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  • Sachi 9:50 pm on January 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adaptation, , Elfen Lied, , , , Kazunari Ninomiya, Kenichi Matsuyama, , Last Airbender, Live action, movie, Resident Evil, , Uwe Boll   

    The Live-Action Gantz 


    What is it about live action film adaptations that are just so inferior to their original counterpart? Without even including anything directed by Uwe Boll, I bet you can easily name five bad live action films that were adapted from either a video game, a book, an anime, or the like. It’s not difficult, is it? I can personally name five films simply from the last few years: Hitman, Dragonball: Evolution, The Last Airbender, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and A Series of Unfortunate Events. Now, I bet you can’t do the same for good live action film adaptations, can you? Off the top of my head now, I can give small kudos to films like Harry Potter, the original Resident Evil, and the original Spiderman. The point is that quality live action adaptations are far and scarce, while terrible ones are a dime a dozen.

    But what happens when you make a live action adaptation of something that was already bad? Will it be better than the original, or will it suck even more? This was the question I had when hearing about the new live action Gantz. (More …)

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    • juliancan 2:03 pm on January 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Nice review and oh if you know about Paprika, the anime film based about venturing into people’s dreams. Well it is set for a live action adaption by Wolfgang Petersen :D. I’m actually being optimistic with this movie knowing this guy’s promising track record unlike the sh*tty director who adapted my beloved pseudo-anime series, Avatar: the last Airbender.

      • Sachi 2:19 pm on January 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Paprika is up there with my favorite anime films, and certainly my favorite work of the late Satoshi Kon. This is going to have to push Petersen out of his usual niche of directing if he wants to do this right. From the looks of it, it’s also going to be an American-made film, which already has me a little iffy about it, but I’ll reserve all judgment until I learn more about it.

        • juliancan 3:12 pm on January 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Mmm says that he is going to have to make it “mainstream”. Many things could mean by that :/. He further says that it is going to be similar to the Matrix which is not a bad sci-fi film to be honest.

          Then again how can you go more wrong than Dragon Ball and Avatar? It’s going to be quite hard beating them two.

          I just hope that it will not be too similar to Inception, assuming that the latter has an almost identical device used in Paprika.

          • Sachi 4:39 pm on January 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Nolan has cited Paprika to be an inspiration/influence for Inception; the problem is that the general public isn’t going to know this once the live action Paprika premieres in the U.S., and many may criticize Paprika for being too similar to Inception, when in fact it is the other way around. The timing is just bad for this film.

  • Sachi 7:48 pm on January 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , movie, , , , , , Wachowski Brothers   

    Ghost in the Shell 


    A question posed throughout all of human history, one possibly more insightful and more relevant than the meaning of life, deals with that of humanity. What makes a human being? Is it our body? Our intellect? Our consciousness? What makes man any different from a machine performing functions? Could a machine be more human than a human? The list goes on and on, and there’s still no definitive answer to the question— but it certainly gets us to think, doesn’t it? In 1995, an anime readdressed this question using cyborgs.

    Science fiction often asks this question, among many other issues and questions it address, and popularly roots from the writings of Isaac Asimov. Ghost in the Shell, produced by Production I. G. in 1995, premiered, introducing us to the world where the line between human and machine is no longer distinct, and many people have upgraded to cybernetic bodies. We follow Major Motoko Kusanagi, of the security force Section 9, as she and her team track down a dangerous hacker known as the Puppet Master. At the same time, Kusanagi questions her existence as a cyborg and seeks to discover what it means to be truly human. Ghost in the Shell was a breakthrough in animation, blending cel and computer animation, as well as in the international arena, being among the first anime to be shown extensively in North America, and even being an influence for the Wachowski brothers in creating The Matrix. So, what makes it such a great film? Well, lets go over that in what will by my first essay of my Ghost in the Shell marathon: (More …)

     
    • Mac Colestock 8:24 pm on January 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Oshii’s film adaptation of Shirou’s manga is barely even an adaptation. It’s probably best to consider them two different beasts altogether due to how drastically they differ, but that’s not to say either one is bad. Aside from visual models, the characters aren’t even recognizable; the thought provoking but loose and lighthearted tone of the manga is contrasted by the somber, introspective, and melancholy tone of the film; and not to mention how the whole narrative had to be compressed and rewritten to the point of only bearing passing resemblance to its source material. But they’re both excellent, since Shirou works well with the comic format and Oshii’s adaptation–though wild in its liberties–does it justice while still remaining thoroughly “Oshii”. He only loses track of himself with Innocence, but… oh well.

      The animation in that film is godly, too. Production IG certainly never fails to deliver on that front.

      • Sachi 8:36 pm on January 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Ah, the difference in tone is one thing I forgot to mention. The 1995 film certainly is much, much more serious than the manga, and rightfully so. I personally like the seriousness this film has, and is one of the many reasons I enjoy it more than Stand Alone Complex, but that essay can be saved for another day.

      • juliancan 11:25 am on January 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Extremely well-written article. Quite an amazing feat considering your age :D. I will be posting this article on Facebook with the hope that your number of viewers will increase thus gaining the recognition you rightfully deserve.

        Indeed, the philosophy presented in this anime is quite interesting too and your essay about how humane is a human is quite intriguing and does justice to the anime series itself. Good job :D.

        Other than that it is so weird, we have one year of difference but we are born on the same month and on the same day o.O. Both born on June 2nd. How did I acquire this information, by stalking your MAL account ;D:

        • Sachi 11:45 am on January 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Wow, that is really weird. o.O

          I’m glad you enjoyed the article. 😀 I tried to spice up my style a little bit with this one, while still following the same basic formula I’ve been developing over the last several months. It’s good to know that it’s been working.

          Thank you for plugging my blog, as well! I’ll be sure to do the same for yours!

          • juliancan 10:41 pm on January 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Anyways if you like anime series with a intriguing and convoluted plotline, having a lot of metaphors and symbolism hidden in it and of course a lot of depth, then I strongly suggest you to watch Monster and Honey and Clover. While Honey and Clover presents the whole philosophy surrounding the transition from adolescent to adulthood, Monster presents the danger of making a person miss his own childhood as well as teenhood, leaving him in an eternal deadlock of transition between his young years and his adult years. While Honey and Clover’s cast of characters are foolhardy college students, in Monster, the main interaction revolves around a life-saver– a doctor– and his pseudo creation, a young psychopath who has been trained to become the next Hitler.

            http://myanimelist.net/anime/19/Monster

            http://myanimelist.net/anime/16/Honey_and_Clover (the synopsis here does not do justice to its plot :/).

            PS: Watched Yumekui Merry yet?

            • Sachi 10:55 pm on January 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              Monster has been on my list of things to watch forever, and I’ve been meaning to get to it for a while. Perhaps after I finish my Ghost in the Shell marathon. As for Honey and Clover: I’ve heard of it, but I’ve never actually looked into it. It was bound to get onto my list at some point, though, and I may get to watching it soon based off of your recommendation.

              And yes, I did watch Yumekui Merry. It seems enjoyably silly, and I love the animation. I will certainly keep watching as the season goes on.

    • marinasauce 10:53 pm on January 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Though I’ve never seen or read any of the Ghost in the Shell works, I did find your article intriguing and well-written. You have a pretty good hook, with the list of questions and draw to the average reader’s curiosity about humanity, that also transitions quite easily into your discussion of the 1995 anime rendition. I’ll have to get around to watching this sometime soon >.<

    • Marina 8:24 pm on June 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I just wanted to drop by and let you know that I finally got around to watching this…and I loved it! Now I just need to get my hands on the 2nd film 🙂 Thanks for convincing me to watch it.

  • Sachi 11:03 pm on December 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Alan Bradley, Bruce Boxleitner, Daft Punk, Encom, Jeff Bridges, movie, Olivia Wilde, reboot, , , , Tron, Tron: Legacy   

    Tron: Legacy 


    Greetings, Programs!

    Usually when you see Hollywood reboot a classic franchise from over twenty years ago, you’ll find yourself with a palm on your face and lacking a sigh. We’ve all seen too many greats ruined over the last decade and it’s taken its toll on all of us; consider Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Halloween, Transformers, G.I. Joe, and The A-Team, to name a few. Where is it that they’ve gone wrong?  Well, the developers of Tron: Legacy sure seem to have it all figured out. The sequel to the 1982 classic remains true to the original without being afraid to take a few leaps and bounds of its own. If you haven’t figured it out already, I loved this movie.

    It would seem that the majority of people (that is, the majority that isn’t simply eating up everything they’re shown) have lost faith in reboots that it would seem that even the briefest mention of one has critics sharpening their teeth. But something about Tron: Legacy was different, and that allowed it to be the perfect update for the new era of movie-making and computer technology. So, enough build-up! Lets get into why this long-awaited sequel was so deserving of the classic Tron. (More …)

     
  • Sachi 7:24 pm on November 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Call of Duty, cartoon, Courage the Cowardly Dog, , , Halo, , , Mario, movie, Nostalgia, Playstation, Pokemon, Spyro, , The Never Ending Story, The Simpsons,   

    The New Nostalgia 


    It was bound to happen at some point, and I’m sure you all saw it coming. Today the Geek With Taste is here to talk to you about nostalgia— video games, movies, cartoons, everything.  However, it won’t be the kind of nostalgia you might expect. For the longest time, the icons of nostalgia has been the original Transformers, G.I. Joe, Ultra Man, Mario, the Nintendo, etc. While many of you are thinking, “Fuck yeah! That’s what nostalgia is all about,” a growing population of people are looking upon a new nostalgia to fit their own age. Beware, Generation X, for a new era of nostalgia is about to come about, and that is the nostalgia of the children of the grand ol’ 1990’s. (More …)

     
  • Sachi 3:36 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Anime News Network, , , movie, , , , , Yoshimi Itazu   

    Madhouse to Resume Production of Yume-Miru Kikai 


    Personally, I think it’s a great thing that Satoshi Kon’s final work is set to be completed. It’ll stand as testament to his life’s work, as well as being a tribute to him. After all the time and effort he surely put into it before passing, it would be a travesty to leave it unfinished. We’ll have to trust that the Yoshimi Itazu and the rest of the team at Madhouse studios will be able to complete it exactly as Kon intended. (More …)

     
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