Voice Artist Spotlight : Cristina Vee

Mentioned Charity Site: http://geeksgivinggifts.com/

Today, the Watcher discusses the career of anime and video game voice actress, Cristina Valenzuela. Known for her youtube covers and super cute voice, she’s captured the hearts of many in her career.

Feel Free to express yourself about Cristina and this video in the comments.

 

Captain America the Winter Soldier Written Review

Audio Transcript of This Review:

Captain America 2 is the most recent addition to the growing Marvel Cinematic Universe, the sequel to Captain America, the First Avenger. To give quick thoughts on that film, Chris Evans gave a fantastic performance, but overall, the film was weaker by the final act, which might’ve been the design of the Red Skull, who looks comical no matter how good an actor you get to play him, like Hugo Weaving, and unfortunately, the effort that went into setting up Avengers was a detriment to the film.

Now, for those of you unfamiliar with this idea, the first sequel has the highest potential to be the best movie, you don’t have to establish the characters again, so all your cool ideas that would take an entire movie can come out, but by the time of the second sequel, people are a lot more likely to be sick of the characters. Examples of the good first sequel are The Dark Knight, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Godfather II. This movie serves as a dramatic turn for everything these movies have built up, like, Iron Man 3 is nothing compared to what happens in this film. This review will not have any major spoilers, because I like it.

The main plot is Captain America has to struggle with 21st century war politics, and Nick Fury reveals a plan by SHIELD to use 3 Helicarriers like the one from Avengers to annihilate supposed “terrorists” from across the globe before they do anything. By the way, can you figure out the carriers are gonna be hijacked?

Captain America has to deal with a new thing he has a hard time understanding, a shadowy group has infiltrated SHIELD and are destroying America from the inside, and their head enforcer is this guy named the Winter Soldier, an agent with a metal arm who completely kicks everyone’s ass except Captain America. This is in Stark…. contrast to First Avenger where he just fought Nazis, and Avengers, when he fought the evil blue dudes. This adds a lot of subtlety to this world, and more depth to the character of Captain America. It’s actually cool to stick this guy into a spy film.

One reason I find these films have a lot of dramatic potential is that Captain America is not invincible, he can conceivably die from being shot, like Batman, which is a reason I like the more human superheroes over their much more invulnerable allies, like Superman or Iron Man. I know this is an action movie, and random dudes aren’t going to leave the hero with any gun wounds, but it’s just nice to know that bullets would not bounce off of him. Also, like Batman, this movie has the guy who played Lau from the Dark Knight, he’s in a minor role and has like 6 lines, but he’s there.

The action in this film is still the great spectacle it has always been, but this one feels more dramatic because it is Captain America this time, and this film actually does have more memorable action scenes than the first Captain America movie and Iron Man 3, like a scene where Cap fights like 10 dudes in an elevator, and the climactic battle scene where Cap and his buddy Falcon go to storm the hijacked helicarriers. It’s also nice that there is some restraint when it came to the CG, and there seems to be a lot more practical effects in this.

Chris Evans is still great in this film; I am surprised he still turns in a very charming but also dramatic performance. Scarlett Johansson also gets to be the female lead in this, but she’s not a love interest (at least to the Cap), which is kind of refreshing to see. She’s really good in this film too, because she’s less about being fanservicey and has more character. Anthony Mackie plays Falcon, a pararescue guy with a cool jet pack, and the secondary hero of this film, he’s pretty cool and helpful, and he has improbable dodging skills in the climax. Nick Fury gets more focus in this film, actually doing some stuff, and Robert Redford is in this movie too, though he doesn’t do too much except monologue about the modern age.

And then there’s the Winter Soldier, damn did they make him scary in this film. He makes Black Widow pretty terrified with his presence, which is quite a feat given she was fighting alien monsters in her last film appearance. The scenes with him are the most frantic and tense of this entire film series. It doesn’t help that his theme song is this horrible screeching noise, like he’s Freddy Kruger or something. I mean, if they called Iron Man to help, Winter Soldier would’ve been down in like a minute, but yeah. The only person missing is Hawkeye, which is odd, because SHIELD is a big focus of the film.

I can also appreciate the dark tone of this film, it doesn’t feel excessive, like Iron Man 3, which went a bit overboard with the brutality, this film just has the heroes facing increasingly menacing threats to show their growth and heroism when the villains are defeated. Oh, wait, is that a spoiler? So, overall, this film lives up to its hype, give it a watch.

Watcher of the 2000s: DragonBall Evolution Review


Adventures of a terrible adaptation, suffered by our all loving hero. The Watcher dives into a world of pain to make sense of Dragonball Evolution.

 

(Today, the Watcher decides to review a thriller with James Spader and Keanu Reeves, a film released in 2000, called “The Watcher”, which drew our hero’s attention on the virtue of being eeriely similar in google-ablility as his online moniker.)

 

Muppets 2011 and Muppets Most Wanted Review

Audio Transcript of This Review:


I am a new guy when it comes to Muppets, but as a major part of American Pop Culture, and following the glowing reviews, I went to go check out The Muppets 2011, and then about 2 hours after, Muppets Most Wanted.

As a guy whose only knowledge of the Muppets is Kermit, Miss Piggy, the bear that says Wocka Wocka, the Not-Swedish Chef, and Michael Caine as Scrooge, I am not someone familiar with the characters.

2011 was the Muppet’s big cinematic comeback. It managed to be really Meta with how its plot was. There were only 4 human stars, Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Rashida Jones, and Chris Cooper. They’re playing the protagonist’s brother, his fiancé, a studio executive, and an evil oilbaron respectively. It follows the story of Walter, a big fan of the Muppets who eventually has Kermit get them back together for one final show in order to stop Muppet Studios from being torn down.

The first movie is very good, and plays very much on the audience’s feelings. It’s got enough heart in it that it works. There’s a sweet story about believing in yourself and holding onto friendships, and it’s a very funny and heartwarming film. It’s everything you want in a children’s film, and it’s better than anyone would’ve expected. I didn’t need to know all the names of the characters to understand that the Muppets feel irrelevant in this day and age, but they’re gonna give it their all. The Muppets 2011 is just a project with a ton of love put into trying to let everyone have fun. It didn’t lock out people like me, and it left some heart scars.

Also, there were many celebrity cameos because the Muppets are so beloved, most prominently, Jack Black, Emily Blunt, and NPH.

Also, there are the songs, because the series is known for the singing. The first movie’s highlight piece is Man or Muppet, featuring Jason Segel opposite Walter in a touching piece.

Now, the second film likes to parody the Sequel idea. The first movie was more focused on how the Muppets were irrelevant, and they can’t do something nearly that touching again, because when Muppets 2011 came out, there wasn’t a Muppets Movie released in theaters for like 12 years. This movie goes out of its way to make fun of the fact that it’s a sequel, and just try to have fun. The first song in the movie is about how Sequels are never as good as the original.

This movie got me with the trailers, which made it look like a blast, and this is the reason I watched both the films on the same day. Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey are our stars here, and I enjoyed their chemistry with their Muppet opposites more than the humans in the first one.

The first movie struggled with including too much Jason Segel in a movie that was unbalanced in deciding if Walter or Kermit is the protagonist. This movie makes up its mind in focusing more on the eponymous Muppets.

This story is about the Muppets going on world tour, while Constantine, the world’s most dangerous frog, escapes from a Gulag that’s being run by Tina Fey. The Muppets go on tour with their new Manager, Dominic Badguy, who is not dangerous or villainous in any way, shape or form. The other subplot is Ty Burrell as an Interpol agent working with a Muppet, who I researched has the name of “Sam” working to track down the criminals.

This is a funny film, with lots of silly gags that don’t do anything provocative. There’s a lot less fourth wall breaking, and the cameos seem more numerous this time around, with Christoph Waltz, Chloe Grace Moretz as a delivery girl, Tom Hiddleston as an escape artist inmate, and Usher as an Usher.

This film’s core is built around 4 main character interactions. Constantine and Dominic’s relationship is one of my favorite parts of this film, where the evil frog is a total prick, and Dominic is the one doing all the heavy lifting. Tina Fey and Kermit also play off each other well too, with a surprise that Fey is a huge Kermit fan. Then Sam and Ty Burrell discover they have more in common than they think while they search for the criminals. Finally, Miss Piggy and Kermit have more relationship focus in this one, and that makes the final act of the story.

This time, the human performers enjoy themselves, knowing what type of film they’re in, because the focus on the first film was to be nice and sweet, this one is to be entertaining. That’s not to dilute the film’s message of cherishing your friends however.

As for the highlight song of this movie, it’s the duet Constantine has with Ricky Gervais about how evil they are, and how Ricky will always be number 2.
So, in conclusion, both these films are great, lighthearted watches that are worth the time. Go give them a look, if you’re a fan or not, you should get some enjoyment out of them.

 

Project 13′ Story Cut

This is Project 13′, the 2013 arc of Watcher of the 2000s, in all it’s entirety. It’s a semi-dark Sci-Fi drama, presented in the webseries’ 3rd person visual novel style. There were many bumps in production, so the first 1/3 is quite different from the rest. This version cuts out all the reviewing.

This is assembled from the following episodes of Watcher of the 2000s: Johnny Bravo, Top 10 Animated Supervillains, Static Shock, Justice League, Teen Titans Parts 1+2, Justice League Unlimited, The Batman, and Top 10 Nostalgic Songs.

Cast:
Cuttles – Watcher, Joffrey, Khathulon
SerenaMidori – Rosette Daedela (2/2)
“KW” – Mr. Magnetic (2/2)
Christian Willis – Devinfirn Zandos
Hazelshotgun – Rosette (1/2)
Katsuhicon – Mr. Magnetic (1/2)
Special Guests:
Isabel Nicholls – Computer
Alex Rochon – Arguing Soldiers

Written and edited by Cuttleboss
All Art, Characters, and Backgrounds by Dave Hicks.

Dedicated to Dwayne McDuffie and H.P. Lovecraft.

Samurai Jack Fan Intro

This mini AMV was included in the Top 10 Samurai Jack Episodes video. It’s just a short AMV tribute featuring many episodes of the series, and it was a throwback for me for when I used to make AMVs. This is definitely not an accurate representation of the series, but this was just for fun.

Music: Blazblue Crisis Reversed Fan OST “Raging Spirit”, it might have a different name, but this is the only one I know it by.