TV Show Review: Samurai Jack, Season 5

Details: Aired on Cartoon Network. Ten episodes this season at about thirty minutes per episode, including commercials.

After at least ten years, Samurai Jack has finally ended. With shows that have been around this long, there are a lot of memories associated with this series as well as nostalgia. Ultimately, I think they did the ending right, though it did feel a little rushed.

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Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast

Details: Released in 2017. Over two hours long. Stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans.

There is a lot working in this movie and at the same time, there is a lot in this movie that doesn’t work. One of the biggest mistakes made here was similar to that of La La Land; they forsook musical talent in exchange for a name brand actress whose musical talents were insufficient.

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Movie Review: A Fistful of Dollars

Details: Released in 1964. About an hour and forty minutes long. Directed by Sergio Leone. Stars Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volontè, Marianne Koch.

Of the three Sergio Leone westerns, I’d say The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is the best, For A Few Dollars More is the worst, and A Fistful of Dollars is in the middle. This is a good movie and has a lot of what I enjoyed from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, except they fit it into an hour and forty minute run-time versus a three hour run-time.

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TV Show Review: Supernatural, Season 12

Details: Aired on the CW. Twenty-three episodes this season with each episode at around an hour-long, commercials included.

While not the longest running show ever, Supernatural has been on T.V. a long time. We’ve now entered the twelfth season and I think the formula of this show is well established. I like the sameness and knowing the plot beats I can expect to see, except in slightly different forms. I like this show the way it is and I do not want it to change.

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Movie Review: For a Few Dollars More

Details: Released in 1965. Over two hours long. Directed by Sergio Leone. Stars Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volontè.

My favorite movie of all time is The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, which is another spaghetti western from Sergio Leone. For a movie so old, I was blown away by how contemporary it was… and how much it was like shounen anime. There’s this constant question about whose the strongest and hyper-machismo and other common anime themes. For a Few Dollars More is another film from the Sergio Leone spaghetti western trilogy and I finally decided to sit down and watch it in its entirety.

For a Few Dollars More is a story about two bounty hunter who are trying to catch a gang of killers and thieves. It’s not as good as The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, but it’s okay. It’s got the same tone and two of the same actors. There’s also your genre familiar gun fights, machismo, and standoffs.

Overall, I enjoyed it, but I think it could be skipped. It didn’t keep my attention too well.

Score: 6.4/10

Movie Review: Singin’ in the Rain

Details: Released in 1952. About an hour and forty minutes long. Stars Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds.

What a satisfying movie. I love musicals and Singin’ in the Rain is as classic a musical as they come. Singin’ in the Rain is the kind of movie that La La Land hoped and fell short of becoming. It’s a great musical that easily holds up today.

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TV Show Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 4

Details: Aired in 2016 on ABC. The season is twenty-two episodes long and each episode is about forty minutes without commercials.

I’ve said this before about this series and I’ll say it again, this season was the best season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. yet. No spoilers as always.

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Movie Review: Léon: The Professional

Details: Released in 1994. About two hours long. Directed by Luc Besson. Stars Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman.

Leon: The Professional is another one of those classic movies that I’ve often seen mentioned on the internet but I’d never seen. Going into it, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. What I found was a movie that made me uncomfortable and cringe a lot. I think that’s the generally accepted response to statutory rape.

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Movie Review: 12 Angry Men

Details: Released in 1957. About an hour and a half long. Stars Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam.

12 Angry Men is a movie I’ve attempted to watch a number of times, but have walked away from because of waning interest. I finally decided to sit down through the whole thing and was entertained by what I saw.

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Movie Review: The Silence of the Lambs

Details: Released in 1991. About two hours long. Stars Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney.

The Silence of the Lambs is another one of those movies which I’ve seen piecemeal many times, but never in its entirety in one sit-through. I decided to change that today and I will join the consensus in saying that this is one of the greatest movies of its genre ever made.

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