The Idolmaster Movie: Beyond the Brilliant Future! (2014) Review

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For a business as manufactured and suspect as the idol industry we sure do see a lot of well-crafted anime surrounding it. Of all the ones I’ve seen I found The iDOLM@STER to stand above the rest of the pack, bringing together an ensemble of incredibly talented animators to create a work filled with endearing subtlety and tons and tons of engaging vignettes and little narratives. The iDOLM@STER Movie is essentially cut from the same cloth, a continuation of all the little things that made the original series great in an extended feature-length format.

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On Representation

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Broadly speaking we tend to see society become a little more open towards different groups over time, and with that comes slowly but surely increasing media representation of them. A cynical way to look at this is that it’s simply because their existence has become profitable, and that’s certainly a very valid way to look at it given the slew of middlebrow oscar bait exploiting historical prejudice and hamfisted tokenism. A more positive way to see it is that media representation gives us a platform to humanise different groups, to become aware of their existence and their validity as individuals. I believe both perspectives can be true at once, and in that sense there needs to be conscious thought about how representation is implemented.

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Bristles Babbles #24: Big Hero 6 Review (2014) (SPOILERS)

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I’ve been to the cinemas twice now to go see ‘Big Hero 6’. It certainly pales in comparison to the aforementioned 11 times I saw ‘Wreck-it Ralph’ in cinemas as I mentioned in my last post, and doesn’t quite measure up to the 3 times I saw ‘Frozen’, but it’s a good sign for any movie when I’m willing to see it more than once. Right off the bat I’ll say that it wasn’t as compelling for me as either of Disney’s previous animated releases. I don’t hesitate when I say that it’s a great movie though. Big Hero 6, in a lot of ways, is more a product of this current age of western animation than any major Disney releases these past few years, however in some ways it turns out not to be quite the product of the current age that it perhaps intends to be.

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Bristle’s Babbles #18 Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie (2014) (SPOILERS)

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The final scene in ‘Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie’, playing as the credits roll, depicts The Angry Video Game Nerd, played as always by James Rolfe, doing his long-awaited review of the E.T. video game on the Atari 2600, the biggest financial failure in the history of gaming and widely believed to be the outright worst video game of all time. It’s a bit of an underwhelming review, but maybe that’s the point. After going through the usual Nerd schtick of foul-mouthed wordplay set to his frustration as he plays the game, he admits at the end that he truly doesn’t personally feel that E.T. is the worst video game of all time, or even close to it for that matter.

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Bristle’s Babbles #17 – My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks (2014) SPOILER REVIEW

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So here we are again with the second installment in the My Little Pony Equestria Girls franchise. I went into this a different person to the person Iwas when I saw the first film. I was just barely 6 months from cutting off my rocky relationship with the Brony fandom almost entirely, and coupled with the slightly underwhelming feeling I had watching the third season of the series first time around I was at my nadir of enthusiasm for MLP: FiM. I went in with the expectation of a mediocre to average experience and had a mediocre to average experience. Though I was excited to see the franchise get its own movie, it wasn’t quite the way I wanted it to be. Though fairly enjoyable all in all, it was much more a sidestep than a step up, and even managed to pale in comparison to the series’ two parters in terms of ambition.

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Bristle’s Babbles #10 – ‘Defending Madoka Magica’

NOTE: NOTE: Old post, sorta rambly. Also, some opinions expressed are different to my perspective as of now.

As film critic Gene Siskel once said, “There is a point when a personal opinion shades off into an error of fact.”. That is to say, while there’s an emphasis on subjectivity in critique, you have to draw a line and realise that certain things are pure fact. That’s something I strongly believe, and it’s inspired me to discuss things in relation to that. What I’ll be doing right now is looking at Puella Magi Madoka Magica, a series that has become a fairly big deal. Though it is largely pretty well received, its popularity leads to it becoming divisive with some crowds. I’m not saying you’re wrong for disliking Madoka Magica, but what I am here to argue is that certain criticisms I’ve heard people give the series fall into what I deem “errors of fact”, criticisms that I believe are just flat out wrong.

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