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reviewed Cowboy Bebop Remix, Volume 3 (2005). November 28, 2007
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Cowboy Bebop Remix, Volume 3 (2005)
Cowboy Bebop Remix Volume 3 includes the eleventh through fourteenth episodes of the series. Personally, I thought episode eleven was rather strange, but the remaining episodes on the disc were pretty …
reviewed Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato: .... November 16, 2007
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Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato: In the Name of Love
When this film was originally made, it was meant to put an end to the Space Battleship Yamato franchise. However, when it was released to theaters, it was extremely popular, and the fanbase wanted more. …
reviewed Space Battleship Yamato: The Movie. November 16, 2007
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Space Battleship Yamato: The Movie
Space Battleship Yamato was the source material for the anime that would become known in the U.S. as Star Blazers. This movie takes the twenty-six episode series and whittles it down to a 135 minute film, …
reviewed Spirited Away (2002). November 15, 2007
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Spirited Away (2002)
Spirited Away is a film directed by renowned anime director Hayao Miyazaki. This was a critically acclaimed film, and even won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.    This coming-of-age …
reviewed Tokyo Godfathers. July 20, 2006
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Tokyo Godfathers
Pros: Wonderful story full of miracles, comedy, heartbreak and redemption     Cons: none really, but some people might like subtitles and there's no     The Bottom …
reviewed Howl's Moving Castle (movie). November 15, 2007
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Howl's Moving Castle
Pros: Beautiful colors, lovable characters – good times all around     Cons: Story can become a little confusing     The Bottom Line: Feel like being young again? …
reviewed My Neighbor Totoro. July 08, 2006
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My Neighbor Totoro
Pros: Everything.     Cons: Nothing.     The Bottom Line: Grab your kids, plop them down, and turn into one of them yourself.     Plot Details: …
reviewed Blood: The Last Vampire (2000 anime s.... April 07, 2006
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Blood: The Last Vampire (2000 movie)
Pros: Animation, language decision     Cons: Purpose?     The Bottom Line: Mmm, abrupt horror that's interesting and entertaining.     Plot …
reviewed Dragon Ball Z - Fusion Reborn. March 30, 2006
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Dragon Ball Z - Fusion Reborn
Pros: I so love Vegeta     Cons: A few here and there - read the review.     The Bottom Line: Always was and forever will be my other favorite Dragon Ball Z movies    …
reviewed Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture. February 05, 2005
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Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture
Pros: YES! That was awesome!!     Cons: Umm…..nope!     The Bottom Line: It’s great to watch – even at 2:15 am! (central time!)     Plot Details: …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. October 18, 2009
Slumdog Millionaire Movie poster
Pros: Superbly directed, acted and filmed.     Cons: N/a     The Bottom Line: Despite the depressing setting Slumdog Millionaire is strangely uplifting and hopeful …
reviewed House of Flying Daggers. April 25, 2005
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House of Flying Daggers
Pros: Good story telling, beautifully shoot film, outstanding performances.      Cons: Ended too soon.     The Bottom Line: House of Flying Daggers is a visual …
reviewed Raise the Red Lantern. September 23, 2001
Raise the Red Lantern
Pros: Human drama at its best, visuals were outstanding, acting was suberb...     Cons: N/a     The Bottom Line: A great introduction the world of Chinese films. …
reviewed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. February 20, 2001
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon DVD
Pros: Magical, great story, great fight sequences...     Cons: I hate subtitles!     The Bottom Line: See it, you will not regret it!     Plot …
reviewed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. April 27, 2001
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon DVD
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is the greatest martial arts movie I've ever seen. Like all great films in the genre, there are reams of battles, but Director Ang Lee has taken things farther. His movie …
reviewed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. April 24, 2001
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon DVD
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is the greatest martial arts movie I've ever seen. Like all great films in the genre, there are reams of battles, but Director Ang Lee has taken things farther. His movie …
reviewed Come Here...and I'll Show You. December 20, 2010
Come Here...and I'll Show You
Is there still room in the marketplace for an old fashioned, manly adventure yarn? If there is, then let me introduce you to "Come Here ... and I'll Show You," a book that nods heavily in the direction …
reviewed The Hidden Blade. March 01, 2011
The Hidden Blade (Kakushi-ken: oni no tsume)
With Yoji Yamada's The Hidden Blade, set in the early 1860s, the age of the samurai was passing; the age of moviedom's bastardization of the samurai was sometime in the future. The Hidden Blade …
reviewed The Forbidden Kingdom. August 25, 2008
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The Forbidden Kingdom
Two of the biggest icons in 20th Century martial arts band together for the first time in a great adventure film. We are all familiar with Jet Li's work as being primarily serious and very intense, whereas …
reviewed City of Life and Death. June 26, 2011
City of Life and Death
CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH is a masterpiece - of film making, of finding the midline of response to war from both sides, of cautiously but successfully blending intimate stories with the gory atrocities of …
reviewed Dragon Drive, Vol. 3. July 18, 2011
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Dragon Drive, Vol. 3
This volume of Dragon Drive sees Reiji, Maiko, Daisuke, Meguru, and Rokkaku headed to the Dragonic Heaven Competition in Rikyu. The winner of the competition will get the Jinryu Stone as a prize. When …
reviewed Vengeance. July 24, 2011
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VENGEANCE
***1/2 out of ****     Interesting color schemes. Nice usage of lighting. Truly kick-ass action sequences. I like Johnnie To's "Vengeance" because it contains all three. I almost loved …
reviewed Samurai Rebellion. August 18, 2011
Criterion collection
Don't come to Samurai Rebellion expecting a strutting, slashing, melodramatic sword flick. Joichi is a movie that deals with major issues -- love, honor, duty, injustice and, above all, self-respect …
reviewed Astro Boy Volumes 1 & 2. August 21, 2011
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Astro Boy Volumes 1 & 2
The manga published in this volume are not in chronological order. It starts with the story about the birth of Astro Boy, which was published in 1975; however, Tezuka created the manga in 1951. This origin …
reviewed KILL !. December 27, 2011
Dvd cover
Take a piece of Akira Kurosawa, blend in a big portion of Sergio Leone, then add a little of Mel Brooks on Xanax. You'll have an idea of one of the oddest and most amusing examples of chanbara satire. …
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