Under the Skin (2013) Movie Review by Aaroh Palkar

Under the Skin directed by Jonathan Glazer starring Scarlet Johansson

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Aye! Guess who’s back writing reviews? It’s been ages since I wrote a movie review. I’m going to try to be more active on the blog again, would like to do more interviews, but that’s all for later. On to the review.

So, Under the Skin directed by Johnathan Glazer starring Scarlet Johansson in the lead was inspired by Michel Faber’s 2000 Whitbread Award-winning book of the same name: However, the book and the movie have no connection to each other whatsoever. So, you can enjoy the movie or the book without worrying about spoiling anything for yourself.

Under the Skin is a science fiction film about an extraterrestrial creature played by Johansson, preying on men in Scotland.

The movie looks great; It has some really cool sequences in it that I obviously will not be spoiling for you. The opening shot is awesome, and immediately tells you — the viewer — that this movie will not be condescending towards you and explain everything to you by dialogue, instead it’s going to give you all the clues visually. The movie’s quite thin on dialogue because of its dependence on visual story-telling, but it works extremely well.

Unfortunately, this makes the movie less accessible to the casual movie-goer, which doesn’t mean that people who don’t enjoy these kinds of films aren’t hardcore movie buffs or whatever. But, this isn’t a film, that you can just pop into your Blu-ray/DVD player and have a great time with. Under the Skin, which has a run-time of 108 minutes, takes its time to tell you its story. If you’re interested in watching this movie, then keep your phone away from you, and just focus on what’s going on the screen, and you’ll be fine.

The climax of the movie, when the big reveal takes place, was probably IMO the finest sequence in the film.

The soundtrack, composed by Mica Levi, who later went on to compose the award-winning soundtrack for 2016’s critical hit Jackie, was pretty great. Lipstick to Void has to be my personal favourite from it. The music complements the film rather well and didn’t take me out of the film.

So, there you have it, my review for 2013’s Under the Skin. I know it isn’t as in-depth as my previous reviews, but I cannot divulge any more of my thoughts about this film without spoiling it and ever since I’ve been doing these reviews I’ve made sure not to write anything in it, that may end up spoiling someone’s viewing experience.

But, if you want more on this film I will be linking an analysis video for Under the Skin by Ralph Sepe Jr. of ‘ralphthemoviemaker’ down below, as he’s done an excellent job with it.

Thank you and have a great day!

 

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Interview with Anime Reviewer – Anime Girls NYC

The name Stephanie Clarke may not ring a bell in your head, but ask someone about Anime Girls NYC and they’ll immediately tell you about the popular anime review website. Anime Girls NYC is one of the most popular anime review website about which I came to know through WordPress. And I thought why not ask her if she’s interested in doing a brief interview for my blog.

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After a brief correspondence she agreed and lo and behold! here we are with the interview. After reading the answers to her questions particularly the one dealing with her reviewing process, I found out that she really tries to go in-depth with the review writing notes, taking screenshots etc. which shows her dedication towards her readers to provide them with a comprehensive reviews of the shows.

I’m so excited to present this interview for you guys, I know that you’re all gonna enjoy this one just as much as you enjoyed the previous interviews. Hence, without any further ado here’s my interview with Anime Girls NYC:-

1.) Can you please tell the readers a little bit about yourself?

Well, I’ve been watching anime since I was 10. My first anime was Dragon Ball Z. After watching Goku fight his brother Raditz and then the episode leaving me with a cliff-hanger, I knew this was the show to watch. Ever since then I started watching more Anime from Sailor moon to Pokémon. It wasn’t until I got older that I realized how much of an anime fan I was.

2.) What initiated you into reviewing anime?

I started to review anime by realizing after starting my social medias for Anime Girls NYC and how popular they were, I’ve decided to create a blog where I can go into depth with anime. You are kind of limited on social media. The blog platform gives you enough room to be creative with your stuff. Now I can really talk about the anime I love and hate to watch!

3.) Can you describe your process of reviewing an anime for the readers?

My process of reviewing an anime is while I watch the anime I will have a paper next to me or my phone jotting down notes. (I.e. a plot twist, character development and etc) Also, a 22 minute show for others will turn into an hour show for me because of the many times I have to stop and write down something. Also, all the screen shots I have to take or retake because the scene I wanted to grab didn’t come out right. After I finish all these steps I start taking my notes and my thoughts on them and create a review.

4.) What do you think makes a great anime, plot or characters?

What I think makes a great story is both plot and character. First you need a plot/storyline that the characters can follow. Then you need characters to carry the plot. Without one of the other it wouldn’t be a great anime.  You need the plot to keep your audience interested in what is going to happen with the characters and the whole story itself. Then you need the characters for your audience to fall in love with or to hate.

5.) Can you tell us some of your favourite anime and manga?

My favourite anime is Death Note. The psychological approach to this anime was amazing. The god like mind of Light Yagami to the God like mind of L. I loved the cat and dog chase.

My favourite Manga is Deadman Wonderland. I love the character development in this manga. The psychological approach to this manga is so good.

6.) What are your views on anime being adapted into live-action films? As an anime fan do you think they’re necessary?

If you have read my blog you may see I slip in a few slick comments about live action adaptions. Personally, I always feel like they fail. They always receive bad reviews. They never grasp the concept of what the anime and manga brings. The action is catered to keeping the audience engaged instead of sticking to the actual storyline. I do not think they are necessary.

7.) Apart from watching anime what other activities are you interested in?

Besides watching anime, I am a very active person. I go out with my friends a lot, bowling, partying, karaoke. I also like to cosplay at events. I travel places because of my job and for personal reasons. This list can be very long. Haha!

8.) What genre of anime do you usually prefer watching? And what genre would you like to explore next?

The genre of anime I prefer watching is Psychological, horror and action. Those are my favourites. The next genre which I recently just started to explore more is sports. I never wanted to watch sports anime but after watching Haikyu I was hooked.

9.) Any particular anime you’re excited for this year?

The anime I am excited for this year and am currently watching is 91 days. I like the 1920’s and the prohibition time in America. I like revenge stories. This has all of it in it. So, pretty excited for more episodes.

10.) For the readers who would like to connect with you on Social Networks can you tell them where and how to find you?

To reach me on social media:

Facebook PageAnime Girls NYC

InstagramAnime_Girls_NYC

Twitter: @animegirlsnyc

Websitewww.animegirlsnyc.com

 

In conclusion, I would like to thank Ms. Clarke for taking the time out of her busy schedule to do this interview for my blog, I really really appreciate it. A big thank you to all the people who are constantly supporting this blog everyday, and I hope to keep you all entertained with this type of content. So, once again guys please do check out Ms. Clarke’s website and do support her, like her Facebook Page, and also follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

If you want to follow me on any of the above social networks you can check out my “About” page to find the links. Thank you so much guys for reading this article and I hope you all have a nice day!

 

 

Thoughts on Upcoming Movies by Aaroh Palkar

So, a lot is about to happen once we arrive December 25.It’s going to be a very good year for movie goers from Star Wars to Deadpool to Batman v. Superman and many more ! Hence I would like to give my thoughts about some movies which I am very interested to see.

1.) Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens by J.J.Abrams with Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.

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This is the one that new Star Wars fans like me and the veteran fans have been waiting for. George Lucas disappointed everyone in the year 1999 by releasing the abysmal Jar Jar fest. But to be honest I wasn’t too annoyed with Jar Jar Binks but rather the whole story was just,”meh”. George Lucas made a movie on taxation and trade routes you think that was going to work out ?

Anyways that is a part of the past and it doesn’t matter me anymore. What I’m curious about now is how The Force Awakens will live up to the hype. Looking from the trailers the movie looks great and I think the kids, the teenagers and as well as the adults will love it. It almost seems like a reboot which it might even be. The new cast as well as the originals from the trilogy are going to make this film a blast to watch. By the way Mr.Abrams you did a very good job with the trailers by just showing bits and pieces while not revealing anything about the plot unlike some movie trailers *coughs* Batman V.Superman *coughs*.

2.) The Hateful Eight by Quentin Tarantino with Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell and Channing Tatum.

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The Hateful Eight is the new movie by the one and only “Mr.Brown” Quentin Tarantino. This movie I remember seeing the poster for the first time and then reading the synopsis and I was so pumped. I saw the trailer like 4 or 5 times and it looks really well shot for starters and the cast is amazing. Even Channing Tatum is in this movie.

Yeah Channing Tatum in a Tarantino film made me curious. The trailer hasn’t given any glimpse of him as I think they’re keeping it as a surprise. And yes I did promise to review all of Tarantino’s movies but I recently thought of watching Jackie Brown and in between the movie I just got bored. I mean just really bored maybe because I have a very short attention span at times and I was also preparing for my exams. But, maybe I’ll give it a whirl or just go on to the next flick and then review this one.

3.) Deadpool directed by Tim Miller with Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano and Ed Skrein.

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“The Merc with a mouth” is finally going to have his own feature film and I am looking forward for this one because of it’s uniqueness. Deadpool is a character who is fully aware that he is in a comic or a video game and his fourth wall breaking antics are going to be a treat see. The trailer was OK but I liked the part in the end when he looks at the screen and says,” I’m touching myself tonight.” that was awesome and I expect the movie to be like this. Different and Bold. Jessica Jones is maybe the first R-rated show by Marvel and Deadpool is following the same lead.

And due to the reason stated above Deadpool is a movie which has got me worried as of now because of the censorship. It’s an R-rated movie and I think that we won’t get to see the version that is intended by the makers for the audience and it’s a big issue for me as I want to see the intended version. Who knows what is going to be the fate of this movie Censor Board wise.

4.) Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice directed by Zack Snyder with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Gal Gadot.

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The sequel to Man of Steel which was a boring movie but I loved the action scenes as those are the kinds of things you would want to see in a Superman film. Henry Cavill did a good job, I liked him in the movie. But, this next installment is all about making or breaking the DC Universe but they’ve already planned out a Batman reboot to be directed by Ben Affleck himself, a Suicide Squad movie and a Justice League movie. So, even if this movie bombs we’re probably going to get a whole cinematic universe on our hands.

This was one of the movies just like Star Wars shrouded in mystery regarding it’s casting, the plot and many other things like cameos etc. But, that sadly was made a thing of the past by the most revealing trailers ever. They basically gave out the three acts of the movie. Maybe they really haven’t shown everything but this was really a dumb move and by god the last scene they show in the trailer was one of the most out of place thing I’ve seen in the trailer. For me DC comics has been the dark side of Superhero genre and Marvel more on the fun popcorn side. But, that last scene was just bad.

5.) Captain America : Civil War directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo with Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. , Tom Holland, Scarlet Johansson and Marisa Tomei.

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This one is going to be epic. I loved the trailer and just the whole feel of the movie is so good. We finally got to see Black Panther and he looks really good. The conflict between Iron Man and Captain America is really sad to see. We might even get Spider man in this one but that’s still under wraps.

I think this movie might be a contender for best movie. I feel that this movie is going to elevate the MCU ( Marvel Cinematic Universe ) to a new level. This movie is going to change fates for just about every character involved. I can’t wait for this one to arrive in the theaters.

So, these are the movies that I am very much anticipated for and I would love to know what movies are you all guys waiting for by writing it in the comments.

Thank you very much for reading and have a nice day.

 

Tusk (2014) Movie Review by Aaroh Palkar

Tusk directed by Kevin Smith with Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment and Genesis Rodriguez.

 

Summary :

Podcaster Wallace Bryton ends up being held captive by  old time seafarer Howard Howe who has his own plans for Wallace.

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So Tusk is a horror/comedy movie by Kevin Smith the director of Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma and many other movies. I love movies by Kevin Smith. My first Kevin Smith movie was Clerks and I was blown away it was so good. The movie is completely dialogue driven and I never for once got tired of it. But, moving on to Tusk

The plot of Tusk actually was inspired from this one very weird Gumtree advertisement which Kevin Smith read on his podcast with his friend/producer Scott Mosier which inspired Smith to make it into a full-length feature film.

So, I was kind of trying to not see anything regarding about this movie on the internet before watching it and I’m really satisfied with this movie. I know not everyone likes this movie but I was actually hooked on it till the end. Yes, some parts in between were like “Huh ?” but I enjoyed this movie to the fullest.

So, my in depth thoughts on this movie are as follows :

1.) The plot of Tusk is unique. This whole movie is unique. It starts of as a comedy then slowly progresses into the mystery genre and then becomes something really uncomfortable to watch but I loved every bit of it.

Don’t be fooled by the gimmicky part of this movie. There is a good amount of character background. As the movie progresses which at times goes back and forth between the past and present, we learn things about these characters especially the lead Wallace Bryton played by Justin Long has these secrets about him.

Genesis Rodriguez gave a very good performance and that monologue she had was really good and felt genuine. There is this small cameo by a certain famous Hollywood actor which I won’t spoil but I liked his bit except with a certain flashback the character tells about. That scene was just boring.

2.) Michael Parks deserves his own point because he was that good. I loved his role as this crazy handicapped guy with this weird obsession. The way he speaks the dialogues in such a smooth way was really nice.

3.) The movie was very funny in the first half and then very good as a mystery but I hated it when even this one scary scene where something happens to Justin Long and this really calm music is playing in the background. I mean I just didn’t find that tune in-sync with the scene. Then there is this bit by Michael Parks right near the end which was so weird. This whole movie is weird but good weird.

4.) The ultimate reveal was really good. I was so shocked when I saw it. That “WTF !” moment was so good. The ending of the movie is not what you would expect.

My only gripe with this movie is that maybe it should’ve been a proper horror movie which would’ve made it even more popular. And I read this on the internet that this movie is the first movie in a trilogy called the True North Trilogy.

I would recommend you to check out this movie because of a really weird story but amazing performances by all the cast and for the special cameo appearance because always go “Full Walrus”.

Thank you for reading and have a nice day.

 

Shovel Knight (2014) Game Review by Aaroh Palkar

Shovel Knight developed by Yacht Club Games.

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Summary :

Shovel Knight must battle “The Order of No Quarter” to reach the Enchantress to save his beloved Shield Knight.

Shovel Knight is a side-scrolling platformer which reminds you of the simpler times. When games didn’t have long cut scenes or long tutorials. It starts by directly putting you in a level without giving you any tutorial.

Simplicity is the thing which makes Shovel Knight so great. Simplicity and at times soul crushing difficulty. This game is so good. Although it has the addition of checkpoints this game is reminiscent of games like Super Mario Bros. Metroid, Castlevania and the rest.

It takes a lot of elements from all these games like the pogo stick jump from Ducktales, health in the form of food behind breakable walls like Castlevania and even the jumping style from Super Mario Bros.

My thoughts

1.) The plot of Shovel Knight is very simple. Save the princess from the castle. But don’t let the plot fool you, this game has so much heart that it is fun to play.

2.) The soundtrack of Shovel Knight is very good. Every level has it’s own background track which helps in setting the mood for the level.

3.) This game is difficult. I kid you not every level in this game is different. From the slippery ice to moving walls this game has everything. I found myself giving up at several points. This game is like Dark Souls but as an 8-bit side-scroller. Ever level design is different ranging from slippery ice to moving walls.

4.) The game mechanics are very simple. Two buttons for jump, D-Pad for movement if you’re playing using a controller and two more buttons for scrolling through your items.

5.) The art in this game is really good which reminds you of all those old NES games.

Overall this is a very enjoyable game with lots of challenges and defeats. I would recommend all of you to play this game at least once to just experience that how beautiful 8-bit games can be rather than playing those same action games with overblown graphics and no story.

Thank you and have a nice day.

 

 

Tokyo Ghoul (2014) Anime Review by Aaroh Palkar

Tokyo Ghoul directed by Shuhei Morita with Natsuki Hanae, Sora Amamiya and Katsuyuki Konishiwa

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Summary :

Kaneki is forced to adapt to the lifestyle of a ghoul after being converted into one.

So, after avoiding this anime for so long I thought of finally watching it and boy was I surprised. Tokyo Ghoul or TG is an amazing anime. The story, the dialogue, the music, everything is so good. I think I did the right thing by watching this anime so late because now I can watch the complete second season of the show.

What are my thoughts about this anime ? Let’s find out :

1.) The story of TG is really simple but with a lot of character and plot development. The setting of Tokyo divided into several wards is good. But, the thing that steals the cake here is the more deeper meaning of the whole situation going on.

There isn’t any villain in this story at least not for me. It’s more about these two sides i.e. The humans and the ghouls. People from both the sides have their own unique and personal reasons to fight each other. Someone lost a loved, somebody lost a friend etc. The whole show revolves around this theme of “Us vs. Them” which is fantastic.

2.) I went into TG thinking that this is going to be another action anime but it is more than that. It’s about finding you own Identity, to keep a hold on your humanity even though you just want to give in to your desires is what makes this show so great.

The mental struggle Kaneki faces is so disturbing to see. This boy who can’t live with the humans has to stay away from his friends is just so heart-breaking. And not just Kaneki but everyone have their reasons for the things they are doing which makes it a very strong emotional show.

3.) The music is great the opening “Unravel” is one of the most amazing song I’ve ever heard and it goes perfectly with the show. There are some scenes where they play this song and it just merges into the scene so well. The background score is good as well.

The animation is amazing. Some effects are truly great. The art for the special weapons of these ghouls is so unique for every ghoul especially the girl Touka.

4.) TG comprises of just 12 episodes which is great because this anime is just one big movie. I think one would enjoy it more as a binge watch rather than see each episode after a day or so.

So, if you  haven’t seen Tokyo Ghoul you need to give it a chance because it is a great show with amazing characters, music, animation and action.

Thank you for reading.

Barakamon (2014) Anime Review by Aaroh Palkar

Barakamon directed by Masaki Tachibana with Daisuke Ono, Suzuko Hara, Rumi Ōkubo and Nozomi Furuki.

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Summary :

Professional calligrapher Seishū Handa is sent off to a remote island as a punishment by his father for punching an elderly curator of an exhibition.

So, I usually try watching at least one or two anime series in a year and Barakamon is one such show which I finally saw after being recommended to me by a friend.

Barakamon belongs to the comedy and slice of life genre. It is the sort of anime you can watch and just have fun. Its story is simple and all of the characters are immensely likable. The dialogue for both the funny and the dramatic scenes are so well written. The art of this show is amazing as well as the soundtrack. The voice acting is top notch which helps a lot in making the characters unique as well as likable.

So, here are my detailed thoughts about this anime :

1.) The story is so beautiful and simple. The setting in this story plays a very important part. The villagers on this island, each and everyone of them plays an important form in the story. Every person and yes I am referring to them as people because that is how real they felt to me.

Every person breathes life into the story. From the cute and adorable Naru to the butt jabbing Kenta, every character has something or the other setting them apart. These villagers haven’t always been to the city which is why their lifestyle is entirely different. The sense of community and this friendship they have with each other makes them believable to me.

2.) The voice acting in this anime is top notch. Every character has this own unique personality to him. Daisuke Ono as the lead Handa does an amazing job as this anti-social egoistic artist who slowly starts liking these villagers. Suzuko Hara as Naru really makes her as one of the most adorable characters I’ve ever seen in an anime. Rumi Ōkubo as Tamako, this young girl who wants to be a mangaka/manga artist was immensely weird when required which was quite a lot of fun.

3.) The art in this anime is so beautiful. I don’t why but watching Barakamon really mesmerizes me. The colors in the show look rich. The sea, character colors etc. look really good on a big screen tv.

4.) The show comprises of 12 episodes which makes it really easy for binge watching. And as the episodes are paced so wonderfully you never even realize that it got over so quick which kinda makes you watch the next episode by default.

5.) This show’s dramatic moments are not at all depressing or sad. Even the comedic elements are not the “in your face” type. Everything is balanced out wonderfully. After such a long time did I get so invested in an anime after Death Note or Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. I had a blast watching this.

So, guys I would recommend all of you to check out this funny, crazy, emotional and adorable show because of its story, its setting and likable characters.

Thank you for reading and have a nice day.