Manga Review: SPY X FAMILY

Details: Currently ongoing. More information can be found at https://www.viz.com/spy-x-family

Score: 6.4/10

SPY X FAMILY is one of the most popular mangas on shelves right now and for good reason. It’s wholesome, but still a manga about espionage and assassinations. Personally, I found this comic entertaining enough.

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Movie Review: Anna

Details: More information can be found at https://anna.movie/ and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7456310/

Score: 7/10

Anna is the latest movie from Luc Besson, whose most famous movies include Leon, The Fifth Element, Lucy and Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets just to name a few. To me, Besson is most notable for taking beautiful women who aren’t that great at acting and making them the protagonist in action movies. I also know him as the director who oversexualized an underage Natalie Portman. Anna continues this tradition by taking an actual international model with debatable acting skills and making her the start of the show. Her performance in the action scenes was pretty good.

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Movie Review: Jason Bourne

Jason Bourne movies (at least when directed by Paul Greengrass) are extremely formulaic and if you are coming to see this movie, you should expect that. Actually I love the formula of a Bourne movie and my main criticisms with this movie are where it deviates from the formula.

The premise is this. Bourne is pulled back in to the action by hacker Nicky Parsons when she alerts him to some shenanigans going on with his father.

The basic Bourne formula is a few set pieces (a few running around scenes, driving scene, and shaky cam hand to hand scene) with a thin general plot. You come to this movie for the action, shaky cam, and editing, not an Academy Award winning story. And this movie delivers in all regards. Jason Bourne runs around outsmarting everyone while kicking everyone’s ass.

My only complaint with this film is that there is only one real hand to hand fight scene and it was kind of ┬ábad when compared to the visceral fight scenes in the prior Bourne films. I guess you can’t help that though because Matt Damon is getting kind of old. I mean, he’s in his forties now.

Score: 6.8/10 When that Moby song played at the end of the movie, the crowd cheered as did I. This was a decent movie.