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  • Ace Attorney

    Ace Attorney

    ★★★★

    Miike Takashi has a habit of taking something that seems impossible to adapt for the big screen and then succeeds in doing it. Ace Attorney is a solid and surprisingly accurate adaptation of the 2001 video game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (released in Japan as Gyakuten Saiban) that dares to keep moments that many would consider "too cartoony for live action" and sells it. A unique and great movie.

  • Silent Hill

    Silent Hill

    ★★★★

    For some reason the genre most popular to go for when adapting a video game into a live action film have been the horror genre. From Resident Evil to House of the Dead to Alone in the Dark. It's even true of Japanese productions, with films like Forbidden Siren and Corpse Party.

    Yet to this date I feel that Christophe Gans' 2006 adaptation of Silent Hill is the only one to truly get it right. The film takes the 1998…

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  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: Detonation

    Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: Detonation

    ★★★★½

    Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Detoantion is the second part of the theatrical adaptation of the 2011 video game Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Gears of Destiny. This is also where the narrative begins to stray further from the game's story, adding new characters, back stories and outcomes.

    Out of the four theatrical Lyrical Nanoha films to date this is easily my favourite one. The pacing is majestic, blending its greatly animated action scenes with its moments of exposition…

  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: Reflection

    Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: Reflection

    ★★★★

    Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection, and its sequel, had quite a tough task to perform. It had to both serve as a sequel to the previous two theatrical films and the TV series they were adapted from while simultaneously adapting the 2011 fan favourite video game, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Gears of Destiny, into series canon.

    Thankfully, it succeeds greatly and manages to show that the Lyrical Nanoha series still goes strong all these years later. Despite…