A couple of weeks back… probably more by the time you stumble across this review whilst looking for something else Final Fantasy VII related… I did a post about video game based film adaptations and how they, quite often, suck a load of donkey balls. One such film that I mentioned not being all that great was Final Fantasy The Spirits Within. That film is often derided for being massively off base of what the Final Fantasy games were. Which was pretty amazing seeing as it was made by Square, the makers of the games. Although looking back they sure did think they were the dogs bollocks around then. So, what happens when they not only make a Final Fantasy film that mirrors the games but is actually a sequel to one of the games? Their most highly praised Final Fantasy at that. Click the link for my review which is sure to piss off a few fanboys.
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Today was my last day of work for Gala Coral Group. I’ve been working there for the last 6 months after having been made redundant from HMV. I’m leaving Gala Coral for the same reason. Before HMV I was at Electronic Arts where I left after my job got sent to Romania. Suffice to say it’s been a rubbish last few years for jobs for me. So I need cheering up. But I’m one to share so this weekend I’m going to share with you my top 5 (in no particular order) films that make me grin. Also, this is totally not a hashed out list because I couldn’t think of a real Weekend Dump topic this week. Click the link below for the list!
How long has it been since I did an anime review? -Checks all posts page on the dashboard- 4 months! That’s how long. Well that’s entirely too long. Guess I should correct that with one of the anime films that helped maintain the popularity of anime during it’s early to mid 90s heyday. Yes I said that was the heyday. A lot of what’s about now stinks. There, I said it. Shame Satoshi Kon died. He was really keeping the quality level high. Annnnyway, today I review Ninja Scroll. You know, that anime where the big rock dude rapes the poisoned girl. Why do so many of the films I cover seem to feature rape? What’s wrong with me? Click the link to find out!!!
So I check my views today to find that he site has set a new all time record for a single days views of over 1,000!!! Obviously I’ll make a bigger deal if I ever hit over 9,000. Anyway, seems that one review is responsible for all of this. My review of Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend has pulled in a lot of views today. Now, should I be happy or worried that it was searched for exactly 666 times. The searches appear to come from Spain too, which is odd because I don’t usually get many Spanish views. Hola Spanish peoples! Either someone is a great prankster or something devilish is afoot.
First off, apologies for not doing a review for a whole week. Basically I’ve had a week off work and got myself some new toys to play with that will hopefully allow me to do a few new things around this here web blog thing. Hopefully what I’ve acquired will pay off and I won’t just get bored with the added effort they’ll require. Watch this space and all that for details. To make up for it I have two reviews coming, this one and one tomorrow, for films that I probably shouldn’t have bothered watching. But I have anyway because this is the slowest expanding movie review database on the internet and as such it needs to be filled. Slowly… like the dirty whore that it is. Also, before I start this review, yes I am aware that there is a picture of some kittens at the top of the page. You try finding tasteful screenshots from this film. Click the link for the review.
This is The List…
What is The List? Well I have a knack for building up a backlog of films to be watched and I’d quite like to have a system where I can tell you guys what I have planned to be reviewed in the future. So I thought I’d compile a list of films that I have ready to watch that I just haven’t go to yet. Films I have on the plan for the near future. Some are films I got in a boxed set and never got through. Some are films from my Lovefilm that have arrived, or even just films I intend to see in the cinema. Some will be films I have planned for future themed weeks. The idea is that I log them in this post, make it a sticky post, and then add and delete as I go along. This list will serve as a constant reminder to me also to get around to watching various stuff. It’s also gonna be a nightmare for me when I get that James Bond Blu-Ray set and have to add 22 films. If you see a film on there that you insist I should watch then nag me about it. If there’s something you’d like me to review then tell me and I might add it.
Alien Resurrection (ugh)
Brothers And Sisters Of The Toda Family
Fantastic Mr Fox
OK, lets see how I get on with this.
EDIT Decided that I didn’t like not having a review image right at the top of the blog when you reach the homepage so from now on The List will be a clickable link at the top of the page above The Film Dump’s blog banner.
Well that was handy wasn’t it? I reviewed the first Death Note film last week and here’s the sequel. If you’ve read my previous review you’ll probably be able to guess how much I was looking forward to seeing this one. If you haven’t then that amount is approximately not a lot. The first film had a cool concept but failed on most other levels to excel in any way. Shoddy characterisation, some bizarre shooting techniques and editing and to top it all off the story was all over the place structure wise. So here’s Death Note: The Last Name. Click the link for the review.
Well here’s an excuse to post a picture of Bender. I Know That Voice is a documentary about the actors behind the voices of your favourite cartoon and videogame characters. About time they got some face time. The film features most of the voice actors I’d rate amongst the best including Kevin Conroy (Batman!), John DiMaggio (Bender!) and Tara Strong (Everyone!… and Bubbles). There’s a few obvious omissions though. No sign of Frank Welker (Slimer), Phil Lamarr (Samurai Jack) or Jim Cummings (Everyone in every Disney film. Almost). Anywho, click the jump to see the trailer!
I am not kidding you, that’s actually the Japanese for Death Note. Sometimes I wonder what’s the point of different languages. Then I remember how hot French girls can sound. Really helps take the edge off the armpit hair… and the being French. Anyway, Death Note is a real life film based on a popular Manga comic and Anime series of the same name. It features Japanese actors that are gonna mess with my spell checker and premise that was likely thought up after drinking too much Sake. Click the link for my review!
Did anyone see the new BBC version of the Borrowers over Christmas? I missed it but I did catch a little. It was putrid. Arrietty seemed to be some horrible little mouthy chav girl and it appeared to be that the sole reason for making it was because someone at BBC HQ said “Hey, let’s modernise The Borrowers for no good reason”. Speaking of modernising The Borrowers here’s Arrietty from Studio Ghibli. It’s set in Japan in the space year 2010 and you know what, it doesn’t detract from the original story in the slightest. Click the tiny to read the review.