By alicebg, Apr 13 2017 7:04PM
In this episode: X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut (2014)
Deja-vu, all over again. Bryan Singer's original vision for Days of Future Past (q.v.) featured an extended cameo from the lovely Anna Paquin as Rogue (a key player in the first X-Men movies). Cut primarily for pacing reasons (the film was already long and over-plotted), it was reinstated for hard-core fans on a direct-to-DVD/Blu-Ray release. Guess this means I'm a hard-core fan, at least as far as Anna paquin is concerned, 'cause I went and bought it.
By alicebg, Apr 6 2017 6:56PM
Stduio Ghibli was one of the giant names in anime, and one of the few Japanese studios to consistently break through in the West. For their final feature-length project, they rather curiously chose the classic but still little-known children's book When Marnie Was There. The result is an impressive film, but one that still demonstrates the cultural and conceptual boundaries that separate anime norms from western conventions.
By alicebg, Mar 28 2017 6:59PM
During my birdwatching 'career' I must have seen dozens, maybe hundreds, of Meadow Pipits. Or, just as likely, I haven't seen any. That's one of the problems with what is possibly the UK's most frustrating bird.
By alicebg, Mar 23 2017 8:03PM
This is one of those 80s novels that everyone raved about at the time (and received the ultimate accolade of being made into a terrible film), but with 30 years of perspective it's really hard to see what all the fuss was about. Because, boiled down to its essentials, this is merely a collection of stories about obnoxious, overbearing Chinese mothers and their whiny, self-absorbed Chinese-American daughters. Not much joy, and precious little luck.
By alicebg, Mar 20 2017 8:01PM
The rural Australian town of Parkes made an unlikely contribution to the 1969 moon landing, courtesy of its adjacent radio-astronomy installation, which served as the Southern Hemisphere communications relay. That rather banal factoid is the basis for the charming and surprisingly powerful comedy-drama, The Dish.
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