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Iron Man & Hulk - Heroes United (2013)

Iron Man & Hulk - Heroes United (2013)

Cool looks, heavy cell-shading, but bad motions. And voices. And puns. And mistakes. Characters out of character. A superficial plot and robotic voices. It's like the days of early 3D again, just with a little bit better ambient occlusion and background visuals.

Honestly I'd really prefer one of the drawn ones. Maybe this is just a lower-budget project; maybe the studio just wasn't going all in this time, but they never seem to have gone wrong with the more traditional design. Not script wise and not visually either.

It's like the makers didn't even believe in this, and thus didn't bother giving it their all at all. If they were: sorry bout this. Maybe y'all had a budget that just didn't give this full potential.

It's not bad entertainment, but so simple and out of character I wish it was at least a little distanced from the Marvel world. I expected more.

 rated 2/5: decent

Bodied (2017)

Bodied (2017)

They brought a pretty twisted form of humor with this one! A main character that is - for lack of more intelligent wording - an asshole. And yet he's not. Not really. He's just so passionate about the craft that he's almost obsessively blunt, and sometimes it's depressing, and sometimes hilarious, and sometimes a strange combination of the two.

Bodied is the story of Adam, who ventures into the battle rap world by chance one day when a whack rapper approaches one of his idols (who he's attempting to write a research paper with certain guidance of) and asks to do battle, but clearly isn't a worthy opponent, and so Adam is called in to intervene.

And that he does, with a viral and rapidly growing fame as the result, for both good and bad. His talent for sculpting the most creative and savage insults on stage increases, while in parallel his relationship takes a turn for the worse, and when it's all over I'm still not sure if maybe he went too far, or if this is just that kind of world, and the other guy didn't fit.

It's got some moments. It's got bars. The entertainment's a strange and cynically twisted kind that I imagine someone like Eminem might stand behind, and I wonder if maybe this is an exaggerated but all the more truthful recollection of his early battle rapper years than 8 Mile was.

The latter was cinematized in the best possible way, glorified even, whereas this showcases a form of brutal honesty that seems to embody his persona, with both a comical tone and an underlying darkness.

And hey, it's a Shady film! And a YouTube Original. It's an interesting hybrid, and an interesting debut to both a pretty bad-ass (fictional) performer, and collaborative movie studio franchise that I really look forward to following from here on out. Wonder who wrote all those lines...

Also props on special effects. They're rare but they fit in perfectly. It's a new kind of 8 Mile it is. Have a taste of this shit.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Dead Ant (2017)

Dead Ant (2017)

A Rock and Roll group ride out into the desert on a search for a new sound, take some Sun from the Big Foot medicine man, and embark on a journey unlike any other. As long as they don't hurt a single life form housed on the sacred Indian soil they'll have the trip of their lives. It's big medicine.

Unfortunately Art steps on ant, and suddenly the ants are getting noticeably larger, and aggressive, and... more.

Don't let the naked girl in the intro or the horrible special effects or the somewhat silly premise throw you off though! This really was pretty Rock and Roll, and though it definitely has certain budgetary restrictions I wasn't disappointed. Tom Arnold largely contributes to it too. Even if he's not the most bad-ass character in the bunch he really is the life of the party, and together they put on one hell of a show.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Little Backblaze Plug

And this is why I love Backblaze. Still need to get that account though...

One Punch Man Season 2 EP 5

Still good! Yupp. Ferocious fights currently unwinding.

One Punch Man Season 2 EP 4

Still good! Yupp. Nefarious schemes currently unveiling.

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