Dennis D. McDonald (ddmcd@ddmcd.com) consults from Alexandria Virginia. His services include writing & research, proposal development, and project management. Follow him on Google+. He publishes on CTOvision.com and aNewDomain and volunteers with the Alexandria Film Festival. He is also on Linkedin. To subscribe to emailed updates about additions to this web site click here.

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.
Fritz Lang's THE BIG HEAT

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Shona Auerbach's DEAR FRANKIE

Shona Auerbach's DEAR FRANKIE