Movie Review: War for the Planet of the Apes

Details: Released in 2017. Directed by Matt Reeves. Stars Andy SerkisWoody HarrelsonSteve Zahn. About two hours and twenty minutes long.

War of the Planet of the Apes is a misnamed movie in many ways. While decent science fiction, there is far less war and far more scenes reminiscent of Westerns and some clear imagery from internet or Holocaust films. The trailer led me to believe this was going to be a war movie. It is not. Combined with some tonal issues as well as an plot issues in the third act, and you get a film about half of which was enjoyable to me. This will be hard to discuss without some spoilers, so minor spoilers ahead.

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Anime Movie Review: Kuroko’s Basketball The Movie: Last Game

Details: Released in 2017. Also known as Kuroko no Basuke. Around an hour and thirty minutes long.

Kuroko’s Basketball The Movie: Last Game is the last piece of anime and follows the last piece of manga written by the author for this intellectual property. While not a great anime movie, it provides a satisfying conclusion to the Kuroko no Basuke series above what was established in the manga.

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Restaurant Review: Gui Zhou Miao Jia

Details: Located at 136-55 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11354. Couldn’t find an official site so here’s their yelp page:

All you need to know is that this is a good place for cheap noodles. I usually get the beef noodle soup for $6.50. There are also other kinds of noodle soups, all generally under ten dollars. This place is also open pretty late on most days. I think it closes at 11:00 PM.

You should be aware that it’s in the back of a kind of dirty strip mall/food court and that most of the people eating here are Chinese immigrants.

Score: 6/10

Anime Review: Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul

Details: Also known as Shingeki no Bahamut. Aired in 2017. Technically the second season of Rage of Bahamut. Twenty-four episodes where each episode is around twenty-four minutes long.

The first season of Shingeki no Bahamut was some of the best animated, most visually pleasing shows I have ever seen. So when I learned about Virgin Soul, the second season of this show, I was more than ready for it. I am happy to report that like the first season, Virgin Soul is still as visually pleasing with a sometimes flawed, but mostly entertaining fantasy story.

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Anime Review: Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun

Details: Aired in 2014. Also known as Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kunTwelve episode where each episode is around twenty-something minutes.

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun is a slice of life/comedy about a high school student who is also an award-winning shojo manga writer/artist. Shojo manga is a type of Japanese comic book that targets the teenage girl demographic. Stories generally star a teenage girl and are of a romantic nature.

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Anime Review: Tsuredure Children

Details: Aired in 2017. Twelve episode with each episode at about twelve minutes long.

Generally speaking, I don’t enjoy most romance oriented shows. They’re too formulaic, predictable, and derivative. If you’ve seen one romance, you’ve seen almost all of them. Especially when it comes to romances that take place in normal settings. Tsuredure Children is one of the exceptions to this. Tsuredure Children is cute, funny, and packaged in a digestible format that keeps it from becoming your standard stale, derivative romance story.

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