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      CommentAuthortallman
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2006
     
    I started writing my review of Akira. It's interesting because I actually enjoyed the film a lot more than I did when I first saw it, many years ago. I think part of that is that I was watching a crappy old vhs version of the movie, and the new version I just watched was remastered and, more importantly, retranslated, making the film a lot easier to follow (at least, that's what I think. I saw the old version around 8 years ago, so my comparison is somewhat hazy...). There are still some confusing aspects, but I think the film works much better than it did when I saw it the first time. I think I can see why people think of it as one of the definitive anime movies now, though it certainly isn't a perfect movie...

    It's strange, sometimes a review flows right out of me, and sometimes I struggle. I'm really happy with my Grave of the Fireflies review and I was able to write it pretty quickly. Watership down, on the other hand, was a struggle, and I'm not totally happy with it. Akira is apparently also a little difficult for me, though I think I'm nailing it down a little better. I should be able to finish it tomorrow night...

    ~tallman
    • CommentAuthorSamael
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2006
     
    I find writing reviews... difficult.
    Part of the problem is trying to find ways to describe things that don't rely too heavily on referencing other movies/books/whatever. It's not too difficult to talk about, say, the premise, or the arguments that a movie makes, or the philosophical problems or plot issues, but when it comes time to talk about the stylistic aspects of it, I find it can be very difficult. Plus, I'm shit with names, so it's hard for me to talk about, say, a director or an actor, because I have to constantly look up what other films that person has done, and try to remember what I thought of them.

    I also find that I end up wanting to write about too many different aspects- I'm constantly fighting that urge to write a little bit about everything in the movie, or to talk about specific scenes in the movie. If you're dealing with Akira, which is, you know, a couple of decades old, it's not so bad, because I don't feel as bad spoiling something like that. The odds are good that you've either seen it already, or had it spoiled to some extent- but if you're dealing with a newer movie, you want to talk about it, but you don't want to ruin it.

    So, yeah. I find it tough, too. Heh.
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      CommentAuthortallman
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2006
     
    I have trouble with a movie like Akira, where my feelings are definitely mixed. My first draft of the review came across like I hated the movie. My second draft came across like I loved it. And at that point, I made some changes, but wasn't really sure where it ended up. The idea was a sorta middle ground...

    With respect to spoilers, I honestly don't think they're that bad, unless they're not called out as such. That's why I almost always have a "spoilers" disclaimer somewhere in my reviews. That's all you need... just say "spoilers in the next paragraph" and make sure you bold the word "spoilers" and you should be fine. I kinda like it when people write with spoilers... because a lot of people don't, I think it's actually pretty cool when some people do.

    ~tallman