The Toys That Made Us (2017)Few days ago I was checking the new additions on Netflix when I saw these series. I added them to my viewing queue, but it was just last night as I started watching. Honestly, these are of the most exciting documentaries ever. Why – because it’s all about our childhood! And we’ve all been kids!The Toys That Made Us (2017)Aside of it, the series are really well done. I just have nothing to comment on – as a documentary, they have a very well defined structure and topic following. Sure, they miss some details, but for a 50 minute format it is very well done. So far the first 4 have dropped on Netflix (The next 4 in May). These were  Star Wars, Barbie, He-Man and G.I. Joe. They are all so exciting. I loved Star Wars and I still do, just never had SW toys, however as a kid I did have He-Man toys and I loved them. I totally relate to the series and honestly can’t wait to see the other episodes.The Toys That Made Us (2017)As for Barbie – I am a male, never been into Barbie, but these series are pretty much like VH1 Behind the Music series – so well done, that you really don’t care what the episode is about – you just watch it, as you know it will be interesting and there would be something to learn. And indeed, the Barbie episode was absolutely interesting to watch!So, I would totally recommend these series to anyone, young or old, boy or girl, who used to have at least one toy in their life. Probably the most exciting series on Netlix in the last 6 months. In May we will get episodes about Lego, Transformers, Hello Kitty and Star Trek.




Dwayne Johnson (Hercules)
Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones)
Byung-hun Lee (Red 2)
Elodie Yung (Daredevil TV)
Ray Stevenson (Punisher: Warzone)
D.J. Cotrona (Dear John)
Adrianne Palicki (Agents of Shield)
Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street)
Ray Park (Star Wars – Episode I)
Luke Bracey (The November Man)
Arnold Vosloo (Blood Diamond)
Bruce Willis (Die Hard)
Ryan Hansen (2 Broke Girls)
Ilia Volok (Power Rangers Wild Force)

So once we’re all caught up (the big plot point being that the President of the United States (Jonathan Pryce) has been replaced by Zartan (Arnold Vosloo), the Cobra master of disguise) the movie can get down to business kicking sand in the face of the Joes. A Cobra conspiracy decimates the team and positions them as enemies of the state, which is just the first stage of a plan for world domination by Cobra Commander.With no allies, a trio of Joes, led by Roadblock (The Rock), have to stop Cobra’s plan to destroy the world. Honestly, it’s not a lot different than your average episode of the cartoon, just a lot darker and grittier. In fact, the film is loaded with fan-service thanks to Jon Chu’s enthusiasm for the old toys, cartoon and comics, with great vehicles like the H.I.S.S. brought to life, and an extensive wordless homage to one of the best-loved issues of the Marvel comic, “Silent Interlude.”Though the movie doesn’t exactly break new ground, it doesn’t mean Retaliation doesn’t have its moments, because it certainly does. A side mission by Snake-Eyes (and obscure fellow ninja Jinx) to a mountain-top monastery sets up some impressive fight scenes and a somewhat ridiculous zip-line chase through the mountains, while Pryce is fantastic as Zartan, leading the world’s leaders into a game of nuclear chicken (with touches of Dr. Strangelove), projecting such incredibly darkness.The bad guys seem to have all the fun, especially newcomer Firefly, an explosives expert played with creepy glee by Ray Stevenson. If you ever find yourself cheering for the wrong team, these two gentleman get all the blame, for making it look like so much fun. This movie is packed with great action, adventure, with a great cast  Duane “The Rock” Johnson, Channing Tatum, Jonathan Pryce, Byung-Hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Elodie Yung, Luke Bracey, and Arnold Vesloo, with an extended cameo from Bruce Willis.




Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street)
Christoper Eccelston (Thor: The Dark World)
Arnold Vosloo (Blood Diamond)
Marlon Wyaans (Scary Movie)
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Sucide Squad)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises)
Byung-hun Lee (Red 2)
Sienna Miller (Stardust)
Rachel Nichols (Alex Ross)
Kevin J.O’ Connor (The Mummy)
Ray Park (Star Wars – Episode I)
Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones)
Dennis Quaid (Vantage Point)
Said Taghmaoui (Wonder Woman)
Brendan Fraser (Bedazzled)

Byung-Hun Lee and Ray Park in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra will leap and bound like a solider in an accelerator suit to the hearts of anyone who’s ever owned an action figure. At one point, the bad guys’ resident ninja assassin Storm Shadow (Byung-hun Lee) is trying to escape the top-secret G.I. Joe underground training facility, and he runs over to an unidentified machine and climbs inside. I can’t think of anything more fitting than what happens next: it turns into a jetpack and Storm Shadow flies across the room.Rachel Nichols, Ray Park, and Saïd Taghmaoui in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)After a prologue in the 1600s , we skip ahead to the near future, where a weapons manufacturing company run by James McCullen (Christopher Eccleston) has just finished their latest invention. Using nanobot technology, their missiles will literally consume their targets, whether that means tanks, planes, or entire cities. The first four are packaged and given to the U.S. Military, who sends an entire convoy to deliver them. En route, the deliverymen are attacked by a ship carrying Baroness (Sienna Miller), who attempts to kill everyone and steal the missiles. Soliders Duke (Channing Tatum) and Ripcord (Marlon Wayans) fight back and are prepared to die protecting the payload when General Hawk (Dennis Quaid) and his elite team step in to save them. Duke and Ripcord are taken to the Joes’ base, and they join to try and stop the missiles from being stolen again.Channing Tatum in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)The movie’s ludicrous imagination kicks in almost immediately. At first, Duke and Ripcord train on fairly standard, if unrealistically advanced courses, like a shooting gallery with holographic targets and in hand-to-hand combat using big, futuristic-looking sticks. Then the movie just cuts to a short clip of Duke piloting an underwater spaceship-looking thing in a miles-long tank filled with giant rings, and my brain was happy to shut off and enjoy the spectacle. Other critics will say it’s just like a video game, but it’s so unabashedly, gleefully, purposefully like a video game that I kind of think that’s the idea. In the accelerator suit chase through the streets of Paris, Scarlett (Rachel Nichols) flies after Duke and Ripcord on a commandeered civilian motorcycle that magically moves about 300 miles an hour.Dennis Quaid, Marlon Wayans, Rachel Nichols, Saïd Taghmaoui, and Channing Tatum in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)Speaking of that chase sequence, it’s a jaw-dropping tidal wave of awesomeness, with Duke, Ripcord and Scarlett aided by the silent good-guy ninja Snake Eyes (Ray Park), clinging to the underside of the villains’ Hummer as the group causes untold amounts of damage. Cars fly through the air like they’re made of paper and buildings are reduced to craters, all at a dizzying, breakneck speed. It even changes method of transport, switching from a car chase to a foot chase without missing a beat.Marlon Wayans and Channing Tatum in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)The Joes are all well-cast. Personally, I liked Rachel Nichols and Marlon Wayans, who are both charismatic and have an entirely playful chemistry with each other. I didn’t even mind Wayans’ cheesy comic relief. His jokes aren’t particularly funny, but he doesn’t scream for attention the way he has in other movies.Arnold Vosloo and Sienna Miller in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)The good guys are complemented by a solid roster of villains. Christopher Eccleston, ise the main bad guy, and he’s good at standing around in fine suits, sneering and being slimy (and when given the chance, he wisely refuses to reveal his evil plot), but for all intents and purposes, I’d say his evildoing in the movie is equal to that of Sienna Miller’s Baroness. The shared history she has with Duke is worked in to varying degrees of success over the course of the film, but even without it, she’s got more personality than any of the other action-movie villains.Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)There’s also a psychotic doctor, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and he really dredges up some entertaining evil, covered with creepy makeup and practically cackling some of his lines. The only letdown is he spends most of the movie with his voice altered, which takes away from the experience of seeing him play the role. It’s all about tone, and director Stephen Sommers has it down.




Peter Cullen (Transformers)
Frank Welker (The Simpsons)
Charlie Adler (Aladdin)
Shuko Akune (Cruel Intentions 2)
Jack Angel (A.I.)
Jackson Beck (The Batman/Superman Hour)
Michael Bell (Tangled)
Gregg Berger (Inside Out)
Earl Boen (The Terminator)
Arthur Burghardt (Network)
Francois Chau (Lost)
Don Johnson (Machete)
Burgess Meredith (Batman 60s)
Rob Paulsen (The Mask:TAS)
Vernee Watson (The Big Bang Theory)

When both G.I. Joe and The Transformers proved to be massive after school hits for Hasbro when the animated series’ debuted in the eighties, it only made sense that each series would receive an animated theatrical release to cash in on the success of their respective TV series’. G.I. Joe: The Movie, directed by Don Jurwich, debuted on screens around the world in 1987 and while it wasn’t exactly considered a masterpiece of animated entertainment, it rightfully found its fan base.

The movie starts off with a bang, as the instantly recognizable opening theme song from the TV series blares at us and thrusts us head first into a battle between G.I. Joe and the evil forces of Cobra squaring off at the Statue of Liberty. The results of this battle wind up with Serpentor putting Cobra Commander on trial for screwing up and not doing his job all that well. Before the trial can really get moving, however, a bizarre woman named Pythona shows up, claiming to be from the land of Cobra-La and seeking the aid of Serpentor in her quest to retrieve the BET (Broadcast Energy Transmitter), an energy creating device that could allow Cobra to finally rule the world. Cobra-La, if you didn’t already know, was essentially a bizarre city-state under an ice dome full of evil bugs and was the birth place of Cobra Commander and Serpentor. The baddies at Cobra figure they can use the BET to send some spores into the Earth’s atmosphere that will destroy mankind as we know it.

Meanwhile, somewhere innocuous and snowy, the Joe team are testing the very same BET that Cobra so desperately wants to get their hands on. Cobra attacks, and in the ensuing battle, team leader Duke gets seriously injured and if that weren’t bad enough, the leader of Cobra-La, Golobulus (Burgess Meredith) has got a heavy hitter named Nemesis Enforcer on his side. Cobra is seriously bringing their A-game this time around, but thankfully for all of humanity, Duke and his brother, Falcon (Don Johnson), have got a whole bunch of brand new Joe’s on their side to help them stop Cobra before it’s too late. Some of the more notable newbies include a female Asian martial arts expert named Jinx, a tough guy who doesn’t talk named, an underground specialist guy named Tunnel Rat, a do-gooder named Law and his pet dog, a guy named Big Lob and last but not least, Sgt. Slaughter and his Renegades, made up of Mercer, Red Dog and Taurus.

The movie is also meant to tie together the second and third seasons of the show, but since the third season of the show never happened, that aspect of it doesn’t really work and so the movie just kind of stands alone, focusing on newer characters that we don’t really care about as much as the more established ones who are really just tooling around in the background. The movie does deserve credit for trying to branch out a bit from the formulaic TV series, however. This is G.I. Joe on a much larger scale than anything that had come before it, and it’s also a fair bit more violent and quite a bit darker than the animated series it was spun off of. Duke was originally supposed to die after what happens to him in the moviebut because of fan backlash to what happened to Optimus Prime in Transformers: The Movie this was changed and he instead simply falls into a coma.