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Fruits Basket - Box Set

I finaly got to see the whole series of [b]Fruits Basket[/b]. I've been reading the manga and been enjoying every single bit of it. For of those who haven't heard, read or seen [b]Fruits Basket[/b], its about the chinese zodiac and how the family Sohma (certain people of the Sohma family) turn into animals in the Chinese Zodiac (plus the cat) when hugged by the opposite sex.

This is basically a Shojo Manga/Anime. And for those who doesn't know what Shojo means. Its basically romance stuff for girls. But this little Manga/Anime has alot of guy supporters too (including myself). I'm a furbura freak! And thats pretty sad.

I'm not sure if I should be confused about my sexuality or not after watching and reading Fruits Basket. And here's why. One of the lead characters, Yuki Sohma, looks very hot. Almost to be a chick. Let the confusion begin!

[img]http://www.fantasykat.com/ch/Images/y/yuki6.jpg[/img]

So there's confusion added on to that. I've noticed that alot of anime and video games with anime styles are trying to make the cute boys look like girls. Creepy... And to add insult to injury. They sometimes have Yuki in a dress! I'm utterly confused.

But other than that hysterics. The anime is pretty good. It gets kinda alright at the end. I wasn't a fan for the ending. But the anime is good. The Manga puts it to shame though. I would say read the manga if you're really wondering about this story. Around volume 13, I was in tears. Because the manga is just too sad to bare. There's alot of romance in it. But its a good story. I would recommend this to anybody who is into anime and manga. This is def. a must see and read. Read more than see In My Opinion.

And what makes this story so great. Is that the Main, Main character. Tohru Honda, lives with the Sohma's, knows of their curse of turning into animals. And gives them all love that they thought they never had. I'm not sure if the Mangaka was trying to put Christian Philosophy into this. But all 12 Sohma's are connected to a "God". His name is Akito. He puts fear into everybody that is close to him and they obey him. And it seems like in my mind, Tohru is like Jesus Christ. Instead of putting fear and obidience into the Sohma's. She puts love and charity into them. Its just that Tohru and Akito don't share that Father/Son Bond like God and Jesus.

The manga is pretty deep. Make you sit down for awhile and go, huh. Never thought about that. If you don't have the time to read the manga, then watch the anime. Its not as great as the manga. But its pretty good.

World Trade Center

So I finally decided to watch both these films. I got 'em both for a dollar at my local library. No harm no foul IMO.

I've always been hazy on both films. Thinking that they are just propaganda or worse, a cheap gimmick for Hollywood to make an easy buck off of. That one really made me think what these movies were really about. Not to show the true suffering and struggle of the American People, but to just make an easy dollar and get rich off of it.

I also thought that these movies were made too damn soon. I don't think we were ready as a county to see these films. Not yet. [b]Tora! Tora! Tora![/b], which was basically about Pearl Harbor, was made in the 70's. And that film was in the right time frame I thought. But I bet there was films made right after Pearl Harbor to reflect on that.

But will these two be better than [b]Tora! Tora! Tora![/b]? No, not in my opinion. Evertime, somebody switches it to that movie, I always bitch and complain. Yet it takes about 5 mins for me to get sucked into it. Thats a great film. But lets get down to these films. Lets start off with [b]World Trade Center[/b].

[img]http://z.about.com/d/movies/1/0/h/9/8/worldtradecenterpubb.jpg[/img]

I still have my doubts on this film on whether it was trying to portray american survival or just to cash in on what seemed like an easy hit. And I really think its the latter, because they cast Nick Cage as the lead and try to make it as a summer Blockbuster flick.

But it wasn't that bad. It was a bit slow and dramatic, trying to get you in that weeping kind of spot. To just get at your Heart. And it does do that. But I don't think its that kinda film that you want to cherish forever. Maybe even own. I think its just a good rental to learn about the port authorities and what not.

[img]http://www.sptimes.com/2006/04/28/images/Floridi_filmcol_467109.jpg[/img]

Now this film really got to me. I knew this was the big one. The one that over stepped the boundary. And I noticed that I didn't know any of the cast. It wasn't like WTC that had Nick Cage or Maggie Gyllenhaal. I didn't know a single thing or couldn't think of where I've seen this actor before. They were a bunch of faces I've never seen before. Just like if you were to get on a airplane to travel.

And for anybody that knows anything, already knows that this movie doesn't end in a happy ending. And I knew it was coming too. I regretted it, I didn't want it to happen, because of the fight, the way they wanted to live and not want any others to suffer by having this plane hit some target as well.

The movie really showed how there was basically no information or no talks between the Air Traffic Controllers and the Military. This really dumbfounded me. I expressed that thought with my dad and he responded with, "They fixed that right?" and I replied with, "I hope." Because how it showed that there was no communication what so ever and both wanted to get information or to know what was being done and nobody knew how to get that information over to them.

It also showed who was the bad guys from the beginning. The camera focused way to much for you to already know who the "Evil Doer's" were. I wished that they could of still tried to make it a bit more confusing that you really didn't know who was who. Because at the beginning, I already knew who was the leader, who was flying the plane. But, in the back of my mind I was thinking that they were just trying to play him off as a fake. And that reasoning was, when he called his Cell Phone at the Air Port and said, "I Love You." I swore I thought I heard him say, "Ich Liebe dich." Which is german for I love you. But to my guesses. I was wrong.

This movie really captured how the strong the American Spirit is. This film felt like, even though it ended bad, that we will fight to do what is right, no matter the costs or if our life is on the line. The movie really portrayed that and I felt they should of. Because thats basically what the film is about. Being United.

I'm not entirely sure, if they did this on purpose by putting the British guy who didn't want to put up a fight to stop them. Were they saying that foriengers are weak or the british are weak or that they just don't really want to put up the effort to do what is right. That one really struck me odd. Even when he sprang up to try and stop them from charging the guy. I think it was the fear that overcame him that he was afraid that he was gonna die instead of fearing that he and hundreads or who knows how many would die if he let them do what they wanted to do. Maybe they should of just made him French.

I would highly recommend to anyone to see this. Its a thought provoking, heart breaking, captivating film. When it drops in price, I might consider buying it. But along with the Passion, I probably won't watch it much, because even though they are great films. Its still a very sad and true story that you don't want to dwell on alot.

United 93
United 93(2006)

So I finally decided to watch both these films. I got 'em both for a dollar at my local library. No harm no foul IMO.

I've always been hazy on both films. Thinking that they are just propaganda or worse, a cheap gimmick for Hollywood to make an easy buck off of. That one really made me think what these movies were really about. Not to show the true suffering and struggle of the American People, but to just make an easy dollar and get rich off of it.

I also thought that these movies were made too damn soon. I don't think we were ready as a county to see these films. Not yet. [b]Tora! Tora! Tora![/b], which was basically about Pearl Harbor, was made in the 70's. And that film was in the right time frame I thought. But I bet there was films made right after Pearl Harbor to reflect on that.

But will these two be better than [b]Tora! Tora! Tora![/b]? No, not in my opinion. Evertime, somebody switches it to that movie, I always bitch and complain. Yet it takes about 5 mins for me to get sucked into it. Thats a great film. But lets get down to these films. Lets start off with [b]World Trade Center[/b].

[img]http://z.about.com/d/movies/1/0/h/9/8/worldtradecenterpubb.jpg[/img]

I still have my doubts on this film on whether it was trying to portray american survival or just to cash in on what seemed like an easy hit. And I really think its the latter, because they cast Nick Cage as the lead and try to make it as a summer Blockbuster flick.

But it wasn't that bad. It was a bit slow and dramatic, trying to get you in that weeping kind of spot. To just get at your Heart. And it does do that. But I don't think its that kinda film that you want to cherish forever. Maybe even own. I think its just a good rental to learn about the port authorities and what not.

[img]http://www.sptimes.com/2006/04/28/images/Floridi_filmcol_467109.jpg[/img]

Now this film really got to me. I knew this was the big one. The one that over stepped the boundary. And I noticed that I didn't know any of the cast. It wasn't like WTC that had Nick Cage or Maggie Gyllenhaal. I didn't know a single thing or couldn't think of where I've seen this actor before. They were a bunch of faces I've never seen before. Just like if you were to get on a airplane to travel.

And for anybody that knows anything, already knows that this movie doesn't end in a happy ending. And I knew it was coming too. I regretted it, I didn't want it to happen, because of the fight, the way they wanted to live and not want any others to suffer by having this plane hit some target as well.

The movie really showed how there was basically no information or no talks between the Air Traffic Controllers and the Military. This really dumbfounded me. I expressed that thought with my dad and he responded with, "They fixed that right?" and I replied with, "I hope." Because how it showed that there was no communication what so ever and both wanted to get information or to know what was being done and nobody knew how to get that information over to them.

It also showed who was the bad guys from the beginning. The camera focused way to much for you to already know who the "Evil Doer's" were. I wished that they could of still tried to make it a bit more confusing that you really didn't know who was who. Because at the beginning, I already knew who was the leader, who was flying the plane. But, in the back of my mind I was thinking that they were just trying to play him off as a fake. And that reasoning was, when he called his Cell Phone at the Air Port and said, "I Love You." I swore I thought I heard him say, "Ich Liebe dich." Which is german for I love you. But to my guesses. I was wrong.

This movie really captured how the strong the American Spirit is. This film felt like, even though it ended bad, that we will fight to do what is right, no matter the costs or if our life is on the line. The movie really portrayed that and I felt they should of. Because thats basically what the film is about. Being United.

I'm not entirely sure, if they did this on purpose by putting the British guy who didn't want to put up a fight to stop them. Were they saying that foriengers are weak or the british are weak or that they just don't really want to put up the effort to do what is right. That one really struck me odd. Even when he sprang up to try and stop them from charging the guy. I think it was the fear that overcame him that he was afraid that he was gonna die instead of fearing that he and hundreads or who knows how many would die if he let them do what they wanted to do. Maybe they should of just made him French.

I would highly recommend to anyone to see this. Its a thought provoking, heart breaking, captivating film. When it drops in price, I might consider buying it. But along with the Passion, I probably won't watch it much, because even though they are great films. Its still a very sad and true story that you don't want to dwell on alot.

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

I just recently seen two films. One I basically seen already and another, I seen about 15 mins and stopped watching the first time *cough* it was on my computer *cough*. The first one is Daredevil the Directors Cut.

[img]http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/Daredevil/DaredevilDCR1.jpg[/img]

Now, I thougth the original was good. I haven't been hating it like alot of other people have. Daredevil is a fav of mine and I thought the original cut was decent. It was better then [b]The Hulk[/b], [b]Elektra[/b] and that god forsaken [b]Cat Woman [/b]in my opinion. I can't understand why so many people give Ben Affleck so much crap, he did a good job. I thought he portrayed Matt Murdock as a lonely, solice human being who must fight his demons to find sanity.

I already own the original cut and I've thought many, many times to buy the Director's Cut because I've seen it for 5-10 bucks at some stores and that wouldn't half bad deal. Because so many people were claiming the DC better then the OC. And here's my thoughts on it.

Is it worth it to spend 5-10 more bucks on the DC when you already own the original? In My Opinion, no its not. I thought the Director's Cut was alright. But if you already own the first, its not really worth buying the second. The Director's Cut is basically glorified on the Coolio scenes when Matt Murdock is defending him. I didn't really care for those scenes. Sure, some say that Murdock was taking a chance by taking someone in who looked and fit the crime, but still thought of him innocent. But I think I can see why they took it out in the first cut.

So I'm giving this a low score because I thought that its not really worth to own the Director's Cut and the Original when its almost the same thing with a bit more of fat on it. But if you own neither and a comic book whore, then go get the Director's Cut since its newer and probably cheaper.


[b]"When I wake up in the morning, I go into the Bathroom and Piss Excellence."

-Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

[/b][img]http://re3.mm-a2.yimg.com/image/2312839326[/img]

I think Will Ferral is sometimes funny at best. Not all the time. I have a bit of enjoyment in his movies. But I've been noticing a trend with his wacky, random flicks...

...They are funny or a bit hilarious in the beginning, but towards the middle and end they get really, really boring. I've experienced this with Anchorman and Elf as well. So I think this fits just nicely in the boring at the end trend.

I would say def. rent this film before you go out and kick yourself in the ass for wasting 20 bucks on this, then something that could been spent on more wisely.... Like toliet paper!

The Movie wasn't that bad, don't get me wrong. I can just find better things to spend 20 bucks on then this film. Wait until it his the 3 for 10 bin at EB Games then go for it!

This film had alot of good one liners and one of my favorite (which was bolded at the top) is probably the best line of that movie. I'm just gonna have a right time to say that when somebody is cutting me down and say that just to put it back in his face.

So there's two reviews for ya!

and P.S.

I bet his new movie Blades of Glory will probably go along the same pace, funny at the beginning, boring at the end. Especially if it has that guy from Napoleon Dynamite who hasn't been able to find a good niche since that IMO horrible film that made him famous. But thats another rant...[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/smilies/wink.gif[/img]

Daredevil
Daredevil(2003)
½

I just recently seen two films. One I basically seen already and another, I seen about 15 mins and stopped watching the first time *cough* it was on my computer *cough*. The first one is Daredevil the Directors Cut.

[img]http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/Daredevil/DaredevilDCR1.jpg[/img]

Now, I thougth the original was good. I haven't been hating it like alot of other people have. Daredevil is a fav of mine and I thought the original cut was decent. It was better then [b]The Hulk[/b], [b]Elektra[/b] and that god forsaken [b]Cat Woman [/b]in my opinion. I can't understand why so many people give Ben Affleck so much crap, he did a good job. I thought he portrayed Matt Murdock as a lonely, solice human being who must fight his demons to find sanity.

I already own the original cut and I've thought many, many times to buy the Director's Cut because I've seen it for 5-10 bucks at some stores and that wouldn't half bad deal. Because so many people were claiming the DC better then the OC. And here's my thoughts on it.

Is it worth it to spend 5-10 more bucks on the DC when you already own the original? In My Opinion, no its not. I thought the Director's Cut was alright. But if you already own the first, its not really worth buying the second. The Director's Cut is basically glorified on the Coolio scenes when Matt Murdock is defending him. I didn't really care for those scenes. Sure, some say that Murdock was taking a chance by taking someone in who looked and fit the crime, but still thought of him innocent. But I think I can see why they took it out in the first cut.

So I'm giving this a low score because I thought that its not really worth to own the Director's Cut and the Original when its almost the same thing with a bit more of fat on it. But if you own neither and a comic book whore, then go get the Director's Cut since its newer and probably cheaper.


[b]"When I wake up in the morning, I go into the Bathroom and Piss Excellence."

-Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

[/b][img]http://re3.mm-a2.yimg.com/image/2312839326[/img]

I think Will Ferral is sometimes funny at best. Not all the time. I have a bit of enjoyment in his movies. But I've been noticing a trend with his wacky, random flicks...

...They are funny or a bit hilarious in the beginning, but towards the middle and end they get really, really boring. I've experienced this with Anchorman and Elf as well. So I think this fits just nicely in the boring at the end trend.

I would say def. rent this film before you go out and kick yourself in the ass for wasting 20 bucks on this, then something that could been spent on more wisely.... Like toliet paper!

The Movie wasn't that bad, don't get me wrong. I can just find better things to spend 20 bucks on then this film. Wait until it his the 3 for 10 bin at EB Games then go for it!

This film had alot of good one liners and one of my favorite (which was bolded at the top) is probably the best line of that movie. I'm just gonna have a right time to say that when somebody is cutting me down and say that just to put it back in his face.

So there's two reviews for ya!

and P.S.

I bet his new movie Blades of Glory will probably go along the same pace, funny at the beginning, boring at the end. Especially if it has that guy from Napoleon Dynamite who hasn't been able to find a good niche since that IMO horrible film that made him famous. But thats another rant...[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/smilies/wink.gif[/img]

Dark Water
Dark Water(2002)
½

So I got the J-Horror edition of [b]Dark Water[/b]. Now, me myself included, have complained about the crappy American J-Horror Remakes. But after seeing both. I guess the remake wasn't that bad. Well because I thought the original was maybe about the same. I thought both movies were okay. But nothing great.

When I popped the DVD in, I noticed it was from ADV. One of my fav. anime licensers. The first few seconds began and I noticed that it was dubbed! Not the problem that it was dubbed. But it was the first audio selection instead of the original track. If I'm gonna be watching a foreign flick, its gonna have to be Subbed. Because dubbed looks and sounds so horrible. Its very different when talking about anime, because its usually easier done and made look to fit. But thats my only big beef with the movie. If you call it a beef.

The acting was well done. I wouldn't be as to say that I was on my toes, but I think the movie killed it for me because I already seen the American remake. It wasn't as [b]Infernal Affairs[/b] when I haven't seen [b]The Departed[/b] yet.

But the movie in general was really bland for me. I would highly suggest renting it. If you're into the trying Foreign films that is. But I do have a bunch of other J-Horror dvds that I've either never heard of or know nothing about that I'm about to consume so there should be alot of fresh idea's and new things in those flicks. Until then.

Jackass: Number Two

Well, from spending 50 cents from my local library, I finally seen what all the teens were geeking out for. And it wasn't bad. There was alot of funny bits. But not much depth. Well..... I wasn't expecting any either. C'mon, its Jackass.

Thinking that it has Depth is like thinking that Paris Hilton has a personality. She's like a fucking Robot. One that I can't understand and still can't kill with my plastic spork. And believe me, I would try. Right in her fucking Eye. I bet she'll still think she's hot with 4 inches of recycled plastic sticking out of her now-useless-eye. It goes with her always-been-useless-self. I cheered when she died in House of Wax. Another fucking bad remake. An a Horror Remake. Those make enema's seem like Heaven nowadays. *Prays to god that Rob Zombie won't fuck up Halloween*

But back to this film. The stakes are higher, the skits are worse and more fucked up. And to say the least, sometimes disgusting. But I expected that. Alot of it was hilarious. It was good for 50 cents but that was about it. Its not worth buying. Especially for 20 bucks (see Random Rants). And might be worth it if you could find it at EB Games for 10 bucks..... Well if you did the 3 for 20 deal and got 2 other good movies to make the Jackass Movie an alright pick.

There's not much to talk about this film. Alot of skits, some funny, some not. And thats about it. I would say watch it before you buy it. You're wallet would be happier.

Mou gaan dou (Infernal Affairs)
½

First out, This is film that Scorsesse based his film off of, [b]The Departed[/b]. A film I haven't seen yet and been dying to see. I can't wait to see it on DVD. But this movie is the original. [b]The Departed[/b] is the remake.

It either has Subtitles or a Dubbed. But after watching Fearless on a dub. I'm not gonna ever watch a live action foreign flick with a crappy dub. I've always said that I can stand a Dub on a anime, because they are usually good. And if you're a subber for anime, its usually not that bad because there's usually not alot of frames as there is for Live Action. But I always argued against that anyways saying that you're missing alot of the great art by reading words. But I'm getting away from the subject. Back onto this film.

I really had to get into this. You couldn't just be chilling with your friends watching this because you would miss alot of stuff and you need to really pay attention to it. But here's the gist of the story.

Its basically about 2 guys. They are both undercover for the opposite side. And its really about on who's gonna find the mole first. Its a on your toes action. I really enjoyed it. Really sad at the end. But its a must watch for die hard film fans.

I would say try to watch this film first then see [b]The Departed[/b], because I've been hearing that people thought that [b]Infernal Affairs[/b] was a better film. And that would make sense. The original should always be better because why would a remake be put in?

But I would say definitely watch this film. Its a really good story. And it shows that not all thoughts and Idea's in today's Cinema are completly dead. We just have to go over sea's to see the better stuff.

Rocky Balboa
Rocky Balboa(2006)
½

I was going into this movie with alright expectations. I felt that Stallone was basically trying to redeem himself from Rocky V. And he proved it with this great finish.

The movie follows after Adrian dies from some sort of cancer, I wasn't very apparent to what the cancer was. But she's gone. And here comes this deeper, emotional story about Rocky trying to live with himself after her death and how he struggles.

His son basically hates him. Well not hate him but hate the famous person he is and puts him in a deep dark shadow. All his Son recieved was because Rocky was his Dad. He basically earned nothing by himself and that ate him up inside.

Rocky decides he wants to fight again after a computer generated fight with him and the current champ. Rocky getting curious decides to fight one last time (and hopefully this is the last time). But he only wants to do some local fights nothing big, but Rocky becomes swayed and has a Exhibiton fight with the champ.

There's a good storyline that is places on this, making fun of Rocky because he's too old. It makes it work. And hopefully, there will be no more sequels to Rocky and thats the end of it. Nothing about his Son fighting or anything Silly like that. Its done when its done. And this series is done.

The movie isn't half bad as people thought it would be. I actually enjoyed it. Its a bit long because of all the character development. And it seems like it should be a bit long and drawn out to show how frustrated Rocky is. I'm gonna buy it when it comes out on DVD. It'll be a nice add to anybody's collection. [font="] [/font]