You may have noticed that out of the line up this column has produced, I’ve done my best to shy away from some of the more obvious picks (well, unless they were really good) for dystopian anime. I haven’t done Appleseed, or Ghost in the Shell, or any of that lot. Despite the subject matter being fitting. Rather, I have chosen to weekly trawl the interwebs in search of somewhat more inaccessible fare.
Seriously? 4chan? What was I thinking? My eyes bled for a week after that.
But nevertheless, I think it’s turned out well. Its in that spirit that I bring you Shangri-La.
Because you knew after last week, there just had to be another dose of Ecopocalypse!
Excellent video from two of Lithuania’s finest house producers, Mario Basanov and Vidis. The melding of sounds with visuals in this video creates a wonderful synesthesia that just jumps right of the page. I’m used to light traveling in particles and waves simultaneously, but sound…that’s sorcery.
Ahh, the classics. I can’t believe I’ve neglected to include this in the Friday line up so far. Hayao Miyazaki‘s Nausicaa. It’s entirely probable that you’ve seen this already, but I can’t help but give due deference to one of the more formative films of my life.
Picture, if you will, a young boy growing up media-less in the wilderness of Northern New England in the early eighties. When one day his family discovers it’s possible to rent a VCR for the weekend; they’d only had two broadcast channels up until then.
Yes, I said VCR, stop snickering.
This was one of the first films they rented. I can’t suppose what stroke of fate led them to it, a Father’s love of Scifi and a passion to impart it to his children, or perhaps a desire to ride out the impending blizzard with the comfort of animation. Nevertheless. There was the young Etruscan (if such a thing could be said to exist), camped out during the worst storm of the year with a bowl of popcorn at the foot of the couch, marveling at this new piece of technology and watching what is frequently referred to as one of Miyazaki’s greatest works; the boy’s first exposure to anime. I can recall that the Father was so impressed that by the end of the weekend, before the VCR had to be returned, every neighborhood child (all three!) had been around to the house to watch it with us. Not to mention educated about ecological disaster.
I just couldn’t do it tonight, I am wore out from the long weekend of holiday parties and hosting. I sat down at my computer tonight to type out the saved draft that I started last week but I just had to close it. Why? you wonder, well, I knew I couldn’t write it well, not tonight anyways. So, it will just have to wait till I can come back to it and do it some justice.
So, in the meantime, I have back-ups…WOOT! Thank god, for the endless hours I spend doing internet research, youtube watching and saving stuff to my Google reader! (see, it is useful!)
If you know anything about me, know this one thing, I am a fangirl of Repo! The Genetic Opera. I adore everything about this movie. I never tire of watching it and I know in my heart of deeply, demented hearts it will one day be like the Rocky Horror Picture Show scene, only with a more modern twist; given our current generation. For my own personal confirmation of that little statement, this last Thanksgiving celebration about 5 of us started to sing the Zydrate Anatomy song a cappella style, while sitting around drinking wine and surfing youtube on the TV…it was awesome!
In addition to being a fan of the SIMS game, I found this little piece of heaven that just makes me all giddy inside!(singing …Zydrate comes in a little glass vial, a little glass vial? a little glass vial.)
No, not the age old Korean Urban Legend about asphyxiating from a fan stealing your oxygen when your sleeping in a small room. Silly Koreans, those are trolls. I guess that Drew Barrymore movie never made it over seas. (I digress) I’m talking about the disco diva duo. Yes, my new favorite brand of imported audio nostalgia. These girls are amazing. They are fun and sexy sans any of that overt over the top hipster coolness that is so played out these days. You know what I’m talking about. That I care so much that I have to act like I don’t care at all. Does that appeal to anyone outside of high school? Instead we are offered a delicious journey into what could be if… instead of angst, we get curiosity.
Their videos are just as polished as their sound. In Reunited, we get to watch Fan Death dance the safety dance with some of their musical influences.
I love how Pee-Wee Herman looks like what I would imagine Klaus Nomi looking like today.
Their latest video, Cannibal, is subtle yet creepy. Here we see the vulnerability of the indie artist in the modern-day cyber-landscape along with weird techno stalkers (note the VCR…classic) equipped with a compulsive Dargeresque attention to detail. There is no romancing this dude. Screw the sweat pants, did you see his slippers? (shivers) This guy is is the real scary. Who were the old guys locked up in the basement? Speaking of people locked up in the basement, have you seen this movie?
More than anything, I think that Fan Death teaches us that if ABBA where around today they would not need the help of two dorky white guys in order to have careers as pop stars.