David Kirkpatrick

October 16, 2010

DVD recommendation: Ghost in the Shell 2 – Innocence

Filed under: Arts, et.al., Media — Tags: , , , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 9:28 am

If you are an anime fan this is worth checking out. If you are a Ghost in the Shell fan it’s a must-see. And if you think you will never like animation for adults, this isn’t a bad place to test the premise. The story is solid and certainly stands alone for those not familiar with the GitS world. Animated or live-action this is solid cyberpunk science fiction and the visuals are simply amazing. This film even manages to blend hand-drawn and computer generated animation fairly deftly.

Head to Amazon to find Ghost in the Shell 2 – Innocence in DVD and Blu-ray formats.

April 4, 2010

DVD recommendation — “Cowboy Bebop”

Filed under: Arts, Media — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:40 pm

I’ve loved Cowboy Bebop for years. Watched the series when Adult Swim began running it on Cartoon Network, and I eagerly caught the movie in the theater when it was released. If you’ve never seen the movie or the series, or just don’t like anime, you should take the time to check out Bebop. It’s a just awesome space opera with wild west American sensibilities filtered through a Japanese perspective and projected onto a late twenty-first century world of space travel and commerce within the solar system.

I caught Cowboy Bebop – The Movie again last night on DVD and remembered all over again just how great that entire world is. As a bonus, given the nanotech-centricity of this blog a lot of the time, biological nanotechnology plays a major part in the plot of the movie. Do check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

And don’t forget about the series — here’s a link to a box set of Cowboy Bebop Remix Complete Collection at Amazon for $35.49 (at the time of this post) that includes all 26 episodes on six discs, an absolute steal.

September 13, 2008

Daft Punk’s “Interstella 5555”

Filed under: Arts, et.al., Media — Tags: , , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 10:06 pm

This anime was released in 2003 and came out in DVD early last year. I’ve had a copy for a while and finally got around to watching it this week. Pretty cool. It’s anime with a plotline, but no lines for the characters. Daft Punk’s music is the soundtrack and the driver of the plot.

A little hard to explain, but pretty cool to watch. It’s described as an “animated house musical” and the full title is, “Interstella 5555, The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem.”

Here’s a link to the Wikipedia page, the IMDB pagethe page at Daftpunk’s site and a Google search for the film.

If you like Daft Punk, check this out, and if you enjoy anime you’d probably still like this quirky “story” of a rock band from across the universe kidnapped and hauled to Earth. You’ll just have to watch it to find out what happens in the end …

From the Wikipedia link:

Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (インターステラ5555 Intāsutera Fō Faibu?) is a feature-length Japanese animated musical film originally released on December 1, 2003.[1] The film is the visual realization of Discovery, an album by Daft Punk. Each track from the album has been animated as an episode in the story of the abduction and rescue of an interstellar pop band. The film was produced by the creators of the Discovery album, along with Toei Animation, under the supervision of Leiji Matsumoto.[2] The film has no dialogue and minimal sound effects.

Hit this link to find Daft Punk – Interstella 5555 at Amazon.

April 17, 2008

Live action “Ghost in the Shell”

Filed under: Arts, et.al., Media — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:57 pm

That phrase either really excites anime fans, or hits like a stomach punch depending on the “purist” quotient.

Not sure where I stand. I do think it could be very, very bad. The live action “Aeon Flux” did nothing but drag down a great bit of animation.

A link for, and excerpt from, the Variety.com article:

DreamWorks has acquired rights to the Japanese manga “Ghost in the Shell” with plans to adapt the futuristic police thriller as a 3-D live-action feature.

Story follows the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime.

Created by Masamune Shirow, “Ghost in the Shell” was first published in 1989. It went on to generate two additional manga editions, three anime film adaptations, an anime TV series and three videogames. The second anime film, “Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence,” was released in the U.S. by DreamWorks in 2004.


(Hat tip: KurzweilAI.net)

April 2, 2008


Filed under: Arts, Media — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:34 am

Watched a cool anime movie tonight — “Tekkon Kinkreet” — a 2006 release from Studio 4°C. If you enjoy that sort of thing do check it out.

From the Wikipedia link:

… adapted from Black and White, a three-volume seinen manga series by Taiyō Matsumoto, which was originally serialized between 1993 and 1994 in Shogakukan‘s Big Comic Spirits.[2][3] It was first released in Japan on December 23, 2006.[4] The story takes place in the fictional Takara Machi (宝町 Treasure City) and centers on a pair of orphaned street kids: the tough, canny Kuro (クロ Black) and the childish, snot-nosed Shiro (シロ White), together known as the Neko (猫 Cats), as they deal with Yakuza attempting to take over Takara Machi.

This link heads to the film’s official site at Sony Pictures, and this to Studio 4°C’s site in English.