Grant

Capsule Review

Grant was an admirable figure: animalistic in his approach to earning a victory for the Unions in the Civil War – a noble war, fought to limit expansion of slavery from only seven states, he followed up the win by becoming the 18th President of the United States. Although, he wasn’t as remarkable of a President as he was a military general, Grant’s morality was always in the right direction; he was an honest figure, he had good military strategy and the remarkability doesn’t stop there – Grant was actually made leader of a battlefield because there wasn’t anyone within sight in the military, with a West Point background. The book is not heavily reliant on analysis, trusting original letters and other such materials instead to do the talking of a very unlikely hero. It’s an important piece of biographical work for the little details into an inspiring military general’s life, from the measly breakfast he ate of cucumber in vinegar during a battle to his raging problems with alcohol.

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Napping Princess

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Capsule Review

Cast: Mitsuki Takahata, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Arata Furata, Yosuke Eguchi, Hideki Takahashi and Rie Kugimiya
Director: Kenji Kamiyama
Rating: 9/10

Every once in a while a film comes around, which manages to act as the perfect blend of technology and dreamlike adventures: Napping Princess is all of that perfectly. In the film, the protagonist Kokone (Morikawa) is always having these dreams of an alternate world called Heartland – her ordinary existence in school comes to an end, when her father gets arrested; Kokone with her friend, Morio then dangerously try to save him. Soon it’s quite evident her dreams are something like a bizarrely assorted reflection of everything the young kid is all about. Kenji Kamiyama (from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex fame) weaves a high-flying tale that surprisingly leaves no room for any plot potholes – everything comes together brilliantly, and the scattered bittersweet moments in the film are unmissable too.

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