TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW WARNING!MAJOR spoilers
Fireworks (打ち上げ花火、下から見るか? 横から見るか?/Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?) is an interestingly frustrating film that could’ve been great. With an intriguing story hidden somewhere deep in the film and its perceived premise, Fireworks unfortunately fails to connect the dots that would have made it a creative success.
TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW WARNING!Moderate to major spoilers.
It has been on my to-do list for a while now, but I found some time to finally jump into the amazing world of ReLIFE. I’ve heard many good things about the popular webtoon by Yayoiso and had planned to watch the 13-episode anime last year. Continue reading →
TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW Moderate spoilers.
Two of my few gripes with Kamen Rider Ex-Aid was its lackluster final episodes and the way the series (which set out to merge the worlds of science/medicine and video games) dealt with the finality of death. So I was pleasantly surprised to watch True Ending and feel like the film did those two things a little better than the series itself. Continue reading →
I have been thoroughly enjoying Uchu Sentai Kyuranger. At this point, it’s probably, at the very least, number 3 on my all-time Sentai list. It has rarely, if ever, really disappointed me this season. But, that changes now after watching The V-cinema release Episode of Stinger.
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 →
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 →
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. Continue reading →
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 →