Author: Vernieda Vergara

Money Drives Everything in Have a Nice Day

Have a Nice Day Jian Liu (Director, Writer, and Key Animator) Zhu Changlong, Cao Kou, Xiaofeng Ma, Yang Siming (Cast) Released February 17, 2017 (Berlin), January 26, 2018 (United States)M/h5> Money makes the world go around, or so they say. It certainly serves as the driving force for many a crime film. This holds true in Jian Liu’s Have a Nice Day, in which a driver steals money from a gang and sets into motion a series of events that reveals the unexpected connections in one Chinese town. The crisscrossing paths of Have a Nice Day’s characters are familiar...

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Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Introduces Us to Too Many Assassins

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens 1.1: “Play Ball” Kenji Yasuda (Director), Shogo Yasukawa (Writer) Daisuke Ono, Yuki Kaji, Yusuke Kobayashi, Kensho Ono, Daisuke Namikawa, Aoi Yuki, Tomoaki Maeno, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Daisuke Hirakawa, Kenji Hamada, Kosei Hirota, Yuichi Nakamura, Masaya Matsukaze (Cast) Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens is an anime that doesn’t believe in easing viewers into its setting and characters. We signed up for this ride when we decided to watch and you’d better understand the series fully expects you to strap in and hang on for dear life. The approach is a familiar one if you’ve watched a certain type of crime...

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Blade of the Immortal Is an Awkward Adaptation

Blade of the Immortal Takashi Miike (director), Nobuyasu Kita (cinematographer), Kenji Yamashita (editor), Tetsuya Oishi (writer) Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sōta Fukushi, Hayato Ichihara, Erika Toda, Kazuki Kitamura, Chiaki Kuriyama, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Ichikawa Ebizō XI, Min Tanaka, Tsutomu Yamazaki (cast) Adapted from Blade of the Immortal by Hiroaki Samura Released April 23, 2017 (Japan), November 3, 2017 (USA) Live action film adaptations of manga and anime often put me on guard. After so many terrible attempts—Dragonball Z, Ghost in the Shell, Netflix’s Death Note, to name a few—can you blame me? On the other hand, I know it’s possible....

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The Villainess Delivers Bloody Action and an Overstuffed Plot

The Villainess (Aknyeo) Byung-gil Jung (director), Jung-hun Park (cinematographer), Sun-mi Heo (editor) Ok-bin Kim, Ha-kyun Shin, Jun Sung, Seo-hyeong Kim (cast) Released September 8, 2017 (USA), September 12, 2017 (Vancouver) Lethal women given a second lease on life figure prominently in the action thriller genre. Sometimes the women play major supporting roles in these films. Other times, as demonstrated by the iconic La Femme Nikita, they form the basis of the entire story. As suggested by its similarly structured heroine-referring English-language title, The Villainess falls into the second category. Given the pervasiveness of the avenging female assassin in cinema, The Villainess has...

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The Dead Game of Thrones: Who Do You Want to See Die?

Game of Thrones is a show that we both love and hate. We got together to examine what keeps us watching and who we most want to see die next. What keeps you watching Game of Thrones? Wendy Browne: Masochism. But seriously. I am and have always been invested in these characters from both book and show and I do want to see what happens after all this time. I don’t believe GRRM actually had that figured out because his writing lost all focus, but I am curious to see what conclusions the HBO writers come to. I have...

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