Assassination Classroom (live action) Movie Review

photo credit: asianwiki.com

photo credit: asianwiki.com

This is my review for the live action movie adaptation of Assassination Classroom (Japanese title: 暗殺教室 [ansatsu kyoshitsu]). There are no spoilers in this review.

The premise of Ansatsu Kyoshitsu (English translation: Assassination Classroom) is undeniably absurd: a bright yellow tentacle monster destroys half the moon and promises to do the same to Earth in a year unless a group of middle school students can assassinate him. Oh, and he becomes their teacher in order to instruct them on how to properly do the deed.

That’s it. That’s the whole story. Crazy, right? It might sound like something that wouldn’t translate to a live-action film, but it works. Surprisingly well even. At the core, Ansatsu Kyoshitsu is really the story of a ragtag group of kids who finally find confidence once someone believes in them. That someone just happens to be the bright yellow tentacle monster called Korosensei.

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NCIS Los Angeles Review: “Talion”

photo credit: cbs.com

photo credit: cbs.com

Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season seven finale “Talion.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

Am I the only one who thought this episode didn’t seem like a season finale? Maybe I am, but honestly, I was expecting a bit more. While I appreciated how the episode ended, the events leading up to it were kind of disappointing. The pacing was surprisingly slow as they built up to the final fight, and we lacked the character moments we usually get. All in all, “Talion” was not was I expected.

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