Blood: The last vampire ( 2009)
Director: Chris Nahon
This film has the South Korean actress Jeon Ji-hyun (credited as Gianna Jun) as Saya the chiroptera-demon slayer. Some of you might know her from her other works: My Sassy Girl and Il-mare. I thought she did a fine job as Saya. The story takes parts from the Anime film ( US base, school) and adds some Hong-Kong flair.
The action sequences were alright, nothing great. The “Hong Kong”-style action section of this film was really odd.
The special effects of this film are on the low side. The way they decided to approach the blood in the movie was over the top and the few times we see a fully transformed cg-chiroptera were so disappointing .
I was really hoping for something good for the final battle of the movie but it was a let down.
If you’re a fan of the Anime film from 2000, you’ve already seen the better adaptation.
The Thing (2011)
Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
A remake of a remake!
This is a monster movie for those who also love flamethrowers! Lots of snow, and death by monster. I enjoyed it, and like how they tried to respect the 1982 work. I definitely like the 1982 John Carpenter film more though. The movie features a strong willed female lead, similar to films like, Aliens and Underworld.
Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2010)
Director: Masaaki Taniguchi
This movie is more of a sequel to the 1983 movie. A girl consumes a solution that enables her to go back in time to a certain day and place. She accidentally wishes to go to 1974, instead of 1972. She drops in/on a guy (see trailer above) when she arrives in 1974. This young guy eventually lets her stay with him and she tries to adjust to life in 1974 . The main reason for her trip was to find Kazuo Fukamachi (The boy from the future) in the 1983 and bring him to the present, to help her mother. Even though I like the 2006 animated version of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, this had its fair share of funny and sad moments. The Girl from future, experiencing 1974 was an idea that I enjoyed.
Sucker Punch (2011)
Director: Zack Snyder
This film definitely about style over substance. The Opening sequence up to the final moments. I’ll admit that I enjoyed the “Samurai girl” sequence and the sequence with the mech suit and blimp, but all the other ones were just way too over the top for me. This film also uses the slow-motion shots a lot, and I did get a little tired of it. This film (on Blu-ray) works really well as a HD “wow” title. Something you throw onto a large HDTV & Home Theater setup to show some friends.
A fun short video about Mario Kart in live-action form. Found out about it via the Kotaku blog.
Dragon Ball: Evolution (2009)
Director: James Wong
This was an unforgettable viewing for all the wrong reasons. There have been a few live-action adaptations of Dragon Ball (Magic Begins, “Korean-made”) but, this missed various points of the source material. With a budget of 30 Million dollars (and current Hollywood tech), I was hoping for something better. Goku going to High School was a terrible idea, I didn’t like the whole “coming of age” prophecy theme the film had. Bulma should haven been the easiest character to portray onscreen. Tech geek, Capusle Corp items and the drive to get he Dragon Balls. Why did they have to add a “Lara Croft” personality to her? Muten Roshi was portrayed alright, Wise, hints of a perverted side. Piccolo just needed to be evil and he was.
I also can’t believe that this film received a video game tie-in. Fans are far better off playing Raging Blast . According to the Wikipedia entry for the film, it made it a slight profit. I hope they stick more closely to the source if they decide to make a sequel. Just watch this fan-made short featuring Gohan vs Android 17&18. Watching the DB:E film once is more than enough.