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Astro Boy a reviewAstro Boy a review
The majority of you probably don't realize the influence Astro Boy has on the world of anime/manga, so allow me to elaborate.
Osamu Tezuka can be considered the Godfather of Anime if not the God. He revolutionized a medium so well with such classic stories such as Kimba the White Lion (which Disney ripped off), Princess Knight, Black Jack and Buddha. However, Astro Boy can be considered as good as any of the works mentioned above.
The original story of Astro Boy concerned a young boy named Tobio, dying in a car accident. Distraught by the loss of his son, Dr. Tenma creates a robot that will never die, and never age. However, years pass and Tenma is fed up with the fact that this robot boy cannot grow, so he sells him to the circus. Luckily, a kind scientist named Dr. Elefun saves Astro Boy and adopts him. Along the way, themes such as civil rights, injustice and robot sentience is explored.
So, does the movie hold up?
Quite well, surprisingly.
The movie shows
Where the Wild Things AreWhere the Wild Things Are a review
If film adaptations of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "The Cat in the Hat" taught us anything, it's that film adaptations of children's books need something more than their original 20+ pages. Don't get me wrong; they're good for children and are highly imaginative, but film making requires a good 80 minutes of watchable material and unless someone's skilled, it's padded out with pop culture references.
While it was true that I was once a child, I never took "Where the Wild Things Are" to my heart. Then again, who could these days what with all the TV and movies we kids see? Looking back, it does have a certain charm to it. A boy being sent to his room, ruling over an isle of monsters only to realize how much he missed home. It also taught us the wonder of children's imaginations.
So, does the adaptation succeed?
In a word, Yes.
The story follows Max, a somewhat wild child who likes to roam around, throw tantrums, yell and do the Robot. H
Toy Story 3D Double FeatureToy Story Double Feature, a review
Long ago in the year of 1995, Disney studios took a bold risk. Rather than creating one of the animated musicals they were infamous for, John Lasseter and a group of small writers unleashed something that would never be forgotten in this world: a movie called Toy Story.
Those of you who are too young or too brainwashed by the internet probably dont realize the impact the first movie had on the industry. Its not good; its great. You dont make an entire new medium by a lucky shot. You popularize something with hard work, sweat and blood. Thus, Toy Story not only achieved financial status but critical praise from around the world. So, lets see whats all the commotion about.
Toy Story is the tale of cowboy Woody (Tom Hanks), his owner Andy and all of the other toys who live in his room. However, the entire situation changes when a new toy, a Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) doll appears on the scene and takes Woody
Jennifer's Body a reviewJennifers Body a review
Diablo Cody was a call girl who wrote a famous blog and book and eventually the award winning Juno. Megan Fox is well, Megan Fox, a very pretty girl. If one were to guess what the two had in common it would as simply put, sex appeal. As such many people will get the wrong impression about what this is about, thinking its just a piece of Megan Fox smut.
However, theyll be missing out on the movie entirely.
In a small town in the middle of nowhere called Devils Cauldron, we meet a girl named Needie who has a very popular friend named Jennifer. While she plays tag along to a bar, Needie overhears a band named Low Shoulder scheme up something sinister. Before long, the bar catches on fire, a dazed Jennifer goes with the band and will reappear later at Needies House, covered in blood.
For those of you fearing a gigantic Megan Fox performance, fear not. We mostly follow Amanda Seyfrieds character
9 a review9, a review
Tim Burton has been known for creating strange, dark yet charming entries into the human psyche. Timur Bekmambetov directed Wanted, a fun alibeit illogical piece of trash that for some reason a lot of critics liked. So when rumor spread that the two would produce a film together, people were somewhat afraid of the mixture it would produce.
Much like Chocolate and Peanut Butter, these two make a wonderful combination to anyone who isnt allergic to either ingredient, and in which case, why would those allergic be eating it anyway?
In a post-apocalyptic world, a small puppet awakens to find a friend. After a scene where his friend adjusts his vocal chords, 9 is properly aquainted to 2, where they happen to find a mechanical beast lurking in the shadows, waiting to pounce.
9 is essentially Little Big Planet meets nuclear Armageddon. Sure, theres something depressing and somber about it, but theres also a lot of charm that somehow puts a smile on your fa
Closing NotesClosing Notes
This was a fun summer. After making a pledge, I stuck by it and managed to see a lot of films this summer. And while not a lot of them were good, I did enjoy myself a number of times (Not to mention, racked up free comp on my movie goers card).
If there was ever a time you werent sure how you felt on a movie or your opinion clashed with the majority, try this: First see the movie, then write your own little review on it. Then compare your notes to critics notes and other movie goers notes on the film. And youll learn a little bit about yourself.
As for my reviews, dont go away just yet. I may be done for the summer, but I may post a review or two in the future.
Until then, Keep Writing!
Inglourious Basterds a reviewInglourious Basterds, a review
If violence is a taboo in the world of high-art filmmaking, then Quentin Tarantino is one of the few directors who can make a sort of art into it. Of course, Im speaking through other peoples points of view. However, after seeing his latest work, Inglourious Basterds, I have to say I not only buy the hype but I look forward to seeing his other films too.
Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) leads a platoon of 8 Jewish American soldiers who have one mission: cut 100 scalps each of every Nazi they come across and kill as many as possible. So, it is his mission to find the leaders of the third Reich, kill them and cut off their scalps or leave a nice little insignia letting them know the Basterds are coming.
Now, if you bought the trailer that led you to this film, youll come to the conclusion that this is about a bunch of hooting and hollering Americans who want to kill every Nat-see they come across. Not so fast, American Cowboy. Thi
The Final Destination a reviewThe Final Destination, a review
When Nick and friends decide to go to a race track for a group outing, Nick suddenly gains the ability to predict the deaths of people. Just when he saves his three friends from a disaster beyond proportions, it turns out that death has another thing in store for them.
When the first deaths rear their heads, the first thing to evict from me was Laughter. I am dead serious. Do you realize how badly a film whose intention to be scary has to fail, in order to entice laughter. However, this film manages to do just that.
Seriously, people just get smashed and sliced in such a silly way, that this might as well be Looney Tunes: the Horror movie. Its that silly!
Theres even a part where the film itself gives up and just runs one its victims in a car accident. I am dead serious. Were supposed to believe everyone dies in an elaborate manner, and one guy just becomes road kill. How stupid is that?
As for the film itself, its ju
Ponyo On The Cliff, a reviewPonyo a review
Okay, lemme get this out of my chest before I go any further. (Breathes in and out)
Im not the biggest Hayao Miyazaki fan. While I do understand that he is one of the greatest animation masters of our time, and he is, Im not a foaming at the mouth fanboy who instantly calls anything he makes a better than sex movie. So, while I do understand the hype behind Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, my favorite Miyuzaki film will always be Kikis Delivery Service, about a young witch falling in love with a boy who wants to fly. It was short, simple and didnt have a heavy-handed message about not screwing with mother nature. I liked Kiki.
Now, assuming I havent driven you all away when I was pouring out my soul, heres my review of Ponyo.
Brynhildr is a small goldfish who wishes nothing more than to go up on land. However, she nearly escapes death thanks a boy named Sosuke. (Not Uchiha Sasuke, not Sousuke Aizen, Sosuke). Thus their desti
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