The animation fans will be delighted this weekend with the season finale of Castlevania and the excellent new season of Love, Death + Robots. And let’s not forget a really cool surprise with the French thriller Oxygen!
Check out our mini-reviews and have a great weekend!
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Castlevania – Season 4
For the finale of Castlevania, get ready for an epic and intense conclusion! It starts off strong with Trevor Belmont and Sypha in full action. Their relationship is as fun to follow as ever. The world has gone mad and both creatures of the night and fanatical humans are trying to bring Dracula back to life. The only ones who don’t seem to be interested in this are the terrible Carmilla and her sisters. We will often travel through Wallachia to witness the denouement of the various plots, some of which will come together in a grandiose finale rich in revelations and surprises. The fights are as dynamic and violent as ever. What a pleasure to see our trio of heroes fighting together against hordes of creatures and vampires.
In the epic final season of Castlevania, Wallachia collapses into chaos as factions clash: some attempting to take control, others attempting to bring Dracula back from the dead. Nobody is who they seem, and nobody can be trusted. These are the end times.
Love, Death + Robots – Volume 2
The first season of the animated anthology Love, Death + Robots, created by Tim Miller, was really excellent! We couldn’t wait to see this new season and we can tell you right away, you won’t be disappointed! The series continues to explore visual styles, from cartoon animation to stop motion to stunning photo-realistic look. The art direction is simply sublime and some of the images and shots will stay in your brain for a long time! The stories will be just as different in their subject matter with sometimes a contemplative approach, black humour or more profound themes such as immortality and overpopulation. Each director brought their own vision and rhythm, Tim Miller is back on the director chair too for one episode. Throughout this new season, we will often travel through the galaxy but also on Earth at different times. A little advice, avoid watching it with your children, because even if it is animation, the stories and the violence are for an adult audience. This new season is a real success and we can only encourage you to watch it this weekend!
LOVE, DEATH + ROBOTS is a blast of the future with its roots deep in the past. Show creator Tim Miller teamed up with director David Fincher after years of wanting to make adult animated features and short films at his animation house Blur Studio. When his directorial debut DEADPOOL hit big, they saw their opportunity and the anthology series found a natural home at Netflix. “We couldn’t have been happier at the response to the show,” recalls Miller, of the excitement around season one and the appetite for more. “It was exactly the kind of passionate reception from animation fans David and I hoped for, but for many long years had been told wouldn’t happen.” For season two Miller was joined by Jennifer Yuh Nelson as Supervising Director. The Oscar-nominated director has vast animation experience – having worked in the industry for years and helmed Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3. Together they sought talented and diverse animation directors from around the world, for a blend of styles and stories ranging from violent comedy to existential philosophy. “It’s a tonal and stylistic Jenga game,” says Jennifer Yuh Nelson, “Trying to figure out which director might best handle what story.”
For his new film, the French director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) offers us to be locked in a mysterious pod with Melanie Laurent (6 Underground). After a very intense and oppressive opening sequence, she will then do everything to try to get out of this pod and especially to understand why and how she ended up in there. If you are claustrophobic, hang on because the film takes place almost entirely inside the pod except for some flashback sequences. Fortunately, the direction is very inventive and multiplies the interesting shots and one does not get bored for a second. This is also due to the quality of the script and the interpretation of Mélanie Laurent and Mathieu Amalric (Le Bureau des Légendes) who lends his soothing voice to the AI, M.I.L.O! The film will be very rich in revelations and surprises, we can’t tell you more to prevent any spoilers that will ruin the fun. If you are looking for an entertaining and interesting movie, then take a deep breath and go for it!
Oxygen is a French survival thriller directed by Alexandre Aja. The film tells the story of a young woman (Mélanie Laurent, 6 Underground, Inglourious Basterds), who wakes up in a cryogenic pod. She doesn’t remember who she is or how she ended up there. As she’s running out of oxygen, she must rebuild her memory to find a way out of her nightmare.