The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, a review by Achim
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo)
So, I finally had the chance to see this highly praised film (at least by Tom )... First off: :
It was a great mixture (as far as the time-traveling aspect goes) between Butterfly Effect and Groundhog Day. Butterfly Effect as far as the intent of the jumps and their effects go, Groundhog Day for similarities in the the time travel execution; she often travels several times to the past to make small alterations, just like Bill Murray needed to repeat the same day over and over. (At least that's how I felt about that.)
The story is nicely executed and most of the twists and turns were not easily predictable hence had me stunned repeatedly. Also the ending was way different from what I expected, whcih I mean in a very good way; all things I could have expected would have been clichéd. The characters are very likable, as they are introduced properly and given some background to them.
I have no real experience with anime, so this may sound awkward to others: The animation is a mixed bag. Basically held simple it still manages to convey the character's feelings and gtransfer the emoptions to the viewer. Several times I was taken out of the film though, when the animation turned what I call "Heidi"-style (at least the Germans may understand what I mean); Super big mouth while laughing and SUPER big eyes; I can handle big eyes, but SUPER big looks weird. All in all it was well animated though, with sufficient detail in the right spots.
(From Tom's Time-Travel Movie Reviews on April 12th, 2008)
Rambo, a review by addicted2dvd
In Thailand, John Rambo joins a group of mercenaries to venture into war-torn Burma, and rescue a group of Christian aid workers who were kidnapped by the ruthless local infantry unit.
This one I watched on Showtime On-Demand. What did I think of this installment of the franchise? Well... there was things I liked... and there was things I disliked. The main thing I disliked is while in a different place... it (and I mean all of them) is basically the same thing, Which is not really a huge deal... as you tend to expect it from past experience of the franchise. Things I liked.... I am becoming a bigger fan all the time of Julie Benz. I really liked her i this movie. But then I really don't remember disliking her in anything I have seen her in so far. Also the violence and gore is brought up yet another notch. Sure this could be a bad thing for some people... but I rather enjoy it. I mean it gives it a more real feel to it. I mean it is war we are talking about here... and if that is not violent and full of gore in real life... then what is? This is another movie I hope to add to my collection at some point before too long.
Out of a Possible 5
(From Weekend Movie Marathon: Anything Goes on February 26th, 2010)
Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom
1.01 Winter Olympics
This is a series I loved to watch as a kid. This is a typical episode. Not much of a series which can be enjoyed as an adult but I guess as a kid it doesn't bother that this is a one-joke premise.
(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on June 3rd, 2012)