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Howl’s Moving Castle September 24th, 2005

Posted by alsotop in Movies.
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Yesterday, I went with some friends to see Howl’s Moving Castle, which was released in UK cinemas on Friday. It’s a grand, typically Miyazaki-ish movie which was a lot of fun. Apart from one other bloke at the back of the seats, we were the only people watching the screening at 3pm, so we pretty much had the entire cinema to ourselves, which was pretty good. We also had a laugh after we left the movie when Mark failed to distinguish between Howl’s Moving Castle, and The Wizard of Oz, when describing the “Wicked Witch of the Waste”. Characters-wise, I loved Turniphead and Calcifier who were very lovable, and the story was pretty good too, although the last quarter of an hour got a little bit confusing, and then very predictable. Still, that doesn’t take away from the excellent movie that it was, with Ghibli’s trademark animation and a very fitting and orchestral score. Overall, it was a very enjoyable movie and well worth my student ticket price!

Whilst on movies, I’m glad to see Google UK now features searching for “movie: Howls’ Moving Castle“, which brings up a list of times near my area. That’s absolutely brilliant, because I used to be forced to check through each cinema’s awfully designed website. Cineworld isn’t too bad, but can be confusing for new visitors; UGC has a great system, but can take a while to get to the info you want; and don’t get me started on Odeon‘s terrible website, sporting completely invalid code, and for the most part, not even working in anything bar Internet Explorer.


Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children September 16th, 2005

Posted by alsotop in Games, Movies.
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My views on the movie basically mirror what pretty much everyone is saying so far. The plot stinks, the characters have little development, but the animation, the soundtrack and the glorious action scenes are a big reason to love this movie. I have to admit, that I have never played the game, (don’t hit me!) but I know the general idea of the story, and I know how greatly respected it is. Apparently, the movie does very little to add to the storyline and barely expands upon the ideas, but it was still incredibly enjoyable to watch, no matter on it’s downsides. The animation isn’t on-par with that other CG movie, ie Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, but you can’t really expect it to be, since it’s not as big, yet it’s still damn impressive.

Warning: A few slightly spoiler-ish pics when reading the full article.