Posts Tagged ‘movies


zombie babies, death metal, et al…

It’s been a few years since I’ve been hooked to an anime AND manga series — and now, what’s been keeping me ROFL-ing at night is … Detroit Metal City. (nope, don’t understand the website either.)

Thanks to Mikko‘s suggestion, I’m now waking up to death metal — here’s the plot from wikipedia:

Negishi Soichi leaves his family’s farm in Oita Prefecture for the bright lights of Tokyo. While there he swaps his taste in Swedish pop for the totally out-of-character death metal and takes the role as vocalist in the trio, Detroit Metal City, adopting the name Johannes Krauser II. Through the story, he is placed in countless situations caused by his new alter ego, Krauser and at some point he develops a sort of schizophrenic relationship with Krauser, such as if his temper is pushed he will turn into Krauser, or if he is being pressured to make a decision or fans bother him too much he draws Krauser out to save himself. After the fact, he feels bad about what ‘he’ did and tends to lock himself in his apartment until he can overcome his regret.

Which makes for some hardcore, heavy-metal-retardershits.  To me, this is like reading BECK all over again, the story of a simple kid thrust into the world of music — an adept, honing his craft — except that the band is death metal, and the protagonist really isn’t into death metal, because it’s not trendy or Swedish-poppy enough.

Check out the anime’s trailer for baby zombis in action!


Plus, as if that wasn’t metal enough, a live-action movie was shown in theaters (in Japan!) just last month.  With Ken’ichi Matsuyama playing both Negichi and Krauser II.  (He also played L in the live-action Deathnote movies.)  Gene Simmons is in the movie, whose role is, for anyone who’s seen the anime or read the manga — quite obvious.  (Clue: Demon God of Rock and Roll.)

See it, if you can (episode 2 FTW) — or buy the manga!  (Because that’s the most heavy metal thing you can do!)


forgetting sarah marshall.

‘Sarah’ backwards is ‘haraS.’  (For all the Sarahs out there — just pointing it out.)

Sadly, this Team Apatow production has yet to hit our shores (if ever) and the DVD will probably be out by next month — which would make this another case of the “DVD-beating-the-showing-in-the-Philippines.”

A comment by Isabelle on a recent episode of Weeds goes, “if only life were a Judd Apatow film.”  To complete that, in an Apatow world, no matter how screwed up, stoned or geek’d you are, you will get the happy ending.

Written by Jason Segel, Forgetting Sarah Marshall’s Peter is an uncensored version of Marshall (yes, from that show) who is an average shut-in, with the special case of having a celebrity girlfriend about to break up with him.

Being a man-boy is a prevalent theme in several Apatow films (40-Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up) — we have Peter(Segel), a work-from-home composer who has Peter-Pan syndrome, and a female lead(Bell) who’s getting fed up of being Wendy.

In the first ten minutes, we get a background of their non-showbiz-boy/celeb-girl status, a full frontal of Segel, the break-up and the opening ceremonies for the “break-up olympics.”

Sarah Marshall, at first, is the “heartbreaker.”  By the third of the film, she reveals that she too has been heartbroken, because of Pete’s non-ambitious lifestyle, and breaking up with him is the logical move for her to move on.

Rachel (Mila Kunis) represents the 50-50 chance of either ending up truly happy, or the equivalent of a plane crash in the middle of a trainwreck, booting up a relationship from a rebound.  (And who hasn’t been there?)

Of course no Apatow production would be complete without a mix of colorful supporting characters — in this case, Bill Hader, Jonah Hill and Paul Rudd — an added bonus is Jack McBrayer, playing the role of an awkward newly-wed.

Hilarity ensues when Peter tries to get away by taking a trip to Hawaii, only to find Sarah in the very same resort, along with the new guy she’s seeing — Aldous Snow, played by Russel Brand (who is hilarious at playing the over-the-top artist).  He also meets Rachel, who initially helps him out, only to be Pete’s teammate in the break-up Olympics.

By the middle of the movie, we get a preview of Peter’s unaccomplished goal, that is, to create a Dracula rock opera — which serves as an analog for his relationship with Sarah — loving, but destructive, to a point.  Of which he shifts the tone to a more colorful comedy, after getting pushed by Rachel to just get it done.

Also, in the world of Apatow, aggressive girls are specifically made for socially-inept men.  Which is best represented by the cliff-jumping scene — it is a visual metaphor for taking the plunge to either a very rocky death, or the eventual triumphant rise from the water with Rachel if he makes it.

I won’t call it “an honest look at relationships,” but to some degree it is truthful.  Certain people just aren’t for certain people, so either end up wallowing in despair, or leave the other person in the relationshit better than when you found ’em, and then move on.

All in all, it was funny, relatable and a couple of minutes too long.  Something to look out for is the faux preview of Sarah Marshall’s new show, along with a Jason Bateman cameo.  Watch it!  If you can.


max payne movie trailer.

‘Twas 1997 when I first came across Max Payne.

The game got released almost four years later (2001) … and it was good.  By 2003, we got a sequel (that played shorter) and it was still good.

So the other day, the trailer for the movie, starring Mark Wahlberg (as Max Payne) officially hit.  Will it feature the same “drug-addicts-killed-my-family-so-I’m-trading-the-suits-with-a-bad-ass-leather-coat-to-shoot-my-way-from-the-underworld-to-the-top-monologuing-noir-style-in-stylish-slow-mo-flair,” (pill-popping on the side) awesomeness?  (Okay, so I’m a bit confused with the whole angel/supernatural bit.)  Guess we’ll have to wait.

BTW, Mila Kunis plays Mona Sax.  (We all know what happens in the sequel lol)

Video/image from IGN.  The original IGN article here.

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