This Week: Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai (Miyamoto Musashi: Souken ni Haseru Yume)
Much of history can be debated and interpreted in different lenses, though I do hope it is fair to think Miyamoto Musashi would at least be happy at the prospect there are people still trying to learn what he had to teach.
Continue reading Mothballs: In His House at Reigandō, Musashi Waits Dreaming
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.
Continue reading Ranking The Films Of Mamoru Oshii Is To Become The Basset Hound
I meant to write this two months ago, as a matter of fact. But, perhaps fittingly given the movie, time slips away.
Released on February 11th, 1984, Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer turned thirty years old in the dwindling hours before the most recent Valentine’s Day.
Continue reading “I Always Wanted To Land A Harrier On My Lawn,” And Why Beautiful Dreamer Is Still Relevant
This Week: Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters (Tachiguishi-Retsuden)
Mamoru Oshii making a feature film length Angela Anaconda movie. Or close enough, at least.
Continue reading Mothballs: Tachigui: Tokyo Grift
This Week: Open Your Mind (Mezame No Hakobune)
A production by Mamoru Oshii, of Mamoru Oshii, and perhaps to Mamoru Oshii.
Continue reading Mothballs: Open Your Mind, Walk Your Dog
This Week: Maria Watches Over Us [Season 1] and Angel’s Egg
After watching as many horror anime as I have been over the last month, I figured some genre switches were in order for these posts.
I also honestly did not even mentally register that the two anime I settled on both had religious overtones and were each by Studio DEEN until I started writing this entry.
Continue reading Mothballs: Faith Based DEEN
This Week: Mobile Police Patlabor: Early Days, Mobile Police Patlabor: The Movie, Mobile Police Patlabor: WXIII, and Mobile Police Patlabor 2: The Movie.
It was Labor Day weekend in the USA, so… I had a Patlabor marathon.
…Don’t forget to tip your waiters, folks!
I went with the movie timeline, since it’s more narrative driven than the TV timeline.
Continue reading Mothballs #16: Labor Days