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David L ReinkeMar. 01, 2014 - 01:04AM JST
Come And See remains the most interesting and effective Russian film about The Great Patriotic War as the Soviets called it.
Posted in: Review: An epic battle gets blockbuster treatment
David L ReinkeJan. 31, 2014 - 01:36AM JST
Why not release Nintendo gamers on the PS4...?
The profits for all these companies is in the games and while Nintendo would have to pay Sony a fee to release on their platform, no doubt - given their extensive library of great titles, Nintendo could strike a very favorable deal with Sony.
Yes, I understand this is not how Nintendo wants to go, and there is a good deal of pride wrapped up in all of this, but ...
Posted in: Nintendo chief says he won't resign or cut prices despite dismal results
David L ReinkeJan. 28, 2014 - 01:25AM JST
The big seller in our toy department this year was LEGO, followed by Nerf, Monster High / Disney and Barbie Dolls and, as always Action Figures for all ages. Yes, we sold lots of Leap Pads and other electronic items, but LEGO was far and away the most popular item even though it generally costs more than other toys.
LEGO was selected as the Toy Of The Millennium, and for good reason.
Posted in: Toy story: Old favorites fight rise of the tablet
David L ReinkeDec. 31, 2013 - 05:04PM JST
He is also very good as Coriolanus.
Posted in: A minute with: Ralph Fiennes on Dickens, Shakespeare and Bond
David L ReinkeNov. 24, 2013 - 11:46AM JST
Actually, this is not necessarily a bad move. This is story telling and some stories work better as multi-episode series. Even at 3 hours, many stories are truncated and compressed to such an extent that they lose their impact, to say nothing of their poetry.
The BBC series I, Claudius is a prime example. Based upon two novels (I, Claudius and Claudius The God) the 13 part series did a wonderful job of bringing this story to life. An earlier attempt at a feature film (with Charles Laughton as Claudius) looks quite intriguing (what few scenes that were filmed and survived) but I have my doubts it would have done justice to the books by Robert Graves.
Likewise, the David Lynch film of Dune, while visually quite stunning and though featuring an excellent cast, presents more of a Reader's Digest version of the book by Frank Hurbert. Many might argue that the SCi-Fi channel's version is not as artistic as Lynch's film, but the series does do better by the story itself.
Episodic TV allows the story teller time to unfold and develop the story and the characters, time that a feature film simply will not allow for.
Now, do not misunderstand. I love going to the cinema and sitting in the dark before a HUGE screen and being enveloped in sights and sounds. A film like Return Of The King or* Stars Wars* would seem much diminished even in HD on a 60" monitor. However, by the same token, a 3-hour feature film of Rome or Game Of Thrones, really does not work either.
In the end, it is all about story telling and the teller must select the medium that works best for his story.
I do agree that Sony would do well to invest some of its money in writers, in making better films, for it all starts with the script. It will be interesting to see just where Sony takes this new initiative and what fruits their efforts bear. As always, time will tell.
Posted in: Sony to make fewer films as it shifts to television
David L ReinkeNov. 20, 2013 - 02:11AM JST
Other than the title and a few character names this has nothing at all to do with the Ako Ronin or the historical events that we now know as the 47 Ronin Story.
That said, there is little point in arguing "history" as every adaptation of the event, be it for the puppet theatre, kabuki, comic books, and the numerous films, have taken liberties with the story. This new film is perhaps the most "fantastical" take on the story and for those unfamiliar with any early version it will no doubt be a lot of fun.
For those schooled in the kabuki play, Chushingura, or fans of the 1962 film by Inagaki, this new 3D film will be something of a shock and likely a disappointment. Ah well...
Oh, and 3D ... Bah!
Posted in: Keanu Reeves explores world of samurai
David L ReinkeNov. 05, 2013 - 09:08AM JST
Yes, I did read that Toshiko-san, but I was hoping they would have more information on this drug's efficacy with regard to Type 1.
Ah well, we shall continue to live in hope for an effective alternative to insulin injections.
Posted in: Researchers move step closer to oral diabetes treatment
David L ReinkeNov. 04, 2013 - 03:10AM JST
And what about Type 1 ...?
Perhaps I missed it, but the article does not state if this oral drug will be effective for Type 1.
Once, while assisting my grandson with his insulin injection (he was diagnosed last year at age 11 with Type 1) my injection technique had obviously caused him some pain. I apologized for hurting him and he replied, "It hurts. It always hurts. It always will."
There is very promising work being done in Finland that might lead to a vaccine, but a cure .... who can say how long that will take.
David L ReinkeAug. 04, 2013 - 09:53AM JST
They do call it "show business" for a reason, however, that fact does not change the truth of what Clooney has said.
Frankly, I'm not surprised After Earth and White House Down failed -- indeed I'm surprised they even got green lighted for production. Of course what looks promising on the page does not always turn out to be so in film.
Star Wars was turned down by every studio in Hollywood until Alan Ladd Jr. took a risk on it, and even then 20th Century Fox was not happy with what George Lucas was doing. They have since changed their tune.
No doubt more BIG films will fail this summer and next, but we can also hope there is another Argo waiting in the wings.
That a film ever emerges from Hollywood, even a mediocre one, is miraculous. That occasionally it rises to the level of art is truly amazing. (Seven Samurai, Ran, Les Enfants du Paradis to name but a few.)
We can hope for more art among the weeds that choke our local cinemas.
Posted in: George Clooney takes aim at Sony investor Loeb over spin-off plan
David L ReinkeAug. 03, 2013 - 09:25AM JST
3D ... Bah!
Posted in: Cameron to release three 'Avatar' sequels
David L ReinkeJul. 28, 2013 - 01:33AM JST
"Summit Entertainment’s “Divergent” and “Ender’s Game” and Sony Pictures’ “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” are all aimed at the lucrative audience of young adults."
That description applies to almost every film made in Hollywood. (With the possible exception of films by Woody Allen.)
Posted in: 'Hunger Games' ushers in era of dystopian young adult films
David L ReinkeJun. 28, 2013 - 09:33AM JST
This is very common in Hollywood.
When Cameron's Abyss was released there were two other underwater adventure films (Deep Star Six and Leviathan).
Likewise there were three films about Alexander the Great in development at the same time. It just so happens that Oliver Stone's film got into principle photography first, so the plug was pulled on the other projects (films by Scorsese and Baz Luhrmann). There were doubts the market would support three expensive films about Alexander, great though he may have been.
Hollywood hates taking chances, they love a sure thing, hence the similarity in the films we see every summer.
Posted in: 'White House Down' director unfazed by 'Olympus'
David L ReinkeJun. 09, 2013 - 12:49AM JST
Posted in: New Godzilla movie to feature Oahu scenes
David L ReinkeMay. 08, 2013 - 11:07PM JST
Games are good for you.
And not just video games -- Board Games also serve to reinforce social interaction that has been sown to have beneficial impact on mental functions.
Play More -- Play Often.
Posted in: Videogames slow, reverse mental decay: study
David L ReinkeApr. 13, 2013 - 12:12AM JST
Kabuki in 4 & 8K --- Mattemashita!
Posted in: Sony to release two models of 4K TV
David L ReinkeMar. 27, 2013 - 09:11AM JST
We can hope that the new US made Godzilla film revives the box office fortunes of this venerable cinema icon.
Of course, that all depends upon both the story being told and, more importantly, just what the new Godzilla looks like. I want to be optimistic, but if recent history is any guide, Godzilla may be in trouble and his fans in for a big disappointment.
That said, until we see some actual footage we can do little but hope for the best.
Posted in: Doraemon topples Godzilla's audience figure record
David L ReinkeMar. 22, 2013 - 11:24PM JST
Watanabe Ken = Good 3D = Bah!
In fact the entire cast looks good, but that doesn't matter -- it's all about the monster. If Godzilla doesn't look right then it is all down hill from there. The Sony Godzilla had several problems, but it was the monster that did them in. It was not Godzilla.
Posted in: Ken Watanabe joins cast of Hollywood's 2nd go at 'Godzilla'
David L ReinkeFeb. 20, 2013 - 09:38AM JST
His book on the films of Kurosawa is still the gold standard. A fascinating scholar and writer -- he will be missed.
Posted in: Japan expert, writer Donald Richie dies at 88
David L ReinkeFeb. 11, 2013 - 09:22AM JST
“If Sony wants to win it, they need to show some killer games to get people to go out and spend a lot of money for the core game experience,” Hickey said.
Just as Sony stated at one of the very first E3 conventions: It's The Games.
That truth has not changed. Will sony return to that wisdom? As always, time will tell ...
Posted in: Sony faces challenge with new PlayStation
David L ReinkeFeb. 08, 2013 - 01:13AM JST
Thinking back to the earliest E3 conventions, Sony had a tag line that said it all: It's The Games.
That's still true today. $430 for the basic system? Add in a few accessories and you pass $500 in the blink of an eye. For that kind of money the games better be great, and then in lies the rub. Sony is still looking for that "must have" killer game that drives hardware sales.
PS3 has several games I like, but not the must-have killer game. At least, not that I found. Perhaps that game is waiting for the PS4.
Posted in: Sony to announce launch of new PlayStation
Sep. 02, 2014 - 01:16PM JST
1.84 TFLOPS on the GPU alone, not even counting the 8-core (2x4) CPU ...
Posted in: Sony wooing Japanese to PS4 with 'Dragon Quest'
Sep. 02, 2014 - 01:08PM JST
Do not worry .. you will get suspended sentence ...!!!
Posted in: Man who dismembered mother goes on trial
There is no global warming, didn't you get the memo.
Myth of arctic meltdown: Stunning satellite…
Posted in: Will global warming make Japan more vulnerable to tropical diseases?
Sep. 02, 2014 - 01:02PM JST
Apologizing for almost everything I do or say.
Posted in: What habits have you picked up from living in Japan that you sometimes have to try and stop yourself doing when you go overseas because you don't think it will look right?
Sep. 02, 2014 - 12:57PM JST
For outdoor activities this year, I've been carrying a small spray bottle filled with original formula…
Posted in: Dengue outbreak affects at least 22 in Japan