Monday, August 13, 2018

Fast & Furious 8 (2017)

After watching Fast & Furious 8 I wasn't sure what to write about it. Movie series is at point where they have got the formula and put out new movies every now and then. It had problems but I mostly enjoyed it. After watching several Vin Diesel movies during one weekend I was in correct mood for this. XXX: The Return of Xander Cage brought that franchise closer to later Fast & Furious movies.

Then I realized what the message was. Fast & Furious 8 should have subtitle In Group Bias The Movie. I don't think movie was meant to be this clever. They told more about their world view than they meant to. It is not just one thing where this happens. It is during the whole movie and with main two characters. Group bias means we don't judge people in our group as hard as people who are not in our group. You can see this everywhere and it is big problem.

Dom is blackmailed to turn against his family. He gets Rock to be caught be police and go to jail. He steals Russian nuclear launch codes. He goes to steal Russian nuclear submarine with nuclear missiles. When he gets back to correct side at the end everything is forgiven. One character makes joke about the situation. You could say this is normal action movie stuff where heroes have different standards than others. But same thing happens to one other character too.

Jason Statham was villain of Fast & Furious 7. He killed at least one of Dom's group and destroyed their house. The movie is not available on my streaming services so I can't check everything he did in that movie. In this movie he joins "the good guys" and everything is forgiven. Again once someone joins the group everything is forgiven. This gives good picture of some people's world view. They are willing to forgive monsters and blame the victims as long as the monster is part of their own group.

Embracing in group bias wasn't the only questionable message. There literally is a female character whose role is to give birth to Dom's son and then die so she won't be problem to Dom's and Letty's relationship. In this movie heroes actions have no consequences. She hasn't even given first name to the son because she thinks Dom should do that as a father. She didn't even want to get between Dom and Letty. She would rather have been single mother. Another reason to kill her of because those are evil to people who wrote this movie.

But wait there is more. Mr Nobody and Rock instructs Little Nobody how world works. Their third rule is there are no rules. You can do anything without consequences because you are saving the world or something like that. Good to add that with all the other questionable messages. Fast & Furious 8 tells lot about some people's world views in 2017. For that reason we shouldn't forget this movie.

Monday, August 6, 2018

XXX: The Return of Xander Cage (2017)

I remember liking XXX. XXX: The Next Level was ok if I remember correctly but I didn't want to see XXX: The Return of Xander Cage in theater. It came at time when I didn't go to theater that often and it got bad reviews. Now that I have seen it I am glad I didn't spent any money on it but I am also glad to see it.

First half feels like they wanted to kill the franchise. There is pointless cameo from Neymar Jr and Samuel L. Jackson. It kicks the movie but it was so bad. It referenced Samuel L. Jackson's MCU role as Nick Fury. Then there is nice action scene with Donnie Yen before Xander Cage was introduced really awfully. It doesn't get any better when he acts like jackass and every woman fells for him. I really felt bad for Donnie Yen at this point. He was doing good job when others felt like they didn't want to take this seriously.

But then something happens when Xander and Donnie Yen meets first time. If this was shot in order Donnie Yen's work ethics improved other's work. Movie had first big twist that point. It had introduced all important characters and was at its second last location. Before that it was more dialog driven. After that is became fun action movie. There are many reasons why movie started to work after that point onward.

XXX: The Return of Xander Cage is fun stupid action movie during last half. It is full of fan service. I remember first two to be more serious ones. This one is more about interesting characters kicking ass. Ending has same family feeling later Fast and Furious movies have. I kind of want to see more of this if it has Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa. Others had hard time keeping up with them in action scenes and Donnie Yen had interesting character. It is shame first half was so awful when they wanted to look so cool with looking like old folks trying to act like teens.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Tau (2018)

I appreciate Netflix's effort on original science fiction. Tau is their latest original science fiction movie. It got moderate praise in social media. It was compared to Ex Machina. This has mad scientist, they are in his house and there is AI but other than that this isn't like Ex Machina. This felt more like The Human Centipede. I haven't seen those movies and never will but I have seen few reviews and know more about them than I want to know. It reminded me what I think Human Centipede movies are.

Mad scientist has captured three people for scientific experiments. He keeps them locked in his basement. Movie is them trying to escape mad scientist's house and AI which controls the house. It is more about horror than science fiction. At least about first half hour. Then AI takes bigger role. Movie feels longer than it is. It is because there is almost nothing to tell.

After first twenty minutes or something like that movie sets to what it will be until the end. There isn't much new information after that point or major changes in characters. In Ex Machina there were mind games and you didn't what was going to happen. Here you knew mad scientist will kill test subjects after tests if they can't escape before that. It is just waiting for how and if they will escape.

I was surprised to find out Ed Skrein who played mad scientist was Francis from Deadpool. I checked what else he had done and Deadpool was one of his previous movies. He is good actor but his character was written to be too one dimensional or it was direction. I think he did what was asked from him.

Tau is one of those movies with interesting premise but which doesn't quite deliver. It went too much into horror territory for my liking. It gets better by the end but first half is quite drag. Ed Skrein is best part but movie gets more interesting when AI is in bigger role. This would have been really good hour long episode in anthology series. Over one and half hours needed more depth than what we got.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004)

Riddick's universe is one of my favorite fictional universes. I enjoy innovative worlds it has and Riddick's character. I have already reviewed all live action movies. What was missing was animated short movie Dark Fury and games. As far as I know games are not available anywhere legally so only Dark Fury is left to review until next live action movie.

Dark Fury is bridge between Pitch Black which introduced Riddick and Chronicles of Riddick. It starts soon after ending of Pitch Black on ship with survivors of Pitch Black. Bounty hunter ship catches them and it end up pretty much how you would expect.

Half hour short movie can't pack too much of a story. It doesn't attempt to be anything else than giving us little more of Riddick and reference first two movies. I am not sure if this was released before Chronicles of Riddick or after. Both were released same year. It made me want to rewatch live action Riddick movies. It works in what it tries to achieve.

Dark Fury has many things I like in Riddick movies. It has cast from live action movies representing their roles. Everyone sounds correct which make it feel like Riddick movie. Action scenes are visually interesting and attitude is there. Animation is all over the place but most of the time it is not annoying. But only most of the time. Animation is only part which I didn't like that much. It looks lot like Aeon Flux. Sometimes it goes overboard with the style. Those were the times it got annoying.

If you are Riddick fan Dark Fury is for you. If not you can skip this. There isn't much which we have not seen in live action movies and there is barely a story.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Lucifer - Season 1 (2016)

Nowadays network cancelling a show doesn't always mean end of the show. Lucifer is one of those shows which were picked up by someone else after cancellation. Same has happened to The Expanse and Brooklyn 99. Maybe some other shows too. This usually involves active fan base wanting to save their favorite show. Too bad this wasn't trend when Ascension and Firefly were cancelled. I decided to check what the fuzz was all about.

Lucifer tells about Lucifer who has come to Los Angeles to run night club. He starts to help police because he finds his powers doesn't work with one detective named Chloe. Another angel Amenadiet wants Lucifer to go back to hell. Lucifer's guardian demon Mazikeen doesn't approve Lucifer being so interested about Chloe. Other human characters are Chloe's ex-husband Dan and Lucifer's therapist.

Lucifer doesn't try to be too realistic but it doesn't go to comedy territory. It reminds lot about Joss Whedon's Angel in good and J.J. Abrams' works in bad. I don't want to diss Abrams all the time but this reminded me about his shows. Show was interesting when I watched it. When it was building up. Then things build up to be important weren't that important because that were easiest way to return things back to normal. Without going into spoilers there were two story arcs build to be important which writers decided not to matter because that was easiest way return everything almost as they were.

Amenadiet was introduces as one dimensional antagonist. He got bit more interesting later. Mazikeen had some sort of start of character arc. Lucifer's story arcs was learning to be more like human. Mazikeen started similar arc during later half of the season. I liked Lucifer, Amenadiet and Mazikeen being in human world part most. Mostly because Chloe's and other human's story arc was ruined in season finale. Therapist was only interesting human character in the end. I write this few days after watching the series and I have hard time writing anything about Chloe who was female lead. She had daughter, ex-husband and open case which was solved. I don't remember anything else. Why Lucifer's powers didn't work on her wasn't explained. They just didn't work on her and that was it. Maybe they get back to it on later seasons.

This was police procedural which meant murder mysteries on each episodes. I liked there being twists build around someone being gay or vegan without making big deal about being vegan or gay. What I didn't like was them realizing who the killer was out of the blue. It was often character who was cleared for some reason and then they found new evidence or someone said something which connected the dots. All twists weren't bad. I just remember bad twist better.

I don't know what to think about Lucifer. I watched all 13 episodes in one sitting but season finale left me disappointed. Part of me wants to continue to second season. Part of me doesn't. Season finale and first episode of second season had that effect. If you expected something to matter after first season first episode of second season took that away.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Watching Green Lantern (2011) after reading source material

I wrote long Green Lantern (2011) review about four and half years ago. Ryan Reynolds keeps this movie in our minds by joking about it in Deadpool movies. Maybe he wants us to check movie where his wife is acting with him. I had forgotten my review. I wanted to check the movie again to see if was as bad as its reputation. Since the review I have read some Green Lantern comics and am more familiar with the source material. I guess that is enough for second take on this movie.

This time I wasn't as confused with what was going on. I could pick references to source material like Amanda Waller from Suicide Squad being in the movie. I think this was supposed to launch DC cinematic universe. Maybe they planned to have Suicide Squad movie that time too. Knowing the source material didn't make movie better. It made me see problems in other places.

Parallax is the biggest problem. It should have been left into future movies. Movie starts and ends with it but Hector's story arc didn't need Parallax. Hector was main villain of the movie. His infection could have come from something else and very little of his story arc would have changed. Ending would have been changed to be about Hector instead of Parallax. Every Parallax scene took us away from main story. CGI looked quite awful but that wasn't the problem. Problem was the character being too powerful for the movie where Hal was learning his powers and character being too much of generic evil force.

Movie should have concentrated on Hal and Hector story arc. Hector was much better developed character than Parallax. Whole movie should have been about it those two. I liked Green Lantern Corp part but it took movie away from main story arcs. Sinestro and rest of the Corp were best part now when I knew the source material but it took the movie away from the main story arcs just like Parallax. Maybe they should have bring Sinestro to Earth to train Hal there and leave rest of the Corp and Parallax to sequel. Then leave Sinestro with yellow ring to third movie.

Movie wouldn't have been great with Parallax and Green Lantern Corp taken away. Hal's introduction wasn't that good either. He was too loose cannon before he got his act together as Green Lantern. Movie was set to be bad when you add movie started with introduction of Parallax. It took me a while to get interested. I was interested when it was about Hector and Hal on earth. It wasn't perfect but it would have been something like first X-Men movie without Parallax and Green Lantern Corp.

Green Lantern isn't as bad as its reputation. I enjoyed it at times. There was ok movie but like with DCEU movies it tried to have too much in one movie. They should have picked Green Lantern Corp or Hector story arc. Green Lantern Corp was better one when I knew the source material but maybe that would have been too much for those who didn't know the character. But then again Guardians of the Galaxy was popular introducing more obscure heroes and MCU's cosmic side. I would have liked to see teased sequel with Yellow Lantern Sinestro. They got Sinestro and Green Lantern Corp well. Having whole movie with them would have been interesting. Sinestro is one of my top two DC villains. Another one is Brainiac.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Anon (2018)

Anon is one of those movies where premise is better than the movie. It has interesting science fiction concept but it is content to be futuristic detective story without studying the science fiction concept. People's brains are like computers connected to internet. Everything is saved to files. People can send these files to each others. Files are used by justice system to define what really happened. This is how it starts. Later we learn brains can be hacked like computers.

This whole thing is treated like augmented reality. Only one guy sees ability to hack other people's brains as problem because it destroys the system which operates on everything to be transparent. If files can be hacked how you can trust anything any more? How everything being transparent and people sending their memory files to each others is affecting the society is studied very little. It would have huge impact on society and how people live in it.

Anon reminds me lot of Basic Instinct. It is detective movie at its core. It is detective movie where characters have invisible augmented reality helmets. Murder mystery and premise are best movie has to offer. Don't know if it is world building or bad writing but characters are really dull. Maybe recording everything and everything being transparent makes you tone down your personality. Even if that was the case there should still be reason why characters did what they did or characters to learn something.

Main character didn't change at all. Mystery was solved but everyone continued to be what they were before. They just knew to what extent brain hacking was possible but it didn't change them anyway. Privacy was one of the themes but movie comments very little about it or living without it. Main character lives without privacy. Anon character had it but both spent their time similarly alone in empty apartments. That was more than we got from other characters. There weren't any characters building the world. Characters were there to perform a function. Maybe society without any privacy turns people into that but it doesn't make movie more interesting if everyone is there only to perform a function without having any personality.

I thought this would be one of the best science fiction movie during first fifteen minutes. Premise was so interesting. There are clever ideas later but they were too few and far between. Biggest problem is there is almost no world building after the premise is set. It was like this is the world and now we got to detective story happening in this world. Second biggest problem is they don't give reasons for characters. Main character does something he really shouldn't at one point and it goes as you expect. At other point he knows something he shouldn't know at all and there is one twist where there is no build up before the twist.

Should you watch this? Maybe if you like the premise. Anon is not bad movie. It just isn't as good as it could have been.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Westworld - Season 2 (2018)

Westworld was supposed to be new Game of Thrones for HBO. I haven't seen any other reviews. So I don't know what others thought about this season after season finale. I wouldn't be too surprised if this was it. I won't be waiting for third season. Series seem to be trying to do same as X-Files spin-off Millennium by reinventing the series for each season. For Millennium it worked for two seasons. Third season was only average without almost anything which made first two seasons good first place. Spoilers from this point onward.

I wrote two posts about first eight episodes. You can find them here and here. I didn't have high hopes for last two episodes. Ninth episode had moments but over all it didn't have impact it should have had based on all things happened. This was problem of jumping from one time to another. Teddy's death would have had some effect if it wasn't given few episodes before. We just didn't know how it happened. Scene would have been one of the best scenes of the series if we didn't know the outcome going in.

William shooting human guards and her daughter would have had more impact if episode had given us time to react to it. Impact was also lessened by end credit scene which told it wasn't real William and real daughter. The end credit scene missed completely what made James Delos episode so good. It used same dialog without understanding why same dialog worked first time. It made no sense for daughter to say it has taken so much time when she looked same as earlier. In James Delos episode William had aged during episode. It made sense when aged William said that.

Maeve was ruined in season finale. She had lost her powers except when she needed to save her daughter. It made no sense why she couldn't control hosts. She didn't even try until her daughter was in trouble. Maeve will probably come back to next season. At least it was teased. So much for any stakes at all.

Dolores' and Bernard's story arcs had so many twists and time jumping I didn't care at all in the end. Both died and came back. It didn't help conclusion was bigger disappointment and more stupid I could have ever expected. Those dead hosts in the water walked to rift only they could see and they consciousness was saved online which save their soul or something.

Host's death didn't mean anything in first season. It made sense from story's point of view. It was changed when hosts started to kill humans during first season's finale. There weren't humans repairing them. Whole season tried to make us care hosts' deaths and then told we shouldn't have cared when story required it.

Third season could be interesting now when few hosts are among humans and they can make more. Everyone dying ending ruined Millennium. Westworld didn't have two good seasons before everyone dying ending. There will be third season but after this mess I wouldn't expect too much from it. They took their time making this season but I feel if I watch the season again now when I know what happened the time line wouldn't make any sense. They concentrated too much on building mysteries and jumping in time. There were couple times where jumping in time made sense but most of the time it ruined big twists ahead of time. It is shame this season was such a mess because there were good ideas when they didn't try to be too clever.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Sex Machina: A XXX Parody (2016)

Ex Machina is one of the best science fiction movies lately. It wasn't too popular but it still has "erotic" parody. Rather faithful to source material. This review concentrates on story part of the movie. I fast forwarded other scenes with double speed. If those had anything important to story I might have missed them. I have to complain about the mixing. I had to watch major reveal scene twice because soundtrack was too loud and character who told what is going on talked too softly. Like they didn't expect someone would watch the movie for the story.

Sex Machina takes many story beats from Ex Machina. It spoils Ex Machina if you watch it first. I recommend watching Ex Machina first if you plan to watch both. I will spoil Ex Machina from this point onward. Watch Ex Machina before reading further. I will spoil Sex Machina too but you probably wouldn't watch it for the story.

Movie tells story of Caleb who wins trip to robot factory. In Ex Machina Caleb was invited to be there to test latest AI robot Ava. Ava was most sophisticated robot in facility. In this Ava seems to be least sophisticated. She wears suit which gives her low budget look of Ex Machina's Ava. It is later revealed Ava is actually hybrid robot which I think is build around living human. This makes the suit really weird from the story's point of view. There was similar male robot which didn't have the suit. Other robots passed as humans. Ava seemed to be least sophisticated of the robots.

In both movies there was another human character Nathan who owned the facility. Well I am not sure if Nathan was human in this one. He seemed to be robot in one point but that wasn't used in any way and other characters didn't react to it. Ex Machina revolves around mind games between Nathan, Caleb and Ava. Those are only characters talking after dialog with pilot at the beginning. In this all characters talk and play mind games against Nathan and Caleb.

In Ex Machina Caleb was there to test Ava. In this he is there to become hybrid robot. There is no clear point why Nathan have him as a guest and show him the facility. Why just not drug him when he got there? If he was there to test robots it wasn't brought up. He surely tested them.

Sex Machina had some effort put into story telling. For example there is dinner scene where we don't know women in scene are actually robots. We are hinted about it by showing men's plates are empty while women's plates are still full. There were few similar subtle hints of what is going on.

Movie has Ex Machina's ending. Robots trick Caleb to release them but leave him locked inside one room. Instead of Ava leaving alone she takes other robot with her. I was surprised they had to balls to end movie like this. It turned out they didn't have balls to do that. Male robot saves Caleb from the room. Something snaps inside his head. He deactivates male robot who has been nothing but good to him. He stays in facility with two remaining functioning robots like he became Caleb he hated earlier. Did this had some kind of message? Like man will live in harem with robots if he could do it.

Ex Machina hinted Nathan used the robots for sex. For obvious reason this movie does much more than hinting. Sex Machina was surprisingly good for cheap parody rip-off. Actors weren't selected for their acting skills but other than two of them were passable. However those two were part of the big reveal scene. You could spend thinking deeper meaning of couple lines if you want to overthink movie which wasn't made for the story or the message.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Orbita 9 / Orbiter 9 (2017)

Orbita 9 has huge twist about 20 minutes in. I don't want to spoil it. It changes what movie is. So it is hard to talk about the movie without spoiling the twist but I try to do it. I wanted to like Orbita 9. In the end I liked it but there were moments when I wasn't sure if watching it was worth it. First 20 minutes didn't promise much. It takes about hour before movie gets really interesting. Then the ending is little let down but not enough to ruin the movie.

Orbita 9 is hard science fiction movie with story I have seen couple times before. Trailer spoils the twist at 20 minutes. I recommend not watching it. Twist is not so huge if you have seen this story before but it still has some impact when it is revealed. Story steals or borrows lot from other science fiction movies and series. Some of which I want to see continuation.

Story would have suited better as episode of anthology series. 90 minutes felt too long. Half of that would have worked better. Some scenes felt extended beyond what was needed to make a point. If this had to be 90 minutes it needed more world building and maybe secondary plot. Now it only has the main story and too little world building. As it is Orbita 9 is little above average science fiction movie with not too much we haven't seen before.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Solo (2018)

I am late to the party. Story of my life. I didn't want to see this in theater but I promised colleague to watch this. It took longer than I expected but I did see it in theater. This is what you get when you know Star Wars fans. She liked this. I haven't heard her telling what she thinks about Deadpool 2. I guess this doesn't work both ways.

Star Wars fandom is so heated that I feel I have to point out why I didn't want to see in theater. I thought movie wouldn't have anything interesting to give after I saw the trailer. I liked The Last Jedi even after second viewing. I wasn't boycotting. I just didn't find Solo interesting. I thought it would be showing us what we learned in original trilogy. And I was right. It didn't have much to offer. Seeing the heroes doing the thing wasn't enough.

To be honest same story could have been told better if done edgier. Solo suffers from fact it was made for kids. It feels too much like product made by movie making factory. It is almost definition of mediocre. More I think about it the script was actually good but execution made it mediocre. I will go into spoilers to explain why I think this is.

Emilia Clarke was miscast as Qi'ra. She is Han's love interesting. She wants to leave Corellia with Han. Han manages to get out but gangsters take her back. She is saved by Dryden Vos. She was in somewhat abusive relationship with him living among ruthless gangsters. She felt she couldn't leave him because that would make other gangsters to hunt her. Then she meets her love Han who wants her to escape with him. She is in conflict of what she should do. Should she go with Han and be on the run all the time or play the game with gangster and survive as long as possible.

That is interesting character arc. I got that from what characters said and did. I didn't get that from Emilia Clarke's acting. She walked through scenes smiling and looking cute. Her character had rough life but she didn't show it. She said it. Qi'ra's character arc was only real character arc of the movie. It was mediocre because actress couldn't deliver. I wish I had seen the conflict before we saw it from her actions in the end. There were scenes which tried to bring this up but they didn't work due acting.

This is real shame because Solo was meant to launch Qi'ra movies or at least her bigger story arc in future Star Wars movies. She was only one who was set to have future adventures. Han and Chewie went to take job from Jabba the Hut which they had screwed at the beginning of New Hope. Lando went back to gambling. Qi'ra was only one who was set to go to next movie.

Emilia Clarke isn't only problem. Same acting problem and lack of emotion is elsewhere too. There is almost no impact when group members die. Rio and Beckett's wife Val died during train robbery. Both died during long action scene without any stopping for brief moment to let those deaths have any impact. After action scene Beckett acts like they had just failed a job. Not like his wife and his friend had just died. Their deaths didn't have any impact on any character. Beckett cares more about failed job. This is problem of direction not the script.

L3's death didn't have impact because of completely different reason. Lando's reaction to L3's death is so over the top it is more funny than sad. Was that meant to say something when robot's death got bigger reaction than Rio's and Val's deaths? L3's death also happened during long action scene and there was no reaction to it after action scene was over.

This was part of a bigger problem. This is a prequel. We know who will make it to original trilogy. We don't worry if they make it. We know they make it. We could worry about characters who are not in original trilogy but movie almost tells not to. Rio was Beckett's pilot. We knew he would have to die to make room for Han. L3 was also a pilot. It made Han leave pilot's chair. It had to die to make room for Han to do legendary Kessel run. What should we care about when some characters are set to survive, some events are set to happen and we are almost told not to care about others?

Qi'ra was only one with character arc. This means Han starts as Han we know and doesn't change during to movie. Closest thing to character arc is Han fails one trick at the beginning and manages to do it later. Han is there to do the things mentioned in original trilogy. Lando is there to show Han and Lando had history like mentioned in Empire Strikes Back. Script offered possibility turn Han from good guy to one who doesn't care about anyone else but it wasn't used or this had same acting problem as Qi'ra. Han is the same from start to end. His character arc happens in original trilogy.

Some people seem to hate L3. I liked it. It was comic relief and worked as such. Some say Lando was best character. He was ok except in couple scenes one being L3's death scene. Beckett was best character mainly because of Woody Harrelson's performance. I would have liked him to react death of his wife a little.

Solo is pretty much what you can expect from trailer and knowing they will show what was told in original trilogy. Script went to darker places than I expected but execution didn't go there. I complained lot here. Movie had few good moments but mostly it is as average as movie can be.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Westworld season 2 episodes 7 and 8

I wrote my thoughts of first five episodes earlier. I ranted about sixth episode in Twitter. I felt like writing about it but not enough to write post about it. It was mostly how what I wrote about first five episodes was going to worse direction. After watching seventh and eighth episode I felt like writing another post. It was weird plainly filler episode was way better than story wise important episode.

Seventh episode showed how there are no stakes in the series. I was shocked when they killed William and Maeve. They would have died from those bullets if they weren't important characters. But because they are they won't die until their story arcs are concluded. They will survive anything until there is big reveal for their story arcs. This killed all tension from their story arcs. It is just waiting for the mysteries to be solved.

Episode showed problem with all the time jumping Westworld does. There was no tension in scene with Dolores and Charlotte. We knew Charlotte would survive without any harm because we had seen her in future without any injuries. So why should we care what happens to Charlotte if we know nothing will happen to her?

Bernard being exposed have same problem. It happens in future. We don't know what happens to him. But because we know series won't kill any one with main story arc we know he will survive somehow until the season finale at least. It is just waiting to get to season finale. Even Anthony Hopkins couldn't save the episode. Ford controlling Bernard could lead to something but it was weird for Ford telling he gave free will to hosts and then taking it away. Talk about hosts recording guests for fidelity sounded nonsense.

Eighth episode was actually good one. It was clearly filler before last two episodes but it showed what Westworld could be. It didn't have too much jumping. There wasn't anything new to main story arcs or concepts series has introduced. It was interesting to see how things have happened from perspective of someone displayed as mindless savage in previous episodes. We have seen hosts waking up before. This time it was without jumping and other distractions. Not building mysteries. Just a story which stood on its own.

I will watch last two episodes back to back. I can't think of anything which would make this season as good as first one. I doubt last two episodes will give anything as good as eighth did. It will be more of what seventh episode had.

Monday, June 11, 2018

One Punch Man (2015)

Back to good anime. You have probably heard about One Punch Man even if you are not into anime if you have spent any time on internet. He is one of those anime heroes who has become main stream meme material. Saitama is so powerful superhero he can win anyone with just one punch. This might sound like premise of boring power fantasy. However One Punch Man doesn't try to build anything on if Saitama will win or not. We know he will win. Question if others can make it until Saitama comes to save the day.

Saitama wants challenging opponent. He is growing frustrated when no monster or group of villains give him any challenge. Other superheroes have to give their all to stop villains. People think Saitama is cheating because everything is too easy for him. One Punch Man is parody of superheroes and monster of the week shows. It has bizarre cast of heroes and villains. Each villain seem to be more dangerous than other. Some villains are few times size of skyscrapers.

One Punch Man is good because of relatable characters. Genos is powerful cyborg who seem to be only one who knows how powerful Saitama is. He wants to show he can make it even without Saitama. Mumen Rider regular person playing superhero. His only power seem to be his inspirational talks and never give up attitude. We don't fear if Saitama will survive. We fear if Genos and Mumen Rider will survive.

You might need to have some knowledge of superhero or monster of the week genres to fully enjoy One Punch Man. Anyone watching anime probably have enough of that.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

I watched The Last Jedi again

Toxic Star Wars fans seem to be news worthy these days. The Last Jedi has got more hate than other movies before it. Solo is not performing in box office as well as you could expect from Star Wars movie. After hearing so much critique I decided to watch The Last Jedi again. I did change opinion a little but I don't see it same way as haters and really don't get some of the critique. I think haters belong to three different groups. I get to my current opinion later but first what I think has caused all the hate.

First group is people who don't like diversity of new Star Wars. Some seem to confuse all critique coming from this group. If you want to see big budget movies you have to get used to diversity. Studios want their money and they know white males are not only ones with money. It doesn't matter how some fans complain about diversity. Big budget movies will have diversity to attract bigger audiences. I don't see diversity as a problem. It could be done wrong but in that case movie probably does have many other flaws too.

Second group is Star Wars Expanded Universe fans. EU contains books, comics, games and other media released after first movies. Fans got their Star Wars fix from EU when there was only three movies (+ Holiday Special and Ewok movies) and continued to get their fix when more movies were released. Disney declared EU material non-cannon because they didn't want to be restrained by EU stories. Fans of EU didn't take it too well. The Last Jedi's Luke Skywalker is different Luke Skywalker than EU Luke Skywalker. This group's hate seem to culminate to Luke Skywalker but there are other changes from EU that they don't like. Bit like their holy text were discredited. I think Disney didn't know what they did when they made EU non-cannon.

Third group is fans who want their Star Wars movies to be fun action movies without any serious themes. I am not sure if you can say they hate The Last Jedi. Their voices get mixed with two other groups.

I don't have problems with diversity and don't have Star Wars EU baggage. I can see The Last Jedi as what it is. I still think it is fourth best Star Wars movie. I haven't seen Solo yet but I don't think Solo will be better. The Last Jedi has few problems. It follows Empire Strikes Back too closely. Everything Poe and Hux does at the beginning should have been rewritten. Characters improve later but beginning sets wrong tone. Rose's reasons saving Finn and causing First Order to destroy the door made sense only if she had read the script and knew Luke Skywalker would walk through the hole in the door to buy heroes time to escape.

Whole casino planet could have been dropped. They could have gone to First Order's ship without going to casino planet. They could have added all that social commentary without going to casino planet. Movie should have ended soon after Snoke's ship was destroyed. Ending at the planet felt more connected to rest of the story second time, but emotional high point is still when Snoke's ship was destroyed. I liked Mark Hamill's work more this time. I liked Rose first time more than this time. Maybe because I knew what she does at the end and was more critical of what she did during rest of the movie.

I like how The Last Jedi does things differently. Rey's parents weren't important. Luke had his doubts of Jedi order and wasn't this guy who could do nothing wrong. Rey's and Kylo Ren's connection was interesting. Killing Snoke like he was killed was probably best thing they could do with the character. He didn't feel like a guy who would become supreme leader. Maybe he was so powerful he didn't need to care how others like him. He acted like guy who get others hate him.

I enjoyed The Last Jedi. It took Star Wars to new places. I don't mean planes or anything like that. It made story more interesting. All the hate it got make me fear what is coming in future. Will the movies continue revolve around original trilogy and be copies of original movies. I hope they do something like Knights of the Old Republic games did and do something which has nothing to do with Skywalkers or original trilogy but still being Star Wars.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Violence Jack (1986, 1988 and 1990)

Violence Jack is three one hour anime movies. I learned about it from one anime reviewer's joke about how horrible it was. It made me interested about it. I had to check it when I found it. After seeing all movies I have to say the joke is better than the movies. It made them look much better than the movies actually are.

Violence Jack is about three meters tall human shaped concentration of violence. He wanders around Japan after comet has made it post apocalyptic wasteland. All movies follow Mad Max 2 formula. Violence Jack meets regular people who are harassed by bad guys. Then he joins regular people to fight the bad guys. Movies are based on Manga which was released before Mad Max 2 but movies feel they were heavily influenced by Mad Max 2.

Best way to describe Violence Jack is boring exploitation Mad Max anime. There is something interesting beneath. Probably from manga. But movies are just post apocalyptic exploitation. Evil Town, which happened underground where people were separated into three factions, had most to offer. But it was ruined by having characters so one dimensional they were copies of each others.

One movie has scene where bad guys shoot Violence Jack with automatic weapons for almost a minute and boss gets bored because Jack doesn't fall down. It is that kind of anime. There is nothing in stake. Jack is immortal force of nature. There is nothing intellectual about it. First bad guys are doing evil things. Then Jack comes to kill then and he has to fight the boss at the end.

I don't know how cut version I saw. It didn't have anything worse than live action exploitation movies. Movies doesn't have anything memorable. Setting was interesting but characters needed more dimensions and Violence Jack needed to be force of nature who couldn't be reasoned with or someone who could actually get hurt. One guy threw knife at Jack's eye and Jack acted like nothing happened. He didn't kill the guy because script had other "more impactful" death for the character.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Deadpool - movies with warm and uplifting message

I watched first Deadpool again and realized how Deadpool movies have good relatable messages. Something most superhero movies doesn't have. In first movie it is you can find love even if you are ugly. In second it is you can change and people are not is beyond saving. In first one boy meets girl. Boy gets cancer. Boy get cured but loses his good looks but that doesn't stop girl from loving him. In second boy loses girl and his will to live. He finds reason to live by trying to save abused boy. There are lot of reasons why movies are rated-R but at the core this is what the stories and messages are.

I started to think can I do the same for other superhero movies. Most other movies have message we can stop guy who want to destroy world / turn world into his/her world if we work together. Some times it is hero can stop and rest is the same. You can find this "message" from Man of Steel, first two Avengers movies, Justice League, Suicide Squad, Thor: Dark World, both Guardians of the Galaxy movies, Wonder Woman, X-Men: Apocalypse and so on. To be honest Guardians of the Galaxy movies had more messages than this but I included them because the story follows so closely other superhero movies.

It was interesting to see Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice didn't have villain wanting to destroy the world or turning it into his or her world. Still its main message was we need to work together to destroy the monster. I had Thor: Ragnarök on the list for short while. But I took it away because you can argue Hela didn't want to turn world into her world.

I am not saying working together with other people to achieve something is bad message. It shouldn't be only message superhero movies have. If you take villain wanting to destroy the world you can add Ant-Man and Deadpool movies. But Deadpool movies have other messages too. So does Ant-Man. Doctor Strange doesn't have it but it has villain wanting to turn the world into his world.

This is one reason why I am so tired with superhero movies. Infinity War was good and different. Latter might be because it was first part of the story. Second part could make it the same as other superhero movies. Some of the movie I listed earlier had other messages too but they are so similar in main parts.

It is weird Deadpool movies have warmer and more uplifting messages than other movies which are intended for younger audiences.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Cowboy Bebop (1998)

Next lesson in my anime studies is Cowboy Bebop. You have probably seen I have gone through anime classics lately. Cowboy Bebop is one of the biggest. Is it really that good? Yes and no. More no than yes. Cowboy Bebop is very uneven series. Good episodes are really good. Others are quite boring. Some episodes are somewhere in between. I heard you should start from episode five because that is where it gets really good. I tell you a secret. Fifth episode is first really good episode. Series doesn't get better after that. You just see what it can be when it really works. I will get back to this later.

Cowboy Bebop tells story of bounty hunters living in space ship Cowboy Bebop. It starts with two bounty hunters Spike and Jet. Spike is former crime syndicate member. Jet former police. Later they are joined by Faye, woman running huge debts and crazy hacker girl Edward. They hunt bounties in our solar system where Earth has become wasteland and other planets and moons are inhabited.

Cowboy Bebop gets its style from westerns, film noir and 60's movies. All this is set into science fiction setting. There is not too much world building. They just happen to be in science fiction world. Style is more important than building worlds or studying science fiction themes. Darker episodes work better than humorous and action oriented episodes. Action works better in darker episodes. Episodes which end with one or two shots are more intense than episodes where they shoot rapid fire.

Edward was only character I didn't like. Faye had potential to be more. She is woman hanging with Spike and Jet until she finds something better. She was wasted too often to be someone trying to get others' money and not to pay for anything. Good thing was she didn't have forced romance with other crew members. Jet and Spike were laid back bros. All their backstory and story arc episodes were among good episodes. I don't count Feng Shui episode Jet's backstory episode even though it had characters from Jet's history.

I think you should watch Cowboy Bebop even though there are more bad episodes than good episodes. You probably don't need to watch every episode. Episodes  5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 16, 20, 23, 24, 25 and 26 are good episodes. With those episodes you miss Faye's introduction (episodes 3 and 4), Faye's backstory (episodes 15 and 18) and Edwards introduction (episode 9). You get good Cowboy Bebop experience with these 16 episodes. You get 11 good episodes and 5 episodes required for backstory and not missing anything important. Other 10 episodes are more or less fillers. You can watch them if you want to see every episode.

Almost half of the good episodes are among last seven episodes. This is why you are left remembering Cowboy Bebop is really good. Last episodes are really good but to get there there are more not so good episodes. If Cowboy Bebop had only 16 episodes I mentioned before it would be one of my favorite anime. Now it is close to those.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Should I get invested in second season of Westworld

There will be spoilers for first five episodes of second season. I felt I have to write this after I binge watched first four episodes. I decided to watch fifth episode because it was released before this was going to be published. Fifth episode did change my opinion but not completely. Westworld is good series. My problem is I feel like I will be heading towards disappointment if I get really invested in it. One name in credits make me feel this way.

JJ Abrams. I think I have told how I feel about his work on this site few times before. His movies and tv-series keep you engaged when you watch them but leave you disappointed by the end. This is because he like to create interesting mystery without any idea how to solve it. If he knows solution before hand it is something disappointing. He is good telling stories but those stories are not that good or memorable. Usually I forget what happened latest next day.

Westworld is written by other people which might be its salvation. But by how story is told the series might have too much of worst of JJ Abrams. This is most apparent in Bernard story arc and less apparent in Dolores story arc. Bernard story arc happens in future. We see flashback to time when other story arcs happen. We have seen conclusion in his story arc. This should create mystery. We should wonder how everything went to this. So far nothing has made me feel I want to know how this all has happened. It is just stacking many mysteries together in hope of making one big interesting mystery.

Dolores story arc has same kind of problem. She knows what will happen even when we don't. She is walking into conclusion she thinks she knows. This makes her do things which feel really stupid to do at the moment. There was no reason for her to kill confederate solders when she knew she will have big fight waiting for her. She explained her logic in fifth episode but it didn't make much sense in her current situation. I feel Bernard's story arc will be combined into Dolores' arc near the end and those dead hosts aren't that dead after all. These seem to be main story arcs and both seem to set up for disappointment.

I like William's arc so far but there is feeling it is heading to disappointment too. I liked James Delos story on fourth episode. I wanted it go deeper into how James Delos' copy was only a copy of real James Delos. Even when I liked the story I can see concepts introduced in the story could lead into disappointment. We know Williams going to correct his greatest mistake. This could be his copy, Ford's copy or copy of someone he loved like his wife. Ford's copy would be biggest disappointment and series seem to be heading towards it. Unless Ford's consciousness lives in Westworld's networks which also seems to be possibility.

My favorite story arc so far is Maeve's arc. It is most science fiction story arc. It studies concepts like machines acting out of their program and reminding us that hosts are actually programmed machines by having them meet their Japan World versions. This arc has everything I like about Westworld and it is only one not looking to go towards disappointment unless Maeve's new powers change her arc dramatically.

Dolores' arc is only one I haven't enjoyed so far. I have liked Bernard's arc even when it seems to head towards disappointment. William's and Maeve's have provided best moments so far. I know Westworld will give interesting journey but I am not sure how invested I should get. I will watch the season but I try not expect too much from following episodes.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Deadpool 2 (2018)

When I walked out of Infinity War I thought it will be my favorite movie of the year. It won't be. I liked Deadpool 2 more than Infinity War. Infinity War is better from cinematic point of view but Deadpool 2 is more entertaining. When I walked out of theater I checked other screenings in case I could go to watch it again. I have never done that before. I have seen few movies twice in theater but I have never wanted to go straight back to next screening.

At the beginning I started to wonder if movie about guy who can't die will be interesting. Movie starts with Deadpool killing lot of people. It was just opening and then movie changes the tone. Movie gets better as it goes one. It was refreshing to see superhero movie which doesn't take itself too seriously and was aimed for adults. It was going to be censored in more conservative countries so it could have first LGBTQ+ superhero couple in big budget movies and Deadpool himself isn't too straight either. Other superhero movies don't dare to go there because it might mean less money.

Story is all over the place and there are lot of plot holes.There is some effort put into story but this is more about interesting characters being funny and doing outrageous things. Every joke doesn't  hit the mark but there is so much of them and most are clever for you to stay entertained. I wanted to see this again because I wanted to see more of these characters. Domino and Cable were good additions to Deadpool family. Domino's solo movie could be hit. She has the attitude and cool powers. Her character would work even without Deadpool in more serious movie. Cable needs Deadpool. He is just too grumpy and one dimensional character to work alone. He was elevated by Deadpool because characters worked well together.

I wanted to see more of Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Yukio. If there is next Deadpool movie I want it to be about Deadpool, Domino, Cable, Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Yukio. This movie will make money but rights are going to Disney who might not want to have Deadpool like this in MCU. I hope they keep making Deadpool movies even if they don't include him in MCU. Deadpool is something superhero movies need to stay fresh and it is only thing really competing against MCU in the genre.

Deadpool 2 is not a perfect movie. It is highly entertaining if you are fan of superhero movies and this kind of movies. All the promotion done for Deadpool movies is good reason enough for the third movie. It just has to be rated-R like first two are. Not taking anything away from MCU but Deadpool is more interesting as a whole at the moment.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Serial Experiments Lain (1998)

When I looked anime similar to Psycho Pass I found Ergo Proxy. When I looked anime similar to Ergo Proxy I found Serial Experiments Lain. I went deeper into rabbit hole. I don't want to go any deeper if that is even possible. It is understatement to say Serial Experiments Lain is weird. However it still doesn't lose its focus.

Serial Experiments Lain starts as story of lonely school girl's internet addiction. She isn't that much into computers until others in her school get email from dead girl. She wants to know if she too got email. First she start to build bigger computer but then everything goes deeper and deeper in every way.

It is not completely clear what actually happened by the end. Surreal stories need ending which gives satisfactory explanation what happened. Serial Experiments Lain almost has that except I think it has plot holes. I am not sure if everything was meant to make any sense at all. There is story which make sense but everything around it might not.

I watched Nordic dvd release with Japanese audio and Finnish subtitles. Something might have been lost in translation. Still I enjoyed the surreal trip this series is. They say you have to watch it few times to understand everything. Writer understand how computers and internet works on technical level to some extent but not completely. Serial Experiments Lain was ahead its time. It predicted where internet would go and is current still today. It gave nostalgic feel of good old times when internet was more text and hypertext based.

If this sounds interesting you should watch Serial Experiments Lain. If you can't take challenging surreal storytelling it is not for you. Serial Experiments Lain is cult classic. You either get it or don't understand why others like it so much.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Ergo Proxy (2006)

Now I have something not boring to say if someone asks my favorite anime. Before this it would have been Ghost in the Shell (1995). Ergo Proxy is not as well know as Ghost in the Shell but it still got dvd release in Finland. So it can't be that obscure.

Ergo Proxy follows inspector Re-l of futuristic domed city Romdeua. Her world changes when monster attacks her at her flat. Another main character is Vincent who is hunted by monster and is losing his grasp on reality. Child like android Piko starts to follow him. Series start like regular cyberpunk series. Main story seems to be robots and androids becoming self-aware and killing humans. Other theme being life in highly controlled society with refugees trying to be come citizens. Story takes turn to different direction after first few episodes.

Ergo Proxy is not easy to watch. There is on-going story but episodes can start weird places and you have to figure out what has happened since last episode and what is going on. In one of the best episodes literally nothing happens. It spends time showing how one of the main characters grow when they wait for something to happen. Some episodes feel like complete fillers until after you have finished watching the series you realize why those episodes were important showing what is going on in the world. There is one episode after half way point which don't seem to make any sense at all. But later you realize it actually told what had happened before.

Ergo Proxy doesn't tell everything. You have to figure it out yourself. I won't spoil the story. So I can't tell you what this is all about. It doesn't have clear good guys or bad guys except Piko who is child like android. Re-l is one of my favorite fictional characters. She had best moments and her character arc was most interesting. Vincent lacked personality. He didn't know what was going on. He just wanted to know what happened to him. Re-l and Piko carried his character. Re-l was ready sacrifice her career to know the truth. Vincent was more or less expecting someone to tell him the truth.

I can understand why someone might not like the series. It has lot of slow moments. It challenges its audience. There are many episodes which feel like fillers at first and too many dream sequences. Last episodes weren't as good as episodes before it. It felt bit like they ran out of time. I might have missed something which is why I didn't like the ending as much as the story leading to ending. It didn't ruin the series. I wanted to learn more what happened and why it happened. There was more story to be told.

It is hard to say why this was so good without spoilers. First it was mood and art work. Then it was characters. Romdeua was interesting place. I was disappointed when story went outside Romdeua but it only meant story went to different direction. Best moments happened outside Romdeua. I will watch this again. Another time probably reveal many things I missed first time. I almost missed few hints first time. I realized them later after I had seen the whole series.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Akira (1988)

Akira is said to be one of the best anime and science fiction movies. It is always hard to adjust your expectations when you watch something which should best thing ever. You expect it to be something and might be disappointed when it is something else. Usually it is something else if you manage see the movie unspoiled.

Akira happens in Neo-Tokyo where society is almost collapsing. There are massive protests. Bike gangs fight on streets. Violent police tries to keep it all together without thinking too much about collateral damage. Almost everyone seem to be on the edge all the time. Bike gang crashes into weird kid. One of them them is taken by military and others by police. Story gets really weird by the end. Telling more about the story would be spoiler.

I can see why Akira has its reputation. It won't got to top of my anime or science fiction lists. Maybe it would be there if I saw it when it was released. It is still good movie but it has too many flaws to be on top of the lists. Main flaws is ending being too weird and some characters not being given any backstory even though they had some affecting the movie. You had to guess what it was. Worst was long death scene for character we saw briefly couple times before. The death scene happened when main story was shifting gear. It was payoff for something which didn't have any build up.

Akira is based on manga series by director of the movie. Maybe he thought we knew the characters better than what we learned from the movie. Many open questions were probably answered in manga and build up for the death scene was there. There were few characters who needed more backstory. It was clear characters and world had more to give but this movie didn't have time for them.

Akira looks really good. It reminded me of comic books with really good art work. Until the end it doesn't go too weird. It is worth checking to know what the movie actually is. It is not perfect movie but it does many things really well.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Thor: Ragnarök (2017)

There are two reasons why I didn't like Thor: Ragnarök as much as I should. I saw it first time day after I saw Infinity War. I saw Thor's character arc from this movie onwards which set some expectations for this movie. Planet Hulk is one of my favorite comic book stories. This movie means we don't get proper live action Planet Hulk movie. This movie took Sakaar setting and some story elements from Planet Hulk. If you take what happened in Sakaar here, mix it with Game of Thrones and add lot of space zombies you have some idea what Planet Hulk is. If you don't want to read the comic animated movie is good option. What was in this movie doesn't spoil Planet Hulk. It is much more than what this movie had.

Thor goes Guardians of the Galaxy or is it Marvel Cinematic Universe space? There are lot of jokes and everything is bright and colorful. Some jokes felt forced and there were too many of them. Like Marvel Studios knew what was coming next and wanted to make this fun colorful action movie. Movie doesn't have good villain or villains. In Asgard it is Hela who had much better premise than what we got. I don't know what went wrong. Her backstory was interesting. Cate Blanchett was miscast. She lacked something role needed. She looked cool in photos but something was missing.

Grandmaster was Roman emperor like ruler of Sakaar. He was different kind of Roman emperor than leader of Sakaar in Planet Hulk. I can't stop comparing this to Planet Hulk. This is like watered down 70's disco version of Planet Hulk. Valkyrie was shining light at Sakaar. She wasn't from Planet Hulk which probably was reason I could enjoy her. Loki wasn't in Planet Hulk either but we have seen him and Thor so many times before. There wasn't much new this time.

End battle had moments but ending was too convenient. Movie was all over the place and then they brought coolest or should I say hottest plot device to save heroes and heroes got go straight to beginning of Infinity War.

My enjoyment was affected by expectations of darker movie. Even the name hinted darker movie. This is fun colorful action movie. It uses too much comedy tropes. Some of those are hilarious. Most not. I probably like this more next time when I know what kind of movie this is. Same happened with Blade Runner 2049. I can see this is not bad movie even with it flaws. I had wrong expectations when I saw it first time. I assumed in Infinity War review you should see this before Infinity War. I was right. Not only because Infinity War starts where this ends.

Monday, April 30, 2018

The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

The Lego Batman Movie (2017) is not to be confused with LEGO Batman: The Movie (2013). How you could be confused? There are same four words in different order. Okay, only the word "the" has changed the place. Will we get Lego the Batman Movie in future?

I don't usually watch and review kids' movies. Only when they could have something to offer for adults. I heard this is best version of Batman or at least best Batman movie lately. Or was it most faithful to comic books? Or one which knew most about Batman? Maybe the last one because this is full of references to other versions of Batman.

I watched this after Batman: Return of Caped Crusaders. This gets 60's Batman spirit better than movie which tried to recreate it. Return of Caped Crusaders needed to underline they knew how stupid the movie was. This trust audience understand how stupid this is without underlining it. Well at least adults in audience will understand. Lego Batman's movie is much more insane than 60's Batman's but the spirit is there.

For adults this offers lot of references to other versions of Batman and almost constant delivery of jokes. Action scenes doesn't work that well since there are not as much jokes. When movies slows down during action scenes it delivers something funny. I probably won't watch this again but it was enjoyable enough to watch it once.


Friday, April 27, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Infinity War is one of those movies you have to see unspoiled. I didn't watch any trailers or read anything about it before watching it. I didn't even watch three previous Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. I probably should have watched Thor: Ragnarok but not knowing what happened there didn't ruin the enjoyment. Everything I needed to know was told in this movie.

I don't want to put Infinity War on top of MCU or superhero movies in general after just seeing it once. Right now it feels it should be there. First Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy movies are so good I won't put anything among them after only seeing it once.

Thanos is one of my favorite comic book characters. Movie Thanos is not the same as comic book Thanos. They have different motivations. Movie Thanos makes more sense when we learn why he does all this. In comics he is in love with Death. In movie he has better reason. People like to complain about MCU villains. They can't do that with Thanos. I don't think comic book Thanos would have worked in movie. At least not as well as this version.

You probably need to see both Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy movies and Captain America: Civil War before seeing Infinity War. Movie expects you to know the characters. It won't hurt if you know comics too. Not sure if you need to. I have read Infinity Gauntlet few times before. Knowing that story gave deeper understanding of the movie. Infinity War is not the same as Infinity Gauntlet but it has same elements.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016)

Not sure if animated movie based on 60's Batman was good idea or bad idea. The movie turned out to be quite average. Hard to say was it best it could be or good idea was ruined by not being ambitious enough. Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar return to their roles as Batman, Robin and Catwoman. Ward and Newmar are ok in their roles. West sounds really old at times. It was nice idea to bring them but maybe not the best decision. West particularly sounds out of the place when other does better job.

Movie almost gets 60's Batman feeling. Sometimes it tries too hard and sometimes not hard enough. I was disappointed nobody opened windows when Batman and Robin climbed walls. That happened all the time in tv series. Almost everything else was there. On trying too much part movie shows they know this is stupid. 60's Batman knew it was stupid but they played it seriously. This one doesn't play it seriously. That is reason why this doesn't work like 60's Batman.

Almost getting 60's feeling is not enough. It works as curiosity like Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt. Both bring original actors and try to bring 60's Batman back. After you watch them you can forget they exists. It is hard to recreate feeling of something as crazy as 60's Batman. Even if you bring original actors. You can make silly Batman work nowadays but you have to go much further. More about that when I get to 2017's Lego Batman movie.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Batman and Harley Quinn (2017)

DC superheroes have done better on animated movies than in DCEU. Movies like Batman and Harley Quinn show how these characters should be used. Movie has terrible name but it shows how you should use Harley Quinn. Wonder Woman is best DCEU by far. This beats all the other movies. If I had to put movies in order I probably put this even ahead of Wonder Woman. I enjoyed this more.

I complained how Justice League Dark had problems with tone. This too has different tones but it works. Beginning has serious Batman comic book tone. When Harley Quinn joins the movie she takes the main stage. Harley Quinn has crazy juvenile tone with moments of adults' world problems. This works because these tones fight each others when Batman and Harley Quinn try to get upper hand. Movie has only farting scene I can approve. It works because different tones are fighting each other.

This Harley Quinn is more interesting character than one in Suicide Squad. Suicide Squad version was just Joker's crazy girlfriend. This one is still crazy but she has got over Joker and tries to live normal life. It is bit difficult because former super criminals won't be hired to good jobs. She is clever woman who has to work at lower paying jobs. She is still crazy when it is needed. I want to see more of this Harley Quinn.

You can find several reasons to complain. Like musical scene at the middle but it is not that important. Most important is the movie is fun. It is fun to watch. It makes fun of superhero tropes. Batman movie where one of the main characters jokes how Batman and Nightwing (former Robin) doesn't like girls is fun movie.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Justice League Dark (2017)

DC superheroes have done better in animated movies than live action movies. Wonder Woman was exception to this. It is easy to find animated movie which does same thing better than DCEU movie even when those movies haven't been that good. Without Wonder Woman this would have been better than all DCEU movie even when this is not that good movie.

Justice League Dark is based on comic book of same name. There was supernatural version of Justice League led by John Constantine. Movie starts as Justice League movie but soon Batman goes to John Constantine and they join with members of comic book team. I assume story is not from comics because they don't form team. They just hang together. Movie start like Supernatural but when Batman joins rest of the team it gets more of animated DC movies' silliness

Not having consistent tone is biggest problem. Movie has really dark and violent moments but it also has the silliness. Like it needed to have tones of two different superhero teams mixed. Humor doesn't work. It is mostly based on how nobody likes Constantine. Movie relies too much on us liking Constantine. The character didn't work well enough. I didn't know him or others well enough to know who characters are and what they can do. It didn't help story has three different villains. Just pick one and concentrate on introducing characters most of us don't know.

Other problem is some characters look like they have spend all their time at gym and eaten something more than just whey protein. It was distracting. Not everyone was like this but whose few were too much.

I don't know who this movie was made for. Most animated DC movies are aimed for teens. This has some of that tone but it is too violent and dark to be for younger teens. It is too silly to be for adults. It is ok as it is but going more adult territory would have worked better. Movie works best when it goes there.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Psycho-Pass season 1 (2012)

I heard about this on random Facebook conversation. Premise sounded interesting and when I saw first season on sale I had to check it. Psycho-Pass is person's psychological profile which defines persons criminal potential. It is defined by central system called Sibyl. If Psycho-Pass score goes too high person has to go to therapy. If it stays high too long or goes too high person is defined as latent criminal. If you are latent criminal you are treated like real criminal. If score goes high enough you are killed.

Person's whole life is planned by computers which define what they can do based on different scores. Psycho-Pass follows rookie police officer who learns on her first day at job system might not be as fair as she thought. First episode shows series has no problems going really dark, gritty and violent. It is not that all the time but it goes there when story requires it.

Antagonist was like Joker without being insane.He talked like he had deeper message but all was just a game to him. There were times when you could agree with what he was saying. Few moments later he became guy who just wanted to see the world burn. It was shame because premise allowed antagonist to be someone you agree and protagonists being ones you disagree with.

Series had deep characters with individual story arcs. There weren't clear good guys or bad guys unless you count rookie police officer. Even she is not perfect. She is not sure if she is doing the right thing. Series have few strong scenes and good twists. It might be little too much of two almost perfect pretty boys going against each others. It is not the main thing but little less of it would have made this better. But I guess that is something anime is supposed to have.

Psycho-Pass is good science fiction which creates believable world and studies it. I am on fence if anime tropes could have been toned down. Watching best anime you don't think you are watching anime. This reminds from time to time you are watching anime. That is the only complainant I have. You should check this if you like science fiction and cyberpunk even if you don't like anime that much.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Justice League (2017)

I didn't see this in theaters because I have no faith in DCEU at the moment. Now I have seen it. This review has spoilers. If you cared you have already seen this or being spoiled by someone else. There wasn't big unexpected twists anyway. Everyone knew Superman will be back, Justice League will assemble and beat the bad guy in the end. Writers were content to have those happening during the movie. There wasn't much else. Yes it looks good at times but the writing is not at bar. I write this next day after seeing the movie but I have almost forgotten what happened.

There was moment when I wondered why this got so much hate. It was at the beginning when Batman fights parademon at Gotham. It looked interesting. Then Batman calls Alfred by his real name next to criminal who hears the whole discussion. It wasn't only time they used real names before other people. Superheroes have this secret identity thing. That is why they use masks. Calling each others with real names this often makes their identities not so secret in short time.

Steppenwolf is worst villain of all the time. He didn't have any personality. I have no idea what his powers were. He just wanted to destroy earth. He reminded little bit of Sauron from Lord of the Rings movies. Sauron works because he is mysterious. He doesn't say anything. Steppenwolf talks which destroys the character. His voice doesn't suit the looks and words doesn't suit his actions. Everything not Sauron ruined the character.

Story and characters are all over the place. Dialog is terrible at times. Character arcs miss parts where they decided to join the group. Flash doesn't even think when he says he wants to join. I honestly don't remember when or why Cyborg joined. Aquaman joined after they lost their motherbox. He just appears when others fight Steppenwolf. Characters just do things and say words.

Batman's suicide mission at the ending wasn't built at all. He made plan which would have killed him if others had followed his plan. There was no build up Batman being suicidal. Wonder Woman told others to save Batman. Otherwise he would have died fighting group of parademons. This is not my own thinking. Movie says this. I haven't seen anyone else complaining this. Maybe because it was during the best part of the movie.

Ending was best part of the movie because the action worked. I wish I cared about these characters. They worked together and used their powers. Other action scenes worked if you didn't think too much. Amazons had stupid way to shut doors to their motherbox vault. Shutting doors meant six people had to starve to death between closed doors. Two of them got easy way out because they closed door too early and they had to keep the door open long enough to their leader to escape. Then they were crushed under stone door.

Justice League is a mess story and dialog wise. I can understand why Ben Affleck wants to leave after I heard the lines he had to say. Movie looks good and action scenes work mostly. There were couple posing parts which I didn't like. Movie is step up from Batman V Superman but nowhere near to Wonder Woman.

And Henry Cavill's upper lip thing. I noticed it in first shot but not after that. Maybe I had lost interest at that point.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Boogie (2015)

I am not sure is Boogie tries to have some kind of message or is it just ultra macho fantasy. Main character is hitman who doesn't care about anything but money. He is rude and violent. He kills people all the time. Did I mention this was really bloody and violent animation? It makes it easier to disconnect what is happening.

I assume this is based on one of those ultra violent comics. Movie wasn't originally in English. I watched English dubbed version without subtitles which made me miss few texts. But I don't think those made movie different. This is story of best hitman there is when his customer want to use cheaper competitor and he doesn't like that. This is a movie where main character and antagonist kill about 80% of anything living. Our hero kills more than antagonist. This is that kind of movie.

If there is a message it is you shouldn't be around this kind of people. Almost everyone who talks to Boogie or even is near him suffers from it. I think that is too clever for this movie. It was made for ultra macho fantasy with hero who likes violence and does what ever he feels like at the moment. Everyone else is just there for him to abuse.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Death Note (2006-2007)

I was going to tell Death Note (2006-2007) is one of best tv series ever made. But I didn't write this when I was watching the series or right after watching it. I have same problem with J.J. Abrams' work. When I watch his tv series or movies I enjoy them but afterwards I forget why I enjoyed them or what happened in them and don't even want to see them again. Death Note is the same. You want to see what happens next because how the story is told but the story is not that interesting in the end. This has more to tell than Abram's work though.

Death Note tells about notebooks which kill anyone whose name is written in them. One student, Light, founds one and start to kill criminals with it. Soon he gets task force trying to catch him after him. Series becomes mind games between Light and L, the leader of the task force. These mind games are driving force of the story. However they lose impact by the end when characters have to be really stupid to not see what is going on.

Series is bit too long for its own good. Settings change enough in every few episodes to keep the story interesting but you can do it only so many times before it starts to lose impact. Biggest problem was the ending when mind games went too far to be believable. Series has few amazing moments. My favorite was when Light tried find real name of a woman who had information which could get him caught. It happened early on which might be reason it was so impactful.

This was better than Netflix's Death Note but if I feel like watching Death Note I will probably watch Netflix's one because it is shorter. Some people hated it not being like this but I see it as good thing.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Annihilation (2018)

Annihilation is best one of current dumped to Netflix movies. It is shame something like this gets theatrical release only in United States because someone thought this was too clever for general audience. It probably was but it should have given theatrical run other countries too. It looks amazing. I hope one movie festival in Helsinki picks this to their program. I really want to see this on big screen even after seeing it already.

Annihilation is really weird. Some say it is one of the best science fiction movies lately. Being weird is not enough. Director Alex Garland's previous movie Ex Machina is better than Annihilation. There are few others too. Annihilation is close to best science fiction movies. After second viewing I might put it among the best. I wouldn't be surprised if this will become cult classic.

I want to tell as little as possible because story revolves around mystery. If you need reference what to expect you can think mix of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Apocalypse Now, Solaris and Alien movies with all female cast and without too much action. I didn't realize it had all female cast until I watched Red Letter Media's review which pointed it out. Don't worry about all female cast. It doesn't matter. Movie doesn't make it a big point. It isn't even explained why the group contains only females.

Annihilation is almost among best science fiction movies. It had many elements I don't remember seeing before. It looks amazing. But there are couple things which prevent it from being among the best. There were few plot holes and I didn't last moments. I won't spoil last moment. If you have seen the movie you can probably guess why I didn't like it. Those are little things in otherwise great movie.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (2017)

Sharknado 5: Global Swarming is fifth annual Sharknado movie. I have already reviewed firstsecondthird and fourth movie. First was ok but by the third one they stopped caring. They didn't start caring for this one. They know there will be next movie no matter how bad this one is. This even ends with cliffhanger.

This is first Sharknado movie I hated. It is just 90 minutes of waste of your time but you need to know the ending in case next movie is actually interesting. I will get to the ending. It was only interesting thing and then movie ended. 85 minutes before that was same sharknado bs every sequel have been. This time difference is they reference other movies all the time and get transported from country to country.

Movie starts with Fin and Nova indianajonesing ancient artifact from shark god's temple. This starts global sharknados. Movie becomes series of short cameos one after another before they get killed by sharks. There are no characters. Only people in front of camera saying something before they get killed by sharks. Space between camoes is filled with bad cgi and action. It is just scene after scene. Some scenes are stolen from other movies.

I hated movie before ending but ending made me hate it even more. I might have stopped watching Sharknados after this if this didn't have ending which set interesting premise for next movie. I don't go through everything what happened. Sharknados destroy everything and kill everyone. April dies stopping Sharknados. Only her head is left behind. Fin search around the world other survivors carrying April's head. Adult version of Fin's son Gil comes there with backtothefutured car.

Before I wrote this I could see how next movie could be interesting. I visioned post-apocalyptic movie without constant cameos. But there is time travelling which means they will jump from one place to another. Time travel means they can steal scenes from historical movies not just current movies. Same things I hated in this movie but more of them.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (2017)

Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters is first part of Netflix trilogy. I assume it is collaboration since this was seen in Japanese theaters long before it entered Netflix. In Netflix it is called Godzilla. Mankind has left Earth when they could not stop Godzilla and other monsters. They tried to find new home but they haven't been successful. They come back when one of them has idea how to beat Godzilla.

I liked space part more than fighting Godzilla part. They were refugees desperate to find new planet before they run out of resources. I would have liked to see whole movie or few episodes of longer series of that. When they get back to Earth it is mostly exploring and fighting. All the interesting themes we had in space are forgotten.

Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters mix two anime styles together. Monsters look old cgi and almost everything else drawn. I have never seen this works. This is not exception. This is tried every now and then with similar results. It looks too distracting. Second part comes later this year. End credit scenes showed not all human left Earth. There might be something other than fighting in it.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Mute (2018)

Mute was marketed wrong. It was marketed as scifi action movie when almost all action is cut away and story didn't have anything needing to be set in science fiction world. This happens in same world as Moon (2009). Connection to Moon was little footage shown on television couple times. If you didn't pay attention you missed it. I am disappointed movie being so little science fiction. Nowadays you should have strong reactions to everything but I don't hate it. I am only disappointed. Disappointed it not being science fiction.

Protagonist is mute Amish bartender whose girlfriend goes missing. Mute reminds me lot of far eastern crime movies. It could easily happen in Tokio or any another Japanese, Chinese or Korean city. It happens in futuristic Berlin. There are some science fiction technologies but those have no impact on the story.

Mute is like those art movies you go to see at film festivals. It might not be the most entertaining or best ever made but you enjoy it because it is something different. I was disappointed it not being science fiction but I enjoyed it. It should have ended about fifteen minutes before it ended. There was perfect ending point. If this was far eastern movie it would have ended there. It might miss audience who would like it because it was marketed as scifi action movie which it is not.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams (2017)

There was a time when I had all English language movies based Philip K. Dick's texts. There was one with other language which I didn't have. I collected them because even if the movie wasn't that good there was at least interesting story elements in it. Best known of those are Blade Runner and Total Recall. Later more movie adaptions have come with various levels of quality.

Tv series based on Philip K. Dick's text was must see for me and I wasn't disappointed. Like in earlier movie adaptions each episode had at least something interesting in them. There were ten episodes out of which six were really good. Other four not so much. Amazon Prime had them in order where series started and ended strongly. Those not so good one were in middle. Other places have shown episodes in different order.

Order doesn't matter since episodes doesn't have anything to do with each others. Each have different story happening in different worlds with different characters. I would like to see more from worlds of Autofac and The Hood Maker. These episodes had ending which left me wanting to know what happens next and after that.

Unevenness is bit of a problem. Those not so good episodes had something interesting in them but writing didn't support the story and twist was revealed too early. But good ones were really good. You have to solder through only four episodes to get six really good episodes. You might enjoy those episodes I didn't like that much and after two not so good episodes there were always really good episode.

I didn't say anything about the stories because you should see them unspoiled.

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

I rarely like science fiction horror movies. Most of them don't get most important thing in writing science fiction. You can do anything but you have to establish rules you follow. If you do that you can make classics like Alien and John Carpenter's The Thing. If you don't you end up being like The Cloverfield Paradox or Event Horizon.

The Cloverfield Paradox wasn't always meant to be Cloverfield movie. Cloverfield was added later for marketing purposes. It is hard to say how much Cloverfield changed the original story. Even harder when you haven't seen first two movies and don't know what Cloverfield actually is.

Spoilers from this point on. Movie tells about space station making experiments. They end up going to alternative universe destroying alternative universe version of the space station and getting one alternative universe character to the space station. All well and good to this point. Them being in alternative universe change all the rules. Alternative universe have same laws of physics but weird things start to happen when story needs them. If writing wasn't so lazy weird things could have been replaced by something more realistic.

For some reason one guy loses his mind and gets all sorts of stuff inside him. Including spaceship's component they lost when they went to alternative universe. They learn about that when ship eats other character's hand and then spit it out. Hand start to live on its own and tell crew to open the first character. Movie like to have hard science fiction tone but then you have plot twists like these. There was no point of being invested into the story because anything could happen. It didn't even have to make any sense. Ship started to actively kill characters because that needed to happen.

It is shame lazy writing ruined the movie. It was made by competent people and most of it was actually good and interesting. Then they threw it all away. Replacing all supernatural with story arc of alternative universe character she already had would have made this really good. If all the supernatural came from Cloverfield making this Cloverfield movie ruined it.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Altered Carbon (2018)



Short spoiler free Altered Carbon review. I wasn't feeling too well when I shot this but it shows what I thought about the series.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Resindent Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter never came to cinemas in Finland. I don't know the reason. I don't think it was really that bad it shouldn't be in theaters. Don't get me wrong. It is not good. Each sequel has been worse than previous movie. This might change that only because previous one was really bad. This is really bad too but not that bad it shouldn't be in theaters.

Something has happened between end of last movie and beginning of this one. Prologue sequence talks about betrayal but nothing more is explained. Maybe they couldn't write anything based on ending of last movie so they forgot everything they build at end of it. Almost anything could have been better than this. First half is loosely connected action scenes one after another and wondering why would any of this make sense. Because almost nothing makes sense in the end.

Spoilers. The Final Chapter explains why there is apocalypse. Umbrella corporation decided to cause apocalypse before other apocalypses became reality. They decided to destroy the world and all their customers in it because they were afraid of nuclear war and climate change. This was supposed to save the company. This was better option than adapting to the changing world.

Whole movie is full of similar logic. Only thing important is making Alice look good and have cool looking shots. Only interesting moment was when Dr. Isaacs met his clone or should I say the clone met him. That was only clever moment in whole movie. It might have made this second worst Resident Evil movie. I might have been disappointed if I saw this in theater. Maybe that was reason this didn't see theaters in Finland.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder Woman is only good movie in DCEU. It is most positive in series and it happens during first world war. I didn't see it in theaters. I had lost all hope with DCEU. This one movie didn't give me hope for DCEU but I might see sequel in theater. Even if I hadn't lost hope I might have skipped seeing this in theater. I didn't like idea of superhero movie located to world war. World war parts were the other part I didn't like. Other was main villain.

World war part was done better than I expected. It wasn't made too much like adventure which made Wonder Woman's action scenes feel little bit out of the place. Other thing out of place was main villain or should I say all main villains. They were too comic book villains in movie which tried to be serious when they came to man's world and war.

I liked everything else. It had humor. Tone changes worked outside Wonder Woman's fight scenes during world war. It did many things I didn't expect to see in superhero movie. It took changes which worked. I would have preferred the movie to be located some other period than world war. It has couple similarities to first Captain America but nothing too distracting.

Wonder Woman shows what DCEU movies could be. Without world war this could have been really enjoyable movie but in DCEU everything has to be super dark and gritty. Maybe next one is really good. I mean next Wonder Woman movie. I have no expectations for other DCEU movies.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Jason Bourne (2016)

Jason Bourne is far from first Bourne movies which changed action movies. This is fifth movie in series. Seems like there is nothing to be said but movies still make money and there have to be another movie. I have seen first three movies few times and fourth once. I don't remember much about them any more. I would have liked to have introduction what is going. There was almost none.

This has same problem as John Wick: Chapter 2. It expects us to know what happened previous movies. I can't say if we knew any other character than Jason Bourne from earlier movies. Movie treated them like we knew who they were and what their motivation was. Movie surely didn't explain anything. It expected style of the genre being enough.

I know Alicia Vikander is good actress. She was good in Ex Machina. Here she wasn't given anything. Same with Tommy Lee Jones. Movie had good actors but it was content having style of the genre. The style first movies in series helped to define. Style was more important than the story.

Story might have checked several writing 101 boxes but it didn't work. "Asset" didn't need to have as much history with Bourne. He was guy wanting to kill Bourne for understandable reason. Bourne didn't need historic reason to kill him.

Jason Bourne is waste of time. Watch only if you want to watch the whole series. I can't recommend it even for fans of genre. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

I didn't like John Wick too much. Review got angry comment because I didn't like it enough. I like sequel less. With first one I could at least see what was good. Second one looks good and I wonder how much planning and work scenes in mirror house required. Soundtrack is good too. I hope there will be another John Wick for the soundtrack. Otherwise I couldn't care less.

Chapter 2 expects you have seen the first movie and know what the story is and how this world works. There is very little story to hold the movie together. Everything is there to give John Wick reason to kill lot of people. Movie jumps from action scene to action scene. What is in between concentrates looking good. Looking good is main priority. Second is to add as many kills as possible. It gets boring after a while.

If you liked the first one you might like this. Only might. First one was better. This is just more of the action and less story. Movie ends with sequel bate. If this did well emough we will another one.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Star Trek Discovery: Season 1 episodes 1-9 (2017)

Star Trek Discovery is best Star Trek since Star Trek Voyager. Voyager got better after Seven of Nine joined the crew. Without her Discovery would have been better. It could still become better. I wouldn't put it before Voyager after only nine episodes. It has potential. Voyager is set time before original series. I am not sure how this and Enterprise connect to each others. Enterprise explained why Klingons looked different in original series and next generation. Klingons in Discovery have different look than other Star Treks.

It is probably spoiler to tell what happens after pilot episodes. So I be vague about the story. At first it looks like they have something which they should use in future where most series happens. As series goes onwards it appears there is a reason why their technology is not used in future. Mid season finale hints there might be more reasons why they don't use this technology.

Discovery is closer to old Star Trek than rebooted movie series. It remind lot of Babylon 5. It might be closer to Babylon 5 than old series. It doesn't have comic relief characters Voyager and Deep Space 9 had. It has flawed characters like Babylon 5 had and something tells me it could have similar long and short story arcs like Babylon 5.

First nine episodes have been promising. Only minor complaint I have is Michael's backstory. She didn't need to be so tightly connected to original series. It highlights problem of stories happening before something we have already seen. Why they didn't mention Michael in original series if she was so connected to one key member of original series? That was done to connect this series to original but it becomes problem if you want these connections to make sense.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time (2017)

I guess I have to say something about this. I have almost forgotten I have seen it. Twice Upon a Time is Doctor Who's Christmas special and last episode for Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat. I would have liked to see Capaldi's Doctor under other show runner. Being last episode for both theme of episode is ending something to start something new.

Almost only positive thing I can say is I won't be missing Moffat after this one. He has written good episodes but this is not one of those. This is what is worst in his work. It makes everything huge and important without stopping to think if any of this makes any sense. It starts with two incarnations of Doctor trying not to regenerate. Then time stops and nothing makes sense anymore.

Episode have some kind of idea but it doesn't stop to study what is interesting in that idea. Glass people could have given much more interesting story. Now they were there to show us familiar faces. We should like this episode because we see so many familiar faces and throwbacks to previous stories. Ending underlined how little continuity was considered. Time stopping thing wasn't explained at all. Ending shouldn't have fixed it. Previously messing time brought demons or something like that. Was that only that one time. It was during ninth Doctor's run.

Peter Capaldi deserved better send off and Jodie Whittaker better introduction for her Doctor. She mess things up really badly moments after her regeneration. I guess that was inside joke we couldn't live without.