Viewing the Autumn Colours in 2018

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I headed back to Japan in November to view the Autumn colours. I really enjoyed travelling with Inside Japan last year and enjoyed doing so again this year.

This trip included meetups with online friends in Japan, and some semi-self guided touring at the end. A summary of the trip is after the jump if you’re interested in catching up, and links will be added as the photos for each post are curated.  Continue reading

Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family

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Todays’ Menu for Emiya Family

Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family[1] is an oddly[2], well, fluffy entry to the Type Moon Verse that released one episode a month from January 2018 to January 2019.

I still haven’t forgiven the makers for stopping, especially since it was the show that got me started on the Fate/Stay Night franchise in the first place. So take that as a warning: this show is so endearing that it may be a gateway anime to Fate/Stay Night[3]. Continue reading

Review Lists Updated and Request a Review

Quick note that I’ve updated both the Anime Reviews list and the Movies Review list to catch up on reviews posted over the last year or so.

If you don’t see a title you’d like to hear my opinions on, you can always Request a Review. This is especially true if you suspect that some of my discs contain older stuff that isn’t streaming anywhere and that you’ve only heard about.

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Captain Marvel (2019)

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Oh wow that was huge fun. Captain Marvel (2019) is possibly my favourite of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films to date (noting that I’m way behind on the series).

Brie Larsen excels as Carol Danvers / Vers / Captain Marvel, and the comedy of her interactions with Samuel L. Jackson’s Fury really carries the film. The supporting cast is solid, and Carol Danvers arc from the amnesiac Vers to Captain Marvel is superbly realised.

Great effects, a cool soundtrack, and lots of little details that neatly tie the entire MCU together wrap up a package that is simply a lot of fun to watch. See it on the big screen if you can.

About the 2019 Australian federal election.

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The previous Australian federal election in 2016 was that rarest of beasts a double dissolution. As a result the next half-Senate election must take place by 18 May 2019[1] due to the expiry of the 3 year Senate terms, and is highly likely[2] to include a House election making it a “normal” election.

So. What does this mean for my Australian readers[3]?

Close of Rolls

The electoral rolls will be closing remarkably quickly, potentially in as little as 3 weeks.

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Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

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Theatrical Poster

So this is what a $170 million fan fiction looks like. And I mean that in the best possible way.

When an early trailer dropped back in late 2017 I spelled it out this way: James. Cameron. Is. A. Fan. Of. Battle. Angel.

Judging by the finished product I’d say that Director Robert Rodriguez is also a fan, and that most of the cast were at least OK with that. Rosa Salazar in particular delivers a superb performance as Alita[1], ably supported by Christoph Waltz as Doc Ido. Continue reading