Good Ol' Review: Kamen Rider Ghost RE:BIRTH: Kamen Rider Specter a Convoluted Mess

Ghost Rebirth Specter

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
LOTS of spoilers, with a warning before they begin

It’s the last hurrah for the Ghost crew and they decided to go out with a proverbial bang. That is, they completely shot up whatever little semblance of cohesion and story the original series had in the first place.

And as I wrote in my Season Wrap-up of Kamen Rider Ghost, the season was directionless and a mish-mash of (many times) unconnected plot points. It was an even bigger disappointment and waste of potential than its predecessor Drive.

But Kamen Rider Ghost RE:BIRTH: Kamen Rider Specter, the V-Cinema and final official release for the season, just takes the confusion and insanity up a notch and maybe to the highest level too.
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Good Ol' Review: Brutal and Mostly Fun Kamen Rider Heisei Generations

Kamen Rider Hesei Generations

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
LOTS of spoilers.

This year’s Kamen Rider Movie War was mostly a fun endeavor with some brutal and bloody battles. But it ends in one of the worst possible ways it could ever end. More on that later.
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Good Ol' Review: Maine Mendoza's Charm and Stunning Cinematography Lift Otherwise Unimaginative Imagine You & Me

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
A film review with minor spoilers.

On the eve of the premiere of Destined To Be Yours, Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards’ first primetime teleserye (arguably, a year late), let’s take a quick look at their first headlining project, the film Imagine You & Me. Continue reading

Good Ol' Review: Makoto Shinkai's Ethereal and Universal Your Name

Your Name Kimi no Na Wa

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
No spoilers.

It’s not hard to see why Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name (Kimi no Na wa/君の名は。) has managed to captivate audiences around the world. The hype and buzz surrounding the film is well deserved and further solidifies Shinkai’s place in the future of Japanese animation and filmmaking. Continue reading

Good Ol' Review: Thrilling and Emotional Train to Busan

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
No spoilers.

You don’t have to be a fan of zombies to enjoy Train to Busan. Continue reading

Good Ol' Review: Beautiful and Affecting 5 Centimeters Per Second

5 Centimeters

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Basic plot description. Would not consider them spoilers.

It is easy to get lost in the film 5 Centimeters Per Second. Even with a runtime of only 63 minutes, the film written and directed by Makoto Shinkai is a beautifully animated and skillfully told story of life and love. Continue reading

Good Ol' Review: Messy Execution Wastes Great Potential in Come Back! Shuriken Sentai Ninninger: Ninnin Girls vs. Boys

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Minor and HUGE spoilers ahead, but with fair warning before they begin in review.

Sentai V-Cinema Returns movies are always nice little epilogues for each season. Some can add a lot to the previous season’s story while others are just fun little visits with old friends.

Come Back! Shuriken Sentai Ninninger: Ninnin Girls vs. Boys FINAL WARS, however, is a messy though strangely well-intentioned extra chapter to the series. And I’m saying this as someone who actually liked and enjoyed Ninninger the series and did not think it was the Japanese Super Megaforce. Continue reading