GME Anime Fun Time #27 – Kemono Friends

Due to various circumstances, we missed the entire month of June, but now we’re back and it’s Time to have some Anime Fun. In this episode, Tom, Andrew Collie, Dylan Kielman, and I discuss Kemono Friends, an unlikely 3DCG TV anime from 2017 whose moe cuteness belies a surprisingly rich and somber story-line. CLICK HERE or on the image above to tune in for discussion that includes digressions on classic mecha anime, love-sick penguins, Toei’s tokusatsu assassin Redman, and various slanders aimed out our fellow Anitwitter friends.

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Those Legendarily Furious Fists, Yo.

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Brush up on your 1930’s international politics, because Fist of Legend is the Greatest Movie EVER!.

Click on the title or the DVD cover above to download our review of the film, featuring Sean “Hollywood” Hunting.

Review in a Nutshell: A re-telling of the classic Bruce Lee martial arts revenge film, Fist of Fury, director Gordon Chan and actor Jet Li bring a surprisingly humanistic portrayal to the character of Chen Zhen, a student who defends the honor of Chinese kung fu in the face of foreign aggression. The fight choreography by Yuen Woo-Ping is top notch.

Biker Ninjas from Miami

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Hold onto your guitars, because Miami Connection is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring M.O.M., the Mistress of Malapropisms.

Review in a Nutshell: A passion project made by film-makers whose reach far exceeded their grasp, Miami Connection is an earnest and enthusiastic entry in the excesses of Eighties independent film. What other movie features drug-dealing, motorcycle-riding ninjas squaring off against a tae kwon do rock band?

No Chief Brody Jokes, Please.

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Tune up your trucks, because Sorcerer is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring guest host Oli “InvidNinja92” Bulmer.

Review in a Nutshell: A commercial and critical failure in 1977, Sorcerer has been rediscovered thanks to its release on Bluray. A tense, anxious, and nihilistic film, Sorcerer is considered by some film historians to be one of the last great films of the “New Hollywood” period. Some of the action sequences have to be seen to be believed.

ERRATA: I accidentally referred to the 1950’s movie with the giant, radioactive locusts as The Day the World Ended. The correct title is Beginning of the End.

A Podcast Event 3 Years in the Making

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Man the oars, because Ben-Hur (1959) is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Tom Pandich, Internet Terrorist.

Review in a Nutshell: Widely recognized as one of the greatest films in American cinematic history, Ben-Hur is a sprawling, epic tale of revenge and redemption. It’s also a million years long and Chuck Heston has all the on-screen charisma of chunk of granite. Are Tom and I able to pay proper reverence to a film that garnered as many Academy awards as The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King? Tune into find out.

Don’t Worry, Kids; The Dolphins Survive

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Watch out for under-cranked stock footage from nature documentaries, because Jaws 3-D is (probably not) the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the title or the movie poster above to download our review of the film, featuring Matt “Saint Mort” Kelly from the Horror Movie Night podcast.

Review in a Nutshell: Hamstrung by an implausible premise and gimmicky 3-D camerawork, Jaws 3-D is arguably the nadir of the Jaws films. Despite a surprising amount of talent arrayed before and behind the camera, the film’s plot never quite hits its stride and the cinematography and special effects suffer from the de-conversion process. It’s an odd relic from an early Eighties 3-D revival that never got off the ground.

That’s Not Really What “Nonplussed” Means

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Get ready for improbable multiple weapon use, because The Legend 1 & 2 are both the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the DVD cover or the title above to download our reviews of the films, featuring Sean “Hollywood” Hunting.

Review in a Nutshell: Despite some misleading American packaging, The Legend 1 & 2 (aka Fong Sai-Yuk 1 & 2, aka The Legend of Fong Sai-Yuk 1 & 2) are a fun mix of comedy, drama, and martial arts mayhem from the earlier 90’s. While it’s nice to see Jet Li in a comedic leading role, Josephine Siao ends up stealing the show as Fong Sai-yuk’s irascible kung fu wielding mother.

FINAL THOUGHT:

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Jet Li does indeed have a lovely smile.