I ended up showing episode 377 and it when over fairly well among people who already had a basic idea of what One Piece was but never gave it the time of day, though it didn't exactly inspire the people who had no concept of the series to begin with. I think it was a reasonable choice and people cheered at the end. Thanks for all of your help!
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RE: You Get ONE Episode
RE: You Get ONE Episode
I'm fairly sure I want to show the defeat Bellamy/knock-up stream two-parter at the end of Jaya, but at the same time, I really only have one episode I'm able to show. The video editing software on my computer sucks, so I can't even show Luffy and Ace flashback because the opening and intro are so spoilerific (I want the crewmates to be a surprise if anyone picks up the show). Also, I can't find nice quality downloads of Jaya and I don't own the DVDs, so I'm kind of stuck still. Thanks for all the ideas everyone; I still have three days to brainstorm.
For the curious, the context is a summer screening at one of the largest anime clubs in the West Coast. Each officer gets a night over the summer when we're less worried about our content to show whatever they want, and this week is my turn. I'm also showing Kemonozume, Fist of the North Star, and Kino no Tabe.
You Get ONE Episode
I am presented with the unique opportunity of sharing anime with a large crowd of interested people. I would like to share One Piece with them, but I only get an episode to do it and it will likely define most of their opinions of the show. If you had only one episode to hook people in to OP, which would you choose and why?
DAiCon 2012 - Californians get ready!
I know I haven't been around here in a while, but I'm throwing an anime convention!
DAiCon Anime Convention
10am - 10pm on Saturday, April 28th
UC Davis Memorial Union, Howard Way
Davis, CA 95616
–-Admission is only $12---
Davis Anime Club, one of the west coast's largest anime clubs, is hosting its very own anime convention this year!
A handy map to the location: http://tinyurl.com/whereisdaicon
DAiCon Website: www.davisanimecon.org
What is DAiCon? What makes it unique? We're a first year con unlike any other.
A short list of why you should come to DAiCon:
-Unlimited bowling, pool, and arcade games from 12-5!
-Maid and butler cafe
-Competitive gaming tournaments, hosted by the Davis Fighting Game Club with live-stream from Capitol Fight District!
-Non-stop karaoke room
-Cosplay and fashion contests with great prizes!
-Ideal locations for photo shoots
-Theater-styled anime marathons
-Card game tournaments and drafts
-Performance by the Japanese cover band Kurenai
-Demonstration from Kendo Club of UC Davis
-Breakout performance from Nicole Lu!
Titanic was a fun enough watch but certainly not anything that should be remembered outside the context of the decade it was made in. It made a ton of movie because it was so meat and potatoes, so inoffensive, that it's hard to dislike by anyone short of those angsty teenagers that hate anything popular.
Kind of like Avatar tried to be but it upset me a lot while watching it. Titanic was a superior film but I really don't think that James Cameron is anyone other than a guy who aced film school and should have done something even more behind the scenes.
10. The Legend of 1900/La Leggenda del Pianista sull'Oceano (1998)
A heartwarming parable by Italian director Tornatore of Cinema Paradiso fame, The Legend of 1900 is the story of a wonderful painist who refuses to leave the boat that he was born on for the entirety of his life. Though it does not escape the realm of a traditional character biopic in many ways, 1900 employs a delightful soundtrack and encourages viewers to experience all the joys of the passage to America first hand over and over again, which also serves as a contrast to the central character's immense isolation.
9. There Will Be Blood (2007)
P.T. Anderson's career epic, There Will Be Blood, may at times feel like an excuse to watch Daniel Day-Lewis act as though he were crazy, and indeed, it certainly can be viewed as such and enjoyed at a very high level. However, There Will Be Blood is a stunning biopic of a movie as intense as the film's grip upon its viewers, one that takes no shortcuts and is more honest than most of its contemporaries would ever be willing to consider. Paul Dano's chemistry with the dynamic lead is the most enjoyable part of the film, building the uneasy relationship until the staggering climax.
8. Bob the Gambler/Bob le Flambeur (1956)
Jean-Pierre Melville's breakout film is the third biopic on this list, this time about a worn-out thief who also gambles compulsively, which is incidentally the reason why it took him so long to even condsier retiring. He expertly plans his "one last heist" before retirement, a cliched plot undoubtedly, but handled so expertly that it can be considered a character study of one of the most fascinating characters in cinema rather than a French caper that has been forgotten by the ages, like so many of its contemporaries. Bob walks in on his prodige in bed with his lover, and merely leaves and stares himself in the mirror. The finale begs a dozen existential questions to the viewer as Bob cleans out the casino his men are robbing through legitimate gambling, and his relationship with all of his men brings out a certain beauty in friendship not so common in cinema.
7. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2005)
Good campy fun with an extrodinary amount of literary value and some of the most endearing characters you'll ever meet make The Life Aquatic one of the most fun films I've ever seen, and seen it I have, as it is the single film I've seen more than any other. Bred from magical realism and a strong sense of adventure and family, Wes Anderson made an immensely personal film in The Life Aquatic and it's easy to feel the personal touch made to every aspect of the two hour running time. It's a sweet film that is not short of tears or laughs and is all in all very human.
#6. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1990)
Based on the play of the same name, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is an absurdist comedy with decidedly existential overtones that depicts what happens to two of the minor characters in Hamlet whenever they are off-stage in the Hamlet story. Thought-provoking and more often than not hilarious, the story explores the idea of meaninglessness more than once and is so self-aware that it has a play-wthin-a-play-within-a-play-within-a-movie-within the play that is Shakespeare's Hamlet. Tim Roth and Gary Oldman are excellent leads and the film cleverly integrates snippits of Shakespeare's lingo accordingly into the dialogue, presenting a satisfyingly unique film.
5. The Godfather Part II (1974)
The best sequel ever devised (though this is likely because of the inclusion in the film-making of Mario Puzo, the author of the original Godfather book and screenplay), The Godfather II has already received so much acclaim that little more needs to be said. Impeccable performances by Pachino and a very young DeNiro help to coat the solid script with excellence and Coppola was not yet insane from his production of Apocolypse Now!. A classic of the highest pedigree.
4. The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003)
Yes, this film is pure spectacle, and yet it manages to excite and captivate me for almost twelve hours upon every vieweing. The characters are by and large extremely likeable and the sheer number of plots unfolding on top of and inside of eachother keep the story interesting throughout. This is a fantasy in its purest form and certainly does not dumb down the material for its audience, instead providing a solid ensemble cast and directing so good that it's hard to believe Peter Jackson was responsible for it. I consider the three films as one, as the story line merely dips rather than coming to any real conclusion until the third.
3. The Godson/Le Samourai (1967)
The epitome of cool, starring classiness personified and directed by the best director to ever live, Jean-Pierre Melville. This is Le Samourai, this is minimalist filmmaking - no, filmmaking altogether - at its highest point. This is a perfect movie, an hour and a half without flaws. Haunted by its own soundtrack and outstaged only by microcosms within itself, Le Samourai features no dialogue for the first twenty minutes, giving the audience with nothing but the most amazing imagry ever to be filmed with Alain Delon's expert performance. Oh, and the ending's the best part.
2. The Darjeeling Limited (2008)
Wes Anderson is my favorite contemporary director, and I feel like every film he's made was leading up to this. All the concepts and themes he has kept through his filmography have developed into The Darjeeling Limited, where we watch as three brothers find themselves and the love that they once shared in the middle of India. It's a film that's insanely easy to like and genuinely funny throughout, playing like a novel. It's very clever and self-aware but never feels pretentious or holier-than-thou.
1. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
My favorite movie of all time. OF ALL TIME.
RE: Channel Awesome, AVGN, and other web review shows
Ah, Benzaie. You know, I love the guy, I think he's a great entertainer, but he has bizarre to downright terrible taste in movies. I mean, this is the guy who thinks M. Night Shyamalan is a better director than Chris Nolan.
You say that as though Christopher Nolan is a decent director :1
RE: GAINAX's Panty & Stocking With Explosive Diarrhea
You guys are really putting the episode onto a pedestal. It was pretty stupid, but Stocking's fawning was really adorable and fun to watch. It was funny too, though not in a stand-out way like the first episode. Certainly worth watching but not a defining episode of the series so far.