Space Ninja Team Gatchaman might have been the first actual Japanese anime series I ever saw. I had been watching Sandy Frank’s Battle of the Planets with the sound down because the Americanization was so awful but the animation was great. I had a friend from Japan who took pity on me and brought over a bunch of the original Gatchaman, in Japanese, and translated it for me on the fly. He’s also the one who introduced me to the C/FO back in the late 70s. So I have a special place in my heart for Gatchaman and when I saw that they were making a live action version, I couldn’t wait. Except I forgot about it until recently. So let’s see if it was worth the wait.
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I’ve been a passing fan of the James Bond franchise forever. A couple of years ago, my wife and I sat down and watched the entire run of movies in a row, in chronological order, I think as a prelude to Skyfall coming out. It reminded me of all the things I love about Bond… and some of the things that I really don’t. So let’s take a look at Daniel Craig’s latest outing, Spectre, and see which camp it falls into.
I was a fan of at least the first couple of Bourne movies, but never got around to seeing the latest one until Christmas when, having nothing better to do, we threw in the Bluray and gave it a watch. So here’s my review of the 2016 film, Jason Bourne.
This was actually supposed to be a big-screen film released by Universal, until it was pulled and dropped on Netflix as Universal decided to focus on Warcraft. They said that Spectral didn’t have enough mass-market appeal, and I’ll agree with that. But even smaller movies can be good, so as soon as it was released, I grabbed it and finally sat down to see if it was any good. So let’s review Spectral.
A discussion came up recently about why modern ships in movie and TV sci-fi were so awful compared to things that had been done in the past. Of course all of this is purely subjective, people tend to identify more with the ships they grew up watching over things from eras they weren’t either impressionable or around for. Of course, I have my own take on the situation which may or may not resonate with others. But hey, it’s my blog, I can write about anything I want to.
I have a massive pile of J-drama that I need to get time to watch. At least as TV slows down over Christmas, I might be able to get through the stack and see and review a couple of series. But last night, having some time, I dug through the pile and came up with Corpse Party, a 2015 movie, directed by Masafumi Yamada and starring Ikoma Rina, Ikeoka Ryōsuke and Maeda Nozomi. It’s based on a series of horror video games in Japan and has also received the anime and live action TV treatment. So the format was right, but is the movie actually any good?
I finally got around to seeing Star Trek Beyond. I had heard it was bad and frankly after the disappointment that was Into Darkness, I wasn’t in a big hurry to jump into another J.J. Abrams Star Trek debacle. The longer it’s been since I saw Into Darkness, the worse it fares in my memory. So did this new movie redeem the nu-franchise, or is it even worse? I guess you’ll have to read on to find out.
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Yeah, I’m a big Godzilla fan, in fact, I’m a fan of most kaiju films. Back in 2004, Toho made the “last” Godzilla movie, Final Wars, and exited the game, leaving it to American moviemakers to continue to giant monster legacy. But 12 years later, they put Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi in charge of a reboot movie, Shin Godzilla in Japan and Godzilla Resurgence in America. But the question is, is Shin Godzilla a worthy successor to the classic monster movies?
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Hey, what do you want to watch tonight? I don’t know, what do we have that we haven’t seen yet?
That’s how a lot of nights go around here, with piles of DVDs that we haven’t gotten around to breaking the plastic wrap on. So tonight, we finally got around to cracking Batman: Killing Joke.
Every once in a while, I stumble across a really stupid zombie movie and it ends up on my watch list. This is one such occasion, where I found this Australian-made comedy, starring one of my favorite Aussie comedians Jim Jeffries, so what the heck, I’ve got some time to waste.
So here goes another low-budget Australian horror movie about the walking dead. Is it good or not? Let’s find out.