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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #555 on: February 22, 2017, 06:13:38 PM »
Aura: Maryuuin Kouga Saigo no Tatakai:

Ah this movie. What was the purpose of this movie? I am genuinely confused. One would think, given the premise, that the film would want to criticize those whom lack the ablity to "grow up" and face reality. However, the movie never establishes a black-and-white position on chuunibyou's and in fact seems to actively wave a banner in support of such behaviour. The Main Girl's chuuni-ness is never property rationalized. I do enjoy the details involving her parents being sparse, the issue is never actually resolved either. The movie culminated with what couldnt be more of a "cry for help" and then simply concludes in a manner suggesting nothing ever happened. The girl is seemingly still a chuuni but now everyone is accepting of such behaviour. This is what I mean by the moive not establishing a stance regarding its subject matter. Halfway through the film it is established that 1/2 of the MC's class is consisting of closeted chuuni's. So, those who should be the disenfranchised and discriminated minority is actually a faction which rivals the normies; even the teacher is a damn chuuni. When all is said and done, the asshole kids seem to have been disowned and the chuuni kids are accepted by the majority of thier peers. The behaviour is seemingly condoned. Why grow-up? Why face reality? Why watch this movie.

So with the antaganoizers disowned and the chuunis accepted, it would seem this movie takes a disgusting pro-thisbehavior stance and I hate it. Sure flat bullying wasn't the proper approach but the behaviour exhibited by the Main Girl isnt sustainable within society is very much in need of correcting.

Spoiler for inane drunken commentary...again:
It was literally just Chuuyinbyou The Series: The Movie
Such is the problem with a very particular premise. Once it is done once, it cant really be done again.
"Original Work Romeo Tanaka"
   holy shit I didnt know.
Music by Michiru Ooshima
why didnt I know of this movie?

Directed by Seiji Kiishi
....
that may explain it.

OMG.
I came came for the Main Girl's design only to find out she is voiced by Kana.
why didnt I know of this movie?

That scene of him first arriving at home was really good.


A larger point is the lack of exposure that anime flims suffer from within the community.

So the unspoken self-presumed minority actual comprised half the class

That one bitches cleavage cant be in-line with the dress code, it was pissing me off the entire time. CALL HER OUT ON THAT SHIT.

AS good as the music is, striking a balance is near impossible. The weeby shit and the teen-melodrama. Orchestrations just dont mesh.

The concept of earning attention was quite good. Putting in the time to distinguish yourself. Neato
It really spoke to what I imagine is the heart of such behaviour.

OST was either Overpowering or Overbearing depending on the scene. The music is good but the narrative substance simply isnt there.

MC has an entire bookshelf-apparatus, complete with atleast 8 shelves, completely empty.
Maybe it used to house his light novels.
could be a cool detail or entirely extraneous.

The bully girl is probably a former Chyuuni. Only a former could be so repulsed by the sight of a current.

Up. This sudden temple metaphor has me lost.
Surely this desk based structure doesnt exist, right?
   Atleast not in its entirety.

Seems I was right about his bookshelf.

And seems we're just gonna ignore that elaborate suicide attempt by Kana and simply end on a "happy" note.
« Last Edit: February 22, 2017, 06:21:00 PM by Zeitgeist »

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #556 on: February 23, 2017, 02:33:14 PM »
Glass no Hana to Kowasu Sekai:

So I am continuing my random drudge through anime films. Here is a movie with some lofty ideas and concepts but suffers from the usual anime problems of poor writhing and shoddy execution. This movie could've been something great. The premise and narrative conceit were right up my alley, sadly it wasn't meant to be.

The nifty philosophical ideals weren't enough to distract from the fact this narrative is nothing more than digital programs interacting amongst themselves. There can be no tension when any scene can be reduced to "so this is just AVAST deleting some of my porn files". The film never managed to establish humanity IS these programs and that their success IS mankind.
5/10
Crappy though it may have been, I'd rematch this shit in a heartbeat. That's gotta mean something(but does anything truly have meaning?).   

This movie may have the most out-off-place montage ever put to film.

Spoiler for the usual:
So Im assuming this is some commentary on the nature of free will, consciousness, life, sentience and all that jazz.

I hate the Main Girl's design in how she looks like a stubby Yukinoshita.
Remo?
   As in: Remodel? Remote? Remove? Remodify?
      one of these has gotta be right

The **** is this montage?
up. Drastic tone shift
So this is more about the human experience in its entirety?
Project Earth: The Anime Movie
Up. Another montage
wtf is happening?
This section could have a nice cultural study with humanity(not that this would have been appropriate anyway).
Guess not.


So these virus programs are born of human memories?
Or their programmed in such a manner just cause the devs were a bunch of dicks.
Or is Dorothy being infected?
Oh. Ok. SO that WORLD was infected.
But why do I feel as though Dorothy just went rogue and felt herself becoming too attachted and hit the eject button?
But that montage.
Wasnt there some character development?
This could have been true of early Dorothy, surely she has changed since than.
But my theory is more fun.

The whole meta concept of "existing as bird conscious of its own cage" is kinda cool. Obviously it does parallel the experience of man. They(the program MCs), much as we(humans), speculate on the nature of their Creator(s).
"Why am I even here"
   -Remo
Now they're just being outright.

I do see the potential of this limited scope narrative. We see only a very limited amount of the world, we know only what the main cast knows, and are left with the same questions which plague the main cast. This could have been a great movie.

"The World Is A Beautiful Place And I A No Longer Afraid To Die - The Band: The Movie"

and I am only 1/2 way thru the run time
   34min mark

Oh a virus.
I had forgotten about their function as anti-virus programs.
Didn't they establish earlier that virus sightings had become more frequent?
How lengthy were those montages?

"She's exceeding the maximum processing speed"
   what does that even mean.
      This C:Money of Contro levels of jargon bastardization


Up.
You can't simply jump from "Post-scarcity acheived" to just "Mankind died out"
Up.
turns out it is yet another "humans create ideal A.I.....said A.I. proceeds to deem humans superfluous(specifically sighting their self-destructive nature)."
OK, now that it is confirmed, HOW THE **** DID THEY ACHIEVE NOT ONLY THIS PROCESSING POWER BUT THE STORAGE CAPACITY  TO LITERALLY DIGITIZE MANKIND?
Yea yea existence is indistinguishable from an advanced AI booting up protocols.

Im confuesed.
So they learn that the "viruses" they were deleting have infact been humanish life.
They then proceed to combat what they believe to be a "virus" in the hopes of aiding humans....


I do like the "existence persists" theme of the end.
That ambitious ending though.
Does mankind still exist?
Has mankind been reduced to a legacy carried on by the AI leads?
Was this all some solipsistic nonsense?
Who knows. Who cares.

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #557 on: February 23, 2017, 05:09:08 PM »
Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita.: Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai:

Oh I aint slowin' down.
"Brisk pacing and an upbeat soundtrack aides a very middling rom-com which does nothing to distinguish itself from its genre brethren."
                -Zeitgeist(put it on the Blu-Ray)
As the blurb above states, this was a very basic little romance tale. All the characters where the usual archetypes and the progression of the relationship was bog standard. What did save the movie from being a total waste was three fold. First and foremost was its duration. The movie itself was only and hour long and with 3-odd couples to wrangle the focus tended not to linger too much on the main, more melodramatic, pair. Secondly was the music, even if you wanted to eye-roll during the more "necessary" scenes, the music made sure you never took anything too seriously and was always leading into the next more upbeat scene. Lastly, was the existence of "side couples". The movie is kinda about 5-odd couples even if only the main pair gets the dramatic weight. Honestly, aint nobody care about the main couple. This is a quickly paced 60 minute rom-com. You are here for the bear essentials as to why each inevitable pairing should make you smile, and then, you get that very pay-off. In fact, the "main couple" is pretty much just a distraction.
So yea, pretty fun. The "Cliff Notes" of Romance anime. Aint nobody need 10 episodes of indecision and other such nonsense. Condense that shit.   

So Koyuuki(one of my favorite names by the way) is played the villain in a scene which never would have occurred if the presumed hero wasn't such a ****.
   not mentioning the supposed heroines role in this mess.
Simply Infuriating.
  A response to a scene which I feel deserves mentioning outside of that spoiler tag

Spoiler for blah blah blah:
The whole film is predicated upon a misunderstanding.
Oh boy.

Do we have a cute amicable 3(1x1) paring admit a group of 6?
Of course not.

Fleeting infatuations done right. The cast consists of attractive high schoolers whom are all just a mess of hormones.
genuinely makes sense.

Whats with the pervasive montages?

This movie is super chill and I am loving it.
Thanks to both its light hearted tone and its short runtime the movie doesnt have the opportunity to fall into the various genre trappings which dog romance anime.
   Though it does try at times.
Or so I thought.
God Damn.
I'd hate everyone if the music wasnt so great at maintaining a light hearted atmosphere.
SO Koyuuki(one of my favorite names by the way) is played the villain in a scene which never would have occurred if the presumed hero wasn't such a ****.
   not mentioning the supposed heroines role in this mess.
Simply Infuriating.

I ****ing love Gomotan
Meta point:
   Gomotan gives up his seat but creates a dynamic where it is HARDER to conversate. Rather than a manageable triangle, the 3-girl party is now sat in a line making it rather difficult for girls A and C to interact directly.

Oh yea, there was some manner of script/play.
   whats the deal with that?

Gamo and Whats-her-face are simply the best.
   Validated the whole movie.
      Not that I was too dismissive at this point.

Nothing irritates me more in anime than when characters' younger selves are portrayed as nothing more than scaled down models of their current self. So the Main Girl has been rocking that same up-bun thing since she was ****ing 5? **** You.
   Same goes for her man. That same generic anime MC hair? For 10 years?

Also, god damn montages.
   though this was interesting(conceptually) as it was a flashback montage.

What about Trap Kid?
   My boy Koyuuki got the shaft.
      
And what about that script they were revising?

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #558 on: February 26, 2017, 08:20:29 AM »
Manchester By The Sea

What a pleasantly depressing show this is.

Let me clarify myself a little more: it's not as depressing as I thought to be (and after I've heard). It's depressing in a very latent way, unlike the likes of say, The Wrestler. But I'm just amazed by how implicit the movie is. The story thrives on inference and 'connecting the dots', and the movie demonstrates perhaps the most effective use of cutaway scenes I've ever seen in a very long time. I was begging to know the cause behind Lee's rosy past and bleak present (the winter setting seems perfect in light of 'bleak'). Then, to be greeted with that one cutaway flashback that vividly explains everything, including Lee's current character... I felt like a train wreck. But even when things are mostly heart-rending, there are the somewhat light-hearted of sarcasm and dark humor to break the otherwise somber mood.

Everything is subtle in the story: the awkward silence between Lee and Sandy's mom, and Patrick and his mom; Lee's routine daily tasks and most of all, the manifestations of Lee's emotions. His sullen and forlorn demeanor is a constant painful reminder of what he's going through, the neighborhood bar being his sole pet outlet for venting his frustrations after every confrontation with harsh realities of his hometown. No intense scenes and raw displays of emotion, yet it ironically breaks my heart to see Lee not even flinching at learning about his brother's death.

Manchester By The Sea ended not with a bang but with a whimper, but rightfully so. It's not a good ending yet it's not a bad one either. It simply just ends with an open closure, just like life: it just goes on.

In all, the story is not depressing in an outward kind of way, but you know that everyone is crying on the inside. This is something I rarely see in Western movies, and Casey Affleck's performance is phenomenal. Barring aside Denzel Washington's role in Fences - a movie I haven't been able to watch - I think Casey will win Best Actor purely based on my gut feeling.

P.S. I notice how the Best Picture awards tend to go to explicit, feel-good movies and not implicit, depressing ones. I can't remember any implicit movie - one that is all about nuances and suppressed emotions - that won in that category. The Oscar may eventually go to La La Land - another movie I haven't watched - and it won't come as a surprise to anyone. Then again, there have been upsets in the past and I don't always agree with the eventual victors.
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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #559 on: March 15, 2017, 07:05:02 AM »
The Shack

The Shack is a rare Hollywood film that actually gets into the headspace of real Christianity without totally botching it.  Rated 18% by the critics at Rotten Tomatoes and 86% by the audience, it unflinchingly lays out the Christian message straight-up while tackling head-on one of its biggest philosophical questions: theodicy (the problem of evil and why does God allow bad things to happen to good people).

Mac is a good person and a good father, or at least he tries to be. He is a Sunday-go-to-meeting churchgoer who does his best to raise his family in a godly way. But his own faith is weak, having himself been raised by his own father who was a church deacon and a hidden drinker who beat him in childhood.  Then the worst thing possible happens to Mac and he loses the person he loves the most, and so he quits God in disgust, only going through the motions as his life begins to fall apart.

So God decides to have a little conversation with him.  Or rather the Trinity does: Papa (Abba), Jesus, and Sarayu (Holy Spirit).  It's a three-way dialectic that I have not seen in film before, and I'm kind of now wondering why nobody has done it (that I know of) because it works so well.  It is a clever expositional device that lets Mac explore the Godhead from different POVs as he deals with his mental block.  I tried to tackle theodicy in my own writing (The Final Act of Haruki Suzumiya) but I hit a major writers' block myself and could not get over the hump in a way that satisfied me.  The Shack brings up some aspects of the problem that I had not thought of before (e.g., Sophia and the Seat) so I might tackle it again. 

The Shack a thoughtful film that will inspire you if you are a seeker who is receptive to trying to understand the kind of relationship that God wants with you.  And if not, well there is always the Marvel superhero / horror slasher  / Seth Rogen comedy in the theater next door.
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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #560 on: March 15, 2017, 06:18:33 PM »
Logan

Wow. Just wow.

Watched this last week and I was curious to know what the hubbub was all about. Truth be told, this is not an amazing or groundbreaking movie at least from a critical point of view. But for a Marvel superhero movie, it certainly breaks many conventions. No over-the-top scenes involving giant robots, flying on top of a moving bullet train, or fighting against a bastardized version of a wisecrack character. The movie finally did something for the titular character that has been long overdue: provided him the respect he deserve and made him human.

To be honest, I've never really cared about Wolverine or any of the X-Men characters. The franchise has always treated him as a character who can't die and thus makes him undergo all kinds of corporal punishments. Like the reviewers on Roger Ebert claimed, why should I care for him when I can never empathize with such a character in the first place? Logan however, completely turned the tables and made him a grumpy, worn-out shadow of a man who has seen everything. It's much more relatable to watch a man who wears his glasses to read and vents out his rage on a truck with a shovel, than one who heals with nuclear blasts or smokes his cigars without worrying about health risks.

Wolverine finally meets his demise, but with respect and charisma. That's the best thing a movie could do for him, and Logan did it. And yes, the absence of post-credit scenes makes the viewing experience all the more poignant.

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #561 on: May 24, 2017, 11:40:42 PM »
Blame! (2017):

So having not engaged anything Blame! for over a decade I was pretty interested in this film. The movie itself was aiight. It was pretty good until it wasn't. The first 60-odd percent is pretty great. None of the characters mean anything but the pervasive intrigue demanded by the setting and off-kilter atmosphere carries the experience. Unfortunately, in order to engage with the last portion of the film one would need to have been invested in the characters who have not been meaningful established. While the setting is basic bitch level the actual tone does wonders. Killy complements the unnerving tone beautifully. He never feels human and never acts in service of the people around him. He is pursuing a goal and the fact that these people have decided to tag along does not alter his actions. But the very fact that Zuru, a young human girl, looks to Killy as something of savior suggests to the viewer that at any moment Killy may take on such a role. This artificial expectation leaves the viewer eager to see either Killy's heroic actions or Zuru's revelation to Killy's actual nature.

As a fan of the whole "this is but a small glimpse of a greater story" type of chapter-based storytelling, the fact that this movie established very little and resolved even less was of no concern to me. I enjoyed my brief reunion with the world of Blame! and am content to not interact with it for another decade. Which is to say that Blame!, the source material, just isn't anything special so having experienced this much was enough.
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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #562 on: June 08, 2017, 01:32:32 AM »
Watched The Handmaiden, a Park Chan-Wook film from last year (2016) which people liked in some french festival nobody has heard about.
The film - and here I am talking purely about the audiovisual aspect of the film - is very good. Its bloody stylish in the kind of way Tarantino tries to be; you could hate the script and still love the film.

The script has a few issues. Sookie's escape is one relatively major problem that PCW asks you to go along with; the other thing about it is that there comes a point where it jumps genres more than a terrified cat drowning in caffeine. Its very clever, but the net effect of that is that when the finale round comes you're really just reeling due to the fact that PCW thought that this was the time to start pulling out the dark humour. Whats confusing is that its funny. And its clever. And its well put together. And barring one lapse in writing it plays fair.
Its a very interesting film. You should watch it. Preferrably away from children and bosses.

And then I watched Logan and realised that the Marvel cinematic universe is so thorougly starved for quality by now that a predictable and run of the mill film would feel so much more remarkable than it really is. Fact is that this is the product of someone wondering what would happen if the X-Men played the main characters of a modern drug-western. But we've seen No Country for Old Men and do we really need to watch it again, this time with added fluff? What differentiates Logan from that is the existence of so many entirely unnecessary elements like superpowers and mutants and Evil LoganTM, and the masturbatory Stan Lee cameo, and all that Marvel comic bullshit...
Logan has been done before, better, and without the wolverine. You dont need to watch this.

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #563 on: June 09, 2017, 03:47:50 PM »
And then I watched Logan and realised that the Marvel cinematic universe is so thorougly starved for quality by now that a predictable and run of the mill film would feel so much more remarkable than it really is. Fact is that this is the product of someone wondering what would happen if the X-Men played the main characters of a modern drug-western. But we've seen No Country for Old Men and do we really need to watch it again, this time with added fluff? What differentiates Logan from that is the existence of so many entirely unnecessary elements like superpowers and mutants and Evil LoganTM, and the masturbatory Stan Lee cameo, and all that Marvel comic bullshit...
Logan has been done before, better, and without the wolverine. You dont need to watch this.

Thank you for this.  I wouldn't go as far as you -- I thought Logan was very watchable and reasonably well-done -- but it's way overhyped.  It does push the boundaries of the superhero genre, but the problem is those boundaries were so strictly confined in the first place, it doesn't really amount to that much.  From the standpoint of general cinema, Logan was mediocre and very very predictable.

I saw After the Storm lately, which is Hirokazu Koreeda's newest movie. 
Spoiler for Hiden:
It follows a sad-sack detective who steals from his elderly mother and uses harebrained underhanded tactics to win back his ex-wife and son.  You can see from beginning that he will fail, and the movie is mostly about making peace with that.  The main characters do not get back together in the end, and it's not such a tragedy.  It's the kind of Japanese drama I really like, understated but rich.

Also saw Get Out which I enjoyed as a movie a lot.  There was a big deal made about the political commentary -- your mileage may vary there, whether you feel it treads new ground or not.  The director, Jordan Peele, said himself he softened the ending a bit because he felt that, between the original ending he wrote and the filming of the movie, he felt that the commentary he was trying to make had somewhat already been taken up.

Saw Trainspotting 2.  It was a lot darker than the original, which was fun, but here we see the depressing aftermath of the lives of the protagonists.  The scene that sums it up perfectly to me is this one: Ewan MacGregor is explaining the "choose ____" joke to an attractive much-younger girl Sick Boy is dating.  He starts off fine but his monologue grows darker and more frustrated and angry and at the end of it he is clearly upset.  That is, it's a very self-referential movie, it's nostalgic, and it's sad, because the characters haven't actually gone anywhere, and now they are old and frustrated.  Which is how I felt about the movie.  I'm not sure how I would have made a Trainspotting sequel -- maybe it was not really necessary. 

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #564 on: July 01, 2017, 10:32:47 PM »
Giniro no Kami no Agito:

Director - Who care he hasn't done shit
               Maeda Mahiro was involved with the storyboard and mechanical design.
Music - Taku Iwasaki
        KOKIA does her best Origa impression for the opening theme.

Gonzo was my favorite anime studio during the 2000's. Now I half suspect this choice was influenced by my need to be contrarian, at the time, so I couldn't say Bones or Madhouse. Regardless, I have been toying with the idea of re-watching all(within reason) titles Gonzo released during the 2000's to see what was up. Such was the mindset which led me to revisiting this movie. The fact that Taku Iwasaki, my favorite composer, provided the score was quite the treat. As for the movie itself - it was a mess.

None of the voice actors can yell or project their lines. When a scene demands such things the poor quality voice work is seriously jarring.
Pacing is mess after the first 30 minutes.
The movie seemingly takes place over the course of 3 days.
Day One - Agito discovers Toola in a stasis pod within the forest
Day Two - Toola spends an afternoon living as a villager. She then joins a Stranger who claims to want to restore the old world.
Day Three - Agito makes a pact with the forest granting him super powers. Stranger reveals restoring the planet will kill most of surviving mankind. Toola objects. Agito saves he day by literally going full tree but is somehow able to return to human form.
 
Toola spends all of an afternoon contemplating her place in this new world before deciding to restore the planet. She is literally the only person who wants this. There is an entire town of people with whom she interacts that are content with their lives. Yet she goes off to up-heave their entire way of life because she can't make it in this world...after a single day. The movie does vaguely hint that the village's ways aren't tenable and something has to change but then abandons any notion of this cause happy ending.

Never learn shit about Laguna. They live via steampunk tech rather than forest magic. How is their society ran? What is their take on the current state of the world?

Was there supposed to be some ecological message a la Ghibli? Is technology bad? **** if I know. What IS great is that the "forest" is pretty much just this symbiote which brainwashes people into living by and for itself. So the "happy" ending is actually dark as ****. Humanity, or atleast this village, live by what the "forest" provides and are beholden to its will. After learning the "truth", Agito wants to bind all of mankind to the "forest" so everyone can be happy. Kinda undermines what I thought was more a "humanity finds a way" angle. But I suppose it is a simple metaphor for how humans should be living off of nature rather than attempting to manipulate nature...the whole fall of man in this movie was brought about by science tampering with plants.

Movie looked beautiful though. While nothing in particular really stood out I really enjoyed the overall aesthetic.
The opening sequence was fantastic
The first 30-odd minutes were great.
 

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #565 on: July 05, 2017, 06:30:04 PM »
Sakasama no Patema:

From celebrated, at least by me, director/writer Yasuhiro Yoshiura (Mizu no Kotoba, Pale Cocoon, Eve no Jikan) comes this under realized film. Visually stunning and with a fantastic soundtrack sadly story and concept never manage to coalesce. The movie is more vague proof of concept than proper film. That is to say the scenes and events brought about by the gravity inversion were cool, interesting, and at times breath-taking but the movie lacked strong characters and a cohesive story. I don't want to add to, if it even is still a thing, the comparing of Yoshiura and Shinkai but the feeling this movie left me with was very similar to that of The Children Who Chase Lost Voices. A neat little watch that won't be remembered.
6/10


Hana to Alice: Satsujin Jiken:

An initially strange but ultimately charming movie. Seems to be an early effort by a budding production staff and as such the character art(which I loved) and animation(rotoscope) are somewhat wonky. Many of the backgrounds are pre-rendered(they're gorgeous mind you) causing the characters to clash rather noticeably. I see the art as more of a mark of character than any detriment. It leads to everything feeling off-kilter and providing a persistent sense of unease complementing the stranger scenes without really hampering the more normal ones. However, one emotional scene was, well it wasn't ruined, but it was seriously undermined by a stiffness of face and a lack of expressiveness. There are a few ambitious shots and sequences which are undeniably beautiful. Though some of the amateur, to put it mildly, voice work is indefensible.         

The move sports a cast of lovable characters. Tetsuko is much the charismatic lead. She seems to be skeptical of the supposed supernatural happenings but at the same time completely buys into is all. She has curiosity in abundance and as such prone to distractions. She is shown to be resourceful - particularly during a cab chase scene. She is just an honest to life precocious 14 year old and she'll put a smile on your face. Now Hana isn't properly introduced until the half way point but is immediately endearing. She is presented as something akin to a kuudere with her kuu being feigned indifference and her dere being an almost child-like need for answers regarding the main mystery. So she attempts to be uncaring but when Tetsuko seems unwilling to pick-up the torch her true passions comes to the forefront. Oh, this duality matters cause she is a hikikomori. If Tetsuko doesn't carry out the actual investigating Hana is incredibly limited in what she can acheive. As for side characters only two really get lines. I love Tetsuko's mother. She is so ridiculous. She just goes off on her own tangents in her own little world. She immediately shows interest in a teacher while trying to enroll Tesuko in school. She even wrote a book titled "Murder or Something" if that doesn't speak to her character I don't know what does.The best character is most certainly not-Yudo-san(I honestly don't know if they reveal his actual name). Tetsuko spends an afternoon tailing the wrong man and after being made by said man, not-Yudo-san, the two enjoy the evening simply talking in various locations.

Honestly the movie could have been half the length. As enjoyable as I found the first half, 40 minutes wasn't needed to establish the framework. Especially when the movie doesn't resolve any of the school related plot-lines in the end. The first half sets up a supernatural mystery for the second half to reveal that the mystery was anything but fantastical. The mystery was born of adolescent fantasy where as the truth was little more than a mundane reality. In that, there is something to be said about maturation I suppose but the move isn't about that and the real core of the film is the fast friendship developed between Tetsuko and Hana. Tetsuko is genuinely one of my favorite anime characters to date and her plus Hana as a duo are definitely up there. All the more reason it is such a shame they didn't interact for the entire first half of the movie.

While somewhat unfocused this quickly became one of my favorite anime movies. I wholeheartedly recommend this movie(read the synopsis then skip to the 40minute mark. All you'll miss are the cute moments of Tetsuko's mother. I realize this sounds kind of damning).
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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #566 on: July 09, 2017, 05:55:27 AM »
Ever since I moved in the capital, I was able to catch anime films in theater and what a sheer pleasure that was:

Koe no Katachi

I think Kyoto Animation did an awesome in retaining the emotional core of the manga while trimming the parts that may drag if presented in the screen. This felt like orange, albeit without the deus ex machina that soured my reception to the series later. The artwork was excellent, the soundtrack was sparse but effective and the pacing is just fine. I was happy that the movie focused on redemption and getting over regrets instead of that possibly twisted love story between Ishida and Nishimiya.

In the Corner of This World

Oh. Another war film, only that it is told in the most serene way. It felt like more of a slice of life series only laced with world war elements. One thing I found fascinating with In This Corner of the World is on how Japanese people lived in Hiroshima back then without romanticizing it. I was telling my girlfriend that the subs are a second late and my basic knowledge in Japanese helped me understand what the characters are saying. The artwork was great, considering the budget but the pacing is sooo uneven. One part it was too slow, then it zoomed too fast later in the end. Suzu is the only character I can empathize altho her love story with Shuzaku was damn slick.

Your Name

Well, this one is visually great but got convoluted towards the latter half. I loved how Shinkai made a happy ending for once and for all though.

Kurokos Basketball: Last Game

I told my girlfriend that I should have pirated this one. Ugh. That said, I appreciate the fact that even the Generation of Miracles + Kagami found difficulty in defeating the NBA dudes. Also, damn it, the ending lacked resolution.
I am not sure if good animes are getting fewer these days or my taste has gone numb because most of what I watch recently look the same.

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #567 on: September 10, 2017, 05:41:02 AM »

Hana to Alice: Satsujin Jiken:

An initially strange but ultimately charming movie. Seems to be an early effort by a budding production staff and as such the character art(which I loved) and animation(rotoscope) are somewhat wonky. Many of the backgrounds are pre-rendered(they're gorgeous mind you) causing the characters to clash rather noticeably. I see the art as more of a mark of character than any detriment. It leads to everything feeling off-kilter and providing a persistent sense of unease complementing the stranger scenes without really hampering the more normal ones. However, one emotional scene was, well it wasn't ruined, but it was seriously undermined by a stiffness of face and a lack of expressiveness. There are a few ambitious shots and sequences which are undeniably beautiful. Though some of the amateur, to put it mildly, voice work is indefensible.         

The move sports a cast of lovable characters. Tetsuko is much the charismatic lead. She seems to be skeptical of the supposed supernatural happenings but at the same time completely buys into is all. She has curiosity in abundance and as such prone to distractions. She is shown to be resourceful - particularly during a cab chase scene. She is just an honest to life precocious 14 year old and she'll put a smile on your face. Now Hana isn't properly introduced until the half way point but is immediately endearing. She is presented as something akin to a kuudere with her kuu being feigned indifference and her dere being an almost child-like need for answers regarding the main mystery. So she attempts to be uncaring but when Tetsuko seems unwilling to pick-up the torch her true passions comes to the forefront. Oh, this duality matters cause she is a hikikomori. If Tetsuko doesn't carry out the actual investigating Hana is incredibly limited in what she can acheive. As for side characters only two really get lines. I love Tetsuko's mother. She is so ridiculous. She just goes off on her own tangents in her own little world. She immediately shows interest in a teacher while trying to enroll Tesuko in school. She even wrote a book titled "Murder or Something" if that doesn't speak to her character I don't know what does.The best character is most certainly not-Yudo-san(I honestly don't know if they reveal his actual name). Tetsuko spends an afternoon tailing the wrong man and after being made by said man, not-Yudo-san, the two enjoy the evening simply talking in various locations.

Honestly the movie could have been half the length. As enjoyable as I found the first half, 40 minutes wasn't needed to establish the framework. Especially when the movie doesn't resolve any of the school related plot-lines in the end. The first half sets up a supernatural mystery for the second half to reveal that the mystery was anything but fantastical. The mystery was born of adolescent fantasy where as the truth was little more than a mundane reality. In that, there is something to be said about maturation I suppose but the move isn't about that and the real core of the film is the fast friendship developed between Tetsuko and Hana. Tetsuko is genuinely one of my favorite anime characters to date and her plus Hana as a duo are definitely up there. All the more reason it is such a shame they didn't interact for the entire first half of the movie.

While somewhat unfocused this quickly became one of my favorite anime movies. I wholeheartedly recommend this movie(read the synopsis then skip to the 40minute mark. All you'll miss are the cute moments of Tetsuko's mother. I realize this sounds kind of damning).
8/10

So I re-watched Hana to Alice and it was an even more pleasant experience the second time. As I said, Alice and Hana have genuinely fantastic chemistry and I need more of them in my life.

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #568 on: September 10, 2017, 06:17:17 PM »
Just watched It with the family today.  It was pretty good.  Not super scary aside from a few cheap jump scares, but overall a decent flick.  I thought the Stranger Things kid was a little annoying, but that was mostly just a product of him being the loudmouth shit talker of the group not anything he did wrong with his performance (and honestly he did have a few really funny lines).  The entire cast actually did a really admirable job I thought, especially for such a young group of actors.

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #569 on: September 12, 2017, 08:00:43 AM »
As I said, Alice and Hana have genuinely fantastic chemistry and I need more of them in my life.

Oh Happy Days. I just learned that the animated film was actually a prequel to a live-action one made 10 years prior. The two films share director/writer and the 2 live-action leads provided the voices for the animation.
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