The Jungle Book – The 2016 version of The Jungle Book is the latest live action remake of a classic Disney animated feature. This version of the Jungle Book is a mixture of a remake of the original 1967 Disney movie as well and including more from the original book by Rudyard Kipling, though Disney seems to have forgotten that they have already made a live action version back in 1994. This also looks like it’s one of the last acting roles of Garry Shandling before his death. This new version follows the same story line of the Jungle Book with Mowgli being raised in the jungle since he was a baby by a pack of wolves as one of their own and watched over the by the panther Bagheera. Once the presence of Mowgli the man-cub is revealed to Shere Khan and the rest of the jungle during a drought caused forced truce by the animals of the jungle to have water, it’s decided that Mowgli should return back to live with humans for his own protection. Along the way he comes in contact with the bear Baloo, the giant snake Kaa, and King Louie (who has been changed to a sort of terrifying Gigantopithecus) before he has to confront Shere Khan in a fight for his life. It’s also interesting to note that this version of The Jungle Book was filmed entirely in Los Angeles and the jungle and all the animals are completely computer generated. We really liked The Jungle Book and gave it 4 stars. Be aware that Christopher Walken is King Louie and his version of “I Wan’na Be Like You” is the most Christopher Walken thing ever. Stars Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Walken, Neel Sethi, Garry Shandling, Sam Raimi, and Jon Favreau. Rated PG.
Listen to Christopher Walken singing:
If you’d like to hear our review of The Jungle Book, you can listen to our episode where we review it as well.
Me Before You – Me Before You is the film adaptation of the book of the same name, and follows the caregiver Louisa, who started the new profession of caregiver for a paralyzed man named Will Traynor. Bitter at the world for becoming paralyzed after a motorcycle accident, Will initially dismisses and ignores Louisa. Louisa tries to make a difference in Will’s life and help him enjoy life again. Once he learns to enjoy life and falls in love with Louisa, they both try to make their lives better for as long as they can. Be careful, while the trailer makes the movie sound very cheerful, it does have a sadder ending that may throw some people off. Stars Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance, Brendan Coyle, and Jenna Coleman. Rated PG-13.
There’s a lot of TV releases again this week so I won’t be going through all of them! If there’s one you’d like us to cover, then let us know in the comments!
Criminal Minds: Season 11 – Criminal Minds Season 11 is now important thanks to it being the last season of actor Thomas Gibson leading the team since he was fired from the show during filming of season 12. Not Rated.
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir: Spots On! – Though the title is terrible, this is volume 2 of Miraculous Ladybug, again featuring guest Bryce Papenbrook as Cat Noir! Volume 2 isn’t quite as explicit on which episodes are in it, but Spots On! includes the next 6 episodes of season 1 with The Evillustrator, Rogercop, Dark Cupid, Horrificator, Darkblade, and The Mime. Though sadly it’s unclear if volume 2 includes any of the extras that made volume 1 appealing. Still Miraculous Ladybug is a fun series and is definitely one to check out. Not Rated.
Star Wars Rebels: Season 2 – The highly rated Star Wars Rebels continues in its second seasons. There’s been hints that some of the characters will cross over into the live action, but I haven’t been able to watch the series yet to say for sure. Not Rated.
When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace – The newest dub from Sentai Filmworks about the Senko High School Literature Club when they suddenly get supernatural powers like control elements, control time, and more. Jurai, the male member of the Literature Club has a comparatively weaker power that may hold more than originally thought. This set is the entire series in one go, so it’s worth taking a look at. Sentai has even made it easier to check out by releasing a clip of their dub cast! Not Rated.
Doamygar-D: The Complete Series – This is another odd release from Funimation since it’s another sub only release and looks like it’s much older than it really is. (It’s only from 2015.) Daijiro, an owner of a candy shop, discovers a giant robot that makes candy and together they use that power to battle evil monsters with candy. It’s kind of weird. Not Rated.
Beelzebub TV Series: Part 1 – I WEEP THAT THIS IS SUB ONLY RELEASE. I actually really enjoyed this series when it was originally on Crunchyroll but it was mostly forgotten, partly because the baby Beelzebub is often naked in the anime. High School delinquent Oga ends up becoming the adopted father of the Great Demon Lord of the Underworld because of his “demonic” behavior but together they are forced into high jinks and battles as others from the Underworld and rival gangs try to take over. Honestly I’m so sad this is subbed only because I would FULLY endorse it if it had an awesome dub. Not Rated.
Attack on Titan Video Game – The Attack on Titan video game, known as AOT: Wings of Freedom outside of the United States finally comes to systems. Sadly it looks like it’s a sub only version of the game but supposedly is much better than the previous 3DS video game. Available for PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One, and PC. Rated M for Mature.
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X – The latest Hatsune Miku Game available for PS4 and PS Vita. Available for PS4 and PS Vita. Rated T for Teen.
Assetto Corsa – A PS4 exclusive racing game. Available on PS4 only. Rated E for Everyone.
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