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Kaze tachinu (2013)
A different view
Let's begin with the positive.
This movie is undeniably well crafted. There's more animation in a woman folding her shirt than there is in an entire episode of Naruto.
The music was nice, but scarce and often held quite a similar theme throughout the film.
The story was good, mainly a character driven plot, with some enjoyable dream scenes. I liked how throughout the film it shifted between dream/imagination and reality. Sometimes I questioned whether this story was set in the real world or some alternate universe, with subtle differences.
Now a few negative comments and why I had to drop three stars... I personally felt it was a little bit too slow. This doesn't mean to say I wanted something fast paced, because it almost felt like the pacing of the film reflected the beautiful calm of souring through the sky in a plane.
But some scenes really did feel far too slow, and I felt there was far too much animation, I hate to say it, wasted on fleshing out scenes when it could have been put to much better use adding to facial animation (which I'll get to in a tick) or even making another movie!
The emotional content felt like it was poorly executed in places and could have had a much more jarring effect. A good way to put it is anticlimactic, not in content just execution. Their faces also didn't really show much emotion; usually if someone was sad, they'd keep the same expression and tears would form. Perhaps this lack of facial expression throughout the film could just be the culture of the Japanese and not an issue with bad acting, yes animators are actors.
Also, it was quite void of music which isn't necessarily a bad thing but it might have made it that much better with an amazing score.
All in all, I left the film fairly satisfied, it was a pleasure to watch but I won't be going out of my way to recommend this film, unless I was speaking to someone with a love for animation. After the hype has died down I think it'll average out to around 7.4-7.7/10
Boy Wonder (2010)
Excuse me? 6.4/10?!
I have no idea why this film has a 6.4 out of 10. It is truly great. If you enjoy revenge films then this is perfect for you.
The acting is very good and the editing was fantastic and clearly done very carefully.
I don't like telling people too much when i recommend a film as this dents the experience but rest assured you won't know what direction this film will take you. That is the great thing about it.
Also i kind of felt like I was reading a superhero comic. And it does reference batman at times. So for fans, look out for that!
Just sit back and let it pull you in. Go see it!
X-Men: First Class (2011)
Best Xmen film yet!
Xmen: First Class is simply fantastic. Strong emotion and explosive action. The acting is top notch. Delivery from every actor is at it's best, more so from Mystique, Beast, Xavier and Magneto.
The story is more character based than action, however the action sequences are still superb. Personally i'd have liked to of seen it being a 15 and have a more adult but it wasn't a big issue. Also some more background story from the bad super's would have been good but again this wasn't too much of an issue and would leave some nice room for upcoming xmen movies.
I don't want to say too much but to break it down... Go see this film no matter what you are into. There is something for everyone. 9/10 easy
The Joker Blogs (2008)
This guy deserves recognition!
A fantastic series you can watch online. The series spans 19 episodes and a few shorter stories in between to fill in the gaps. Roughly about 5 minutes each.
The story is about Harleen Quinzel, a psychiatrist, interviewing The Joker and eventually becoming obsessed with him. The creators of this series wanted to give it a Christopher Nolan feel so it's a more realistic approach to the cartoon version of the story.
Scott McClure plays the Joker and he does an amazing job. His voice isn't exactly like Heath's but every other aspect of him is almost perfect and he stays in character at all times. All the other actors in this are good but some could have been better. Seen as this was low-budget it is forgivable. At the end there is a surprise guest actor at the end which i won't spoil for you and suggest you don't look at the cast just yet as it makes it all the better! The full series is shown through hand-held camera which works so well, like a documentary. The Joker takes it out when he escapes and has someone on the inside that puts them on his youtube channel so it feels as if you are watching the real thing. It's actually amazing how realistic it feels now that i think back at it. Certain things like how they managed to get helicopters and police car chases still boggles my mind.
I could go on for a good while but to break it down... It's unique and very creative. It starts off fairly slow but still entertaining. As it goes on it gets much much better, but don't skip the beginning episodes because of this. All acting is overall fantastic and it really feels quite realistic. Give it a good chance, you won't be disappointed especially if you are a Dark Knight fan!