The Review Heap: 2020 Directions (Checking In)

I’d planned something to mark the 1st year of The Review Heap but June hasn’t felt like time for much in the way of a celebration, so I’ve deferred my original idea for now. I still want to mark the moment, I guess, so I’ll do a bit of a ‘check-in’ perhaps, and update anyContinue reading “The Review Heap: 2020 Directions (Checking In)”

A Liquid Top Ten (2020, Film Edition)

Much like my previous, similar post to this one, I want this list to change whenever I come back to it 🙂 Also like my last post, there’s no special reason to do this really – but it serves two purposes for me; Self-Reflection and Fun. I do think that as bloggers and audiences weContinue reading “A Liquid Top Ten (2020, Film Edition)”

The Review Heap: 2020 Direction(s)

Okay, roughly 8 months into the blog now and as I mentioned in my ‘About’ section, the new year is time for me to assess and look ahead a bit 🙂 The plan for The Review Heap was just to review (nearly anything) at my own pace. So far so good on that front –Continue reading “The Review Heap: 2020 Direction(s)”

The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rouge)

The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rouge) 2016 It’s always exciting to see animation helmed by folks from beyond Japan and the US, since those are the two production locations I’ve been most exposed to. Having said that, Studio Ghibli is a co-producer but the look and feel of this feature film definitely reveals more ofContinue reading “The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rouge)”

Real Neat Blog Award

Firstly, thanks to Mia over at 9tailedkitsune.com for the nomination 🙂 I haven’t been involved in a blog-tag-chain-nom for many moons – not since I used to be a poet with my old blog, so it’s nice to get back into a community! So, as many of you will already know, here’s the structure –Continue reading “Real Neat Blog Award”

When can I say something is a classic?

So, when can I actually say something is a classic? The glib answer is whenever I want, of course 😀 But while working on a semi-functional menu for the Review Heap and checking over some of my tags – I saw one that caught my eye: classic. Of course, I instantly began to doubt myself,Continue reading “When can I say something is a classic?”

Metropolis (Metoroporisu)

Metropolis (Metoroporisu) 2001 Metropolis was fascinating and I know I’ll watch it again – mostly for the visuals and direction rather than the story perhaps (which is kinda conventional but not boring by any stretch). But setting that aside for a moment, another aspect that I found really interesting was the many links to oneContinue reading “Metropolis (Metoroporisu)”

Batman Ninja (Ninja Battoman)

I stumbled across Batman Ninja and had to click ‘watch’ because the premise sounded pretty fun – Batman, his enemies and allies are sucked back in time to Feudal Japan… and it’s exactly as crazy as it sounds. Batman Ninja (Ninja Battoman) 2018 Mecha castles, monkey armies, katana fights, explosions – the Joker farming –Continue reading “Batman Ninja (Ninja Battoman)”

Whisper of the Heart (Mimi o Sumaseba)

Compared to my last Ghibli-related post, this time I’ve chosen a film not directed by Miyazaki (though he did write the script) but instead by Yoshifumi Kondo. Whisper of the Heart is another Ghibli adaptation, this time of a manga written by Aoi Hiiragi. While Whisper of the Heart has less action than early GhibliContinue reading “Whisper of the Heart (Mimi o Sumaseba)”

Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi)

For the first post on this blog I wanted to actually jump back to a write up I did a fair few years ago – because if I’m going to review/highlight anime (amongst the other things I’ll ramble on about here) then I should start with the studio that really had an impact on meContinue reading “Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi)”