At Graveyard Shift Sisters, Ashlee Blackwell considers love in Ganja & Hess. ” It is up to the viewer to map a path that suits their understanding. What writer/director Bill Gunn (who plays Dr. Hess’ assistant) wanted was a disruption of mainstream fare. Gunn didn’t seem too interested in what Hollywood desired, and like many writers, wrote a screenplay that felt personal and needed to be written. It tackles so many themes, it’s almost difficult to begin. While most rely on it being vampiric and about addiction, it’s important to note the journey that Hess and Ganja embark on together. Their romantic entanglement may by one of the most fascinating aspects of the film that is commonly overlooked because it is challenging to simplify.”
Shattersnipe has some smart things to say about the problem with fanservice. “This isn’t just an argument about unrealistic portrayals of women (though that’s certainly a parallel concern), but of what happens when you draw beautiful girls for the sole purpose of sexually objectifying them – and worse, when doing so is deemed to be […]
SFSignal has Handshake Magazine’s cinematic history of the future. The timecode in the upper right hand corner.
Black Sun has the awesomeness of a complete album of Magma Taishi / Space Ambassador Magma! See the art and download it here. (via @AICNAnime)
Wildgrounds breaks down their most anticipated films of 2011.
The Master and Margarita anime? That’s right, Russian animation in Japanese style at Catsuka!
Yoshinobu Nishizaki has died at 75. He was the producer of Space Battleship Yamato, Urotsukidoji as well as co-creator of Odin: Starlight Mutiny. It’s especially sad timing with the release of the new Space Battleship Yamato live action film. Patrick Macias has some thoughts on Nishizaki from Mobile Suit Gundam creator, Yoshiyuki Tomino. Sing the […]
Comics Alliance’s Chris Sims provides a link to the anime version of Tomb of Dracula and his own running commentary on things like, Dracula’s light up fangs and stealing the Devil’s girlfriend.
Live action Space Battleship Yamato trailer!
Norio Shioyama worked with Capcom to create a samurai short promoting Dead Rising 2. Very pretty.
48 vs. 61 in Rintaro and Katsushiro Otomo’s excellent bicycle racing short where the racers look kinda like Rintaro and Otomo. Also, damn fine music and possible steampunkery.
Makiko Itoh has translated Satoshi Kon’s farewell.
Creator of Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paranoia Agent and Paprika, Satoshi Kon has died at 46. In memoriam, Midnight Eye’s substantial interview with Kon, here. Updated: Satoshi Kon wrote a farewell.
1:1 Gundam almost done in Shizuoka, Japan.
Technotise looks like Japanese anime, but it’s Serbian. And it’s getting a live action remake. Here’s hoping Tecnhotise survives and we all get to see the animated version.
In the interest of Science: gallery of anatomical drawings of yokai, Japanese folk monsters. Hopefully, no actual yokai were harmed in making these drawings.
Carl Macek has died: “Carl had his critics. But one thing is certain: the popularity of anime in the North America would not be where it is today without Macek’s groundbreaking work on Robotech and his efforts on behalf of Streamline Pictures.” More at Cartoon Brew.
“Kigeki/ Comedy”: 10 minutes of Studio 4C.
Ian’s girlfriend discovers he has a secret in his pants in this animated film by Guillaume Chartier. (thanks, Dr. O!)
They’ve been brought together before in James Kolchalka’s Monkey vs. Robot books, by Mecha Kong in King Kong Escapes and Mojo Jojo’s mech-suited machinations in The Powerpuff Girls. Primates and robots each imitate and mock humanity in their own way. When the postapocalyptic future finally overtakes us, will we be replaced by the robots we […]
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