William (genkischuldich) wrote,

I went to see The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus (AKA Dr.パルナサスの鏡 // DOKUTA PARUNASU no Kagami) and really couldn't decide if I liked it or not. Going in, I didn't know what it was about or even the era, but the establishing shot of London was extremely clever.


Karigurashi no Arrietty (借りぐらしのアリエッティ): The latest from Studio Ghibli. The trailer looks beautiful and gentle and Totoro-ish. I know it will be JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER DAMN GHIBLI FILM where they saturate the streets and shopping centres and everywhere with the theme song and I'm so sick of it by the time it comes out that I refuse to go. I saw almost every widely-released Ghibli film in Britain. I don't in Japan.
Odoru 3 (踊る大捜査線3): Yesss... When I first visited Japan, I went to Fuji TV Studios in Odaiba. At the top of the viewing platform, they usually have a promo for whatever movie they're about to release at the time. Way back in 2003, it was Odoru 2 (Full title: 踊る大捜査線 THE MOVIE 2 レインボーブリッジを封鎖せよ! // Odoru Daisousasen THE MOVIE 2: Rainbow Bridge wo Fuusaseyo!). And so I went to see it in the cinema with my dad, who I think enjoyed it more than he expected, especially since there were no subs. We had wanted to see Zatouichi (a Beat Takeshi movie) before it was released in the UK, but they were only selling standing tickets at the time. But this was a really good subsitute.
Zatouichi THE LAST (座頭市 THE LAST): Synchronicity? In any case, this time it stars Katori Shingo of SMAP. That's pretty much all you need to know to decide whether you want to see it or not.
Alice In Wonderland (アリス・イン・ワンダーランド): Do want. But I'm not really liking what I've seen of Johnny Depp in this thing. Will see it regardless.
Golden Slumber (ゴールデン・スランバー): Seems to be a kind of Japanese version of The Fugitive, except instead of his wife, it's the Prime Minister of Japan.
Paranormal Activity (パラノーマル・アクティビティ): Okay, you got me. This does look pretty creepy. A bit suspicious though, because the advertising looks identical to the way they advertised Blair Witch in the UK, complete with "real cinema-goer" reactions.
Saru Lock THE MOVIE (猿ロック THE MOVIE): This one screams that it was based on a manga. Yup, it was. I kind of liked its style.
TRICK: No idea what this is about, but the trailers are more original than most I've seen.

...Onto the movie.

The Good:

* Although I didn't realise it at first, my brain immediately decided that one of the main characters was Crawford. He, along with the devil, was my favourite.
* I've been in Japan for long enough that anything set in London gets high marks from me. Make a 120 minute film of chavs fighting, drinking and throwing up and I'll give it 10/10 for being "full of truth, man".
* EVERYONE is amoral, more or less. However, while I tend to gravitate towards bad guys, when you make them the focus, you need to establish a reason to care somehow, a problem which the initial choppiness of this movie exacerbated. But I liked them all being various levels of ungood regardless.
* The visuals of the world inside the mirror were amazing.
* The dancing policemen, for sure.
* I can't fault a guy for trying to do too much and trying to be too clever.
* Lots of questions are left unanswered to suggest a much bigger world. Yes, I like that.

The Bad:

* Maybe Terry Gilliam is trying too hard to be Terry Gilliam. And too shocking.
* The movie needed to pick out its main characters as soon as possible. The start of the movie is its weakest as it's too disjointed.
* The temple where Parnassus stayed was Shintou, the robes and lotus flower symbols seemed to be Buddhist, Parnassus is Greek... seemed a bit of a mess.

Randomly, I'm disappointed that Wikipedia doesn't have an individual page for Parnassus. And there were tons of people mid-week... they were all seeing Avatar 3D.

Finally, I noticed a note on Animate's site regarding Velvet Under World. The release date for the next batch of CDs has moved from February to late March. I would guess that day will fall precisely on the day as the radio show, which is the 27th, if I recall correctly.
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