Review: The Ring Two

While not as good as the original, The Ring Two still had some good scenes that made even the “Scary Movies Don’t Scare Me” BF jump a couple of times.

I can’t really say much about the movie without giving away the plot, but the creepy boy (Aidan) from the original is back and so is his mom (Rachel) and Samara. There seemed to be a few plot holes here and there, but for primarily being a scary movie, I’m not complaining.

I haven’t seen the Japanese version of this yet (it’s still sitting around because I’m too scared to watch it alone) but the American version I saw tonight was a bit too “Americanized” for me if that makes any sense. The first scene of the movie made me dread it was going to be a teeny-bopper-slasher flick, but I’m glad it wasn’t. The whole, “I’m not your fucking mother!” scene was a bit too “please the audience” for me.

Movie Review: Steamboy

I watched Steamboy with The BF today and really really enjoyed it. It’s directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, who also directed Metropolis and Akira. While I liked the previous two movies he made, I have to say that Steamboy is my new favorite.

The movie takes place before the first World Expo in London in the mid 19th century. The protagonist, Ray, is a young inventor with the cliched “whole lotta heart” thing going on, but that’s not a bad thing. There’s also this thing called a “Steamball” that seems to power a whole bunch of stuff and most of the movie has people struggling for possession of it.

However, that’s not the “big picture” with this movie. The timing of the release of this movie and what’s going on in the world (primarily, the US vs. Iraq thing) is great. Without sounding too preachy, the movie makes people think about the true purpose of science and progress.

Things I loved about the movie:

  • machines
  • detailing in every scene
  • music
  • plot
  • chihuahua bashing

Thing I did not like about the movie:

  • In one scene, the subtitle referred to the energy stored in the Steam Ball as kinetic energy. I think the subbers made a mistake and got it confused with potential energy. Inside the Steam Ball, the energy isn’t doing anything or powering anything. It’s not till the ball is connected to a bunch of pipes and moving machinery that it starts to do any work. Wouldn’t that mean the Steam Ball has potential energy inside?