Movie Review: Kimi no na wa (Your Name)

Kimi no na wa (Your Name) is the latest movie from acclaimed director Makoto Shinkai.

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Kimi no na wa tells the story of Taki and Mitsuha, both live miles apart from each other but were able through connect through their dreams and together form a bond that transcends through time.


The Good

This is easily the best looking anime movie this year, the artwork in this movie is gorgeous. The details are outstanding at its a pure joy to look at. Once again Makoto Shinkai has out done himself and delivered an artistically unforgettable movie.

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Along with the beautiful artwork the story is also incredible, though what starts as a cliched love story becomes something so much more around the movie’s second act. Accompanied by sci-fi and fantasy elements the story enthralls from start to finish. The characters are charming and funny, and though the movie is very strong with its romantic presence, the comedic parts also hit.


The Bad

As mentioned the movie is very cliched in terms of its romantic aspects, also like similar to other Makoto Shinkai movies it starts quite slow, however if you’re a fan, it’s an issue not worth thinking of.


Rating

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If you’re familiar with Makoto Shinkai’s work, you know what you’re getting into. That said, Kimi no na wa is without a doubt one of the best movies of the year, from the captivating romantic story to the hard hitting drama, this will no doubt pull the heartstrings of many. The movie is lovely to look at, the characters are great and the fantasy / sci-fi aspect of it is fascinating. This movie is a masterpiece and without a doubt the best anime movie of the year.

Good Bad 5/5
  • Gorgeous Animation
  • Great Characters
  • Emotionally Captivating Story
  • Music / Sound Direction
  • Slow Start
  • Cliche’d at some parts
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TV Show Review: The Night Of

Very reminiscent of the successful outcome of True Detective Season 1 (note Season 1). The Night Of delivers an unforgettable crime drama, which shows the dark, harsh truth about the justice system.

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After spending a night with a female stranger, Nasir ‘Naz’ Khan wakes up only to find his  new friend stabbed to death. With all evidence pointing at him, Naz fights the system to prove his innocence at the same time, experience first hand the horrors of life in prison.


The Good

One of the most impressive aspects of this show was it’s talented cast. Riz Ahemd who plays Nasir ‘Naz’ Khan did an incredible job capturing the essence of innocence lost via the flaws of justice system. His transition from a college student to a man who spent time in prison is horribly fascinating and it shows the harsh reality that time in prison can change a man no matter how defiant he is.

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The supporting characters are all incredible and portrayed their roles with a high level of complexity, giving the audience a doubtful approach to these characters. You never really know who’s trustworthy and you are not sure who are the good guys, the bad guys or if there are even any.

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The star of the show however is John Tururro who was consistently impressive through out. This is without a doubt his show and he’s brought a very human element to his character and it’s incredible.

The overall story is great, the way it shifts it’s narrative from a murder mystery to a courtroom drama to showing the aftermath of life in prison and how it affects everyone around. The show captured the harsh reality of a changed man who’s a victim of a flawed system.


The Bad

The show is with flaws and though they were very minute in numbers, they were still noticeable. There were scenes which were never explained as well as character choices seemed very questionable given the circumstances.


Rating

Overall this is an amazing show from start to finish, the acting is tremendous and the cast did an exceptional job with their roles. Riz Ahmed was incredible and played his role with magnificent consistency. As the same time John Turturro which was perfect in every way.

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The story was deeply enthralling, accompanied by a terrific cinematography that delivers a subtle intensity in every scene. This is easily one of the best shows of 2016 and is highly recommend it to everyone.

Good Bad 4.9/5
  • Enthralling Story
  • Strong Supporting Cast
  • Riz Ahmed & John Turturro
  • Questionable Character Decisions

Movie Review: The Sea of Trees

You must know, this forest is very powerful.

The Sea of Trees is directed by Gus Van Sant starring Matthew McConaughey, Noami Watts and Ken Watanabe.

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After having gone through traumatic events Arthur Brennan (Matthew McConaughey) decides to commit suicide in the Aokigahara Jukai also known as The Suicide Forest, however he encounters a man who’s trying to leave the forest and together they set to find the way out.


The Good

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Unfortunately the one and only strength of this movie is Matthew McConaughey, once again he gave a convincing performance of a man going through a crisis. Whether it’s with his wife played by Naomi Watts or with his work, to the point where it brought him to the decision to end his life. For a movie filled with problems Matthew McConaughey did a good job carrying the movie. Though a certain amount of credit is also given to the supporting cast.


The Bad

As mentioned before the movie is filled with flaws and one that sticks out the most is the movie’s overall pace. The movie is about two hours long and it moves incredibly slow. I cannot blame anyone if they find this boring and most likely they will.

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There are a lot of slow moving scenes followed by slow spoken dialogue which some, lead to nothing. Though the director’s intention is there, to produce the film with a morose tone, unfortunately it felt a little overkill.


Rating

Overall this didn’t feel like a bad movie, however with it’s incredibly sluggish pace and long running time, it was difficult not to get bored. The story is there but the execution was poor. For people who have the attention span and who’s able to give this movie a chance, they probably won’t be disappointed. However if you’re watching this and bored halfway through, no one can blame you.

Good Bad 2/5
  • Matthew McConaughey
  • Interesting Imagery
  • Incredibly Slow Pace

Movie Review: Me Before You

Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle.

Emilia Clark built her career on being one of the most popular characters of the hit TV show Game of Thrones. However with the unimpressive performance of Terminator Genisys, can she bounce back with this romantic drama and show that she’s as good on the big screen as she is on the show?

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Emilia Clark stars as Louisa Clark who’s desperate to make a living to help her family. She takes a job taking care of recently paralyzed Will Traynor (Sam Claflin). Things doesn’t go smoothly for Louisa as Will is proving to be very difficult to work with. However with her charming personality she’s able to form a bond with Will which may ease him of his pain and suffering.


The Good

For a romantic drama, glad to say our two leads were great. Emilia Clark plays a quirky small town girl with a very charming personality and she plays it as best as she could. From delivering lines with perfect comedic timing to crying in heavy dramatic scenes, she’s shown that she got range and that she’s not always the badass dragon riding person that we know from Game of Thrones.

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Sam Claflin is also great in the movie as he plays a very moody person who’s suffered and lost so much due to an accident. At first it’s difficult to relate to him since on the outside he’s still a ridiculously rich handsome person. But we do empathize at a certain level when exposed to his vulnerabilities.

The movie has a great mixture of comedy and drama which helped the pacing of the almost two hour movie. It’s never boring and you feel engrossed in the story.


The Bad

As great as Emilia Clark’s performance in the movie, she does feel miscast-ed as the movie sells her as a small town quirky person who’s not very smart and sometimes clumsy. Unfortunately it didn’t work as the movie hoped it would be. You don’t believe that she’s the average looking girl who magically transforms once she takes her glasses off or in this case, when she wears a red dress.

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The movie falls in cliched romantic tropes especially when it comes to Will Traynor realizing that Louisa Clark is beautiful this whole time and falls for her. And at times the writing didn’t make sense and becomes very superficial in certain scenes with issues mainly being first world problems.


Rating

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Overall Me Before You is a good romantic drama, the dialogue isn’t as pretentious as The Fault in Our Stars and it does a great job pacing through it’s running time. The performances were decent especially Emilia Clark who tried her best. Unfortunately the way she was portrayed and the movie’s superficial writing drags the movie down tremendously. Still, it’s a charming, tear-jerker movie which couples and some single women and men can enjoy.

Good Bad 2.7/5
  • Emilia Clark & Sam Claflin
  • Humorous & Charming
  • Emilia Clark’s Magnetic Eyebrows
  • Emilia Clark’s Character
  • Superficial Writing
  • Cliched

Movie Review – Captain America: Civil War

This job… we try to save as many people as we can. Sometimes that doesn’t mean everybody, but you don’t give up.

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When Marvel’s Civil War came out in 2007 it easily became one of the most unforgettable story arcs involving almost all of the Marvel superheroes. On one side we have Captain America, Steve Rogers leading the anti-registration on the other we have Iron Man, Tony Stark leading the pro-registration. 9 years later Marvel, Kevin Feige and The Russo Brothers (Joe and Anthony) have adapted the story-line as a follow up to Captain America: Winter Soldier as well as Avengers: Age of Ultron. Did The Russo Brothers did a great job adapting the crossover event?

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Following the events of Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron, The Avengers faces a different dilemma as they are being asked by the United Nation to sign The Sokovia Accords, which would remove their status as a private organization but rather work under The United Nations. This of course brought conflict to the Avengers as Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) believes that the safest hands are still their own though Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) believes that they need to be controlled.


The Good

This is possibly Marvel’s best Movie yet, it has everything from drama, action and comedy. For a superhero movie it is near perfect. The characters are great and for a huge ensemble cast The Russos did a great job juggling these characters and giving them enough screen time to standout but not too much to lose focus on the movie.

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From Chadwick Boseman as The Black Panther to Tom Holland as Spider-Man both new additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe were not only introduced well but they were also given enough time to stand out from the other superheroes and both actors were incredible. Though the movie was already packed with actors and actresses the addition of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang or Ant-Man also compliments the current cast and he was used extremely well delivering very funny lines and creative action sequences.

All characters were nothing short of amazing, everyone had great moments, great dialogues and as colorful and super as they are, the directors did a great job humanizing these characters and they did it in a way that it adds a great amount of realism to their story.

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Apart from the great characters, the action sequences are also spectacular. The fight choreography is clean as it is hard hitting. The Russo brother’s did not miss a beat directing their action sequences. One scene that’s been getting quite the buzz is their so-called splash page event, which is a battle that happens in an empty airport. And this is where the movie kicks into full comic book territory as all the heroes go into full WWE battle royal mode as everyone fights everyone.

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And kudos to the Russo Brothers as they shot this as clearly as possible, despite the chaos in the screen you can still see what is going on, you can see who’s fighting who and it is enjoyable as it is exciting. The airport battle scene is possibly the best action sequence in the history of superhero or comic book movies.


The Bad

There’s very little to complain about the film, one of them is the villain. Though he’s motivation is compelling he was used mainly as a plot device in order to further the conflict and most of the time you forget that he’s in the movie.

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Another issue is the movie is not fully independent as in order to completely understand the scope of events in the film, you might have to watch the previous Captain America movie as well as Avengers: Age Of Ultron. It’s not necessary but it does help clarify the events that the movie talks about.


Rating

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As said before, this is possibly the best movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, easily one of the best movies to come out this year. The Russos did an exceptional job adapting the 2007 Marvel Comics story-line and though they didn’t follow through the source material, they did their best with what they have and they may have made a better version of said story-line.

The stakes are high and the consequences are severe, Captain America: Civil War pulls no punches as it delivers an emotionally stressful yet incredibly enjoyable film. In the end this is made by fans for the fans. As a movie on it’s own it’s still great but as a superhero movie it’s damn near perfect.

Good Bad 4.9/5
  • Black Panther & Spider Man
  • Airport Battle Scene
  • Strong Character Motivations
  • Villain’s Plans

TV Series Review: Daredevil Season 2

You hit em and they get back up, I hit em and they STAY DOWN!!

Daredevil Season 2 is what The Dark Knight did to Batman Begins or what Winter Soldier did to The First Avenger. It was better in every form and exceeded any expectations I had.


The Good

The new characters are an exciting addition to the already impressive roster. Jon Bernthal as The Punisher and Elodie Yung as Elektra bring nothing less than their A game and brought these characters to the screen in the way they see fit. And it works, their characters are given a lot of great material specially The Punisher. Jon Bernthal manages to give The Punisher an incredibly strong personality, practically delivering the best on screen performance of the character.

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While Bernthal shines as a new comer Elodie Yung’s Elektra is also someone you should look out for. Elektra is sly, manipulative very mysterious and yet playful in a very dangerous way. As someone who simply wants to reconnect with her college sweetheart. You just know something is more to it and Yung plays Elektra’s mystique to perfection.

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With more characters added to the mix, the usual characters have to step their game up and glad to say they did. The interactions between the new and old characters are great and it makes up for intense and interesting scenes. Mainly Matt Murdock’s conversations with The Punisher and Elektra are filled with great memorable dialogues. While Deborah Ann Woll’s Karen Page has also improved and really proves time and time again that she’s not to be underestimated. Elden Henson’s Foggy Nelson had also some great moments and he truly shines in his scenes. Makes it more easier for the audience to like him.

The fight scenes, this time around, are a lot more violent and more blood is shown and Daredevil truly embraced the R Rating that’s given to them. They are still incredible to watch and delivers some of the best fight scenes to be shown on the small screen.


The Bad

Though everything seemed to be better than the first season, there are small complaints I’ve garnered through my binge-watching of Daredevil. One of them is story progression, Daredevil started of incredibly strong and it carried it all the way to the middle. However just when you’re at the end, it felt as if the momentum has slowed down and maybe it’s because of exhaustion from seeing so many good stuff but the latter parts of the series are not as strong as the earlier episodes.

It felt as if some of the writings been rushed and with so many story arcs happening throughout the season it felt as if the culmination of everything wasn’t properly planned. Resulting of everything being  all over the place.


Rating

Overall Daredevil Season 2 is a worthy follow up to the first season, not only were the characters great it gave everyone the chance to shine. The stakes are higher this time around and it gave the characters the push to go and beyond what have already done. The fight scenes are more graphic and it’s definitely grittier. However seeing as Hell’s Kitchen is a place crawling criminals and vigilantes, the gore and violence feels right at home.

Easily the best Marvel Property to be seen on-screen, Daredevil Season 2 is definitely worth checking out and worth spending 13 hours for it.

Good Bad 4.9/5
  • Jon Bernthal as Punisher / Elodie Yung as Elektra
  • Strong Dialogues
  • Incredible Fight Sequences
  • Story Progression on Latter Episodes

Movie Review: A Perfect Day

Welcome to Konopac, the Rope Capital of the World. Population: 5. I’m B, I’ll be your tour guide this afternoon and I’m pleased to be with you on this lovely day.

When the corpse of an obese man is found deep inside a well in a local village, a group of aid workers band together to get the body out. However, the lack of rope, proves the task to be more challenging than expected.


The Good

This movie was a pleasant treat, Benecio Del Toro and Tim Robbins are extremely likable in this movie and it was fun watching them together. The film is quite charming with it’s witty dialogue but in the meantime it’s not afraid to go into darker territory. After all the movie is set in a war torn country. That said it doesn’t shy away from pointing out the aftermath of war. From decapitated buildings leading to poverty and depression, it touches on these topics as accurate as possible.

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The cinematography is great, there are a lot of wide shots, highlighting the filming location, some of it is great some shows the devastating effects of war.


The Bad

There are several parts of the movie that aren’t too impressive. Olga Kurylenko as beautiful as she is, is not very good in the movie. She really doesn’t have much to do in the film other than annoy Benecio Del Toro’s character. There are also several sluggish scenes that’s difficult to pay attention to.

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Rating

A Perfect Day is one of those movies you can just play in the background and don’t pay much attention to. The movie’s steady pacing and subtle charm makes it tolerable. Apart from Olga Kurylenko, the rest of the cast are solid specially Eldar Residovic who plays Nikola. However the sluggish scenes and several pointless conversations drags the movie down a bit. Overall, it’s a good movie, it won’t be for everyone but it’s still worth checking out.

Good Bad 3.5/5
  • Benecio Del Toro / Tim Robbins
  • Great Cinematography
  • Comedic Moments
  • Sluggish Scenes