Anime Online - Reviews, Community, Series, Wallpapers en-us Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:47:28 +0000 PhotoPost ReviewPost 5.2 60 My Bloody Valentine Sun, 25 Jan 2009 11:13:14 +0000 <a href=""><img title="mybloodybig.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="mybloodybig.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: FLawEdmiNd<br /><br />Description: Overview: We start off with some kids partying, but in 3-D. They live in a small town, dependent on the local mine for a reliable infrastructure. Harry Warden, a miner, goes absolutely crazy. His path of terror rips through a hospital, killing at least ten people. Meanwhile, the idiot teenagers have brought their party into the dark mines. Needless to say, all the high teenagers trip out. That is, most of them die. Young Tom Hanniger witness the dreadful of some teen, then the lawless shooting of pick-axe wielding Warden. Skip ahead ten years. Media is buzzing around the town and one survivor, Axel Palmer has become sheriff, quaintly married to survivor and Tom's old sweetheart Sarah Mercer, now Palmer. All hell breaks lose when Tom Hanniger shows up in town hell bent on selling the old, dark mines. Coincidentally Harry Warden is back with his pick-axe wielding, gas masking wearing self. Did I mention this all happens on Valentine's day? Review: So this is pretty much one of those trendy movies only high teenagers actually enjoy more than once. The cast is for the most part gorgeous and tortured looking; jailbait for the mind. It's hard keeping pace with the movie as things tend to happen for no apparent reason. For instance: kids partying innocently BAM there's a serial killer cutting out everyone's heart. The tortured antihero is all brooding then BAM an ugly miniature pug prances on the screen, accompanied by uts dwarf master. he dies by the way. Considering I saw this in the theater with the benefit of a huge screen and wicked sound system my review may be a bit biased. The sound was amazing, when they where in a cave one could hear the echo of sound off every surface. Gun shots were accompanied by very relevant ricochet sounds, and death never sounded so personal. After watching more than 30 movies I would say anyone could begin predicts the events of the movie. My Bloody Valentine is like watching the 29th movie but being able to call what'll happen next. It's the classic case of crazy ex returning, crazier than a bottle of Prozac. It's easy making assumptions when all the right clues are dropped yet subtle hints were given every now and then suggestion the opposite. Twice I questioned my prediction as to who the new killer was. In the end however, it actually is what you thought. The movie was able to hold its own for much of its running time. The characters were strong and believable albeit a little too poetical and angsty for real life. More than once I wanted to shout at them to grow up and forget about that stuff. Though they all have mastered the sexy pout. The action was relative and only reached that 1980's fever pitch once or twice, three times if we're nice. All the elements of the film worked well to their end. My eyes were searching the screen for little clues and nuances that gave away the parts I couldn't solve with my own common sense and mind. However, there were some very unbelievable scenes hiding in a movie that for the most part, eluded the viewer into thinking this was actually possible. That is to say, this movie was trying to be a serious situation et saying one man can lift a grown woman five feet into the air on a pick-axe. With one arm. The actual look of the movie was amazing staying with dark tones to build the dire atmosphere. The sky was rarely clear and all the surfaces looked grungy. I suppose this isn't a big deal what with all the HD. THX breakthroughs. This movie was nicely complied in almost every aspect. If this were a tag I would compliment the designer on the composition, depth, sharpness, blurring effects, style, and maybe even on showmanship. The entire venture was successful in my opinion, though many people at the theater were mumbling about its bad quality. I don't usually watch blood-and-guts movies (unless they feature zombies!) so I would have to say this movie was a modest achievement. I high recommend seeing the movie in a theater where you have access to wicked 3-D-vision. Bishonen Wed, 10 Sep 2008 16:01:04 +0000 <a href=""><img title="bishonen_image.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="bishonen_image.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: K.A.David<br /><br />Description: Synopsis Jet is a really handsome “hustler,” a male prostitute in Hong Kong. His beauty is depicted as being androgynous, to the point of making one doubt as to how he should be admired. Men and women alike turn their heads whenever he passes by. The movie begins with him wondering around the bustling streets of Hong Kong. There, one might mistake him for a rich teenager off to spend his free time enjoying his youth. But this illusion is shattered when a middle aged man approaches him and leads him to a room, while he gladly tags along. During one of these idle wondering about the streets in search of wealthy “patrons,” Jet fancies looking at his reflection on one museum’s glass window. As he was consciously grooming himself, he notices a couple smiling inside, with the girl mentioning how narcissistic he was. Jet didn’t care much about the girl, but his eyes were on the guy with her. He soon acknowledges the fact that he has a crush on this young man. This fact he mentions to one of his fellow hustlers, Ching. Ching then warns him that it wouldn’t be a good idea to fall in love, and states that he bases his advice on his own experience. But later, it is discovered that Ching has submitted a call on the newspaper, describing how Jet is desperately searching for that guy in the museum. It couldn’t be blunter: “I saw you in the museum. Please meet with me, I can’t stop thinking about you: Jet.” When Jet learns of this, he gets furious, as many men have stepped forward, claiming to be that guy from the museum. But soon, the real young man meets with him, and he happens to be a policeman. His name turns out to be Sam. Soon the two become intimate friends. At one point, Sam brings jet to his house and introduces him to his parents. Jet, who has decided not to tell Sam about his “occupation,” acts as sweet and timid as a teenage girl. All the while, his crush for Sam has developed into a thick cocktail of passionately sincere love and deep and unquenchable lust. Jet is torn between keeping his progress with Sam and telling him the truth about his being a hustler. Sam seemed very disciplined and upright, and his mother even related that she once caught him smoking and she saw nothing wrong with it but Sam was ashamed of himself. This begins to make Jet feel anxious. In reality, Sam has a dark and murky past, intricately woven with the various twists and turns of infidelity, as he has a relationship with upcoming celebrity K.S. while being in a romantic relationship with Ching, who was not yet a hustler then. These signs of unfaithfulness and indifference are ironically shown with soft kisses and racy scenes in both the shower and on the bed. In the end, Jet learns of Sam’s past but accepts it. The problem came from Sam himself, who couldn’t accept his own past. He ends up committing suicide as he leaves Jet crying on his bed as the credits begin showing. Review Let me warn you first that this movie depicts Homosexual content, and it is not for the shallow minded people who cannot comprehend the aesthetics behind homoeroticism. Thus, we proceed. The movie showcases several famous stars of the Chinese film industry, with some of them debuting in it. The main character, Jet, is played by Stephen Fung. Sam is played by newcomer Daniel Wu, who would later be dubbed the “Young Andy Lau.” Terence Yin also debuts in this film as K.S. while Shu Qi plays Kana. Let’s start with the good points. The movie has a delightfully intricate story line, with so much irony that one should be warned not to expect anything while watching it. The fact that it was Jet, who was the hustler, that ended up being innocent, and Sam, who was the policeman, who turned out to be the heartless infidel was one of the most striking forms of irony I have ever encountered. The title of the movie, Bishounen, is Japanese for “young male beauty,” and true enough, the movie showcases just that. It showcases various types of male beauty, from the bad boy (Ching) to the utterly androgynous (Jet) to the “boy next door” (Sam). Now, to the bad parts. The story, no matter how intricate it is, is nonetheless corny. It’s all the same cliché we see in movies, with just a bit of difference. It explicitly points out how love is the most important thing in the universe. Ha! What about this thing called survival? Shouldn’t you be thinking how you’re gonna live for the next day before you think about love? There are also flaws in the plot. One main flaw is the fact that Sam managed to figure out that it was Jet who posted the message on the newspaper. This was as possible as a bunch of spare airplane parts being assembled back to an airplane by a tornado. And it was even more impossible to actually find Jet, considering the millions of people in Hong Kong. Then there is Kana, that girl that Sam was with in the museum. Who was she? She was only shown momentarily, namely in the museum, in this bar where a lesbian picks her up after she turns Jet down, in an antique shop where she has a picture of her, K.S. and Sam and in this scene where she brings Sam’s final letter to Jet. The creator might have either created an enigmatic character of mystery shrouded with ambiguity, or just plain forgot to develop the character. The latter seemed more likely. I also found that old woman narrator to be quite useless. Why put a narrator when e can already see the character’s motions? And why a woman? I also think that Terence Yin, great an actor as he is, isn’t suited for the role. What about Nicholas Tse, wouldn’t he suit the role better? Imagine a bed scene between him and Nicholas Fung… All in all, the movie is exceptional for its brilliance in emphasizing male beauty and attempt at intricacy but horrible mediocre in theme and bad in a few minor details. It is nonetheless advisable to watch it if you’re looking for aesthetic matter. Densha Otoko (Train Man) Tue, 12 Aug 2008 23:14:16 +0000 <a href=""><img title="51RaWjIP3ML.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="51RaWjIP3ML.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Tano-kun<br /><br />Description: [B]Synopsis[/B] Densha Otoko ( Train Man) is a 22 year old “otaku” (anime fanatic) who spends his time looking at anime related things in Akihabara (Tokyo shopping district known for electronics and anime items.) and has never had a girlfriend. After doing his usual shopping for anime figurines in Akihabara, Densha Otoko happens to board the subway train where he encounters his first chance of love. Unfortunately, the meeting is anything but romantic. On the train, there happened to be a drunk guy bothering the passengers. As the drunkard threatens the girl that's reading her book, Densha Otoko steps in to stop the drunkard. He is able to hold him long enough for the authorities to arrest the drunkard. After Densha Otoko helped fill out a witness report for the authorities, the girl who was threatened by the drunkard asks for his number and other contact information. Later, Densha Otoko receives a package filled with Hermes cups, which leads to the girl now being referred as “Hermess.” Now, with the help o f seven random online buddies, he faces his greatest challenge—falling in love. [B]Interesting Facts[/B] Densha Otoko movie is based on a true love story and has gotten so popular throughout Japan. It has not only been made into a movie, but also a manga and television series. Just the movie release alone, in June 2005, had grossed around $35 million in Japan. [B]Cast[/B] Takayuki Yamada – Train Man Miki Nakatami – Hermess Eita – Hirofumi (twixter) Tae Kimura – Michiko (housewife) Ryoko Kuninaka – Rika (nurse) Kuranosuke Sasaki – Hisashi (business man) Yoshinori Okada – Yoshiga (geek 1) Hiyori Miyake – Tamura (geek 2) Makoto Sakamoto – Muto (geek 3) Naomi Nashida – Hermess's friend Momoko Shimizu – school girl Ren Osugi – drunkard [B]Review[/B] First of all, I am astounded at the fact that this is based on a true story. I know it's hard to believe, right? Anyway, the story of this anonymous otaku is definitely an inspiration to all fellow otakus. I thought it was a very touching movie about seemingly unrealistic romance story. Throughout the whole movie, I noticed that it's not really so dramatic. The movie did have a lot comedy. Although it was suppose to be about a romance story, it didn't seem like there were that many romantic moments. Regarding to the acting, it was alright. I wasn't too blown away from the acting. Takayuki Yamada played his role of Train Man really well though. It was very convincing. He's like my hero because of being an otaku myself. Yoshinori Okada, Hiyori Miyake, and Makoto Sakamoto were very funny acting their roles in the special battle scenes. At first, I didn't really know to think after finishing the movie. Although I wouldn't say it was the best movie I've seen, it's probably one of most memorable for me. [B]Overall[/B] Along the way, the movie was exciting and made me laugh a few times. I loved the message it sends to others. People have the power to make things happen only if they choose to act on it. Sometimes, we don't always have the courage to some things. When we need help, we can turn to others such as friends or family for support. You won't know if something is possible or not until you try. Thank you Train Man. [B]Rating:[/B] 8 out of 10 For more information, check out Indiana Jones - The Temple of the Crystal Skull Tue, 27 May 2008 03:44:21 +0000 <a href=""><img border="0" src="" alt="" /></a><br /><br />by: OdysseanPromise<br /><br />Description: In an attempt to tackle this review in a light for those who have not seen it, I will do it in a means that diminishes the spoilers. Having said that, I cannot give my opinions unless I spoil some bits. Surprise. Harrison Ford is in it. Moving on, the fourth installment of this legendary series finds an aging Indiana Jones captured by Russian soldiers infiltrating an American military installation in search of a particular relic of paranormal value. This leads to a whole mess of Cold War intrigue and the search for, you guessed it: a temple of a crystal skull. That said, real spoilers below: Aliens? Really? Okay, one of the things I loved about the movies was that the movies, until the very end, tend to be very veiled and elusive about any supernatural elements that appear in the movie. The viewer does not really know what the Ark of the Covenant is until Indy chances upon it. This was scrapped. From the very first scene in the movie, you see inklings of where they intend on going with the movie. You can tell that these are not suspiscions, or myths, or legends, but a very obvious nudge from Lucas that the cast and crew is going to run upon some Paranormal Psychic Activity (TM). Also, it is a common trend in cinema to pick religion or extraterrestrials. It is against the rules to pick both. &lt;b&gt;Acting&lt;/b&gt; Moving on, I have to say that Mr.Ford did a fairly convincing job of his role. He was not Rocky. He was not Rambo. He was not an old man trying to play an old man. He was an aging professor who happens to also have a side job raiding ruins. While he does perform a few stunts, they are with a dogged sort of endurance, instead of a youthful vigor. Shia LaBoeuf's performance was wonderful only given how little he did. For an unfortunate speedbump of an actor, he did not prove particularly damaging to the movie's premise. &lt;b&gt;Audio/Visual&lt;/b&gt; The score, as composed by John Williams, was fairly ignorable. Except for the powerful variations of the Indiana Jones theme, the score is unremarkable. This is likely because Williams knew that the audience would not care about anything other than the aforementioned variations. The visuals were impressive, but largely unnecessary. One could tell that there were several CGI elements (read: animals) that ranged from completely superfluous to terribly infuriating. Without knowing one thing about the production, only Mr.Lucas' most recent movies, it is easy to see that he was making another self-satisfying piece of work that he can show to his grandchildren. &lt;b&gt;Final Thoughts&lt;/b&gt; In a word: entertaining. In another word: awful. This movie is entertaining like Spider-Man 3 was entertaining. I enjoyed lampooning it. I enjoyed the mindless action. I enjoyed looking at Mary-Anne. This movie, however, is by far, the worst of the Indiana Jones franchise, though that does still leave it as a decent movie over all. &lt;b&gt;8.0/10&lt;/b&gt; L: Change the World Thu, 06 Mar 2008 19:55:40 +0000 <a href=""><img title="l-poster.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="l-poster.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: tsurara<br /><br />Description: L, the awkward super-genius with a sweet tooth from the Death Note series gets his own film, without the burden of canon to bog him down! [b]Summary:[/b] In uber-b#tch style, a hot Scientist hatches a brutally nihilistic plan to eliminate the pollution of an overpopulated human race from the planet forever. To do this, she has worked to isolate and replicate two strains of a terriible virus. With the help of K and a small band of terrorists, they plot unleash the virus and then sell information about the strain and its cure to the United States. Little do they know, the scientist has absolutely no intention of creating a cure, much less distributing it. Meanwhile, after the death of Kira, L decides to end his own life on his own terms. He writes his own name in the Death Note before destroying it forever. With 23 days to live, L becomes the unwilling ward of two children who hold the key to unlocking the secret of the virus and its cure. [b]Review:[/b] The whole plot is straight-to-video cheese, the violence is incredibly fake and the canon Death Note mythos is ignored or rewritten entirely (the author of this adaptation admits to never having read the original manga and it shows). Misa, Ryuk and the Death Note all appear for about one minute of combined screen time. And that's about all of this that has anything to do with &quot;Death Note&quot;... Otherwise it's the most generic sort of adventure built around a character without a great deal of depth played by an actor without a great deal of ability. This is the cinematic version of fanfiction. It's obviously written to exploit the &quot;aww&quot; factor of L having to live with 2 kids for a few weeks and milking a false sense of drama in the countdown of his last days. It has its cute moments, like a chase in a crepe-truck, but for the most part its Warner Bros trying to wring more money out of a franchise thats already run out of material to work with. Unless youre a huge L fan... it isnt worth the price of a ticket. Wait for the video if you're a Death Note fan. If you have no interest in the series, there's no reason to waste your time with this. The Darjeeling Limited Sat, 03 Nov 2007 01:45:07 +0000 <a href=""><img title="dar4.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="dar4.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Sazuka<br /><br />Description: [b]Overview[/b] Cigarettes, cigarettes, and more cigarettes! The film, The Darjeeling Limited, directed by Wes Anderson, tells the story of three brothers who go on a spiritual quest through India after the death of their father and the near death experience of one brother, Francis, played by Owen Wilson. Besides being mentally unstable following their father’s death, it seems that the three brothers had only one thing in common, smoking cigarettes. [b]Characterization[/b] Wes Anderson has found a nice way to show the psychological drama hidden within each character without the use of words. For instance, Peter, played by Adrien Brody, wears his father’s prescription sunglasses, regardless of the headaches caused by them. All three brothers cling to some part of their father by carrying around his monogram luggage throughout the duration of the film. The journey of finding themselves is accompanied by the bright colors and beautiful culture of India, as well as some awkward and unique occurrences. There is even one scene where Brody’s character buys a deadly cobra that escapes on the train, almost causing them to be kicked off. Despite being horribly depressed, each character loves India in their own way. Through the film there are many lines like, &quot;I love the smell of this country.&quot; Or, &quot;I love the people here.&quot; [b]Sounds[/b] Strangely enough, the film’s soundtrack consists mostly of folk songs that were played constantly by Jack’s iPod. Though set in India, the American folk music fit quite well with the film. The fact that Jack (Schwartzman) provided the music made up for the lack of quirkiness that his character held. Music is very powerful and thus made his character very important. [b]Final Thoughts[/b] All in all, the film made me feel great after watching it. The director takes you on a spiritual journey as well. He creates three characters that you can relate to and love. The viewer gets involved with the film, much like a mother and child relationship. Some claim that Wes Anderson is one of the most important American directors of this generation. I do not disagree; he has a way of taking some absurd set of occurrences and making them believable. He lets the viewer adapt their own outlook on the film, forming individual conclusions from the vast amount of information presented in 91 minutes. Nightmare Before Christmas Wed, 31 Oct 2007 15:57:05 +0000 <a href=""><img title="Nightmare_Before_Christmas.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="Nightmare_Before_Christmas.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: Sazzy<br /><br />Description: Nightmare Before Christmas first arrived at theaters back in 1993 as the first ever motion stop picture, and still is one of the well known movies throughout the goth scene. Although the movie is over 10 years old, the spectacular design and story is still interesting to this day. For its one movie that will never go old. Even known in theaters in America. There is even a 3D version, which I would suggest you go and see if you are lucky enough to get the tickets. [b]Storyline[/b] The story is about the Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington and his journey in search of something different from the same old Halloween celebrations performed each year. It all starts late one night after Halloween, when Jack goes for a long walk with his dog Zero and stumbles across a clearing in the forest. [b]Graphics[/b] Its graphics as a stop motion picture isn't half bad and the designs for the characters are very unique to all of Burton's films. [b]Music[/b] As for it being a musical, the soundtrack is just as great. The composer Danny Elfman, who had worked with Burton previously on films such as Batman, returned to work with Burton to help create a great sound track to the masterpiece film. Then in 2006, there was a recently new release of the soundtrack that included covers from well known artists. [i]Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack [2006][/i] Disc: 1 [list=1] [*] Overture [*] Opening [*] This Is Halloween [*] Jack's Lament [*] Doctor Finklestein / In the Forest [*] What's This? [*] Town Meeting Song [*] Jack and Sally Montage [*] Jack's Obsession [*] Kidnap the Sandy Claws [*] Making Christmas [*] Nabbed [*] Oogie Boogie's Songs [*] Sally's Song [*] Christmas Even Montage [*] Poor Jack [*] To the Rescue [*] Finale / Reprise [*] Closing [*] End Title [/list] Disc: 2 [list=1] [*] This Is Halloween - Marilyn Manson [*] Sally's Song - Fiona Apple [*] What's This? - Fall Out Boy [*] Kidnap the Sandy Claws - She Wants Revenge [*] This Is Halloween - Panic! At the Disco [*] Making Christmas (Demo) - Danny Elfman [*] Oogie Boogie's Song (Demo) - Danny Elfman [*] This Is Halloween (Demo) - Danny Elfman [*] Kidnap the Sandy Claws (Demo) - Danny Elfman [/list] [b]Awards[/b] The film is of course award winning. It has won 4 awards and 6 nominations. It has also been nominated for an Oscar. [b]Overall Thoughts[/b] The story to some may seem very weird and not really their thing but to others it will encourage their imagination to be guided by the one of the greatest directors and writers, Tim Burton. After falling in love with the movie when my mother brought it on VHS (seems so long ago) it really did open up a whole new world for me. The storyline was great for a family film and appeals to all ages. Although my mother may not have liked it, I really enjoyed it. [b]My Recommendation[/b] I for one would recommend watching this movie to your hearts contempt as you would really enjoy it. If you are into the whole fantasy side of things and aren't afraid of what goes bump in the night during Halloween season, then this movie is perfect for you. Facing the Giants Thu, 03 May 2007 05:07:32 +0000 <a href=""><img title="Facing_the_giants.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Facing_the_giants.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: lebasiara<br /><br />Description: [i]Taglines: ...With God, all things are possible... Never give up. Never back down. Never lose faith.[/i] [b]Plot Outline[/b] Grant Taylor is the head coach of the Shiloh Eagles football team at a Christian high school. He has not lead the team to a championship in six years. His entire life seems to be a failure and finally he crashes. Devastated by his circumstances, he cries out to God in desperation. When Grant receives a message from an unexpected visitor, he searches for a stronger purpose for his football team, for his life and his family life. [b]Acting[/b] All of the cast are Christian and church members. It seems they were highly trained just for the movie. The viewer gets into the movie as if the viewer was living the struggles and successes of the actors. [b]Entertainment Value[/b] From the beginning to the end, the movie and its characters capture the viewer's attention. The situations that the movie present are daily struggles that anybody can be facing. [b]Sound[/b] All the sounds and the music greatly help to set the mood to the audience. The main song &quot;The Voice of Truth&quot; by Casting Crowns adapts to the whole movie well and gives it the final touch. [b]Twist and Flow of Story[/b] The flow of the story was perfectly followed throughout. The viewer is able to follow what goes next. Everything that happens flows with the story without loosing the string. The story has a drastic twist from half-way thru and until the end, showing how the life of a person changes from being the greatest looser to being the greatest winner with the help of God; and how that one life changed can help the life of others and make them winners as well. [b]Final Thoughts[/b] I highly recommend this movie to all the family. It is a very powerful, touching and very familiar movie. It relates with the everyday struggles that we face when facing out own everyday giants. Official website can be found at 300 (2007) Tue, 03 Apr 2007 08:04:11 +0000 <a href=""><img title="300_cover.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="300_cover.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Blade X<br /><br />Description: [b]Overview[/b] This film is based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller (also creator of Sin City). Based on the legendary battle The Hot Gates (the narrow cliffs of Thermopylae). King Leonidas went against the old laws to protect the freedom of his people. His sacrifice was known to all of Greece, resulting in a united front and Greece stood against the might of the Persian Empire. [b]Awesome Film[/b] I personally think it's an awesome film. Based on one of the best legendary battles in Greece, Zack Synder has done well to keep it as realistic as possible. The fighting formations and psyche of the soldiers is accurate with the historians. Sparta was of course known to have one of the fiercest armies. Gerard Butler has done a great job as leader of the Spartans and he inspires glory with his followers. At times I felt that he inspired me. The film, though criticized for going with style than substance, has done well. Because anyone could make a film based on a true story but what makes it great is how the story is told. It engrossed me and I'm sure has engrossed many more. [b]Music[/b] The music used with this movie was inspiring and I think is slightly better than Lord of The Rings (I might get hell for this). The music feels like it fits into the time period, though bearing in mind this is a fantasy of a historical event. Hearing it on the surround sound system will just blow you away. It sounds as good as Lord of The Rings but better. [b]Replay Value[/b] I can confidently say that I can watch 300 over and over, still I wont get bored of it. The reason is simply because you feel like you wanna get 300 people and do the same. It just lifts and moves the heart. The supporting cast also done well because they don't upstage the main actor. Seeing everything which was described poetic was brilliant from the thousands of arrows that block out the sun to the march of the Persian army which was said to create earthquakes. The Fearless Spartans really make you feel like you can fight alongside them and be the same. The battle cries made by Leonidas is equal of that to Aragon or Gandalf. [b]Graphics[/b] Graphically, Snyder has really brought out the big guns for the film. Using blue screens all the way seems to be the next step in film evolution. The visuals in the movie is beyond cool and just really fits into the movie so well. Overall, what made me think it's awesome is the way everything fits in and how the story is told. TMNT (2007) Sat, 31 Mar 2007 03:00:24 +0000 <a href=""><img title="poster1.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="poster1.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Ky-lyrra<br /><br />Description: [b]Plot[/b] Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael are on a mission to save New York after monsters from the past reek havoc on the city. Brought to Earth during a battle by a general in that past but who is now a multi million dollar industrialist and has lived for 3000 years. After being gone for so long, Leonardo has to bring his brothers back together and take his role as leader. Though it is shown to be a tough job, he has proven his place as leader to the group. The toughest challenge though is to stop the villains and send them back to where they came from. [b]Acting[/b] Even though this was an animated movie, it was still amazing. It was better then I would have thought it would be. [b]Entertainment Value[/b] The entertainment value of TMNT was excellent. Every moment captivated your imagination and made you impatient to see the next part of the movie. [b]Sound and Digital / Special Effects[/b] The effects of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were phenomenal. You would be shocked at how much effort was put into every detail of this movie. [b]Twist and Flow of Story[/b] TMNT was put together perfectly and flowed along amazingly. It seemed as though every part was meant to follow the next. [b]Final Thoughts[/b] This is a movie that I would recommend to watch for any occasion. Official Site For TMNT (2007) can be found at The Day After Tomorrow (2004) Thu, 29 Mar 2007 13:00:23 +0000 <a href=""><img title="The-Day-After-Tomorrow.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="The-Day-After-Tomorrow.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: FLawEdmiNd<br /><br />Description: [b]Storyline[/b] The Day After Tomorrow has an okay storyline, not quite as cliché as others in its genre but still a little bit lacking. [b]Plot[/b] Apparently, all the glacial waters have receded into the salty ocean waters and broken the north Atlantic current thus disrupting the balance of nature all across the world. Terribly adverse weather conditions pop up in places they shouldn’t, and the warning wasn’t issued early enough to save many lives. Small scatterings of people manage to find safe hiding, some don’t. But a terrible snow storm weeps through the world, freezing everything in its path. In the end however, humanity pulls through and the race it saved again from extinction. [B]Audio[/B] Not bad, I say. The movie has great sounds. The little noises made by anything are very nice, and the more important sounds are nice and clear. The music, oh, it’s good too. Some very active pieces, but also pieces that are staggeringly solemn. While it’s not its best suit, the movie does good in this category. [B]Visuals[/B] Wow! The Day After Tomorrow is stunning in almost every visual aspect but still not without its flaws. Everything is so carefully made, the computer-made parts of the movie I mean. The boats floating about, especially the one that is boarded, is amazing. The wolves, while not looking quite real, still look impressive. All the storms look so breathtaking in their anger, almost like being in one yourself but not feeling the sensations moving around you. [B]Overall[/B] This movie has lots of replay value, and more stuff too. It’s fun to watch and makes you think about life. What if all this stuff happened? It’s cool, sitting there and being profound in your head after this movie, just thinking about it. Official website at Land of the Dead (2005) Fri, 23 Mar 2007 15:45:42 +0000 <a href=""><img title="LAND_OF_THE_DEAD.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="LAND_OF_THE_DEAD.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: FLawEdmiNd<br /><br />Description: Land of the Dead is a movie written and directed by George A. Romano and distributed by Universal Pictures. [b]Plot[/b] In this particular Land of the Dead movie, a horde of hungry zombies invade Fiddlers Green, a nice little place with all the comforts of home. The zombies learn how to use things as weapons and then creating havoc. On top of that, Cholo has stolen Dead Reckoning, the vehicle stronghold used for when soldiers go out for supplies. Cholo plans on aiming and shooting missiles at the Green if Kaufman doesn't give him the money he had earned whilst doing him favors. Riley, Slack and Charlie are assigned to recapture Dead Reckoning. Eventually they are able to get it back, but the city is now overrun with zombies. Hurrying back in vain, they manage to save some and kill a bunch of zombies. [B]Audio[/B] Land of the Dead has spectacular audio. Every broken bone can be heard and every moan is clear. While all the effect the people make are good, the music score suffers just a little bit. The main idea was to get all the toe-curling sounds the zombies make or create very clear and emphasized. [B]Visuals[/B] Wow! is all you can say about the visuals of this movie. It's very dark and grungy. Land of the Dead sends out this odd feeling of coldness. The makeup, also wow! Even though no-one knows what a real zombie may look like, you could bet they looked a little bit like this. The greatness of this movie are the visuals. It's all very well put together. All of the zombies look decayed and rotten but not too much so, they're all uniquely deformed. The live people also have a look that fits their roll. Dressed as soldiers and mercenaries. [B]Overall[/B] This is a really good movie. It gives us a new aspect of the zombie genre. A city of living people in a world of zombies. There's just so much about the movie that make it great and very re-watchable. The sound of bones being ripped apart, the sound of flesh being torn, the screaming and moaning, it'll leave you staring. Official website at Jakob the Liar (1999) Fri, 23 Mar 2007 15:09:35 +0000 <a href=""><img title="jakob_the_liar.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="jakob_the_liar.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: FLawEdmiNd<br /><br />Description: Jakob the Liar is a movie written by Jurek Becker and directed by Peter Kassovitz. [B]Plot[/B] It's 1944, and a German occupied Poland. The Jews are cast out into ghettos and dying everywhere. But, where there is peril, there is hope. Jakob is a Jewish man in a ghetto that looks like a functioning town… after a war went on. A rumor is started that Jakob has a radio. With this radio, he brings new hope to the people in ghetto's, and brings trouble his way. The Germans catch word of this and take action. [b]Cast[/b] There is a lovely cast of nondescript actors in this movie. The actors portray the characters very well. I think when creating this move, the creator had a certain vision of how he wanted everything to kind of blend into each other. A sea of endless gray blending into a looming wall of hopelessness. [B]Audio[/B] Overall, Jakob the Liar has moderately good sound. But the movie itself is muted and sort of washed out, so the audio is very fitting to the movie. Having muted sounds makes you listen more, and it makes one more attentive to the entire movie. The music score is pretty good, all the selected pieces fit well with the movie. A kind of music that doesn't intend to be sad but comes across as sad riddles the movie. [B]Visuals[/B] The movie, despite itself, has very nice looking graphics. You may not realize it while watching, but the movie can hold its own. Whilst it doesn't have awesomeness right out there, it does have nice raw visuals - you have to look at to see them. I know it sounds dumb... The movie just brings in realness, a certain thing that makes it seem surreal but real at the same time. In a ghetto, there is decay and death and gray everywhere, the movie doesn’t try to hide that, it implements that aspect with making the characters look monotone and gray as well. [B]Overall[/B] Jakob the Liar is a good movie to watch a few times, but only that. I think the storyline is what makes it good. It just has a total sense if hopelessness. A view into the Jewish world at that point in time. But also, it has a current of overpowering hope in the face of absolute defeat. Chicago (2002) Fri, 23 Mar 2007 14:42:33 +0000 <a href=""><img title="Chicago-film.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Chicago-film.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: FLawEdmiNd<br /><br />Description: Chicago is an adaptation of a play by the same name. The play was written by Maurine Dallas Watkins, the movie was directed by Rob Marshall. [B]Plot[/B] Chicago weaves a very interesting story. In the 1920’s when jazz and liquor were the pastime, and murder is afoot. Roxie Hart dreams of becoming a big time singer and meets a man who says he can make her dream come true. An affair is had, and then she shoots him. She’s sent to the women’s penitentiary, where Velma Kelly is - she was another big act. After that, the story takes on a shadow. Roxie hires a Billy Flynn to get her out of the joint. It’s funny watching Roxie and Billy create a story to deceive the press. In the end, Roxie was let off the hook, because they both reached for the gun. Roxie soon learns that all the press she got while in prison faded as soon as she was out. After some time, her and Velma team up and dazzle crowds with their jazz. [B]Audio[/B] Chicago is a movie packed with awesome sounds. It has so many numbers that are just lovely, such as: [list] [*] When You're Good to Mama [*] Cell Block Tango [/list] Chicago manages to throw in so many different types of the same genre of music into the movie. One minute you're listening to the slow jazz of Mr. Cellophane, then you're listening to the uplifting beats of Razzle Dazzle. The movie takes full advantage of the spectacular talent the cast has. Personally, I think Chicago has crazily good audio. The singing is just spectacular. At first, I thought they were all lip singing, but they weren't. It's so fun to listen to the songs, so good that I've committed the lyrics to memory… [B]Visuals[/B] The movie follows a nice wide spectrum of color. It is shiny and washed out, grungy and primo. Most of the best effects are in the numbers, all the stops are out. In the main movie, the visuals are good, but not as good as when there's singing. The main emphasis is on the voice talents of the actors. Even with the mediocre quality of the movie when not doing a number, I think it's pretty good visually. It razzled me the first time I watched it. [B]Overall[/B] Chicago is a very funny movie, but also very profound in it's own way. It shows you how easy it is to manipulate things, and how gullible people can be. Chicago carries a dry sense of humor with itself, at times it's lighthearted and witty, but mostly it has a kind of mocking tone to it. Official site at The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Fri, 23 Mar 2007 10:06:28 +0000 <a href=""><img title="Lord_of_the_Rings.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="Lord_of_the_Rings.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: _gwenibe_<br /><br />Description: Based on a book of the same name by J.R.R Tolkien. [b]Summary[/b] The story about Frodo (in the mythical world of Middle-earth) as he comes into possession of a powerful ring and deadly ring that can only be destroyed by casting it into the volcano of Mount Doom. This first movie tells the story of the discovery of the ring, the forming of the fellowship and it's separation. [b]Sounds and Visuals[/b] Definitely best watched in the Cinema's or only if you have a good sound system. The thumping of feet, the clashing of swords and the deadly silence at times, makes you feel like your right there with them. Besides the fact that some of the settings don't exist on Earth (eg. Moria) and that you've never seen rivers do that before, you would swear that it was all real. Massive CGI armies and mythical creatures are all done well. [b]Casting[/b] For once, a book to movie adaptation, that pick the right actors to portray the characters. Every single one of them brings the character from the book onto our screens. Even Andy Serkis who plays the role of Gollum, did a brilliant job, keeping in mind that Gollum is predominantly a CGI character. [b]What? A good book to movie?[/b] Yes! About time too! Peter Jackson has provided us with a good formula for making adaptations from books to movies. Give someone a high budget, a bunch of fabulous actors and brilliant settings, and of course the ability to keep to the story but at the same time not make a 4 hour movie (which sitting through it for the first time, I thought it might be!). [b]Final Thoughts[/b] This is probably the best (and only?) good book to movie adaptation. Peter Jackson chooses what needed to be kept in and keep out with out destroying the story and the characters. I always thought that no-one would ever be able to put real-life people into book characters. Jackson proved me wrong (gladly!). I don’t think this is the one to watch over and over again though, due to it's length of 2 hours plus. [b]Websites[/b] Saw 2 Thu, 22 Mar 2007 19:45:38 +0000 <a href=""><img title="SawII.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="SawII.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Ky-lyrra<br /><br />Description: [b]Plot[/b] A cops son and 7 others (all 7 people that his father put in prison) are trapped inside a house. Put there by the famous Jigsaw killer. When everyone wakes up in an abandoned house they are curious to what is going on and where they are. One of the members named Amanda has already played his game before so she knows the rules and tries to keep everyone alive. She searches for the tape that starts the whole game and tells them they only have 2 hours to live. [b]Acting Abilities[/b] The acting abilities on Saw II was horrible. Maybe if the actors had put a little bit more into their character then it would have been better. The whole double identity thing was off balance. Detective Matthews did however play the angry father perfectly in the situation he was in. [b]Entertainment Value[/b] The entertainment value on this movie was a little bit under what I myself would have liked. I would rate it a 5 because it was complicated to understand at times. [b]Sound and Digital / Special Effects[/b] The effects were not that great in the way the movie was played out. There were barely any sounds - just the characters talking. The digital effects I would give it a 2/5. [b]Twist and Flow of Story[/b] This movie was choppy - one moment it was here telling about this, then the next it was telling about a different part. The ending was not that great. [b]Final Thoughts[/b] Through all this blood and gore, Saw II was entertaining. What amazes me is how they used the same house for Saw II as they did for Saw I. Yet you did not know this due to the fact they only used the bathroom to shoot the first one and not upstairs like they did in the second on. I would recommend this movie to someone who likes blood and gore. Official website at Spirited Away Fri, 16 Mar 2007 23:36:43 +0000 <a href=""><img title="Spirited_Away.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="Spirited_Away.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: deodaclan18<br /><br />Description: I don't really have to tell you, but I love all of the Miyazaki films, so be prepared for a Miyazaki review, lol. [b]Plot[/b] The story starts off with a little girl, named Chihiro with her parents on their way to a new home. On the way, the three of them stumble into an abandoned theme park. It suddenly turns dark outside and Chihiro's parents are turned into pigs after eating some food that was left out. The next thing she knows, she is being forced to work in a resort for the gods and spirits. Humans aren't usually welcomed, but with the help of a spirit named Haku, she is able to remain. She works to find a cure for her parents as well as help Haku remember his name in order to free him from his imprisonment, as well as herself. [b]Audio and Visuals[/b] This anime movie is stunning. It is high quality and the characters look really good compared to some of Miyazaki's older movies. The audio is also stunning. My favorite track was the ending theme titled &quot;Always with Me.&quot; Plenty of good background music is thrown in during the action sequences to help add excitement. [b]Story and Characters[/b] The story is another great one. It is full of fantasy and supernatural plots to help satisfy your fanatic craving. They also throw in a little comedy and romance, which helps make the movie flow well. It helps to take a step away from the drama and fantasy and gives a sense of realism, but not too much. The characters are well developed. You learn more about Chihiro's personality, which turns out to be great. Also, the conflicts between characters, such as Haku, are a great addition to the plot. [b]Final Thoughts[/b] Oh, I told you I love it right, lol. A great story with above average graphics and sounds make it a definite buy in my book. If you love previous Miyazaki movies, then this one won't disappoint you. Final Verdict: 10/10 Official website at Blood: The Last Vampire Wed, 14 Mar 2007 05:56:38 +0000 <a href=""><img title="blood_the_movie.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="blood_the_movie.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: deodaclan18<br /><br />Description: [b]Plot[/b] This anime revolves around a girl named Saya. Turns out that Saya is working for people to slay a group of vampire demons known as Teropterids. These demons pose as humans and only live to drink human blood. The only way to kill them is to cut them with one strike that will be enough for them to lose a large amount of blood. This is where Saya and her sword come in. She is sent to a U.S. army base in Japan to hunt some of these creatures. Meanwhile she has to pose as a regular school student. Let's just say, Saya is far from a regular human herself! [b]Audio and Visuals[/b] The soundtrack is pretty good in the movie. Plenty of eerie and depressing background music that helps make the movie seem more scary. My favorite background audio is the one when Saya was dripping her blood into a dieing Teropterid - a classic! The English voiceovers aren't that great, at least not to me. Sure, Saya has a good mature and serious voice, but I didn't like the rest of the cast for some reason. It just didn't work for me. The visuals are quite dark in the movie. Most of the surroundings are at night and in dark places. They are well drawn and help give the eerie feeling of the movie. The characters were drawn pretty well. There is nothing to really praise or bash in this subject. [b]Final Thoughts[/b] Well, the movie was good. It defiantly relayed the theme really well. The few battles were amazing; I just wished there were more of them. The character development wasn't that great. The writer kind of just threw you into the story without much of a background to anything. As for the ending, it just felt blank. So the mission was over, but what happened from there is what confused me. I will say despite the few flaws, I still liked it. It is a nice movie to waste an hour or so. If you like vampire and dark themed anime, then I recommend it. Official website at Howl's Moving Castle Thu, 08 Mar 2007 23:05:39 +0000 <a href=""><img title="Howls_Moving_Castle.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Howls_Moving_Castle.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: deodaclan18<br /><br />Description: I'll start off by saying it is another anime movie directed by the genius Hayao Miyazaki. [B]Plot[/B] The story starts off with an average girl named Sophie. She is rescued from some creatures by a handsome wizard, who turns out to be named Howl. The next thing she knows, she has a curse put on her by a witch that makes her look like an old lady. She decides to leave town and eventually enters a moving castle, which belongs to Howl. Sophie becomes part of the family, which includes Howl, a boy, and a demon that takes the form of fire. Sophie is also involved with trying to get rid of the curse, whilst at the same time she starts to fall in love with Howl. In the end, Sophie tries to rescue Howl from losing touch with his humanity, as she tries to give him back his heart. The whole story also revolves around a war between nations. [B]Audio and Visual[/B] The movie is well drawn. The characters look beautiful, and the different settings are great too. From the ocean, the cities and the different creatures were all drawn well and look beautiful. The audio has been done quite well. My favorite song is the opening, &quot;The Promise of the World&quot;. The dubbed voiceovers in English were well done. I know it sounds weird that Christian Bale was the voice of Howl, but it worked out quite well. [B]Story / Mood[/B] Fantasy and romance play big roles in this anime movie. It mostly revolves around magic, but I liked how the romance between Sophie and Howl was developed. It didn't rush anything. [B]Final Thoughts[/B] I loved Howl's Moving Castle. I can't really compare it to the novel as I have not yet read it. The story in the anime was amazing, the characters were well developed, and it looked great when it comes to visuals. Nothing fancy, but it was still great. So, if you like fantasy and magic in anime, then this would be a good one to watch. It is another amazing accomplishment of Miyazaki. Official site at Jin-Roh The Wolf Brigade Thu, 07 Dec 2006 07:57:38 +0000 <a href=""><img title="JinRoh_anime.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="JinRoh_anime.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: animereviews<br /><br />Description: Jin-Roh The Wolf Brigade is an animation film released in 1999. The creative team behind the film is spearheaded by Hiroyuki Okiura, whose illustrious resume include anime classics such as Ghost in the Shell, Metropolis and Cowboy Bebop the Movie to name a few. [b]Setting[/b] Jin-roh literally means man-wolf. The movie is set in an alternate Japan society: the Axis powers have won over the Allied forces in World War 2 and Japan bends to the will of the Germans instead of the Americans. The weapons featured in the film are inspired by German design and the overall mood is set by the use of dark, gloomy colors. [b]Main Characters[/b] The main character of the film is Kazuke Fuse, a member of the elite an anti-terrorist unit the Kerberos Panzer Cops. Fuse embarrasses his unit by failing to shoot and stop a young female suicide bomber. Demoted from soldier to cadet, he is sent back to the academy. His path crosses with Kei Amemiya who claims to be the bomber’s sister and a complicated love story blooms. As the war between the “terrorists” and the military worsens, Fuse finds himself facing an even greater dilemma than the opening scene – to shoot or not to shoot Kei, a suicide bomber herself. [b]Connections with Little Red Riding Hood[/b] Jin-Roh is a Rubix cube of the popular children’s fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. There is a very obvious parallelism between the fairy tale and the film: the Wolf Brigade is the &quot;wolf&quot; and the young female suicide bombers are the &quot;little red riding hoods&quot; – who happen to wear red hoods. Fuse is depicted as an above average soldier with a natural instinct for combat and violence, the perfect wolf. As told in the fairy tale, red riding hood outwits the wolf even if he went through the trouble of disguising himself as the girl’s grandmother. In the film, Fuse is outwitted twice – the first instance is when he hesitates to shoot the suicide bomber because she is a young girl, and the second is when he fails to realize Kei’s true identity. On the other hand, it can also be argued that Fuse is either the grandmother or red riding hood. He is an easy prey of military politicking and is a mere pawn of the unit; he is seduced by a spy of the enemy. Whereas young girls are the real wolves; their youth and gender serve as cloaks to their real selves – cunning, seductresses and suicide bombers. [b]Overall[/b] Jin-Roh is a film with complex layers. The themes shown are very adult; they are neither toned down nor made less obvious by the medium used - animation. A single viewing of the film may not suffice to explore the various nuances the film has to offer.