Soma - Heart

Welcome!

Since dear ikel89 has all her inspirational reviews on LJ and in order to be able to keep track of my own, I decided to repost all of my English movie reviews from my old blog here. And of course I hope I will be disciplined enough to keep on writing new ones, and maybe branch out the topic of reviews.

Feel free to comment, I usually don't bite.
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Gilgamesh - Wine

just a couple of ol' londinium lads

Based on the actual movie and its trailer. Basic idea shamelessly copied from Kay's genius Interstellar and The Seventh Son reviews. mengo mengo my friend

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A slightly SHABBY barely lit ROOM with a TABLE. Sitting across from one another are a disgruntled and very British POLICE INSPECTOR in a stylish COAT and RINKA, inexplicably turned into a SHREDDED guy with an UNDERCUT for this review. Scene is to be shot using SEPIA filters and QUICK ALTERNATING CLOSE-UPS.

INSPECTOR: So where were you from 7.30 to 10 this evening?
RINKA: At the movies.

[CUT to QUICK EDIT scene of RINKA entering the local MOVIE THEATRE and buying a TICKET and POPCORN set to FAST DRUM and STRINGS music.]

INSPECTOR: What movie?
RINKA: Does that matter?
INSPECTOR: I'm the one asking the questions.
RINKA: Fine. It was Guy Ritchie's King Arthur.
INSPECTOR: How did you learn of this movie?
RINKA: Back in last year when the Comic Con trailer came out.

[CUT to QUICK EDIT scene of RINKA in 2016 watching the TRAILER and instantly forwarding it to her lads KAY and SENSEI, for this review now both SHREDDED DUDES, probably with rad BEARDS.]

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Odasaku

a symphonia of lamentation

Back in early 2015, I heard about an upcoming ambitious project of adapting three novels by late sci-fi novelist Itoh Satoshi, done by three different studios, to be released a month apart each starting in October. From the trailers, I was most interested in Empire of Corpses by Studio WIT, a steampunk 19th century English (literary) heroes potpourri focussing on the myth of the weight of a soul and what it entailed as well as commenting on colonialism and slavery. The second most interesting to me was Genocidal Organ, by virtue of having my favourite of the three theme songs attached to it (sung by EGOIST, the fictious band from Guilty Crown that's transcended the show) and being handled by Studio Manglobe.

My foray into anime as a medium only really began in 2009 when I got access to the Animax channel which aired anime that went beyond the formulaic shounen that ran on free TV (Beyblade, Naruto, Pokemon etc.). One of the first shows I caught this way was Manglobe's Ergo Proxy, and I was utterly out of my depth with the philosophic themes and blown away by the visual spectacle of it. Along with Samurai Champloo, it was one of my entry points to not only darker and surreal themes within the same show, but also mesmerizing character design and animation. In more recent years, though, the studio went through rough times with unsuccessful projects and a shortage of staff, which was very obvious during 2013's Samurai Flamenco's run, where the opening to the second cours remained unfinished until half-way through to end, and finally in 2015's Gangsta., during which the studio had to file for bankruptcy.

This also meant that the studio could not meet the deadline for the scheduled release of Genocidal Organ in November 2015, and for quite some time, it wasn't quite sure how the project would move forward. Eventually, a dummy studio named geno was founded in order to see the movie to completion set for a 3.2.2017 release date, and Kazé picked it up as one of their monthly anime screenings.

With such a troubled production backstory, would the result be any good?

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Ronald - Not on my agenda

Winter Season '17

Opening this page, LJ asked me whether I wanted to restore a draft - I had completly forgotten I had actually gotten started on a John Wick Chapter 2 review at some point   ┐(‘~`;)┌  With the sad state of my abilities to reply to messages or finish writing anything more comprehensive that three lines, but determined to keep some sort of log on what I watched, I thought wrapping up quaterly along with anime seasons might make the most sense, so here goes I/17!

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Cinematic Record 2016 pt. 1

Well, this certainly has been a year. In a lot of regards, it's one that's better not to dwell on, though it also had its highpoints. As for media coming out this year, I didn't get to write reviews of everything I watched, so whatever got lost in between will get a short summary. Let's go!

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Soma - Heart

Gift Exchange 2016

Dear majesticarky, I have to confess that your parcel arrived timely on Monday, 19th of December already, but seeing how the very same day our gracious host Kami-sama ikel89 invaded my place, I waited until Christmas proper to unpack it under her supervision ヽ(´ー` )ノ


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Abeno Sousei - Onmyoudo

Mister Doctor

Given our local cinema is still boycotting MCU movies (as they claim the screening rights are way too expensive), my #marvelsquad and I had to drive over to the next city to catch Doctor Strange, along a route where two weeks a go, a kindergarten companion of mine died in a horrible car crash that took three lives and remains a mystery as to how it happened. The movie's plot more or less kicks off with a horrific car crash, also - and at the very end of the credits, right before the second teaser scene, they point out that distracted driving kills and you need to be careful #marvelcares

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Soma - Heart

Showtime!

This year, anime/manga publisher Kazé introduced a new project of theirs - every few months, they would host an exclusive screening of either an animated movie or a LA based on anime/manga properties in multiple big cinemas across Germany and Austria. Their initial line-up included things like Tokyo Ghoul √A,  Psycho-Pass, Parasyte, Attack on Titan, Project Itoh's Empire of Corpses and a ~mystery summer preview~. Unfortunately, Würzburg wasn't part of the screening locations, so I passed the first few events by, until, a few weeks ago, Kazé's newsletter informed me of two things: a) starting July, WÜ would be a screening location and b) the ~mystery summer preview~ was announced to be One Piece Film Gold, being screened here only three days after its Japanese premiere with German subtitles. Now, while I don't talk much about One Piece, it was the first long-running anime series I've ever seen and still remains my favourite shounen to date. And while the anime currently airing suffers from time and budget constraints, the movies usually look gorgeous, so obviously I would take the chance to see it on a large screen if I could!

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もちろん~

Please don't compare your father to a lizard.

In the past, I've complained enough about this city's cinema situation. Unless you own a car, there is only one you can go to, and it is ridiculously overpriced (especially regarding food/drinks), and the image quality has been hit or miss. However, technically this city still owns a second cinema - a tiny hall in an old school building that shows indie and artsy movies and hosts the annual film festival. Over the past five years, I've never been there, for various reasons. When I saw a note that Miss Hokusai would be running here last week, I first thought our franchise cinema finally got its act together, but no, it was actually the arthouse cinema, showing the movie in German dub multiple times per week. I knew very little about the film, but it would be the first time I had the chance to watch anything outside Disney animation on a big screen, so I braved the 33°C and melting asphalt outside and treated myself to this gem.

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