Good Ol’ Review: Shinkai’s Ambitious Children Who Chase Lost Voices Misses Mark

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
No spoilers.

Japanese director Makoto Shinkai has proven what a talented filmmaker and storyteller he is. From his acclaimed 5 Centimeters per Second to his recent blockbuster Your Name.

5 Centimeters per Second was my first Makoto Shinkai experience and I loved it. I immediately followed it up with The Place Promised in Our Early Days (which I must write a review of soon). And then Your Name captivated the world and myself.

Next on my list was Shinkai’s Children Who Chase Lost Voices (星を追う子ども /Journey to Agartha). Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: The Stunning and Resonant Koe no Katachi/A Silent Voice

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
No spoilers.

Koe no Katachi/映画 聲の形 (A Silent Voice) is a beautifully affecting work from director Naoko Yamada. Based on the manga of the same name by Yoshitoki Oima and adapted by Reiko Yoshida, the film uses stunning visuals and impactful auditory cues to bring a heavy, sometimes dark, but important story to life on screen. Continue reading

Good Ol' Review: Kamen Rider Ghost RE:BIRTH: Kamen Rider Specter a Convoluted Mess

Ghost Rebirth Specter

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
LOTS of spoilers, with a warning before they begin

It’s the last hurrah for the Ghost crew and they decided to go out with a proverbial bang. That is, they completely shot up whatever little semblance of cohesion and story the original series had in the first place.

And as I wrote in my Season Wrap-up of Kamen Rider Ghost, the season was directionless and a mish-mash of (many times) unconnected plot points. It was an even bigger disappointment and waste of potential than its predecessor Drive.

But Kamen Rider Ghost RE:BIRTH: Kamen Rider Specter, the V-Cinema and final official release for the season, just takes the confusion and insanity up a notch and maybe to the highest level too.
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Good Ol' Review: Brutal and Mostly Fun Kamen Rider Heisei Generations

Kamen Rider Hesei Generations

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
LOTS of spoilers.

This year’s Kamen Rider Movie War was mostly a fun endeavor with some brutal and bloody battles. But it ends in one of the worst possible ways it could ever end. More on that later.
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Good Ol' Review: Maine Mendoza's Charm and Stunning Cinematography Lift Otherwise Unimaginative Imagine You & Me

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
A film review with minor spoilers.

On the eve of the premiere of Destined To Be Yours, Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards’ first primetime teleserye (arguably, a year late), let’s take a quick look at their first headlining project, the film Imagine You & Me. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: Makoto Shinkai’s Ethereal and Universal Your Name

Your Name Kimi no Na Wa

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
No spoilers.

It’s not hard to see why Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name (Kimi no Na wa/君の名は。) has managed to captivate audiences around the world. The hype and buzz surrounding the film is well deserved and further solidifies Shinkai’s place in the future of Japanese animation and filmmaking. Continue reading

Good Ol' Review: Thrilling and Emotional Train to Busan

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
No spoilers.

You don’t have to be a fan of zombies to enjoy Train to Busan. Continue reading