Miss Hokusai (2015)

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Miss Hokusai is a fascinating look at the art scene during the later period of the Tokogawa Shogunate, and O-Ei, the eponymous Miss Hokusai, is an intriguing character. Her father, Hokusai, is a rather less interesting character.

Alas, the film Miss Hokusai isn’t particularly engaging or interesting beyond those aspects. Miss Hokusai is essentially a sequence of vignettes about the artistic life (or what passed for it) in Edo[1] around 1814.
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Space Battleship Yamato (2010)

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As anime to live action adaptations go Space Battleship Yamato is reasonably watchable but not much more than that.

The biggest issue is reliance on franchise familiarity to know and understand the character relationships since there just isn’t time to properly establish them within the story. This isn’t a problem with the live-action aspect per se, it is more a generic example of a compressed adaptation. Continue reading

Dirty Pair (1987): And so, Nobody’s Doing It Anymore

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Nozomi Cover Art - Dirty Pair OAV Series

Nozomi Cover Art – Dirty Pair OAV Series

Continuing with the run of weak Dirty Pair OAV episodes we come to episode 5 And so, Nobody’s Doing It Anymore.

There’s some great world building in this episode. Pity about the rest of it.

Once again And so, Nobody’s Doing It Anymore revisits a theme of an earlier episode, in this case the gambling theme of Go Ahead, Fall in Love! Love is Russian Roulette. However where Russian Roulette was a fun caper, And so, Nobody’s Doing It Anymore is a rather more tedious affair of the Lovely Angels sent to retrieve the number one trouble consultant who has fallen into the bad habit of gambling. Continue reading

Hidden Figures (2016)

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Based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures, directed by Theodore Melfi, and starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae, is quite simply an astonishing film.

It is a film that made me laugh because it was funny, laugh because otherwise I’d want to cry, cry at one of the sweetest romances on screen, and applaud both during and at the end.

Based on real events, albeit with some significant adjustments, the stories of Katherine Goble Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan are utterly compelling viewing. Continue reading