Saturday, July 15, 2006

Blowing Off Some 'Steam'

I really don't have much to say, or rather anything specific to talk about. You get these like that don't you? When there are a thousand things on your mind, and a thousand things to do, but you just can’t bother?

I watched Steamboy earlier tonight. It was another masterful Japanese animated film. I love those. Give me any Miyazaki film and I'll savor every second of it. This one was full of action and dealt with a very current subject matter, war. Great fun to watch and the animations, combined with some stunning digital imaging, makes for a thrill ride.

I also watched Running Scared last night. I wouldn't normally pick that kind of movies but it was there to rent and I went on impulse for a change. The film wasn't bad, but it wasn’t that good either. The story was intriguing and, to some extent, original. And a good chunk of it was visually appealing, but it appears that the director was one of those who had to throw in a snappy, flashy shot here and there, whenever he got the chance, which, after a while, gets really annoying.

Enough movie talk. I've been working on updating the website and I'm hoping to upload all the changes sometime during the next week or so. Over at 'Collection of Moments' website, I'm introducing a new feature. Every week, leading to the launch of the book, I will be posting a 'moment' from the stories featured in the collection.

We start with the title story Moments.


Alfanan said...

I see that we share the same passion for Hayao Miyazaki’s work. I’m in love with everything he creates. Three years ago, I never heard of him. But after watching Spirited Away, the Castle in the Sky, and Princess Mononoke, I got hooked. I really appreciate his vision, and his talent in bringing these characters to life. My absolute favorite is Spirited Away…. I can just watch it over and over and over again. Tooners is not as big of a fan for Mangas and Animes as I am. ☺

Ali Al Saeed said...

Wow, another bahraini who admired Miyazaki! I never thought I would see the day!

His films are simply made of magic, light and innocence. Spirited Away was a true masterpiece, but Mononoke has a special place in my heart.

Its tough to pick one favorite;

Speaking of Mangas, I watched and loved Blood: The Last Vampire. It comes recommended.

Alfanan said...

Blood was also another fav of mine!

Interesting ... :)

I also highly recommend Ninja Scroll. It's bit gory, but I loved it. I also have seen parts of Akira, didn't like it as much as I thought I would.