Monthly Archives: May 2015

When Marnie Was There

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Hot damn will you look at the typography on that poster

If you’re clued into the anime-o-sphere you probably noticed that Studio Ghibli went through a bit of a rough patch last year. Their future is still up in the air, but the upshot is that they currently aren’t producing any films. There had been rumblings for a while of financial trouble- they were pretty much the last studio to retain a full salaried staff working exclusively in Japan, both of which are incredibly expensive- but the news still came as a shock to many. Studio founders Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki had both just retired. People were looking forward to Ghibli’s future, a future that seemed to include younger upstarts like Hiromasa Yonebeyashi, who directed Arrietty a few years earlier.

Then the plug was pulled, putting Yonebeyashi (who has since left the studio alongside the other Ghibli animation staff) in the unenviable position of having possibly directed Ghibli’s last movie. That would be a difficult reputation for any movie to shoulder, but it’s especially unfortunate for one that’s as quiet, unambitious and unexpected as When Marnie Was There is.

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Ní fhágfar faoin tíorán ná faoin tráill

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

GANDALF: Theoden king stands alone.
Eomer: Not alone. ROHIRRIM!

Watching #hometovote on Thursday night and Friday, that was how I felt.

On Friday, 22 May 2015, the Irish nation voted overwhelmingly to give equal protection to all persons choosing to marry without distinction as to their sex. It – we – voted to affirm the equality of GLBT citizens in the eyes of the constitution.

Today we watched the returns come in. Today we saw history made. Today, in the crowds in the courtyard of Dublin Castle, cheering when every constituency went green for YES (and booing for Roscommon-South Leitrim, shame on you, you let the side down a bit there), today we began a new history.

I have now heard a crowd break spontaneously into the national anthem.

This is not a thing I ever expected…

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Let’s Go To Glendalough

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About a week ago I decided to celebrate the end of my prolonged college career by taking off to the Wicklow mountains for two nights of walking and getting rained on. Like all of my experiences in the terrifying digital nightmare we live in, I will now funnel it into blog content by making you all look at my crappy Galaxy S3 photos while I make inane and random comments.

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Life Is Strange ep. 3: Chaos Theory

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I was cautiously optimistic about the first episode of Life is Strange and fully satisfied with the second. I thought I had a good handle both on what the game’s level of quality would be going forward and what direction the story would take. Apparently I was wrong on both counts, because Chaos Theory is far better than the two episodes that came before it and takes the story in dramatic, shocking and exciting new directions. I have no idea where the this thing is going to end up, and I’m excited as hell to find out.

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