Saturday, November 15, 2003

Spirit Me Away

Today I'm gonna rave about this year's Oscar winner in Animation, which is Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away. The animated movie is so cool in terms of graphics, sounds, plot and the scenes. Studio Ghibli again produces another masterpiece in terms of japanese animation. Other notables in Studio Ghibli's roster include Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Nausicaa: Valley of the Winds, My Neighbor Totoro, Pocco Rosso, Kiki's Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke. This time and year, director H. Miyazaki outdoes himself in this classic tale of courage, honesty and all around goody goodyness. One thing about this Studio though is it's preferance of young children as the protagonists of each movie, which in turn lends a certain charm of sorts. It's also great in terms of nonviolence, which is little or none at all. Really great for the weekend of relaxation.

Hey, what else can I say? It's a great movie, period. Getting the Oscar Award is just a bonus and an extra incentive if you're gonna venture in the world of animation. Only left to wait is the animation of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, one of Japan's most famous movie ever released. Meanwhile, I get to watch the movies The Last Samurai and Kill Bill. Having seen the preview of The Last Samurai made me think it's actually a good movie, only the inclusion of Tom Cruise leaves kinda like a bad taste in my mouth. Oh well, we'll just see I guess. Kill Bill, on the other hand, is directed by Quentin Tarantino, so I'm pretty sure there will be good battle scenes, judging by his past movies. Separating the movie into two volumes though, makes wonder at the sense of it. Again, I'll just be open minded and just enjoy thw movie, hehe.

Painting session this afternoon, although painting with two newbies made me wanna scream and throw my hands in despair. Can you imagine a trooper armed with a 20-inch jungle knife and also a rail gun to boot as being the world's most dangerous man alive... if only he didn't have pink fatigues? Yes, my dear people, pink uniforms and Santa Claus outfits ( red boots, white jeans and green jacket all the while holding a very bloody axe). Oh well, time to buy more brake fluid. For those who are art impaired, brake fluid serves as a good paint remover from any figure/miniture. The only problem is the time ( leave it for one day ) and the awful smell. Other than that though, it's the next best thing compared to other costly art stuff.

State of Mind: Anime Overload
Song of the day: Don't Even Start by Dan Mackenzie
Site of the Week:
Best brake fluid as paint remover: Prestone


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