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Princess Mononoke

This year celebrates the 20th anniversary of the 1997 release of Hayao Miyazaki’s anime film Princess Mononoke (in Japan, the US release was 1999). Although most of Miyazaki’s films are for children and a broader audience, Princess Mononoke was meant for adults.  There are many discussions that can be held over this tale, and many interpretations which can be made. So without getting too detailed, it takes a look at how human industry and hate affect the planet as a whole.

A friend and I saw this film once, long ago in the Palm Theatre in San Luis Obispo, California. Although it is animated with many soft lines, there is violence and a certain harshness. However the violence is non gratuitous and the harshness reflects the callousness that people tend to show towards others and to nature itself.  Few films have echoed so often and so strongly within my memory. Perhaps this is because to me, the story is hugely relevant today.

I’m not able to share the complete film with you, but have a look at the trailer via YouTube here:

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The Connie Blair Mysteries

This vintage series features a teenage sleuth who is a bundle of energy and bursting with positive attitudes. Each story is set between the late 1940's to 1950's. They were written by Betsy Allen (Betty Cavanna in real life) and are similar to the Nancy Drew mysteries in that a young female takes the lead role.' Connie is rather independent and enabled for the era in which she was written. She is employed at an advertising agency and throughout the books she works her way up through the ranks. Also, she has a female boss or two, which is inspiring and encourages Connie to be ambitious in pursuing a career.

She is an artist and special attention is given to colours, style, materials and textures throughout. In each volume she finds herself drawn to a mystery of some sort, which she naturally manages to solve. They are all short, light, easy reads and are in general entertaining due to their dated-ness. They're funky experiences in a Barbara Stanwick sort of way.

Although there has been a certain amount of criticism concerning specific moments where Connie uses her femininity to achieve her goals, a significant amount of praise has been given for her interest in carving out her own professional path. She is not on the immediate lookout for a boyfriend or husband. If you find one in a used bookstore, give it a try and see what you think - it'll probably be fun!

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