Pictures at an Exhibition and Osamu Tezuka’s Gallery on Decay

Released in 1966, this Osamu Tezuka directed anime film makes use of Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s ten movement suite from 1874 to guide us as viewers through a series of dialogue-free shorts.

With the framing device of the audience being led through a museum art gallery, we are shepherded through a choice selection of professional occupation portraits as we then come to explore their perceived nature and impact. A reflecting pool on the march of modern society and what it champions as the heroes of today.

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Hangers: Summer 2014 Anime, Week Two

This Week: Barakamon, Free! – Eternal Summer, Mobile Suit Gundam-san, Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutaro!!, Space☆Dandy Season Two, and Tokyo ESP.

A straggler from my summer season list managed to find their way to the house party this past week (the barely cognizant M3: The Dark Metal notwithstanding), so let’s check in and see how (or if) everyone is enjoying themselves.

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Mothballs: Witness For The Prosecution Of Wizard Barristers

This Week: Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil

Between this and Cool Devices last week, I have watched two series that feature frogs sexually assaulting leading ladies in a fourteen day period. So there is that as a theme.

This one was via On Demand too, so I guess my satellite provider got to be in on monitoring it as well.

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Hangers: Summer 2014 Anime, Week One (Plus Housekeeping)

This Week: Barakamon, Free! – Eternal Summer, Mobile Suit Gundam-san, Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutaro!!, and Space☆Dandy Season Two

The most hectic time of the year! …That happens to show up every thirteen weeks or so.
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Ranking The Films Of Mamoru Oshii Is To Become The Basset Hound

Mamoru Oshii has been getting some renewed film festival attention recently in North America.

With what one could consider an over year long lead in to his pivotal Ghost in the Shell’s twentieth anniversary coming in 2015, many are taking extra opportunities to showcase his works. Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival, for instance, will be granting the director a Lifetime Achievement Award on July 17th 2014, to coincide with a special viewing of a new high definition mastering of the film. Going along with that, Brian Ruh’s book Stray Dog of Anime: The Films of Mamoru Oshii even entered its second edition this past April. For English language readers especially it is such a fantastic thing to have access to materials like that, a combination of introductory exploration for newer fans and analytical resource for veterans to return to time and again.

Mamoru Oshii, one must understand coming into a post like this, is one of my favorite filmmakers. I will watch anything he makes.

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