meta: Live-Action


2017


Takeshi Kitano's 'Violent Cop': Contents Under Pressure
'Beat' Takeshi Kitano's first outing as director remains among his best movies -- and also among his most nihilistic and unforgiving
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Patreon Seijun Suzuki's 'Taishō Trilogy': Erotic, Grotesque, Romantic
Japan's Roaring Twenties are both backdrop and stage for these three excursions into the delirious, the decadent, and the surreal
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'Death Note' (2017): D.O.A.
This isn't 'Death Note'; it's barely Cliffs Notes
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Welcome To The Desert Of The Real: The Live-Action 'Gintama' And 'Bleach'
There's always the chance the live-action 'Gintama' and 'Bleach' movies will be good, but right now they appear to embody the deadliest, most literal sins of such projects
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They're Going To Film This (On TV): 'Cowboy Bebop'
A bad idea? Maybe not -- in big part because Cowboy Bebop doesn't have nearly the same number of obstacles to live-action adaptability as other shows
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'Wolf Guy': Bark At The Moon
A truly strange specimen from Sonny Chiba's filmography, and an illuminating early example of how manga adaptations were a perfect fit for 1970s exploitation cinema from Japan
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Anime Roundup: April 14, 2016
'Perfect Blue''s source material is seeing an English release for the first time; 'Ghost' bombs at the b.o.; and 'your name.' makes a modest splash in the U.S.
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The Cracks In The 'Shell'
Whatever my own readings of the film, the 2017 'Ghost In The Shell' is still problematic in ways that are potentially a bad model for other live-action anime
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'Ghost In The Shell' (2017): The Americanization of Motoko
The most fascinating thing about the Western remake of 'Ghost In The Shell' is how what seemed most problematic about it -- Scarlett Johansson in the lead role -- is leveraged as a thematic element in the film itself
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'Attack On Titan: The Movie': A Dead-Action Film
Misguided, tone-deaf, ugly, and erratically paced, this is one of the rare occasions where a promised Western remake might actually be just the response we deserve
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2016


Is This The Real Life, Or Is This Just Fantasy?
Live-action adaptations of anime are arriving at a head-turning pace. Is that great news for fans, or a portent for a flood of mediocre cash-grabs to come?
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'Lone Wolf And Cub': The Boy And The Beast
Kazuo Koike's perennial manga classic was adapted for the big screen in this cycle of six pop-pulp masterpieces, where father and son slash, stab, shoot, and slice their way through hell
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The First Full 'Ghost In The Shell' Live-Action Trailer Is Remarkably Promising
The looks: check. The action: check. The questions of identity: check. Now let's see how the rest holds up
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Five Things About Those Five Glimpses Of The Live-Action 'Ghost In The Shell'
A few short snippets won't provide us with the whole flavor of the live-action 'Ghost in the Shell' project, but they have given us some tea leaves worth reading
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'Tokyo Tribe': Last Night A DJ Kicked My Ass
Sion Sono's freeform rap-stravaganza adaptation of the hip-hop turf-war manga splits down the middle between being silly fun and being too mindless for its own good
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The Live-Action 'Ghost In The Shell' Is Further Evidence Hollywood Has No Idea How To Adapt Anime
With all the anime/manga projects out there to choose from, why does Hollywood insist on choosing the ones that give it the biggest cultural difficulties?
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They're Filming This: 'Fullmetal Alchemist'
You heard right - a Japanese live-action version of the now-classic manga and anime property is coming our way, with all kinds of interesting implications in tow
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'Garm Wars: The Last Druid': History, And Oshii, Repeating Themselves
Mamoru Oshii's live-action project is a sad misfire -- ponderous, pretentious, and worst of all, nothing he hasn't done before (and done better, too)
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