sword reviews

Gekijo-ban Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale (Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale)       2016

Tomohiko Ito

Animation / Action / Adventure

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Stars : 5/5

Huge fan of this saga and the movie was no disappointment. You do need to watch the anime to understand this and enjoy this to the fullest though. This time, our main characters are faced with a new threat, augmented reality. We get to see old and loved characters, but new villains and new friends. The animations is excellent, even better than the anime, full of detail, color, dynamic fights, interesting boss fights, etc. Exciting through and through with an epic battle and sweet ending. 

SAO: ORDINAL SCALE

UHM HONESTLY THE BEST THING IVE EVER SEEN, i honestly forgot that Kirito was younger than Asuna shh…

ORDINAL SCALE I SWEAR they’ve done well to please us + combing all leaders of guilds and games fahh I couldn’t ask for more..

But can i just say having it somewhat surrounding Asuna again and having all the main characters of the Series itself is honestly so great like they knew we missed them!!

+ THERES ANOTHER MOVIE/SEASON IN THE MAKING LIKE WHAT?? (Note: I alr knew about the season coming but still that outro tho)

The ending credits are so cute but then that one screen *SAO WILL RETURN* is like WAIT WHAT??

Just watch it thanks it’s really worth it in the end!!

A REVIEW - King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword

Can I first just say how upset I am with all these movie critics who seem to have created this unified campaign to tear this film to shreds! It literally has a 28% on Rotten Tomatoes and while that website is becoming more and more of a joke, the optimistic part of me still believes that there are still some critical contributors with some common sense. But now I’m convinced they’re all just pretentious and spoiled and think movies set in these specific genres are trash if they aren’t like Game Of Thrones or Lord Of The Rings. So don’t believe the negative reviews from critics, their opinions no longer reflect the movie audience of today. That being said, let’s move on to the actual film itself.

There have been many iterations of the story of King Arthur, Excalibur, Knights of the Roundtable, and Camelot to last of lifetime. From movies to television series, this story has been recycled more times than a Batman franchise. However, if the story was going to be told again it needed a fresh new spin and that’s what we got from director Guy Ritchie. Now I’m not too familiar with Ritchie’s aesthetic as a filmmaker and his past work never really stood out to me. I’m sure I’m in a league of my own when I say that I tried watching Sherlock Holmes three times and fell asleep on every single sitting. That’s not to say it wasn’t a good film, it just didn’t keep my attention. But from what I saw from King Arthur, Ritchie definitely has a niche way of storytelling on film and it shows. There was one particular method – using quick cuts to explain a story while it’s happening – is a genius move but by the third time, it got a bit repetitive and lost it’s edge. Other than that, from beginning to end this film was a very enjoyable ride.

It’s obvious the story was changed a bit from the original tale we all have known but I feel like it worked and made the film that much more interesting. Charlie Hunnam was very believable as Arthur. Showing us his upbringing as a LIAR and A SCAMMER *cue Joanna Prada voice*, it was interesting to see his path from lowly peasant to accepting his birth right as heir to the throne and savior of the people. While not necessarily Oscar-worthy, Hunnam definitely shows that he can be more than just a redneck biker from his Sons of Anarchy role that most of the world know him from. Jude Law as Vortigern and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as The Mage were my main issues with this film. They both had very important roles but sometimes just made me roll my eyes at how mechanical and unconvincing they were in certain parts. The rest of the cast were good additions although weren’t given much backstory… mainly a result of the fact that most people seeing this movie know who they are already based on the story itself. 

But that is not what made this film so enjoyable. Visually the film is breathtaking. The set pieces, the effects, the music, the magical elements, the mystical creatures all played apart in pulling you into this world of fantasy. I won’t deny that there were moments that seemed similar to fantasy films like 300 or The Hobbit, but Guy Ritchie’s use of camera angles and slow motion made them feel original. 

The story was well paced and well written. The elements of comedy didn’t seem out of place at all. It actually made it feel more realistically. I don’t think the modern movie going audience wants to go see a film where the dialogue is written like poetry. While that type of storytelling is beautiful, we are living in a world where Iron Man and Optimus Prime dominate the box office so if you’re going to spend $175 million on a film the least you could do is not bore me with some long, shakespearean dialogue that’s more suited for broadway than an action packed fantasy film. 

Overall, King Arthur: Legend Of the Sword lives up to the hype of it’s marketing campaign. Its a fresh, innovative adaption on a classic tale we all know and love. It’s especially a cool interpretation to tell a story set in medieval times with a man like Guy Ritchie at the helm. Truly some of his best work. My hope is that the film does well overseas just so that the film studio can get a return on their investment and feel inspired to want to do a sequel. Apparently, this film was gonna set in motion five more sequels after it. Hopefully, the positive feedback from the general audience despite the negative feedback from critics will show that a sequel is well deserved.

8 our 10 stars for me. 

Go see this film. Like me, you will pleasantly surprised at how much you enjoy it!

Sword Art Online

Oh boy here we go. I’m probably gonna get a lot of flak for this but I love Sword Art Online. All of it.  I’d like to first say that I have not read the light novels, and this may the reason why I love the anime so much, but I’m poor and I’m not really an avid reader.

Putting that aside, lets get down to business. The first arc is the classic Aincrad arc. Here we are introduced to the world of SAO and the “If you die in the game you die in real life thing” 

Aincrad is and always be my favorite arc. I’m so glad this arc was the first one in the series because without it I probably wouldn’t like the show as much as I do. I especially love the little bit of romance that accompanies the main story line. (Say what you will but Kirito x Asuna with the addition of Yui is too adorable to hate.) 

The next arc is the Fairy Dance arc. This is the arc that everyone hates, and while it’s not my favorite I have to say that I feel that it’s necessary. People say that the Fairy Dance arc ruins the “strong female character” aspect of Asuna but that is dealt with later in the series. What I really love about this arc is that it kind of puts the “SAO is a harem” ideas to rest. This arc shows just how much Kirito cares about Asuna, and how far he is willing to go in order to stay by her side. Say what you will, but I liked it. 

Next up is Gun Gale Online. This arc focuses less on the original cast, and more on Kirito as an individual, as well as a new character (one of my favorites) named Sinon. This arc explores how Kirito was impacted by the SAO incident, and kind of serves as the redemption arc. However, this isn’t the main focus of the arc, and it loses a few points for that. The arc focuses more on how victims of PTSD are impacted in general.

This arc introduces Sinon, the badass sniper of GGO who wields a sniper rifle the only she can control. I love Sinon, her character is so interesting with the way she copes, and overcomes her PTSD, and how she and Kirito become best bros. The only thing I’m gonna say is bad about Sinon is that she deserved better. (Watch the arc and you’ll understand.) 

Last but not least, is the Mother’s Rosario arc. Whereas the last arc was all about Kirito, this arc is all about Asuna. This is the arc that I was talking about when I said that the strong female character aspect of Asuna is dealt with later in the series. I mean just look at this and try to tell me Asuna is just Kirito’s girlfriend nothing else.

This arc also introduces the Sleeping knights, and their leader Yuuki. I won’t say much about what happens between them, but I will say it’s sad, almost too sad. This arc is the only one that tugged at the heart strings and that’s why I like it so much. 

Sword Art Online will always be one of my favorites no matter how much hate it gets. 10/10 would full-dive again. 

Psst.

If there is anyone who reads this that is as in love with the new King Arthur movie as I am can y'all just hit me up because I’ve just come out of seeing it a second time, in 3D this time, and I’m actually buzzing off of how much I enjoyed it (it’s the first movie this year I’ve been into cinemas to see more than once)
But like, it’s gotten so many bad reviews and most of the people I know either didn’t like it or don’t want to see it and I have nobody to obsess over it with 😩

About the new HTTYD book covers

Remember how I posted pictures of them, and said I preferred matching book covers? [x]

So I thought “Lets be smart, order the books you really want now (Books 8-12), before they only sell the new covers.”  And then these arrived yesterday:

But now that I have these new ones I might as well compare them to the books I already have.

The new covers are covered in metallic scales, so they’re very shiny. They are all similar to the UK’s How to fight a dragon’s fury, yet without the texture.

On the back they have a excerpt of the story instead of a description. Unlike How to seize a dragon’s jewel it does not introduce Hiccup. How to fight a dragon’s fury is different too, with Furious’s eye instead of more text.

Little Toothless has been added to the spine, as well as thin golden stripes, which I think go beautifully with the black and metallic scales.

And this is my full HTTYD collection right now. ^^

Меч короля Артура (2017)

Зачем ссориться, если можно быть друзьями?

Режиссер: Гай Ричи
В ролях: Чарли Ханнэм, Джуд Лоу, Эйдан Гиллен 

Наверное, это самая осовремененная версия легенды о короле Артуре, но как же она чертовски хороша! Хоть декорации полностью передают атмосферу средних веков, все равно по поведению персонажей и немного видоизмененной одеже и прическам чувствуется причастность к нашему времени. Трудно объяснить, но когда посмотрите фильм, то сразу же поймете, о чем я говорю.

Чарли Ханнэм просто восхитительно сыграл самоуверенного и немного нахального Артура. Он открыто хамит и насмехается над врагами, но за близких стоит горой.
Джуд Лоу в роли Вортигерна жуть как хорош! Он хоть и злодей, но в некоторых моментах актер так играет, аж за душу берет.

В детстве родители Артура погибли, пытаясь спастись, но удалось это только маленькому Артуру, который на лодке уплыл из страны. В новом месте его приютили в Публичном доме, да так он там и рос. Методом проб и ошибок Артур стал сильным и уверенным в себе человеком, который защищает родных ему людей. Вот только и в передряги он частенько влазит. Одна из таких ошибок привела его к Камелоту, где каждый юноша его возраста должен попытаться вытащить странный меч из камня. Долго не думая, Артур подошел в камню и…меч у него в руке, а в следующую секунду Артур уже под стражей. Не очень то его дядюшка Вортигерн рад появлению племянника, вот и норовит избавиться от новоявленного наследника, попутно унизив его. Но тут появляются ополченцы (или кто там они) и быстренько Артура высвобождают и забирают с собой. А там пошло поехало. Надо захватит Камилот, вернуть трон, избавиться от Вортигерна и тд и тп. Вот только Артур во все это влезать не хочет, ему бы вернутся в родной дом да так и остаться там, правда, от дома уже ничего не осталось, нынешний король об этом позаботился. И теперь уж Артур сидеть сложа руки не собирается.

— У меня никогда не было власти, как и желания получить её.

Фильм невероятно колоритный и эпичный. От сцен боев просто глаз не оторвать. А само повествование истории! Я бы это назвала рассказ в рассказе. В начале путаешься, конечно, какая сцена происходит в реальном времени, а какая в будущем или прошлом, но потом привыкаешь и получаешь невероятное удовольствие.

И отдельно хочу выделить саундтрек. Ох и мощный же он получился. Фолк в исполнении барабанов и струнных инструментов и все это в современной обработке. Просто мурашки по коже! Картинка и музыка сочетаются идеально.

Очередной отличный фильм Гая Ричи. Такой без проблем можно не раз пересматривать. А я ведь в начале, когда увидела трейлер в прошлом году, относилась к этой картине с большим сомнением. Очень даже зря.

617: The Sword and the Dragon

We’re back in Aleksandr Ptushko land!  The title of this movie in its homeland was simply Ilya Muromets.  Like Sadko the Sailor, Ilya Muromets is a hero of Russian folklore, the subject of much poetry, art, and opera.  He is thought to be based on Saint Ilya Pechersky, a medieval knight-errant who became a monk later in life, and what we see here in the movie is only a sampling of the stories told about him.  He’s supposed to have once fought off a band of robbers, using no weapon but a boot – now that is a scene I would have liked to see in the movie!

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I watched King Arthur: Legend of the sword yesterday and I loved it. ❤

  • Probably one of the few movies I’ve watched in 3D that’s really worth it.
  • The new backstory for Arthur is well thought. Created on the street, sarcastic, trickster. You know what they said: You can take out the man from Charming, but you can’t take Charming from the man.
  • Poor edition? Please, the edition was one of my favorite parts.
  • Humor wasn’t out of place. 

Now a theory:

It’s possible that the kid who lost his parent is Lancelot? (His name is Blue, right?)

All the main knights of King Arthur were present, except his most faithful and known. 

Review: King's Cage (Red Queen #3)

★★★

Oh, shit. This wasn’t the last one? I read the first book, thought it was okay. I read the second book, which I liked even less. I read this one because I thought it would be a conclusion. I thought I’d be done with this series, but nope. 

This book was so slow. It was so boring. The first half of this book especially dragged. I really don’t believe there was any reason to stretch this series into four books. Most of this book didn’t need to be here.

I really don’t like Mare. Her character is unbelievable, and by that I mean that no human person in their right mind would do half the shit that Mare does. Most of the time, she comes off as insufferable and petulant. Why do all of these boys love her? 

A lot of things in this book felt like they were added as an afterthought. For example, Evangeline’s sexuality. Was she gay this whole time? Did I just miss that in the first two books? I don’t think I did. 

I’m glad we got to see more of Maven. He’s one of the only interesting characters in this series. This was one of the only things I liked about this book.

This was supposed to be a trilogy, right? I didn’t just imagine that, did I? Ugh, well, on to the next one. 😑 🎉  I guess.

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411: The Magic Sword

A Bert I. Gordon movie that’s not about some creature growing to improbable size and going on a rampage?  Yeah, I wouldn’t have believed it, either, but here it is.  The result isn’t really all that bad by MST3K standards, anyway, and for as simplistic a story as it is, it contains a surprising amount of food for thought.

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Age of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan

[Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy ARC of this book from NetGalley. Thank you to the publisher!]

Michael J. Sullivan proves again that he is one of my favorite authors.

I loved the Age of Myth, book one of the Legends of the First Empire, but Age of Swords, completely blew my mind. I would compare this book to The Fellowship of the Ring but with an almost all female cast.

The book picks up where Age of Myth left off. Persephone is faced with uphill battle, trying to protect her tribe from the treat of war with the Frey. In order to do so, Persephone must travel to the land of the Dwarves to kill a legendary demon in exchange for weapons for the human army. Meanwhile, Suri must learn how to control her abilities with the Art and overcome her fear of hurting the ones whom she loves. Sullivan once again demonstrates that he can create incredible female characters, who are brave, complex and yet, still feminine. Sullivan even creates an extremely believable, self assured, annoying and full of himself prince, who I really wanted to slap about 10 times on every page. However, my strong feelings only go to demonstrate that these characters feel real and Sullivan is master at creating them.

The whole book was extremely well thought out, very fast paced, funny and shocking all at the same time. The twists at the end, and a demise of one of my favorite characters, really tugged at my heartstrings. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy adventure and strong female characters.

Now excuse me - I need to pre-order a hardcover copy.

Art by Marc Simonetti @marcsimonetti 

Currently Reading: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I used to see this a lot at Barnes and Noble and the cover always intrigued me, so I finally decided to get it! Red Queen is about:

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

I’m not that far into it, but I can already tell some things are going down. Mare definitely has powers. Have you guys read this? I’ve heard the ending was amazing. I can’t wait to get to it and to the rest of the trilogy!

Review: King Arthur LOTS

LOTS is short for Legend of the Swords. Directed by Guy Ritchie who turns out to be directing mostly all exploding action movies and starred by newcomer Charlie Hunnam who I think has some similar resemblance as a mix between Heath Ledger , Brad Pitt and that actor who I forgot his name (LOL). Not only that, familiar named actor such as Jude Law and Eric Bana also starred in the movie as well. Probably there’s spoiler so I highly recommend to stop reading now. I’m gonna say watch this sh*t guys, it’s good.

Long story short, the movie is GREAT. It’s not as epic as How To Train Your Dragon but Daniel Pemberton did amazing job making the soundtrack, also the jokes are funny in some ways that are not forced like in one of the Avengers movie. Funny how the critics says that this movie is so-so, while a ton of comments on trailer and clips says that this movie is a two thumbs up, rated five stars.

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I really like how Ritchie wraps Arthur’s childhood into tiny clips, it really helps audience to understand his backstory without eating up too much space for the rest of the story. And the part where Arthur and his gang flee the city, going into tiny alleys and ended up in the fighting club? That cinematography is LIT. The movie gave information bit by bit so we can still guess how the story would end without spoiling it too much. 

What I don’t really like is how Arthur could predict exactly how he negotiate with kings from the neighborhood kingdoms, but it adds the funny bits to the story so I think that’s that. Another down side is Maggie (played by Annabelle Wallis) that is busted so early, i thought she’s gonna die but no (probably better if she died or turns out to be double agent) and the witch (Astrid Frisbey) that do almost nothing in the second half of the movie. Not to mention that in some scenes, green screen effect is distinguishable, probably because of the animation amount spent mostly in the war or fighting scenes.

The boost in this movie is the soundtrack as it blends smoothly with the scene, I recommend listening to Run Londimium while you’re doing tasks or sport (yes I listen to epic music while doing work). Also there are also a quick shots of David Beckham as the guard, so Reg Poerscout-Edgerton as Casting Crew did a good game playing the movie’s cast balanced between new and old faces.

Nevertheless, this is one of the movies that I ended up smiling when going out from the cinema, and listening to the soundtrack while searching for clips to kinda remembering how awesome the movie is. Good job, Ritchie!

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