What I’ve Been Reading: August 13, 2017

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Hello friends, it’s time for another edition of What I’ve Been Reading. Surprisingly, there are no pieces about video games this time around! More


What I’ve Been Reading: January 22, 2017

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This week, What I’ve Been Reading is going international! Sort of. You’ll see what I mean after the jump. More

Things I’m Most Looking Forward To in 2017

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An annual tradition for this blog is to list stuff I’m looking forward to in the coming year. Because I’m about two weeks behind where I need to be, here’s the stuff I’m looking forward to in 2017. More

What I’ve Been Reading: December 4, 2016

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  • Bullets in the intro? Whose idea was that?

It was mine.

  • We’re fucked.

Anyway, let’s talk about anime and video games and shit.


What I’ve Been Reading: November 20, 2016

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A brief one this week, ribbed for your pleasure. (Disclaimer: Not actually ribbed.) More

The Ghibli Watch: Final Thoughts

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Here are the links to the two parts of my Ghibli watch: Part 1 & Part 2.

When I pledged to watch every mainline Studio Ghibli movie (plus Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Ocean Waves) back in February, I expected to be taken on a 22-film journey of magic and wonder. That didn’t happen. Some of the films were mundane. Others were just dull. Disappointment was frequent and often sustained.

But some of that magic and wonder did eventually appear, and it was in those moments that I understood why Studio Ghibli is such a beloved institution. Like any studio, they’ve had their ups and downs over the years, but the quality of their best output is undeniable. To gain some more perspective on how the studio functions and why it produces the kind of movies it does, I decided to watch the recent documentary about the studio, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness. More

The Ghibli Watch, Part 2

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A few months ago, I resolved to watch every single feature-length mainline Studio Ghibli film from start to finish. I posted Part 1 a couple of months ago, which covered Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind to Princess Mononoke. I finally finished this project yesterday, and here are my thoughts on My Neighbors the Yamadas to When Marnie Was There.

Two disclaimers: 1) This piece contains spoilers for all the films discussed! 2) Unless otherwise stated, when I write “Miyazaki” by itself, I’m referring to Hayao Miyazaki and not his son Gorō.

Alright, let’s dive in! More

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