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Probably the biggest fully animated film of the year, at least for me, is done by Makoto Shinkai. I have not seen much of his work but I found "5 centimeters per second" absolutely amazing. Meet Morishima Hodaka. A 16 year old boy that has left his home to live and survive alone in Tokyo. He needs work and a place to live and that part get's right when a guy saves his life on a boat and also offers him some help on mentioned matters later on. Hodaka is crushing on the man's hot niece that also lives there, but his true love is Hina She is a special girl - she can make the rain stop - a perfect skill in a rainy summer. Together they even make money of it! As time passes they seem some side effects on both the weather and the girl when she does her stuff - is it all worth it?
This is a very original, sweet story. It's funny and cute, but it also has some more action-filled scenes with guns and everything. Firstly this film looks absolutely amazing. I have not seen such a nice looking anime-flick before. The sound and the overall production are superb, even if the music score is pretty wack. The story floats along very nicely, with many small subplots and a nice pace. Maybe a bit long and too dragged ending, but in total a very good film.
8 out of 10 showers.
I rearly watch Indian flicks. Actually, this is one of my first films. A girl with divorced parents get's kidnapped. The relationship between the parants are not especially good and it does not help that the policeman that are on the case are dating the mom.
This is a pretty fast paced film with many happenings and twists. It has some very funny moments and it's a pretty wild ride. It's quite smart and catchy and it's well acted. The production is fine and in general this is a pretty good film. I noticed that the actors all of a sudden switched to English for only a few sentences or frases. I don't know it this is a typical Indian thing but I found it interesting at least. OK film, with few faults, but it was maybe a bit messy and easy at some levels.
6 out of 10 Internet cafés.
Iclandic flick where we follow a poor mother, strugling with jobs and apperantly an earlier life with drug abuse and such. She's got a kid, and tries her best, but she haven't enough money for keeping a house. At the same time she get's a job as an airport security. This is where she meets Adja. Adja is kept in an aztylum since her passport is not in order. As the film moves on we follow the two stories as they eventually bond.
Another Iclandic pearl. I have seen many in the recent years and they never seem to fail on the drama flicks. I like the realness, the acting and the look of it. It's very humane and touchy when it comes to realistic matters that is apperant in many people lives.
7.5 out of 10 cat snacks.
The story of Han Solo. Some fella that escapes a place only to try to get back to win back his girl. Of course it's filled in in Star Warsian surroundings and the action is just like we know it. He befriends a few people stealing some very explosive, powerful stuff and there are many enemies trying to get the same stuff.
This is very action packed and the production is enjoyable. The story is not all that but it has that classic look, humor and smartness that I love from the franchise.
There's been so many Star Wars films lately, that I hardly can hang on to them, but I found this OK, just like the another anthology film - "Rouge One". It's all about the entertainment, and it works out just fine this time once again.
6.5 out of 10 gold dices.
Japanese horror from 1964. We are back in year 1400 or something and befriend two women that kill people and steal the belongings. It's hard times as the crops failed last winter and it's not easy to get food and other supplies even when they are trading good stuff from they're killings.
A man comes with some bad news. One of the women has lost her son in the war and while the messenger stays she does not go very well along with him.
This is a very nice looking piece in black and white. The windy grass and reed makes the whole difference and some nice angles in static images makes it a poetic and joyful ride. Some freakier scenes, making it rather experimental and surprizingly much focus on sex and nudity - no wonder it was banned for quite a while.
It's not scary these days - it's just some freaky noises with a rather scary mask when it's at it's most shocking. Not very tense, but not that slow either. The psychology is thick and real, even today. Well acted and quite impressive on most levels for it's age. Also a very influential film and known by many fans of films for one of the earlier, solid, Asian horrors.
7.5 out of 10 masks.