We bitch a lot on this site, so I thought it’s time for the pendulum to swing the other way. Here are some movies and TV shows that are making me happy right now.
There are a handful of movies that I have not yet seen, but from trailers and clips, look very exciting.
Check out Automata:
Dystopian with intriguing robotic designs and a mysterious feel, eh? It’s my understanding that the robots are not CG, but life-size marionettes. Makes the effect more chilling and realistic. The movie has not played anywhere close to where I live, but I’ll probably be buying this one outright.
Big Hero 6
This looks like a really fun movie. Inspired by a Marvel comic. It’s labeled Disney instead of Pixar. I hope it’s good. It definitely appeals to the kid in me.
What can I say? This is just the teaser, but it has a great sense of wonder about it. It’s a Brad Bird film, so hopefully it’ll be good
The Tale of Princess Kaguya
Ever look at something so beautiful that you weep? That’s me after looking at the trailer. It’s utterly beautiful. And it’s Ghibli! It’s currently (as of this post) in a limited US theater release.
I guess you can call it current. It’s on iTunes and Amazon Prime for rental. It got a goofiness that appeals to me in some way. I’m also intrigued by performances by actors where the entire head or face is obscured in some way. Very few actors can pull that off. Hugo Weaving comes to mind.
When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace
What a great title! It’s an anime set in a high school. Wow! that’s new! But seriously, this is a comedy about a high-school literature club comprised of four girls and a boy. A very goofy boy. A boy who is a bit too absorbed in anime and manga and acts out fantasies of obtaining fantastic powers. And one day, it happens. He and the other girls suddenly get fantastic powers. Yet, under his guidance, no one is having a freak-out. They are secretly training to master their abilities and maintain their ordinary lives. It’s a cute show that is currently available in simulcast on Crunchyroll.
Akame ga Kill!
A bloody good time! Assassins wielding extra-normal weapons called Imperial Arms which they are using to try to overthrow a corrupt kingdom. Very fun show with a wide range of emotion. It’s a simulcast that’s available on Crunchyroll.
I finally got to catch up on a few films that I missed.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
This trailer is NSFW, but is the better representation of the film.
Wonderful, artistic character piece with a lot of star cameos that are just as fun as the characters that they play. I won’t spoil it by naming them. If you’re a Wes Anderson fan, you have to see this and I’m sure you know what you’re in for. It was much more charming that I thought it would be.
X-Men Days of Future Past
Picking up (mostly) where the stinger scene in The Wolverine left us, We finally get to see the Sentinels. It’s also a return to the greatness of the Bryan Singer X-Men era. Good performances overall and a smarter script than I expected. There’s a few moments where you need to tie down your disbelief, but it’s worth the ride.
Going to sign off for now. I hope you have seen or will see some of these. They’re quite good.