Wow! When I was a kid, my best buddy and I would walk down the highway from our neighborhood to the store, buy candy/jerky/soda/junk, and I'd speed-read all the comics I could- lots cheaper than buying them...
I'd scan the Heavy Metal issues too. Loved the artwork, got into several of the storylines... dang but it'd be neat to have a collection of those magazines now!
It was amazing how many fantastic musicians contributed to the HM soundtrack.
The Steely Dan "Gold" CD I have has the last 2 tracks that were produced for the film... "True Companion" and "Century's End". "True Companion" is one of my favorite Steely Dan songs- just a stupendous, cruising intro....``
In anime Akira is the benchmark. The first 20 odd minutes with the motorcycle gangs in Neo-Tokyo is still heart pounding action never seen before. I admit it got pretty weird after that..... but awesomely so.
There's a YouTube video of the "best 11 Miyazaki films" ...... funny because he's made 11 feature films. It's a decent if biased list.
Spirited Away is superb and Princess Mononoke a masterpiece. History buffs & students of Japanese mythology especially enjoy both.
Not to ignore the others. .. Porco Rosso is beautiful & touching...... just try & describe the plot of any of them
I enjoy Scarlett Johansson's work. Not just because I'm a dirty old man. I liked Lucy ( despite the junk science ) by Luc Besson maker of Leon The Professional, Transporter, etc. And especially The Fifth Element. ( also on my short list )
"Scarlett Johansson has an unremarkable body" Really???
It's easy for me to say. I have a S/O that in her formative years could put Scarlett Jo to shame in that respect.
Scarlett Jo looks amazing when professionally made up and dressed to the nines. Strip all that away and she's just another woman. It's part of her charm, really. She's basically the definition of "girl next door."
While some of her roles, like Lucy, call for robotic unemotional stoicism, her signature starring role, Black Widow, calls for subtle humor & high athletic ability, not an easy combination.
Complaints about love plotlines in Age Of Ultron aside, (certainly not the actor's fault) Scarlett has done a great job of bringing a fictional character to life. ( points to Robert Downey Jr and the rest as well. Can you see anyone else as Tony Stark or Natasha Romanov? )
There will be complaints about "white washing" using an occidental to play an Asian. Just as in Dr. Strange. ( where such complaints were imho a bit justified ) After all there are excellent Japanese actresses who could play the role just as well. But the movie probably couldn't get made without a star familiar to the money men in Hollywood.
The big advantage to star power isn't the cash. It's the pull to get projects you like in a very stodgy Hollywood system.
Hollywood has shown itself pretty bankrupt for fresh ideas. That's why comic book movies & endless Sequels are the theme today. Lucy was a French director project, ( Fifth Element ) & most big movies are made in Canada or overseas.....