It has been 18 years since America's first family made their debut and entering its 19th season, "The Simpsons" have never looked better. I remember the first time talk surfaced on bringing "The Simpsons" to the big screen in 1992. And after at least 15 years, depending on when you start counting, wishes are finally granted. The penultimate date of this long awaited movie would be July 27, 2007.
Friday night...as I inched closer to the movie theater, anticipation grew and my patience continued to evaporate. If only I had a bull dozer to graze through the traffic. I had spent the entire day at work with one thing in my mind -- years of waiting and today is the day.
BEST. MOVIE. EVER!
The infamous dysfunctional family is at it again, or rather, Homer does not waiver from his true self. It can always prove quite difficult to describe the plot of any "Simpsons" episode and to do any justice. The movie, as expected, does not stray from that trait. The plot centers on protecting the environment. One thing leads to another and before you know it, the people of Springfield are faced with total annihilation, all thanks to Homer and his pig.
This movie felt a bit short-lived and this is no doubt due, in part, to the continuous humor provided throughout the movie. No single second was spared. Every waking moment was filled with nonstop action and humor, and a whopping cast. It's hard to choose specific moments that are worth calling out...that was the entire movie. Itchy and Scratchy never change, Ralph is too cute with his 20th century Fox chant, Nelson's "Ha-Ha!" still has the same effect, Ned Flanders is still goo-diddly-od, and Homer is still, well, Homer.
Flanders takes a surprsingly major role in the movie, while characters like Apu and Mr. Burns made minor appearances. The frequency of "D'ohs" were extremely miniscule as well. Though I would have liked more movie time than 1 hour and 27 minutes, I cannot wait till another movie comes out.
The writers and produces did a simply wonderful job capturing everything we love about "The Simpsons." The script was flawless and was definitely worth the effort put in by everybody involved. My props go out to Matt and crew...I have no doubt in my mind that every long time "Simpsons" fan came out of the movie theater with gleeful satisfaction. Two big yellow thumbs up!!!
The two movies have been remastered in high-definition, digitally restored, and enhanced with a sound quality to compliment. The Broly movies will be released November 13, 2007, followed by future releases of FUNimation's other top titles.
While I couldn't get much reading done that day, I was able to finish the book last night. I will not provide any spoilers, so as far as my full review goes, that may have to wait. I realize that the risk of accidentally finding out what happened before finishing the book is way too high for comfort...I would hate it if that happened to me. Nevertheless, the threat is there, so I'm sure most people will be finishing, if not already, ASAP. And believe me, it won't be a hard feat to accomplish. The hardest thing I found was putting down the book before actually finishing.
The major answers we seek to find are in this final book -- will the downfall of Voldemort ever arrive, will Harry Potter die, is Dumbledore really dead, is Snake a friend or foe, and what does fate have in store for everyone? I am itching to discuss the book, but I'm sure I won't have to wait too long. I will say this though: the book kept me off the edge of my seat from page 1 until the very end -- I loved the book and wouldn't have changed a thing. Although, I probably would've done without the epilogue. I feel that it brought down the whole mood of the book, though not in an advantageous way. Nevertheless, readers will be succumbed by various emotions, so be prepared for a rollercoaster ride of your life.
Prices range from about $150-250 and is available as I type this and as it is standing in my room. I haven't brought myself to open the box yet, let's face it, there's a good chance I won't. The box is just too killer to even touch.
Talk about a topsy-turvy plot...the story is so immersed and never turns the dial down until the credits eventually roll. Even at that moment, you are still left with reminiscent thoughts of the surprising and wild conclusion. The execution of this movie was incredible and the artistry of it all is highly commendable. Our favorite characters are back and with the changing times, character design is done so as to connect with the audience that time has not stood still.
No one element was disregarded or imperfect -- in short, the crew really had all the bases covered. I didn't think GITS' CG animation could get any better, but I'm sure glad I was proven wrong. You can tell how much consideration and thought was given to every little piece of detail. I don't want to give out much more detail of the story, it is truly a masterpiece you have to enjoy firsthand. So it comes to no surprise that I state, this movie is a MUST-SEE and I bet noone will be able to watch SSS once.
It is another success for Yoko Kanno, the continuing music composer for the "Ghost in the Shell" franchise. You can always expect great things from Kanno, and SSS was no exception. Among many other extras, the limited edition release includes the SSS original soundtrack and is well worth every single penny, yen, euro, or whatever. Amidst my many Kanno favorites, the tracks titled "player," "zero signal," and "undivided" join the list. The 3-disc set is no mere edition. Especially note-worthy is the "Work World File" recounting every crucial moment in the entire GITS world. It really takes you back in time to the very first episode of the first season and opens it up to the future.
Compelling, riveting, addicting, SSS does a wonderful job of keeping the integrity and interconnections of GITS intact, while simultaneously building anew.
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Based on Famitsu and IGN, Kojima will play the game live at next week's Metal Gear 20th Anniversary Party event in Tokyo and will share specifics on what players can expect. It is not clear if MGO will be a standalone release, or part of MGS4. We'll probably learn more after next week, but how exciting!!!! "Metal Gear Online" seems like it would find a great home with the PS3 and its online gaming capability (e.g. "Resistance: Fall of Man").
The cast also includes "Death Note's" Misa, Erika Toda.
My love for Eva has never subsided after all these years and you won't need 3 guesses to figure out where I'd love to be when September 1st rolls around.
The fifth "Harry Potter" book was by far my favorite book out of the six books released thus far --the seventh and final installment is due next week, July 21st! And comparing the book with the movie, the movie may be seen as a tiny let-down for HP fans. All four of its predecessors delivered almost flawless and on cue adaptations of the novels -- exactly or even better than how I imagined it while I read the novels. However, the fifth movie was a bit patchy and with a little over two hours, fans will notice quite a bit of crucial elements missing. Now with the bad out of the way, let's get on to the good stuff.
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" brings forth a new director and score composer. You could definitely feel the difference in direction, creating a hybrid between the old and new style. The score was also done appropriately, combining the original and recognizable soundtrack with certain additions, to paint the darker settings of the plot. Casting is as good as ever, most note-worthy is the sadistic Professor Umbridge, and of course the odd Luna Lovegood. Casting aside the movie based on the book, the movie itself is extremely entertaining and the darkest of them yet. The experience felt short-lived, but let's face it: in the end, the legacy of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" prevails. The movie, no doubt, sets us up nicely and in perfect timing for the release of the long awaited seventh book.
On the nights of June 29th and June 30th, the metro and DC streets were flooded with gamers from far and wide for the exciting sold-out Video Games Live (VGL) concert. The gaming atmosphere only intensified as opening time drew closer. And before you knew it, the concert hall was filled with individuals dressed as their favorite classic and modern characters, from "Zelda's" very own Link to "Mario Kart" and to "Kingdom Hearts." Most were sporting awesomely wicked T-shirts -- I went for a KH theme myself.
An onset of mini-games, enactments, contests, exclusives, and a slew of guests and performers were the equal highlights to the actual song performances. "Metal Gear Solid's" very own Snake made some audio announcements providing one of the first interaction with the audience. And as the composer striked up the band with the MGS theme song, a familar cardboard box showed up on the left side of the stage followed by the infamous guard dressed in black and armed with a gun. Snake inched his way across the stage as he tried to avoid being noticed by the guard. And at the penultimate part of the theme, an familar exclamation point is raised over the guard and a chase ensued. Snake successfully makes it across. Whew!
Two nations exist on Earth and remain split 500 years after the apocalyptic war between them. On one side stands the Roman Catholic Church powered by the Vatican, and on the other stands the vampire (aka "Methuselah") kingdom known as the New Human Empire. As each nation tries to best the other, a clear chain is formed. Humans eat animals and vampires eat humans, but what eats a vampire? How about a vampire that eats other vampires? A "Crusnik." And that is exactly what Abel Nightroad is.