#Schmoedown Night Sisters vs Team Action; Andreyk vs Washington; Macuga vs Sneider

Warning: This post gives commentary on the latest set of Schmoedown matches. If you have not seen the matches yet and do not like spoilers, watch the matches first than come back and read the highlights.

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Night sistersTuesday introduced two new teams to the Schmoedown: The Night Sisters containing Emma Fyffe and Joelle Monique and Team Action Ben Bateman and Andrew Ghai. In the ever changing rules, Kristen Harloff announced a new rule. If a player can successfully answer all eight questions in Round One, that player will be given a bonus question worth two points. Both teams pulled in 8 points in Round One with Andrew Ghai gaining the most points. The Night Sisters had a tough time answering their six questions in Round Two with “Tom Hanks Movies” as a category, managing to score only 2 points but stealing a single point from their opponents. Team Action was able to steal 4 points from them while they score an impressive 6 points during their turn. However, the Night Sisters were knockout in Round Three with a score of 18-11 and them failing to answer their 2-point and 3-point questions.

Screenshot (50)Friday was the big match between Josh Macuga and Jeff Sneider with a startup match with the return of Marc Andreyko with new comer Jay Washington. Andreyko’s last match with Macuga, claiming to be Finstock, was a close match, but the loss did not affect his record. So, officially, this is his second match in the Schmoedown. In Round One, Andreyko took a four point lead with a score of 6-2. Spinning first, Andreyko landed on “Star Wars.” Despite spinning again, the dreaded wheel landed on “Star Wars” again, which proved to be his weakness because he did not score any points in Round Two and Washington managed to steal one point from Andreyko. The wheel seemed to favor Washington as it landed on “Spinner’s Choice” on his first try, which he choose “Comic Book Movies.” He managed to score five points while Andreyko stole one point from him, turning the game around for Washington with a score of 8-7.

Round Three began like a tennis match as two competitors scored the 2-point questions. Andreyko managed to answer his 3-point question, taking the lead at 12-10. Washington struggled with his 3-point and 5-point questions, resulting in Marc Andreyko winning the opening match. Personally had Andreyko gotten another category, he would have knockout him out early, but Washington was fortunate he got the right category at the right time in Round Two.

Macuga

Macuga’s revenge tour continues as he challenges every single member in the Lion’s Den with Jeff Sneider. In this match both competitors have a reason to win other than personal pride. If Macuga wins, he could invite any one to create a new team. If Sneider wins, Finstock/Tom Dagnino’s year long ban would be, as Arnold would put it, . . .  terminated. So, let’s see what happened, shall we? In Round One, both Macuga and Sneider tied with a score of five points. Very boldly, Macuga allowed Sneider to spin first, resulting in him landing on “Denzel Washington Movies” In less than a minute he answer all four questions correct without multiple choice, giving him an eight point lead over The Wild Man. Josh Macuga managed to land on “80’s Movies” were he scored an impressive six points but allowed Snieder to steal an additional point, bringing the score to 14-11 with Snieder leading.

In Round Three, Macuga answered his first question correctly, gaining two extra points, but his second question was in “Disney Moives” to his dismay. He missed the question and came back with his 5-pointer question, putting him in the lead for the first time in the match. Unfortunately, Sneider managed to take it back by answering his first two questions correctly. Sneider won the match with a score of 19-18. Dagnino came on set to hug Sneider on his win, but Macuga’s spirits are still high, saying his five round match with Finstock is coming. What a match by two incredible minds. I was rooting for Macuga the entire way, but as we have seen you never know what questions you are going to stubble you.

 

 

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Power Rangers

MMPR_Rangers.jpgThe 90’s gave us a lot of cool stuff that was simple by today’s standards. Nintendo gave us the first 3D gaming system, CDs were the most amazing thing ever invented, Pogs, inline skates, Skit-it, Starter Jackets, Tamagotchis, and lots of other stuff. But one thing that took off like a rocket was “Mighty Morphing Power Rangers.” What most people who watched the show is that it was based on preexisting show.

I know people could tell when the rangers morphed and fought the monster-of-the-day, the look was different compared to the teenagers in high-school in their “civilian form.” Saban used footage from a Japanese children show called “Super Senti” and spliced it with new footage so the show would be “Americanized.” Some might ask why didn’t they just dubbed the footage and keep the show intact like martial arts movies? It’s because different cultures have different tastes, values, and preferences, and children might not be turned on to it without fitting the American culture in the show.

But as I got older I became curious to find any information on the Japanese show. The first thing I should point out is that “Zyurangers,” the specific show that MMPR was based off of, was the sixteenth season of “Super Senti.” It makes sense that something that is popular would be carried over in the American market but being around for more than a decade and a half is an astonishing feat. Not to mention, the show was more Sci-Fi/Fantasy where 170 million years ago five human tribes worshiped Guardian Notrita.jpgBeasts, which were the Zords. The witch Bandora, Reta Repulsa in MMPR, killed all the dinosaurs after her son Kai died. Bandora was locked away on another planet, which returned in 1992. Astronauts freed Bandora while exploring the planet which was the opening shot of MMPR. After she was free, the five warriors of justice were awaken from their suspended animation to battle her once again.

Goushi, portrayed by Seiju Umon, was a knight of the Sharma Tribe, which worshiped the Mammoth. His older sister Otome was killed by Bandora, and he vowed to avenge her death. Goushi’s American counterpart was Zack Taylor, portrayed by Walter Jones.

Mei was a princess of the Lithia Tribe, portrayed by Reiko Chiba, who worshiped the Pteranodon not the Pteradactyl. Despite the MMPR, she was the only female member of the Zyurangers. Her American counterpart was Kimberly Hart, portrayed by Amy Jo Johnson. Funny side-note is that the PteraRanger’s attribute is Love, which is probably why Kimberly’s last name is Hart.

Dan, played by Hideki Fujiwara, was a knight from the Etoffe Tribe. Unlike his American counterpart Billy Cranston, he seemed to be a bit laid back compared to everyone else on his team. Billy, played by David Yost, was the intellectual of the group, often solving and creating inventions for problems the team had. However, Dan is a great fighter despite his personality.

One of the biggest changes to the Japanese show was changing the sex to the Yellow Ranger/TigerRanger. Here is a great example of clashes between cultures. While yellow might seem as a color to other countries, in America, yellow is considered to be a girl color. This explains why Kimberly’s costume had a skirt while Trini Kwan, played by Thuy Trang, didn’t and why she is mostly a tomboy in MMPR and saddens me that the actress died in 2001 in a car accident. Although Bio is the youngest member on the team, he is headstrong and courageous.

The leader of the Zyurangers is Geki, played by Yuta Mochizuki. He was adopted by the Yamato Tribe King only to find out that his birth father wanted to overthrow the King. Geki found out the truth of his origins after finding out his older brother Burai wanted to avenge his fallen father by killing Geki and the other Zyurangers. Geki’s American counterpart was Jason Lee Scott played by Austin St. John.

I saved the best for last. When Power Rangers first aired, it exploded in our pop culture, but what cemented it was the evil Green Ranger Tommy Oliver portrayed by Jason David Frank and has been a favorite character in Power Rangers. In Zyurangers, Burai was Geki’s older brother and wanted Geki and the team dead. The entire ark of the two brothers battling it out was definitely a highlight of Zyurangers. Burai wasn’t controlled by the rangers’ main villain but instead controlled by anger, revenge, and sorrow. I would spoil the character’s journey from the show because I recommend that you watch it yourself on ShoutFactoryTV.com. If you’re a Power Rangers fan, you will not be disappointed in watching it. It makes me wish MMPR would have done more overlap than what they did in the show.

We areCover-powerrangersmovie just one week away from the new reincarnation of Power Rangers in the US, and I can’t wait to see it. When Lionsgate announced that they were making another movie to the franchise, some people said this was stupid. And I can see where they were coming from: the first movie did okay while the second tanked during their releases. But in this new age of Superheroes, I thought it is worth a chance. However, they could make it like the 90s TV show or the Japanese show. It had to evolve with our modern time, and judging from the trailers, the pictures, and Elizabeth Banks portrayal of Reta, I think they got a winning combination. I can not wait until I see if it lives up to my hopes of having a successful rebooted franchise that was apart of my childhood. Be sure to stick around for a post credit scene mid-way through the credits.

 

#Schmoedown Tuff Beats vs The Nerd’s Watch & Bibbiani vs Dewberry

Warning: This post gives commentary on the latest set of Schmoedown matches. If you have not seen the matches yet and do not like spoilers, watch the matches first than come back and read the highlights.

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ThiTuff Beats Vs The Nerd's Watchs week saw the return of three people who came off their last matches in defeat. Tuff Beats faced off with new team The Nerd’s Watch who consisted of Ken Napsok and new comer Rachael Cushing. In Round One, The Nerd’s Watch pulled a three point lead over Tuff Beats at 10-7. They decided to spin first in Round Two but passed on their first choice in “Action/Adventure,” and they managed to score an astonishing ten points with Tuff Beats stealing one point from them. New comer Rachael Cushing scored most of the points. Team Tuff Beats landed on “Spinner’s Choice,” which Nermoroff choose “Horror/Thriller.” They scored an additional 8 points, making the score 20-16 with The Nerd’s Watch leading by four.

Round Three didn’t last long as Nemoroff scored the two-point question. Johnathan Voytko did his best, but he could not answer their three-point question and the five-point question. The match resulted in Tuff Beats being TKO by The Nerd’s Watch, showing newcomer Cushing to be a formidable opponent.

WilliaScreenshot (45)m Bibbiani returned after his defeat against JTE. Everyone proclaimed that his was the one to defeat Dan Murrell despite Rocha doing it first. On Friday he faced off against Elliot Dewberry. Booker T made another “Keys to Victory” video, having equal advice for both competitors unlike last week. Dewberry came out to the song from “Beauty and the Beast-Kill the Beast,” which is fitting because the live-action adaptation came out on the same day. In Round One, both competitors were neck-and-neck with Bibbiani leading with a score of 6-5.

Bibbiani blasted through his second round with ease in the category of “Classics.” He scored an impressive seven points. Dewberry did not have the same luck because he landed on “Mixed Bag.” I will say this, he does have balls to go with it despite Macuga shouting against it. Dewberry scored four points with Bibbiani stealing a single point. The score at the end of Round Two was 14-9 with The Beast still in the lead. Dewberry avoided the knockout and entered Round Three, but he could not answer any of his question, resulting in , like “Beauty and the Beast,” Bibbiani winning his match. Bibbiani was able to prove that he wasn’t a one-hit wonder like everyone had claimed in recent weeks and is able to fight against other competitors who have been with the Schmoedown for years.

 

 

 

Logan Non-Spoiler Review

Inx the year 2000, we were introduced to Hugh Jackman as the Marvel’s iconic X-Men Wolverine. Before the film came out, people were complaining that the role should not be given to an unknown actor. After the movie came out, not only did fans love the movie but also loved Hugh Jackman’s performance. He continued to play the character for 17 years, longer than the creation of the MCU or any actor who portrayed a superhero character before 2ooo.

While Jackman has done his best to keep himself in-shape to make every iteration more like the character from the comics, eventually the day would come that another actor would replace him. However, if he has to go let him go out with people praising his last movie. Some would call “Logan” the greatest comic book movie ever, but I don’t agree with statement. Perhaps it’s because we have the MCU, Warner Bros. struggling to setup their DCEU, and Fox making X-Men movies, which are mostly entertaining, don’t conlohannect as well among their competitors. I have my preconceived notions on what is classified as a “comic book movie” and “Logan” does not fit in those ideas but rather than in “drama.”

When I first heard that this was going to be Jackman’s last performance as Wolverine, rumors were going crazy at what storyline they were going with. One rumor that kept circulating was the “Old Man Logan” storyline, but Fox could not do a “faithful” adaptation since most of characters from that appeared are owned by different studios. But comic book fans will tell you that X-Men Days of Future’s Past was not like the comic book version. So, despite not being 100% faithful, “Logan” took some of the comic ideas and make their own version that gives added emotional weight to a character who has seen horrors over his lifetime.

logan3The real delight of this movie is the introduction of Laura Kinney, aka X-23. For X-Men fans, they know exactly who this character is, her tragic past, and what this means for the X-Men franchise. She was created in the animated TV show “X-Men:Evolution” in season 3 and became popular enough to be added into the comic book cannon. Now, in Jackman’s last movie as Wolverine, Laura appears to him and uncovers where she came from as they try to avoid being captured by her pursuers. This movie perfectly introduces us to the character, and I’m sure Fox executives are trying to find a way to put her into other movies. Personally, I would not mind if they put Dafne Keen as X-23 in other films regardless if the timeline doesn’t make any sense or contradicts this movie. Overall, if you have been waiting for a great Wolverine standalone movie, go see this movie and enjoy the Rated-R violence, you would not be disappointed.

#Schmoedown IGN vs Nerdist and Clark Wolfe vs

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Warning: This post gives commentary on the latest set of Schmoedown matches. If you have not seen the matches yet and do not like spoilers, watch the matches first than come back and read the highlights.

On Tuesdayign-vs-nerdist, we saw Team Nerdist returning with Dan Casey bringing in Racheal Heine to help him against debuting Team IGN’s Eric Goldman and Jim Vejvoda. This match proved which was better to have: experience or intelligence.

In Round One, Team IGN scored an impressive 12 points with Vejvoda answering every question correctly while the experienced Team Nerdist stumbled scoring only 6 points. Although starting off strong, IGN lost some footing in Round Two in their category “Tim Burton Movies” but recovered answering their last three questions correctly without using Multiple Choice option. Team Nerdist was able to steal a single point, but they weren’t able to avoid being knockout. At their turn spinning the wheel, they ended up on Opponent’s Choice, resulting IGN choosing “Bio Pics” as their category. Nerdist gained a single point, and IGN stole 4 additional points. The final score was 22 to 8 with IGN winning their match in Round Two. As unfortunate as Nerdists loss was, Team IGN dominated both rounds gaining 22 points. Usually that score would be a descent score in three rounds, but they did it in less than two rounds. I would have loved to see what would have happened had they gone through all three rounds.

Friday’s match was the match that everyone wscreenshot-34as waiting for. “Classy Clark Wolfe vs JTE” had been brewing for a long time. JTE once asked Wolfe to join him as his teammate but ultimately declined to join Mark Reilly as “Wolves of Steel,” and he has never let it down since. At first Mark Reilly was ready to take JTE on in a singles match after his victory over Sam Levine, but Clark wanted a chance to take JTE down before her parent.

screenshot-31What I love about the people over at Collider is that they consistently change a few things with every match whether it’s new rules or new players. This time in “The Tale of The Tape,” they had both players in front of a green scene and captured a video rather than a picture. Both of them had more attitude which made the viewing a pleasure to watch. Another thing they had was former five-time wrestling champion Booker T gave a “Keys to Victory” video, rooting for Clark Wolfe and hoping she would KO JTE in Round Two. Lastly, they changed the point-system in Round Three eliminating the 1 point question and replacing it with a 2 point question.

Wolfe led Round One with a score 5 to 3, proving that JTE might be a jerk but can hold his own against any competitor. With Wolfe in the lead, she spun the wheel landing on “Comedies,” opting out and landing on “Animated Movies.” She secured 3 points with JTE not stealing any points from her. But her fortune seemed to spun in her direction as JTE spun and landed on “Opponent’s Choice.” Being the classy woman she is, Wolfe sarcastically asking the Schmoes if he could spin again. Of course, she choose “Horror” for JTE, but he fought back answering three out of four questions right and scoring 3 points while Wolfe stole a single point from him. Round Two ended with Wolfe still in the lead with 9 to 7.

Round Three was a tennis match were JTE and Wolfe answered their 2 point and 3 point questions correctly. Wolfe still maintained a 2 point lead, but JTE needed to answer his 5 point question and pray that Wolfe couldn’t answer her last question. Unfortunately, JTE could not answer his question in “Comic Book Movies,” resulting in Clark Wolfe winning the match. However this might prove to be interesting because now Clark has to face off with her own partner Mark Reilly in the coming days. Although they are going to battle each other, I have no doubt that they won’t be aggressive towards each other, and we’ll see a great match similar to Mark Reilly’s match with Sam Levine.

 

Movie Trivia Schmoedown Single’s Title Match: Dan Murrell vs John Rocha

Warning: This is post gives commentary on the latest match on the Schmoedown. If you have not seen the match yet and do not like spoilers, watch it first then come back a read the play-by-play.screenshot-20

If you have been following the matches like I have, you know this was going to be a great match from the start. Dan Murrell, Heavyweight Champion of the Schmoedown, has never lost a match. John Rocha also knows his movie trivia. Even though he doesn’t have an impressive strike like Murrell, he is the No. 1 contender and isn’t to messed with. The Four Horsemen had a ruff start to the year after Rocha and Matt Knost lost their belts to Team Patriots, and Bibbinani lost to JTE. Rocha has his eyes on every belt, but can he recover The Four Horsemen’s pride with this Title Match? First we must go through the pre-game match between Drew “The Godfather”  McWeeny vs Mike “The Killer” Kalinowski.

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In Round 1, McWeeny missed only one question simply because he wasn’t able to write down his answer in time. If more time was presented, he would have answered every question correctly, but he was still managed to maintain the lead with a score of 7-6.

Round 2 debuted the new wheel where McWeeny  choose to let Kalinowski spin first landing on “90’s Movies.” Thinking that it was a good category, he accepted it but ended up proving to be his downfall. McWeeny was able to steal 3 points from Kalinowski while he was able to only score three points. McWeeny had a perfect round, scoring eight points and ending Round 2 with a nine point lead, 18-9.

Kalinowski was able to avoid the knockout, but he needed to answer every three questions to tie the game. He managed to answer his 1 point and 3 point questions but failed to answer his last question. McWeeny was able to TKO Kalinowski with a fail score of 18-13.

Screenshot (26).pngEven before Round 1 of the Title Match could begin, Dangerous Dan Murrell and “The Outlaw” John Rocha start duking it out with Murrell placing the belt near Rocha’s reach. Rocha responded by saying that he was going to take it, but Murrell asked if he was going to clean it. As round one began, two contenders showed equaled strength answering the same five questions correctly and missing three questions, tying Round 1 with a score of 5-5.

Their strength continued in Round 2 where Rocha spun the new wheel and ultimately landing on “Animated Movies.” He managed to score six points but he would later regret for not choosing to take multiple choice on his third question because Murrell was able to steal two points from Rocha. Murrell had an equally great round, only missing one question which allowed Rocha to steal back an additional point. They finished Round 2 with Murrell taking the lead 13-12.

In the Betting Round, each contestant wagered two points in the category of Horror/Thriller. They each answered the question correctly. The Speed Round proved to be Rocha’s greatest moment. The Outlaw buzzed in quickly before they could be finished. He managed to receive three points but lost one when he couldn’t answer the question in time. Rocha and Murrell were tied with 16 points each.

In the fifth round, Rocha was only able to score his five point question in the category of Dramas. Dan Murrell had already answered his one point question so he had to answer his five point win the match and keep his belt. He answered his three point question with some struggle but receiving the points to his score. Murrell’s five point question was in Directors with who directed The Burbs? He answered, unsure if his answer was correct.

Kristen Harloff shouts that the winner Screenshot (27).pngand . . . new champion is John Rocha and Bibbinani rushed over to hug Rocha. In the end, both contestants exchange a hearty handshake and hug each other, giving each other the respect they deserve. In the final interview with Dan Murrell, he was insulted that no one from the Lion’s Den came to support him despite stating otherwise. He further announced that he was dropping out of the Lion’s Den saying they lost their “Alpha [Lion].” The final score was 21-20 with John Rocha taking the belt with sites on the Patriots to reclaim the Team Belt. It was an awesome match, one of the greatest matches I’ve seen, with the Finstock and Macuga match next to it.

Movie Trivia Schmoedown Single’s Title Match: Dan Murrell vs John Rocha

Warning: This is post gives commentary on the latest match on the Schmoedown. If you have not seen the match yet and do not like spoilers, watch it first then come back a read the play-by-play.screenshot-20

If you have been following the matches like I have, you know this was going to be a great match from the start. Dan Murrell, Heavyweight Champion of the Schmoedown, has never lost a match. John Rocha also knows his movie trivia. Even though he doesn’t have an impressive strike like Murrell, he is the No. 1 contender and isn’t to messed with. The Four Horsemen had a ruff start to the year after Rocha and Matt Knost lost their belts to Team Patriots, and Bibbinani lost to JTE. Rocha has his eyes on every belt, but can he recover The Four Horsemen’s pride with this Title Match? First we must go through the pre-game match between Drew “The Godfather”  McWeeny vs Mike “The Killer” Kalinowski.

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In Round 1, McWeeny missed only one question simply because he wasn’t able to write down his answer in time. If more time was presented, he would have answered every question correctly, but he was still managed to maintain the lead with a score of 7-6.

Round 2 debuted the new wheel where McWeeny  choose to let Kalinowski spin first landing on “90’s Movies.” Thinking that it was a good category, he accepted it but ended up proving to be his downfall. McWeeny was able to steal 3 points from Kalinowski while he was able to only score three points. McWeeny had a perfect round, scoring eight points and ending Round 2 with a nine point lead, 18-9.

Kalinowski was able to avoid the knockout, but he needed to answer every three questions to tie the game. He managed to answer his 1 point and 3 point questions but failed to answer his last question. McWeeny was able to TKO Kalinowski with a fail score of 18-13.

Screenshot (26).pngEven before Round 1 of the Title Match could begin, Dangerous Dan Murrell and “The Outlaw” John Rocha start duking it out with Murrell placing the belt near Rocha’s reach. Rocha responded by saying that he was going to take it, but Murrell asked if he was going to clean it. As round one began, two contenders showed equaled strength answering the same five questions correctly and missing three questions, tying Round 1 with a score of 5-5.

Their strength continued in Round 2 where Rocha spun the new wheel and ultimately landing on “Animated Movies.” He managed to score six points but he would later regret for not choosing to take multiple choice on his third question because Murrell was able to steal two points from Rocha. Murrell had an equally great round, only missing one question which allowed Rocha to steal back an additional point. They finished Round 2 with Murrell taking the lead 13-12.

In the Betting Round, each contestant wagered two points in the category of Horror/Thriller. They each answered the question correctly. The Speed Round proved to be Rocha’s greatest moment. The Outlaw buzzed in quickly before they could be finished. He managed to receive three points but lost one when he couldn’t answer the question in time. Rocha and Murrell were tied with 16 points each.

In the fifth round, Rocha was only able to score his five point question in the category of Dramas. Dan Murrell had already answered his one point question so he had to answer his five point win the match and keep his belt. He answered his three point question with some struggle but receiving the points to his score. Murrell’s five point question was in Directors with who directed The Burbs? He answered, unsure if his answer was correct.

Kristen Harloff shouts that the winner Screenshot (27).pngand . . . new champion is John Rocha and Bibbinani rushed over to hug Rocha. In the end, both contestants exchange a hearty handshake and hug each other, giving each other the respect they deserve. In the final interview with Dan Murrell, he was insulted that no one from the Lion’s Den came to support him despite stating otherwise. He further announced that he was dropping out of the Lion’s Den saying they lost their “Alpha [Lion].” The final score was 21-20 with John Rocha taking the belt with sites on the Patriots to reclaim the Team Belt. It was an awesome match, one of the greatest matches I’ve seen, with the Finstock and Macuga match next to it.