[Short Reviews] Documentaries

Since I’ve been watching a string of documentaries lately, thought I might as well compile a list here to remind myself of what was good and what was utter shit. Separated nebulously by category. All are available in the U.S. on either Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu, at the moment I’m posting this.

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[Manga Rec List] Cooking/Recipes

Specifically, manga about cooking with explicit recipes, whether included as part of the story or included as an afterword.

There are a lot of general “foodie” manga, which are more about the consumption of food rather than the making of it, that I elected not to include here. Though there are plenty of great ones, so if anyone wants an addendum with those added, I would be happy to oblige.

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[Anime Review] Bee Train’s “girls-with-guns” trilogy

So I’ve been working through Bee Train’s “girls-with-guns” trilogy in reverse order recently, and I apparently have a lot of Mashimo thoughts, so here’s a review of both the trilogy as a whole and each series independently.

For those who are unaware, the “girls-with-guns” trilogy are Noir (2001), Madlax (2004), and El Cazador de la Bruja (2007), all directed by Bee Train’s Mashimo Kouichi and featuring a soundtrack by Kajiura Yuki. None of the series are related to each other, but they all feature two girls as dual protagonists, lots of fancy gun-wielding, and a western setting. Enjoyment of the series varies, mainly due to the infamous “Bee Train pacing”, though Noir is probably the most famous one, being a cult classic that people still remember today.

I, for one, enjoyed them all, though in completely different ways. They all earned a fairly solid 8/10 on my MAL.

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Links Roundup: Moonlight, reviews and analysis and interviews

Since doing a links roundup for Get Out and learning so much from it, I decided to do one for Moonlight too. It’s such a singularly beautiful and incredible film that gets better with each rewatch. I feel like there’s so much there that I’m unable to articulate, so I’m going to look for other people to do it for me!

There will, obviously, be spoilers for Moonlight. If you have not watched it, you definitely should.

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