October 22nd, 2013
I just don't know why Channel 5 would bury a show that reliably funny (and filthy) at 2:30 in the morning.
August 21st, 2013
Nothing creepy about that. Not at all.
Not until the shaving foam, anyway…
August 16th, 2013
[...] Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbor Totoro were released together as a double feature. Target audience: ?
I can't imagine any way to sit through that pairing without ending up a sobbing wreck. One poster said that Totoro played second, possibly in an attempt to lift the audience's spirits after Fireflies had stomped them into the ground. Me, I doubt that even the appearance of a real-life catbus could make me feel good in the wake of the gut-punch Grave of the Fireflies delivers.
July 20th, 2013
Miyazaki has pulled out all the stops. The film is of immense length: 126 minutes of hand-drawn animation. It tackles huge, challenging subjects: the 1923 Great Kanto Eartquake, the Great Depression and the march to global war. In addition to securing for the nth time a score by Hisaishi Jo, Japan's greatest living composer, Miyazaki roped in Matsutoya Yumi (a.k.a. Yuming) to provide the theme song. He coaxed his colorist of 50 years to come out of retirement for this one last film.
And the subject of the first Miyazaki film about a real person: the life of Horikoshi Jiro, the designer of the Mitsubishi A6M, the Zero fighter.
Not subject matter I'd have expected from Miyazaki, but judging by this (Japanese language) trailer the resulting film is every bit as good-looking as anything we've seen from him lately. We'll see how the story turns out in due course, but for now it's looking promising.
April 8th, 2013
Doctor Puppet promises to be one of the very best fannish celebrations of the Doctor's 50th anniversary year.
I do hope the BBC's lawyers don't squash it like a bug.
June 23rd, 2012
May 13th, 2012
Junaid Chundrigar's animation Disassembled goes beyond the cast of a certain current blockbuster, featuring all sorts of non-Avengers. I loved the … um … cartoonish nature of Thor's encounter with Loki1 and the sight of Venom trying to enjoy an ice cream. Good work, strongly recommended.
- Though not as much as I did a certain distinctly cartoonish Loki/Hulk meetup in the film. If you've seen it, you know what I'm talking about. ↩
April 4th, 2012
As far as I'm concerned, CollegeHumor's Dr. Who RPG video wins the internet this week.
[Via The Medium is Not Enough]
March 18th, 2012
I don't by any means dislike the English language trailers. I adore the way Merida decides to compete for her own hand in the second trailer, and the customary Pixar attention to detail exemplified in the shots of her loosing that last arrow. However, the Japanese trailer emphasises different aspects of the story that make it feel more like a Hayao Miyazaki film. Which, lest there be any doubt, is a very good thing.
[Via James Nicoll]
March 15th, 2012
March 12th, 2012
The Scale of the Universe Interactive: think of it as a Flash version of Powers of Ten, crossed with a Total Perspective Vortex.
February 22nd, 2012
January 9th, 2012
The Joy of Books. I'll bet you don't get that sort of unruly after hours behaviour in Amazon's warehouses.
[Via The Awl]
January 4th, 2012
Lee Hardcastle's Pingu's THE THING. This is the epic extended cut, a whole two minutes long.
September 19th, 2011
"Pixels" by Patrick Jean is both beautifully put together, and guaranteed to make fans of arcade games of a certain age feel terribly nostalgic.
[Via Making Light (Particles)]
September 10th, 2011
- It may take a little while to load: don't judge it until you've given it time to load completely so you can see the animation running at full speed. ↩