GME! Anime Fun Time #04 – Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

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You were expecting Crusher Joe, but it was me, Vampire Hunter D(io)!

Terrible meme humor aside, July is coming to a close and we’d be remiss if we didn’t offer up another quivering slab of Anime Fun Time. This time Tom and I take a look at Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, a slick albeit strange theatrical film from 2000. In a movie filled with vampires, torso-wolves, mechanical horses, steampunk tanks, and ghost lasers, can a fun time be far behind? Click on the movie title or the DVD cover above to find out!

Final Thought:

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Ghost vampires are like the worst kind of vampire.

The Girl Who Loved Tony Jaa

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Taste the fury, because Chocolate (2008) is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film,

featuring Sean ‘Hollywood’ Hunting.

Review in a Nutshell: From the makers of Ong-Bak and The Protector, what I expected from Chocolate and what the movie delivered were two very different things. The central conceit is that the protagonist is an autistic girl with the ability to mimic any martial arts style she sees, but the film is much more dramatic than I anticipated, treating the challenges faced by family members with special needs with a surprising degree of dignity and respect.

Character Actors on Parade, aka Bruce Campbell was in This?

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Fire up your standard-issue telecommunications laser generators, because Congo is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film,

featuring Zac Bertschy from Anime News Network.

Review in a Nutshell: Congo is a spectacular sort of failure, the kind of bloated, would-be blockbuster that combines solid character acting with a ridiculous plot and questionable special effects. Opinions are divided on the quality of the ape suit work. Hey, wait. Bruce Campbell was in this?

Mike Jittlov is the Good Kind of Wizard.

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Break out your LD players or your 16mm projectors,

because The Wizard of Speed and Time is the Greatest Movie EVER.

Click on the VHS cover or the title above to download our review of the film,

featuring celebrity translator Neil Nadelman.

Review in a Nutshell: A film that is both a love-letter to the magic of making movies and also a scathing condemnation of the way that Hollywood does business, The Wizard of Speed and Time is a highly improbable film that peels back the curtain on special effects techniques that are rapidly becoming a lost art.

Stealth Polar Bear is Stealthy.

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Strap on your snow shoes, because The Frankenstein Theory is (probably not) the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film,

featuring Katherin the Great.

Review in a Nutshell: A fairly typical found-footage horror film saddled with a particularly improbable premise, The Frankenstein Theory plays more like a tourist advertisement for beautiful Alaskan scenery than a suspenseful melodrama. I enjoyed Kris Lemche as the resident mad scientist, though.

“Will your school be next?”

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Fire up your turn tables, because Rock ‘n’ Roll High School is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film,

featuring Sean “Hollywood” Hunting, aka Seanie Ramone.

Review in a Nutshell: A cultural artifact from a time before cell phones and the Internet, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School is the kind of raucous, exuberant, nonsensical comedy that couldn’t skate by with a PG rating these days. It’s Animal House by way of Grease…starring the Ramones.

Revenge of the Interrupting Cow.

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Hold onto your magical acorns, because Willow is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Katherin the Great.

Review in a Nutshell: Although the story-line is pretty generic “high fantasy”, Willow holds up surprisingly well to a modern viewing thanks in no small part to the performances of its many actors (especially Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, and Jean Marsh) and its high production values.

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