Ghostbusters comes out today.

Ghostbusters comes out, technically on Friday, which means Thursday at probably 7, people can choose to either watch or not watch this reboot of the 1984 movie. Will it be good, or will it suck? Celebrities have said that the movie is good, while reviewers on YouTube have painted another picture. Some reviewers were embargoed until opening day, while some who saw it were not. I tend to believe the YouTubeers on this one, but what really made me say “Hey, this movie probably sucks,” was webcomic creator Kittyhawk’s tweet:

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Here are a couple of reviews that I saw online from YouTubers:

Kevin Smith seemed to like the movie.

Lauren Faust, the woman who adapted the latest version of My Little Pony, retweeted this postfrom @Roonaymara of girls dressed from movies with the stars from said movies.

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One of my largest fears, is that the character Patty will be treated like similarly to Winston, as she is African American and a non-scientist.

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A lot of the publicity shots and posters have her off to the side or in the background. What’s weird is that the Japanese poster, which has some bad lighting on her, is one of the few pics of her properly lined up with her caucasian co-stars.

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If this movie fails, no one really wins. If this movie succeeds, maybe these little girls win? I can’t help but think that little girls deserve better the best. For their sake, I hope that this movie isn’t one step forward and two steps back.

I’m not going to watch this movie in theaters, what everyone else does is their own business.

WTF

Whiskey-Tango-FoxtrotWTF indeed. I finally watched a movie with Tina Fey in it, and seeing as it’s Waifu Wednesday, I thought that I would talk about the movie a little bit, seeing as I am also coming off of re-watching every single episode of 30 Rock as well.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’s poster might make you think that it’s a comedy, especially seeing as it stars Tina Fey, the poster is brightly lit, and produced by Lorne Michaels, but it is not.

I feel like watching this movie right around July 4th was the right decision, as it takes place mostly during the war in Afghanistan. It follows Kim Barker, the real world reporter that Fey portrays in the movie, as she becomes a foreign news correspondent during the period when The United States public/media shifted their focus to the war in Iraq.

At times I was worried that I was watching Lost in Translation as WTF feels a little slow paced, but seeing as it is based on real events that Kim Barker turned into her book, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, that is to be expected.

I recommend watching this movie at least once. At the very least, it will remind you of the freedoms we so often take for granted, and possibly remind you of the danger that reporters put themselves in on a daily basis.

X-Men Apocalypse

X-Men_-_ApocalypseCan Marvel please have the rights back to X-Men or can Fox just re-boot the re-boot? Seriously, salt the earth already. This movie was somehow better than X-Men 3, despite X-3 being a more X-Men like thing. This movie, however, is still better than X-Men Origins: Wolverine though.

Coming off of X-Men: Day’s of Future Past and the phenomenal Deadpool movie, X-Men Apocalypse does the typical X-Men thing. Let’s throw characters in for no reason and never expand on who they are other than showing them being all flashy!

Everything was kind of a mess, scenes went on for too long, some could have been skipped, the story told was terrible, the use of the horseman was terrible for every single one, and some characters were just kind of there.

Psylocke was really only Psylocke in body only… which you know, is funny because in the comics that isn’t even her body. Angel, who never was called Archangel in this movie, seemed nothing like his comic book or previous movie incarnations. These two are largely known as being romantic, but that wasn’t played with at all. They were wasted, and likely only used so they trailer would be awesome.

Storm constantly played second fiddle to Magneto. She threw lightning and flew, but that was about it. She is one of the most powerful characters in the universe when let loose, but there was nothing done with her hurricane winds, tidal waves, or blizzards. She literally can send us back to the ice age if her powers were fully unlocked, but where was that? Where is her claustrophobia?

The only one of the four horsemen that actually made sense and was fleshed out was Magneto, and I could have personally done without it. The script fell into old tropes that would make Anita Sarkeesian cringe when it came to his motivations.

I could go on about how Jubilee was barely in the movie, or how things were made too convenient for setting up future movies, or how everytime I saw something from the trailers I was constantly underwhelmed, but no. Let’s shut this down right now. Bryan Singer just doesn’t get X-Men anymore, or at the very least can’t make a large cataclysmic superhero movie like this.

Apocalypse_XMEThe 1990’s cartoon, Wolverine and The X-Men, and X-Men Evolution did everything this movie attempted much better and your money would be better spent buying episodes from one of those on VUDU.

X-Men: Apocalypse does not get a failing grade or even a D. It’s a solid C, and that’s the best I can give this franchise that might need to start over from scratch with a smaller budget.

Are anime characters Asian?

Are anime characters Asian?
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Russian character Auska Langley, from Neon Genesis Evangelion

White washing in Hollywood has become a huge problem, and Asian Americans have been quite vocal of it lately. I, and many others, have discussed how the Hollywood adaptation of Ghost in The Shell will feature the caucasian actress Scarlet Johanson as the character ‘The Major.’ Before her, it was going to be Margot Robbie, but she signed on for Suicide Squad.

Some have argued that white people are the ones who are the ones yelling about it, but I remember watching youtube videos post Dragon Ball Evolution about how Goku was Asian.

The word ‘adaptation’ is thrown around a bit, especially when Japanese material is brought to the big screen. I believe that Dragon Ball Evolution was more of an adaptation than Ghost in The Shell is going to be, as everything was changed in it, for some reason. Ghost in The Shell’s setting is still in Japan, and the characters seem to be retaining their names though.

Recently, it was announced that there was going to be a movie based on the hit manga and anime series, Full Metal Alchemist. The cast? Entirely Asian. Why? Because it’s a movie made in Japan for the Japanese audience. Why bring this up? Because let’s take a look at some of the characters from the show.

That is a lot of blonde hair for these characters to be Asian. Full Metal Alchemist’s world isn’t Asia, such as Avatar The Last Air Bender. Their world is more European inspired. Perhaps there wasn’t enough Caucasians to fill these roles, or maybe they did not want to look for them? No clue. Let’s take a look at the characters that they did get.

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Image via My Game News Flash

I’ve talked about a video that was done by That Japanese Man Yuta where they were not even aware of the problem, they were fine with it due to the fact that they have a gaijin fetish. One argued for Scarlett Johanson in Ghost in The Shell, saying “But if she was Japanese, it wouldn’t look like an anime.”

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Sailor Moon live action Japanese series.

There was almost a Hollywood adaptation of Sailor Moon in the 1990’s. In 1997, this article, which is now archived thanks to the wayback machine, was floating around. http://web.archive.org/web/20031210144519/http://pei.physics.sunysb.edu/~ming/dau/sos/news/daily.html#moon

It had been mentioned that they were going to take it out of Tokyo, and put it in California. They most likely would have had an all white cast, you can assume. What if instead, they had a multi-cultural cast, and kept it in Japan?

I always pegged Minako as being from London, for some reason. Ami seemed European to me as well. The only character that had to be Japanese, was Rei, as she was a Shinto Priestess.

This brings me up to my point. Are Anime and Manga characters Japanese? Do they have to all be played by Asians unless specifically mentioned to not be, such as Auska from Neon Genesis Evangelion being Russian? I’m not sure.

For some reason, I think people would complain if Sailor Moon’s blonde hair and blue eyed Usagi Tsukino was played by an American, Ami Mizuno was Indian, Makoto Kino was African, Rei Hinako was Japanese, and Minako Aino was Norwegian. Racial type casting? I’m not sure.

Weird tangent, but was there ever even one black person on Sailor Moon? Honestly. I’m trying to remember if I saw even one. I know I saw a few white people from France… but huh. I guess not?

Our world is weird.

My opinions about Ghostbusters, again.

I feel like my post the other day about why I am not excited anymore for Ghostbusters needed some more fleshing out. I still like the videos that I shared from youtube, so still please check those out on my earlier post before reading this one.

Patty-Tolan-ghostbusters-2016-39358140-200-200I think that The New Ghostbusters movie, which I’m calling it because I do not want to refer to it as the All Female Ghostbusters movie, wont be pushing the envelope very far. Patty, like Winston, is not a scientist. It is 2016, and you chose the black character to not be smart, and is instead sassy? Strike one.

Strike two? Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig. I admit to not seeing most of their works, but what I have seen… isn’t promising. Feig had McCarthy speak crassly and there were some jokes at the expense of her body in their, movie Spy. I had trouble finishing it because of that. In the other film that I saw of McCarthy’s, Identity Thief, she… get this, was crass… and there were jokes at her expense because she is fat and disgusting? That’s funny?

I actually liked Identity Thief, but it’s 2016, and jokes at the expense of over weight people make me sad. She also played Chris Farley’s Matt Foley on SNL’s 40th anniversary… so I’m going to go ahead and be as liberal about this as possible… TRIGGER!

So what is Strike three? Is it how we got this movie? No, I wont hold that against the people who actually made the movie. Is it the all female cast? Despite not being my pick, which would be the amazing Tina Fey and… well… anyone. She’s awesome, so let’s just say the cast from 30 Rock or The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? Close, but not quite. The fact that the trailer doesn’t look all that great? No.

The Third Strike is the fact that Sony manipulated their Youtube trailer comments page to get rid of most of the negative feedback about their trailer that was not sexist. They kept the sexist messages in order to get feminist bloggers to pick the story up, and help spin the narrative that everyone not seeing the movie are just a bunch of asshole women haters.

Screw you SONY. My parents broke up when I was 12 and my mom raised me through out High School. Before that, she literally saved my life when I was a child when I almost drowned. I will not allow anyone to spin that narrative about me. I love and respect women, and I am not seeing your movie because of that.

I will, however, watch the heck out of your movie for $1 maybe from Redbox? It could be good, it might get women into liking a franchise that I like, and this fan re-cut trailer looks a ton better than the actual one?