March 15th, 2006

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Appleseed

We watched Appleseed last night with bryree. I enjoyed it. The overall shape of it was kind of standard (mecha, bioroid, post-apocalyptic), but it was not overly clichéd -- in fact, now that I think about it, there were a couple things that I predicted as being totally obvious that weren't, in fact, true. And it's a classic, so it can't really be faulted for a little bit of "been there, done that" because of all the things that have copied it.

The animation was CGI, in a kind of cartoonish style for the characters. It worked pretty well. There were some characters that looked kind of artificial, and after a bit we realized that it was mostly likely intentional.

My only real complaint is that I wish they'd been able to integrate some of the big chunks of exposition more smoothly into the action. But I guess that's what happens when you condense four books into a single movie.

(Sidenote: the anime only came out in 2004, but the widely-acclaimed manga it's based on were first published in the mid-80s. I kept getting confused because I first heard of Appleseed ages and ages ago, but it's clearly a very recent movie, so WTF?)
Dream of Bingo

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Went to my Dad's house this evening to pick up a couple boxes that had been found with my name on them. They had books I'd lost track of (yay! I thought they were lost!) and some random old stuff probably from a dresser. I suspect a lot of it is literally trash, but there's some neat things, too, like a piece of paper with a song on it that a foreign exchange student my Dad hosted wrote out for me in Japanese.

Poked through the boxes of books getting garage-saled and found a handful I wanted. I never realized my Dad read so many trashy military thrillers.

Best of all: found the pile of old Analog magazines from the 70s! I'm looking forward to finding out what the future looked like 30 years ago...