A week or so ago I finished the second season of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. And while I liked it overall the ending felt a little flat. There isn't much that I can point to and say "this was the problem" or "they left this out", but it seemed to be wrapped … Continue reading Solitary Spectres
The Long Good-bye of Monte Cristo
Directed by Mel Brooks.Not really, but I've watched several movies lately, and I haven't blogged about my movie-watching in quite some time (two months). Recently I watched the original production of The Producers, which was slow and stupid in places, like all Mel Brooks movies, but fall-down-laughing hilarious in others, like all Mel Brooks movies. … Continue reading The Long Good-bye of Monte Cristo
It all makes sense!
I don't know why I didn't see this before. It fits perfectly.
What’s Japanese for "vicomte"?
I was taking a quick glance at the DVD shelf at my local library and spotted a couple DVDs in the anime section which I had not seen there before. So I plucked one from the shelf and gave it the once-over. I almost put it back right away since the garish colours and psychedelic … Continue reading What’s Japanese for "vicomte"?
Are you asking for a challenge!
Palmtree Pundit (a blog I read every day) links to an interesting reading challenge. I'm not much of one for this sort of thing. I don't do NaNo, I'm not interested in posting answers to those silly quizzes that make the rounds, but this was something that I keep meaning to do anyway. Essentially, it … Continue reading Are you asking for a challenge!
Japanese TV and Film
I finished watching Samurai Banners the other day. It was rather disappointing. The movie was good up until the end at which point it left me feeling rather unsatisfied. It didn't feel like it should have been over at that point, like there should have been more to it despite the fact that Toshiro Mifune's … Continue reading Japanese TV and Film
Watched the second Ghost in the Shell movie, Innocence, today. It was okay, I suppose. It was a bit better than the first one, but the ending was still disappointing. The main character in this one was Batou, who is pretty cool, and the major supporting character was Togusa, also not bad. This movie, like … Continue reading Innocent Ghosts
Watched three DVDs this weekend. Watched The Recruit which wasn't very good. Colin Farrell and Al Pacino star in a formulaic and utterly predictable "thriller" which fails to, well, thrill. The bad guy should be obvious a few minutes into the movie, his sinister plan shouldn't remain shrouded in mystery and so when the "twist" … Continue reading Three DVDs
Both Volume 4 and Volume 5 arrived from on hold at the library at the same time, so I had a veritable Ghost in the Shell film fest this past weekend.Volume 4 was good, each of the four episodes standing well on its own. They developed characters and one episode's ending was actually rather poignant, … Continue reading Cliff-hangered!
Dig that crazy beat, yo.
Listening (even as I type) to a CD from the library (where else?). It's a kind of "Best of" compilation of songs from Cowboy Bebop. It's difficult to categorise the music of Yoko Kanno, the composer of the music for that series (she also did the music for Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, … Continue reading Dig that crazy beat, yo.