Jon Goes On…
The Legend of Korra Book One: Air

korra

The spiritual successor to one of my favorite shows of all time.

PROS 🙂

  • While it would’ve been easy to do the same thing over again, Korra is very different from Avatar; in plot, setting, characters, and overall tone.
  • This show is darker and deals with some surprisingly mature themes, especially for a show primarily aimed at children.
  • I ended up really liking the characters by the end, even the ones I didn’t care for at first eventually grew on me by the end.
  • The action sequences are amazing; they are exciting, well choreographed, and beautifully animated.
  • The artwork and animation is breathtaking.

CONS 🙁

  • It may not be fair to say this but I don’t think this show will ever be able to recapture the magic the first series had.
  • The story feels a tad rushed especially at the very end.  That’s because there are fewer episodes to tell the story.
  • The “Love Triangle” subplot grew to be grating.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

While it doesn’t quite live up to its predecessor ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender,’ ‘The Legend of Korra’ is still an excellent series with lots of potential to become really great.

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Jon Goes On…Pacific Rim Movie Review

Pacific Rim

PROS 🙂

  • It’s a love letter to old school Giant Robot/Monster movies, video games, comics, and anime.
  • The effects were beautiful and the robots and monsters had very good designs.
  • The sound design was terrific.
  • The action scenes were very well done and you could tell what was going on.
  • Voice actress Ellen McLain (GLaDOS from Portal) was the AI.

CONS 🙁

  • The story and characters were very cheesy and cliché.
  • There were a few too many subplots that didn’t go anywhere.
  • The ending was a bit anticlimactic.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This is a perfect example on how to do a summer block buster. It’s a movie where you can turn off your brain and enjoy the spectacle. It’s stupid, but it’s fun stupid. What more can you ask from a movie about giant robots and mega-monsters punching each other in the face?

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Anything Spock Can Do, Spock Can Do Better


 

I know it’s an ad, but PLEASE watch the entire clip…there are so many brilliant moments, including a reference to the Bilbo Baggins song.

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Jon Goes On…Humans Vs. Aliens, Zombies and Monsters

When it comes to those who are different…
Maybe we should look at it from their points of view.

Saatchi&Saatchi for Sci Fi Channel

Saatchi&Saatchi for Sci Fi Channel

Source: Saatchi&Saatchi for Sci Fi Channel

Source: Saatchi&Saatchi ad campaign for Sci Fi Channel

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Jon Goes On…Dragon Architecture

Where is this? And how can I live there?

Dragon Building

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Graphic Novel Makeover for Harry Potter

Artist Kazu Kibuishi created the new artwork for the 15 year (has it been that long?) re-release of the Harry Potter series. He designed seven new covers in his graphic novel style to tap into new generations of readers. I’m hooked even though I’m an “old-generation” fan.

Scholastic released the first new cover showing Harry’s first trip down Diagon Alley:

Source: Scholastic

Source: Scholastic

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Jon Goes On…The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey Review

Jonathan Murphy's Hobbit Review
PROS 🙂
• A chance to spend time in Middle Earth once again
• Has more lighthearted fun than the last trilogy
• The actors all give fantastic performances
• All my favorite characters are here
• Lots of action scenes

CONS 🙁
• It’s only a third of the story
• Three hours is too long for non fans
• Pacing drags in a few spots
• Story jumps around to different subplots
• Visually it looks too clean compared to the gritty LOTR

FINAL THOUGHTS…
While a bit overlong, it was so much fun revisiting the world of my all-time favorite movie series. I cannot wait for the story to continue next December with: “The Desolation of Smaug.”

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Jon Goes On…Space Janitors

Just discovered a hilarious comedy show…watch Season One

Space Janitors

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Jon Goes On…My Top Five Disney Villain Songs

Here’s my tribute to some of the craziest, creative, and most affecting villain songs Disney has put out:

Oogie Boogie’s Song from A Nightmare Before Christmas

Friends On The Other Side from The Princess and The Frog

Be Prepared from The Lion King

Poor Unfortunate Souls from The Little Mermaid

Hellfire from The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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Jon Goes On…Haunted House Love

Most of my friends are into the haunt…in fact we met while working scare zones as ghouls and creepsters at California’s Great America Halloween Haunt. So it’s understandable why I was taken with this bio piece on those who create haunted houses, just for the sheer love of doing it.

source: soulpancake

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