movie review: Hacksaw Ridge

November 20, 2016 Leave a comment

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“Please Lord, help me get one more… help me get one more.”

When I heard that line during the scene where Doss solo rescues the wounded men, I was literally on the verge of tears.

Hacksaw Ridge is probably the best movie I’ve seen this year. It’s also the most intense, graphically violent war film I’ve seen since Saving Private Ryan. When those war scenes hit, they hit hard like a high speed truck that suddenly appears right in your face. But more importantly, it’s a very moving story that’s uplifting and inspirational.

This story was actually based on true events. Desmond Doss did save more than 50 wounded soldiers including the Japanese soldiers left behind in the battlefield of Okinawa. And he was 7th Day Adventist christian who became the first conscientious objector.

The first half of the film focuses on Doss’s civilian life and the persecution he faces during his boot camp training. There’s many happy moments with scenes of Doss and his romantic interest Dorothy. It’s actually quite sweet despite of being hokey at times, but this makes Doss a very likeable character. The 2nd half of the film is where the war comes in. Seeing how convicted Doss throughout in the midst of that brutality was incredible.

Thematically speaking, it’s heavy and multilayered. Desmond wants to serve his country while at the same time follow the commands from the bible. In doing so, he puts his faith as priority over the country’s commands. Which comes to a question, while Desmond certainly glories the Lord from his works, would taking a life of an enemy be glorifying to God considering the circumstances? On top of that, Jesus commands us to love our enemies and forgives those who persecutes us. When Jack Glover told Doss that he believes the book as much as he does, Jack still goes out there to fight the war. It’s a tough question that we Christians have to go through. These are just one of the themes that the movie brings up. Although, this is my first time hearing about 7th Adventist Christians, I don’t see any bible verses about not eating meat or worshiping Saturdays. Sounds like a man made rule from certain divisions. But that’s a discussion for another time.

I came out of the theater absolutely stunned. To say I’m still thinking about this movie after a few days really means something. I actually wouldn’t mind if I went to go see it again! Say what you want about Mel Gibson, but you can’t deny his directing skills. Also, all the actors did a splendid job. Not a single one felt like a miscast. Before people start misunderstanding what this movie is, it’s NOT a christian movie but it’s a movie ABOUT a christian who’s strongly convicted with this way of serving. I highly recommend this film whether or not you’re not into war films.

Rating: 9.5/10

Update: Here’s an interesting facts/movie comparison.

http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/hacksaw-ridge/

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movie review: Doctor Strange

November 13, 2016 Leave a comment

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I knew nothing about Doctor Strange other than knowing it’s a marvel hero.

After seeing this, it’s like a poor man’s Iron Man in terms of formula, except in a breakneck speed without giving us time to properly develop the character. Ever since Civil War, my standards for superhero flicks has risen. It either be on par with Civil War or surpass it. Doctor Strange was as underwhelming and generic as it gets. The plot was nonsensical. Instead of wasting time training Strange, why not have that bald old hag use the men she already has in her dojo? In typical marvel fashion, their villains are weak as their motivations. I can’t even remember their names. The visual effects are the best thing about this movie. It’s like I’m watching Inception on steroids. Of course let’s not forget the acting, Benedict Cumberbatch (I can’t spell his name) fits right in with the character. It’s decently entertaining film, but ultimately forgettable.

Rating: 5/10

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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans AMV – OP

November 8, 2016 Leave a comment

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And of course, of all the places I forgot to post, it would be my own blog. I already wrote the behind the scenes on my youtube page so read it there cuz I’m not gonna type it all here. I need those views yall! Anyways, hope you enjoy! Please leave a comment and a like or dislike on the video page. It really helps! Thanks.

Trying to Revisit Galneryus

October 19, 2016 Leave a comment

I can’t do it. I used to listen to these guys a lot and many other bands like them, but I can’t even finish listening to this song. Speed metal has lost its appeal to me. They all sound the same. The constant double bass drumming bores me, I need rhythm variety. But that tells me the genre is dead to me. I enjoyed my time back in the day listening to this type of music, but now it’s time to move on.

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Shelter

October 18, 2016 Leave a comment

I’m not a fan of Porter Robinson’s music, but this is one of the best music videos I’ve seen in a long time. This 6 minute short told a better story than Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso). It’s beautiful, had a theme going, told a solid narrative, and ultimately bittersweet. It’s funny how a 6 min video can achieve so much as opposed to 22 episode show. Shelter is a must watch.

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Anime Season Roundup

October 8, 2016 Leave a comment

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91 Days – 12 years ago (wow so much time has passed), I declared Gungrave as my all time favorite anime and nothing could ever stand on par with it since. This time, a show competent enough has stepped into the same level of Gungrave quality. Every episode has been stellar. Like Gungrave, it’s a mafia revenge story minus the sci-fi twists. This show is anime storytelling at its finest, a Shakespearean, how to write a good plot 101. Only spanning at 12 episodes total, you have no excuse to not watch this. It’s a must. Rating: 10/10

Mob Psycho 100 – Very entertaining and humorous throughout. By the same creator as One Punch Man. The sketchy animation style is quite unique leaving no animated shortcuts making it feel refreshing. If the studio decided to not continue with a 2nd season or sequel, I’d be completely fine with that. Rating: 9/10

Macross Delta – I really enjoyed the show and wanted to love it, but that last episode was basically a big FU from Shoji Kawamori. It was rushed, half assed, mostly unresolved, and just an unsatisfying conclusion. The finale doesn’t need to be Macross Frontier levels of action packed, but just give us a proper closure. After all that tease, we still don’t know who Lady M is. Although the love triangle was resolved, it was done so predictably because only one of the girls got enough emphasis in the relationship. I have no issues with Freyja being picked but Mirage was shafted so hard that it was hardly a love triangle to begin with. The villain’s motive was essentially the same as Grace from Macross Frontier trying to connect with everyone’s mind. So what’s gonna happen to Windemere now after they retreated? Just call it quits after that temporary alliance? The series needs an extra 10 eps or a sequel. IF they decide to do multi-part movies by alternate retelling the story, they better tell us who Lady M is at least. Rating: 8/10

Berserk – Not the adaptation we deserve, but the one we need. I thought the reception was so bad it wouldn’t merit a season 2 but apparently it did. Despite of the ugly visuals, I didn’t hate this show. It was about time to see Berserk that’s not the Golden Age arc. Overall, above average at best. I’ll watch season 2 but not excited for it. Rating: 6/10

Tales of Zestiria the X – Why can’t ufotable adapt Berserk instead of this trash? It’s funny how this show really pushes Alisha to be part of the main cast even though she plays small roles in the game. Also, what the hell were they thinking shoving Tales of Berseria in the middle? Sure I get they want to promote the game but not like this. I had absolutely no idea what Berseria had anything to do with Zestiria until I had to google it. Having two plots in a single show will only result in a mess. That Berseria insert should’ve been DVD only eps. The animation was godly but undeserved. Rating: 5/10

Updated: My Top 10 Macross Songs

October 5, 2016 Leave a comment

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Now that Macross Delta is over, time to update this list. 🙂

To my surprise, the music in Delta ended up pretty good. Mikumo, Kaname, and Freyja being the standouts. Disappointingly though, Walkure is severely underutilized if this is all there is. Just imagine the merchandising potential this group has. 5 members, 5 times the music. They could easily release solo albums from each members singing all the songs individually. For example, if you don’t like Mikumo’s inclusion of the song, listen to the other versions. Anyways, let’s get this over with.

  1. Sheryl Nome starring May’n – Yousei (Macross Frontier)
  2. CMJK, Sharon Apple – INFORMATION HIGH (Macross PLUS)
  3. Walküre – Hametsu no Junjou (Macross Delta)
  4. Walküre – Kaze wa Yokoku Naku Fuku (Macross Delta)
  5. Walküre – Walküre Attack! (Macross Delta)
  6. Lynn Minmay – An Angel’s Paint (Macross: Do You Remember Love?)
  7. Fire Bomber – Remember 16 (Macross 7)
  8. May’n & Megumi Nakajima – Sayonara no Tsubasa ~ the end of triangle (Macross Frontier)
  9. Fire Bomber – Diamond Calling (Macross 7)
  10. Akino Arai – Idol Talk (Macross PLUS)