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.

Mamoru Oshii's AVALON

Mamoru Oshii's AVALON

Movie review by Dennis D. McDonald

Bullet points about AVALON:

  • VERY cool
  • incredible visual style
  • methodically plotted
  • beautifully acted
  • excellent integration of music and images
  • beautiful design and artwork
  • loved how the “ghost” danced along and out of the wall
  • use of color in first portion of film is nothing short of miraculous - watch Ash cooking dinner
  • intellectually stimulating
  • episodic action sequences ROCK
  • lots of guns
  • slow in parts
  • beautiful attention to detail
  • Japanese and Polish together work better than you think
  • note how Ash only smiles at her dog
  • dreamlike trolley sequences reminiscent of monorail sequences in FAHRENHEIT 451
  • semi-graphical user interfaces differentiated from WINDOWS and AQUA
  • the menus on this DVD (from Hong Kong?) are even harder to use than the recent DUNE!
  • terrific use of subwoofer and surround effects
  • ending somewhat of a let-down - more was expected
  • would love to see it in a theater - fat chance.

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