Archive | June, 2013
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Sometimes You Need Some Really Good Music

30 Jun

Sometimes You Need Some Really Good Music

And in Club News…

25 Jun

At the recently held convention of The Be Kind to Beatnik Foxes Society (an annual event which takes place every summertime in Neptune City-Saturn Town), attending members unanimously voted 1980’s television sitcom dream girl Carol Seaver BEAUTY OF THE MILLENNIUM. After the vote, one member was overheard sighing dreamily, “What is it about a girl with a 4.0?”

Also at the convention, late American actor Douglas Fairbanks was awarded a posthumous Outstanding Achievement Award for his outstanding Zorro work, which Chairman Foxy Foxwell called, “the signal greatest portrayal of the true courageous nature which defines all Beatnik Foxes.”      

That’s So Cool!

23 Jun

It has been brought to my attention that I am now a Wikipedia source!

It turns out that someone cited my interview with Greg Hyland as an external link for their own article on Lethargic Lad.

That is so cool!!! 

The Neptune City-Saturn Town Review #4

22 Jun

For this installment of the “Neptune City-Saturn Town Review,” let us move away from the world of YouTube cosplay and Japanimation, and instead focus on the world of comedy cinema.

While a lot of popular “supposed comedies” sadly turn out to be more offensive than actually funny, the following list of recommended films is offered in the hopes of introducing readers to a selection of high quality movies which possess that rare heart and soul all really great humor has in abundance.    

A Countess from Hong Kong (1967) Hilarious film directed by Charlie Chaplin

Macaroni (1985) Directed by Ettore Scola. Jack Lemmon is always a pleasure to watch  

Everyone Says I Love You (1996) Drew Barrymore is at her cutest in this highly enjoyable musical by Woody Allen

The Party (1968) A masterpiece from the minds of Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers

The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) Edwards and Sellers show off once more, yet the wonderful Herbert Lom joyously steals the entire film

True Stories (1986) David Byrne creates one of the most artistic films of all time, which is also very funny

Paper Heart (2009) Directed by Nicholas Jasenovec, this film offers a sweet fictional documentary on romance which nicely spotlights star Charlyne Yi’s performance art sensibility

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978) Wonderful parody/homage from the zany minds of John De Bello, Steve “Rock” Peace, and Constantine Dillon

Well, that’s all for now, and remember: “Freedom is Ink on the Page!”

The Neptune City-Saturn Town Review #3

22 Jun

In keeping with the fun Japanimation theme which has defined the first two installments of the “Neptune City-Saturn Town Review,” this time around I would like to recommend the wonderful and informative YouTube channel Canudoitcosplaygirl.

This is a very fun series of videos which offers tons of in-depth and candid coverage of the whole anime, manga, and cosplay scene (and I think it serves as a really nice compliment to Princess Peachie).

While I don’t personally know a lot about cosplay, I think Canudoitcosplaygirl is the best place to get exposed to this very theatrical, playful, humorous, and extremely expressive art form. I’ve learned a lot already from the selection of videos I had a chance to view (though not a cosplayer myself, I did come very close to submitting my Neptune City-Saturn Town cartoon to Tech High all the way back in the 1990’s, which was a very Japanimation/cosplay themed comic book that used to be put together by then prevalent cosplayer Heather Vaughn. I even still have the nice pencil sketch Ms. Vaughn sent me at the time, depicting her in cosplay dress. If the whole Tech High thing would have come to fruition, I wonder what Foxy and Chick would have looked like dressed up as Lord Kuruku and Sailor Mercury?).

Canudoitcosplaygirl herself is a delight to watch, with a great amount of that Gilda Radner energy. The channel is also “girl friendly,” which is always nice, and clearly celebrates “geek girl” culture in a positive manner.

I think my favorite post so far was the upbeat room tour which showed off Canudoitcosplaygirl’s cool anime/manga themed décor. Another standout was the segment on the neat Neon Genesis Evangelion merchandise from Japan.

Canudoitcosplaygirl can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Canudoitcosplaygirl?feature=watch

Well, that’s all for now, and remember: “Freedom is Ink on the Page!”

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Daydreaming of Gene Kelly

18 Jun

Daydreaming of Gene Kelly

The Neptune City-Saturn Town Review #2

15 Jun

With all of the Anime currently blanketing video store shelves, I’m sure it can be a little overwhelming for anyone trying to know where to start if they haven’t been reading Animerica Magazine for the last decade.

Since Anime films are no longer aired on the Sci-Fi channel every Saturday morning like was once done all the way back in the 90’s (those were the days), it has also become a potentially pricey hobby. As a helpful public service, the “Neptune City-Saturn Town Review” (which is painstakingly approved by the Board of Beatnik Foxes before publication) offers the following high quality suggestions.

 Unico in the Island of Magic. All-ages dramatic fairy tale from the imagination of Manga and Anime’s  founder Osamu Tezuka. Wonderful film.

Anything by Hayao Miyazaki. My Neighbor Totoro (I prefer the original Troma/Fox Family dub); Kiki’s Delivery Service; and Spirited Away are highlights.  

Galaxy Express 999 and Adieu Galaxy Express. Based on the stunning epic of Leiji Matsumoto. Very original science fiction/fairy tale.     

Dominion: Tank Police. Hilarious OVA science fiction comedy based on the manga of Masamune Shirow; with a very likable cast of characters. You can’t help pulling for Buaku and the Puma Sisters at least a little bit.

Iria: Zeiram the Animation. Another outstanding OVA series. Dramatic epic with a great film score.

Armitage III: Poly-Matrix. Gritty and complex science fiction in the tradition of Blade Runner.       

Whisper of the Heart. Penned, but not directed, by Miyazaki. Very moving film. “Country Road” never sounded so good.

Last but not least, Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer. Rumiko Takahashi’s wonderful comedy cast from the Lum comics are adapted expertly in this interesting science fiction/fairy tale (when will Viz ever finish its fantastic Lum manga translation. Sigh).

Well, that’s all for now, and remember: “Freedom is Ink on the Page!”