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Kimi no na wa. (2016)
Makoto Shinkai's magnum opus and one of the most intelligently written pieces of entertainment Anime has to offer
I had high expectations for Your Name. Not only because I have thoroughly enjoyed Makoto Shinkai's previous films, but also because it has been doing incredibly well at the Japanese box office the past few months.
While I think Shinkai's previous films are great, none of them quite reached masterpiece levels for me, but I'm very happy to say that Your Name did that, because not only is this without a doubt Shinkai's best work to date, this is easily one of the best Anime films I have ever seen.
I don't want to go give away too much detail about the plot, but all I will say is that this is an incredibly written and very original story, with fantastic animation (as you would expect from Shinkai), along with lovable characters, funny humour, a great music score and a final act that will surely have you waiting to see what transpires with deep emotional investment.
What starts off as a funny body-switch comedy turns into something much more deeper and emotional in the 2nd half, but I won't give anything away!
It's now one of my top 5 favourite Anime films and I encourage everyone, regardless of whether you're an Anime fan or not, to check out this masterpiece.
The series that even non-Anime fans will love
Steins;Gate is an amazing Anime series with many lovable and fleshed out characters, brilliant writing, a gripping plot with many twists and turns along with well-balanced comedy and drama. The 1st half of the show is really good, whereas the 2nd half is incredible, as the plot kicks into high gear and starts to get emotionally spell-binding once episode 12 finishes. Steins;Gate is a true testament to how talented the Japanese are when it comes to great story-telling and it's the perfect example of how to tell a solid time travel story. Whether you are an Anime fan or not, or just someone who is interested in time travel, I can't recommend this show highly enough.
Sennen joyû (2001)
This is totally creative and inventive in its story-telling
"Millennium Actress" is one of my favourite films of all time. This is why I love Anime. The Japanese are always willing to come up with creative and original story lines and to even find new and inventive ways to tell their stories. "Millennium Actress" is no exception. The way the flash-back scenes transition from one point in time to the next is really well done, the main character Chiyoko is nicely developed and fleshed out as a three-dimensional character, the humour from the interviewer Genya, in the way he interacts with Chiyoko's past memories, is both hilarious and brilliant in the way it advances the story and the whole structure and ending to the film defies all expectations. It's brilliant; that's the best word to describe it. For me, this is the perfect example of why Japanese animation is severely overlooked here in the Western world and why it deserves much more attention and recognition.
Mirai shônen Konan (1978)
The best work of Hayao Miyazaki
I have seen all 11 of Miyazaki's films multiple times, being a huge fan of his and Studio Ghibli's work, but in my opinion, out of all the works he has done, Future Boy Conan is his masterpiece. I absolutely adore this show! I loved the story, I loved the characters, I loved the chemistry between Conan and Lana, I loved how gripping the whole thing was and it ended on a great note!
Future Boy Conan could be the most underrated and overlooked TV show of all time. I've seen this show twice and honestly, I'm tempted to call it my favourite TV show of all time (NO JOKE!). It is that good. So many people are missing out. If you are a Miyazaki fan, I strongly recommend you check out 26 episodes of brilliant story-telling. All the episodes are available in 1080p quality on KissAnime, subbed only. What are you waiting for? Watch it right now. You will not be disappointed!
If only most kids TV shows nowadays were even close to the quality of Future Boy Conan.
10/10 from me!
Sakasama no Patema (2013)
Very original and overlooked Anime film
In the midst of rehashed Hollywood story lines that we have seen a million times nowadays, it's nice to see something as original as "Patema Inverted" as far as the premise and scenarios go. It is a very interesting and mind-bending take on different groups of people who are affected by gravity in a different way. It also features nice chemistry between the two leads, breath-taking and detailed animation, one of the nicest end credits songs I have ever heard and a great twist ending that I did not see coming, along with the other twist that happens earlier in the film. If you are looking for something totally new and fresh, definitely check out "Patema Inverted."
Easily Miyazaki's most underrated film
Not only is The Castle of Cagliostro Miyazaki's most underrated film, it's one of the most underrated films of all time that a lot of people and many Miyazaki fans are missing out on. It is an extremely entertaining action/adventure film that has a very memorable main character with some hilarious moments, an upbeat Jazz soundtrack and great writing that make it a joy to watch. It's a shame that this film has been so overlooked! You don't have to watch the Anime TV Show that this film is based off. I haven't seen the Lupin III series and I could follow this film fine!
The Castle of Cagliostro is my 4th favourite from Miyazaki's filmography and I've seen all 11 of his films, so it is top 5 material for me. I love it! If you are from the U.K. you can buy the Blu-Ray on Amazon. It's totally worth blind buying it!
Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta (1986)
My favourite animated film of all time
Laputa: Castle in the Sky is my favourite animated film and it happens to be my 3rd favourite film of all time. I have seen all 11 of Miyazaki's films and I got to say, this is my favourite by far. I love practically everything about this Anime. The music score, animation, characters, story, humour, creativity and just the sense of adventure and fun are all amazing and create one of the best, if not the best animated film to have ever been made in my opinion. What's also wonderful is the atmosphere. There are some scenes with no dialogue, but the music, animation and the scenery allows you to take in the mystery and wonder that the film and the world it's created has to offer. Castle in the Sky has everything you could want in a film. Even if you don't like Anime, you have to see this film!
A very impressive superhero film. It rivals the Avengers.
I thought Captain America: The Winter Soldier was superb. I think it's 10 times better than the first Captain America and I really liked the 1st film. The action, suspense, epic scale, its fast-pace, the twists and turns and just the sheer entertainment value of this film was brilliant to me. This is some of the best action Marvel has ever made in my opinion.
In my view, this is the best Marvel film released to date; even better than The Avengers. I was really impressed by it.
Obviously, I don't want you all to be disappointed after what I said, but I really do have a strong feeling most of you will really enjoy this film once you get around to it.
I would give it a 9.5/10.
A criminally underrated film
First off, I'm not going to say that I think "Knowing" is one of the greatest films ever made, nor do I think it's a perfect film by any means as it does have a few problems, but overall, I've always really enjoyed this one. I love the cinematography, the atmosphere, the tone, the premise, the score and especially the tense moments scattered throughout this film. Sometimes, it pays not to listen to what others say and instead watch a film and come to your own conclusions. For me, I always got a fair amount out of this film compared to a lot of others. It's not a masterpiece by any means, but it's one that I always enjoy. I would give it an 8/10 overall.
An incredibly entertaining piece of cinema
I absolutely loved The Desolation of Smaug. I loved An Unexpected Journey, but this is several times better. The action was awesome, Smaug was awesome and menacing, it's darker and faster-paced than the previous instalment, Legolas and Tauriel were fantastic, the dwarfs are great, more is at stake and overall, it was a thrill-ride from start to finish. It gets a 10/10 from me and I have to be really impressed for me to rate a film with a perfect 10. Some critics and people are still complaining about certain aspects of the film. Ultimately, they are entitled to their own opinion, but for me as a film-goer, I was completely satisfied. I cannot wait for There and Back Again, especially after that cliffhanger! I highly recommend it!!
In my opinion, "Vertigo" is Hitchcock's best film!
I've seen a total of 18 Hitchcock films since I started watching his films this year, and I've enjoyed all his works. I've been impressed with a good number of them, but after watching "Vertigo" for a 2nd time, I now believe this was Hitchcock's best work, and hence, his true masterpiece. The direction, the style, the story, the visuals, the atmosphere, the soundtrack, the performances are all fantastic. I think it might be James Stewart's best performance out of all the films I've seen him in. Kim Novak also did a great job. Many Hitchcock films I've rated a 9/10, but in my opinion, this one deserves a 10/10! It's in my top ten favourite films of all time!
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
This film is unlike anything I've ever seen
I watched this film for the first time a few days ago, and after the impact it has made on me, I felt compelled to do a review. What can I say about this movie? The music, visuals, and imagery are just perfect, (not to mention the chilling HAL 9000).
The visuals is the best aspect of the film. From the tranquil view of outer space, Planet Earth, the spaceship, the planets and the psychedelic colours towards the end, this really is visual film-making at its best, and it's mind-blowing, considering it was done in 1968! I still wonder how the team behind the visuals did those effects they're that good!!
It's a shame that the original Star Wars films always comes to people's minds when thinking about great visuals that came out a few decades ago, when in fact 2001: A Space Odyssey really should get the credit in my opinion, especially considering it came out 9 years before the first Star Wars film.
The music is also wonderful, creating a chilling, eerie and sometimes unsettling atmosphere to the film. It truly fits with the very serious tone of this film.
More can be said about this film, but I don't want to reveal too much information, so watch it with no interruptions or distractions, and just absorb everything that is shown in the film and enjoy it.
Unfortunately, as much as I love this film, I feel that it is not for everyone, as some people might get a little bit confused or even bored by the film, but, this is a film that doesn't have a coherent and easy- to-understand storyline that everyone can grasp, and it's not meant to, as Kubrick wants the viewer to think and contemplate on what he sees, and to come to his own interpretation of the film. In my opinion, the ambiguity and cryptic nature of the film makes it fascinating to watch. If you keep this in mind, I hope you will enjoy the movie immensely, as I did!
After watching this film and really thinking on it, this is my No. 1 favourite movie of all time. I'm 19 years old, so I believe even the younger generation can enjoy and appreciate this masterpiece.
"2001: A Space Odyssey" gets a perfect 10/10 rating from me!
The Twilight Zone (1959)
This show was way ahead of its time.
Well, what can I say about this show? First of all, I will say that I never grew up watching this show; in fact, I first started watching it about 3 months ago after seeing a top ten episode list from the famous Internet personality, the Angry Video Game Nerd (James Rolfe) with his Cinemassacre Productions. After viewing it, I decided to watch a couple of episodes as it seemed like an intriguing show. All I can say is, I am not the least bit disappointed. The basic premise of the show is that you will find the characters in real-life situations, but once they enter the Twilight Zone, unusual and unexplainable circumstances usually take place, that are typically supernatural in nature. Not only does Rod Serling manage to pull the audience in to the drama which unfolds in each episode, but he does so by providing an excellent set-up, with some intriguing story-lines that are usually executed brilliantly. Ranging from the moral, cultural, ethical, philosophical, psychological, spiritual, metaphysical and more, this show has plenty to offer for somebody who wants to see a lot of variety within this show, and it is good for doing that. If you haven't seen The Twilight Zone, I seriously recommend that you do. I really feel that this show has a lot to offer, not just for Sci-Fi fans, but anybody in general. It is an incredible show with some very intriguing plot-lines that can really make an impact on the viewer. Although there are a few episodes that I consider to be only decent, the abundance of great episodes far supersedes that, and for that reason, I'm giving this show a perfect 10. CHECK IT OUT!