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  • After watching episode 4 of the Falcon & the Winter Soldier, there is a tale of two different Captain Americas.

    Remember when Peter Parker/Spider-Man was told about "With great power, comes a great responsibility?" This can be used to distinguish the difference between Steve Rogers and John Walker.

    On one hand, Steve had proven to show great power and responsibility during the Civil War. On the other hand, John Walker may have shown great power being the government's Captain America, but he is not very responsible with how he had used his shield.
    Wow, so I was watching a Youtube channel (in which I am highly convinced that they are trolling) and he said that "Kevin Feige and Kathleen Kennedy are the same." That's almost like comparing apples to oranges.
    So I was browsing on Youtube when I came across a video which is spreading lies about the Marvel Cinematic Universe fanbase and Kevin Feige as usual when someone responded to my comment saying that "I am not truly a Marvel fan." I'm like:

    Look, I've been a huge fan of the superhero genre especially with the Marvel franchise since watching the Spider-Man animated tv series with Christopher Daniel Barnes as Peter Parker/Spider-Man back from my childhood. I then went on to play their video games, read the comics and watch the films from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy and the first MCU movie, Iron Man in the cinemas.
    My DOA: Dead or Alive Review:

    There were many iterations based upon video game franchises which often do not do too well in terms of acknowledging the source material. Corey Yuen's take on the Tecmo Koei's Dead or Alive franchise is certainly one of those films which failed to acknowledge any of these.

    For anyone who is unfamiliar with the Dead or Alive franchise, it is a tournament organised by DOATEC in which the best fighters around the globe participate. The film however swayed away from many of the aspects within the source material. For example, Christie played by Holly Valance the "assassin" is also "a thief" which is something that is not a part of her video game counterpart and when did Helena ever took up roller skating?

    There were also characters that I didn't feel were neccessary inclusions such as Max and Weatherby who didn't really do much within the film or people that really make me want to care about. Donovan's villain plot was also underwhelming to say the least and I really wished they would explore his background in depth. In addition, Ayane had little screen time which made me care even less about her (even though she is one of the key characters within the video game.)

    Jaime Pressley's take on Tina Armstrong (despite the lack of wrestling moves) is kind of the onlt redeemable point in the film whilst Devon Aoki's performance as the runaway shinobi felt rather cold and wooden.

    Several of the fight scenes and choreography were also questionable, such as the choice of sound effects which does not compliment the action.

    Overall, DOA: Dead or Alive felt like they were taking a franchise without giving it any depth or respecting the game's origins and instead turned it in to a very dull and boring film.

    My Rating: 3/10
    When Steve handed over his shield to Sam, he told Steve that it felt "like its someone else's." This quote is something that I predict John Walker will feel at some point as the episodes of the Falcon and the Winter Soldier progress.
    Finally managed to watch Zack Snyder's cut of the Justice League. Overall I'd say it is definitely better than Joss Whedon's version even though there are specific issues that still remain within Snyder's version such as the editing, pacing and a bit of the structure.

    I will say that this would've been a brilliant foundation for the DCEU which does raise a number of questions on Warner Bros. decisions.
    It is pretty strange that Wonder Woman 1984 won best film at the Kids Choice Awards, yet it was nominated for the worst film category at the Razzie Awards.

    Its pretty contrasting to say that different demographics will have different opinons and views on films.
    If anyone is interested on my review of Wonder Woman 1984, I felt that the sequel couldn't quite match up to the reception it recieved from its first film which is by far more superior. My issues with 1984 is mainly associated with several questionable scenes in which I felt that having a "wishing stone" is not a very clever idea that would transit poorly within the film's story.
    Well, Battlebots came to an end and its the Kiwis who take the Giant Nut back home to New Zealand. A huge congratulations to Jack Barker and End Game to not only become champions, but they are also the first international based team to win Battlebots.

    I really do hope that more international teams will participate in Season 6.
    So this season's Battlebots is about to come to a conclusion as 64 robots became 8 and only one can take home the trophy. Who will it be:

    • Hydra: The flipper bot was ranked as the first seed throughout the tournament. Most of their matches usually ended up going through a judges' decision although its only KO was against Hypershock in the round of 32.
    • Whiplash: Matt Vasquez's only loss came against its first fight against Sawblaze, but racked up impressive victories which include two matches against Valkyrie to reach the quarter finals.
    • Ribbot: The underdogs of the tournament who had already caused two major upsets to reach the final 8 by taking down Beta and the number two seeds Uppercut.
    • Black Dragon: Last year, the Brazilians made it as far as the Round of 16 and this year they made it to the final 8. Can they go one step further this time around?
    • Sawblaze: Jamison Go's impressive driving abilities had already led him to several convincing wins although Sawblaze lost out to Uppercut in the early stages. Will Sawblaze blaze their way to glory and get his hand on the trophy?
    • Tantrum: Another underdog who made it very far this season, it racked up victories against Fusion and like Ribbot, stunned the number three seed Bloodsport to reach the final 8. Will their good run continue?
    • Shatter: Having impressed during their time on This is Fighting Robots with Blue, they have made it very far in this season in where they took out Battlebot icon Ghost Raptor, Captain Shredderator and Mammoth to reach the final 8.
    • EndGame: The team from New Zealand had certainly made their mark this season especially when they notched out an impressive first win against former Battlebots champions Tombstone in its first bout. Despite their only loss to Bloodsport, Jack Barker and his machine really showed that they are real contenders within the competition so far.
    Usually when I review films, I don't go straight to either the critics or audience reviews. But I go in to the cinema to watch the film first and once it finished, I can then go and see if any of the reviews matches up with my views and give my opinion.

    I usually tend to look more in to critics (although there are times that I do either respectfully agree or disagree with some of their views) as they give a much more constructive views and better perspective over the audience reviews.
    Has it really been 25 years since Pokemon came out? I had a lot of fond memories back from my childhood which include playing the likes of Pokemon Stadium for the Nintendo 64, Pikachu and Jigglypuff in Smash Bros. 64, watching Ash starting his Pokemon journey in the anime and the Pokemon Trading Cards.
    Here is my impression of the Mortal Kombat 2021 film trailer:

    There are parts of the film which does seem to stay faithful to the source material such as the blood and gore, I'm a bit unsure on some of the effects and parts of the dialogue shown within the trailer especially the execution of Scorpion's "Get Over Here!"

    Whilst it is hard to say how the story/plot, the characters and their development, the performance of the cast etc will go and I will reserve my judgement until its release in cinemas (if it reopens within my country.)
    Its going to be an all important match for Tombstone and Skorpios for this week's Battlebots, both of whom will require a win to keep their hopes advancing to the 32-Bracket alive, but only one can come out victorious.

    Rotator and HUGE, two bots who have yet to earn their first win of their campaign will need to salvage something as they face Big Dill and Kraken.

    Axolotl and War Ez! are both set to make their first Battlebots appearance, but can they handle their first fights?
    Here is my review for the first two episodes of WandaVision (without giving spoilers):

    Overall, although WandaVision took a slightly different direction in contrast to its other MCU films which pays homage to past TV sitcoms from the likes of Bewitched etc, I actually enjoyed it with its very well done film making and story. Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany's characters really shone as well as Katherine Hahn's Agnes. In addition, I felt that the episodes actually have me more intrugued with the amount of easter eggs and references which make me want to anticipate what will happen in the next episode and the future episodes.

    My Rating: 9/10
    As we close the door upon 2020, it has certainly been a very tough and challenging year which has affected our daily lives and around the globe.

    I do like to wish everyone on Smashboards, a Happy New Year and may 2021 bring to you hope, health and happiness. Also stay safe too.
    There had been a lot of discussion about the Beta and Rotator fight. In my opinion, I'm with the judges decision on this one since Beta had clearly won on aggression and control (3 points each) whilst Rotator won on damage points (5 points.)

    Although they are saying that Beta should have used their active weapon in the fight, you have to remember that they cannot fire their weapon carelessly and hammer bots do require quite a lot of precision on when to use it which is why I think John and Gabe were waiting to find a good spot to hit on Rotator.
    Just finished watching the 2022 World Cup qualifying draws for the European continental. I am confident that Wales will be able to gain results against Belarus and Estonia, although it will be interesting to see how well they can handle the Czech Republic and Belgium.

    Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland got pretty tough draws.
    The fight card for this week's first episode of Battlebots is out. I have already posted my thoughts of the fights:

    Feel free to discuss the matchups or anything Battlebots there.
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