Well, September of 2019 has come and gone, which not only means I am officially in my 30s, but we’re three quarters of the way through 2019.
Wow, hard to believe how fast 2019 is going. It’s been quite the year, to say the least. Unfortunately, the Summer wasn’t nearly as productive for the Dojo as I would have liked, but I still managed to crank out some content.
Just as was the case for quarters one and two for 2019, let’s reflect on how the third quarter of the year turned out for the Dojo. Let us chronicle Wizard Dojo’s 2019 so far, and look into what the remainder of the year has in store, and what could be coming the Dojo in 2020!
Naturally, let’s begin by reflecting on all the proper reviews I’ve written for the Dojo so far in 2019 (titles in bold were released this year).
Total Movie Reviews Written in 2019 so Far: 29
Total Video Game Reviews Written in 2019 so Far: 30
Yeah, again, it hasn’t been my most productive year for Wizard Dojo (remember in this site’s first year, how I wrote 100 different video game reviews alone? Those were the days). But I like to think my writing is getting better. So…quality over quantity, I guess? But I’d like to have both…
MOVIE REVIEWS: 8
Bumblebee – 7/10
From Dusk ‘Till Dawn – 5/10
Mary Poppins Returns – 6/10
The Cat Returns – 7/10
Ralph Breaks the Internet – 8/10
Unbreakable – 7/10
Split – 6/10
Glass – 3/10
VIDEO GAME REVIEWS: 5
Wario Land II – 6/10
The Haunted Island: A Frog Detective Game – 6/10
Inside – 7/10
Donut County – 7/10
Tetris Effect – 8/10
MOVIE REVIEWS: 1
Fighting With my Family – 7/10
VIDEO GAME REVIEWS: 3
Red Dead Redemption 2 – 8/10
Wario Land 3 – 6/10
God of War (PS4) – 8/10
Movie Reviews: 2
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – 5/10
Captain Marvel – 5/10
VIDEO GAME REVIEWS: 10
Kingdom Hearts 3 – 5/10
Tetris 99 – 7/10
Toejam & Earl: Back in the Groove – 7/10
Wario World – 4/10
Sonic the Fighters – 2/10
Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble – 4/10
Tails’ Skypatrol – 2/10
Tails’ Adventure – 5/10
Sonic R – 2/10
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 9/10
MOVIE REVIEWS: 5
Dumbo (2019) – 6/10
Shazam! – 7/10
Marvel’s The Avengers – 8/10
Avengers: Age of Ultron – 5/10
Avengers: Infinity War – 8/10
VIDEO GAME REVIEWS: 3
Yoshi’s Crafted World – 7/10
Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee – 5/10
Wario Land 4 – 7/10
MOVIE REVIEWS: 2
Avengers: Endgame – 9/10
Pokemon: Detective Pikachu – 6/10
VIDEO GAME REVIEWS: 2
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – 7/10
Wario’s Woods – 7/10
MOVIE REVIEWS: 5
Aladdin (2019) – 7/10
Godzilla: King of the Monsters – 6/10
X-Men: Dark Phoenix – 4/10
The Secret Life of Pets 2 – 5/10
The Dark Crystal – 5/10
GAME REVIEWS: 1
WarioWare, Inc. Mega Microgames – 7/10
Movie Reviews: 2
Toy Story 4 – 7/10
Spider-Man: Far From Home – 7/10
Video Game Reviews: 3
Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge – 4/10
Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman – 6/10
Mario Vs. Donkey Kong – 6/10
Movie Reviews: 2
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – 5/10
The Lion King – 5/10
Video game reviews: 2
Super Mario Maker 2 – 8/10
WarioWare Touched – 6/10
Movie Reviews: 2
Dora and the Lost City of Gold – 7/10
The Peanut Butter Falcon – 6/10
Video Game reviews: 2
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night – 8/10
Wario Land: Shake It! – 7/10
My reviews may have slowed down during the Summer, but hopefully I can pick them back up a bit in the coming months. There are still a few 2019 movies on my radar that I’d like to see/review, and I mean to get back to reviewing more older movies again, seeing as my last movie review for a non-2019 feature was The Dark Crystal way back in June.
Speaking of Dark Crystal, holy smokes, is the Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance great! While I may have mixed feelings on the original movie, I think the Netflix series lives up to the potential Jim Henson’s imaginative world. I’m just going to come out and say it, I think Age of Resistance is probably the best cinematic fantasy epic since Peter Jackson brought The Lord of the Rings trilogy to the silver screen, and it’s quickly become one of my all-time favorite series alongside the likes of Twin Peaks, Seinfeld, the first seven or so seasons of The Simpsons, and Stranger Things. Once I start reviewing TV shows, expect Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, as well as Stranger Things, to be among the first ones reviewed. I honestly can’t say enough good things about Age of Resistance.
Also, you may have noticed that I lowered the scores for both Kingdom Hearts 3 and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World from 6/10s to 5/10s. After further consideration, I just couldn’t, in good conscience, keep them on the upper half of my rating scale. Yes, I appreciate the Disney fanservice Kingdom Hearts provides, but outside of that, it really doesn’t have anything going for it. And even that Disney fanservice gets bungled. I repeat my past complaints that this is a game that features a world based on Disney’s Frozen and yet you don’t get Anna and Elsa on your team, you don’t visit Elsa’s ice palace, and it blatantly skips over important plot elements from the film (as well as the others represented in the game). Only Tetsuya Nomura could bungle such an easy victory of a crossover.
As for How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World… Eh, it just didn’t leave an impression. It was the weakest entry in what I already found to be an overhyped series. Kung Fu Panda is the far superior Dreamworks trilogy, hands down. Fight me.
I have to admit, this has been a pretty interesting movie year for me. It’s something of an oddity in that I’ve awarded one 2019 film a near-perfect 9/10, yet have yet to dish out a single 8/10 for any movie this year. That 9/10 of course being Avengers: Endgame which, yes, is far and away the best film I’ve seen so far this year. I know, I’m an independent blogger, so I’m supposed to hate superhero movies and be all contrarian and everything. But unlike that crowd, I like to think I’m decently unique among my peers for the simple reason that I like things. I don’t actively want to hate anything because it’s popular or whatever. Endgame is 2019’s best film so far. I regret nothing.
Conversely, I have awarded 8/10 to a couple of 2019 games – Super Mario Maker 2 and Bloodstained – but I don’t think anything I’ve played so far this year approaches a 9 in my book. At least not under my current criteria, whatever such vaguely-implied standard entails.
Along with (hopefully) catching up on reviews, I’m also keeping my fingers crossed that the next few months see me getting back into the groove of making top 10 lists and stuff. I really miss doing those. The Dojo hasn’t been the same without them.
Some of the lists I’m planning still include…
Top 10 Nintendo Systems
Top 10 Nintendo Franchises
Top 10 Most Influential Video Games
Top 10 Video Games from my Childhood
Top 5 Nintendo Supporting Characters Who Deserve Their Own Game
Yeah, those are all ones I promised before, but I didn’t want to promise any extras until, y’know, I actually start making them.
as for those aforementioned reviews…
2019 Movies I plan to review
It: Chapter 2 (already seen)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Old/older movies I plan on reviewing at some point
It: Chapter 1
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (short film)
The Mad Max series
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
The Star Wars series (yep, even the prequels)
Yeah yeah, the prequels may get (unfounded) love these days because the memes are funny, but while I can enjoy a good prequel meme, funny memes don’t equate to good movies. If anything, the reason prequel memes can be funny is because the prequels themselves are so bad. Also meme culture is just so repugnant, it’s time we stopped pretending like memes give things value (exceptions being ‘Steamed Hams’ and Robbie Rotten memes).
Also as previously mentioned in past posts, I’d like to finish reviewing the directorial filmographies of Hayao Miyazaki and Quentin Tarantino in the not-too-distant future as well.
2019 VIDEO GAMES I OWN BUT HAVEN’T REVIEWED YET
Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr’s Journey
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Switch)
Untitled Goose Game
The good news is the latter two games should be reviewed soon (I finished Link’s Awakening last night). The bad news is Sekiro and Crash came out some time ago and I’m still not close to being at a point where I can review them. Crash Team Racing is decently fun, but we live in a post-Mario Kart 8 world now, it’s hard to go back to other kart racers (but I still plan on getting back to it). Meanwhile, I hate to admit it, but as someone who LOVES Dark Souls and Bloodborne, I couldn’t really get into Sekiro. That could change when I play more of it, but if I were to write about it now, I’d have a lot to gripe about. I actually have a lot I want to say about it, so maybe I’ll get back to it soon and try to finish it for a review. But at the same time, if it’s going to take me dozens more hours to complete, I’m honestly not sure if I want to bother.
Still, the other games mentioned above should be reviewed (relatively) soon. Along with these…
Games I’ve played through in 2019 but still haven’t reviewed yet for some reason
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions
And yes, I have just enough Wario games currently in my library to continue to review one Wario title per month through all of 2019.
You might think that’s a lot on my plate, between all the reviews and the lists and the, uhhh, other things. But I didn’t say these are all immediate. Many of these I plan to do before 2019 is through, but others will keep me busy into 2020. And I have other things planned for the months ahead in addition to what’s been mentioned here. But I don’t want to spoil any surprises…or reveal them before I’ve even followed through with that other stuff I’ve been saying I’d do for a while now…
So these past few months may have slowed the Dojo down a bit, but I’ll do my best to get back on track. I hope you look forward to the Dojo’s future for the remainder of 2019, into 2020, and beyond! I got some good stuff cooking’! And hopefully you won’t be underwhelmed by those aforementioned ‘surprises’ when the day comes…
See you around and read my crap!