The best Irish-Matt-Damon-fighting-space-lizards movie you will ever see, says Jonathan Clements.
In the 11th century AD, the last survivors from a group of European mercenaries finally reach their destination – Imperial China. Amid the rainbow-coloured rocks of China’s arid north-west, Irish brawler William (Matt Damon) and Spanish tough-guy Tovar (Pedro Pascal) surrender to the Nameless Order, an elite battalion that guards the Great Wall. William and Tovar are fortune-seekers hoping to return home with the secret of gunpowder, but turn out to be the first scouts to encounter the signs of a new invasion of taotie – alien lizards that have been attacking every 60 years for centuries.
Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall is a glorious mess of a film – a fascinating palimpsest of modern movie-making, and a Chinese box of decisions and countermands behind the scenes. Poke through the ampersands in the script credits, you’ll see signs of it having existed in three or four distinct iterations – with another big-name director once attached, and at least one script doctor. Fans of Max Brooks’ World War Z will see remnants of his particular style, even though his work on the original idea is buried beneath a “Story by” credit. Aficionados of Edward Zwick will see one of his trademark sincere, conflicted protagonists, although Zwick, too, is hidden in the “Story by” ghetto. And connoisseurs of Legendary Pictures will swiftly recognise a Big Dumb Monster Movie in the making. Continue Reading
Anime Limited Podcast #22 - 8th January 2017 - Naked Gin Twister~!
[Recorded on 5th Jan. 2017] Join Jeremy, Keith, Kerry, Kat and Andrew as they bring you the first podcast of the 2017! Topics covered in this episode, but not limited to, include looking back on 2016 (not just in anime) with Kerry & Kat - as they weren’t on the last episode, looking ahead to 2017, the latest updates relating on the upcoming screenings of A Silent Voice and Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale and much more!
Plus there's a big edition of Ask Anime Ltd featuring questions from twitter that covers all sorts of topics including the latest on Zeta Gundam, fantasy licensing, best girl in Re:Zero and more!
It’s a fun show as always and up for your listening pleasure now!
As always please note this podcast contains strong language and any views expressed by individuals in this podcast do not reflect those of Anime Limited.
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By Jasper Sharp. There was a time in the late-1990s when director Shunji Iwai possessed near celebrity status among young movie fans in Japan, the poster boy for a new breed of filmmaker who emerged neither from the moribund studio system, nor the uncompromisingly raw-edged counterculture of the 1980s independent scene, but from the image factory of television, advertising and music videos. Films such as his breakthrough feature Love Letter (1995) and Swallowtail Butterfly (1996), an ambitious, sprawling portrait of the denizens of a makeshift immigrant community situated on the outskirts of Tokyo, proved cult hits, pulling off the impressive feat of being popular yet populist. They showed that independent film didn’t have to be austere, confrontational and stylistically stripped-back. It could be slick, escapist and entertaining. Continue Reading
PSYCHO-PASS creator Gen Urobuchi’s superb hard SF mecha show Aldnoah.Zero seemed to reach a final and tragic finale at the end of its first season. That tale, of renewed hostilities between the Mars-based VERS Empire (former human colonists living in a feudal society based around control of alien tech) and the United Forces of Earth, took place in an alternative timeline where earlier conflict led to the fracturing of the Moon and the warping of the Earth’s crust. It followed characters in both Earth’s resistance and the VERS Clans of Orbital Knights through a false flag assassination, invasion, defence and what seemed to be a last-ditch attempt by Earth forces to inflict maximum damage on the VERS. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Takeshi Honda is an animator’s animator. When we interviewed Aya Suzuki earlier this year, she highlighted Honda for mastering both ends of the craft: huge, muscular action animation and emotionally subtle human acting. Honda has drawn gigantic, charging Evangelions, and delicately human figures for Satoshi Kon, Mamoru Hosoda and Hayao Miyazaki. “His action is very emotional,” says Suzuki. “I think anime often tends to be a little bit cold, a little bit plastic, whereas his acting is so real.”
Honda has contributed fine moments to anime as diverse as Evangelion 2.22, The Boy and the Beast and Perfect Blue… though you may also know him for the outrageous transformation scenes in Kill la Kill. Here’s an NSFW example; Honda said the scenes embarrassed him, but animation director Toshio Ishizaki, professionally called “Sushio,” insisted he take the job. Continue Reading