- Casino Royale Review
- Carrie (1976)
- Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
- Trainspotting (1996)
- Rain Man (1988)
- Fatal Attraction (1987)
- Targets (1968)
- An Education (2009)
- Mirror, The (1974)
- Fargo (1996)
- Fight Club (1999)
- Do The Right Thing (1989)
- Report (1967)
- Is "The Sting" The Best Gambling Film Ever Made?
- Pink Flamingos (1972)
- Ox-Bow Incident, The (1943), Or 28 Angry Men
- Rome, Open City (1945)
- Spring in a Small Town (1948)
- Drive (2011)
- Vinyl (1965)
- Seconds (1966)
- Rosemary's Baby (1968)
- A Hollywood Invasion of Casino Halls
- Thin Man, The (1934)
- In The Heat of the Night (1967)
- All In: The Poker Movie, Player’s Best Tricks
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- 1001 Club - Skyfall (2012)
- 1001 Club - When Harry Met Sally... (1988)
- 1001 Club - Rain Man (1988)
WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3 (2002) * Hidden Gem *
Genre: Action Crime Sci-Fi Animé (Japan)
Starring: Katsuhiko Watabiki, Hiroaki Hirata
Directed By: Takuji Endo, Fumihiko Takayama (Bubblegum Crisis)
Overview: Two detectives investigate destroyed construction robots around Tokyo Bay, uncovering something bigger than they imagined.
The acting was very human. Animé has this way of being overly dramatic, which tends to work because of the overly dramatic situations unfolding, but these guys and their director did such a great job of staying "professional" within their characters (cops and army officers). Less is more, and was I ever impressed.
The picturesque display of the settings and original scenes made for a nice visual spectacle. As for the animation itself, it was that style which I am really growing to like: realistic. The lighting angles that would be hard to reproduce live and the impressive human feats that could never be captured by stunt artists make this film exciting to watch because of the fact that it looks so real and detailed the rest of the time. A real treat to the eyes.
The writing had a way, from time to time of leaving you behind the plot. Sometimes I wasn't sure where they were going because they weren't telling us. In the end, the vagaries were all cleared up, but it would have been nice to be on the same page a little more. Overall though, the dialogue was really well done with the technical jargon well presented and the common chit chat being very interesting.
This plot was amazing. Not because of the discovery of what it is that's wrecking the robotic underwater machines, not because of any melodramatic display and cover-up conspiracies, but because of the exact opposite reasons. The detectives follow a logic that demands absolutely no suspension of disbelief, no stretch of the imagination, just plain old human deduction. As for the actual way that they deal with the problem at hand, the army and the media coverage sides seemed completely realistic as well. I was utterly amazed at how well this story unfolded, because it was so true to life, so possible in it's delivery. An absolutely amazing story.
The mood followed the plot, and because of it's human delivery it almost seemed slow at times. Still though, the score was decent and the scenes, settings, animation and characters all fit the wonderful mold of an obviously experienced writer / director.
Overall Rating: 80% (A Real Hidden Gem)
This was awesome. Don't let the title fool you. it's definitely a stand alone story, no need to see either of the two that came before. This was the final instalation of a whole slew of Animé that I borrowed from The Illustrator and I'm really glad I saved this for last. If ever I see this at the video store with friends I will certainly say, "No really, this is fantastic."