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Spider-Man 2 (2004)
it's Kiki Delivery Service!!!!!
this might contain itsy bistsy spoiler. I STRONGLY recommend this movie. Parents, you want your kids to see this movie. It has a relevant and wonderful moral. Even if you're ultra-conservatives, this movie has much less objectionable content than the comic
Now, the review. We got our heroine/hero, it's a "growing-up" movie, hero/heroine lose self confidence/identity, lose power, shock comes causing hero/heroine to finally understand true self identity, hero/heroine gain power back and saves the day. But truly, even though Miyazaki & Ghibli are great with plot and character development, Spiderman 2 is superior for it's more relevant and closer to home (it's at home actually)
OK, maybe it's not Kiki afterall. As already mentioned by others, this movie is EXCELLENT, which means the plot is believable, great character development, choice of soundtrack, flawless special effect, believable villain, some humor, and a righteous message. Unlike blade, hulk, daredevil, etc, our Spiderman is just like our everyday ordinary guy, making it very easy for the audience to relate to his struggle, confusion, and resolution. We follow and feel along as Peter learns he has a choice afterall, and finally receives his aunt powerful message. "To be right, sometime we must give up what we want, even our dreams," how true, there's a hero inside all of us.
Now if I can just hope for the best IMHO, please, please, Venom on Spiderman 3 (Venom can take goblin out in the first 20 min) and keep Tobey in. I'm not sure if the movie could cover Venom storyline like the comic, but after seeing Spidey 1 and 2, I'm rest assured it'd be just great.
With great power, comes great responsibility
Max Payne R rating
hi to those who've beaten the game, how's the R rating mostly come from? I will refer to the specific, that is nudity and sexual content. Is there any, any at all where Mona is shown or implied not clothed, having s...etc? (I'm not referring to the character mod in developers mode)
I really like the first one and somehow relate to MS character (yeah...I care for these virtual thing, happens all the time). I really want to play Max Payne 2 if she's not in any sort of demeaning condition cuz I won't stand it and would ruin the game impression
Finding Nemo (2003)
Dory, a fish "with a heart of gold"
IMHO, Disney/Pixar has finally come up to the standard of film making of Japanese (especially Ghibli) animation which draws nothing but admiration from the viewer. Finding Nemo got them all: beautiful artwork that makes me feel like watching Spirited Away & Final Fantasy combined, and such a likable character with compassion, kindness, gentleness, and charity as in Kiki Delivery Service.
With that lovely character design alone, I would have like this movie so very much. But Pixar really raise the standards up this time. EXCELLENT JOB! I sure want to know if the Pixar people can say something they think they fail to achieve in Finding Nemo.
On initial watching, I couldn't help but to think with all constant action and excitement, the movie is trying to keep the young audience from getting bored. However, as the movie progress to its end, I realized how wrong I was. The constant action is a genuine part of what makes this movie purely enjoyable: 1.Instead of trying to imitate from Ghibli animation and probably come up with some superficial deep theme, it stays loyal to cinematic style of continuous excitement as in Monster Inc 2.It follows the initial plot hint; "the ocean is not a safe place"
Having something beautiful thrown (or presented) at me, I started to compare movies. I noticed some potential inspirational scenes from Spirited Away (intro of theme with title shown, same closing scene etc)& other Ghibli films. Also came to think of how one is deeper than the other, although it has so much unfamiliar/weird ideas and so on. However, I finally got to a level of change of attitude. I stopped comparing and/or putting these profound work of art in ranks.
It's futile trying to put those works in ranks. They simply reach deep within, and such is a unique, wonderful, and heart warming experience; Finding Nemo, Majo no Takkyubin, Whisper of the Heart, Only Yesterday, Porco Rosso, Totoro, Spirited Away...the list grows
Kaubôi bibappu (1998)
this is what heartache does to you...
I would call bebop the perfect tragedy-drama anime SPOILER All the characters have their (deep and serious) problem, and in someway, their pain and sadness inflict each other as well...and make them worse. After a certain part, it's easy to sympathize more with Faye and see Spike as one uncaring person. However, it's clear that his life is a sad and tragic one as well: the brutal and somehow fictional final fight scenes can only be made realistic when the two person have completely pay no regard for their lives anymore. Ed, Faye, Jet...
I sure need to watch more uplifting anime (Majo no Takkyubin, azumanga daioh, etc etc), this one is just downright depressing
Mimi wo sumaseba (1995)
no action, not much relation to characters, but there's warmth in the heart. As always, the perfect placing, pacing, and arrangement of the soundtrack can make the memorable linger for quite a while.
Whisper of the heart is such case where a movie is just perfect without having me deeply relating to the character, which often can be depressing. This is especially if it's a sorrowful character or character that touches the "soft spot" like Bebop's Faye, Wanderer's Ifreeta, and Kiki in Majo no Takkyubin
In a current trend where teen romance are portrayed with nothing but hormones in action, kissing, more kissing, etc etc, this movie comes as a dew in the desert. An excellent movie about growing up and dealing with the changes.
SPOILER On first viewing, the ending made me squint, but now I see the bigger picture. Shiji apologizing to Shizuku, staying with her before his departure, and then Shizuku's showing her care by refusing to be only a burden in the bicycle scene. These sincere and responsible caring are what made the ending perfect. Yes, people change and life present challenges, but together, I can see them becoming a happy couple.
Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta (1986)
Disney does learn...
This is the best dub I've ever heard by Disney, as well as the best adaptation since the biggest abuse ever on soundtrack, themes, characters, dialogues in Kiki Delivery Service. Urrrghhh
This one has different atmosphere, especially the deviation from the common heroine. This one has both hero and heroine (although I don't really endorse the use of hero & heroine here, since Miyazaki is out from the stereotype & common theme). As usual, after being introduced by Spirited away, amazed by Mononoke, troubled by Grave of Fireflies, and deeply touched by Majo no Takkyuubin , this one start with a bit doubt in my part. Wondering if this will be the first Ghibi's dud. Well, in the end just like Only Yesterday and Whisper of the Heart, I ended up giving 10 rating. I'd give 9.8 rating, but the additional 0.2 is there to share the good feeling by encouraging people to see the movie.
SPOILER Somehow I see this as a sad movie, people die in this one, the lonely robot, the abandoned place, and it ends with destruction. It is as if mankind really can't live with too much power. The collapsing scene gave me patches of Metropolis ending. It's just sad somehow. The plot is apparent in most reviews and the soundtrack rules as well (as always). Joe Hisaishi really belongs to Uematsu, Kanno, Williams caliber.People who can brings a movie, a game, an event to life, even to be a lingering moments by astounding composition.
This is a feel good movie that used to be part of US cinema in the classic days (It's a Wonderful Life etc etc). Well, things change....
Majo no takkyûbin (1989)
back to childhood
amazing..just amazing, when I watched Spirited Away, I knew there's something "wrong" with studio Ghibli for creating such heart warming gem. So far all Ghiblis movies I watched are just so great I'm unable to put them in ranks. Kiki is just as amazing. Now why in the world I can't feel this same sensation when I'm watching Disney, Pixar movies etc etc...somewhere along the line that touch of innocence is lost. I enjoyed Monster Inc etc and find something to be childish but in Kiki,gee, that's being a child...and suddenly I'm there. Back to the days when I watched Snow White, Jungle Book, etc for the first time. I can't describe in word how it's like to have those feelings back.
SPOILER If anything at all can be criticized I can't believe the movie was over after she saved Tombo...no no no, I want to see, I want to share more of her journeys in growing up, her tears, her laughter....sigh.... I cannot recall the last time I saw a face full with struggle & determination as in Kiki's attempt to fly with the deck broom as her eyes start filling with tears. Also in the credits we see Kiki still window shopping for the shoes she like to fit the current fashion trend just to find that she has set the trend. The flying scene with the birds is very uplifting... everything is uplifting, heart-warming, charity inspiring
Omohide poro poro (1991)
just when I.....
just when I thought I finally find a bad (boring) Ghiblie movie....the ending credits roll and it's just pure magic from there. It really made me want to rewatch the whole movie. I should have known better. From the Taeko flying sequence that brought nothing but huge smile and warm tears, this is another winner from Ghibli.
Detailed & lively animation as usual, great storytelling and characters , fitting soundtrack and most of all, the best flashback merging not just in any anime, but any movie. The flashbacks are so powerful that Taeko's somehow spoiled childhood literary brought my own childhood. SPOILER: the use of flashback of the kids character in the end is just magical, uplifting, genuine, ...I'm out of word.
Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Grave of Fireflies, Porco Rosso, Only Yesterday, Whisper of Heart,.... my heart journey continues
Kurenai no buta (1992)
while I like Spirited Away and have no clue how come that movie with so many unfamiliarity with audience can win oscar, this one is a shock to the system. I can't really say which is better, but this animated feature has the most smile evoking soundtrack ever. They fit perfectly to the scenes as well and guess what? there're really no bad guys here. A movie (not anime) with innocence taste
if anything can be critized at all, I would reluctantly pick on the smoking..tee hee....although the action itself is not implied at all
a real gem
Azumanga daiô (2002)
I need this...
this is definitely for me, for a long time, I've dwelled in complex & masterpiece anime like Bebop, Ghibi productions, Kenshin OAV, Jin Roh, Grave of Fireflies, Metropolis etc until at some point I realize these shows are "not entertaining" anymore since they make me think, they make me relate so deep into the characters, got emotionally drained even depressed.
Not in the case of azumanga daioh...
For me this show is just great, fun, gorgeous, sweet, cute, you name it. It even brings back some highschool memories, there isn't asingle episode where I can watch and not having a HUGE smile, and another smile, and another smile, and.... It sure is hard to pick any favourite character since they all make the show, but I'll go with Sakaki (the cool one with a soft spot), and the "impossible" bond setting with Kaorin is particularly sweet & hillarious heh heh
Recommended for those who want a change of atmosphere into a cute, funny, lighthearted show