Tuesday, 6 February 2007

Howls Moving Castle

Howls Moving Castle is your standard wartime tale of girl meets wizard, girl is turned in to a granny, granny becomes cleaner, wizard becomes bird, happy ever after that we all know and love. Another fine animation from Studio Ghibli (that brought you Spirited Away). Not quite as fantastic as Spirited but still good, one good thing (or bad, dependent on your tastes) about Ghibli animation is that it tends to steer clear of the whole tentalce-rape scene that some Japanimaion seems to be preocupated with. One I'd happily watch with my young cousins. Also has nice touch of "the futility of war" moral in there too.

********'' 8/10

"All right Calcifer, lets get cooking.

I don't cook! I'm a scary fire demon! "

Saturday, 3 February 2007

More for the list.

Went to buy Versus, but couldn't find it so ended up getting Sky High (by the same director as Versus & Azumi), Steamboy (makers of Akira) and The Cat Returns (Studio Ghilbi). Payed turned round and found Versus, damn it. I'll have to go back next week.


R -Point Bills its self as a Korean Apocalypse Now, but sooo not. A team of soldiers are sent back to an area of 'nam to see what happened to a team of soldiers. Obviously as this is a horror/thriller things go pear shaped. A bit too formulaic, some nice touches but generally can see most of it coming. There are also a few bits where you're shown letters or signs with no translation so you left wondering how important a plot device you've just missed. Not the hottest film from Korea in the past few years.

*****' ' ' ' ' 5/10

Thursday, 1 February 2007

Source of rekindling

Nice article by Johnathan Ross linked to his Asian Invasion seires. This was the program that rekindled my interest in east asian cinema. Mr Ross and I have very similar tastes, so I blame him for the dosh I go and spend on DVDs just 'cause he recomends them.