Weekend 541.0

(1) High Plains Drifter Is Clint Eastwood’s Mysterious, Overlooked Masterpiece (Esquire)

(2) The Aesop for Children:

The Travelers and the Sea
Two Travelers were walking along the seashore. Far out they saw something riding on the waves. “Look,” said one, “a great ship rides in from distant lands, bearing rich treasures!” The object they saw came ever nearer the shore. “No,” said the other, “that is not a treasure ship. That is some fisherman’s skiff, with the day’s catch of savory fish.” Still nearer came the object. The waves washed it up on the shore. “It is a chest of gold lost from some wreck,” they cried. Both travelers rushed to the beach, but there they found nothing but a water-soaked log.

Do not let your hopes carry you away from reality.

The Two Pots
Two Pots, one of brass and the other of clay, stood together on the hearthstone. One day the Brass Pot proposed to the Earthen Pot that they go out into the world together. But the Earthen Pot excused himself, saying that it would be wiser for him to stay in the corner by the fire.

“It would take so little to break me,” he said. “You know how fragile I am. The least shock is sure to shatter me!”

“Don’t let that keep you at home,” urged the Brass Pot. “I shall take very good care of you. If we should happen to meet anything hard I will step between and save you.”

So the Earthen Pot at last consented, and the two set out side by side, jolting along on three stubby legs first to this side, then to that, and bumping into each other at every step.

The Earthen Pot could not survive that sort of companionship very long. They had not gone ten paces before the Eathen Pot cracked, and at the next jolt he flew into a thousand pieces.

Equals make the best friends.

My Favorite Anime

This is not ranked. I’ve also given an explanation why it made the list. There’s always a kind of sadness when you finish great anime (like a good book or video game) especially when whatever you pick up next doesn’t quite meet the same expectations. This happened to me after completing KH1 and KH3 (Square Enix).

Robotech: The Macross Saga – The start of my interest in anime. I still post about Rick Hunter, Lisa Hayes, Max Sterling, Miriya Parina, and Lynn Minmay. I remember a trip to Boston with my dad in search of a copy of the Art of Robotech. Why was it groundbreaking? Prior to Robotech I had never seen anyone die in a cartoon. The death of Roy Fokker should make a list like this (see also Bye-Bye Mars).

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Naruto – Bear introduced me to the orange ninja. I was probably more interested in Naruto than he was towards the end. I love the filler episodes between story arches. I can’t believe it’s the 20th Anniversary of Naruto.

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Belle – This is from the same director as The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. The subject matter is very serious — child abuse, death of a parent, and social media addiction — but the intensity is diffused by a beautiful score. This was my first post-pandemic movie in a theater.

Your Lie in April – A beautiful series about love and loss and what we take for granted.

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5 Centimeters per Second – This was recommended by a friend. The context of the recommendation was a bit sad but everything in this film by Makoto Shinkai is perfect. I still check every train platform for what exists now only in memory.

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East of Eden – Kind of a quirky series. I watched this during the pandemic and it was a great escape from the daily news. There were some great scenes of NYC.

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Clannad and Clannad After Story – I love the story of Naoyuki and Tomoya Okazaki (father and son) and The Road Home remains one of my favorite episodes in the series.

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Spirited Away – NO list is complete without a title from Hayao Miyazaki and No Face remains one of my favorite characters. The opening sequence at the abandoned amusement park is pleasure island meets the wardrobe. My other Miyazaki consideration was The Wind Rises.

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The Tale of Princess Kaguya – I saw this with Bear at The Museum of Modern Art. My trips to Manhattan with Bear are always memorable.

Last Exile – I’m a sucker for anything with zeppelins (Fringe and Crimson Skies). The tech in this movie was very steampunk-like (reminiscent of Steamboy).

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Weekend 521.0 (Margarita & Kickboxing Class Edition)

(1) Fans Aren’t Gatekeeping Anything, They’re Just Wary Of Would-Be Dictators Trying To Take Over Their Hobbies (Forbes)

(2) Square and Disney Should Go Big for Kingdom Hearts’ 20th Anniversary (GAMERANT)

(3) Our Church and Our “Elites” (The Catholic Thing)

“And they [elites] have this additional disadvantage. They are unlikely to have darkened a church door, so that the spiritual heritage of Christendom is for them at best an uncharted territory, an unknown continent, and at worst, a monster of the post-Christian imagination, a bugbear to frighten secular toddlers.

The elites have been in the vanguard of cultural evisceration, in all kinds of ways. Only the Church can recover the abandoned land, and till it with love. By comparison with what people still within living memory once took for granted, there are now no dances, no socials, no local ball leagues, no community singing, few parades – and those but exercises in garishness and obscenity. And no genuine common life.”

(3a) Masks Off (Memology 101)

10 Ways to Fight the Marxist Usurpation

(1) Study history because it repeats itself
(2) Read any of the Austrian School economists like Hayek, Hazlitt, von Mises, and Reed (and extra fortification via Milton Friedman)
(3) Support independent content creators on YouTube and Indiegogo
(4) Donate to Project Veritas and Judicial Watch
(5) Subscribe to Church Militant, Epoch Times, etc.
(6) Boycott companies like The Walt Disney Company (DIS) and professional sports leagues like the NBA, NFL, and MLB
(7) Stop using social media sites like Twitter and Facebook and find alternatives to Google
(8) Cancel your NETFLIX, Hulu, Prime, Apple TV, and Disney+ streaming accounts
(9) Start a library of books, movies, and music (you need hard copies to protect against censorship)
(10) Build a network of like-minded individuals. Despite what we’re told by the media, we represent the majority.

Weekend 487.1

(1) Viacom/CBS, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAC), a publicly traded company, goes full commie. Does anyone remember MomCorp from Futurama?

>>> The Star Trek Communist Hopes Star Trek Can Inspire A Real Revolution

(1a) ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish’s Pay Rises to $39 Million in 2020 (Hollywood Reporter)

(1b) Viacom Stock Is A Bargain Pullback Opportunity (Investing.com)

Woke Disney

Disney is being upended by a bunch of rag tag content creators who know authenticity left the mouse house sometime between Eisner and Iger (and is hitting its virtue-signaling apex with Chapek). IF Disney was just like the picture of a picture of a picture of the barn in White Noise by DeLillo it would be sad but not dangerous. BUT Disney has been hijacked by cultural warriors (SJWs) and is now just an engine for delivering payloads of ideological dreck via the carcass of mostly live-action remakes. Its creatives are just automatons programmed to speak with the same empty hashtags.

(1) Disney Takes Down George Lucas Interview BUT Too Bad For Them I Have It (That Star Wars Girl via YouTube)

I don’t think Anna (That Star Wars Girl) was at university the semester (or three) Women’s Studies was covered.

(2) Nah, It’ll Be Fine: Entertainment Vlogger The Critical Drinker Hammers Cultural Corruption (The Remodern Review)

“The Disney corporation, as vassals of an enemy state, demonstrate they are obsessed with undermining the past, trying to make villainy look cool, and preaching Wokeness. The Critical Drinker demonstrates there’s no entertainment to be found there.”

Grim Grinning Milestones

Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of fifteen-days to flatten the curve.

Still drafting a post on Walt and the Walt Disney Co. but Sarah Hoyt linked to this on Chicago Boyz. My own comment on Instapundit related to Deleting Disney:

“I would go to WDW to see traces of Walt’s influence (search ‘Mary Blair’s Grand Canyon Concourse mural in the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World’) but most have been erased. Walt would be cancelled in ten minutes to-day because his art often celebrated tradition and history. My guess is ANTIFA and SJWs would topple his audio-animatronic version of Abraham Lincoln from the 64/65 NY World’s Fair. I will NEVER return to WDW (and haven’t watched ABC or ESPN in years). IF you love Walt, read the Gabler tome. Disney wore a Goldwater pin and he knew exactly the kind of threat commies represented when they infiltrated his company and he testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee.”

It’s time for a national boycott of the Walt Disney Co.

Update
I mentioned Walt Disney: Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler but How to Be Like Walt by Pat Williams with Jim Denney is equally good. The books are very different but read together provide a Circle-Vision 360° view of Walt.

More to come…

Weekend 460.1

(1) Kingdom Hearts: 10 Coolest Looking Keyblades, Ranked (The Gamer)

(2) A Fleer PAC-MAC card from the 1980s. The Fleer Corporation is now defunct.

(3) Ferris Wheel and Skyline from Eden of the East. This was some of the best anime I’ve watched since The Last Exile. I also watched Steamboy during quarantine and it was okay. I like the time period but the characters were kind of insufferable and the animation was dark (as well as the story). I think 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is preferable.