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 →
TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW Basic plot description. Would not consider them spoilers.
It is easy to get lost in the film 5 Centimeters Per Second. Even with a runtime of only 63 minutes, the film written and directed by Makoto Shinkai is a beautifully animated and skillfully told story of life and love. Continue reading →
TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW Minor and HUGE spoilers ahead, but with fair warning before they begin in review.
Sentai V-Cinema Returns movies are always nice little epilogues for each season. Some can add a lot to the previous season’s story while others are just fun little visits with old friends.
Come Back! Shuriken Sentai Ninninger: Ninnin Girls vs. Boys FINAL WARS, however, is a messy though strangely well-intentioned extra chapter to the series. And I’m saying this as someone who actually liked and enjoyed Ninninger the series and did not think it was the Japanese Super Megaforce. Continue reading →
TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW Moderate and HUGE spoilers ahead, but with fair warning before they begin in review.
Thank you Philippine Airlines! If it weren’t for you, then I wouldn’t have discovered a little Taiwanese film entitled Our Times (我的少女時代).
Actually, this film isn’t so little since it has apparently grossed over US$81 million worldwide and is the highest grossing Taiwanese film in mainland China. Regardless, I would have probably never heard of the film had I not been on a transpacific flight, let alone actually watch it.
But I’m so glad I did. Our Times was such a pleasant surprise with a story that appealed to my simplest, yet most satisfying requirements in a film or television series. Continue reading →
TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW WARNING! Major spoilers for both movie and series!
Since seeing the trailers and that little end of episode miniseries featuring Tomari Eiji, I’ve been very excited about seeing Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future. Mainly, I was looking forward to seeing a story that could’ve potentially helped the series be fuller and more complete.
But just like the series, the movie dropped the ball. Kamen Rider Drive has been all about wasted potential. And that’s quite a shame. Continue reading →
Being a lifelong fan, the news of the Peanuts Gang returning to the big screen was both exciting and scary.
Exciting because the timeless characters created by Charles Schulz definitely deserve a big screen adventure. But scary because you can never be too sure how “modern” versions and updates to classic stories and characters will turn out.
Fortunately, the team behind The Peanuts Movie (which includes Charles Schulz’s son and grandson) made it a top priority to remain faithful to ol’ Sparky’s original vision. And they succeeded. Continue reading →
Philippine cinema suffers from a lot of the same ailments that plague Philippine television. That is, the same old formulaic stories that have been done over and over for years continue to get churned out with no signs of anything changing anytime soon.
Which is why it’s hard not to marvel at a series or film that manages to offer something even the slightest bit different or fresh from the norm.
I’ve always said, it’s great to visit with old friends. And Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Gaim & Wizard: The Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle was another great catch-up, but even more, an excellent conclusion to my Kamen Rider Wizard experience.
At least, I assume that it is. Because it certainly wrapped up Haruto-tachi’s story pretty well.
Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Wizard & Fourze: Movie War Ultimatum, my first Kamen Rider Movie War experience, was definitely a mixed bag. But this time, I felt a lot more emotionally connected and a lot more excited while and after watching the movie. Continue reading →