2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the Pokémon Franchise. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long since I was down at my local video game store (mind you this was the mid 90’s so GameStop and Best Buy weren’t a thing yet) breaking open my piggy bank to purchase the newest craze in gaming for the Gameboy, Pokémon Red and Blue. To this day I consider it the best $26 dollars I have ever spent. It jump started my love for this series and introduced me to a new genre of gaming all together.
When Joe Starr, writer of Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailers, began to tease us relentlessly this past June about a new project that was coming out, I was immediately excited. I was even more ecstatic because he touted this project as the “stupidest dumb thing” he had ever made. What could it possibly be?
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is a bildungsroman (coming of age story) set in the near future, which feels much more Mad Max’s Australia than Bill & Ted’s San Dimas. The title itself is a reference to old arcade style games where you would insert a quarter to commence game play. Any gamer who grew up in that era has instant nostalgia for that phrase. The title is apt given the nature of the book and its reliance on gaming culture to propel the action forward.
Dragon Ball has been resurrected yet again with its premiere of Super Dragon Ball Heroes. After the amazing finale of Dragon Ball Super, I was beyond hyped for the release, especially after watching the trailer for the series about 30 times. However, I somehow was under the impression that this was a new series, but it is instead a promotional mini-series for the Dragon Ball Heroes arcade game in Japan. With only about 8 minutes of content, I was beyond confused when the credits rolled.
When you think of the name Jim Henson you think of puppets, muppets, and really odd things all around. This is very much the case with The Dark Crystal. The Dark Crystal was a 1982 project directed, produced, and starring in many of the roles Jim Henson himself and was co-produced by Gary Kurtz (who also produced The Empire Strikes Back).