October Sky (1999)



October Sky[1] is, like Apollo 13, a movie I need to watch more often, and I am again embarrassed to admit that this is only the second time I’ve seen it.

October Sky is the story of Homer Hickam (Jake Gyllenhaal), Quentin Wilson (Chris Owen), Roy Lee Cook (William Lee Scott), and Sherman O’Dell (Chad Lindberg) building rockets in the shadow of Sputnik[2], often against the wishes of their community of Coalwood. Continue reading

Apollo 13 (1995)



I think that I’ve only seen Apollo 13 twice which is a bit of an oversight given my love for The Right Stuff, Wings of Honneamise, Rocket Girls, Planetes[1], etc. Last night with friends was the second time, and it only emphasised how much of an oversight that was[2].

Apollo 13 looks fabulous, is supported by superb sound design, and feels real throughout. If I didn’t already know the ending the tension generated by Ron Howard’s deft direction would be almost unbearable[3]. Continue reading

Lincoln (2012)


Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, is a deeply impressive film, one that I’m glad to have seen, but I’m not sure if I liked it.

Somehow I managed to hit this film cold with no knowledge beyond history of the subject matter, so the tight focus on passing the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery caught me by surprise. Continue reading

ARIA the AVVENIRE (2015)


The 10th anniversary ARIA the AVVENIRE OAVs are, unashamedly, nostalgia trips for the original ARIA series (The ANIMATION, The NATURAL, and The ORIGINATION), and work wonderfully as a result.

EDIT: I’ve just added a couple of screenshots from the third episode that are beyond pretty.
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Redline (2009)


Redline is a visually and aurally spectacular science fiction racing film directed by Takeshi Koike. The eponymous Redline is the ultimate no holds barred race in the universe, and that applies to basically everyone trying to kill the racers. Continue reading

Dirty Pair (1987): No Thanks! No Need For a Halloween Party!

Nozomi Cover Art - Dirty Pair OAV Series

Nozomi Cover Art – Dirty Pair OAV Series

In which the Lovely Angels accidentally disrupt 4 criminal plots whilst killing a terminator[1] with fireworks.

The 2nd Dirty Pair OAV episode No Thanks! No Need For a Halloween Party! is possibly one of the most iconic Dirty Pair episodes[2] ever made. Driven by Rule of Funny, Halloween Party is fast paced, and always good for a laugh no matter how many times I see it.

The episode opens with the criminals who are planning to use the Eleanor City wide Halloween parties to cover their criminal plans. The four groups are in costume as: Continue reading

A quick guide to criticism, abuse, and harassment

Whilst waiting for Ghostbusters (which is awesome, and you should see it), I dropped a few tweets on what constitutes criticism, what constitutes abuse, and what lifts (lowers?) abuse to harassment. I’m saving this for future reference since I expect to see “can’t handle criticism” again from harassers and want to have this handy.  Continue reading

Ghostbusters (2016)


Ghostbusters is a fun film. It’s good to the point of “want to see sequels”. The trailers really did not do this film any justice.

The core to the success of Ghostbusters was always going to be the interactions between the four leads, and all are solid. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones have a strong on-screen chemistry, and the comedy flows naturally as a result.

How Chris Hemsworth didn’t kill himself laughing during his scenes is an unsolved mystery. I suspect that there are many outtakes where he (or the rest of the cast) couldn’t. Kudos to all for managing it. Continue reading

Dirty Pair (1987): Prison Uprising! We Hate People With Grudges!


Nozomi Cover Art - Dirty Pair OAV Series

Nozomi Cover Art – Dirty Pair OAV Series

In which the Lovely Angels go surfing in a volcano.

No, really, I’m not making this up you know!

Welcome to a new series of posts reviewing the Dirty Pair Original Animation Videos (OAVs) which ran from December 1987 – to April 1988. This second series is off to a good start  with episode 1, Prison Uprising! We Hate People With Grudges! Continue reading

Dirty Pair TV Series (1985)


Kei and Yuri - Nozomi Cover Art - Episodes 10 - 13

Kei and Yuri – Nozomi Cover Art – Episodes 10 – 13

Dirty Pair is regarded as one of the classic anime or, failing that, one of the key gateway anime for many fans in the late 80s and early 90s.

Despite being a fan, I’d never actually seen all of it[1], and I was very happy when Nozomi announced the remastered DVD release.

So, how does it stack up as a series now? Overall surprisingly well, and with quite a high rewatch value. Continue reading


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