Sunday, August 19, 2018

Check This...'Grave of the Fireflies'

In this edition of 'Check This' we are showcasing the late Isao Takahata's masterpiece 'Grave of the Fireflies' that was produced by Studio Ghibli. Released in 1988 the anime film based on the 1967 semi-autobiographical"Grave of the Fireflies short story of the same name by Akiyuki Nosaka.

This animated film delivers a harrowing sucker gut punch of emotion that we would defy any viewer not to react to the powerful storytelling and emotional ending of this animated war movie. It is one of the most important, stirring, haunting and genuinely great cinematic works of all time and not just animated works that encapsulates the magic and power of cinema and still resonates today. We would encourage everyone of all ages to see at least once in their lifetime.

The movie the the story of two children, 14-year-old Seita and his four-year-old sister Setsuko, who are struggling to survive in 1940s war-torn Japan where bombings by American warplanes and napalm attacks are an almost daily occurrence. When their mother is killed in an air raid, and the fate of their Naval officer father remains unknown, the children are left to fend for themselves. After a brief and uncomfortable stay with a cold and distant aunt, who makes it clear that she doesn't want to be burdened with them, they run away and set up home in an abandoned bomb shelter. For a while they find some happiness living on their own with a field of almost magical fireflies to keep them company. But as the rationing of food grows more unbearable, Seita finds it an increasing struggle to keep himself and Setsuko alive.

A hard watch but an essential watch, please if you have the time do watch it.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Check This...'Swansong' Starring Noel Fielding

In this edition of 'Check This' Noel Fielding plays an elderly angel living out his final moments in 'Swansong' from filmmaker Joseph Lynn.

Lynn’s Swansong follows an elderly angel (Noel Fielding) on his journey through his retirement home and beyond as he lives out his final moments. The director made a statement on the project stating:
 "Swansong is my debut short film starring comedian Noel Fielding and follows an elderly angel on his final journey. The film was inspired by my Grandma and her unfaltering optimism and courage throughout her battle with cancer. The film uses movement to explore what it means to experience loss; pain, strength, fear and joy. After casting Noel Fielding to play the angel, we worked with choreographer Imogen Knight to utilise his physicality in a way mostly unseen in his own projects.
  To view past shorts we showcased click here.

Monday, August 13, 2018

'One-Punch Man' Season 2 Gets A Date

'One-Punch Man' will return for round 2 as vizmedia have announced an April 2019 return for the worlds strongest hero!

'One-Punch Man' is the story of Saitama, a hero that does it just for fun & can defeat his enemies with a single punch.

In season two the great seer Madame Shibabawa’s prediction about the Earth being doomed seems to be coming true as the frequency of monster incidents escalates. Alongside Genos, his faithful disciple, Saitama begins his official hero duties as a member of the Hero Association, while Garou makes his appearance.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

'Slaughterhouse Rulez' Trailer

Nick Frost and Simon Pegg return to horror in 'Slaughterhouse Rulez'. Directed by Crispian Mills it stars Asa Butterfield, Finn Cole, Hermione Corfield, Michael Sheen with Nick Frost and Simon Pegg.

Welcome to Slaughterhouse, an elite boarding school where boys and girls are groomed for power and greatness...and they’re about to meet their match. This ancient and ordered world is about to be shaken to its foundations - literally - when a controversial frack site on prized school woodland causes seismic tremors, a mysterious sinkhole, and an unspeakable horror to be unleashed. Soon a new pecking order will be established as the pupils and teachers alike become locked in a bloody battle for survival…

The film opens 31 October fire Ireland and the UK, no US date as of this moment.