Best of the Super Juniors XXIV Primer: 2017 Tournament

So New Japans second tournament of the year is upon us. Best of the Super Juniors is not only one of their most beloved tournaments but also one of their most popular internationally. A tournament that ahs had famous comepetitors and winners like indy stars Will Ospreay and Ricochet to WWE stars like Finn Balor and Gran Metalik to late greats like Owen Hart and Eddie Guerrero. So, because I need content on this blog, here is a primer on the tournament which started May 17th and runs into June 3rd.

The tournament is round robin between two blocks. Winners get 2 points, draw gives each competitor 1 point, and 0 points to the loser. Winners of their respective blocks face off for the top prize in the finals. Tie breaker decisions for blocks is determined by the winner of the two wrestlers match. For example is KUSHIDA ties with Volador Jr in points for block B, the winner of their match breaks the tie.


The most stacked block of the tournament, this one will bring the goods with several stars. Including three of the worlds leading high fliers and the current Jr. Champion who has been a major buzz. The winner gets a neat trophy and a shot at the Jr. Heavyweight champion at Dominion, the big show before the G1 Climax tournament.

Dragon Lee-Not the original Dragon Lee but the one people are going to remember. This 21 year old madman is a shining star in CMLL and all of lucha libre. Fast, crazy, and a serious spectacle. The kind of guy who would be a highlight of Lucha Underground if he was on it. Lee’s status has risen in the States with his limited appearances in Ring of Honor and is also growing in Japan because of New Japan. Lee is going to deliver and be showcased strongly. Look forward to him reuniting his feud with Hiromu Takahashi as well as taking on last years winner Will Ospreay and the first time meeting with Ricochet. Lee could go on to win his block, maybe the whole thing.

Hiromu Takahashi-The Jr. Heavyweight Champion, member of the popular Los Ingobernables de Japon, and one of the most popular wrestlers in Japan today. Hiromu has returned to New Japan after a lengthy excursion which saw two years in CMLL in Mexico and several months in the states including Ring of Honor and PWG. Once back he was thrusted into the title picture and has not only risen to the occasion. Takahashi has yet to be pinned in a one on one encounter since his return so I expect him to lose the tournament overall but I expect him to still look like a star. Look forward to his rematch against Ricochet and his and Dragon Lees next attempt to kill each other. I also look forward to his first meeting (?) with Will Ospreay. The biggest match might be facing off against the legendary Jushin Thunder Liger who I will now talk about…

Jushin Thunder Liger-Perhaps the greatest Junior Heavyweight to ever wrestle and an all time legend. Liger has wrestled all over the world, faced off against so many legends. The three time winner of BOSJ, the man who not only put the tournament on his back but the junior division as well. Liger, at 52 years of age, has teased retirement and claims this is his last run in the tournament. He is many betters odds on to at least make the finals. Make no mistake, Liger can still go. He’s in the A block for a reason this year. I’m curious about his matches with the debuting Marty Scurll, Liger is an understated mat technician. Also taking on the champion himself, Takahahsi. Keep an eye on this man.

Marty Scurll-Making his New Japan debut is Ring of Honor TV champion, newest addition to the the popular Bullet Club, “the Villain” Marty Scurll. Marty will bring a style and personality to the tournament. Its a question of will his antics cross the cultural barrier when he performs in front of a Japanese audience, most of which will not be familiar with him. Marty will be one of the best mat wrestlers on the block for sure, and it will be interesting to see him match up with other mat technicians in Liger and Taka, two guys who use to be high fliers who’ve switched priorities with age. Also interesting to see him face off with his sometimes rival Will Ospreay. Admittedly, never seen the two go one on one. Very curious. Scurll will probably end up with at least 4 wins.

Ricochet-Former winner of the BOSJ three years prior, Ricochet’s back to be a two time winner. If you don’t know Ricochet then let me give you a crash course, one of the best working today. Prince Puma for Lucha Underground, multiple time champion in dozens of promotions, made a buzz last year with his match against Will Ospreay for the previous tournament-expect great things. Most people are waiting for Ricochet/Ospreay Round 2 (in NJPW, they’ve faced elsewhere) but me? I’m more curious about him and Dragon Lee or him versus Scurll. I don’t think Ricochet will win but who knows.

Tachi-Taichi is the worse. People in his hometown don’t know he’s form their hometown. A member of the heel faction Suzuki-Gun, expect shenanigans. including taking the bell hammer and using it as a weapon because he always does that. He has a fake popstar gimmick, comes out with a valet, rips his tear away tights, and has boring matches. Yet he will win at least 3 matches. he’s another block spoiler. If he goes to the finals, I’m going to break something. He won’t win, I can guarantee that.

Taka Michinoku-That Taka. Former WWE wrestler and mind behind Japanese indy promotion K-Dojo and New Japan freelancer. The veteran is one of the craftiest athletes even in his early 40s and brings a lot of personality to the ring. A member of the divisive Suzuki-Gun faction expect heel antics and possibly his buddies interfering on his behalf. Taka won’t win too many, he’s just there to be an asshole and a possible spoiler for some odds on favorites.

Will Ospreay-Last years winner, made his BOSJ debut and won it by defeating Ryusuke Taguchi in an excellent match. Ospreay, who is representing the stable CHAOS, is looking for a two-peat. If he achieves it he’d only be the second wrestler to have won back to back tournaments. It also put him on the short list of repeat winners (Liger, Tiger Mask IV, Finn Balor, Koji Kanemoto, the wrestler who can not be named) Ospreay is one of the best high fliers in the world, he’s got several major matches in front of him. I think its slim that he will win it, but if he beats Takahashi and Takahashi retains at Dominion, Ospreay would be the odds on to face him at King of Pro-Wrestling which is a major show down the line. Expect great things from this man in the tournament, but I wouldn’t put money on him winning the whole tournament.


Less stacked and, from a narrative standpoint, possibly the more predictable block. Still, a number of talents and intriguing match ups.

ACH-ACH has worked hard to get to New Japan proper. He was able to head to Pro-Wrestling Noah when NJPW was associated with them, and won a tag tournament with Taiji Ishimori. The pair competed in New Japans Super Jr.s Tag Tournament. He returned briefly under a mask for an anime based exhibition match against Tiger Mask W. Now he’s in New Japan proper. One of the most charismatic athletes around, ACH is going to work his ass off. He’s been endorsed by KUSHIDA and their first encounter was buzzed about. I’m personally looking forward to him facing lucha libre star Volador Jr. as well as the silly hijinks of a match with Ryusuke Taguchi.

BUSHI-BUSHI is an oddity. He’s part of New Japans most popular stable (LIJ) and has his adoring fans yet he doesn’t quite rise to the occasion. Last year an odds on favorite he played spoiler and had several uninspired matches. I don’t know what to think. Great look, clean movements, and potential to be a superstar but seems stuck as mid level heel. I say this because I actually care, and generally like BUSHI. Looking at match ups, I dread seeing another match up with KUSHIDA again as he two have little chemistry. Expect *** matches top. I don’t think he’ll make it to the finals, unless they plan on him trying to spoil everyone’s chance at his stablemates title. Still, don’t expect a winner.

El Desperado-Suzuki-Gun member #4. Almost all Suzuki-Gun juniors are in except Zack Sabre Jr who wrestles against heavyweights thus far for the company. El Desperado has a great look, he’s pretty good in the ring, but he’s a pin eater. None of the Suzuki-Gun guys will rise above 4 wins. None! Still, a hell off with BUSHI, and matches against Volador Jr. and ACH will look good.

KUSHIDA-The former ACE of the junior division and one of the best wrestlers in the world. KUSHIDA is in a rut currently. he lost the title at Wrestle Kingdom against Hiromu Takahahsi, who then put him away in about 2 minutes in KUSHIDA’s rematch. B block might be the redemption arc. The problem is, too predictable. Still, since Takahashi/KUSHIDA III will not be needed to sell tickets for Dominion (the top 2 matches guarantee a sell out) I can see saving that for later. Maybe KUSHIDA/Ospreay III in the finals. Only way I see KUSHIDA advancing and Ospreay winning for a second time. Match ups to look forward too? Pretty much everything will be good to great with the exception of the BUSHI match.

Ryusuke Taguchi-Taguchi is divisive among non-native audiences. A veteran who has settled into a comedy based gimmick using his posterior as a weapon. here’s the thing, Taguchi is very good. I didn’t think much of him until last years tournament when he pulled out half a dozen great matches including the finals with Will Ospreay. Taguchi will dial the comedy down a bit (it’ll still be there) and dial up the seriousness. I look forward to his match with ACH, another round with KUSHIDA, and a first maybe Volador Jr. Maybe even pull out the best match with BUSHI as they’ve gone at it several times in the Taguchi Japan vs LIJ feud. Taguchi Japan is just Taguchi leading a team of non affiliated wrestlers against LIJ. I kind of want one of the track jackets…

Tiger Mask IV-For sake of history here is what you need to know. Tiger Mask was originally a manga/anime about wrestling that was adopted into the real world with the first wrestler. Tiger Mask and Dynamite Kid had a legendary feud. Tiger Mask II became more popular when he dropped the mask and went by his name, Mistuhara Misawa. The late Misawa is one of the all time greats. Tiger Mask III no one remembers and IV is… an okay wrestler. The only BOSJ winner to two-peat back to back. I expect ***1/2 being the ceiling. Nothing more, maybe a little less? he is the second oldest man in the match and nowhere near as good as Liger is. There is also a Tiger Mask W played by Japanese star and WWE Cruiserweight Classic stand out Kota Ibushi. Based on the current cartoon. Maybe W will be in G1 Climax?

Voaldor Jr.-CMLL superstar Volador Jr is one of the most popular luchadors with lucha libre fans. Does some crazy stuff, puts together some excellent matches. If I ever turn into CMLL I always look forward to him. Last year he was Block B runner up behind Will Ospreay. I don’t see him winning, but I can see him going to the finals. I wonder if New Japan would pull a Dragon Lee vs Voaldor Jr. finals. Never has two Mexican wrestlers headlined a NJPW show. I’ve made it clear I really look forward to his match with ACH and El Desperado.

Yoshinobu Kanemaru-At 40, Kanemaru is making his BOSJ debut. Started in All japan, went to Noah, left to the “new” All Japan, brought into Noah by New Japan and joined the invading Suzuki-Gun. Brought into New Japan. Guys been around. He’s okay. His matches will be fine. Another Suzuki-Gun guy who won’t win.

I have no idea who the winner can be but I’ll put money on Liger. Definitely someone in Block A.

Shows available at NJPW World. 999 yen which is around $9 a month and the sites in Japanese but Google chrome translates. Schedule and match line up at English site NJPW 1972.

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January Through March-Favorite Matches

1)Kazuchika Okada vs Kenny Omega-NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11 IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match**
2)Tetsuya Naito vs Michael Elgin-NJPW New Beginnings in Osaka IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match **
3)Katsuyori Shibata vs Hirooki Goto-NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11 NEVER Openweight Championship Match**
4)AJ Styles vs John Cena-WWE Royal Rumble WWE Championship Match**
5)Hiromu Takahashi vs Dragon Lee-NJPW New Beginnings in Osaka IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match**
6)Kohei Sato and Shuji Ishikawa vs Daisuke Sekimoto and Yuji Okabayashi-BJW Tag Championship Match*
7)Elimination Chamber Match: John Cena vs AJ Styles vs Dean Ambrose vs Bray Wyatt vs Baron Corbin vs The Miz-WWE Elimination Chamber WWE Championship Match *
8)Tomohiro Ishii vs Kenny Omega-NJPW New Japan Cup Round 1 Night 2*
9)Katsuyori Shibata vs Tomohiro Ishii-NJPW New Japan Cup Semi-Finals*
10)Matt Riddle vs Michael Elgin-Glory Pro Crowning Achievement Progress Atlas Championship Match*
11)Katsuyori Shibata vs Will Ospreay-NJPW New Beginnings in Osaka RevPro British Heavyweight Championship Match
12)Adam Cole vs YOSHI-HASHI-ROH x NJPW Honor Rising Night 2 for ROH World Title
13)Katsuyori Shibata vs Matt Riddle-Revolution Pro UK High Stakes British Heavyweight Championship
14)Briscoes vs Adam Cole & Kenny Omega-ROH x NJPW Honor Rising Night 1 2-26-17
15)Daisuke Sekimoto vs Hideki Suzuki-BJW World Strong Heavyweight Title 3-5-17
16)Tsukasa Fujimoto vs Arisa Nakajima-Ice Ribbon 3-26-17 (womens match of the year)
17)Hirooki Goto vs Juice Robinson-NJPW New Beginnings in Sapporo NEVER Openweight Championship
18)Hiromu Takahashi vs Ryusuke Taguchi-NJPW IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship Match
19)Cavernario & Volador Jr. vs Ultimo Guerrero & Valiente-CMLL National Parejas Incredible Final
20)Trent? vs Rey Fenix-PWG Only Kings Understand Each Other 2-18-17
21)Meiko Satomura vs Syuri-Sendai Girls 3.11.17
22)GOD vs War Machine-ROH x NJPW Honor Rising Night 2
23)Braun Stroman vs Roman Reigns-WWE Fastlane
24)Tiger Mask W vs Kazuchika Okada-NJPW 45th Ann Show
25)DASH Chisako & Chihiro Hashimoto vs Chikayo Nagashima & Nyra Rose-Sendai Girls 3-12-17
26)Katsuyori Shibata & Jay Lethal vs Cody Rhodes & Hangman Page-ROH x NJPW Night 1
27)Hiroshi Tanahashi vs EVIL-NJPW New Japan Cup Round 1 Night 1
28)Tomohiro Ishii vs SANADA-NJPW New Japan Cup Second Round
29)Kyuri & Maika Ozaki vs Command Bolshoi & Leon-Ice Ribbon 3-26-17
30)EVIL vs Bad Luck Fale-NJPW New Japan Cup Semi Finals
31)Daisuke Sekimoto vs Hideki Suzuki-BJW World Strong Heavyweight Title 3-30-17
32)Cassandra Miyagi vs Hikaru Shida-Sendai Girls 1-9-17 Show
33)Meiko Satomura & Alex Lee vs Hiroyo Matsumoto & Syuri-Sendai Girls 3-12-17
34)Curt Stallion vs Shiihiro Irie-Glory Pro Crowning Achievement Title Match Qualifier
35)Becky Lynch vs Mickie James-WWE Elimination Chamber
36)Cassandra Miyagi, Big Bang Nicole & Nyra Rose vs Hikaru Shida, Alex Lee & Konami-Sendai Girls 3.11.17

NJPW Matches-13, 4 co-promotion
Sendai Girls-5
Ring of Honor-4 co-promotion
Glory Pro-2
Ice Ribbon-2

PWG had a show in March but DVD has not dropped yet so…

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Comics For April and For Beyond

All New Wolverine #19-Calling this the best Marvel book would be a lie because I don’t buy much of any Marvel. That said, this is a good book. Lets keep her Wolverine, screw the other guy.

Archie #19, Betty & Veronica #3-Archie is a blast and Betty & Veronica is good, when it comes out. This issue’s like 5 months late by the time it comes out.

Batwoman #2-The Rebirth special was… Okay? All I know is there is the possibility of Renee Montoya being supporting character and I’m in for that action. Love Renee.

Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #7, Doom Patrol #7-Cave Carson slipped past the cuts because of a dynamite issue… I think 5? Whatever it was good. Doom Patrol is now on hiatus so that order is getting canceled.

Deathstroke #16 & 17, Green Arrow #20 & 21, Wonder Woman #20 & 21-I’ve said it countless times, these 3 books are my favorite DC superhero titles. GA has lately been #3 but HEY! its still great. Deathstroke is getting moved to monthly which is a bit disappointing.

Detective Comics #954 & 955-Introducing my fourth favorite DC superhero title. Not counting Young Animals books. The title has been consistently good though I was confused if the entire League of Shadows is in this book since none of the issues listed a part 2. Weird oversight. Anyway the big sotry arcs been cool.

Empowered Soldier of Love #3, Empowered TP Vol 10-My favorite ongoing superhero title wraps up its run in April. Then in June I got the main course, volume 10. WHOOO! Since I get my packages weeks later I actually also ordered this on Tales of Wonder which, probably still won’t get soon enough… Empowered is the fucking best. You can read it for free at EmpoweredComic. Its serializing the entire main series (IDK about the specials yet) and is just wrapping up volume 2. Volume 3 is when it starts really getting good and volume 4 is when it becomes the best.

Gotham Academy Second Semester #8-Might be dropping soon…

Jem & The Holograms #26, Jem: The Misfits #5-Not happening in April as issues 24 of the main series is dropping and #4 of Misfits have not yet dropped. They want to wait for Misfits to end before they end Holograms. Expect a relaunch after some specials. Anyway, Misfits rule, Holograms suck.

Mother Panic #6-Favorite Young Animals book, 4th favorite DC superhero title. Okay… technically she’s not a hero and neither is Deathstroke but you get the point. Check out the newest masked vigilante of Gotham City.

Motor Crush #5, Motor Girl #5-Both excellent books. Crush is beautiful, Motor Girl is real good fun.

Old Guard #3-Issue 1 was great. But I really want Lazarus and Black Magick back, also written by Greg Rucka. Seriously there is no way he isn’t my favorite writer of 2017 with three image titles and Wonder Woman. Black Magick should be back in June, Lazarus… This month? sweet. Oh, one issue then Sourcebook 2 and then hiatus. I’m sure itll be a short hiatus. I forgot to order the Sourcebook though…

Paper Girls #13-A book I have mixed feelings about. I like parts of it but I’m not that into the cast which is effecting my enjoyment.

Shade The Changing Girl #7-Had to make cuts and this Young Animals book did not make it. A unique series, just not for me.

Silver Surfer #12-I guess the last issue that came out was #9, I can’t remember what happened in it. There are times where I love this book and other times I’m not feeling it and I guess the last issue or two follow into the later.

Superman #20 & 21-Yeah, good title.

Vampirella #2-This one is running only a few issues and I’m pretty sure the artists attitude is going to make it hard for him to get some work. The first issue was good. Or did I read a 0 issue? Whichever.

Wild Storm #3-Good first issue.

X-Men Blue #1 & 2-Hopefully Marvel can get its shit together and MAKE THE X-MEN GREAT AGAIN. Not holding my breath…

Sunstone Book 1-The Hardcover collection.

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31 Days of Sci-Fi and Fantasy Final

March 27th-Amitage III: Poly-Matrix from 1997 (Director: Hiroyuki Ochi, Writer: Chiaki J. Konaka, Stars: Keifer Sutherland and Elizabeth Berkley, Runtime: 95 min)

Two cops on Mars are looking for the origins, and killers, behind Third Type androids. Scifi-cyberpunk anime. Looks good and music cool. The dub version is… lackluster. Never really realized this. Though Berkley tries hard with Naomi Armitage, whereas Sutherland is terrible. Like he didn’t want to be there. I don’t know if it was the direction or what. Story… Okay… its an interesting concept. Humans vs machines is not a new thing before this but the idea of the Third Types being androids that can have children is fascinating. It plays well into the reason as to them being killed. With feminism having discussions of inclusion and inter-sectionalism, the idea that their being killed due to the Earth Government being a Feminist Government and the Third Types challenging their definition of female-is pretty deep. The little I know about feminist history has shown there has always been a “get in the back” attitude to certain woman. First women of color, then later LGBT. That said, while the explanation is great, the pacing in the film is too quick and not exactly thrilling through out. But-I had seen this movie years ago and felt it fell apart in the end but now I see the ending being one of the strongest parts of what really is a, at most, an okay anime.


March 28th-Redline from 2009 (Director: Takeshi Koike, Writers: Screenplay by Katsuhito Ishii, Yōji Enokido, and Yoshiki Sakurai with Story by Katsuhito Ishii, Runtime: 102 min)

The greatest race movie ever made. Pompadour sporting Sweet JP burns out on the Yellowline race as Sonoshee McLaren wins, advancing to the famed Redline race. However thanks to a few drop outs, due to the race being put on Roboworld, JP is voted in. Now its a big race on a planet where the government is actively trying to kill them. This movie looks great, is quick and entertaining, and ridiculous. Its awesome! Thats it. I also watched the dub, and the dub was great. Seriously. Its the copy I got, its the copy I watched and was thoroughly entertained by the whole lot. Love the flashback reason why JP races. I had heard the hype, I believe it now.


March 29th-Patlabor: The Movie from 1989 (Director: Mamoru Oshii, Writer: Kazunori Itō, Runtime: 98 min)

A mecha/scifi anime where Tokyo is in a major redevelopment and certain Labors (robots) are going haywire. The police have to figure out whats going on. This movie, was kind of boring. Looked good. I lost interest pretty quickly. Not much to say.


March 30th-Macross: Do You Remember Love? from 1984 (Directors: Shōji Kawamori and Noboru Ishiguro, Writers: Screenplay by Sukehiro Tomita with Story by Shōji Kawamori and Based on The Super Dimension Fortress Macross by Shōji Kawamori, Runtime: 115 min)

The film is about the soldiers of Macross, a super space fortress housing tens of thousands of people. They are finding themselves in conflict with a race known as the Zentradi. Anyway, the movie is basically the core story of the first 36 episodes of the original Macross series. I never saw that, but saw Robotech’s first season which is an Americanization of said series. The film has several more plotpoints regarding human music to the aliens, the Zentradi’s lack of understanding of culture and men and women coexisting as their women are battling them (the lady aliens are named Meltrandi). Then there is the sort of love triangle going on between pilot Hikaru, popstar Minmay, and Misa*. The movie is pretty good. It pretty much knocks out all the main points of the anime. There is a slight misogynistic streak in it but, you know, the times. I did find the aliens fascinating, wishing there was more to them but the movie was more a summary then the full thing. It was good. Might not ever watch t again, but kind of curious about watching the original anime Macross now.

*The Robotech show changed Misa to Lisa, claiming she’s white. Hikaru also became white, Rick Hunter. Minmay stayed the same, mixed race Japanese/Chinese. In fact, Robotech pretty much erased most Asians which is weird because the original anime was in retrospet more diverse with several American characters including a black woman (who dated a white guy in the show) and Minmay being mixed which for some native Japanese is a sore spot.


March 31st-Ghost in the Shell from 1995 (Director: Mamoru Oshii, Writer: Kazunori Itō Based on Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow, Runtime: 82 min)

The classic anime based on the classic cyberpunk. Major Kusanagi and Section 9 are on the case of the Puppet Master, a famous hacker. Yeah… Lots of talk about identity in a world where cyborgs exist. Um… Rewatching this for the first time in years (I had to rip the case apart to get to the damn DVD. So I haven’t watched my DVD copy ever) and I remember that its kind of whatever. Great looking, haunting music, and a story that I don’t engage all that well with. I much rather prefer the Stand Alone Complex series. That was great. Anyway, there’s a live action movie out which you may not have known. Anyway, okay film. Visually stunning and more complex than most scifi movies but… empty. Still feel like its more aesthetic than anything else.


1. Logan
2. Planet of the Apes (1968)
3. Redline (2009 anime)
4. Kong: Skull Island
5. Pete’s Dragon (2016)
6. Power Rangers (2017)
7. Flash Gordon
8. Radioactive Dreams
9. Dragonslayer
10. Time After Time (1979)
11. Macross: Do You Remember Love?
12. Forbidden Planet
13. Rock and Rule
14. Ghost in the Shell (1995)
15. Armitage III: Poly-Matrix
16. La Planète Sauvage (Fantastic Planet)
17. Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure
18. I Married a Monster from Outer Space
19. Stardust
20. Fantastic Voyage
21. Patlabor: the Movie (1989)
22. Weird Science
23. I Come In Peace (aka Dark Angel)
24. Arcade
25. Deathstalker
26. Golden Voyage of Sinbad
27. Omega Man
28. The Sword and the Sorcerer
29. Sorceress
30. Wavelength
31. Nemesis

Week 1 , Week 2 , Week 3 , Week 4ish

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31 Days of Sci-Fi and Fantasy Week 4ish

Since I’m planning on doing anime films for the last few days I decided to put this one up now.

March 22nd-Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure from 1989 (Director: Stephen Herek, Writer: Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, Stars: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter and George Carlin, Runtime: 89 min)

Two dudes have to pass a class and with the help of a time machine they round up historical figures to help them. First time watching this, have seen bits. Its good. Nothing at all wrong with it. Unique story, crazy shenanigans, good performances. Just not my kind of film. I liked that the step mom was real cool with her step son who was only a few years younger. Thought that was neat. I ain’t go nothing much to say about it.


March 23rd-Weird Science from 1985 (Writer/Director: John Hughes, Stars: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly Le Brock with Bill paxton and Robert Downy Jr., Runtime: 94 min)

Two friends try to create the perfect woman, she tries to help them to have fun and be adventurous. So, yeah… the classic teen scifi comedy. Mmmmmmm… Okay. Its alright. Theme song is of course a classic. Some amusing parts, looks good. Moving on…


March 24th-Power Rangers from 2017 (Director: Dean Israelite, Writer: John Gatnis, Stars: Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks, Runtime: 124 min)

You know the deal. Group of teens find a ship, get powers, stop a bad guy. Look, its basic superhero origin stuff. We get a glimpse at the power, meet the heroes, training sequences, leads to fight with the bad guy. The armor and zoids come in late in the game. Other than that, its good. I quite enjoyed it. More and more when I think about it. I liked the group of kids, diverse set. They had great back and forth. This movie lives and dies with these performances and they pretty much hit a home run. Elizabeth Banks, a controversial choice for Rita Repulsa, did a pretty good job. She seemed to be having fun. The special effects were a bit wonky and the action a mixed bag but I cheer everytime I see a German suplex. What I’m saying is this, its a fun film. If you like CW superhero shows you might really dig this. Also, the guy who said it was worse than the Fantastic Four film that came out a few years ago… That was a fucking lie. Absolute lie.


March 25th-I Married a Monster from Outer Space from 1958 (Director: Gene Fowler Jr., Writer: Louis Vittes, Stars: Tom Tryon and Gloria Talbott, Runtime: 78 min)

A woman realizes after a year of marriage that her husband is really a space monster in disguise. The monster took the appearance of the man, Boll, the day before he was to marry his fiance Marge. Okay, so the film is about two things. The invasion which is about aliens who escaped a dying planet and need to find a way to have children. Its also about Gloria Talbott concerned with her husband and their marriage only to discover his secret but she can’t tell anyone (no one believes her) and she can’t escape. Its a solid film with strong performances from the two main leads. The film is played straight. Its a scifi thriller and a pretty good one even if the plot is similar to many invasion type films.


March 25th-La Planète Sauvage (Fantastic Planet) from 1973 (Director: René Laloux, Writers: René Laloux and Roland Topor Based on Oms en série by Stefan Wul, Runtime: 71 min)

A scifi film about Oms (Humans) living on a planet of giant blue humanoids. Some are domesticated, others run wild and get exterminated. One Om, Terr, leaves domestication and helps wild Oms to survive. Yeah… Nice looking film. Interesting subject matter. Animation isn’t exactly fluid though. Still, on of those thought provoking scifi films. It was fine. Nice run time so it does not overstay its welcome.


1. Logan
2. Planet of the Apes (1968)
3. Flash Gordon
4. Kong: Skull Island
5. Pete’s Dragon (2016)
6. Power Rangers (2017)
7. Dragonslayer
8. Time After Time (1979)
9. Radioactive Dreams
10. Rock and Rule
11. Forbidden Planet
12. La Planète Sauvage (Fantastic Planet)
13. Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure
14. I Married a Monster from Outer Space
15. Stardust
16. Fantastic Voyage
17. Weird Science
18. I Come In Peace (aka Dark Angel)
19. Arcade
20. Deathstalker
21. Golden Voyage of Sinbad
22. Omega Man
23. The Sword and the Sorcerer
24. Sorceress
25. Wavelength
26. Nemesis

Week 1 , Week 2 , Week 3

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31 Days of Sci-Fi and Fantasy Week 3

March 15th-Time After Time from 1979 (Director: Nicholas Meyer, Writer: Nicholas Meyer Based on Novel by Karl Alexander, Stars: Malcolm McDowell, David Warner and Mary Ateenburgen, Runtime: 112 min)

The story of HG Wells having his time machine stolen by Jack the Ripper. He ends up in 1979 San Francisco to track him, and finds love. A cute movie in parts, a little annoying with any sort of time displaced stories. Has that one frustrating scene where the hero is trying to get the police to save the day but they don’t believe him. This one has it twice actually, the second being the one that makes you yell at the TV. A pretty good film, you can see why it became a classic.


March 16th-Arcade from 1993 (Director: Albert Pyun, Writer: Story by Charles Band with Screenplay by David S. Goyer, Stars: Megan Ward, Peter Billingsley, John de Lancie, Seth Green, A.J. Langer, Runtime: 85 min)

This is scifi/horror movie is about a bunch of teens who try out a new virtual reality game called Arcade. It takes the losers and now a girl named Alex must beat it to save her friends. The special effects are garbage, the acting is mostly mediocre, looks cheap, and in general its not a good movie. Glad I watched it. I saw the last half of this movie on late night cable a long time ago and its forever etched in the back of my head. Also, it has Seth Green and AJ Langer. Seth everyone knows but AJ was one of the stars of an all time favorite film The People Under The Stairs. Also, David Goyer of a whole shit ton of comic book adaptations worked on this. Wow. The film is not that good, its fascinating idea and in the right hands could be turned into a pretty slick film. I nominate myself.


Quick note, Arcade is the first of several movies I’m watching by director Albert Pyun. Worked for legendary actor Toshiro Mifune (Seven Samurai, Rashomon, seriously you should know him) and went on to be one of the king of b-films. If you’re my age you’ll have seen some of his films. The ones I was familiar with include Captain America (the 1990 film. Cheesy but fun.), Jean Claude Van Dames Cyborg (awful and not because of Van Damme), and Andrew Dice Clay and Teri Hatcher’s Brainsmasher… A Love Story (saw parts of). When I put this shit together all I knew was he directed Cyborg and the next two films on my list. Arcade I was surprised to learn and the Sword and Sorcerer I only discovered when looking for Sword and Sorcery movies.

March 17th-Nemesis from 1992 (Director: Albert Pyun, Writer: Rebecca Charles, Stars: Oliver Gruner, Runtime: 95 min)

This movie is garbage. Its about a cyborg looking for some other cyborg about LAPD cyborgs and it doesn’t matter. How did this film get 3 sequels?


March 17th-Radioactive Dreams from 1986 (Writer/Director: Albert Pyun, Stars: John Stockwell and Michael Dudikoff, Runtime: 98 min)

Third Albert Pyun film is the best of what I’ve seen and probably would have been better if I had a better copy. BirthMoviesDeath had an article entitled RADIOACTIVE DREAMS, the Fallout Movie You Didn’t Know Existed which is how I heard of it. Philip and Marlowe get out of the fallout shelter they’ve lived in for years. They grew up on PI novels and looking to being Private Dicks in a post-apocalypse world and soon find themselves being chased by gangs and mutants over a pair of keys they accidentally picked up. The film, visually looks interesting though the copy I watched wasn’t the best. The leads, while dorks are having fun, everyone is having fun really. Its zany, weird, and generally a breeze. The previous movies I’ve seen from Pyun were too serious, and most lacked this level of imagination. Maybe he should write his own films? Music was cool-got the soundtrack. Too bad can’t find a trailer. Also, despite the image used, no official US DVD I can find.

[No US Trailer Available]

March 19th-The Sword and the Sorcerer from 1982 (Director: Albert Pyun, Writer: Albert Pyun, Tom Karnowski and John V. Stuckmeyer, Stars: Lee Horsley, Kathleen Beller, Simon MacCorkindale and George Maharis, Runtime: 99 min)

Sword and sorcery film about a prince seeking revenge on the man who killed his father and took his kingdom. Its fine. The jump around in the start with the narration was, I don’t know… kind of confused me when it just stopped and played straight. The action is pretty tame, the performances are whatever though I liked the princess. Not enough sorcery sadly but a couple cool looking scenes. It was okay. Last Albert Pyun movie of the set and now off to Sword and Sorcery films.


March 20th-Deathstallker from 1983 (Director: James Sbardellati, Writer: Howard R. Cohen, Stars: Richard Hill, Barbi Benton, Richard Brooker, Lana Clarkson, Runtime: 80 min)

A warrior looks to defeat an evil sorcerer. He must unit three objects of power to do so. His quest takes him to a tournament. Its a problematic movie. The fight scenes are whatever. The idea is pretty straight forward and the lead is mostly decent. Pretty forgettable but not horrible.


March 21st-Sorceress (Director: Jack Hill, Writer: Jack Hill and Jim Wynorski, Stars: Leigh Harris and Lynette Harris, Runtime: 83 min)

A father looks to sacrifice his first born to gain power but has twins and doens’t know who was the first born. The girls are stashed, grow up, fight their evil dad. Other stuff happens. It was a movie and like a few of these sword and sorcery films not that good. It looked okay, the characters were… okay… Yeah. The twin angle is a decent angle.


1. Logan
2. Planet of the Apes (1968)
3. Flash Gordon
4. Kong: Skull Island
5. Pete’s Dragon (2016)
6. Dragonslayer
7. Time After Time (1979)
8. Rock and Rule
9. Radioactive Dreams
10. Forbidden Planet
11. Stardust
12. Fantastic Voyage
13. I Come In Peace (aka Dark Angel)
14. Arcade
15. Deathstalker
16. The Sword and the Sorcerer
17. Sorceress
18. Golden Voyage of Sinbad
19. Omega Man
20. Wavelength
21. Nemesis

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31 Days of Sci-Fi and Fantasy-Week 2

March 8th-Rock & Rule from 1983 (Director: Clive A. Smith, Writer: Story by Patrick Loubert & Peter Saudere and Screenplay by John Halfpenny & Peter Sauder, Stars: Don Francks, Susan Roman, Paul Le Mat and Catherine O’Hara, Runtime: 77 min)

This scifi rock musical from Toronto is a cult classic. I guess. Maybe. Anyway its set in a post apocalyptic world with mutants, a rockstar is looking for the perfect voice to summon a demon from another dimension. Or something… The animation is pretty damn good. Apparently this film was in production for years and cost 8 million. Its is a great looking film. The music is pretty good. not a classic rock musical but some good stuff. The movie features singing voices of Lou Reed and Debbie Harry, original song by Earth Wind and Fire. Fascinating.


March 9th-Forbidden Planet from 1956 (Director: Fred M. Wilcox, Writer: Story by Irving Block & Allen Adler and Screenplay by Cyril Hume, Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen, Runtime: 98 min)

The scifi classic finds a starship venturing to a distant world to find out the fate of an expedition team 20 years earlier. The Commander and his crew meet Robby the Robot, Dr. Morbius and his daughter. The doctor shows off the technology of the planets long dead inhabitants, talks of an evil force that killed his crew years prior. Things start going bad as the movie progresses of course. This film was… Alright. I guess I did see it in my youth. The effects were pretty decent, the acting was fine. Its weird to look at Leslie Nielsen as a young man in a scifi classic. I don’t have much to say about this film, it was fine.


March 10th-Stardust from 2007 (Director: Matthew Vaughan, Writers: Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughan based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, Stars: Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mark Strong, Runtime: 127 min)

A man goes to find a falling star in order to bring it back to a woman he loves. The falling star turns out to be a woman, who many people are after. A group of brothers looking to be king and a few witches. I read this book years ago, actually after the movie dropped, but never saw the film. I liked the book but it was not a favorite. Watching the film… I liked De Niro. The cast was good. But something felt off as I was watching it. I can’t describe what it was. Overall, fine little fantasy film.


March 11th-Kong: Skull Island from 2017 (Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Writers: Story by John Gatins with Screenplay by Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly, Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, Runtime: 120 min)

A group of monster hunters, scientists, and soldiers hoping to get home after Nam go to chart an uncharted island. Things go very fucking bad. Skull Island was a fun, big, monster movie. Jackson and Reilly were the best players in the film. Hiddleston and many others were low key good. Kong looked cool, cool monster fights. The special effects were top notch, the mass grave design was cool. Check it out, big recommendation.


March 11th-Golden Voyage of Sinbad from 1973 (Director: Gordon Hessler, Writers: Brian Clemens and Ray Harryhauseny, Stars: John Phillip Law, Tom Baker,Takis Emmanuel, Caroline Munro, Runtime: 105 min)

Sinbad looks to help a Vizier beat an evil Prince to the Fountain of Destiny. Effects, classic stop motion, was pretty good. Story was whatever. Acting was fine. I really don’t have an opinion, my midn tried to tune out after the first 30 minutes.


March 12th-Dragonslayer from 1981 (Director: Matthew Robbins, Writers: Hal Barwood and Matthew Robbins, Stars: Peter MacNicol, Caitlin Clarke, Ralph Richardson, Runtime: 109 min)

A sorcerer apprentice takes up his final mission to slay the dragon Vermithrax Pejorative. Thats the short of it. One of the great film dragons, Vermithrax Pejorative, is actually a cool looking dragon. The effects, for 1981, are actually pretty damn good. The story dioes drag a little in the opening and the start of the second half. I’m sure in part because the majority of the budget went tot his dragon that they could only afford to use for a small time. The stuff with king and his daughter is interesting. the politics of sacrificing damsels. This is pretty cool little fantasy film, I would have shaved off a few minutes somewhere if I could, and probably kill one character-you’ll know who I’m talking about at the end. The truth is, you want to see this to see Vermithrax Pejorative. Interesting film trivia, this is a Paramount and Disney film. Disney was not comfortable releasing a film with darker tone. So Dragonslayer may have been why Disney founded Touchstone a few years later.


March 13th-Pete’s Dragon from 2016 (Director: David Lowery, Writers: David Lowery and Toby Halbrooks and Based on Pete’s Dragon by Malcolm Marmorstein, Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence and Robert Redford, Runtime: 102 min)

A kid name Pete spends 6 years in the woods with his friend Elliot, a dragon. A chance encounter with a young girl exposes him and soon the dragon. So I don’t remember the original film too well. I saw it on Disney a few times when I was young but for some reason I thought it was Puff the Magic Dragon, which I guess came out around the same time. Whatever. Anyway, this is fine little childrens film. Plays pretty straight forward, I like Pete and Natalie getting along. Pete’s scene running around the city scared is a highlight. The dragon looks fine. Karl Urban seems wasted though, but easy paycheck probably or maybe he just really wanted to do it. Either way, its one of those kids movies that you won’t grown about watching as an adult which is great. One of the best movies I’ve watched thus far.


1. Logan
2. Planet of the Apes (1968)
3. Flash Gordon
4. Kong: Skull Island
5. Pete’s Dragon (2016)
6. Dragonslayer
7. Rock and Rule
8. Forbidden Planet
9. Stardust
10. I Come In Peace (aka Dark Angel)
11. Fantastic Voyage
12. Golden Voyage of Sinbad
13. Omega Man
14. Wavelength

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