfer a Pikachu with the move Surf to the Yellow version, but will mean replacing your original Pikachu. The mini-game "Surfing Pikachu" is utterly useless unless you have a Pikachu that has Surf. There are Nintendo events which give out Pokemons like Pikachu with the move Surf, but these giveaways are restricted to a few countries and do not accommodate the Red, Blue and Yellow versions anymore. The game's introduction has been nothing but misleading.
If you like Pikachu and the updated sprites, then this is it. Otherwise, you're as good as having the Red or Blue version.
Terminator Salvation (2009)
McG could've done better
Despite the absence of Arnold Schwarzenegger, I consider Terminator Salvation to be an improvement of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, which remains the worst of the franchise. Nonetheless, it is still poor and fails to live up to the first two films.
When I heard director McG was chosen to direct the fourth sequel, my reaction was, "who and what is an McG?" I began to despair when I found out he directed Charlies' Angels, and I lost even more hope when I saw the trailer. Perhaps it wasn't his idea, but why the Motor-Terminators & Hydrobots? Whoever thought of those (even if it was Stan Winston) had obviously gone too far.
When I found out the plot would be set in the future, I remained optimistic as we've hardly seen much of the future war. But having seen the film, the future battles from the first two movies is more than enough. When I found out the theme is not Brad Fiedel's, I breathed a sigh of relief (better for Fiedel's theme to stay with the best). I wonder why the director chose to show the movie title twice at the start.
The film lacks original screenplay, with McG copying many notable actions, moments & lines from the first two. The mechanical sounds from the Terminator is similar to that heard in Transformers, not to mention a rip-off. Perhaps McG should direct Transformers 3, he deserves it.
It's also very disappointing to know that the role of the Terminator is very short, appearing only at the end. Was it really so hard for the writers to give Roland Kikinger a starring role, preferably in place of Marcus Wright but as the T-800 instead? Using Arnold's CGI face does not change anything, it was way too short as well. The only positive I can take from this film is that McG did not make a mockery of the franchise the way Jonathan Mostow did in T3.
The Director's Cut version does not change my opinion of this film, in fact it's worse. Kudos to McG for following in the footsteps of Jonathan Mostow, further ruining the franchise's reputation. Highly recommended for those who crave action and have low expectations though.
KKND Xtreme (1997)
A come and go interest
KKND Xtreme is by far my most played game of all time. I've been playing it for about 9 years, and I'm still at it once in a while.
A strategy game, it lives up to it's name (Krush Kill 'N Destroy). Play the mutants, who were once men affected by a nuclear strike or the survivors, who survived by hiding in underground bunkers. Now both sides battle for control of the surface. Honestly, I don't understand the plot well. The mutants were humans, but since becoming mutated they started behaving like an Incan tribe.
Wonderful game, though very old. Good graphics and explosions for a 1997 game, but the seas and rivers is static. Kaos Mode is the skirmish version of Command & Conquer: Red Alert, but for KKND, you have allies, whereas it's counterpart doesn't allow you to ally with an AI. The war takes place in countries with fictional names (Granbretan, Mariendad), despite a few missions showing the Chrysler building.
From what I know as of today, KKND Xtreme is forgotten. I never saw it on sale anymore, unlike Red Alert and Tiberian Sun.
Roland Emmerich and the studio company used Godzilla's name merely for marketing business. In other words, earn more money.
The creature shown in this movie is not Godzilla, nor is it a monster. He is merely a giant mutated lizard looking for a place to live in, which is in New York. He has no weapons/powers of any kind, only a flame blast from it's mouth, which was used only twice in this movie and did little damage. He is extremely afraid of the military, running away every time they pursue him and attacking them only when they're in small numbers.
One thing I didn't like about this movie is the fact that France was to blame for the mutant lizard's creation, instead of the United States, who is the actual culprit (In reality they tested nuclear weapons in the Bikini Islands). Not even actors Jean Reno and Doug Savant could save this piece of crap, who were the only ones making a good performance.
As a matter of fact, nothing in this movie impressed me. Emmerich portraying certain characters after people in real life he hated is extremely childish and immature (He named Mayor Ebert after critic Roger Ebert, who gave negative reviews for movies Emmerich directed). Grow up, man.
Sure enough, he is killed, and like every other monster movie which has failed, an heir always appears in the end. True Godzilla fans must avoid this movie and stick to the Japanese version. That's not Godzilla, it's merely a giant lizard.
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Bay rewrites history
I wasn't too concerned about historical accuracies of films which are based on true events, as long as they were kept to a minimum, but this movie changed my mind. Michael Bay completely changed the events of Pearl Harbor.
There was just too much historical inaccuracy and fictional characters in the movie. The movie makes no mention of real life heroes George Welch and Kenneth Taylor, the pilots who actually flew over Pearl Harbor. They're instead replaced by two fictional characters.
The love triangle is the main focus of the movie, which is completely unnecessary and a waste of time. Kenneth Taylor, who died in November 2006, called this film "a piece of trash . . . over-sensationalized and distorted".
The USS Arizona did not jump a few feet into the air when it exploded. There is actual footage of the ship exploding, yet Bay made it more dramatic looking. Another obvious mistake is the A6M Zero, which are all painted green, resembling an army type (navy types were all grey when they attacked Pearl).
The Doolitte Raid was surprisingly included in the movie. Although the event is a response to the Pearl Harbor attack, I feel it is merely to give the American audience some relief that at least they get to see some payback. I wonder if Doolittle ever said he would do a 'kamikaze' if his B-25 was hit.
Of all the actors/actresses who starred in this movie, only Cuba Gooding Jr. delivered an outstanding performance as Doris Miller did shooting down two Japanese planes with only a machine gun. However, the actor was merely playing a supporting role and his actions in the movie was far different from what he did in reality.
The Director's Cut version does not change my opinion of this movie. Until a historically accurate & entertaining remake of Pearl Harbor has finally been formulated, I will remain frustrated and angered at Michael Bay's awful directing.