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Who loves anime? It’s an incredibly artful and versatile form of animation that encompasses drama, fantasy, sci-fi, and even pornography. But one of anime’s best is the 1988 movie Grave of the Fireflies, which is based on the 1967 novel of the same name by Akiyuki Nosaka, and it seems that someone in Hollywood has an eye on a remake.

The London-based production company Dresden Pictures has optioned the film for a live action adaptation. The story, which Roger Ebert once called “one of the most powerful war films ever made,” follows two children struggling to survive in war-torn Japan during the Second World War. The film builds up to the firebombing of the city of Kobe by American forces, which is rendered in all its horrible detail. The filmmakers dedication to historical accuracy and their vision helped put Studio Ghibli on the map.

So the question is, why would some British guys want to remake it? Well this is where film pursuit might slap a bitch, but there’s speculation that the setting of the film may be switched to England during the blitz. Naturally.

So any Grave of the Fireflies films out there? Who wants to give the first slap?

Source: Comic Book Movie

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Back in April, gamers got angry at at blog Roger Ebert wrote, stating that video games can never be art. Yesterday, Ebert posted another blog now claiming that he shouldn’t have said that statement. While he STILL believes that video games is not art, he now says that it may be considered as art sometime in the future. He goes on to explain that he may have been wrong since he couldn’t come up with a definition of art (to base his argument on) that prevents games to be consider as the form. Ebert also went on to admit that he never gave games a real chance and since that he has no desire to play it, he felt that he wasn’t in the position to make such statement.

With Ebert writing this, many people decided to forgive the man as he admits that he shouldn’t have said such a thing. Personally, while I respect Ebert’s opinion, I didn’t give a damn because it didn’t change my opinion or my views of games being art. In the end, Ebert still does believe that games are not art and now he has many people forgiving him. Like I said before, the man knows how to work the internet.

Source: Ebert’s Blog, NeatoGeek

Can Video Games Be Considered Art?

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This past weekend, the internets went on a huge nerd debate that is still going & now the news is showing up in a lot of places as it is gaining attention. The debate started  with the famed movie critic, Roger Ebert, who has stated this before, is that video games will never be considered art & believes that when video game will be considered art, it will be long before any of us can experience it as art. The reason why Ebert decided to talk about this is because someone sent him a video clip of Kellee Santiago, video game designer & producer, speaking on how video game is art. In his blog, he goes to explain why he thinks Santiago is wrong, & he does it well and explain his reasons why & is worth the read. (More after the jump) (more…)

Skids and Mudflap are the two jive talking robots in Transformers Revenge of The Fallen that have fans calling out “racism”.  However one fan insists that these characters are not black. Rogerebert.com has robot defender, Matt Boswick commenting on Eberts harsh review. First he tells Ebert that he feels sorry that he can’t enjoy cool cars, gorgeous woman and fighting robots but then he goes on to say:
And just for your info, the two “black” characters in the new movie are not black, they learned how to talk through the World Wide Web, which is why different Transformers talk differently; that’s why one has a British accent. I don’t see all the Brits freaking out because one said “bollocks.”
I’ll admit this gave me one of those Ah Hah moments. Its does perfectly explain the robots hip hop, street speak. However, Boswick does not win the racist argument. He fails to justify the robots physical appearance. I’m sorry but the buck teeth, small heads and big ears is just plain inappropriate.
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