I can’t really sit down and bang out a blog post like I’d like to, so here’s a re-post compilation of slightly-edited movie impressions from my tumblr.
The 400 Blows
Amazing. I have to thank Murakami for namedropping this film a million times in Kafka on the Shore, because I would have never bothered to check this out otherwise. I honestly think this the one alienation-themed story that’s affected me the most. I mean, Gregor and Mersault are too old and mature. Holden Caulfield and Donnie Darko are too painfully close to my age and mentality for me to take seriously. But Antoine? There’s something powerful about seeing a twelve-year-old smoke, drain a bottle of wine, and desperately clutch a bottle of stolen milk as if a hobo with booze. There’s not all to the movie, of course, but those images are burned into my mind forever.
500 Days of Summer
I avoided it for about a year because I thought it would be on of those “look at me, I’m so unique and quirky!” indieshit things. I was so wrong.
I definitely get an Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless vibe from the lighting and shots, which were freaking amazing. A scene that stands out in this regard is when Summer kicks Tom out of her apartment– minimum lighting, stark shadows, and cool colors make the scene feel cold, you can feel the failure creeping into the relationship.
The romance and character archetypes are exactly what you’d expect, but it works because the characters are likable. They’re not reference-spouting hipsters being oh-so-quirky, they’re just a couple of twenty-somethings fumbling around in love. There were some pretty obnoxious reference drops (they start dating because he finds she likes the Smiths, are you kidding me), but it becomes endearing as the movie moves on. The scene where Tom sings the Pixie’s “Here Comes Your Man” was particularly moving.
It may not be perfect, but I love this movie.
Holy fuck. Exceeded my expectations. I’m so glad I watched this before it got spoiled for me. It’s very difficult to talk about without spoiling it, so all I have to say about the mech scenes now is that they’re amazing. From Eva Unit 02’s new introduction to the final battle scenes, I was filled with a burning glee. I can’t really articulate the feeling, but they made me so ridiculously happy it hurt.
Speaking of changed scenes, the retooling of the episode 12 battle was epic, while the modified episode 18 was probably a million times more heart wrenching than the original. The changes I loved most, however, were the ones that fleshed out Tokyo-3 and the Children’s school days. I think the scene that encapsulates these changes is when Tokyo-3 “wakes up”. It’s an amazing sight, and really captures this homey feeling that the original series never had for the city.
I don’t like Mari though. Her introduction shook me out of my happiness for a while. Not only that, but we’re subjected to her tits after a particularly bloody and angsty scene. She does cool things at the end of the film, but for the most part, her existence is jarring.
Regarding stupid fangirling: I’m so glad Anno has finally decided to see it Sadamoto’s way. And by that, I mean SHINJI x REI 4EVA!!!11!!!!
But seriously, Asuka’s already been the “true” end for two endings already. I don’t know how it’s gone in the manga after volume four, but it’s obvious Sadamoto clearly favors Rei (see- Der Mond art book).
And Rei is so cute in 2.22! I didn’t have strong feelings for her one way or the other in the TV series/End of Eva, but I really like the direction the movies are taking her. Her and Shinji both, really. The passive characters are really getting a chance to shine.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World cliffsnotes review
- Fucking sweet fight scenes
- special effects are top-notch
- side characters are hilarious
- genuine love for old nerdy things
- good condensation and rearrangement of comic’s elements
- over the top things (i.e. Patel’s song and dance, Vegan police) translated awesomely to the big screen
- Micheal Cera. Scott’s awkward, but not Micheal Cera awkward. Didn’t help that Micheal Cera was even more awkward than usual.
- shit characterization for the main characters
- Simply not enough time. There’s never any downtime for the awesomeness of a fight to sink in and be processed before another one on the same starts again, nor is their any time for the audience to even understand why Scott is fighting for Ramona. Definitely a lot of information overload.
Essentially, the comic’s weak points (weird pacing, not so likable mains, paper-thin line between referencing things for humor and referencing things because there’s nothing better to say) are exaggerated in the film, not remedied. It made me sad that the characters never really get to hang out, because it was those scenes that endeared me to the comic. I’m disappointed, but I still want to give the movie another chance. You know I’m getting this on DVD.