The long awaited eighth episode in the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, hit theaters this weekend. It’s Rian Johnson’s first foray into the “Galaxy far, far away,” and with him slated to create an entirely new trilogy on his own, there’s a lot on the line for this film.
To say Hideaki Anno had a lot to accomplish with Shin Godzilla might be the biggest understatement of the year. Making the first Japanese Godzilla film in more than a decade is a pretty tall order on its own. But this one also had to mend Toho’s pride after getting Out-Godzilla-ed by Americans in 2014. I’m pleased to say that I think Anno successfully fulfilled this tall order, but how he went about doing it is what I think is truly amazing.
Shin Godzilla is a great movie. Let me put that up front. The cast is very strong, the titular god-lizard is the stuff of nightmares, and, after processing the film for a couple days I feel safe in saying that this is Hideaki Anno’s best film. Continue reading Shin Godzilla Review→
A few months ago I watched the first of two live action adaptation of Attack on Titan and it was TERRIBLE. I’m not sure my previous review even did it justice. Sure it wasn’t true to the source material with terrible costumes, laughable special effects and bad lighting, but I didn’t describe just how truly awful the dialog was. I can’t imagine an actor being able to make that script work.
So yeah, that movie was terrible, unbelievably terrible. The sequel is somehow worse.
Live action anime movies have been on the up-and-up recently.Be it the Battlestar Galacticaesque Space Battleship Yamato, the shockingly period-accurate Rurouni Kenshin trilogy, or even the Tom Cruise blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow which was based on Hiroshi Sakurazuka’s All You Need is Kill, it’s clear that live action anime have come a long way since Dragonball Evolution.
It should also come as no surprise that Attack on Titan, one of the most popular series of the last five years, would get its own live action film too. With a cast of great characters and a director like Gamera-trilogy veteren Shinji Higuchi, what could possibly go wrong?
Much to my shock, Trae and Pher haven’t seen Ant-Man yet. So in place of a special episode of Nerd & Tie, here’s the video I made with N&T vet Rena Innocenti for all your in-depth Ant-Man review needs!