Yep, an anime film review. New year, new me. Jokes aside, this film holds a strange place in my heart for being a movie about an anime I’ve kinda long forgotten about, an anime I did not really appreciate much in my younger years.
What this movie is about is a relatively interesting one. An anime that blends the magical girl genre (think Sailor Moon or Cardcaptor Sakura) mixed with a bit of an Interdimensional Police Corps and you get Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha in a nutshell. So how does it hold out for me 8 years later (9 if we want to start the count in 2018)? Let’s dive right in and find out!
Happy new year, everybody! I don’t know how many people actually read my blog but I’d like to use this opportunity to a) thank everyone for reading! b) discuss plans for the future of the blog.
Well, it’s been great to be around to deliver reviews straight from the heart for the films I’ve watched this year, regardless in the cinema, on Netflix or through my weekly movie sessions with family. But I’d also like to explore a part of my interests of gaming as well and this will serve as a reminder to myself to touch on a bit of gaming journalism as well as serve more opinion pieces (of which I find a lot I don’t finish in 2017).
Cheers to the new year, and once more, thank you all so much for reading my work. All of this started out as merely a distraction from finals but has served to archive my work in short stories and to pen my thoughts in both opinion pieces and movie reviews. Have an awesome 2018!
Ahh… Jumanji. The name itself brings back fond memories of a bygone era of both a cartoon series and a movie that both feature the titular board game. In this 2017 film, like so many re-imaginations of previously successful films from the 90s or early 2000s, it has gone through the ‘same same but different’ filter and is just a slight deviation from its previous incarnations.
So in this case, well… Jumanji is no longer a board game but a full-fledged video game but the premise is still the same: it’s all about survival. So strap in your seat belts, friends, and let’s venture into the jungle together!
Following up with a somewhat renewed interest in Agatha Christie’s novels from last week’s review and look into murder mysteries as a genre, we once again visit the adventures of our favorite detective, Hercule Poirot.
This time, however, we visit him on the famous river in Egpyt known only as The Nile, and we kick back on a cruise, along with a new cast of characters to accompany us. Does it hold up as well as the previous story on the esteemed Orient Express? When you have gone through such a first amazing escapade, will the murders on the Nile satiate our cravings for another murder mystery? Let’s dive in and find out!
It’s been a while since I found myself writing a post for my blog, having my writing derailed (pun well intended) by both school and a chaotic social life or lack thereof, but after watching the film based off Agatha Christie’s famous novel, I feel nothing but compelled to write my thoughts on the film.
If you have not watched the 1974 film which this is basically a remake of, I will not spoil the ending and I will try my best to make this as spoiler-free as possible as the story might have existed for a long time but it remains one of my favorite murder mystery narratives of all time. But the question remains: Does the 2017 retelling of the story become the definitive one for modern audiences?
I would agree to an extent… why? Well, I shall now present my case.
I love short stories. Because it tells stories in small, quick bursts that allow a person to quickly get a hold of what a story wants to confront. Be it a romance, a story about two quarreling lovers, or a future dystopia – short stories can create a premise and quickly fill it in, confronting a major social or political issue, or to reach out and pull some heart strings.
However, personally, I’ve (poorly) written some of my own short stories, dealing with darker premises and so, it delighted me quickly when I finally started watching Black Mirror on Netflix. After hearing a lot of good things about it, I dug out some free time and got to watching. And I instantly fell in love with it for its almost r/writingprompts style of storytelling.
So, without further ado, let’s just talk about it for a while and review the entire first season without spoiling anything much.
Indie films have always taken a weird spot in my heart, always appears with great concepts for the film but lacking in its budget and sometimes failing in its execution. The last time I talked about an indie film on this blog was actually a few months back when I reviewed Personal Shopper. And that was a prime example of this perception of mine.
But when executed well, where the filmmaker is able to grasp the core idea of its concept using the limited budget an indie film usually is stuck with, it creates a beautiful story that can be excellent and refreshing to see.
Unfortunately, Circle is a film that tried but just comes up short and we can take a look into why.
Disclaimer: SPOILERS AHEAD!
I should have heeded the warnings of reviews that were out at the time. But I decided to ignore them, and see for myself if it was as bad as they say it is. I thought that no matter how bad the reviews claim Death Note (2017) was, it would have some redeemable parts.
I was horribly wrong.
That video is probably close enough to describe how I felt towards the Netflix film. It is neither a good adaptation of the manga or anime of the same name nor a good movie on its own merits. If you want a more in-depth review, then read on, brave reader.
DISCLAIMER: SPOILERS AHEAD!
This past week, I’d gotten the honor to catch the cult classic road trip film, Thelma & Louise at the recent Films At The Fort event (which BTW is an awesome annual event at Fort Canning) and the idea of writing a review came about.
However, that idea was canned almost immediately. Why? Because the film’s writing helped develop our lead characters so well in an environment where we are screaming for stronger female leads. The movie gives us strong justifications for their actions, explain their surprisingly human motivations, and *gasp* create strong female characters the audience could get behind.
And in a world where Ghostbusters (2017) exists, let’s take the time to discuss why I feel Hollywood can take a page out of Thelma & Louise‘s playbook in creating strong female characters. Let’s take a look!
There’s a fear among the people of the world. It started from our ever-growing population and the needs that comes with it. We started to ask: “how do we feed all of the people?” and “is there enough food in the world?”. Scientists stepped up and gave us food enhanced with the power of science.
Then we all started to question: “is this food safe?”, “does it harm the natural environment that it grows in?”, “does it have side effects?” and much more. Soon, we all wanted to eat naturally grown food again. But today, we’re not here to discuss the idea of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) but the movie that is based on a concept on that idea of consumption of GMOs.
Okja is a film that takes the idea of a GM pig and the story of a farm girl who hasn’t seen much outside of her own backyard (a huge one, btw!) and creates a bittersweet tale about the two and the trials they go through. Is it any good? Let’s dive in and find out.