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May 6, 2020
One of the most interesting things about science fiction is the way it evolves alongside real life science and technology. This is a film from 1933 that predicted: World War 2, magnetic trains, helicopters, and the automation of labor. It also predicted commercial space travel, laser cannons, and the Magic TV, a machine capable of bringing ghosts back to life, operated by a rotary dial. And I'm pretty sure they flew past Jupiter on their way to Mars.

Anyways this film is a charming and fascinating window into people's predictions for the future from nearly 100 years ago. It's definitely worth 10 minutes of your time.
May 5, 2020
"Monkey Island" is surprisingly interesting, on a kind of meta level. Because there's a lot of anime from this time period (many of which can be found at https://animation.filmarchives.jp/en/) that have this type of simplistic art and animation, and this style of purely visual, gag based comedy. But unlike its contemporaries, Monkey Island comes across almost disturbingly cynical, in addition to being baffling and insane.

The film opens with a ship at sea, beset by a sudden storm (with cloud and sea spray beautifully rendered by way of what appears to be sand overlaid on the image). An infant in a box goes overboard, and cries/shouts read more