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#1051 Ap2000

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 07:55 PM

And now that I can get off of my high horse I'd also like to say that Shin Godzilla is a better Evangelion movie than all the Rebuilds put together. :lmfao:

Considering only one out of the three released so far is even good, that's not saying much. =P
I'm looking forward to that movie too (I read some other reviews that said it's a return to form for Anno), but it's playing nowhere near me, so I'm going probably just going for a "1080p.BR.mkv". Or stream it if available soon.

#1052 aine

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 09:09 PM

I missed the only screening of it in my area in December and was very mad about it, but since Blu-Ray came out some 2 weeks ago you can fill in the blank yourself. :dancer:

#1053 Madara


Posted 11 April 2017 - 10:37 PM

Check out my film blog for a writeup on the anime hit KIMI NO NA WA (released in the U.S. as YOUR NAME), one of the best new anime features in years.




Scroll down to my Nov. 1, 2016 entry for my writeup on SHIN GODZILLA, one of the best films of 2016.

#1054 Ap2000

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 06:39 AM

Sometimes I'm not sure if Madara is just a PR guy for his blog and reacts like a bot to certain words or actually reads what the others wrote. lol

#1055 Madara


Posted 12 April 2017 - 10:00 AM

Okay, so I didn't check the page before this before I posted. Sometimes it's months since anybody posted something here, so I didn't check. I just wanted to get the word out so people would read my blog.


If it'll make you happy, I'm seconding Aine's opinion.

#1056 Ap2000

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 11:23 AM

It was just such a good timing. *g*

#1057 showraniy


Posted 12 April 2017 - 03:50 PM

Completely unrelated to the above, but the Hollywood Ghost in the Shell live action was actually a decent movie. They skipped out on the philosophical ponderings of the Mamoru Oshii film, but hey, it was pretty and was clearly made by a huge fan with all the homages to the franchise peppered throughout.

It made for a good Sunday afternoon get-out-of-the-house distraction.

#1058 aine

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 11:45 PM

Check out my film blog for a writeup on the anime hit KIMI NO NA WA (released in the U.S. as YOUR NAME), one of the best new anime features in years.

Sometimes I'm not sure if Madara is just a PR guy for his blog and reacts like a bot to certain words or actually reads what the others wrote. lol

That post right after our conversation certainly did tingle my spam sense. :lol:

I went to see Your Name in a theatre again earlier this week. I haven't done that since the first Matrix movie (and I pity the young ones who were not there to experience how paradigm changing The Matrix was, regardless of how much of meme it became later or how bad the sequels were). In a way, it's even better on a second viewing. Which may not be my last either, since it's playing until at least next Thursday around here.

A few remarks about your review Madara. I'm pretty sure "Your Name" is the official English title chosen by the creators rather than Funi. It appears in most of the Japanese promo materials anyway.

I'm surprised you don't remember Voices of a Distant Star. It was Shinkai's breakthrough work, created almost entirely by himself, and is thematically and emotionally very similar to Your Name. And just about as heart-wrenching. At least to me it was and is an unforgettable work.

Finally, this is more of a personal taste, but I thought the songs fit the movie and the mood perfectly. And it's not the first time that songs were a prominent part of Shinkai's works - see Voices again.

And since I'm nitpicking, personally I didn't care for the laundry list of the 50 or so old movies with somewhat similar premises or themes to Your Name. :tongue: And I would care even less if was actually familiar with any of them and thus got an idea of Your Name's plot from it. I went into the cinema without knowing a single thing about it other than that it was Shinkai's latest work, which to me is a sufficient recommendation - though I suppose it may not be to an average viewer not familiar with his previous works.

A few things I picked up on the second viewing. Some were purely visual, some were tied to the plot, but all made me love the movie even more.


Taki and Mitsuha using "iPhones" that are 2 or 3 generations apart - it wasn't just a coincidence, but the fact that Taki's model didn't exist in Mitsuha's timeline yet.


The days of the week on their phones being different for the same dates - placing them respectively in 2013 and 2016.


The (pretty obvious) red string of fate theme, also appearing in the flashback montage in many forms, including that of umbilical cord.


More subtle details of how their lives changed or were affected - Mitsuha starting to sleep with her bra on, or having her hair only tied rather than carefully braided on "Taki days" since Taki presumably didn't know how to braid.


The female names in the Miyamizu family following the 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 theme - Hitoha (一葉, grandmother), Futaba (二葉, mother), Mitsuha (三葉), Yotsuha (四葉).


The meteor in the flashback becoming the source of life.


Finally, in the culmination, them leaving behind the "most valuable thing" to be able to leave "the Underworld" - their memory of each other.


I may add more later because I feel I forgot some already. Maybe after the third viewing!



Also, some (spoilerific) translations of a few of Taki and Mitsuha's notes to each other.

#1059 Madara


Posted 17 April 2017 - 11:28 PM

I appreciate your critique and feedback, Aine. I don't often get a sense of how these things play, particularly my rundown of (four!) older movies with similar themes. I realize that things that seem important to me may not strike others the same way and things that seem unimportant to me (e.g. the songs) may be very important to others. But I find that true of how I perceive most things these days. If it's not too much trouble to leave a comment on my blog so other readers can get another viewpoint, I'd appreciate that. Or, if it's okay with you, I'll just copy and paste your comment, leaving out the "Madara" reference, saying this was a response from a friend on another forum.




P.S. I made a few changes to my piece in response to your critique.

#1060 Ap2000

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 03:54 PM

If you love capeshit or tokusatsu heroes shows/movies, you need to watch Hentai Kamen.
You especially need to watch Hentai Kamen if you hate them.


It's a wonderful parody of comics like Spiderman and, of course, Kamen rider. The guy playing HK, Ryōhei Suzuki, does an absolutely phenomenal job. He also did all the stunts himself and obviously enjoyed being such a fabulous, flamboyant pervert.



tl,dr; You need to watch Hentai Kamen.

#1061 JoshuaJSlone

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 03:32 PM

I thought Prometheus was interesting but flawed. Unfortunately I found Alien Covenant to be a very unsatisfying followup. All mess. The way it continues the events of Prometheus is almost as unsatisfying as the Aliens -> Alien 3 transition, and the new directions it decides to go seem to really narrow the universe's scope in an attempt to tie things together. Ridley Scott has at least one more of these things planned, but right now I'm just left with a bad taste.

#1062 Ap2000

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 01:09 AM

A few weeks ago, I saw Bad Grandpa and it was hilarious. I usually don't like the cringy stunt stuff, but it was just nonstop funny scenarios.

This is a bump four years in the making, but (Jackass:) Bad Grandpa is much better than it has any right to be.

#1063 Ap2000

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 05:46 PM

The room The disaster artist is actually really happening:



Which I still kinda can't believe.

#1064 aine

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 08:01 AM

Dunkirk is an excellent tense film and I am so happy I went to see the 70mm version instead of digital one. Treat yourself to it if it's showing somewhere near you.

I just wish the other half of directors still insisting on shooting on film with mainly practical effects wasn't Quentin Tarantino lol.

#1065 Ap2000

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 07:16 PM

As a kid I was really into the Power Rangers. Watching the show each week, the movie at the cinema, played their SNES brawler and had several toys... and I had a major crush on Amy Jo Johnson, the pink ranger.
Whenever I have a hangover on weekends and wake up early, I check if a Ranger show is on kids TV and when there is, I usually watch it just because I enjoy how stupid it is. It's stupid, but good fun.

When Lionsgate announced a Power Rangers movie, I was afraid it's going to be worthless garbage like the TMNT or Transformers movies.
Two weeks ago a full trailer got released:

Doesn't seem campy at all and seems like most of the Snyder-ish/wannabe-Nolan capeshit of recent years. However, it also doesn't look like utter garbage (so far), so I'm cautiously optimistic.

Saw it last weekend at it was pretty much the 6/10 I was expecting it to be.

Visually well crafted and rather entertaining with some good moments and surprisingly believable characters, but a few things just stood out to me (from more to less annoying):
 - Some weird tonal shifts from campy to outright brutal (Rita tears out the gold teeth of somebody off-screen!)

 - I don't like the new Alpha at all. He looks weird, is kind of a smartass and his trademark "aye aye aye!" is completely unfitting.

 - I don't like the new Goldar. In the show he was kinda stupid and actually in a lot of scenes, ended up developing a real character. But in this he's just a golden titan that gets killed by the Rangers.

 - Waaay too many coincidences in the first twenty minutes with some things just not explained at all.

 - The completely unsubliminal product placement of some food store.

 - They play the iconic classic intro theme a good 20 minutes before the end of the film AND not long enough.


Some of the changes, like Zordon's new backstory and character, I didn't mind.

Pink and yellow ranger are hot as fuck!



I hope the movie does well enough to get a decent sequel with Lord Zedd.