dangermousie: (Kenshin: guilt by roninhonor)
Watched the two-part finale of Cowboy Bebop and Oh. My. God.

So amazingly good. Probably the best anime finale I’ve seen yet. My opinion on the show, after all this, is that I loved the characters (especially Spike), that I adored beyond the telling of it all the episodes that tied to the main arc, and found the rest fun but a bit too leisurely for my tastes. But the 6 or 7 eps that tied to the arc? Wow. And best ending ever.

Thoughts on CB finale. Spoilery, of course. And long )
dangermousie: (Kenshin: guilt by roninhonor)
Watched the two-part finale of Cowboy Bebop and Oh. My. God.

So amazingly good. Probably the best anime finale I’ve seen yet. My opinion on the show, after all this, is that I loved the characters (especially Spike), that I adored beyond the telling of it all the episodes that tied to the main arc, and found the rest fun but a bit too leisurely for my tastes. But the 6 or 7 eps that tied to the arc? Wow. And best ending ever.

Thoughts on CB finale. Spoilery, of course. And long )
dangermousie: (Kenshin: guilt by roninhonor)
Watched the two-part finale of Cowboy Bebop and Oh. My. God.

So amazingly good. Probably the best anime finale I’ve seen yet. My opinion on the show, after all this, is that I loved the characters (especially Spike), that I adored beyond the telling of it all the episodes that tied to the main arc, and found the rest fun but a bit too leisurely for my tastes. But the 6 or 7 eps that tied to the arc? Wow. And best ending ever.

Thoughts on CB finale. Spoilery, of course. And long )
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In honor of my new background, I've decided to rewatch a movie I've seen and loved years ago: the film noir classic, Gilda, starring Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford. First off, yes it held up really well. I love it just as much as I did back then. And second, what a pleasure to have a movie that is intelligent. You forget the pleasure of complex characters, of zingy dialogue, of twisty plots. Great cinematography and score. Also, Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford just burn up the screen. Sigh....

The plot (for those who care): The Narrator, Johnny (Glenn Ford) is a former soldier in Buenos Aires. He gets a job working for the mysterious and cold Ballin Mundsen, to whom he gives unremitting loyalty. That is until Ballin shows back from a trip with a brand-new wife, Gilda (Rita Hayworth) and entrusts the task of minding her to Johnny. Of course, he doesn't know that Johnny and Gilda are former lovers (he walked out on her for reasons unspecified). Johnny and Gilda are caught in a really complicated mix of hate and desire and betrayal. And it gets even messier from there.

This movie has all the noir tropes: a shadowy, wise-cracking narrator in thrall to a woman, a mysterious, "no-good" dame, shady secondary characters, more twists than a pretzel and moody lighting. But it's a heck of a lot more that that. It's the love story, twisted, dysfunctional, equally full of hate and passion, that keeps bringing me back. Both Gilda and Johnny are damaged almost beyond repair, in part because of what they do to each other. They are cruel, and cynical, and torment themselves as much as they do each other. In fact, they try to inflict a universe on hurt on the other just to 'get even' for the pain the other inflicts, and to prove to themselves they don't care, though even a blind person can see they do. They can't help but love each other no matter what. Throw in Johnny's loyalty to Ballin Mundsen (some observers see a bisexual thing there. I have no opinion one way or another, but I can see how one can read it that way), and all the past between them, and we get a glorious, severely painful mess of a relationship of two brittle and broken people. Just my kind of movie...

The highlights are Gilda's famous "striptease," Gilda slapping Johnny so hard I am surprised her hand doesn't break, Johnny sitting defeated near the end, Johnny and Gilda at the masked ball etc etc etc...
And contrary to a lot of people, I love the ending. It seems to fit to me. Maybe I am not cynical enough.

Some picspam: Gorgeous pictures here )
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In honor of my new background, I've decided to rewatch a movie I've seen and loved years ago: the film noir classic, Gilda, starring Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford. First off, yes it held up really well. I love it just as much as I did back then. And second, what a pleasure to have a movie that is intelligent. You forget the pleasure of complex characters, of zingy dialogue, of twisty plots. Great cinematography and score. Also, Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford just burn up the screen. Sigh....

The plot (for those who care): The Narrator, Johnny (Glenn Ford) is a former soldier in Buenos Aires. He gets a job working for the mysterious and cold Ballin Mundsen, to whom he gives unremitting loyalty. That is until Ballin shows back from a trip with a brand-new wife, Gilda (Rita Hayworth) and entrusts the task of minding her to Johnny. Of course, he doesn't know that Johnny and Gilda are former lovers (he walked out on her for reasons unspecified). Johnny and Gilda are caught in a really complicated mix of hate and desire and betrayal. And it gets even messier from there.

This movie has all the noir tropes: a shadowy, wise-cracking narrator in thrall to a woman, a mysterious, "no-good" dame, shady secondary characters, more twists than a pretzel and moody lighting. But it's a heck of a lot more that that. It's the love story, twisted, dysfunctional, equally full of hate and passion, that keeps bringing me back. Both Gilda and Johnny are damaged almost beyond repair, in part because of what they do to each other. They are cruel, and cynical, and torment themselves as much as they do each other. In fact, they try to inflict a universe on hurt on the other just to 'get even' for the pain the other inflicts, and to prove to themselves they don't care, though even a blind person can see they do. They can't help but love each other no matter what. Throw in Johnny's loyalty to Ballin Mundsen (some observers see a bisexual thing there. I have no opinion one way or another, but I can see how one can read it that way), and all the past between them, and we get a glorious, severely painful mess of a relationship of two brittle and broken people. Just my kind of movie...

The highlights are Gilda's famous "striptease," Gilda slapping Johnny so hard I am surprised her hand doesn't break, Johnny sitting defeated near the end, Johnny and Gilda at the masked ball etc etc etc...
And contrary to a lot of people, I love the ending. It seems to fit to me. Maybe I am not cynical enough.

Some picspam: Gorgeous pictures here )
dangermousie: (Default)
In honor of my new background, I've decided to rewatch a movie I've seen and loved years ago: the film noir classic, Gilda, starring Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford. First off, yes it held up really well. I love it just as much as I did back then. And second, what a pleasure to have a movie that is intelligent. You forget the pleasure of complex characters, of zingy dialogue, of twisty plots. Great cinematography and score. Also, Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford just burn up the screen. Sigh....

The plot (for those who care): The Narrator, Johnny (Glenn Ford) is a former soldier in Buenos Aires. He gets a job working for the mysterious and cold Ballin Mundsen, to whom he gives unremitting loyalty. That is until Ballin shows back from a trip with a brand-new wife, Gilda (Rita Hayworth) and entrusts the task of minding her to Johnny. Of course, he doesn't know that Johnny and Gilda are former lovers (he walked out on her for reasons unspecified). Johnny and Gilda are caught in a really complicated mix of hate and desire and betrayal. And it gets even messier from there.

This movie has all the noir tropes: a shadowy, wise-cracking narrator in thrall to a woman, a mysterious, "no-good" dame, shady secondary characters, more twists than a pretzel and moody lighting. But it's a heck of a lot more that that. It's the love story, twisted, dysfunctional, equally full of hate and passion, that keeps bringing me back. Both Gilda and Johnny are damaged almost beyond repair, in part because of what they do to each other. They are cruel, and cynical, and torment themselves as much as they do each other. In fact, they try to inflict a universe on hurt on the other just to 'get even' for the pain the other inflicts, and to prove to themselves they don't care, though even a blind person can see they do. They can't help but love each other no matter what. Throw in Johnny's loyalty to Ballin Mundsen (some observers see a bisexual thing there. I have no opinion one way or another, but I can see how one can read it that way), and all the past between them, and we get a glorious, severely painful mess of a relationship of two brittle and broken people. Just my kind of movie...

The highlights are Gilda's famous "striptease," Gilda slapping Johnny so hard I am surprised her hand doesn't break, Johnny sitting defeated near the end, Johnny and Gilda at the masked ball etc etc etc...
And contrary to a lot of people, I love the ending. It seems to fit to me. Maybe I am not cynical enough.

Some picspam: Gorgeous pictures here )

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