David L Reinke's past comments

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    David L Reinke

    "...more accessible to the younger Japanese generation and also to foreigners."

    The great Kabuki plays are no less 'accessible' to modern audiences than is Shakespeare or Sophocles.

    Some have said that Kabuki in English is not Kabuki, but is a play without kumadori or mie still Kabuki?

    Perhaps this new play might better be classed as "Imaginary Kabuki." a term coined by the French when they staged a production of Shakespeare's Richard II using acting and staging conventions of traditional Kabuki.

    Theatre should be a living art form so bravo to Ebizo for his efforts. Even so, I still prefer a good production of Kumagai Jinya or Chushingura or Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura. The old classics satisfy my plebeian taste.**

    Posted in: ‘Roppongi Kabuki Part II Zatoichi’ – the most accessible Kabuki ever

  • 0

    David L Reinke

    LaLaLand is not a bad film, however it is not a great film either.

    I do appreciate the work done by the cast & crew, and particularly by the choreographer, and yet...

    14 Nominations? This is not Singing In The Rain of Ben Hur.

    Indeed, look at the film Hail Caesar, also released last year -- the Sailor Dance number, "No Dames" is a lot of fun and well executed. Hail Caesar pokes fun at Golden Age Hollywood but will go unnoticed by Oscar. Although it is not the best film from the Coen Brothers, it is still a smart comedy and they hit their mark right between the eyes.

    Posted in: 'La La Land' has Hollywood singing a different tune on musicals

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    David L Reinke

    I believe the choice is clear: Godzilla.

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    David L Reinke

    There is also the Falcon, who appeared in both Captain America Winter Soldier & Civil War, as well as Ant Man. Perhaps it is also worth noting that Colonel Nick Fury, commander of SHIELD, and thus the Avengers, is played by Samuel Jackson.

    Just a couple of minor details...

    Posted in: Filming begins on first Marvel superhero flick with black lead actor

  • 0

    David L Reinke

    'Schoonmaker and Scorsese quickly decided to strike most of the original voiceover. “The images were so powerful that we could strip away a lot of it,” she says.'

    Exactly!

    Likewise, Powell & Pressberger were good at letting their images speak. Excellent filmmakers all.

    Posted in: Thelma Schoonmaker on sculpting 'Silence' and editing Powell

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    David L Reinke

    Wonderful castle with an excellent museum showcasing the beautiful red armor of the Ii Clan. There is even a full Noh stage within the castle. If you are interested in Japanese Feudal History then Hikone Castle is a must see.

    Posted in: Hikone Castle celebrating 410th anniversary in style

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    David L Reinke

    Looking forward to this film.

    Posted in: 'Rogue One' has keys to enter 'Star Wars' franchise, says director

  • 0

    David L Reinke

    Generally I do like the show. Yes, some episodes are better than others, but that is true of most episodic television. For me, the annual Tree House of Horror episodes are the Simpsons at their best.

    "Flanders is the Devil?!"

    "It's always the one you lest expect."

    Two more seasons? -- I'm onboard, All the Way.

    Posted in: 'The Simpsons' renewed through historic season 30

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    David L Reinke

    What you have circled in your photograph are German military decorations, some of which existed before Hitler was even born.

    The Iron Cross dates to 1813. The Iron Cross 1st Class is normally worn on the left breast of the tunic, usually centered on the pocket (if the tunic has pockets).

    The Knight's Cross was instituted by Hitler and is normally worn at the throat. It was awarded in various grades including with Oak Leaves, Oak Leaves & Swords, Oak Leaves Swords & Diamonds and one award of the Knight's Cross with Golden Oak Leaves Swords and Diamonds.

    Hermann Goring awarded himself the Grand Cross of the Iron Cross, simply a physically larger version of the Knight's Cross. (He had earned the Blue Max as a Fighter Ace during the First World War.) Ah that Hermann G, he did love medals.

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    David L Reinke

    This is definitely 'American-Chinese' food, that said... Their Firecracker Chicken is pretty tasty.

    Posted in: America’s Panda Express Chinese fast food chain is coming to Japan

  • 0

    David L Reinke

    Perhaps, for gaming, the 4K HDR format with be a big hit. (Sports and live broadcasts as well) but for film...

    There is no doubt that 4K HDR has amazing resolution and looks great, but for movies it simply does not look right. What's missing is the 'grain' we have become accustomed to from years of watching actual film projection. Perhaps those who just toddlers now will view 4K HDR as normal, but for those of us who are old enough will likely never think so. Well, at least I will not.

    We have a Sony 65" 4K and our Blu-ray discs look great, and I like the idea of a PlayStation with 4K but as we mostly watch movies on our system, I doubt we will upgrade to HDR. Now my grandsons on the other hand...

    And do not forget: Sony & Panasonic have already announced 8K broadcasts of the 2020 Olympics. Perhaps the PlayStation 5 will be 8K...?

    Posted in: New PlayStation 4 products aim to keep Sony in lead

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    David L Reinke

    The current 6" Black Series is very well done, though also very expensive, at $20 per figure on average, their 3.75" line is something of a disappointment in terms on construction and figure articulation. On the other hand...

    The new Galactic Heroes figures on display at this year's SD ComicCon feature robust construction and imaginative design. Indeed they look good and are perfect for playing "big battles for small hands." The other potential mega-hit is the new AT-AT.

    Not as big as the BAT-AT, more in line (size wise) with the original AT-AT released in the 1980's, the new version will be expensive at $300 but in addition to having lights & sounds, it will also walk! Controlled by your smart phone these now very noble walking tanks are set to occupy living rooms all over the world.

    Posted in: 'Star Wars' may propel U.S. toy industry to best year since 1999

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    David L Reinke

    This is all about PR for his new film. In Hollywood all publicity is good publicity.
    That's why Stone was at ComicCon in the first place, and it looks like his remarks are having the desired effect. Mission accomplished for Stone and his production team.

    Posted in: Oliver Stone warns of Pokemon Go 'totalitarianism'

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    David L Reinke

    "For the Nippon Kaigi crowd, it's a bit like the Pope retiring. There's just no precedent for it."

    Unless one goes far enough back in history, to the years leading up to the Gempei Wars. Of course then, the emperor retired as a ploy to gain more power as an "advisor" to the newly installed emperor, but it is very doubtful that is the plan here...

    Posted in: Imperial Household Agency denies emperor's wish to abdicate

  • 0

    David L Reinke

    The finale was a lot of fun and there were many parts I liked, but for me the best was Arya's revenge -- sweet indeed.

    Next season should be a hot one.

    Posted in: 'Game of Thrones' season finale scores record ratings

  • 2

    David L Reinke

    Yes, the Season Finale was a pretty good episode, particularly Arya.
    Next season should be pretty fierce.

    Posted in: HBO says Brexit won't hurt 'Game of Thrones' production

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    David L Reinke

    Perhaps this will be made available in HD on Blu-ray for sale here in the US?

    Posted in: New film about Japanese historical swords, forging techniques now playing in select theaters

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    David L Reinke

    Good point Katsu78, and this is where parents need to be informed consumers so they can select the best set for their kids. There are still plenty of sets available that are more "generic" (which is to say not tied to a specific theme or film) that allow for more 'free form' play and construction.

    It is also worth considering just who if purchasing these sets. Many are older collectors who will build the Death Star or the Avenger Tower and then put its on display. For kids, they might also build a pre-designed firetruck or castle, but once they start playing with it these items will rarely remain as built.

    There is a book, Extreme Bricks by Sarah Herman c2013, that catalogs just what one can build with Lego, and the photos are simply amazing. It proves that with enough time & talent (and bricks) you really can build anything. There are other books on this very topic and they might serve to inspire young engineers.

    Posted in: Toy 'arms race' turning Lego violent: study

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    David L Reinke

    Tempest in a teapot. LEGO is a great toy. With enough time & talent (and enough bricks) you really can build anything.

    Posted in: Toy 'arms race' turning Lego violent: study

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    David L Reinke

    Interesting -- more than 70's year after the war and we are still making new, and important, discoveries. This book should prove to be a fascinating read.

    Posted in: Mountbatten’s Samurai: Imperial Japanese Army, Navy Forces under British control in Southeast Asia, 1945-1948.

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