Captain Marvel Movie Review

Real Talk By: Cmack The Don

*This review contains some spoilers that are necessary to talk about the flick. Don’t say you haven’t been warned!*

The Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know is coming to a close soon, but there’s still some surprises and new material in store before the next phase starts, and our warm-up to Endgame this year is the introduction of Captain Marvel to the MCU. Continue reading “Captain Marvel Movie Review”

Alita: Battle Angel Movie Review

Real Talk By: Cmack The Don

The way I see it, the next biggest thing for big blockbusters on the silver screen are more live action anime/manga & video game adaptations. There’s been plenty of each in the past, but generally, in terms of productions coming out of Hollywood at least, I think most of us can agree that most of those entries have been a bit off Continue reading “Alita: Battle Angel Movie Review”

Avengers: Infinity War Movie Review

Real Talk By: Cmack The Don

It’s a general rule that if you invest more time into something, the more you’ll get out of it. This could apply to studying, cooking, maybe a good solid nap, or a good video game. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is no exception. Continue reading “Avengers: Infinity War Movie Review”

Level-Start EP5: Free to Play The Movie, Games for Windows Live and more GDC news

 

In this latest episode, I deliver the real talk you need. We’re talking about the ‘Free to play Movie’, Oculus Rift has a Dev Kit 2, Rodina makes an impression, and we dive down memory lane with Halo Posters. All this and more on this episode of Level-Start.

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Sonic Fan Film Review

Real Talk by: Steph-O (Stephanie Owens)

This Sonic the Hedgehog fan film by Blue Core Studios (also the creators of this Megaman fan film) is overall very well done for what it is. Not only is not for profit, but it is a combination of live action and 3D animation, which is rather ambitious for a small team with a smaller budget. Blue Core was even able to secure Sonic’s original English voice actor, Jaleel White (most well-known for his role as ‘Steve Urkel’), as the voice of Sonic in the film. The crew obviously had some very talented 3D modeling, texturing, and lighting artists too as the CG characters in the film blend in surprisingly well with their surroundings. The 3D animation, however, is a little sub-par. No matter how real a CG character looks, the animation is what is going to bring it to life. Fortunately, Jaleel’s voice acting brings out Sonic’s personality. He is the friendly daredevil hedgehog we know and love from the video games, comic books, and cartoons. But unlike those mediums, this film has strong dramatic undertones, which make Sonic’s cocky personality seem one-dimensional.

Like any vigilante story, there needs to be a scene where the hero suffers, or at least struggles to succeed against the enemy, to make the audience care about the character.

The live action parts of the film were also high quality overall, although few small fixes in the makeup and costumes could have made a big difference. The bright colors of some of the props and costumes may have been adhering to their cartoon counterparts, but toned down colors would have made them seem more realistic. But these are small complaints. The film brings planet Mobius to life, and the story’s cliffhanger ending leaves you wanting more. Video game elements are sprinkled in throughout- Dr. Robotnik holding a chaos emerald being one of my favorites -and there is a lovely scene that takes place in a 3D version of the Green Hill Zone. If you are a Sonic fan of any kind, definitely check out this movie. It is under twenty minutes as it is a spec film- intended to show what a live action Sonic movie could look and feel like -but hopefully there is more to come!

Sonic The Fan Film Gets

3-4mf

3.5 Out of 5

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