I had two day off which left me in pure agony. I got tendinitis in my right should which left me unable to draw. So all I did was watch movies and lay around...oh, and I got to go shopping this evening since my shoulder is feeling better.
I did end up watching some Studio Ghibli movies that I had never seen before which was great. It had been a long time since I had seen a “new” one or at least one that was new to me. I think it has been over a year since I watched one I have never seen before (which reminds me, I need to watch “Princess Mononoke”).
The first one I watched was “Porco Rosso.” I honestly loved it. It was much better than I expected it to be. Watching the trailer, I thought it was kind of a weird concept but it all worked together nicely. I like it as much as I like “My Neighbour Totoro” and much more than “Spirited Away” (but I am not a huge fan of “Spirited Away”). It’s not an action packed movie but it is cute, funny, and it has heart. All the characters, including the pirates, were likable and charming. But I would expect nothing less from Hayao Miyazaki.
The second one I watched was “Tales from Earthsea.” I had wanted to see it for a long time and I had heard that a lot of people didn’t like it. To start off, the plot is as confusing as hell and I still don’t really get it but the art...the art was amazing. It was visually a stunning movie. I think the big problem that everyone had with this movie is they were expecting it to be like a Hayao Miyazaki movie simply because his son directed it. I think Gorō Miyazaki did a great job his first time out (even though he bit off more than he could chew) and people need to recognize it and not compare him to his father. Also if you see “From up on Poppy Hill,” you can see he is an amazing director (actually go watch “From up on Poppy Hill” if you haven’t seen it yet...fantastic movie!).
So that was my two days off, back to work tomorrow...stupid Subway!