10 items from 2013
The hardest part about choosing my favourite horror films of all time, is deciding what stays and what goes. I started with a list that featured over 200 titles, and I think it took me more time to pick and choose between them, than it did to actually sit down and write each capsule review. In order to hold on to my sanity, I decided to not include short films, documentaries, television mini-series and animated films. I also had to draw the line at some point in deciding if certain movies should be considered horror or not. In such cases where I was split down the middle in deciding, I let IMDb be the judge for me. And in some cases, I’ve included these titles as special mentions. Long story short, I can’t include every movie I like, and I have to draw the line somewhere. With that said, »
Breaking Bad is over and what a finale it was, although it may have been predictable based on what we knew from the flash forward at the start of the season, it still didn’t disappoint and was full of stirring and thrilling moments. More importantly, now that this is over, Netflix crucially need to up their game.
Hansel and Gretel and Texas Chainsaw, two pretty dire entries from earlier this year, just are not going to cut it against Argo and The Perks of Being a Wallflower regardless of who did what at the box office. Netflix seem to have the monopoly on quality catalogue titles this week with some little seen gems with Permanent Midnight and Orange County but this means nothing to the public and mostly registers with nerds like me.
This isn’t a suggestion that the company is in trouble at all but consider what »
- Chris Holt
The cult 1988 anime taught western film-makers new ideas in storytelling, and helped cartoons grow up
Internet lore has it that Steven Spielberg and George Lucas turned down the chance to pick up the rights to the exalted 1988 anime Akira, believing it to be unmarketable in America. Twenty years later, something had changed: Spielberg and DreamWorks were in production on a live-action remake of Ghost in the Shell, perhaps the next-biggest crossover anime title, with the beard buttering it up in the press as "one of my favourite stories". But he missed the chance to be there at the beginning for artist-director Katsuhiro Otomo's earlier masterpiece – 25 this year – when its enervating hyper-realism left retina burn in the eyes of action fans and film-makers worldwide.
Akira swiftly became midnight-movie fodder in the Us, on a small release through Streamline Entertainment. Its dynamism and attention to detail – honed by Otomo in the »
- Phil Hoad
Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, 2013.
Directed by Hiroshi Hamazaki.
Iron Man is framed by a technological terrorist, and sets out to stop him and clear his name.
As Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark prepares to launch Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the theatrical release of Iron Man 3, Marvel is looking to capitalise on the heightened awareness of the Armored Avenger with the straight-to-video anime tie-in Iron Man: Rise of Technovore. Unfortunately they won't be selling any more cinema tickets off the back of this, being that it's one of the weakest animated features to come out of Marvel since, well... ever.
Co-produced by Madhouse, the Japanese animation studio behind the likes of Ninja Scroll »
- Flickering Myth
Fan of the anime show High School of the Dead? Of course you are! It rules! Now if you have yourself an XBox Live account or a PlayStation Network account, you can catch the show anytime that you want!
From the Press Release
Viz Media, LLC (Viz Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, partners with Sentai Filmworks to unleash a frightening new world of the living dead as it premieres the zombie action of High School Of The Dead on Neon Alley this Friday, April 19th. Episode 1 (English dubbed) of the high-octane anime action series will debut in High Definition at 10Pm Est / 7Pm Pst, replaying at 2Am Est / 11Pm Pst, and will air again throughout the week. New episodes will premiere every Friday. Check the Neon Alley program guide or NeonAlley.com for more information and additional airtimes.
Based on the »
- Uncle Creepy
Iron Man: Rise of Technovore opens with a bang: Iron Man and his buddy War Machine protecting a revolutionary new satellite from some mysterious armored menace. The two heroes zip through the sky, blowing things up with aplomb, and sniping at each other with childish tough-guy dialogue. It’s not high art, but it works... until it doesn’t. Nothing that follows captures that dopey energy of a good Saturday morning cartoon, making the rest of the movie a chore to sit through. This animated film (from Madhouse, most famous for its seminal anime classic Ninja Scroll) seems to fit right in with Marvel Studios continuity, pitting Stark against Ezekiel Stane, the son of Obadiah Stane, the villain in the first Iron Man film. The younger Stane is using a techno-organic...
- John Gholson
Some people debate that casting an underwear model (who also played Aquaman in Smallville) isn’t going to make fanboys any happier about the Michael Bay‘s remake of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but I say, hey, as long as they’re cute and with sixpacks, bring ‘em on! I mean… it’s high time for some chick-eye-candy flicks – not only rom-coms, wouldn’t you say? Even if they end up being CGI-ed to reminisce turtles (that did not sound weird right now, not at all). So far, casting has already brought Megan Fox in as April O’Neil, which was met by a lot of “nerd rage” (but I...
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- Vesna Sunrider
Check out this really cool trailer for Marvel's great looking Iron Man anime film called Iron Man: Rise of Technovore. The direct-to-dvd movie comes from director Hiroshi Hamazaki who's worked on legendary manga titles like Ninja Scroll and Blue Submarine #6.
The film features Matthew Mercer as the voice of Tony Stark and Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) providing the voice of the The Punisher. There's a lot of great characters that have been included in the story of this movie, and it looks like a lot of fun.
Billionaire Tony Stark, in his Iron Man armor, prevents an attack from a mysterious new foe, but innocent bystanders are killed, including his best friend War Machine, Lt. Colonel James Rhodes. Detained for questioning by S.H.I.E.L.D., Iron Man escapes, determined to find the mastermind behind the attack. Pursued by Black Widow and Hawkeye, Iron Man enlists the »
- Joey Paur
The racing movie has been a staple of Hollywood filmmaking for years. From classics such as Le Mans to the modern-day Fast & Furious franchise, there have always been racing movies and there have always been racing movie fans… The latest entry into the racing film genre is Death Race 3: Inferno, which continues the fight to the death Car-nage that the series is famous for. In honour of that films release of, we decided to take a look at the Top 10 Best Racing Films.
10) Initial D: Drift Racer
18-year-old Takumi (Jay Chou) delivers tofu for his hard-drinking dad, and works part time at his best friend’s garage. When he is unexpectedly asked to drive in an upcoming race, Takumi’s shock victory opens up a whole new world of possibilities, and his overnight fame is soon leading him to even more hellraising and dangerous races. But as Takumi pushes »
Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 movie “Ghost in the Shell” was one of the earliest Japanese anime I had ever seen, and I was struck by how good and mature it was. That film convinced me to try out other anime titles that were on the market and to keep an eye out for new ones. It led to some pretty nice discoveries, let me tell you, including flicks like “Akira”, “Ninja Scroll”, and the like. The “Ghost in the Shell” franchise has spawn plenty of spin-off films over the years, and 2013 will see another iteration, “Ghost in the Shell: Arise”. The film will essentially be a 4-part mini-series (each part running around 50 minutes), with the first one (titled “Ghost Pain”) set to arrive in Japanese theaters in June with a Blu-ray release the following month. “Ghost in the Shell: Arise” is a prequel to 1995′s “Ghost in the Shell »
10 items from 2013
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