Viewing Gum Listening Post #17

  1. The Horrors – I See You
  2. The Fauns – Let’s Go
  3. The Coathangers – Adderall
  4. Timber Timbre – Curtains!?
  5. Wild Beasts – Wanderlust
  6. Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)
  7. Kevin Drew – You Gotta Feel It
  8. Dan Croll – Thinkin Aboutchu
  9. Francois & The Atlas Mountains – Summer of a Heart
  10. First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining
  11. Starcadian – Sunset Blood
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DORAEMON MEETS ‘AKIRA’ IN DISTURBING 2020 TOKYO OLYMPICS ANIMATION

The city of Tokyo won its bid to host the 2020 Olympics this past fall, leading many people, this site included, to draw the parallel between reality and the post-apocalyptic manga and anime feature film Akira, which took place in the run-up to the 2020 Olympic Games in Neo-Tokyo.

The organizers real-life Games in Tokyo have turned to another manga/anime, Doraemon, to help promote the Olympics. The famous robot cat is an ambassador for the 2020 Games. With that in mind, animator Aleix Pitarch has combined AkiraDoraemon and the Olympics in a tribute video. It’s…harrowing.

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GODDAMN 

Holy shit

While not quite the mess that his brother’s Seven Psychopaths turned out to be, John Michael McDonagh similarly stumbles with his sophomore directorial effort in Calvary. Though granted an interesting premise and an opportunity for all manner of intriguing themes and ideas, it feels like the story is merely there to hang on a gang of sketchily drawn half-baked characters from McDonagh’s collective mental scrapbook whom he didn’t really know what to do with. As a result, a good cast find themselves tripping over themselves with the shifting tones and few behave in any believable fashion. Perhaps that’s the point - with Brendan Gleeson’s priest the only good honest man and just about the only character you can find yourself caring about, surrounded by a sea of people who are lost, damaged, or at death’s door. But it makes for a film that is hard to get on with. Naturally, it is Gleeson who keeps the whole thing from running aground, an immensely watchable and warm presence and nothing less than a class act all the way. Nevertheless, I found it a hard film to open up to.
It is deliberately a more sombre affair than The Guard, though even if it is not going for gags, the dialogue is nevertheless lacking in spark. What jokes there are frequently fail to land - particularly troublesome when they are dealing with darkly comic subjects of racism, death, and such. It doesn’t help that its attacks feel blunt and tired as well. There are individual moments when you feel it almost has meaning in its grasp, and some isolated scenes (and the magnificent scenery) trick you into thinking the film will fulfill its potential, and yet it never shakes the sense that it is merely a series of disconnected events and disjointed characters in search of something deeper. Not a total loss, just a disappointment.

While not quite the mess that his brother’s Seven Psychopaths turned out to be, John Michael McDonagh similarly stumbles with his sophomore directorial effort in Calvary. Though granted an interesting premise and an opportunity for all manner of intriguing themes and ideas, it feels like the story is merely there to hang on a gang of sketchily drawn half-baked characters from McDonagh’s collective mental scrapbook whom he didn’t really know what to do with. As a result, a good cast find themselves tripping over themselves with the shifting tones and few behave in any believable fashion. Perhaps that’s the point - with Brendan Gleeson’s priest the only good honest man and just about the only character you can find yourself caring about, surrounded by a sea of people who are lost, damaged, or at death’s door. But it makes for a film that is hard to get on with. Naturally, it is Gleeson who keeps the whole thing from running aground, an immensely watchable and warm presence and nothing less than a class act all the way. Nevertheless, I found it a hard film to open up to.

It is deliberately a more sombre affair than The Guard, though even if it is not going for gags, the dialogue is nevertheless lacking in spark. What jokes there are frequently fail to land - particularly troublesome when they are dealing with darkly comic subjects of racism, death, and such. It doesn’t help that its attacks feel blunt and tired as well. There are individual moments when you feel it almost has meaning in its grasp, and some isolated scenes (and the magnificent scenery) trick you into thinking the film will fulfill its potential, and yet it never shakes the sense that it is merely a series of disconnected events and disjointed characters in search of something deeper. Not a total loss, just a disappointment.

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The Animal Crossing: New Leaf birthday party ⊟

Look at the birthday party My Paper Crane’s Heidi Kenney threw for her 11-year-old. The Tom Nook pinata. The bell-bag invites. The villager cookies, made from 3D-printed cookie cutters.

The presents on balloons at the table (with a Spoonflower-printed Animal Crossing tablecloth).

Every detail of this is perfect, except for the part where I’m not the birthday boy. Do you think Animal Crossing will still be in style in 10 years, when it’s time for my girls’ 11th?

BUY Animal Crossing: New Leaf ($29.84 right now!), upcoming games

It’s my birthday next week. Hint hint.