The last few months have been horribly busy — work, writing, some new projects started and old ones finished — and one of the consequences of that has been a little less activity here. But some good news came my way (a king-sized tax refund, among other things), and I also have some new material in the pipe that's definitely worth talking about (Bashingbeing one of the first).
Go Shibata's startling Late Bloomer, which came to my attention thanks to Ebert's review. (Ebert himself no longer being capable of speaking, I imagine the movie had particular resonance for him.)
And the next Guin Saga manga, which cannot come out fast enough.
Also, courtesy of Subway Cinema:
"Krazy! The Delirious World of Anime + Manga + Video Games" is on display at Japan Society until June 14 and this brain-blast of an exhibit includes several anime screenings. Go to their site for the somewhat complicated screening schedule - it takes a minute to figure it out, but since they're screening films like PAPRIKA, MIND GAME (don't miss it!) and PATLABOR 2: THE MOVIE (amongst others) it's worth the brain power you'll spend.
They're not kidding about Mind Game, by the way. That gets my marks for being the best animated film not currently available in anything other than an import edition.