Anime Reviews, Movie Reviews, Reviews

Anime Film Review: Big Fish & Begonia (2016)

Blending moments of utter tranquility with unforgiving emotional heights, Big Fish & Begonia had me floored in its opening act and kept me hooked until the very end. Unlike most of the content reviewed on this blog, I stumbled upon this film by chance and found myself in shock that it flew under my radar.

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Movie Reviews, Reviews

Film Review: Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse is one of my favourite animated films of the last decade and I’m only 20 years old. That’s like half of my life and I’ve seen a lot of animated movies. I’m aware that having grown up on Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy had an influence on my initial desire to see this film. I’m also aware that the legacy behind the characters skewed the viewing experience so that I am more inclined to enjoy the end product. That being said, I did the same for Venom (2018) and I kind of hated that movie so lets get into it.

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Film Review: Rocketman (2019)

Rocketman hits every note and is certainly striking a chord on a global scale. Taron Egerton’s portrayal of the talented yet tortured music legend seems to have captivated critics and audiences alike; garnering a high 80’s on Rotten Tomatoes for each! Seeing all the hype, I took a trip to the (surprisingly empty) cinema to check it out. Do I think it holds up?

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Pokémon Detective Pikachu: Fuzzy, Nostalgic and Great Fun

As someone who is still two phases behind in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Pokémon Detective Pikachu has been the most fun I’ve had at the cinema in a long time.

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Film Review: One Cut of the Dead / “Kamera o tomeru na!” (2018)

“Don’t stop shooting!”, One Cut of the Dead is the story of a low-budget filmmaker amidst a hectic zombie production when a real zombie wreaks havoc on the cast and crew. With a perfectionist, psychotic director filming a once in a lifetime scenario and a steadily growing body count, two amateur actors must fight to survive.

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Film Review: Baby Driver (2017)

Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver (2017) was my film of the year when it came out. After multiple viewings, and writing an essay on its use of soundtrack, this action-packed thrill ride is a spectacle to watch. Familiar with his work on the “Cornetto Trilogy” (Shaun of the Dead, Hot FuzzThe World’s End) and cult comic adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Wright is recognisable for his use of rapid editing, breakneck pacing and visually vibrant colour pallete.

With a plethora of videos online discussing the use of editing, costume and cinematography of the film, Baby Driver has become one of the most talked about movies of the last few years. Let’s find out why.

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Film Review: Get Out (2017)

Chillingly surreal and visibly tinged with the experiences of its director, Get Out (2017) displays the modern day America in a mind-bending Horror format. Whether it to be considered an exaggerated form of the location or a gruelling commentary through the eyes of an African American perspective, to call the world “fantasy” is an insult. Get Out is one of these movies that is able to articulate its social commentary effectively without compromising the entertainment factor for a general audience. As a white eighteen year old from England, there’s only so much relatability I can confidently describe. I’d be lying if I said this film’s setting felt completely disconnected from the world we live in, but I understand that it’s not my place to delve into such a controversial topic without the experience needed to fully comprehend it. That being said, this movie was intriguing nonetheless and lead me to spend many hours analysing all of the MICRO elements hidden away. I’m excited to discuss what I found.

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Alice & Zoroku: An Adventure into the Mind of a Child [Review]

You guys asked for it, so here it is. Alice & Zoroku is a show that I watched as it aired but dropped around episode 3 or 4 due to a lack of interest and that exams were taking full control of my schedule. First of all, thank you to everyone who told me to give this another shot because this show had a lot more going for it than I gave credit for. Not only mixing up the general supernatural escaped test subject premise that’s been done to death but working so well to present its own themes entirely. Albeit a bit late, here are my full thoughts on Alice & Zoroku.

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Anime Reviews, Cute Girls doing Cute Things, Reviews

Hinako Note: Inconsistent, Indecisive, In the Trash [Review]

At first, this show seemed to be a spin-off show of GochiUsa, a show following a group of girls working in a coffee shop – and admittedly is the reason it was in my Queue. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was its own show entirely and focused on a theatre setting. Although I may be biased as “cute girls in theatre” is possibly my favourite combination of words, this show definitely doesn’t get a free pass as a result.

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Demi-chan wa Kataritai – Monster Girls have never been so cute [Review]

How do you encompass youth in one word? There are a wide variety of answers that are all correct in their own right, but the one that sums it up for me is Growth. Youth is a time of development, finding yourself and still trying to fit in. Seemingly endless days with friends and making every attempt at creating memories with them, youth is a wonderful thing and is one of the most effective themes presented in anime. Demi-chan wa Kataritai perfectly encompasses this concept through its innovative characters, spectacular narrative pacing and beautiful visuals. It really has been a long time since a show this effortlessly enjoyable and engaging has come along.

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