Posts Tagged 'movie'

Tekken trailer released (is that Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa I see?)

Tekken movie trailer

I…I just don't know what to make of this.  It's not bad, but it's not quite good either.  The action looks kinda subpar, too.  At least it's better than that crappy "Avenging Fist" movie.  That was just freaking terrible.

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I didn't write my own personal views when I cross-linked the article over here, but I did write more about it in case anyone is interested!

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Trigun Movie Trailer

Shown at Anime Expo 2009.  If I find a better trailer, I'll be sure to post it up soon.  (Sounds kinda weird in English)

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Some anime news…

Out of all the anime shows that came out this spring season, Basquash! was perhaps the most colorful piece of work to grace the genre in years.  With big names like Shoji Kawamori (legendary mecha designer) gracing the staff, I had hoped that the artwork would maintain it's opening quality.  I say hoped in the past tense, because after I watched episode 10, it looked like the animation got hit with the ugly stick.

The story seems lost as well.  Don't they have some kind of manga to back up the story?  Oh wait, they don't

Uh oh.

I guess all of the problems stem from the director getting sacked (as well as various other staff members).  I wish I knew why!  The show was doing pretty well up to episode 9, although it did kind of feel like it took forever for the "basquash" part of Basquash! to start kicking in.  Perhaps that's the reason?

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In other anime news, Higashi no Eden (Eden of the East) is getting not one, but two movies.  TWO.  It's great news, but it's kind of hard to get hyped when nary a word is being released about it.  Could it be a possible ending to the series, a new kind of plot, or some kind of spin-off?  Having two movies makes it that much harder to predict what's going to happen.

At any rate, the summer season will soon be upon us, and I'll be able to feast my eyes upon Canaan!  Oh, and that new Suzumiya Haruhi show too!

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A history of war interepreted through cuisine

"Food Fight" by Stefan Nadelman

If you've ever been curious to get a refresher on the history of war in the world but done allegorically with food, then this might be right up your alley.  Food Fight, by Stefan Nadelman, is a epicurean look at the roles of the nations finest food delectables fighting it out from World War II, all the way up to the current Iraq situation.  Its pretty easy to discern which food is from which country, but the real intrigue lies in trying to figure out which military conflict is taking place.  A must watch for history fans.

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Girl Who Leapt Through Time to Stream Online

Mamoru Hosada's award winning anime Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo has recently been announced to be streamed online with subtitles, according to Bandai Entertainment.  There's also news that it will be a limited theatrical run, so if you haven't seen it on DVD yet, you can get the chance to see it on the big screen.

I remember seeing this movie during my trip to Japan last year, and let me tell you, its a great movie.  With the designs by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (of Evangelion fame) and animation from powerhouse studio Madhouse, its an amazing heartfelt drama about a girl who has to learn how to make good choices.  Take that Juno (just kidding).

The original story has gone through a few  re-adaptations since the original novel by Yasutaka Tsuitsui.

Source: Anime News Network, Bandai Entertainment

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A beautiful, dark short film.

When I first watched terminus, the first thought that appeared in my mind was Silent Hill.  The look and feel is very 1970's retroesque, right down to the clothing and props.  The camera work is fuzzy and employs a noise effect, similar to Silent Hill, and fits amazingly well with the somber background music.

That said, this movie is in no way similar to Silent Hill in the least.  The main character in the movie is haunted / stalked by a large and imposing concrete golem (which looks a little like Mokujin from the Tekken series).  There are glimpses of other people harassed by inanimate objects, like an airport conveyor belt, rolling artworks, etc.  There's really no answer as to why these beings exist, but the film makes it unneccesary and plods along as if the entire situation was perfectly out of the ordinary. 

Perhaps the most interesting aspect I noticed is that, if you re-watch the movie and ignore the stone monster, the entire perspective changes into one about a businessman with schizophrenia.  Or, if you want to be more emblamatic, one could definitely make the point that the golem itself represents the pressures of society or social stratification.

A definitely recommended must-watch.

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