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Movie Review: Road to Perdition

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Hey everyone, it’s Kernook here. When I was asked to review this movie, I found myself rather surprised. The “Road to Perdition” is a strange film all things considered. I’d hesitate to call it a masterpiece, and yet I’d also say that it’s above average in quality.

This is a sad fact once you realize this is one of the last great roles that Paul Newman ever had. I’m torn with how to deal with this film, because if you just want a dark movie about crime, it’ll be good for that… trust me, there’s plenty of drama and violence to go around.

What it isn’t good for is trying to tell a thoughtful and compelling narrative. The film lacks restraint or remorse, hammering out tragic fates for all the characters with an intent that has no grace. It doesn’t care for grace, only hard and fast cruelty under the guise of loyalty.

If that’s something that interests you, then this neo-noir drama might be up your alley. That being said, it isn’t up my alley at all these days.

Like a vast many films of this nature, it likes to pretend to be intelligent. Even the name is absolutely pompous, like an art-house film without the art. Right off the bat, just by looking at the name religious symbology smacks us in the face.

In Christian theology perdition references a state of being in which there is no redemption. Think doom and gloom, eternal punishment and damnation here. “Road to Perdition” when correctly defined then, actually reads “Road to Eternal Damnation”.

I’ll let you decide which title correctly reflects the mood of the film.

With a name like that, I was expecting a little bit more class and a lot less convoluted nonsense. The film is a tragedy, but there-in rests the issue. I knew that going into the film. That means I had a baseline expectation, simply because of the title and the trailer.

With quotes in the movie like “None of us will see heaven”, and all of the Christian symbology, it pretends to be much more philosophical than it really is. There’s little in the way of mindful foreshadowing. The film would rather beat you over the head with its symbolism like a rock to the forehead… the movie might be aimed at adults, but there’s little in the way of emotional maturity here.

Of course, what good is heavy-handed religious symbolism without a firm disregard for it? Yes, that was a question asked in sarcasm…

These religious undertones are mixed with a healthily dose of brutality, extortion and murder. Several of the people in the film attempt to live a much more pious life. They simply fail so terribly that it’s entirely laughable in the first place.

the whole sordid situation is played under the context of a double life for Michael Sullivan, as if that somehow excuses him for his scummy ways.

Several characters are self-sacrificing in a way. The film seems to impart that for a great number of these men, the family unit is much more important than his own livelihood. On the surface, that might be true.

Yet these two themes clash in a way that offers very little virtue at all.

The film takes place during the Great Depression. Embroiled in a crime syndicate, the families are torn between hard crime and familial devotion. Three sets of fathers and sons struggle upon this precipice. 

Tom Hanks plays the enforcer Michael Sullivan, a member of the mob. Tyler Hoechlin plays his son Michael Jr., a mere 12-year-old boy. The curious child tries to discover what his father does for a living. One night, the wayward youth hides in his father’s car. Then, he watches a man be killed by mob boss John Rooney, played by Paul Newman.

This would be devastating enough for a good plot-line, but as I said, this movie knows nothing about being subtle. To avoid confusion, I’ll now be calling Michael Sullivan, the father, Sullivan… and the son Michael simply to avoid confusion…

John Rooney’s son Connor, played by Daniel Craig, is a member of the mob as well. Connor has been stealing from his father, and that’s the heart of this supposedly tragic drama. Sullivan holds John in high regard, treating him as his own father figure. This bond goes both ways. John treats Sullivan as a son… so needless to say, Sullivan takes issue with Connor in more ways than one.

A rather notable quote stands out to highlight this. Passed down from Sullivan to Michael: “Your mother knows I love Mr. Rooney. When we had nothing, he gave us a home.”

I won’t attempt to distill the rest of the plot into a few paragraphs. It would be rife with contradiction, none of it succulent or even engaging to ponder about. The movie just isn’t built for that kind of complex analysis.

The movie is directed by Sam Mendes, and it’s based upon a graphic novel by Max Allan Collins and Richard Piers Rayner… the damn thing is heavily revised by screenwriter David Self. Take that as you will.

When I watched “Road to Perdition,” as a teenager, I liked it a lot. These days, as an adult, I find it to be absolute crap… it tries to debate complicated moral ethos with the brute force of a jackhammer. Sadly, that’s the point that really sticks out to me. Nostalgia can’t even save this movie for me under direct scrutiny.

It would be disingenuous of me to say otherwise.

This film has been compared to “The Godfather,” but you can’t compare these two works. It really grinds my gears when people even try to do that. They’re entirely separate films. While both of them deal with the pomp and circumstance about the criminal underbelly, one does so without false pretense…

I’ll let you guess which one that is.

Let me be clear here, The Godfather makes no bones about who and what the characters are… mobsters… criminals… bad guys! There is no guise of heroism.

However in “Road to Perdition“, that narrative gets muddied… all the way down to the move and the trailer itself. No, I’m not joking. The movie does want us to buy into that kind of misguided tripe from the onset. It’s even in the advertising.

All of the characters, good and bad, are neck deep in the mobster lifestyle… and none of them even try to choose a better path. It doesn’t matter that Sullivan wants better for his own son Michele, he has no valuable concept of what “better” even is.

Sure enough, Sullivan paved a road to hell, but under no circumstance could anyone say it was done with the best of intentions.

While “The Godfather” offers critical questions about loyalty and the option to choose one’s own path upon a silver platter, “Road to Perdition‘ spits on the concept. It refuses to take its own pious themes, religious undertones and family bonds seriously.

The class and integrity provided to the Corleone family in one film, is abhorrently denied to the Sullivan and Rooney families of the other film. That is why you could never hope to compare these films at all.

One is a true film about mobsters and the confines of that lifestyle. The other is a film about glorified street thugs with more firepower and gumption than common sense.

The only saving grace Road to Perdition has as a film is that if you don’t think about it, then it is an okay film to watch. If you just want to see a simple crime movie play out tragically with no forbearance at all…. well, this is the film for you. It’ll give you a decent movie night sufficiently as an entertaining criminal romp.

There’s nothing wrong with a standard popcorn flick, but this is not the popcorn flick for me. If I’m going to watch criminals take the spotlight, I expect a much better baseline respect for themes involved.

This has been Kernook of The Demented Ferrets, where stupidity is at its finest and level grinds are par for the course. I’ll see you next time.

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Movie Review: The Shawshank Redemption

Kern’s Warning: This movie is rated R in America for mature content; such a violence, foul language, references to non-consensual sex, and a man that ends his own life. The Shawshank Redemption is not for children and therefore this review isn’t intended to be read by them either.

While the movie is critically acclaimed, there’s no question that some of the content will not be suitable for all viewers. The same goes for this review, it will not be suitable for anyone particularly sensitive to the topics mentioned above.

While I don’t dive deep into the topics, the fact that they are present in the movie can’t be entirely ignored. Please be aware of your own personal limitations and comfort level. If any of the above is triggering for you, please avoid this review. Thank you for your time…

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Hey everyone, it’s Kern here. Today I’ll be talking about a movie that might as well be a classic, cult or otherwise. The Shawshank Redemption has been a touchstone for years when it comes to film and media, and it deserves to be reviewed despite its age… If you skipped the warning above, please actually read it.

I don’t put warnings on reviews without a good reason to actually do so.

Before I begin, I want to say that the movie is timeless, but it’s also a tough movie to watch for some people. Themes are hard hitting and they demand a certain level of emotional maturity from the viewer.

As mentioned in the warning, there’s a decent bit of violence, both verbally and physically. The setting is a prison, after all. From this point on, you’re reading the review at your own discretion. Also from this point on, there are spoilers.

Just bear in mind, for as wonderful as the movie is, there are a few moments that could leave a somewhat foul taste in your mouth. With that out of the way, let’s dive into the movie properly.

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On the surface, The Shawshank Redemption might come off as your typical spurned-lover prison drama. I really wouldn’t blame you for believing that it is. Upon first glance, it seems to have all of the trappings of a stereotypical prison movie, complete with your cookie cutter inmates and corrupt legal system.

Swearing and verbal threats permeate the dialogue. Murder and corruption stands at the forefront vile intention. Content that both directly references or implies sexual violence and assault are not easy scenes to watch, even if they don’t show the act itself. Atop this, one man fails to escape his institutionalized ways after receiving his freedom from prison, hanging himself when he feels he has no other option.

This is a story where redemption is actually very few and far between for these characters. Yet, the above paragraph alone would have you believe the movie is sinister, and it is far from the sort.

Much like the cursive in the image below that bookend the core themes, there’s an elegance ensconced within the deeper narrative. For all of the mud and muck, there’s a shackled sort of humanity to be discovered here. It isn’t just because of the prison system.

Some of that gruesome mentality is self-imposed. The characters are a looking glass into these mindsets.

The Shawshank Redemption a drama wrapped in tragic outcomes, and a search for the silver lining. New beginnings are possible, for those willing to believe in them. Amidst the nastiness surrounding their lives, hope alone is a prevailing theme.

The movie does at least provide a happy ending that doesn’t feel forced. While there is an uplifting story here, there’s also a story of humanity, greed and emotional strife.

This isn’t a story where happiness is handed to these characters on a silver platter. An innocent man is convicted, and the system is as corrupt as they come. Redemption only comes for him when he reclaims by force.

Even then, there’s so little about crawling your way through a sewer and living under a fake identity that’s redeeming at all. To reach redemption, the main character has to do some pretty underhanded things to reach it.

The Shawshank Redemption is as much about prisons as it is the human condition. For as beautiful and thought provoking as the movie is, there’s some real grime caked on top of it. It’ll give you a taste of what goes on in the minds of these characters, but it won’t hold your hand or coddle you. You’ll have to deal with the facts as they hand them to you, for better and for much worse.

The movie came out in 1994 and some would say that it was a box-office flop at the time. That makes perfect sense to me, because this movie is best enjoyed like a fine wine that ages correctly.

It should be watched and savored slowly, pondered about with careful consideration. While it is certainly a classic, and it has many accolades afforded to it, the movie is something of an acquired taste. Will it be for you? That depends on how much you want to dip your toes into thoughtful commentary and emotional maturity.

As the credits roll and you’re left to stew in what you’ve just witnessed, that’s when you’re going to get the most out of it.

The Shawshank Redemption follows imprisoned banker Andy Dufresne (played by Tim Robbins), a man sentenced with two entire lifetimes in prison. He’ll spend almost 20 years hatching an escape plan from the Shawshank State Penitentiary. During this time, be beaten down, abused, and left to wonder if he’ll even survive the system long enough to escape.

He’ll also befriend a fellow inmate Ellis ‘Red’ Redding (played by Morgan Freeman). Ellis acts as the film’s narrator, who provides Andy with tools needed to escape the prison… he’s also the only character that receives a true and honestly earned redemption story. After countless attempts at parole, he finally receives his… but that comes at the price of 40 years he’ll never get to have back.

To me, he’s also the most compelling character in the movie. Although he’s the narrator, the movie never explains the details about why Ellis is imprisoned. For that, you’re going to need the original source material, which is actually based upon a book.

Even this movie suffers from the bog-standard “go-read-the-book” fate, but I digress. Yep, that’s right! The movie was adapted from the 1982 Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.

Actually, that’s a really good read, and I’d suggest that you pick it up. If you like the movie, the book is your next stop… back to the movie though. A few questions come to mind as I write this review.

Why does the film stand the test of time? Why is it more popular now, than when it was released back in 1994? Well, I’d say that’s because the movie is a slow-burn. At almost two and a half hours in length, it’s not a short romp. Plenty of movies grip onto superficial emotions during intense moments, and we viewers like to buy into that.

The Shawshank Redemption refuses to give us mindless pretense… rather, the movie takes its time, slows down and allows itself to breathe.

The narrator is as calm and he is insightful. As we tour the community housed behind bars, we viewers don’t have to suspend much in the way of disbelief. The movie is raw at times; cunningly diving deeper than most films dare to go.

The passage of time is a cruel mistress, and that theme holds true as well.

Even when friendship and hope are held so closely in hand, time does not heal all wounds here. In this move, time helps to make them. This film touches upon that. Character introspection stands at the forefront of every minor detail.

The film is gritty, but it’s also poetic. A mix of hard hitting cinematography and acting leave behind a good bone to chew on. The references to the harsh realities of prison life won’t pull back on the punches to the gut, either.

I would wholeheartedly suspect the film resonates so keenly among viewers these days, because it demands a level of forbearance so few films manage to pull off. The cold and often cruel reality of a man finding redemption is in a way, a hero’s journey… although, these characters are lacking in the redeeming qualities we’d like to see within them.

This juxtaposition is what makes the movie so powerful.

It all comes down to the name, I’d say. The Shawshank Redemption is exactly that. Films about “redemption”, particularly those regarding a convict, should be met with a skeptical lens. Subverting that is going to be a struggle.

Frank Darabont wrote and directed the film, and I’m sure he understood the massive undertaking it would be to even do so. The cinematography offered to us by Roger Deakins had to be done masterfully, and honestly I’ve got to say it’s effective. The music composed by Thomas Newman adds to the experience in a way that doesn’t overshadow the film itself.

These three well-rounded elements provide an immersive atmosphere you won’t soon forget. For all of the violence and volatile themes that try to tarnish the string of hope among the characters, there are some truly heartfelt moments mixed among them.

There is an underlying core ethos and beauty in this movie that can’t be understated. For as much as you might grimace in the face of a few select moments, you’ll also be left with gentle satisfaction of a journey brought to its reasonable conclusion.

It’s a bitter journey, with a happy ending that isn’t too sickly sweet. Rather, one might call it a new beginning rather than an ending at all, and really that’s what it should be.

If you can stomach the worst of it, you’ll get a gem of a story for your trouble. Although, much like the characters, we’re not all going to come out of the movie the same way went into it. If we allow it to mean something, it’s going to leave you with a full mind.

This movie has something to say. Good or bad is left to your interpretation. What you get out of the movie boils down to one thing; what you ultimately take from it.

Mark my words, anything less, and the film would have been too far up its own ass to be considered any good at all. The Shawshank Redemption is a near perfect synergy of creative minds and amazing source material melding together… no more, no less.

That doesn’t mean that I’m going to tell you to watch it, though…

If you haven’t seen it, I can’t exactly suggest it. It’s not because I don’t want to… but because I can’t in good conscience tell you to watch this movie. There’s a few scenes that make me very decidedly uncomfortable every time I watch it. When a movie does that to me, it makes it difficult to gauge how other viewers might internalize something.

Instead I’ll say this. The Shawshank Redemption is not a redeeming movie… but it is a movie that will ask you to think about what you’re seeing. If you like a good philosophical and moral bone to chew on, you’ll have one, if you decide to watch it.

If you don’t want to stomach the discomfort of what you’ll ultimately see… well, the movie just isn’t for you and that’s fine too.

This has been Kernook of The Demented Ferrets, where stupidity is at its finest and level grinds are par for the course. I’ll see you next time.

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Let’s Talk Anime: Apple Seed

Hey guys, it’s Kern here, and I just feel like doing a more laid back, casual post about an animated movie I love; Apple Seed.

Apple Seed is old these days, like 2004 kind of old. However, it is also one of those animated movies near and dear to my heart. I don’t think you can really bring up older CGI movie series without Apple Seed coming to mind. This show has everything you need in a good action movie.

bad-ass chicks, political subterfuge, a banger soundtrack, action packed combat scenes and utopia that seems askew from the start. Everything is neatly packed in a tight little package labeled under the context of “a good time”… at least, that’s what I would call it.

The series has a predictable ethos that is so easily summed up in a single sentence. I just can’t say it better than one of the political figureheads in the movie…

“What a creature is man, that he would choose to cadge himself so willingly? – Prime Minister Athena Areios

Say what you will about the similar feel of plot elements. You’d be right, and there’s no shame in that. The movie itself never feels like it’s so far up its own butt to know exactly what it is; a solid popcorn flick. It doesn’t feel like (or try to be) anything more than that. Still, I have to critique the movie fairly, guilty pleasure or not.

As futuristic as it feels, we’ve seen this basic plot a billion times before, but there-in rests just why I like it. It’s comfortable, and it’s just different enough to toss a couple of new spins on old tropes… at least for the time it came out.

Now, to be bluntly honest, there are times even the action stalls during a combat scene. There are moments that the movie doesn’t reach its full potential. Exposition gets lengthy, at times even cockily so (looking at you, elders of the utopia).

In spite of these glaring faults and predictable plot, I can’t help but feel as though the small moments of downtime time we get between the characters (Deunan and Hitomi particularly) more than makes up for it. Even after all these years, I still like it… I’ll let that speak for itself.

Factoring in the age of the series, and the fact it falls upon tried and true methods of story-telling devices, I think Apple Seed is a solid choice for any anime fan. You’re not going to find anything earth shattering or groundbreaking… that’s not what the movie caters to.

What you will find, is a science fiction classic with elements of mecha and a story that’s just deep enough to pass muster. If that’s your kind of entertainment, find yourself Apple Seed and hunker down for a good popcorn anime. If you do end up liking it, the series also has an earlier OVA, a second movie. I think there’s a manga too…

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Artwork: Uncharted

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Hello everyone! This is your friendly Demented ferret’s artist Ruka, and today I will be talking about one of the most acclaimed franchises in video game history and now a major motion picture. That’s right folks I’m talking about the one and only Uncharted.

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Uncharted is one of the most recognizable game franchises in the last 15 years. With groundbreaking graphics, breathtaking designs, it is one of the best consistent story arcs to offer a fantastic ending in any video game. Naughty Dog made a game that could be loved by all who play it, and in turn, cementing their reputation as a highly respected video game developer in the industry.

Kern’s Resident Evil Retrospective Review

Resident Evil Retrospective Review

Resident Evil features a fairly typical story. A rescue mission is taking place. With a string of murders running rampant across the fictional Raccoon City, it’s up to the police to find out what is really going on. In response to this, the Special Tactics and Rescue Service, or “S.T.A.R.S.” have been sent to look into the issue. Having been sent deep into the mountains, the first team has gone missing.

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As an Indiana Jones inspired story, the Uncharted series reminds me of the classic PlayStation games like Tomb Raider, Prince of Persia, and Resident Evil.

Like many games before it, the Uncharted series holds 3 main pillars of gameplay aloft; Combat, area traversal, and puzzle-solving. Set in a traditional action puzzle game the game allows us, the player, to complete a single track series of levels with linear gameplay and in a 3rd person perspective style.

The story follows a wise-cracking, treasure hunter, Nathan Drake voiced by Nolan North. He’s skilled in combat and a knack for history and finding himself in trouble.

With the help of friend and business partner, Victor “Sully” Sullivan voiced by Richard McGonagle, they journey in search of treasures lost to history. On the way, they encounter several other characters to help them along on their journey. Like Chloe Frazer voiced by Claudia Black, is an Indian-Australian treasure hunter and thief for hire with a business and former love interest of Drake and Elena Fisher voiced by Emily Rose, is a headstrong and intelligent journalist, foreign correspondent, and love interest to Drake.

Together they embark on a journey into the unknown and its dangers to try and prove if the stories of legends are more than just stories. The developer for Uncharted is one that surprised me.

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I will admit it took me a good minute to realize that the developing studio, that brought us Crash Bandicoot and Jax and Dexter, some of the most iconic childhood games, was behind this masterpiece of a game.

Established in 1984, Naughty Dog managed to create a franchise to join the technology changes that Playstation 3 brought in its wake. Both on the critical and commercial aspects, with well over 50 awards by different gaming publications and have sold well over 41 million copies worldwide and becoming the face of PlayStation.

It also opened the doors to show that they are capable of more than just cartoon-style gaming. From its graphics and storytelling, it helped elevate and ultimately evolve the game experience and how a game should be made. It is because of this that Uncharted is deemed as one of the most successful games of all time.

For years there has been fan-made trailers and videos circulating the internet, from who should play what character and what story should they try and continue the series, but it was actor Nathan Fillion’s 2018 Uncharted a fan film, 15 minutes long live action of the game, that made the loudest noise when it came to the possibility of bringing the game to the big screen.

Now after years of rumors and possibilities it became official, Sony Entertainment has chosen Ruban Fleischer to direct, alongside a star cast to interpret these unique characters. With Spider Man’s: “No Way Home” actor Tom Holland as Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg as Sully, it makes us wonder where in the timeline will this movie is taking place, and will it choose to follow the story, the game has provided us or will they give it their own Hollywood twist.

It is no surprise to anyone that such a well-rounded and acclaimed game made its transition towards the big screen. It joins the ranks with other fellow major games like Tomb Raider, Resident Evil among others trying to break into a totally different industry and let me tell you it can be hard at times. It might be because the games have set up the story so well, its transition to the big screen, tends to be a bit difficult.

I believe this has to do when developing the story and characters in a movie form, the time is what makes it difficult. If we were to compare them to let us say, The Witcher series, based on another video game, it makes a world of difference, since they have the time and are able to flush it out with more detail.

What does this suggest to the masses? If the Uncharted movie triumphs on the big screen, we could see a boom of console games-based movies in our future, in hopes to have a market similar to that of Marvel and DC.

Uncharted has a way of keeping you entertained, in a way not many games do, at least for me. This is my kind of game. Entertaining, funny, witty, and with a hint of history. For me, the fate of the movie varies a bit, here are my key questions;

  • Can Tom Holland step out of the shadow of Peter Parker?
  • The chemistry between Drake and Sully is an important part of the series, and in doing so, will Wahlberg deliver on this character? 
  • Will this movie stand on it self or will it hope for the actors to carry the story?

I guess we will have to see when the movie hits theaters on February 18, 2022. Until then, if you guys find yourselves interested or curious about anything I said, please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below.

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A Glimpse Of Anime HISTORY: Vampire Hunter D

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It’s long been said that the 80’s were the golden age of anime. With rose tinted glasses, and fond memories of simpler days, many anime fans were introduced to the medium thanks to the masterpieces of this decade. Every now and then, we should take a step back in time to appreciate these gems.

Vampire Hunter D, is one of these long buried diamonds. This is not a review of the movie that came out in 1985, this is just a glimpse and a few thoughts about it.

This movie deserves to be mentioned because in this day and age, older anime falls off the radar. It can be easy to forget about them. Vampire Hunter D was considered a fairly huge success upon release. It mixed the finer arts of sci-fi and high fantasy in an easily digestible way.

The 1985 film carries a narrative that you can easily enjoy, without requiring knowledge of the series. The movie will explain things as it goes along.

The anime movie swiftly became known as a cult classic following its release, and that’s one of the many reasons it remains beloved to this day. In spite of it’s age, the anime holds up very well, all things considered. As one of the anime films to hit the United States in the ’90s, american fans were given a world that was little dark, and somewhat gritty.

All of this was wrapped in stunning visuals that only occasionally dropped in quality. It was the era of hand drawn, so occasional dips were to be expected. These visuals coupled with musical genius, making for an atmosphere that still echoes into fandom to this day.

It stands alongside the giants of its time, Generally speaking, the movie was more or less a direct adaptation of the first Vampire Hunter D novel, which had been written two years prior. 

In this series, the vampire hunter is hired by a blonde-haired, blue-eyed farm girl named Doris Lang who wants to kill the vampire that attacked and bit her. The hunter in question is the child of a vampire and a human. This means he has extraordinary vampire powers but his human blood protects him from having many of the usual weaknesses you might .

It’s a simple premise but the story is compelling, and for many viewers it was our first real taste of body horror in anime, not counting shows with even more of it, like Akira that came out a little later.

Yes, that is a hand with a face in it. This is what I mean by body horror. There are other good examples throughout the entire series too. It’s enough to be unsettling, without being too awful.

The blend of many horror tropes is both amusing and freighting depending on what scares you. It could be both hilariously delightful, or well and truly haunting. It simply depends on what horror manages to scare you and what horror doesn’t.

All of this said, the movie, and later iterations of the series do a good job at keeping spirits held high. It’s not all doom and gloom despite the setting. From nearly steampunk robotic horses and Gothic architecture, the series carries diverse themes, though none feel out of place. Tacked onto this are the psychic abilities found in the in the universe, which is also a wonderfully addition.

On the topic of the horse for a moment, this is what I mean by it doesn’t feel out of place….

It very much could have felt that way. Many of the core themes, ideas and setting could have been campy, or clunk. They don’t feel that way, and is worth mentioning that directly. If these little things would have been poorly handled at all, the movie we would have ended up being total crap.

This was an animated film unlike any other for it’s time. It had the luxury of not having too many predecessors in its themes or ideas. At least, not in the animated format of a movie. This gave it an edge. Nowadays, it stands tall as a piece of anime history, and it’s worth the watch if you haven’t seen it already.

If you want a second opinion of the series, and one that directly contradicts mine a fair bit, might I suggest you check this post out written by CAMSEYEVIEW.

I do like to offer fairness when it applies. Although I don’t particularly agree with the review on a personal level, I do find it to be a fair and impartial one. It might be worth it to you to give it a read.

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Kern Reviews Classic Movies: Desk Set


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In December of 2020 Kernook made a quick and off-the-cuff video review of the movie. Watch it now.


I have to say, I absolutely love Desk Set, a 1957 film starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. To me this film is a festive classic and timeless classic. Although it isn’t really a “Christmas movie” in the general sense of the word. Desk Set takes place during the holiday time, and that’s enough to give you a tiny taste of the seasonal flair.

In my household we watch it every single year during the holidays, often more than once. Spencer Tracy plays the role of Richard Sumner. Katharine Hepburn plays the role of Bunny Watson.

Basically, the movie is about Richard Sumner loitering around in the research department of a large television network. He has been asked to keep his reason for being there a secret from the people working there. Meanwhile, the talented manager of the department Bunny Watson, intends to find out exactly what this man is up to.

The movie culminates into a battle of wits as the two of them try to figure each other out. At its heart, this movie is a mix of romance and dry humor. Desk Set has a slow pace, but plenty of wonderful character moments to offer.

As far as the characters are concerned, Bunny Watson is a pragmatist with a sharp tongue and incredibly bright mind. Richard Sumner is a bit pig-headed and stubborn at first, but he quickly warms up to Bunny as the movie goes on. They challenge each other first and foremost, romance acting as a slow burn to a greater narrative thread.

It may be live-action and not anime, but I do have it as part of my collection, and I strongly suggest that anyone who enjoys classic films should also do the same.

The movie has certainly aged well, considering that it was made in the 50’s. There are re-mastered DVD and blue-ray releases for those who care to have them, but a washed out VHS tape also serves me well. It may not look as pretty, but, it does have a sentimental value.

If you like classic movies with a slight nod to holidays themes, it will serve you well. So, in the spirit of the holidays go find yourself a copy, huddle under a warm blanket, and enjoy.

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