Month in Review – December 2009: Purchases and Media.
Well, this is the last month of 2009, of the decade, so you’d expect me to close with a bang, right? Well, I didn’t. School is still busy, and my money situation deteriorated somewhat. I now earn half of what I earned before, and well, I didn’t earn much before either
I am accepting donations of money, figures, and other non-food goods, apply at the closest Geek-Donation Association Chambers near you! Heh.
- Black Cat, White Cat (Crna Macka, Beli Macor) – There’s something we call “Burek Movies” in Israel, which are usually half-assed and low quality. This movie by the esteemed Emir Kusturica (pronounced Kusturitza) is such a film, though the rawdyness, the basic life, the chaos in it make for quite an enjoyable film. In the beginning, one of the characters seemed like glorification of the petty mobster, but later that character turned out to be a jackass, which made me like the movie more, rather than another glorification of petty thugs by petty film-makers.
- Star Trek, the new movie – After the movie ended, I was surprised by how little actually happened. The whole movie could have easily filled 50 minutes. My brother made the right observation, this film was there so they could begin the movie franchise again while disregarding the old continuuity. This is a money making endeavour, this film was, the following ones may actually have some substance.
- Zack and Miri Make a Porno – The film had much promise, but wasn’t that good. The first 30 minutes the acting was way too wooden, and the only characters who had shown any life were the minor cast who only showed up for a minute or two. The main actors had stepped up afterwards, but still, it wasn’t that funny, it wasn’t that touching, and the expletives felt so fake when uttered… like the horrible Speed Grapher dub. Also, such wooden acting often is the hallmark of Kevin Smith movies, and some of the discussions felt like rehashes from Clerks or Clerks 2 (like some of the Quentin Tarantino dialogues).
- Porco Rosso – Nice film, though it sort of lacked a point, a closing statement, something to make it stick.
- Whisper of the Heart – Went to this and the film above with Chen, in a Miyazaki festival, this one was a good film, and it got covered in a post.
- 9 – Based on a short film by Shane Acker, this was also directed by Shane Acker. I’ve loved the world, there were some holes in the plot, but I loved the imagery, and this was a pleasure to watch. Very atmospheric, but you know, sometimes atmosphere replaces story as well, when the main point is being atmospheric rather than having atmosphere supplement a story. This movie straddles the line.
- Toradora! episodes 4-5 – This continues slowly, it’s ok, but it’s not very exciting. We’ve got Rie Kugimiya voicing Taiga, which is a blessing and a curse, we’ve got slowly unveiling history, but there’s very little pull.
- Gunslinger Girl, whole first season – This was nice, but in a way, it had no story. Each of the first 6 episodes was its own self-contained story, and then after we still did not get much of “A Story”, one big story. It was still nice, but I’m moved to write about different ways in which we can have no story in a series. I loved the OP, so I’m sharing it. I’m also moved to dedicate a post to the OP of the series, thoughts?
- Gurren Lagann, episodes 3-6 – Only watching this with Chen, so progress is slow. Still good, was nice to watch the episode with the village where they limit their population again. Can’t wait for the fateful episode with Kamina-sama again.
- Dogs #0, a prelude for the main series (Dogs: Bullets and Carnage) by Shirow Miwa. Now, this makes me want to get issue #1 exactly for the reason I just don’t think this manga book was any good… it has no story at all, so now I’m curious to see where the story does go!
- No other books, at all!
Well, the amount of movies was considerable, the amount of anime was acceptable, and the amount of books is seemingly unacceptable, but there are two things to remember: 1. I only list books I’ve finished, so if I’ve read half of a book, it doesn’t get listed here; 2. as I’ve outlined in the “Favourite Moments” post, I sometimes watch a part of an episode, or 3 episodes of a series, and read bits of a book, but if I don’t go through it all, I don’t list it.
For instance, I’ve also watched 3.5 episodes of Claymore, and read about 200 pages of The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King, and several hundred pages from the first seven books of The Adventures of Vlad Taltos by Steven Brust, but not all book, of any of these.
Well, as my money situation deteriorated somewhat, and cause I need to save money (I completely forgot that the Megurine Luka nendoroid figure I’ve pre-ordered is coming out this month, now I understand why people post their pre-orders monthly, to keep track! Well, with all the changes and delays, they’d go mad otherwise too! ), so less expenditures.
- Eric Evans, a friend of mine from MouseHunt (a Facebook application) got me The Iron Council by China Mieville, the third book of Bas-Lag, for Christmas. Thanks Eric, you’re the best
- Some more miniatures ordered and arrived. Going to stop buying these until I finish painting the over 100 miniatures I have unpainted O.O
- Legend of the Five Rings cards won on eBay, for nickels, arrived today, actually.
- Two books by Haruki Murakami which were on sale, in Hebrew, After Dark and Norwegian Wood. Yes, I buy books, always, forever. I actually don’t like all of his books and short stories. The Elephant Vanishes was actually mediocre, with only a couple of good stories, if you ask me.