Oh my god! What have I done? How dare I play me some Genesis "Mama," apologies I. Koval it won't happen again.
As a favor for being a great listener: I will ask you what song would you like me to have in the background of Bloody Thumbs? Any request, besides Phil Collins?! In return, I think you should write in the comments that this is your favorite podcast eva!! hahaha
Thanks for the add!
About Starblazers (or Space Battleship Yamato):
It's a little hard to judge. For a Japanese space SF it was really good.
Compared to Hollywood quality... so-so.
With the space battle scenes, you could tell the creators had been doing their homework with the new Battlestar Galactica. They're very well shot, but anyone who's familiar with Battlestar of Firefly or Babylon 5 will recognize the filming techniques.
Acting-wise the guy who played Okita (the old captain) was really good. The actor who played Kodai (the main character) played it well, but it felt more like Takuya Kimura (the actor) in space than Susumu Kodai in space. (He does a good job and you feel he's really there on a space ship in space, but he doesn't feel like Kodai) But this is something that can be seen in a majority of Japanese actors. (VERY few have the chameleon acting ability to "become" a character)
There were a few points that felt a little overplayed, but nothing that took me completely out of the movie. My personal favorite was the guy who played the head of security, Saitou, which is kind of ironic considering his character had probably one of the most overplayed scenes in the movie, but that felt more like a director decision than an acting decision.
Overall, I really enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would (It's a live action adaptation of a classic animation, yes my expectations were low) it's a lot of fun and well put together considering that they managed to essentially shrink a 26 episode series down to 2 hours. All the things that were cut or changed from the original source didn't feel too out of place or wrong except for one thing (that I can't mention because it's a major spoiler) and they did a good job of paying homage without diving into exhibitionism. As a movie, it doesn't stand up to Hollywood blockbusters, but it is a lot better than some of the big budget crap that's out there.
Yes I agree with you Paths of Glory is certainly a better film than Barry Lyndon as far as a commentary of the ludicrious nature of the military/humanity and justice within but I prefer the look of Barry Lyndon and the long drawn out downfall of a loveable , opportunistic rogue so that's why Barry Lyndon wins for me.
The cinematograhy and music in Barry Lyndon is the best I've seen of many a movie modern or old, some of the scenes just look like Georgian paintings.