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The House of Five Leaves –

Posted in art with tags on September 27, 2010 by marksun

I tried to post this on the manga site but I g0t “Sorry, the system error occurs.”   Even the errors provide entertainment.

So the House of Five Leaves site will have to carry on without my comments.

I have been enjoying this superb manga for some months now, puzzled over the spare art, the, elegant, ugly/beautiful characters. I discovered the  House of Five Leaves series of ten episodes on Hulu, then found this site by accident. While there are  differences between the animation and manga, they share the same craftsmanship.  In the video version, music and voices are great, even the background characters like world-weary  madame Ane-san, voice harshened by years of sipping at her pipe –  are memorable. What will develop next?

avatar – the movie

Posted in art on January 1, 2010 by marksun

I liked this movie.  The animation / simulation is superb, lifelike, seamless.  It does seem to be a composite of familiar themes…

Aliens2 – hibernation – neat zero gravity scenes – as characters (including SigWeaver / Ripley) wake up.  A business like spaceport complete with manned exoskeletons – beefier than the one Ripley runs in Aliens2, but same idea.

Planet Pandora is gorgeous but a military industrial outpost – we’re still in Aliens2 mode. The Firm is after “Unobtainium”, the Military is there to protect and kick some ass, and the Scientists are there as missionaries/botanists/biological engineers and neurogenius  Then the Avatar experiment is revealed – gorgeous 8 foot tall gollums floating in amniotic fluid awaiting activation – and the Matrix comes online.

Our guy is a paraplegic Marine, the hard as nails Marine Colonel is great, the female Hispanic helicopter pilot is Vasquez, reincarnated.

Pandora is the Ewok planet from Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Apocalypse Now.

Weaver is great but gradually shifted out of her initially judgmental and gruff character to a kinder and softer – who cares though – it was for the better.