DVDs I own
[Note: this list is, by nature, going to be incomplete as I'm
constantly buying more. Last updated September 9, 2012]
See also: list of CDs I own.
Unanswered questions: why my collection is biased (especially in terms
of # of discs) towards titles starting with A-M, and the second half
of the alphabet is neglected.
Category 1: Feature Films (non-anime)
- 2001: A Space Odyssey Best part about a DVD: chapter
breaks, so you can skip the boring parts in a hurry.
- The 36th Chamber of Shaolin Might be a classic kung-fu
movie, but I never really got into it.
- The Absent-Minded Professor (original version) From
when Disney made good films.
- The Abyss (Extended edition-- first movie where James
Cameron really went bonkers and couldn't make a good movie in 2
- Airplane! (Initial release, and also the "Don't Call Me
Shirley!" edition.) Funniest. Movie. Ever. [Slightly ahead of Monty
Python & Quest for the Holy Grail, as it makes more sense.]
- Aladdin Pretty good, though it may not be aging as well
as I'd like.
- Alien Quadrilogy 2 versions each of 4 science fiction
films. My favorite is the extended (dir's cut) of Aliens (the
second one) -- more of a war movie, compared to the horror of the
first movie. The extended #3 is a bit better than the theatrical
release, but still manages to botch the series a lot. The less said
about #4, the better.
- Amadaeus (Dir's cut). Finally, an excuse to get into
period costumes that doesn't involve "great" literature.
- An American Carol One of the few sane films to come out
of Hollywood after 9/11.
- The American President Wife says Feel good rom-com in
the Oval Office; the politics are what you make of it
- Animatrix Two are ok, the rest are a letdown.
May not be that different from my review of Matrix 2.
- Apollo 13 Not science fiction, but a good film.
- The Arrival Good "aliens among us" SF, but a little
ecological preachiness at the end. The "sequel" was just plain bad.
- As Good As It Gets Wife says Watch this about every
other year. Hysterical if you like misanthropic characters. Still
don't understand how Jack Nicholson always gets the young girls.
- The Asphalt Jungle
- Backdraft Good action film.
- Bad Boys Good action film, a little heavy on the cursing.
- Bad Boys II Over the top action film. Starts somewhat
believable, goes off into fantasy land.
- Batman Begins Interesting take on re-booting the Batman
franchise after being run into the ground by Joel
Schumacher. Generally entertaining, though I still think I like the
Burton's first Batman better. What would any sequel to this movie be
- Batman (1989, Tim Burton's film). Very stylish, good music.
- Batman: The Dark Knight Very well done, though almost more
of a crime drama than superhero film.
- Battle of Britain After a review like this,
when it shows up in my local supermarket too (must be the chain), I
had to get it.
- Beauty And the Beast One of the few Disney cartoons I've got in
my collection-- probably their best animated film in recent memory.
- Ben-Hur Good classic action film
- Beverly Hills Cop Back when Eddie Murphy was funny
- The Big Clock Well done film noir -- how does one lead
a murder investigation when all the clues point back to yourself?
- Billy Elliot Wife says May need subtitles because the
accents are thick. Really like the father character's development and
the exuberance in dancing.
- Black Sheep
- Blade Runner (Director's cut). Nice visuals, but a world
- The Bourne Identity Good action film
- The Bourne Supremacy Better action film, somewhat chaotic editing
- The Bourne Ultimatum Good action film
- Bridge at Remagen WW2 film. So-so.
- Bridge on the River Kwai Far better WW2 film.
- Casino Royale Good reboot of the Bond franchise
- Chariots of Fire
- Chicken Run From the guys who did Wallace & Grommit.
Ok, but missing some of the spark the short format allowed.
- Circle of Friends Wife says Chris O'Donnell struggles
with his accent. Minnie Driver young and fun although maybe more fun
in Good Will Hunting. Forgettable otherwise.
- Commando It's Ahnold. Plot is kinda silly, but it allows
for some mindless violence.
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Superbit edition).
A tragedy with wire-fu.
- Dark City The Matrix, done right (and a bit better)
- The Dark Knight (Blu-ray). Good sequel
- Demolition Man Stallone, Snipes and Sandra Bullock have
- Die Hard, Die Hard 2, Die Hard with a Vengance Staples
of an action collection. The second one's plot definitely has some
- District B13 Great start, with lots of stunts. Ending
drags on too much.
- Enemy at the Gates
- Fantasy Mission Force Bought for real cheap at Best Buy,
and still way overpriced. So bad, it's almost good. But, it fails to
get back to being good.
- The Fifth Element Over the top Sci-Fi. Fairly fun.
- Finding Nemo Great Pixar film
- Fist of Legend Jet Li redoes a Bruce Lee movie.
- Flight of the Navigator From one of Disney's good periods.
- Galaxy Quest A parody *and* a good movie in its own
right, like Airplane.
- Gattaca Wife says Eugenic take on the future. Like the
clothes and sets. Like the actors; Uma, Jude Law, Ethan Hawke.
- Gladiator Good action film.
- The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Great title, theme music.
However, I didn't care as much for any of the characters. The 'good'
guy, as the first 15 minutes shows, hardly is.
- Groundhog Day Great film
- Gun Crazy From a noir films collection
- Hero Beautiful cinematography in a martial arts film. I
can't stand the last five minutes, which is an insult to those
massacred at Tianamin Square.
- Hidden Fortress, the By Kurosawa. Interesting
adventure-like film from Kurosawa. I can see how the bumbling peasants
were the model for all (sorry, err, some) of the characters in the
Star Wars movies.
- High Noon (50th Anniversary edition). One of the best
expositions of a core American character trait-- doing the right
thing, even if nobody else helps.
- Hoodwinked Animated film, takes on Little Red Riding Hood
with a number of interesting twists.
- House of Flying Daggers Great visuals. Too bad the last
third of the film takes a turn for the weird. (And, away from the more
interesting plotlines of a rebellion against the state.)
- Hot Shots Good war movie spoof
- Hot Shots: Part Deux Good war movie spoof, better than
- How to lose a guy in 10 days Wife says McConaughy wears
a Duke t-shirt towards the end. That and the playing out of the
premise of the title make for a fun rom-com.
- Hunt for Red October
- In The Shadow of the Moon Great documentary focusing on the
Apollo program astronauts.
- The Incredibles Pixar's best film
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Widescreen) Weakest
of the three.
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Widescreen) Better
than #2, but still not up to the first.
- Iron Giant Interesting story, from the same director as
The Incredibles. The character development felt a bit flat, as
if a bunch of stereotypes were thrown into a mix without really
providing any real motivations or changes.
- Iron Monkey Awesome kung-fu action in a movie that
just doesn't take itself too seriously. And that's a good thing.
It also works as a good movie with character development.
- Iron Monkey 2 A lousy mish-mash of scenes that make
very little sense. Avoid at all costs.
- Ivanhoe Classic action/wannabe-historical film.
- Kung Fu Hustle By the same director as Shaolin Soccer, but
much better paced and funnier.
- Last Action Hero Not Schwarzenegger's best, but I don't
think it's his worst either. I really liked the comedy sections of the
film, though some may have been confused when it mixed a lot of comedy
and action. It's also a postmodern film, poking fun at itself and the
- Last Boy Scout Pro sports meets organized
gambling. Probably a little too close to reality. But, a fun 80s
- Jackie Chan: Legend of the Drunken Master Silly fun.
- Little Dieter needs to fly Intersting story of a pilot's
life, captivity, during the Vietnam war.
- The Lives of Others Great film about life behind the
Iron Curtain, and the lengths taken to control people.
- Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Initial
release). The start of a great series. [Why do I buy all of the
editions? I like it so much, I'll vote with my wallet.]
- Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Extended
edition). The start of a great series-- even better than the first
- Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Initial release). Not
quite up to the masterpiece of the extended version of the first, but
I hope the extended version comes back up.
- Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Extended Edition). Way
better than the theatrical release in characterization, pacing,
etc. This one needed the extended version the most.
- Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Initial release).
- Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Extended
Edition.) Better, completing the set of improvements in the extended
- Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon IMAX film.
Well done summary of parts of the Apollo missions.
- Magnificent Seven A remake of The Seven Samurai, as a
western. Having seen the Japanese film first, I definitely preferred
- A Man For All Seasons Very well done historical story.
- Mars Attacks Big-budget Tim Burton take on 1950s B movies,
with all the plusses and minuses associated with that. The plot was
so-so, but the visuals, especially of the aliens, was a riot.
- Mask of Zorro Good action film.
- Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World.
- Jackie Chan: Master with Cracked Fingers So-so.
- The Matrix Overviolent, and the juvenile "I can do anything I
want" ending leaving little actual dramatic tension for the next
movie. Tolerable as an action movie, though.
- Men In Black Funny, lightweight comedy.
- Miss Congeniality Sandra Bullock's self-deprecating
sense of humor works well.
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail Likewise, another geek
- The Mouse That Roared Amusing comedy, very British.
Worth more as a rental; not something I'd rewatch lots of times.
- Mr Deeds Ok Adam Sandler remake of a 30s film.
- Mr Deeds Goes To Town The original 1930s film (see above).
Ok, not great.
- Mr & Mrs Smith Stuff blows up. More stuff blows up. Even
more stuff blows up. And some snarky comments. Good.
- Murder, My Sweet Typical film noir-- double crosses,
tragic flawed characters, and the like. Pretty good.
- My Best Friend's Wedding Wife says Hysterical rom-com
where justice is served! And early Cameron Diaz movie and Julia
Roberts at a good point in her career.
- Napoleon Dynamite Quirky comedy about a bunch of social
misfits. Not bad, but not super-great.
- Narnia: Lion, Witch & Wardrobe Good adaptation of
- North By Northwest A great conspiracy/action film by
- Office Space Ok, not the greatest. Live action Dilbert,
but without the really biting sarcasm of Dogbert that makes that comic
- Once Upon A Time In China Jet Li has fun.
- Once Upon A Time In China 2 Jet Li has fun, not quite
as good as the first
- Ong-Bak: Thai Warrior Amazing fights and stunts done by an
actor with zero sense of self-preservation. A younger version of
Jackie Chan, with more muscles and less humor.
- Out of the Past Another classic film noir -- tragedy,
- Over the Hedge One of Dreamwork's best animated films.
Spoofs life in suburbia, etc.
- Passion of the Christ Very short movie review: relentless.
There were a few minor liberties taken with the events of the Bible
(e.g. satan showing up, Mary & John at the Sanhedrin trial -- not just
Peter, Jesus carrying the whole cross while the thieves just had the
crossbar, Veronica's veil and other Catholic-specific addtions), but
overall, the movie was designed to not pull any punches and show what
happened. There's a lot of people that were/would be turned off by
that, which I can understand. 'Enjoy' is the wrong word for this kind
of movie, like most tragedies. It was a good movie that made one
think, and remember, and hopefully see one's personal responsibility
for what happened.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Enjoyable action film
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Not as good
as the first, but still interesting
- Pilates beginning mat workout From wife's collection.
- The Power of One Wife says Read the book. Skip the
- Predator Ahnold going after someone better armed than
him, wins. (And, featuring two future governators)
- Predator 2 Like Alien::Aliens, Predator::Predator2 is
more of an action film than the first's more horror style. Despite
changing cast & setting, I liked Predator 2 better.
- Princess Bride Eminently quotable romantic action/comedy
- Raiders of the Lost Ark Great action film, done mainly
with actual stuntmen, very little special efx until the end.
- Remember The Titans Wife says
Football. Integration. Set in Virginia! Fun music from the
60s. Enjoyable and family friendly probably for kids over 8 unless you
want to discuss some heavy topics earlier.
- The Right Stuff Another historical-space film. Could use
some editing-- good but a tad on the lengthy side.
- Robin Hood (1973 Walt Disney animated version). Wife likes
it, I feel that the music is too folksy-American in style and doesn't
match the subject matter at all.
- Robocop Solid action film, if a bit gory at times.
- Robocop 2
- Robocop 3 Haven't watched yet. Only have it because I got
all 3 movies at once.
- The Rock Good action film, despite Nicholas Cage's presence.
- Sanjuro By Kurosawa. Semi-sequel to Yojimbo, which I
liked a bit more.
- Saving Private Ryan Graphic portrayal of war, and what's
involved. Unfortunately, it seems as if Spielburg had forgotten that
the end of Schindler's List had its beginnings on D-Day. War may be
brutal, but sometimes, good things can come from it.
- Serenity (Follow-on movie to Firefly series, see
above). Best Sci-Fi movie of 2005, and strong contender for best movie
of 2005. Strong characters, good writing, lots of action, and makes
you think. Shame it disappeared from theaters. In a fair world, it and
Star Wars: Episode 3 should have had their box office takes reversed.
- The Set-Up Film noir, about boxing. Interesting.
- Seven Samurai Kurosawa's epic. Much better than the
American Western remake.
- Shrek Great fun spoofing things.
- Shrek 2 Not quite as good as the first, but still quite
fun. Unskippable advertisements up front are not cool, though.
- Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Live action plus
digital backgrounds help make this an interesting 30s-esque world.
- Spaceballs Wife says Spoof on 70s and 80s SciFi. Always
felt it was the SciFi version of Princess Bride. Some great
- Space Cowboys Some older actors have fun. Not bad, but
could need some tighter editing to shorten it up a little.
- Speed Good fun watching things blow up in Los Angeles.
Living in LA for some years, I can spot some of the continuity
- Spiderman 2 Good, though not great. Nietzsche would be
proud of the plot.
- The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Dir's cut) Redone special
efx. While many consider this slow, I thought it was good.
- Star Trek II: Wrath of Kahn (Collector's Edition) Best ST
movie in my opinion.
- Star Trek III: Search for Spock (Collector's Edition) Best
odd-numbered ST movie.
- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Collector's Edition) Hasn't
aged too well.
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Collector's Edition)
Not quite as good as #2, but still a fun watch.
- Star Trek VII: Generations (Collector's Edition) Two
pointless deaths for a character. Feels like an overdone TV episode
- Star Trek VIII: First Contact (Collector's Edition) By
far the best of the Star Trek films w/ the Next Generation cast.
- Star Wars: Episode 4: A New Hope Good, not great.
- Star Wars: Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back Best of the
three originals, and all the Yoda scenes (the weakest part of the
movie) can be easily skipped on DVD.
- Star Wars: Episode 6: Return of the Jedi Good, not great.
- Stargate Good action film
- Supercop Jackie Chan. Michelle Yeoh. Fun mindless action.
Both of those actors did their own stunts, which are great.
- Superman II For something that's supposed to be the best
of the 1980s Superman film series, I didn't like it much at all.
- Sweet Home Alabama Wife says Reese Witherspoon young
and fresh. Fun and a bit over the top, but with a Southern sweetness
- Terminator Ahnold playing a large robot, powered
internally by an Apple II. :) [One of the overlays on his internal
view is taken from an Nibble (Apple II) magazine.]
- Terminator II (Extended edition) Loses some of the
dramatic tension of the first, but still a good film. Last movie
James Cameron made well (and made short)
- Terminator 3 Not as impressive as #2 visually or as a
whole-- it feels like it just has few 'set' scenes (crane, cemetery,
milbase). Feels small outside of those setpieces. But, it manages to
- The Third Man Orson Welles in a classic film noir.
- This Gun For Hire Good film noir, though the wartime
message seems slightly out of place.
- Tommy Boy (Holy Schnike Edition). Quite funny
- Total Recall (Original, with Arnold Schwartzenegger) Great
SF story, ruined by a happy Hollywood ending. (Partially explainable
if you think it was all just a dream)
- Toy Story (10st Anniversary edition). My second-favorite
Pixar film, after The Incredibles.
- Traffic The BBC miniseries it was based on was better.
Wife says Meh. More interesting to spot locations in LA. The racial
stuff wasn't that interesting.
- True Lies Good Schwartzenegger/Cameron action flim.
- Twelve O'Clock High WWII film. Great movie about
leadership in the midst of impossible war situations.
- Twin Warriors Ok Kung-fu flim.
- UHF Weird Al's film. Good individual scenes, the whole
doesn't fully hold up.
- Up One of Pixar's greats, after a few so-so efforts.
- The Usual Suspects Intricately plotted, harsh language gets
annoying after a while.
- Waiting for Guffman Really funny mock-u-mentary on small
town plays. The 'baseball' deleted scene is just great.
- Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit Great
stop-motion movie, much better than Chicken Run.
- What About Bob? Funny
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit Good mix of cartoon & live action,
but there's very little actually likeable about Roger to make you care
- Willow George Lucas is definitely slipping here. Not as
bad as Star Wars episodes 1 & 2, but the downward trend is quite
- Winnie The Pooh (2011 release).
- X-Men (1.0 release). Start of a good series.
- X2: XMen United. Another good ensemble piece.
- Yojimbo By Kurosawa. A mercenary who hates both sides in a
town has fun with them. Apparently the inspiration for Clint
Eastwood's A Fistfull of Dollars
- Young Frankenstein Sorry, didn't care for this much at
all. Horrible overacting from the William Shatner school, and the
few jokes were stretched way too thin.
Section 2: TV series, non-anime
- Anne of Green Gables From wife's collection.
- Babylon 5: The Gathering/ In The Beginning It's the best
SF show on TV the past decade.
- Babylon 5: Season 1 See above
- Babylon 5: Season 2 See above
- Babylon 5: Season 3 See above
- Babylon 5: Season 4 See above
- Babylon 5: Season 5 See above
- Babylon 5: Movie Collection (The Gathering, In the
Beginning, Thirdspace, The River of Souls, A Call to Arms) See above
- Battlestar Galactica, season 1.0. (The new series, not the
1970s original). A great modern sci-fi show-- gritty, dark, and a good
sense of fighting impossible odds.
- Battlestar Galactica, season 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 4.0. See
above. May not get season 4.5, as the ending didn't really make good
sense. (Either it's genocide on a large scale, or they're telephone
sanitizers). BSG was good until about the 5th episode of the 3rd
season (trying to avoid spoilers here), then it just wandered.
- Battlestar Galactica: Razor Shows that the series could
still produce great moments even after it was headed downhill.
- The Big Bang Theory Geeks finally get a sympathetic
treatment from Hollywood. Season 3 wasn't quite as good.
- Black Books (Seasons 1-3) Really funny series about a
London bookshop owner who just hates everybody
- Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Bought partly because I
remember seeing these on TV some decades ago.
- Dollhouse (Season 2 only). Joss Whedon's story. Interesting,
though feels a bit off.
- Fawlty Towers Excellent series about an English hotel owner
who just hates everybody.
- Firefly (Complete TV series). Entertaining Sci-Fi Western,
with strong characters, a good plot, etc. Too bad it didn't get a
chance for a longer TV run.
- The IT Crowd (Import, seasons 1-3) Really funny British
TV comedy, even if you don't get computers & technology.
- Loony Toons - The Golden Collection (Sets 1 & 2) An
interesting mixture of the really inspired Chuck Jones shorts, and
some early stuff that was trying to figure out what to do with
- Monty Python's Flying Circus (14-disc set). Required
material for computer types.
- Scrubs Seasons 1-7. American TV comedy about life in
a hospital. Very random at times, but with good stories.
- Star Trek TV, Vol 12 Kahn's first appearance!
- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Good adaptation of
the Terminator series to TV. Summer Glau plays creepy-scary characters
- Tom & Jerry: Spotlight Collection Inspired insanity.
- VeggieTales (Have: An Easter Carol, Live! Sing yourself
silly, Lyle The Kindly Viking, The end of Silliness?, The Star of
Christmas, The Toy That Saved Christmas, The Ultimate Silly Song
Countdown, Veg-O-Rama Jukebox, Very First Sing-Along Video)
- Wallace & Gromit: Three Amazing Adventures Great
- Armitage: Dual Matrix Might have been better if I'd seen
any of the episodes before this movie. And the CG assist was pretty
- Crest of the Stars, Banner of the Stars, Banner
of the Stars II Space opera, with lots of ships and explosions.
The two main chacters need a little more chemistry, though.
- Lupin III: Castle Cagliostro Miyazaki's first feature
film. Beautiful-- probably my second-favorite film of his.
- The Cat Returns
- City Hunter: .357 Magnum For someone who's never seen any
of the series, this is pretty accessible, and a good film.
- Escaflowne (8-disc TV series). Mecha mixed with a "magical
girl" type story. Yoko Kanno's music is great.
- Escaflowne Movie Well, the character designs vary from
the TV series. Haunting music (as usual) by Yoko Kanno. I like this
movie more than the series.
- Excel Saga Extremely off the wall. Extremely funny anime,
though it didn't quite end very well.
- Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
- Gall Force, Gall Force 2, Gall Force 3, Rhea Gall Force
First one's good, the rest get a bit repetitious
- Ghost in the Shell Well executed atmospherics and music,
though hurt by a bit too much fanservice.
- Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence Well executed atmospherics
and music, though hurt by a bit too much talking and a Deus Ex Machina
- Giant Robo (Episodes 1-7 on 3 DVDs). Has enough visual
style to power several series. Starts off quite well, generally pulls
off a big revelation each episode, though it gets a little weird by
- Giant Robo: Ginrei Special 3 "side" episodes. The first is
pointless fanservice. The second seems to be what happens when the
writers and animators get drunk and get a little, err, weird. (And, it
was the most fun, I think). The last episode seems to be from the
mangas, and a more serious tone.
- Grave of the Fireflies Can hardly believe this was on a
double bill with Totoro. The greater tragedy of this film to the
characters is their pride leading them to do stupid things, not the
- Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz "Let's get rid of problems by
getting rid of weapons." [Oh but wait, we gotta use our weapons to
dispatch of one more problem, then there will be no more bad guys.]
- Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket Bored boy wishes for some
war to get his mind of school. Doesn't fully work out the way he
- Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory (4-disc set). Giant mecha
action, double-crosses, and great ideas, unfortunately crippled by a
few "where the heck did that come from" plot twists. Probably because
they had space to explain things more in the original manga, and it
got cut for time.
- Haibane Renmei (4 discs). This is a series you want to see
without spoilers -- with as little foreknowledge as
possible. It starts slowly, but it's just setting up dominos that for
a great payoff. (Tip: if you don't care for it by the end of the
second disc, you probably won't care for the rest.) As a whole this is
a series that defines art: it makes you care about the characters,
consequences, and your own life.
- Howl's Moving Castle Not Miyazaki's best-- tried to cram a
book into a small space. Still, Miyazaki's off days are better than
most other's best.
- Inyuasha (TV, parts 1-4). Rumiko Takahashi has fun.
- Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade Great music, atmospherics.
Not a happy movie at all.
- Kiki's Delivery Service Not Miyazaki's best, but still
a worthy film.
- K.O. Beast (aka K.O. Century Beast Warriors, or other
translations), OVAs 1-7 (3 discs). Ping-pongs between serious mecha
action, and completely off-the-wall humor, and does both well. [One of
the funniest 2-second throwaway scene in anime, ever-- how does a
mermaid sleep when the group is camping out? Watch episode #2].
- Laputa: Castle In the Sky Miyazaki's best, in my opinion.
An adventure film that never lets up, coupled with more character
development than 5 Disney films.
- Lodoss Wars (13-episode OVA series). Quality fantasy
anime. You'll see definite echoes of Lord of the Rings plots in here,
done from an anime spin (most of the heroes are teenagers). Budget
constraints seem to have forced a little excessive re-use of some
cels/scenes, oh well. The most critical issue is that they did NOT
subtitle the song during last episode. That's a near-criminal offense
in my book.
- Macross Plus (2-disc set) A reinventing of the series.
Yoko Kanno's music is great.
- Macross Plus (Movie remix). A little tighter editing
clarifies some details.
- Maison Ikkoku (8-volume set, episodes 1-96). Best anime
romantic comedy, bar none.
- Metropolis [Anime remake] Stylistic, though the director
was a little too in love with 3D camera moves that he finally got with
- Millennium Actress Great anime movie about life, love
lost. Definitely takes a turn for the surreal partway through, but
it's very well executed.
- Nausicaa One of Miyazaki's epic films. Might have been
a bit better if it had been an OAV series and followed the original
- Noir Anime series about assassins caught up in a big
conspiracy. Good music, though the last few episodes didn't sit too
well with me.
- Patlabor Movies 1 & 2. Great action films
- The Place Promised in Our Early Days Very artistic
reflections on the past and one's involvement in them. The background
art is amazing at times. Makoto Shinkai seems to be every 4th or 5th
name in the credits, as he seems capable of doing nearly every job on
- Pom Poko Review pending watching of it.
- Porco Rosso Miyazaki revisits Europe. Well done.
- Princess Mononoke Miyazaki goes to the past.
- Rahxephon (Both TV series and movie remix). Far better
than Neon Genesis Evangelion -- has giant robots slugging it out with
a background of conspiracy, but doesn't have the atrocious theology.
And, the ending makes sense.
- Read or Die Interesting 3-episode series. A bit like
Giant Robo, in that many characters have interesting powers.
- Serial Experiments Lain (4-disc set). Those who don't
understand the New Testament (or specifically the gospels) are just
going to repeat it. Poorly. Occasionally, this series is good, but I
didn't care for it as much.
- Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars Very well-written
series -- every episode tries to have a twist on something you
already know, and they all seem well planned out.
- Spirited Away Miyazaki's third best film
- Steamboy Well-animated Victorian-era 'Steampunk', this
felt like the introduction to a larger series that could let things
play out to their conclusions. [A bit like Nausicaa in that respect.]
Still, the visuals are quite good. The plot/characterizations do have
some political overtones that would be better left out.
- Totoro Both original US version, and the real version w/
Japanese audio. Great movie.
- Vandread Good sci-fi action series.
- Video Girl Ai Hasn't held up very well since when I saw it
in college a decade ago. (Except for the music -- ths soundtracks are
quite good). When the extras are more entertaining than the actual
feature, there's a problem.
- Voices of a Distant Star One-man anime production company
Makoto Shinkai pulls off a 25-minute piece. Pretty good, though I'd
hate to see what the roaming charges are for the characters. :)
- Whispers of the Heart (anime) Review pending watching of it.
- X (The Clamp anime) Nice art, lousy plot