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Wonderful!

Posted : 9 years, 8 months ago on 23 January 2008 02:30 (A review of Wonderfalls)

I figured I needed to watch a canceled tv show because that way I wouldn't have to devote really long periods of time to watch it on TV as it airs then watch commercials and blah blah they are too long so Wonderfalls sounded like it fit the bill.

Now I'm regretting that choice a bit. It was surprisingly actually good, it would have been perfect if it sucked but since I enjoyed it so much it only made me more dismayed when I knew full well there'd be no more episodes.

It's about a girl named Jaye Tyler and for all intents and purposes she can easily be a very accomplished person but she chooses to work in retail and live in a trailer park. And inanimate objects with animal faces talk to her. They tell her to do things that appear to help the others around her. Hijinks ensue and Jaye learns life lessons blah blah and becomes a better person.

At times it is a little over the top and it has many faults but you tend you look those over when it's canceled. But the main characters are lovable and while most of the characters in each episode are only seen in that one episode the recurring cast make up for it. It's slightly episodic (since most of the characters are standalone characters only there for one episode) but it has a somewhat underlying story arc that carries on in most episodes and has some resolution by the end of the 13 episodes but you just know that they could (and should!) make a second season, or possibly more. But I realize that I like alot of tv shows. But I often find I can't commit or the story just jumps the shark, so perhaps Wonderfalls was perfect in it's cancellation. Kinda like the smooshed face of wax lion that talks to Jaye.
I'd rate it higher but I just can't since I didn't really receive as much satisfaction as I wanted by the end of the series.


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Just roll with it

Posted : 9 years, 8 months ago on 18 January 2008 06:49 (A review of The Price of Milk)

The back of the DVD said it was like the Princess Bride on acid so I gave it a whirl.

Oh boy. This movie is weird weird weird. But once I just rolled with it I realized it was rather entertaining. I guess they needed to add a new twist to the normal romance movie and it might have worked. I'm not really sure. But I did laugh quite alot, but I think it was more of a confused laugh of desperation most of the time.

It has the lovely backdrop of New Zealand and ah... cows? Apparently Lucinda sold her fiance's cows for a quilt and hijinks ensue? It kinda has that fairy tale feel of be careful what you wish for or something. It's kinda hard to tell from only one viewing.
I could have sworn they had a pet box... I guess in New Zealand things are just off like that. The only bad thing about it was that there were no subtitles in the DVD I watched and New Zealand accents take a while to get used to for me...
If you roll with it you'll find yourself enjoying this movie probably more than you should. I'd recommend it to someone looking for an unconventional love story. Very... very... unconventional.


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It was pretty looking

Posted : 9 years, 8 months ago on 17 January 2008 04:18 (A review of Marie Antoinette)

It certainly was a feast for the eyes and from a visual standpoint a really pretty movie.

However from the trailers it seemed like a more teen oriented film. Not your usual period piece fair of great seriousness and the like. Too bad that while it did try to do that it was BO-RING. While there were alot of scenes to appeal to the teenage crowd (most of them I would say were rather out of place) there'd also be alot of scenes of people just walking. Or going from point A to point B. It was real pretty looking but for a person watching it was just plain BORING! Ack! I thought it'd be a more comedic thing especially with a French King with a very strong Texan accent. I could forgive really jarring accents if it just wasn't so boring.

They did film at Versailles itself and perhaps wanted to show off its splendor (it's really fabulous looking) but the end result is just a very artsy pretty film that fails to warrant my attention.


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So should I call it Mighty Atom or what?

Posted : 9 years, 8 months ago on 13 January 2008 06:58 (A review of The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution)

A bit repetitive but a thoroughly educational and interesting look at Astro Boy and man who created him.

You might have surprised me with one essay about Astro Boy but a whole book! That's pretty epic. Each essay can be read by itself but reading them all at once can be a little bit annoying as many things are often repeated (okay, okay I get it you only mention it every chapter). But when it doesn't repeat itself it gives new insight to Astro Boy and the man who created him. Many fans of anime in the United States in particular are unaware of the greatness that is Osamu Tezuka and this is the first book available to English readers that is all about Tezuka.
It's deceptive in that it's called the Astro Boy essays when it's more about the man behind adorable and lovable robot hero. I suppose since most of the world outside of Japan has no idea who Osamu Tezuka is they are bound to know his most well-known creation, Astro Boy.

The author himself was a friend of Tezuka and knows what he's talking about. He also translated many of Tezuka's work into English. And he has written many other books about similar topics.

Highly highly recommended. It's not just about cute robot kid saving the day, there's alot more to it. Taken at face value will only get you so far. This is about the guy who essentially made anime and manga what they are in Japan today (take that as you will).


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Mr. Brooks review

Posted : 9 years, 9 months ago on 15 December 2007 06:46 (A review of Mr. Brooks)

I enjoyed watching this more than I should have. It wasn't that great but I had fun watching it nonetheless. Somehow I had a feeling that they probably intended at first to make a comedy at first. Yet for some strange reason they kinda tried to make it series and dramatic for most of the film but I had a feeling they just gave up and went "eh" and decided to make it a comedy after all. Plus the whole Earl and Marshall interaction is especially amusing. Or maybe I just have a twisted sense of humor.


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(Mostly) Good short stories

Posted : 9 years, 10 months ago on 14 November 2007 03:34 (A review of Haunted: A Novel)

People are escaping their lives in a writer's retreat but because they all wanna be rich and famous they end up making themselves victims of each other so they can make an amazing movie or something. Lots of self-mutilation is very important if you wanna become a famous survivor person apparently.

I've always intended to read a book by this guy ever since I watched Fight Club and luckily a friend of mine thrust this novel into my face and I was coerced into reading it and all it's uh... splendor?

The story really kinda sucked. Oh noes humanity sucks and people invent stories and villains so to glorify themselves for future fame with horrible mutilations and murders. Or something like that. Random orgies on Venus. 0_0

It really felt like the author had a bunch of short stories that he wanted to tie together somehow. However it came off as really annoying. If anything read the book but only read the short stories, not much for the actual plot since it was dreadfully boring for the most part and it felt as if you weren't meant to feel especially sorry for the characters despite the fact that you were reading confessions of their innermost secrets.

The short stories are really the strong point in this novel and the motivation to keep reading. Some will probably turn alot of people away but despite the creepiness they are rather amusing for the most part. My personal favorite of course is Guts which recounts the horrors of masturbation in a slightly amusing but most definitely disturbing manner.

It's an anthology of gruesome and slightly entertaining stories that pass the time . If you pick this book up just save yourself the trouble and don't bother with the main plot unless you really want to know how it all interconnects.


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The Ultimate Edition

Posted : 9 years, 10 months ago on 13 November 2007 02:04 (A review of Fruits Basket Ultimate Edition, Vol. 1)

I've been meaning to pick up Fruits Basket for about the longest time now and somehow Tokyopop understands this (evidently we must communicate).
Lo and behold a giant sized edition containing the first two volumes at the price of about 1.5 volumes. Not bad, not bad.

If you haven't picked it up yet and you have been meaning to, well, now there's no excuse. While the art is strikingly different compared to later volumes and the story doesn't get into the deep meaty stuff until later it's still a fun shoujo manga. And honestly, you really don't have to be a girl to enjoy it. But it might help :P

The description mentioned something about an autograph but uh... I didn't see one.
All the extra content that was in the first and second volumes are still intact. Such as the fanart and summary of the previous book @_@
Also on the back it proudly mentions in bold lettering that it won the Best Manga Award in the American Anime Awards, which was conducted online and if I remember correctly was supposedly any and all manga released in the US but when you actually looked at the choices it was highly skewed into what was hip and happening in the current anime fandom. But don't let that disparage you since it still is a fracking good read.


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A musical of Beatles musix

Posted : 9 years, 11 months ago on 17 October 2007 03:06 (A review of Across the Universe)

My friends dragged me into this movie and I admit I've never been much of a Beatles fan though I find myself leaning towards becoming one in the near future because I didn't realize the songs were rather catchy.

The movie itself was an affair of you either loved it or hated it. It can come off as a pretentious art film or something of a work of art. To me it was an okay movie, the drug trips aside I didn't find it that bad but it probably will look pretty cool if you are high or something. It's one of those movies that also seems to beat you on the head with a message of some sort. (oh dear!) This of course was all lost on me during the weird possibly drug induced scenes.

Plus it seems, no, I'm pretty sure that the whole reason some characters were there so they can sing all those Beatles songs. I can't think of any other reason why the seemingly random lesbian was there unless that's how they rolled back then, which I'm inclined to believe because of all the possibly drug induced scenes. At least they got hobos singing and stuff. That's always fun. Random singing hobos.

All in all it's a pretty good fun film to laugh at but it's really not for me. Mebbe if trippy music video type stuff is your thing you might enjoy it. I often found myself laughing at loud at what seemed to be tense moments of the movie. But it's really hard not to laugh. Dehumanizing dance sequences are always the best. Especially when drugs are in the mix.


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Everyday life...

Posted : 10 years ago on 14 September 2007 02:36 (A review of Flame of Recca, Vol.23)

There comes a time in shounen fighting stories that there's a break in the fighting and it's the calm before the storm. Once again it's that phase in Flame of Recca.

The only really important thing that transpires is Recca's meeting with the final flame dragon which is quite a surprise and almost makes up for this rather lackluster volume which delved very shallowly in the otherwise mundane lives of the characters. This is what Flame of Recca would be... minus all the death tournaments and crazy ninja fighting.

Personally I can't stand Naruto all too much but Flame of Recca isn't that much better since I dig it for all the reasons I hate Naruto. It's probably because the fandom doesn't haunt me and I'm able to enjoy shounen fighting awesomeness to my heart's content.
Except not in this volume.


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Kiki's Delivery Service review

Posted : 10 years, 1 month ago on 26 August 2007 03:04 (A review of Kiki's Delivery Service)

Kiki is a young witch in training and evidently the rite of passage is to journey to another town and become the town witch.

The word witch here doesn't carry the negative connotations of ugly old ladies with bent noses who only wish to consume the flesh of children in order to preserve their twisted sense of beauty. Oh no. Nothing of the sort. Witches aren't the most common thing in the town Kiki goes to yet they aren't an alien concept.

So in this town Kiki adopts as her own she gets a live-in job at a bakery delivering stuff, hence the title. As with any magical girl type show Kiki has an animal sidekick befitting one of a witch; a rather snarky black cat. It's really more a tale of how Kiki grows as a person and goes through life experiences, the good and the bad.

Plus I really dig the music (even in the dub). Those who complain over how they changed the song blah blah it's not really that big of an issue. Deal with it.

All in all it's a wonderful movie that can be enjoyed by anyone at any age unless you are a cold hearted bastard who never eats Grandma's special pie.


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