Posted on August 9, 2015 by gooberzilla
Tom and I are joined by guest host Casey from Anitwitter to talk about the 2014 TV anime, Ping Pong: The Animation, adapted from the manga by Taiyō Matsumoto. Ping Pong: The Animation is visually dense and rich with characterization. It’s a very uplifting, life-affirming series, although you wouldn’t judge that from some of the advertising. CLICK HERE or on the image above to download our review of the show.
The visual make-up of the show can be difficult to describe, so here are a series of images to give you an idea of what to expect.
Filed under: Animation, Drama | Tagged: Anime, Masaaki Yuasa, ping pong, Taiyo Matsumoto, Tatsunoko Productions | 3 Comments »
Posted on July 12, 2015 by gooberzilla
Beware of angry poltergeists, because The Changeling (1980) is the Greatest Movie EVER.
Click on the movie title or the poster above to download our review of the film, featuring “Celebrity Translator” Neil Nadelman.
Review in a Nutshell: The Changeling (1980) is a beautifully shot, gorgeously edited, low-key, suspenseful film that is part ghost story and part detective story. Although the final act stumbles a bit after all of the mysteries are revealed, it’s still interesting as a well-made, atypical horror movie.
ERRATA: I accidentally referred to House on Haunted Hill as 13 Ghosts. Mea culpa.
Filed under: Drama, Greatest Movie EVER, Horror | Tagged: George C. Scott, Ghosts, Haunted House Movies, Horror Movies, Melvyn Douglas, Peter Medak, Poltergeists, Spiritualism, Trish Van Devere | 5 Comments »
Posted on June 28, 2015 by gooberzilla
It’s that time again, time to have some Anime Fun. This time Clarissa from Anime World Order joins us again to discuss the strange, supernatural, and visually unique 2007 TV anime, Mononoke. An original series based on the character of the Medicine Vendor from the earlier Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales, Mononoke features bright colors but dark subject matter, and it turns limited animation into an artistic statement rather than a budgetary consideration. CLICK HERE or on the image above to download our review of the show.
Fish Norio Wakamoto is best Norio Wakamoto.
Filed under: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Horror | Tagged: Anime, Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales, Horror, Kenji Nakamura, Mononoke, Supernatural Fiction, Takahiro Sakurai | 6 Comments »
Posted on May 3, 2015 by gooberzilla
Wear your color coordinated helmets, because BMX Bandits 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: This is an odd one. It’s a carefree children’s adventure movie filmed by a pioneer of violent, trashy Oz-ploitation flicks. BMX Bandits takes a while to deliver the bicycle-related goods and some of the stunts may seem tame by today’s standards, but overall this is a harmless kid’s movie filled with snarky, wise-cracking Australians.
Filed under: Comedy, Drama, Greatest Movie EVER | Tagged: Australia, BMX, Brian Trenchard-Smith, Children's Films, Heist Movies, Nicole Kidman, Sydney | 7 Comments »
Posted on October 11, 2014 by gooberzilla
September has come and gone, but let’s all pretend this was published on time. It’s the sixth episode of GME! Anime Fun Time, in which Clarissa and Gerald of Anime World Order join me to talk about Princess Jellyfish. Topics of discussion include embarrassing real-life otaku experiences, in-group vs. out-group behavior, the way perception and self-image shape social interactions, and whether there is an intrinsically gendered component to the concept of character growth. CLICK HERE or on the promotional image above to download our review of the show.
We sort of forgot to mention that Kuranosuke’s uncle (that’s him on the left) is the Prime Minister of Japan.
Filed under: Animation, Comedy, Drama | Tagged: Akiko Higashimura, Cross-dressing, Jellyfish, Josei, NEET, Otaku, Romantic Comedy | 5 Comments »
Posted on August 24, 2014 by gooberzilla
You’d better create a rock-solid alibi, because Le Samourai is the Greatest Movie EVER!
Click on the DVD cover or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Sean “Hollywood” Hunting.
Review in a Nutshell: Suggested by listener Eric Barroso as part of the IndieGoGo campaign, Le Samourai is a minimalist French neo-noir crime drama from 1967. It’s an exquisitely composed film that is at once bleak, ambiguous, and wonderfully suspenseful.
Filed under: Drama, Greatest Movie EVER | Tagged: Alain Delon, Assassins, Crime Drama, French Films, Jean-Pierre Melville, Neo-Noir | 13 Comments »
Posted on August 3, 2014 by gooberzilla
Don’t let anyone remove the firing pin from your pistol, because Bullet to the Head is the Greatest Movie EVER!
Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Mom.
Review in a Nutshell: In terms of tone, narrative, and characterization, Bullet to the Head is an atavism – a throwback to an earlier time period. It’s also an unlikely hybrid of hard-boiled crime drama and buddy-cop action film. Some of it works, some of it doesn’t, but Bullet is worth examining if only to see how drastically modern film sensibilities have changed.
Filed under: Comic Book Movies, Drama, Greatest Movie EVER | Tagged: Christian Slater, Comic Book Movies, Crime Drama, Jason Momoa, New Orleans, Sylvester Stallone, Walter Hill | 5 Comments »