A couple of new reviews…

OK,

First of all, my New Year’s Resolutions are coming along swimmingly… My home theater system is small, but wonderful, and having it is the only way I felt comfortable giving you my forthcoming review… Also, not a single date or interest… ¼ of the year down, ¾ to go…

I’ve seen a lot of movies in the last couple of months, but few that I hadn’t already seen…

Blu-Ray Cover...

My first review is of a movie I have seen before, but haven’t reviewed… Evangelion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance was released on Blu-Ray and DVD in North America on March 29th, and I received my Blu-Ray copy on April 1st. If you’re looking for a synopsis, look elsewhere. There are far better writers than I who love to give general, detailed, and occasionally too detailed synopses of all things Evangelion, so I’m not going to go there. I’ll try to stay away from hyperbole as well, but that might be more difficult…

Asuka arrives!

The three pilots...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This movie is beautiful. It continues on in a completely different direction from the events set out in the series. There are definitely still some similarities, but all of the angels are either updated significantly, or completely redesigned. There is much less mystery, which in this case is a good thing. Even in the first movie, you had Misato showing Shinji things that even she didn’t know in the series until near the conclusion. There are significant differences in the character’s personalities as well. In the series, even after Rei smiles for Shinji after Operation Yashima, she kind of goes right back to being a cold loner. Not so here. She opens up as Shinji continues to show her kindness and moves her heart. It’s nice to see. Asuka is still brash and arrogant, but not cruel; again, a refreshing and welcome change. Some things in this film are huge surprises, and the finale in this movie is absolutely breathtaking. The continued use of CG for the Evangelions makes the scale and action quite a spectacle.

Mari Illustrious' fortuitous landing in Japan...

Misato Katsuragi...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I love more than anything about these new rebuild movies are that they keep the amazing characters, visuals, action, and drama, but leave behind the depressing feeling of despair… I can’t recommend this movie highly enough…

Shinji in Unit-01 fighting Zeruel

Shinji gettin' serious...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seriously, this is the best anime movie I’ve ever seen. It is simply amazing in every respect with ZERO negative qualities other than the uninitiated will have to see the first movie first, (surprise, surprise)…

The awakened Unit-01...

I should also add the disclaimer that I’ve only seen it in the original Japanese language. I’m a Japanese language enthusiast and a purist when it comes to anime anyway, so I usually don’t bother watching the English language version at all. If that diminishes the experience for anybody who inexplicably likes watching anime in English, then I apologize…

(Many thanks to Otaku Revolution for the fantastic images, you guys are awesome)!

 

 

On to my next review:

 

Case 39… OK, this really isn’t a review, so much as an editorial thought or two. This “horror” movie didn’t scare me at all. In some parts it made me giggle. Seriously.

Country music! Nooooo!!!

It never ceases to amaze me how institutionally stupid Hollywood can be. It’s not that the writing is bad, and it’s not that the acting is bad. Renee Zellweger, Bradley Cooper, Ian Mcshane, and especially Jodelle Ferland execute their duties admirably.

The incomparable Renee Zellweger...

An interesting moment some might consider creepy...

What I object to is Hollywood’s inimical adherence to materialism even in matters relating to the spiritual…  I’m not even advocating understanding demonic activity purely in the context of Judeo-Christian interpretation. Fundamentally, in almost every understanding of a hypothetical spiritual reality, if the body a spirit inhabits dies, the spirit moves on. What could possibly be gained by the death of the little girl? What? The demon just “goes away”, “dies”? I don’t think so. It’s just so stupid. Much more likely is that the demon moves on to another host, perhaps one more apt to its purposes… Has anyone heard of exorcisms? Or would that simply be seen as trying to jump on the bandwagon of the recent spate of exorcism films? At any rate, this was a well-made movie, but really stupid for anyone who doesn’t necessarily believe that demonic activity is pure fantasy… The only decent concept is that the spirit finds out what your fears are and uses that against you. It’s one of the few concepts in the movie that made sense to me. The Hansel-and-Gretel imagery near the beginning of the movie was interesting too…

Jodelle Ferland, who always gets the "creepy little girl" parts... (See Silent Hill and The Messengers)

All-in-all, it was a decently fun romp, but more because it was pretty funny as well as entertaining in general.

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~ by 45shiro45 on April 2, 2011.

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