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Erased Japanese Live Action Television Show With Real Quality

 

The words quality and live action Japanese drama, do not always live together comfortably.  There are many examples of poorly plotted, badly acted live action shows from Japan, but as in everything there are always exceptions.  Erased is one of these, a brilliantly plotted serial killer story with a genre twist.  Check out our video review below.

You can watch Erased on Netflix and coincidentally, soon after this video was made, Netflix also started to show the anime too.

Want more Erased options, then check out the Manga –

You can also grab a deluxe collectors blu ray of the anime –

There is not too much out there in the way of other merch mind, at least not official.  There is some handmade craft type merchandise available.  Check out Redbubble.com or Etsy.com for a range of various things to satisfy your newly found Erased fandom.

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Dr Who and Mr Men Come Together in Vinyl Figure Awesomeness

Such a brilliant idea, matching Doctor Who with Mr Men and Little Miss, why didn’t they think of it sooner.

There are just four released to date, those are Dr First, Dr Fourth, Dr Eleventh, Dr Twelfth, with more promised. They are being released to coincide with the releases of matching Dr/Mr Men books, go check them out at Amazon, such as this one –

Check our video for a close up look at these goodies in their boxes and let us know what you think in the comments.

 

These brilliant 10cm vinyl figures are available from otherdimensions.co.uk right now!!  Just click on an image below to take you to your favourite Doctor.

 

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Bullets, Blood and Brutality, The Punisher Comes to Television

How violent can a TV series get?

The Punisher shows that it can get very violent indeed.  Every episode is chock full of violent incidents, yet it never outshines the characters nor their story.  The violence is part of the Punishers world and this Netflix show does not hold back in demonstrating it, it is chock full of bullets, blood and brutality.

The previous Netflix Marvel shows have also been violent and harsh.  Netflix Marvel characters live in a dark and violent world.  happiness for most is just a dream.  But Frank Castle, haunted by the loss of his family takes it into even more darker depths.

If you don’t like extreme violence, then this is not the show for you.  The brutality of the Punishers world is the main thing you take away from this show and not much else.

Yet surprisingly for the Punisher, the story does allow hope in and more people survive than you might expect.

Oh yes, the story.  Now, the one thing that lets it down for me slightly is the fact that the story is very much a cliched one, with all the standard tropes that this type of story trots out.  Essentially Frank and his sort of ally Micro have been betrayed by their government, or at least forces within the government and are in hiding.  Well Micro is, The Punisher is out there punishing people natch!  The whole story revolves around betrayal, backstabbing and Government conspiracy, and it plays out as much as you would expect.  To be fair it is easy to follow because of this, with bucket loads of blood thrown in, but am I asking too much for a more original story?  It is only the style of the show and the characters that drag you through the heavier cliches at times….oh wow he’s betrayed him…so unexpected…not!

One area that is interesting is the focus on how the USA treats its veterans and how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder makes many of their lives after serving so difficult.  Some are shown to be coping in their own ways and helping others, though some others are shown to be complete psychos.  Unfortunately, but understandably in the style of this show, a psycho takes centre stage for a while, and no, I don’t mean Frank castle.

Another area to quibble is the amount of times Frank gets beaten, tortured, stabbed and shot.  Pretty much every episode.  The amount of blood this guy loses is incredible, he must have a specialist blood bank standing by to refuel him.  Yet in just a couple of days he is up charging into danger and getting shot yet again. In fact this show is more about punishing the Punisher, with personal demons and violent attacks upon his person.

Despite minor quibbles, this show is pretty damn good fun.  Best show since Daredevil for me, but failing to eclipse that show due in part to the fairly ordinary main plot.  Both Daredevil and Jessica Jones showed better plots, with Jessica Jones and its more psychological style just missing out to the Punisher for me, due to the crazy over the top violence that just kept me coming back to see how it all ended and if Frank would finally run out of blood!

So if you like a lot of good old fashioned brutal violence with a load of despair and darkness thrown in, this could be just the tonic.

It is out now on Netflix, so give it a binge if you dare!  No box-set is available to purchase yet though, for those who like to hold shiny discs in their hands.

Already a fan?  You can grab TV Punisher merchandise online right now including the fun stuff below:

 

 

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Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 poster

When I heard that they were making a follow up to the sleeper classic Blade Runner, I must confess that my heart sank – how was this ever going to live up to the original? Well, despite my misgivings, I am happy to report that the film stood up very well to the standards laid down by the original.

When I saw the 164 minute running time I thought that my backside was in for a numbing time, but this was not the case: I was so engrossed with the film that time just sped by – a lesser film would have had me squirming. Now, that is not to say that 2049 is by any means a fast paced action film, not at all, pulse racing moments were few and far between, but it sucked you in – particularly if you’re a fan of the original. The devil was most definitely in the detail.

2049 is unmistakably a homage to Blade Runner: it picks up so many beats from from the original film that it’s almost a re-imagining, but at the same time it is fresh enough to keep your interest. Many of the new characters were clearly based on archetypes created in the original film: you could see elements of Pris, Leon, and Roy shining through. Many of the scenes and themes also resonated very closely with the original – particularly Roy’s ‘tears in the rain’ sequence and K’s demise. Sadly, the ending was left open ended enough for a possible, but now unlikely, sequel.

It was great to see Eddie Olmos reprising his role as Gaff and Sean Young’s return as Rachael was achieved using similar techniques used to rejuvenate Princess Leia in Rogue One, though with better effect here. One disappointing performance was that of Jared Leto as Wallace – the man is just trying too hard; I had the same criticism of him as the Joker in Suicide Squad. And I was pleased by Harrison Ford’s limited screen time, as much as I love him, it’s probably time to retire now…

2049 is a feast for the eyes and the mind: the disparity between critical praise and box office receipts illustrates this very clearly – if you’re expecting a sci-fi action film, you’re going to be disappointed. This is a great shame because, like the original, this film deserves a bigger audience. We need more visionary films like this and not just the popcorn fodder we’re being fed by the vast majority of Hollywood output. Will 2049 be appreciated more in years to come? I hope so. Will it be too late by then? I fear so.