The Ultimate List Challenge Part 2

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As you may know we as a community are going to try and collect new reviews for any of the lists found HERE. This gives us a chance to meet movie fans, critics and conversationalist from all over the world. Now let’s see what film have been added to the list this week.

101 Horror Movies to See Before You Die – Deathdream (1974)deathdream

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QUOTE – Strange – the movie Copyrights itself as 1972, but I can’t find a release date earlier than ’74.

101 Horror Movies to See Before You Die – Beyond (1981)beyonf

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QUOTE – What a blast! 

101 Horror Movies to See Before You Die – Bad Seed (1956)vad seed

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QUOTE – That McCormack girl totally rocks her performance!

101 Horror Movies to See Before You Die – Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)valerie

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QUOTE – Wild.

1001 Films to See Before You Die – Ghost in the Shellghost

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101 Horror Movies to See Before You Die – The Sixth Senselogo

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QUOTE – Still a classic – I miss the old M Night

101 Horror Movies to See Before You Die – 30 Days of Night1

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QUOTE – Man did they play it safe. I wish they would have pushed some limits here.

101 Horror Movies to See Before You Die – The Descentdescent

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Ghost in the Shell (1995)

ghostDirector: Mamoru Oshii

Writer: Kazunori Ito (Screenplay) Masamune Shirow (Comic)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Otsuka, Koichi Yamadera, Tamio Oki, Tessho Genda

 

Plot: A female cyborg cop and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: What Happened?

 

Story: Ghost in the Shell starts when Motoko Kusanagi a cyborg cop who along with her partner Togusa who are trying to track down a mysterious hacker known as the Puppet Master. The Puppet Master is trying to hack into the government computers by using the Ghosts in the cyborgs.

We follow Motoko and fellow cyborg Batou as they deal with the idea that they too could be hacked into by the Puppet Master as we see how Motoko wants to figure out if there is more than why she has been programed into doing. When we learn of the Puppet Master’s true identity we are left to watch Motoko uncover a bigger conspiracy going in within the Government.

Ghost in the Shell is a film that really left me confused, I felt it ended suddenly and might have missed the point of where it was going. If someone would like to explain I could give this more thought. From what I did understand it seems like a government program trying to improve its own existence in the world through Motoko who already started to show signs of thinking on her own.

 

Character Review

 

Motoko Kusanagi: Motoko is the cyborg cop who is questioning her own mortality while protecting humans from a hacker known as the Puppet Master. Motoko comes off as a strong character that is being built for future films too.

Batou: Batou is the fellow cyborg trying to hack down the Puppet Master, he is more computerised than Motoko but still just as god of a cop.  Batou seems to be a standard supporting character.

Togusa: Togusa is the only human in the cop unit, handpicked by Motoko due to his honest side when it comes to police work. He works with Motoko who ends up being the one who can think of the non-logical solution to problems. Togusa is important because having a human factor helps with the different in decisions being made.

Project 2501: Project 2051 is the Puppet Master who is trying to get undercover the government of the separate sector within the new government. Project 2501 makes for a good villainous character even though not everything is bad in the action.

Support Characters: Ghost in the Shell has your typical anime supporting characters.

Director Review: Mamoru OshiiMamoru gives us a film you would expect from the anime world, colourful, over the top and confusing.

 

Action: Ghost in the Shell is filled with anime action scenes which don’t leave too much to the imagination.

Animation: Ghost in the Shell uses good anime animation throughout.

Mystery: Ghost in the Shell does make you wonder what is going on.

Sci-Fi: Ghost in the Shell enters us into the world with cyborgs in a future world we might not be ready for.

Thriller: Ghost in the Shell does keep you guessing to just what will happen next.

Settings: Ghost in the Shell creates the settings to make the future look very different to the current world.
Suggestion
: Ghost in the Shell is one for the anime fans to watch only. (Anime Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: The kills look great.

Worst Part: Random anime nudity doesn’t seem to make sense.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

Tagline: It Found A Voice… Now It Needs A Body

 

Overall: An Anime I really didn’t understand

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2015 Awards – Worst Sci-Fi

Through the month of January I will be looking back on 2015, I will be looking at a range of subjects where I will be picking my best or worst in separate posts.

Today I will be look at Worst Sci-Fi, we do get a lot of issues when it comes to sci-fi mostly because they can start well and turn bad quickly, here are my picks for the worst of the year.

Mentions that could have been number one;

·         The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 hunger games This dystopia world just finally finished and really lacks that factor to appeal to a full audience.

·         Insurgent insuregent While this does make Hunger Games look like a masterpiece which really is saying something we get the same old boring storyline and stupid cliff hanger.

My pick for Worst

·         Monsters 2 Dark Continent monsters This sequel changes the location and forgets how the first film was even made, we get too much of look at the monsters but they seem to be background to a generic war story.

Upcoming Release – Nikkatsu Diamond Guys Vol 1

Nikkatsu Diamond Guys – Vol 1 [Blu-ray + DVD] coming January 26

nikkLimited edition of 3000 copies!


Nikkatsu, the oldest film studio in Japan, inaugurated a star system in the late 1950s, finding talent and contracting to their Diamond Line for a series of wild genre pictures. This collection celebrates these “Diamond Guys” with three classic films from directors Seijun Suzuki (Branded to Kill), Toshio Masuda (Rusty Knife) and Buichi Saito (Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril).

An old hand at tough guy action roles, Hideaki Nitani (Tokyo Drifter, Massacre Gun) stars in Suzuki’s Voice Without a Shadow. Asako, a former telephone operator once heard the voice of a murder suspect which has continued to haunt her. Years later her husband invites his boss, Hamazaki, over for dinner and she realises his voice is suspiciously like that of the killer. Before she can investigate further, Hamazaki is found dead and her husband becomes the prime suspect… 

Next, 50s subculture icon Yujiro Ishihara (Crazed Fruit) stars in Masuda’s Red Pier as “Jiro the Lefty”, a killer with a natural talent. Shortly after arriving in Kobe, he witnesses a man die in a crane accident which turns out to be a cover-up for a murder. Jiro soon finds himself on the run, tailed by a determined cop…

Finally, in Saito’s The Rambling Guitarist, mega star Akira Koabyashi (Battles Without Honour and Humanity) stars as wandering street musician Shinji, who falls in with mob boss Akitsu after saving one of his henchmen in a bar fight. Tasked by Akitsu with evicting an offshore fishery, Shinji finds himself in the middle of a very unusual domestic dispute…
Presented on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time in the West, these thrilling genre films feature Nikkatsu’s leading talent at their best.

Bonus Materials
* High Definition digital transfers of all three films, from original film elements by Nikkatsu Corporation
* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
* Original uncompressed mono audio
* Newly translated English subtitles
* Specially recorded video discussions with Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp on Diamond Guys Hideaki Nitani and Yujiro Ishihara
* Original trailers for all three films and trailer preview for Diamond Guys Vol. 2
* Extensive promotional image galleries for all three films
* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
* Booklet featuring new essays on all three films and director profiles by Stuart Galbraith, Tom Mes and Mark Schilling

Product Details
SKU: AV037
UPC: 760137807599
Street Date: 01/26/16
PreBook Date: 12/22/15
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Action/Adventure/Crime
Run Time: 92/99/78 mins
Number of Discs: 3
Audio: Mono
Year of Production: 1958/1959
Directors: Seijun Suzuki, Toshio Masuda, Buichi Saito
Actors: Hideaki Nitani, Yujiro Ishihara, Akira Kobayashi
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English