Dragon Ball Evolution

Kirllin isn’t even in this movie!

Why would any one want to watch a DBZ movie with out the inclusion of Krillin?

I got a bit confused with the naming, setting it in a futuristic world where the protagonists are in their last year of high school…first year of college? Someone help me out here cause I was really confused.

The acting isn’t that bad but it isn’t that great, it’s like they couldn’t decide if they wanted to match the erratic energy of anime or play it down. So you get this weird mixture of the two which gives the movie the overall feel of b-grade.

I didn’t finish the movie, though I watched most of it. It is not great. Each to their own.

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The Revenant

This movie. Yeah, I’m not sure if I would describe it as amazing. The cinematography depicting the awesomeness of the nature and landscape was breath taking, but these shots were 90% of the film. Were they necessary? Did we need all that padding?

I understand that when you’re in a beautiful place you want to capture it as much as you can, but this film had way too much. It got to the point where you became disconnected and disinterested in the story. I found myself at the end of the film saying “Well that was a waste of two and half hours of my life”.

This film had a fantastic story to tell, one about a real person in history, why did they feel the need to add to the story? The presence of the son does nothing, except maybe justify a little more Hugh Glass’ need for vengeance. The guy was abandoned in the wilderness, left for dead after being mauled by a bear! That’s justification enough, I’d be pissed if someone did that to me. Further more, this story has a different ending to the original, which I just didn’t care for once it got to it, because I was so disinterested by that point that I just wanted it to end.

I think Leonardo DiCaprio deserves an Oscar, I have been blown away by pretty much every performance he has ever done.  I don’t think his performance in this film was anything special, something was lacking. He committed 100% to this role as he does to every role, I just felt this shouldn’t have been the one he won the award for. He should have gotten that award years and years ago.

All in all I am pretty disappointed with the way this one turned out. It’s sad to see something with so much potential fall short of the mark.

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Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

I will not know what possessed a script writer to develop this story. Perhaps it was conjured up in a dream one night after a history lesson,  perhaps it is some form of bizarre fan fiction I have yet to be introduced to. As a non-american, I’m also not sure if it’s offensive or not. For someone who is considered to be legend and greatly revered in US culture it seems odd that a writer  would take an element of american identity and twist it in this way.

If you’ve been putting off seeing this film because your afraid it’s going to be a cringe fest your fears are unfounded. This is not a movie like “Sharknado” or “Big Ass Spider” or “Snakes on a Plane”, despite the title of the movie giving off that impression. No it is a sophisticated work of fiction that will make you say “Wow, that was actually really good”.

The way they have created this alternate history is really clever, the story line makes sense, the actors are fantastic, the cinematography, editing and sound of the film are all on point.The film makers and actors treated the characters and story line with respect and dignity, gave the film depth and quality and actually took it all seriously. By absolutely committing to the insane idea that in some alternate version of reality america’s sixteenth president could have been a bad ass, ax wielding vampire hunter, an absolute beaut of a movie gets pulled off. I really enjoyed watching this movie.

The movie is a new take on the vampire genre with the introduction of a new time period. We’ve all seen Dracula origin stories a billion times, so too have we seen vampire movies set in the contemporary age, but to set the action somewhere in the 19th century and relate it to events in history that we are all familiar with is genius.

Abe Lincoln’s mother gets murdered by a man when Abe is just a child. Once he is grown and on his own he sets out for revenge, only to discover that the murderer is a vampire. Abe gets introduced to the world of vampires by a vampire hunter who saves his life from an attack and the rest of the movie plays out from there.

Do yourself  favor and watch this movie today and prepare to be surprisingly entertained.

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Hannibal

If you haven’t been watching this series I suggest you stop what you are doing this instant and go watch it. Now!, Seriously! If you need a little more convincing stick around and I will tell you why this is a must see show.

Rarely does NBC put money into top quality gold like this show, I thought they had it there with Grimm, but they managed to screw that one up pretty quickly. The characters are taken from “Red Dragon” and we follow Will Graham as he uses the powers of empathy to create incredibly accurate serial killer profiles. Because of his “magical” ability to become another person, he is in a bit of a fragile state mentally and so is forced to see Dr. Hannibal Lecture for some out dated psychotherapy treatment. Things start to get a little complicated when Will kills a different cannibal, I’m not going to name names because it will ruin the surprise. Let just say this is where it all goes down hill from here for dear Will.

The TV series is really well shot, I have never seen a TV series shot so artfully before. It’s not really shot like a TV series at all. What I especially love is the witty dialogue, some of it is taken from the books, while others are written specifically for the show as the story line is quite different to that of the books. There are some great ones, which are very insightful and others which are kind of…well dumb, but you won’t be able to hear either of them delivered because for some reason everyone whispers.

It may seem like I am hacking on this series, but I do truly love it. The cast is amazing, the story line is great and every episode leaves you wanting more. Go check it out immediately!

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Death – A Series About Life

Death is the one thing the living can count on, it is the one true known in this world. We are all going to die. While this may seem a bit morbid and frightening to some, it can be extremely fascinating and intriguing to others. This is the subject of a 2014 documentary series by the Norwegians. More specifically, by production company Flimmer Film (This is all the information I could get based on SBS website and IMDB when I know more I’ll tell you). The series tackles the somewhat difficult subject on death with a unique mix of humor and respect. It showcases a number of perspectives ranging from the scientific through to the religious with a bit of philosophical pondering poured into the mix. It is truly eye opening and what I enjoyed about it most was being exposed to different cultures and religions and how they deal with this fundamental fact.

The first episode entitled “Physical Death” is where you can go to get a brief overview about the science of dying.  The episode also explores the different possibilities of how to deal with remains, from cremation to cryogenics or the possibility of how our bodies can be recycled and provide life for other living organisms (like beautiful flowers and trees).

The second episode “Life After Death” reveals how different cultures mourn/celebrate the deceased and how religions have formed around attempting to answer one of life’s big questions ‘what happens after we die?’. We visit Nepal and sky burials, India and cremations, Christianity and the controversy of cremation, Mexico and the Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos), The USA and Jazz funerals, the list goes on and on.

The third episode “Creative Power” explores different forms of art and artists who use death to fuel their work. There are artists, religious art, music from heavy metal to pop rock, writers and film makers all using death to create, inspire, question and express death. The episode also takes a look at symbolism, how do we portray something intangible like death? and also briefly touches on the personification of death, which could be in itself a whole separate series.

The fourth episode “Market of Death” gets very practical as it explores how death can be used to make money. From the traditional funeral to space age cyrogenics, there is no escaping the fact that even when you die you need to pay through the nose to get your remains looked after. Death can also be exploited, there are museums dedicated to artists who have passed on and even a “Facebook” for the dead.The episode is very enlightening an can give you a few things to think about.

The fifth and final episode of the series “Political Death” asks the question, what makes certain deaths more important than others? It looks at death on a large scale, for example September 11, and the impact such events had on the world. They take us to America and Vietnam, and discuss how each country remembers their dead as a result of the war. There is also a look at how significant political leaders have been embalmed and put on display after they have died, because they represent something that is fundamental to the countries cultural and political beliefs.

All in all this has been an eye opening and intriguing documentary. The creators have done an exceptional job in discussing a topic that most find uncomfortable to talk about and made it approachable. Well done, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Signiture