Dennis D. McDonald (ddmcd@outlook.com) is an independent consultant located in Alexandria Virginia. His services and capabilities are described here. Application areas include project, program, and data management; market assessment, digital strategy, and program planning; change and content management; social media; and, technology adoption. Follow him on Google+. He also publishes on CTOvision.com and aNewDomain.

Hayao Miyazaki's LUPIN THE 3RD: THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO

Hayao Miyazaki's LUPIN THE 3RD: THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO

Movie review by Dennis D. McDonald

This is Miyazaki’s first feature film. It portends a lot of what’s to come in his career: dizzying action, vibrant color, clever stories, strong females, and humor.

It’s not perfect. Character animation is a bit crude, particularly facial expressions. But overall the swirl of images and action against frequently gorgeous backgrounds  (almost) make up for this.

Interestingly, as a “heist” movie headed by a flamboyant but cool anti-hero, this is better than many live action movies I’ve seen. The action is cartoony and wild but intricately designed and plotted. The underwater and inside-the clockwork scenes are exciting, even breathtaking. Throw in some antique flying machines (a very interesting “autogyro”) and you have a great piece of entertainment.

It’s not for really small kids if swearing and lots of cigarette smoking throw you off. Overall, though, I give this one 4.5 stars for sheer entertainment value.

Review copyright (c) 2012 by Dennis D. McDonald

David Twohy's CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK

David Twohy's CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK

Ridley Scott's PROMETHEUS

Ridley Scott's PROMETHEUS