GME! Anime Fun Time Episode #20 – Giant Robo: The Animation

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July is here, and it’s time for another jumbo-sized helping of GME! Anime Fun Time. This time Tom, Daryl, Dylan, and I examine Giant Robo: The Animation – The Day the Earth Stood Still, a 7 episode OAV series from the Nineties directed by Yasuhiro Imagawa and inspired by the manga works of Mitsuteru Yokoyama. Don’t let the term “robo” fool you: Giant Robo is closer in spirit to the heroic wuxia tales of classic Chinese literature than to something like Mobile Suit Gundam. CLICK HERE or on the image above to download our review of the series.

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Cage Rage: Face / Off

Break out the matched pistols, because Face / Off is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click the poster or the movie title above to download our review of the film, featuring Daryl Surat of AnimeWorldOrder and Ken Nabbe, aka the Internet’s Joey Snackpants.

Review in a Nutshell:  Face / Off is the American film that best showcases John Woo’s eccentricities and directorial flourishes.  Whether that’s a complement or a criticism depends on how you feel about John Woo.

The movie contains:

The Mustache of Champions.

Crazy Cage Face.

Likewise.

A Box of Treasures.

Oh yeah, there’s something about face transplants, too.

Cage Rage: Wind Talkers

Protect your radio, because Windtalkers is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the picture above or the movie title to download our review of the film, featuring guest cohost Daryl Surat of Anime World Order.

Review in a Nutshell:  The picture above encapsulates the totality of Windtalkers, a melodramatic war drama directed by John Woo.  A throw-back to an earlier era, Windtalkers feels out-of-place and unrealistic by modern standards, but is not nearly as bad as many criticisms would lead you to believe.

And Now, Your Moment of Nicolas Cage Zen:

Addendum:  The Hayao Miyazaki article that we mention at the end of the review can be found here.

That Wu Du that You Do

Put on your secret kung fu master mask, because The 5 Deadly Venoms is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Review in a Nutshell:  One part Agatha Christie, one part violent gimmick kung fu, 5 Deadly Venoms is a classic that showcases the skills of some of the best martial arts actors to grace the silver screen.

This Movie Contains Stuff We Completely Forgot to Mention:

Throat Hook.

Brain Pin.

Ear Trauma.