punkwalrus (punkwalrus) wrote,

Some reviews

In less depressing news, I saw "Howl's Moving Castle" last night. I was told the latest film from Miyazaki was one of his best, and I can't wholly disagree with that statement. I give it a B+. Not an "A" because I felt the film had been edited, leaving a lot of background story out and leaving me going, "Um... how was I supposed to know that?" It also had a kind of a predictable Hollywood ending. But the thing that moved me the most was the animation was so... pure, especially the sound mixing, that there were some scenes with livid imagery that made me feel I had really been there.

I also read Alison Bechdel's, "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic." Very moving. She's the genius behind the comic, "Dykes to Watch Out For," which I have been reading off and on since the late 1980s. This graphic novel (hardbound) was very moving. It's about her father, his own hidden homosexuality, and how she handled his death. It's also about her childhood, her coming out as a lesbian, how she made so many literary parallels in her life to all kinds of events. Like a Kurt Vonnegut novel, it does go back and forth in time, but not so much that you lose track. It's really well done, and I recommend it to anyone with an open mind.
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