There is something about this film that drew me to it originally. Was it the fact that it was from the 80s? Partly. Was it the fact that it was licensed by Central Park Media? Maybe. Was it the fact that it was probably going to be bad? Yeah. There is something about older anime films that can be a bit, off-putting with how bad some of the line delivery or random moments that leave you baffled. This can create some of the most beautiful moments of watching bad films, especially from an era built upon anime that many consider a mistake. I mean I’m looking at Fake from the 90s for a great example of that. So how much is 11 Nin Iru (They Were 11) watchable, or is it something a tad bit too competent to deserve much of a watch?
There is something to say about creating something that feels close to the game, yet also oddly unique to itself when one looks at adaptations. Looking back on the video game adaptations I have watched there is a surprising amount that have a sense of passion behind them, even if at times it’s misguided. There is a reason why we watch these films, we want to see the worlds come to life. We want to see the things we remember from our experiences in the game or even to show some people a taste of the game in the hopes of them trying it. Silent Hill is something that promises to be a recreation of the first game, yet also interesting in its own right by taking it from a different view point. It deviates just enough to not entirely be the same experience yet still feel like the world. In my mind that screams something worth watching from an adaptation stand point, it even has Sean Bean in a main role. It is even received as one of the better video game adaptations made so far. Yet does it still hold up years later or will its potentially dated CGI drag it down?
The first of many looks at seasonal airing anime to come. The Spring 2017 season is something that grabbed my attention fast with a lot of unique shows. Shows that defied my expectation, ones that rekindled or ignited a feeling towards a series I never thought I would feel anything towards. Then there was this one. RokuAka or Akashic Records of a Bastard Magic Instructor is a show that falls on the shoulders of its lead, Glenn Radars. Another entry into the infamous magical school genre in anime, RokuAka serves as an interesting look at not only the reasons why the genre doesn’t work most times but also the potential it contains. With Glenn Radars being paraded around this season as one of the better characters, does he really bolster his series or is he more of a crutch the series tries to stand on?
That title is certainly a bold statement. I have seen a pantheon of the worst cinema has to offer. Uwe Boll, Batman & Robin, Planes, but nothing seems to made me upset with myself after watching it. There is always this silver lining of “At least watching this can make me appreciate other things more, rounding out my opinions and the like to not be as cynical”. Well Splatter in just 30 minutes managed to make me realize that a silver lining does not exist every time. A short look at a short film that makes me question whether my grading on Planes (F) was a bit too harsh, this is Splatter.
Welcome back to another venture into the world of antagonists and this time we are taking a look at one of the most critically praised cartoons of all time, Avatar the Last Airbender. There is a lot one could do with this series, whether it’s debating the structure of the show and the influences of Buddhism upon it or discussing the messed up lineages of each nation over the course of both Aang and Korra’s stories. There is a plethora of material to cover, but the one thing I’ve always wanted to look deeper into is the Fire Nation royals. Zuko, Iroh, Azula, Ozai, all of these characters help to create one of the most divisive family dynasties I have seen in what could be considered a children’s show (even if it really doesn’t feel like one). Technicalities aside, each of these characters has their own imprint at the original story of Aang. Though when it comes down to it, the two siblings of Zuko and Azula are by far the more interesting characters to study because of how different their experiences with family are. I will save Zuko for another day, but Azula on the other hand I feel deserves her dues. Will she stand out more than her brother or will her fire merely be unruly and unrefined? Is she just a bland cold-hearted monster or a complex character worth sympathizing with?
The Hunt for the Great Antagonist is a series that will spoil elements from the series surrounding the antagonist and most likely key points within the series itself. You have been warned.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if your workplace was overtaken by someone and you were forced to kill your co-workers? What would you do? How would you act? Well Belko Experiment gives you that exact scenario, with a flavour of dark comedy thrown in there. The killing game genre has recently been blowing up in the 21st century into somewhat of a cult phenomenon. While some gain mainstream popularity like Hunger Games and Battle Royale, many go under the radar in the Western market. This is a genre that treads a fine line between tasteless gore and nuanced psychological exploration. Much like what I feel in regards to the zombie genre also applies to this one as well across all mediums, it has slowly devolved into a tedious genre for fans of schlock and gore rather than the interesting takes on the human identity. There are many solid takes on the genre that differentiate themselves by defining an identity past the game itself, but does The Belko Experiment have that?
We have had enough of zombies in the recent years. Enough of the same old song and dance done with the same “shruggers” that follow a similar generic formula with similar results. It was like most said “Oh hey Walking Dead made a bunch of people love zombies, let’s make the buggers bleed green!” Thus we have an onslaught of zombie films and series! Nothing really groundbreaking in the genre most of the times and instead what used to be a slightly skewed topic for horror films in quality, turned into a landscape of mediocrity. Zombie films trying to be Shaun of the Dead, the next Walking Dead, or something popular enough to gain traction. Sadly that creates a lot of filler to wade through to attempt to find creative ideas. So when I came across Warm Bodies, a zombie film about sentient zombies learning to be human again, I was somewhat interested in the idea. I mean from what I have seen, there hasn’t really been a film executed quite like this. Yet with such a weird project like this, what could one expect from it? Well I can tell you one thing…it ain’t no Romero.