Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Princess Mononoke

For the last couple of evenings my Netflix fix has been Princess Mononoke. I didn't know anything about the film except that it was Japanese animation. I anticipated that it would be something like Spirited Away. It was not. A boy tries to protect his village from a boar who has become a demon. He is injured and left with marks on his arm. He is told that he will die but that if he goes to the forest and finds the forest spirit he might be saved. There is some beautiful background painting but the animation was a little stilted (probably not the correct word), not nearly as smooth. Still, I enjoyed the film and the story. Although the princess who governs Irontown seemed like an evil woman and I don't think the boy should have come to her rescue. But then I don't know the Japanese mind. I didn't enjoy the film enough to buy a copy like I did Spirited Away. This Netflix thing is working pretty well. We'll see what happens between now and Tuesday. Monday is Martin Luther King Day; no mail. Two DVDs have been returned; now we'll see if new ones show up in the mailbox tomorrow or Saturday.


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