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Hunt for the Wilderpeople | Hunt for the DVD lol

Hunt for the Wilderpeople follows the story of a young boy, Ricky, who finds himself in a wild manhunt with his foster uncle Hec. Being on the run, they learn to put aside their differences and come to rely on each other, in order to survive out in the New Zealand bush.

In New Zealand, Hunt for the Wilderpeople hit cinemas on the 31st of March 2016, a film directed and written by Taika Waititi and based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump. Becoming the highest grossing New Zealand film, it has now been released on DVD which you can find and purchase here. It’s also available on Blu-Ray here.

Special features on DVD and Blu-Ray include:

  • Audio Commentary with Taika Waititi (director and writer), Sam Neil (uncle Hec) and Julian Dennison (Ricky).
  • Featurette
  • Interviews
  • Bloopers

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS

Don’t read on unless you want to be spoiled.

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My favourite scenes from the movie would include:

  • Any interaction with Aunt Bella because not only was she savage as hell, she was probably the sweetest lady ever. I actually threw a mini tantrum in the cinema when that thing (Y’ALL KNOW THE THING I’M TALKING ABOUT IF Y’ALL HAVE WATCHED IT) happened. Straight up, I sobbed angrily in the middle row, holding the cheeseburger that I’d snuck in.
  • Once rejected, now accepted,
    By me, and Hector.
    We’re a trifecta. 
  • ANYTHING WITH THAT SOCIAL WORKER, PAULA! No child left behind. Bruh, she actually terrifies me like how on Earth is she allowed to work with children hahahahahahahahaha send help.
  • Hector is cauc-asian? Well they got that wrong, because you’re obviously white. *inserts laughing emoji*
  • HECTOR BEING CALLED A PERVERT. PERV. MOLESTERER.
  • The Maori dad who asked for a selfie, and his beautiful daughter who sang “original” songs and had a seemingly endless supply of sausages.
  • The cute moments between Hec and Ricky where they’d bond and it’s probably the cutest uncle-nephew relationship because they both think the other is a bastard, but they protect each other and that’s true family. Tbh, they just have all these emotional moments and lessons throughout the film.

It’s actually so great. Please watch it. And buy it. And love it.

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The Boy and the Beast | Review

The Boy and the Beast Studio Chizo’s latest, by filmmaker Mamoru Hosoda (Summer WarsWolf ChildrenThe Girl Who Leapt Through Time), is a visually stunning hand-drawn animation, that is equal parts action-packed coming-of-age buddy film and semi-realistic but spectacularly fantastical epic.

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Released in Japan last year, and killing it domestically at Japan’s box office, it’ll finally be released to New Zealand theatres on March 3rd 2016- with both subbed and dubbed versions available.

The Boy and the Beast is set between both current day Tokyo and a parallel world – called Jutengai – that resembles feudal-era Japan populated by humanoid beasts. And follows a nine-year-old boy named Ren, who runs away from home and accidentally finds himself in Jutengai, where he becomes the apprentice of a prickly bear-man-beast named Kumatetsu- who renames Ren ‘Kyuta’ according to his age.

We see the progression of their relationship, and Ren’s time in Jutengai, through a montage of hilarious moments where the two clash constantly. These moments become poignant as you see their relationship move from antagonistic apprentice and irritable teacher who don’t mesh well at all, to antagonistic teenaged apprentice and irritable teacher who still don’t seem to mesh well but work nonetheless.

The film is visually stunning, however what makes it worthwhile are the characters. They fill the worlds up nicely and the development of the ‘master and apprentice’ relationship is not one-dimensional, there are layers to the friendships and bonds which the film allows the audience to discern for themselves. 

Granted there are moments where cliched life-lessons are thrown at you left, right and centre, however when you look beyond the usual ‘fight bad with good’ and ‘you can do it’ cliches there are heavy issues addressed tastefully. Notions of depression and abandonment, as well as the effects these can have on a person, and how different people deal with these issues are juxtaposed against a fantastical world where humans are more or less banned because of these issues and their effects- which residents of Jutengai refer to as ‘the darkness’.

Action and battle scenes are just as epic as the lighthearted bickering scenes are hilarious, and poignant moments are both heart wrenching and heartwarming.

The film is equal parts hilarious, heartwarming and well executed.

Hosoda’s not one to tie everything up nicely, however. There are a few twists you may or may not figure out before they’re revealed, and just like in real life not everything is prettily resolved and easily sorted.

If you like a good epic, with funny bits and well-developed characters give The Boy and the Beast a shot.

You can catch The Boy and the Beast in NZ cinemas from March 3rd onwards at any of the locations below:

Academy Cinema Auckland

Event Cinemas Albany

Event Cinemas Manukau

Event Cinemas Queen St

Event Embassy Theatres

Hoyts Cinemas Wairau Park

Hoyts Metro

Hoyts Riccarton

Hoyts Sylvia Park

Black Butler – “One Hellish Butler”

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I’m going to be straight with you, I haven’t seen the anime or read the manga which the live-action Black Butler film is based on. I know next to nothing about the anime or the manga, save for fanvids I’ve watched on YouTube, and will be basing this review solely off the movie alone. So leggo!

Black Butler is a film that I’ve been wanting to watch for a while now after stumbling across a fanvid of it in my search for kdrama fmvs. After witnessing some badass action scenes in the fmv, I was hyped for some kickass fight scenes with scary, brooding characters and a whole lot of blood. But here’s the trailer, which definitely (okay, probably) contains less spoilers than this review.

Directed by Kentaro Otani and Keiichi Sato, it’s a live-action adaption of the manga Kuroshitsuji by Yana Toboso, with Ayame Goriki as the female lead Shiori Genpo and Hiro Mizushima as the demon butler Sebastian Michaelis. Set in the future, year 2020, the plot follows the story of a young girl out for revenge after witnessing the murder of her parents. She disappears, and returns later as a boy with an entirely new identity, and alongside her, a butler. In exchange for help in her plan to take revenge against those who killed her parents, she offers her soul to the demon, Sebastian, which he’ll consume after aiding in Shiori’s revenge.

Sure, it has a pretty cliche and overdone storyline, but it was well executed and didn’t come across too predictable. The gore was okay, it freaked me out a little (especially the scene where that guy gets mummified), but it wasn’t so bad that I was afraid to leave the room without all the lights on. What originally sparked my interest in this film were the fight scenes, which were very nicely choreographed and edited just as well.

Especially in this fanvid, which omfg slaaayyyyssssssss!

Although this is my absolute favourite fmv for this film!

But on a very serious note, I TOTALLY LOVED THIS MOVIE AND THOUGHT ABOUT IT DAYS AFTER WATCHING IT. Hiro is bae (hella), Ayame is bae (double hella and she looks like my other bae, D.O Kyungsoo), and although I’ll forever have nightmares about being mummified, I’d rewatch this without a doubt. Also considering this is based off the manga and anime, I think I’ll be checking those out, too!

He’s so attractive. She’s so attractive. This was actually one of my favourite scenes, and I just think they’re precious little babies who need to take over the world and consume a bunch of souls and rid this universe of all evil while at the same time being the most evil (and sexy) beings around.

Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) Collection 2 (Eps 14-25) | Review

Mikasa, Eren and Armin“To rise above monsters, we have to abandon our humanity.”

Got your Attack on Titan Collection 2 DVD/BluRays? People always rag on dubbed anime but honestly it’s nice not to have to read subtitles every now and then- and if the translation is pretty decent and the voice actors are good then everything should be hunky dory!

Right? Right, now onto the review of the second-half of the first season, shall we? First of all, marathon play is definitely your friend. Because if anything the second half is so much more intriguing than the first as we get into the nitty gritty of everything within and outside the walls, so being able to just experience the entire thing without interruption is such a plus.

Also, if you thought the first half of the season was violent and gory, well wait until you get through the second half. (A lot of us probably couldn’t wait for the dubbed and continued with the subbed only to get confused as to why Armin sounded like a girl, or was that just me?) There’s so much going on, above and beyond Titan take downs- or Titans feasting on humans.

Also more Levi! Seriously. So epic.

Oh and Hanji, one of my favourite characters.

Attack on Titan gives us an almost overwhelming amount of characters, however there’s no difficulty with keeping up with them as they are uniquely characterised, making it easy to recognise a certain character and their motivation (well apart from survival, anyway). What is humanity’s breaking point? The series continues to explore human nature in this anime about what it means to be human in the face of certain death, while still allowing us to ponder the mysteries of the Titans and how they came to be. I’ve heard many call it the Walking Dead or Game of Thrones of anime, in that it’s gritty, addictive and provides an interesting approach to human survival and what people do in order to do just that. Especially when there’s obviously more to be wary of than just Titans, sure Titans are still the biggest problem however humans are just as dangerous. If it were up to Hanji Titans would be considered pets deserving of some slack.

This anime is so addictive, you get through the entire season and mourn the fact there’s still no word on a second season. Especially because there’s little to no, well there’s absolutely no, closure by the end as we’re kind of left on a huge cliffhanger. So huge that I immediately started reading the manga. That cliffhanger’s been explained, sort of, but so much more happens that it’s physically painful to be waiting for the second season which will be made up of the rest of the manga out so far. But don’t let the lack of closure deter you, let it spur you. I encourage you to watch the first season, if not for the excellent animation and original characters, then definitely for the mysteries surrounding the Titans

Check out the trailer for the second half of the (dubbed) first season below:

Persona 4: The Animation Series Collection

The bear puns just HAD to go. The character-focused episodes were life.

I can’t say I liked Persona 4: The Animation from start to finish because I almost didn’t make it past the third episode. However I’m glad I persevered because it got hilarious soon after, it’s safe to say that this anime’s a bit of a slow-starter however once the show gets into its groove and finds its footing it’s easy to become engrossed. Which is lucky because while the anime was pretty and sharp, what was with the bottom half of each person’s face being a shade darker than the top half? It was weird and a bit distracting, luckily you do learn to overlook it.

The story revolves around new kid, Yu Narukami, in the town of Inaba- where a mysterious murders have been taking place. Upon discovering a distorted TV World and acquiring a mysterious power known as “Persona”, Yu and his friends, (Yosuke Hanamura, Chie Satonaka) decide to investigate the murders and save others from being killed. As the show progresses, those rescued also become allies after overcoming their own Shadowselves and gaining Personas of their own, including Chie’s best friend, Yukiko Amagi, delinquent Kanji Tatsumi, idol Rise Kujikawa, and young detective Naoto Shirogane. Together, Yu and his companions face up against the threat of the Shadows whilst also making some YOLO choices.

Where the show focuses on our characters, and less on the Persona “Chosen One” storyline, is where it shines the best. While I can’t attest to whether or not the show was a solid adaptation of the game, as I’ve never played it myself, I can say that the characters are the anime’s best feature. They’re memorable and hilarious, well-rounded and developed. They aren’t just flawed, but confront their flaws and insecurities head on, literally, when faced with their Shadowselves. The murder mystery plot was interesting in that they let it develop and build towards the big reveal, while not becoming so convoluted and bogged down by its own complexity. Well.

Get through the first few establishing episodes because the best the anime has to offer comes after all the setup. I like that it doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously, also the fantasy elements are interesting- if a bit cumbersome at the start in terms of setting out the story. Fair warning, the show’s a bit R16 aye lol. So uh, yeah.

Stray gif thoughts:

Yu’s deadpanned humour is actually my favourite thing.

Gotta catch ’em all Cardcaptor Sakura?

 

Also, tomorrow’s the Tokyo Ghoul finale, I believe! Catch it on AnimeLab and then look out for our series review. Still reading the manga, too.

The Worst Football Team In the World? ‘Next Goal Wins’ Review

The heartwarming documentary about the worst football (soccer) team in the world, American Samoa. Not Samoa Samoa, the other guys. Just kidding, we love you Amerika Samoa.

Next Goal Wins, the 2014 British sport documentary directed by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison, chronicles the national football team of American Samoa in their efforts to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup- and improve their world-ranking. American Samoa’s football team is an international laughing stock, seriously the opening montage of footage from their record-breaking 31-nil loss game against Australia in 2001 is just sad. However despite not having won in over a decade the team continues to stay together. For it’s the love of the game itself that keeps this ragtag team- which includes the goalie (Nicky Salapu) from that faithful match against Oz and a fa’afafine (my favourite person in the doco, Jaiyah Saelua)- together as they train for the next World Cup and a chance to redefine their international rep.

With the help of Dutch maverick Thomas Rongen, who flies in from the US to coach them for their World Cup 2014 qualifying matches, and the fighting spirit of a team with nothing to lose and everything to gain, Amerika Samoa’s team shows how defeat can be character-building. I know, you should see our league team’s ranking.

Check out the trailer below if you haven’t seen it yet and grab the DVD, it’ll make you feel warm and fuzzy and perhaps want to triumphantly punch the air once or twice. The visuals are stunning and there’s a genuine feeling of admirable relentlessness you gain after watching, and despite the predictable outcome you’re left with an overall sense of pride- even if you’re not much of a football (or American Sa) fan.

The Raid 2: Berandal – DVD/BLU-RAY NZ Release Talk

The Raid 2It’s not over yet- is it ever over? Nah seriously, is it?

NZ DVD/Blu-Ray Release: 14th August 2014.

The Raid 2: Berandal sees Iko Uwais reprise his role as Rama- the rookie Jakarta cop who littered the halls with the broken bodies of gangsters during The Raid: Redemption in 2011. After fighting his way out of the rundown building filled with ruthless thugs and deranged folk, Rama was under the impression that he could go back to living a quiet life with his wife and kid. LOLNOPE.

Director Gareth Evans’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed The Raid manages recapture the adrenalin that made the initial film so good while doing its damned hardest to be even more brutal and pain-cringe-inducing than its predecessor. Rama’s opponents from the first raid were crazy, but they’re nothing compared to what’s in store for him. His actions in the first film means he’s attracted the attention of those at the top of the criminal foodchain putting his life, and more importantly to him, the lives of his wife and son at risk.

Forced to go undercover and basically fight his way through the hierarchy of competing forces in order to incover the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap, Rama begins a new odyssey of violence, a journey that will force him to set aside his own life and history and take on a new identity as the violent offender “Yuda.”

We’re introduced to some rather delightful* characters along the way, and of course the fight scenes are epic- beautifully gruesome and tightly choreographed and just so, so, epic. Sure the runtime is a bit of a killer, heh, and the film could have done with a bit of a condensing as a result, but I wouldn’t trade in any of the fight scenes for anything.

Seriously though, check out this teaser trailer:

FOUR out of FIVE Pained Silent LOLs

Preorder/Grab a copy on DVD for $29.99 or Blu-Ray for $34.99.

 

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