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Fantasia 2021 | Pompo: The Cinephile Review

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Based on the manga series of the same name by Shogo Sugitani, Pompo: The Cinephile is a delightful and beautifully entertaining film that is sure to grab your attention if you consider yourself to be a bit of a movie geek.

Pompo is a movie producer that works in “Nyallywood”, the movie capital of the world and she’s a very talented producer with the ability to spot potential in people and really bring out their talent but despite this, she only ever produces B-movies. Whilst the film’s title will make you believe that Pompo herself is a cinephile, it’s actually her assistant Gene that’s the true film buff. Gene knows everything about every movie and is completely obsessed with them. As a result, he’s doubtful of why Pompo continues to make the same sort of film over and over.

However, one day Gene discovers a really great script written by Pompo that’s full of nuance and great characters. Pompo then gives Gene- someone who’s never directed a film in his life- the opportunity to direct the film and she casts Martin Braddock, the best actor in the world, as the star of Gene’s first film.

If you’re a cinephile yourself then it’s very likely that just the title alone of this film will stand out and appeal to you. And it’s an absolute delight to watch. The film opens with a little song introducing you Nyallywood and throwing you into the world of the film. Immediately It’s very clear that Pompo has its own unique style that will help the 90 minute runtime fly past.

It’s edited in a way that makes it feel like you’re literally watching a comic book right in front of your eyes. Think Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World only more extreme. For instance where there are scenes in which Gene is editing the film or a trailer, rather than constantly seeing him sat at a computer editing the film, which would get quite tedious very quickly, instead, we see Gene physically slicing up pieces of film with a sword which makes the whole thing much more cinematic.

It’s bold and stylistic but it makes the film stand out in your memory much more for being daring and courageous, making it feel very different from other anime films that I’ve seen. As well as the unique style in the way Pompo: The Cinephile is edited, its distinctiveness is seen through the wonderful colours and the beautiful animation.

Pompo starts off as a really wonderful and delightful film but as it goes on the plot struggles a bit and it can feel a bit rushed. They finish shooting the film and then all of a sudden a crises appears and they try to solve it with crowdfunding and things that happen in the final half hour or so don’t quite fit with everything that’s come beforehand. To add to that, Gene isn’t actually a very good director. The film tries to make out like he is through his extensive knowledge of other films and a few good ideas he comes up with on the spot but he’s constantly not knowing what exactly he should be doing and asking others for help which doesn’t quite go with what the film is trying to tell us about him.

Pompo: The Cinephile is bold and stands out massively from other films due to its quirky nature and many of the fun transitions between scenes. For a film fan, there’s a lot to cherish here and it’s easy to have a lot of fun with, although the film does go off the rails a little bit in the third act towards the end of the film.

Pompo: The Cinephile was selected as part of this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival

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Injustice: Gods Among Us! the Movie | Offcial Trailer – DC Animation

On an alternate Earth, the Joker tricks Superman into killing Lois Lane, which causes a rampage in the hero. Superman decides to take control of Earth, Batman and his allies will have to attempt to stop him.



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October, 2021

Director:

Matt Peters

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Gillian Jacobs, Anson Mount, Laura Bailey, Oliver Hudson, Kevin Pollack, Justin Hartley, Janet Varney, Anika Noni Rose

 

Plot Summary:

On an alternate Earth, the Joker tricks Superman into killing Lois Lane, which causes a rampage in the hero. Superman decides to take control of Earth, Batman and his allies will have to attempt to stop him.

 

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Marvel’s What If…?- Season 1 Episode 4 Review

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What If…?  is the latest Marvel Studios project to arrive on our small screens on Disney +.

The animated anthology series, created by Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia writer A.C. Bradley and Marvel vet Bryan Andrews flips the script on the MCU as following the creation of the multiverse in Loki’s first season finale, What If…? reimagines famous events from the films in unexpected ways.

With each episode centred around different characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, What If…? has truly told each of the stories within different genres beginning with Captain Carter set in WWII, then a space heist with T’Challa’s Star-Lord, and last week an Avengers murder mystery with a shocking twist. 



Episode four takes my favourite Bleecker Street sorcerer, Dr. Stephen Strange and sees his origin retold and reshaped in this alternate universe. The Watcher is carefully keeping an eye on Strange as although a tiny bit different, Doctor Strange’s origin story from the 2016 movie is still here. The Nexus point aka The What If…? moment is that Christine and strange never parted ways. So this means instead of Strange going to his award ceremony alone on that tragic night, Christine was with him and unfortunately now in that car crash. 

This episode does a brilliant job of showing us the circumstances that would end up making Dr. Stephen Strange a much darker sorcerer in this alternate timeline. It truly was an emotional rollercoaster and definitely gives us hints on what we can hopefully expect In The Multiverse of Madness. 

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This episode is the most human one yet. The lessons episode four tell is that love can truly break more than just your heart , it can shatter your mind. Its a relentless heartbreaking story of love, grief and shows a fine line between devotion and delusion. 

“We have watched how one moment, one choice, can ripple across space and time, giving birth to new stories, heroes, whole universes. But what if it’s the wrong choice? What if the best of intentions has very strange consequences?”

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What If… Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?

Synopsis

A grief-stricken Doctor Strange uses the Eye of Agamotto in a dangerous effort to change the past.

Review

The core of this what If…? episode takes place after the events of Doctor Strange with Stephen using the Eye of Agamotto in a desperate attempt to save the love of his life, Christine. He becomes consumed with finding a spell that can bring her back to life. 

A montage then occurs as Strange uses the time stone by changing realities and to save Christine. Unfortunately no matter how many times he goes through the loop, Christine dies no matter what he does, this is truly heartbreaking.

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This episode also features the returned MCU actors who lend their voices to their titular character. 

Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong and Tilda Swinton. The latter as the Ancient One who warns Strange about the laws of time travel and establishing that moments like these must happen and cannot be changed. So if Stephen did save Christine he would never find the mystic arts, never defeat Dormamu and ultimately Strange would never become the Sorcerer Supreme. 

Strange however refuses to give up and instead finds a way to defeat the laws of the universe.

Without spoiling any more, this episode perfectly represents the type of stories What If…? should continue with. It adds tons of depth and dimension to the character which ultimately is talking plenty of risks. We realise how far the manipulation of time can go, It shows just like Wanda that Stephen is so powerful that he too can alter the reality around him. Both Wanda and Strange have done this in order to safe the life of or preserve a love one. 

Episode 4 is definitely my favourite of the series so far.

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Marvel’s What If…? – Season 1 Episode 3 Review

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What If…?  is the latest Marvel Studios project to arrive on our small screens on Disney +.

The animated anthology series, created by Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia writer A.C. Bradley and Marvel vet Bryan Andrews flips the script on the MCU as following the creation of the multiverse in Loki’s first season finale, What If…? reimagines famous events from the films in unexpected ways.

The first episode introduced a new character to the MCU, Captain Carter. Episode two showed a unique look at T’Challa who mistakingly was put into the world of the Ravager’s and Guardians of the Galaxy, which was certainly a highlight of the series. 

 

Episode three however provides us with an alternate take on 2012’s The Avengers exploring how the process of assembling Earth’s mightiest heroes goes horribly wrong. 

The assembling of the Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was movie magic and a cinephiles dream, especially one who’s read the comics. Seeing Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Hulk, Thor and Hawkeye defend the earth from Loki under Fury’s Surveillance in 2012 was awesome. However What If…? puts a twist on the events prior and ultimately puts each Avenger in danger. Fury and Agent Coulson have to put on their detective mindset and unfortunately make a deal with a mischievous god in order to catch the killer in this race against the clock murder mystery thriller.

” Humanity so eager, so willing to face the impossible, yet blind to the bigger picture. Inside one week, three strange and separate stories unfolded. A genius battle his demons both inside and out, while the world met the monster hiding in the man. And a godly prince fell to Earth. I am the Watcher. And where humans see chaos, I see the crucible that would transform this collection of individuals into a team of heroes. At least, that’s how things played out in one universe .”

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What If… The World Lost its Mightiest Heroes?

Synopsis

Nick Fury struggles to launch The Avengers when candidates are targeted by a serial killer.

Review

What If’s…? third episode titled “What If… The World Lost its Mightiest Heroes?” was ambitious, successful, dark and the most suspenseful episode so far with a thrilling mystery that seamlessly connects the dots and blends multiple stories and reimagines them as a whodunnit conspiracy thriller with an edge, this is something we don’t get to see in marvel and it’s a first in animation. 

This episode is built for a murder mystery and does stay intriguing until the final reveal. The first two episodes featured both fantastic character driven journeys that helped in building a narrative, however I felt in this episode that it focuses more on telling a larger story which really didn’t let any character stand out. Though it was great to see Coulson back with this ensemble cast of characters. 

 

Returning from the MCU to voice their respected characters this week are Samuel L. Jackson(Nick Fury), Jeremy Renner(Hawkeye), Mark Ruffalo(Bruce Banner/Hulk), Tom Hiddleston(Loki), Clark Gregg(Phil Coulson), Jaimie Alexander(Sif), Frank Grillo(Brock Rumlow) and Michael Dougles as Hank Pym. Episode three also demonstrates that impersonators can work as Lake Bell does a phenomenal Scarlett Johansson and Mick Wingert(Tony Stark). This episode also allows Mark Ruffalo the chance to do a couple of Edward Norton scenes. 

Within the space of a week, the stories of Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk and Thor unfold each having major consequences for its titular hero. And just as Black Widow seems to have discovered the truth behind these fatal events she’s apprehended by an unseen threat. 

The episode also features appearances by Loki, his Asguardian army and Hank Pym all add to this thrilling story which ultimately helps build and further the plot.

Loki however overstays his welcome on Earth and his relationship with Fury certainly plays out differently than it does in the main timeline, resulting in the pair working together. And whilst the Avengers may not be around to stop his antics and schemes, Fury gets a welcomed visit from Captain Marvel who’s ready to take on the fight. 

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The animation again is visually spectacular it seems like a mixture of rotoscoping and caricatures of the actors. It resembles the pages of a comic book where the characters are stylised with depth and shading.

Coulson’s dialogue was absolutely terrific in this Avengers episode. Clark Gregg absolutely had comedic timing, especially with his comments on Thor “Sir, he’s gorgeous and his password confession “ Hashtag-Steve-Steve-Steve-i-Heart-Steve-0704”. Coulson is a true fanboy and will completely geek out for the Avengers.

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Overall What If…? episode three takes the Avengers and puts them in a new thrilling, dark and suspenseful genre. It’s definitely something I’d like to see in live action. 

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