Bright Future – ????? (Akarui Mirai)


I read this post about electrontic recycling in Japan on Boing Boing and it reminded me of a Japanese film I watched a while ago called Bright Future (?????, Akarui Mirai).

It’s a quaint film about a guy and his best friend’s dad dealing with his best friend going to jail for murdering his boss. It’s a bit of and odd film involving Murder and Jellyfish.

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New Ghibli Film (Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea)

The masters of anime that makes no sense but remains fun, entertaining and incredibly cute are releasing a new film, Ponyo on the Cliff by the sea (??????? Gake no Ue No Ponyo) which seems to be about a gold fish who wan’t to be human who meets a five year old boy.

The cynic in me thinks that from the trailer this is going to go over the threashhold of cuteness that I can handle. The theme music in the trailer is sickeningly cute to say the least.

The jaded cartoon watcher in me thinks this is going to a japanese version of the little mermaid meets Finding Nemo in the same way that spirited away was Alice in wonderland on Acid.

But all in all I cant help looking forward to this, maybe it’s because I just like everything that Ghibli have come up with. I do however with they’d do more serious anime like the amazing but incredibly depressing Grave of the fireflies… Although thats not by Miyazaki, it has to be my favourite Ghibli film, even if I have to watch My Neighbor Totoro after it to cheer myself up.

Unknown

No this is not a confused post, Yesterday I watched Unknown, this was a complete impulse viewing as Annabel was working behind the bar at the cinema and I had some time to kill, I was pleasantly surprised.

Five guys wake up in an abandoned warehouse with no memory of who they are or why they are there, it’s obvious that some of them have been held hostage and some were the hostage takers, aside from that, they know nothing. As with most amnesia films this film goes through the characters discovering who they are. Continue reading “Unknown”

Sunshine

I just got back from the cinema having watched Sunshine the latest film by Danny Boyle the director of cult films Trainspotting and 28 Days later two of the best films featuring heroine addiction and zombies respectively.

I went in not expecting to be amazed but expecting to be entertained none the less, I was not disappointed. The premise of the film is that some time in the future The Sun is dying (No not that Sun, shame…). The cast are the crew of the second mission to try to reignite The Sun with a nuclear explosive the size of Manhattan Island, the first mission having been a mysterious failure 7 years previously. Continue reading “Sunshine”