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It’s rather ironic but I just received words from Armitage yesterday that her uni just announced the exam timeline and sadly that means our joint project Cannes 2000 will have to postpone for 1 month. Since we haven’t even started, I take it as good news because we won’t have to worry about it tailgating us anymore. So in the meantime, I figure it’s best for me to finish 2010s Anime Summary and 2010s Oscar Animated Features and still continuing watch animated films, as well as catching up with anime shows of the decade that I have missed. In a perfect world I would be at Cannes right now, and it still feels pretty weird to go through a year without a Cannes event, but that’s the way it is and the best I can do now is stay ready for a return to normal.

And I like to wrap this short post up by sharing my current favorite song. Sometimes, a screenshot of a movie can perfectly capture the essence of the film, and sometimes, a title alone can resonate powerfully with me. Such is this song title: About The Courage To Become Someone’s Past by Say Sue Me. The band Say Sue Me is an indie Korean band, although they sing mostly in English and their style is influenced by Western’s bands. In 2016, their drummer fall into semi-coma during a tragic accident, and this wordless song reflects the band’s feeling about him.

I’m afraid of making new memories without you“, she sings in another song – and I feel the same. When you regard someone as your special, to go on without them in your life is just rough.  Enjoy the piece

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New Project Announcement – Cannes 2000

Hello readers, I’m here to announce the new project. As this year’s edition of Cannes has been postponed, and as of this writing, no new date has been confirmed and every news has been quiet, me and my friend/ fellow anime blogger ARMITAGE decided to cover the Cannes Main Competition of 2000, which will start on May 15th, exactly 2 weeks from now. She’s even more passionate about cinema and Women cinema (oh yes, that will come too) than I am, so it’s an honor to collaborate with her on this project.

Apart from being exactly 20 years old – and In the Mood for Love would have receive its 20-year anniversary special screening at Cannes (under normal circumstance), we both have personal connection to that year to the point it was the first year that comes to our mind when we think about doing a retrospective year. Our plan for now is to watch and review one film in Competition a day, after which we will grant our own awards. There are 23 films in the Main selection, so it should take up around 3 weeks – a month. Depending on how we feel then, we might tackle some other films in parallel selections. It also means the temporary halt of my current 2010s Animated Movies, but it’s my full intention to return and finish it by the end of the year.

Personally I’m super excited for this project. Since my breakup it’s the first time where I feel genuinely looking forward to something. Here’s hoping you enjoy our first joint effort of this “Cannes at home” edition.

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Alright, for the next few weeks I’ll be checking out animated movies in the 2010s. The plan is to watch all the films I have missed out, as well as re-watch some in the early years of the decade, then I will make a top 10 list for each year and eventually the masterlist Animated Movies of the Decade. I’m looking around 40-50 films at this moment, range from anime to Hollywood fares to indie films around the world (and the list keeps growing), but since it’s animation it’s less of a demand watch than live-action films (well, at least in my case). I’ll also do short reviews in a batch of three films, so make sure to check back often to see my thoughts on these films. Another thing, for this project I’m gonna use a different, simpler grading system. 4 stars is awarded for modern classic films, 3 stars for good, 2 for decent and 1 for mixed. Also while at it, I’ll post the top 10 Anime Series of each year for the 2010s, and then onto the top 50 Anime of the Decade. Stay tune and I hope you enjoy reading.

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Looking back at 2019

Well, I know it has been a while since my last post – more than 6 months to be exact, but I’m still here. 2019 has been a strange year for me, and if I can associate the year with something, that would be “a year of Fire”. During 2019, I had a passionate relationship that came and went like a flash of lightning (as much as I try to act normal, it still stings), many anime involving fire (Promare, Fire Force, Ride Your Wave), an actual anime studio which I have lots of respect for were on fire. And for the last few months , Australia has gone through one of our worst bushfires in history. One of the best films screened in Cannes is titled “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”. In 2019, I discovered a really great shoegaze band Galaxy 500 and guess what my favorite album from them is? On Fire.

As for blogging, after a really busy six months to sort out my real life stuff, I’m in a freer stage now so I will probably chase after many projects now. As this moment I don’t feel like doing full movie review anymore, instead I will give a paragraph or two on the films I watched. The next post regarding a new (short) project is coming soon.

2019 certainly wasn’t a dull year by any means. Here’s hoping for the new year 2020, and the new decade, to be better. Finally, enjoy this wonderful piece of music:

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My Top 10 Films in Cannes that don’t Compete for Palme d’Or

Well, the title says it all. The Palme d’Or lineup has gathered a lot of media attention, but one of the joy in Cannes is that they have varied choices beyond that, many of them take us by surprise and gain more traction as the year goes. This year is no exception as there are plenty titles worth raving about. With this list, let’s see some alternatives from the big titles that rarely get cover anywhere else, from wide range of medium, genres from all over the world.

note: there are 2 films that were originally on my watchlist but I couldn’t find the time to watch. Sight-unseen mention to The Lighthouse (Director’s Fortnight) and the animated feature The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily (Un Certain Regard)

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Site Announcement: Cannes 2019

Yeah, I freaking got it. I got the accreditation to attend Cannes Film Festival this May. Cannes has always been my favorite spot, as many film lovers do, and this is a good way for me to start my Cannes project here anyways. What does it mean then? Expect live coverage here in May where I try my utmost to check out and (hopefully) review all the Cannes Main Competition titles, and then some.

As for this site in the long run, I’m in the middle of 2010s anime catch-up right now and still don’t feel that enthusiastic to blog, but I never intend to throw this site altogether. It’s still my intention to keep it, and will probably come back to full writing and more projects once I’m game for it.

See you all very soon.

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2017 Women’s Cinema Winners

At long last (after exactly 4 months), this 2017 Women’s Cinema Festival has come to its end. In the process, 28 films had been reviewed – 20 in the Main Competition, 8 films Out of Competition. Overall, it was an enjoyable ride. While many films I intended to check out (see day 13 for more details) aren’t available online, the selection has no real bomb except for Ava (which I can still argue it’s worth the watch). Let’s go through them once again before we get to the awards announcement.

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Site Update – New Schedule Announced

So, just few hours ago, while enjoying the summer breeze comfortably in my sofa with a fan blows over my face, and a bowl of popcorn on one hand and two scoop of ice-cream on the other*, I came to a shocking realization that… I have been neglecting my current project for nearly a month now. Now, I know that most of you don’t even care about this movie project of mine (stats never lie), but I just realize the only active content I have right now is a weekly anime post, simply because it’s a commitment to produce those posts. I’ve been blogging over 2 years for the other anime site so I understand my blogging habit. Having a deadline and a weekly routine can keep me from my lack of will. Taking things more slowly and steadier.

Hence, here’s the new weekly blogging schedule for The Silver Moon:

Tuesday: Weekly Anime Summary (I prefer Monday but this current schedule has 4 shows airing on that day and none on Tuesday. So it works better for me to do a wrap up on every Tuesday.

Friday: my Current project (2018 Women’s Cinema Festival)

Sunday: Western Animated TV Series Review (I’ll review one season of certain cartoons each week. Regarding how well I know about Western Animated TV shows, hmmm not so much. But there are many shows I wanna check out. Also, while I reserve this spot for Western cartoon, I might occasionally review classic anime too)

With that and 3 posts / week over the other site should make me busy. Elsewhere, from time to time I’ll blog other topic of interest as well. I’m seriously considering of doing a music post, for example, and flirting with the idea of reviewing manga. We will see. This is my blog so I might as well just write any topic that take my fancy. I know it might sound I put a lot of commitment for a hobby but what can I say? No pain no gain, I suppose. You need workout to push you into shape, right? Let’s see if this new schedule can bring out some fresh air, effective… next week.

*note: none of those I said were true. It’s winter here in Australia, I don’t even have a sofa but I like the free-spirited feel of it.

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It’s alive and kicking – Welcome to the Silver Moon

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Everything starts somewhere, right? Welcome to the birth of the Silver Moon, a personal blog that focuses on indie cinema, anime and everything that pique my interest. I’m your host, SuperMario. For the next few weeks, I’ll transfer my own contents from the blog I’m currently writing (psgels.net) to here.

Why this picture, you ask? This blog is created right as the same time with the release of my favorite band ever – Beach House’s 7th album, 7. Silver Moon won’t never reach the legacy of Beach House – that I’m certain of – but hopefully it carries the same spirits with the band that always manages to stay true to themselves, time and time again.

“There’s a place I want to take you
When the unknown will surround you”

Levitation – Beach House

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At the same time in Cannes, 82 film industry women protested the gender inequality in Cannes, in which for its 71 years history only 82 films directed by women have been in Cannes’ Official Competition. This is an issue that I do care deeply about (if you look to the heading, there’s a “Women’s cinema” section over there). While I’m all about raising more consciousness about women’s works, I don’t see myself doing it to make any big gender-equality statement, hence I never regard my viewpoint as “feminist”. You’ll know more about my own point of view once I start doing women’s cinema project. But for now all I’m saying is that I’m glad that the Silver Moon is born in this memorable day.