Archive | October, 2012

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The Vision of Escaflowne 1-11

Posted on 15 October 2012 by DM

Vincenzo’s Introduction

I had intended not to do another giant robot show this year but I realized that there had yet to be a sword and sorcery Being a Better Geek yet. Slayers came to mind but I don’t want to watch 26 episodes of flat-chested jokes. It had to be Escaflowne. I know that it is from much of the same staff as Macross Plus (I like this but Diego was less hot on it).

Even though this is a mecha show, there are more then superficial differences from shows like Gundam and Evangelion. Those shows were aimed mainly at a male audience. This show has elements of a show aimed a female audience. This is more evident is character design and story elements. All in all, this is a show that I have enjoyed over the years with great music throughout that gives this show a much more cinematic feel than many others.

DMs take

To start I am going to be doing this review in one large chunk rather than episode chunks because A) I am sick and this is the energy level I have and B) I think Escaflowne does not lend itself to a stop and start narrative to well.

I think that I will start there.  When watching the show, I kept waiting for an episode block to reach a natural end so that I could write about a chunk of it and leave it at that.  That never happened though.  Instead, the episodes seem to me more like soft chapters in a prolonged narrative.  Rarely did they have the same start stop feel that other shows seem to.

The storytelling is spot on. Being a fantasy series, there is a certain formulaic predictability to it that one has to expect, but that does not mean that they have left it boring at all.  Instead, they have countered that predictability with interesting characters and some wonderful animation.

The characters are, within a certain range, predictable as well.  However, they are also compelling in their own way.  Hitomi is the embodiment of a normal girl in an abnormal situation.  It is always a great pleasure to see how she will react. Merle was my first cat-girl and I’m not sure what to think.  Are they all supposed to be that annoying?

While the animation is not on the level of a feature film, I do think that it is quite well done for a twenty-something minute show. More than once, it made me look twice to really get a good appreciation with what is going on.

The show is not without its flaws though.  I am starting to run out of steam here so I will mention the big one: the villains.  Villains are supposed to be ridiculous and unlikable but Dilandau is completely over-the-top. It is ridiculous to believe that no one has removed him from a command position due to gross sadism.

In any case, until next time

DM

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31 Days of Halloween October 4th: The Perfect Host

Posted on 04 October 2012 by DM

Day 4: The Perfect Host
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, WAF*

Premise: Fugitive John Taylor bites off more than he can chew when he cons his way into Warwick’s (David Hyde Pierce from Frasier) home and discovers there’s worse out there than himself.

Thoughts: I knew a great deal about this movie coming into it and it still managed to shock me.  David Hyde Pierce rocks the role of Warwick and I refuse to say that much more about it because I urge people to take a look at this one if you’re not skittish.  Full of shocks and suspense, The Perfect Host has a nice pacing and is not afraid to take you into the dark corners of the human psyche whilst making sure that those of us who like a good laugh in our horror are still satisfied.  Score 4 out of 5 Skeelys

*WAS=Weird as Fuck

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31 Days of Halloween October 3rd

Posted on 03 October 2012 by DM

Day 3: Friday the 13th Part 2

Genre Slasher

Premise

A new camp to train counselors opens up on Camp Crystal Lake prompting Jason to avenge his mothers death.

Thoughts

Ok this time were watching a sequel to a movie I’ve seen and seeing how that floats. Honestly, in many ways it was a better movie. The heroine was more capable and interesting this time around. Our villain was new and realistically inept. We did have a ton more gratuitous nudity/sex but I don’t consider that in the good or bad pile. All in all if you liked the first movie you’ll like this one and if you didn’t you should probably stay away.

 

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31 Days of Halloween October 2nd

Posted on 02 October 2012 by DM

31 Days of Halloween

Day 2: The Caller

Genre: Sci-Fi, thriller

 

Premise: Recently divorced Mary Kee moves into a new home where she begins to receive telephone calls from a troubled woman named Rose. It doesn’t take too long for Mary to realize that there’s more to these calls than meets the eye.

 

Thoughts: I turned this movie on because I thought that the premise sounded like one of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes. Man did I make the wrong call. The premise is sound and the directed does well in achieving a suspenseful atmosphere but for my own tastes, it went too far. The time travel aspects were strong and well done but I think the actions they have Mary take in the past move this movie into a really horrid place. Wile this movie isn’t for me I think that those of you who aren’t squeamish and find the premise of a caller from the past intriguing may find this a gem in the rough.

 

DM

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