We can’t go anywhere in the evenings, so TV and DVDs have fast become a major family pastime. Recent stuff on the menu:
4 studio Ghibli films. I like this work, especially Totoro, Ponyo and Spirited Away. (I thought Castle in the Sky was a bit naff.) It’s partly the animation style I like, but also, the mythological background. If this stuff was European, it would be all cute fairies and probably make me want to gag, but because it is Japanese it has the aura of different-ness, stuff about the spirit world I do not know, and I am continually surprised by all the little things. It reminds me of the original Monkey in this way but is so much better.
The first two seasons of Treme. Good music and a good follow up to The Wire. Anyone been watching this? I particularly like the Indians, Davis Macalarey and how he gets shunted out of the band he forms, and the Dutch guy who ends up working on the prawn boat just so he can get off drugs and date the cute Vietnamese girl.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It’s awesome. My son has got me hooked on it. This stuff is so much better than the three modern films, it’s hard to credit. Lucas should have just animated the whole thing.