I was totally going to write in to this one, but then I got distracted by the steam sale (True story: I realized I’d forgotten about it while playing through Resident Evil 5 and an NPC exclaimed “Nice!” when I blew up a truck during a canned action sequence.)
Which is probably just as well, since I’m pretty sure it’s immoral to send in anime picks unless @Kelly_Wand has to read it.
Anyway, it spared you a lengthy diatribe on Patlabor 2, which is a movie a love wholly and unreservedly, and is probably impossible to recommend to most people, because, well, how would you recommand a mecha-anime that a) has basically no mecha action b) is a capper to a long-running goofy cop series series and c) turns that fun garglingly bitter to anyone?
It has all the things I want in a Mamoru Oshii movie: Basset hound cameos! Tanks! Weirdly perverse destruction! Discussing the themes in long monologues! But unlike Ghost in the Shell, which the team would go on to do next, all that stuff i married to a much more functional political thriller.
For it is only in the triumph of the human spirit that we truly know we are alive. Also, it reminds me of that Atari 2600 Frogger clone Freeway.
This “CG” turkey in Christmas Vacation makes me laugh every time. I love how much smoke comes pouring out of it.
I suppose the birds are only tangentially involved here, but, in Hard Boiled, the criminals are smuggling guns in the bottom of bird cages. I’m really interested in the bird/tea house that this opening gun fight takes place in. Everyone brings their birds down to the tea shop to sit and drink tea with their birds. I want to go to there.
This was my first thought too. But really, any John Woo movie has a scene of a couple doves flying past as the protagonist jumps forward with a pistol blazing in each hand. Probably while sliding down a stairwell. In a church.