Watched on April 20, 2013.
Set in the time of the later Crusades, the movie opens on a stone bridge with some alleged witches about to be tried and, of course, executed. One of the accused witches turns nasty and a self-righteous priest gets his due.
Transport to another time and place and scene where two macho crusaders played by Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman are joking and bantering in a very modern manner, and placing bets about who can…
Fantastic animated movie about groups of young Japanese pilots fighting WWII-style aerial campaigns over a European-like theater, and their experiences with each other while not fighting.
I would urge you not to read much about this movie. There is very little that can be said about it without giving away things that unfold during the course of the film. If you've already read the synopsis in the TMDB (e.g. here on letterboxd if you have clicked through for movie details)…
Watched Dec 8, 2012 because somebody insisted I do.
Pretty much a 2 hour paranoid rant. There are some things presented that may be worth thinking about if you haven't already thought about them, but my land- the breathless hysteria telling us about all the sinister connections in the world is just almost too much to bear. Still, it's got a lot of people rating it highly. Watch it yourself, I guess.
Despite the fact that I'm not a teenage girl, I liked the book and I thought the movie did a pretty good job, even though it emphasized its adventure aspect over others, and even though it glossed over a lot of detail that might help in understanding some of it more. But it was long enough as it was; keeping some of the slower bits in would probably have alienated some. Although it would have help explain some of the motivations, introspections, and interrelations a bit better.