When and how did I watch this?
August 23rd and 24th, 2015, on Amazon Prime. It was somewhat difficult to find not in Japanese otherwise.
Had I seen this film already?
What did I know about the movie before watching it?
Anime. The title was very familiar to me.
What do I know about it now?
This film set several standards for Anime. Among them, unfortunately, was a difficult to follow story line and endless, grunts, gasps, explosions, gunfire, beams of light, and so forth — rather than making a film, it appears the producers and animators were mostly bent on creating an overdose of visual/auditory moments, few of which connected.
What are some themes in the film?
Pride and loyalty come up. There’s a good amount of betrayal. Basic good versus evil stuff.
Did this affect me personally?
Some of the images are unforgettable. That’s about it.
Why is this ranked #245?
This Japanese animation film with a cult following set the benchmark for future endeavors. I’m not a fan of anime, personally, so it’s hard for me to see why the movie is ranked here beyond this rationale.
Did my wife watch/like it?
She saw it, but didn’t particularly enjoy it either.
Would I watch it again?
Would I recommend it to a friend?
If it’s their thing.
Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?
I don’t think so. I’ve seen a lot of animated features, and perhaps it’s my arrogant American perspective getting in the way, but there are a good thirty animated films I’d stick in front of this one. It’s a good film, but to be among greats is somewhat absurd.