My name is John H Maloney and I'm a writer, musician & podcaster based in New Jersey.

I decided to start the rec list as a way to extend the constant stream of recommendations that I've been posting on social media for years. I've recently realized that media curation is a passion of mine and now I want to try reach a larger audience. Every week I'll be posting recommendations for movies, music, anime, podcasts, Youtube channels, books, tv shows and any other media I find & feel compelled to share.

In addition to writing the rec list, I'm also the co-host and producer of a b-movie & cult movie review podcast called Zombie Take-Out.
http://www.zombietakeout.com/
You can find out about all of my projects, past and present, at
http://johnhmaloney.net/

Anime/Ohayo, Shelter & Destino

Anime/Ohayo, Shelter & Destino

Ohayo, Shelter & Destino are three short, animated films. One is a collaboration between a pop musician and a successful anime studio, one was written & directed by a highly respected anime filmmaker and the third is the result of a collaboration between one of the greatest visual artists of all time and what is probably the most famous animation studio in the world. All three deal with the subject of time, but in very different ways.

Ohayo is the shortest of the three, clocking in at exactly one minute. It was the final work completed by anime legend Satoshi Kon, before his death in 2010. Released in 2008, it was animated by Madhouse who worked on all four of Kon's previous films and his series, Paranoia Agent, as well as several other well-respected anime such as Claymore, Death Note & Trigun. It simply shows a woman getting out of bed, brushing her teeth and showering and it does so almost silently. Aside from music and a barely audible tv news broadcast, the title (Japanese for 'good morning') is also the only word of dialogue in the film. The truly interesting thing about Ohayo is that it shows this in a way that will be instantly relatable for anyone who finds it difficult to wake up in the morning.

Released in 2016, with a running time of six minutes and six seconds, Shelter is a collaboration between pop musician Porter Robinson and A-1 Pictures, the anime studio responsible for such series as Black Butler, Sword Art Online & Aldnoah Zero and serves as the music video for his song of the same name, a collaboration between Robinson and French electronic music producer Madeon. The film tells the story of a young girl who lives alone in a very realistic virtual world, that she controls and manipulates with a tablet computer. Dialogue at the beginning suggests that she has been there for some time and is beginning to lose hope that her life will ever change. Then one day, after touching a rope swing, she recovers a brief memory. Soon more memories return to her, telling the story of how she ended up there and it all leads to a reveal that is equally hopeful and heartbreaking. As an anime, Shelter is beautiful and as a music video, it is truly groundbreaking.

Destino was released in 2003 and has a running time just over six and a half minutes. Unlike Ohayo & Shelter, Destino is not an anime. It's the result of a collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali that began production in 1945 and was finished over five decades later. The film contains no dialogue, only music that was written by Armando Dominguez and performed by Dora Luz and, like all of Dali's work, the surreal short leaves a lot to interpretation. According to Wikipedia, it's a story about Chronos falling in love with a mortal woman named Dahlia. However, it also contains images of plants holding enormous eyeballs, human forms topped with dandelion seed heads and ants transforming into men on bicycles wearing bread hats, so any meaning it may have isn't exactly obvious. Whatever meaning one takes from it, Destino is an absolute masterpiece that merges the technical mastery of Disney with the visionary genius of Dali and does an amazing job of bringing the iconic artist's work to life.

I'll leave you with all three shorts in their entirety. You can also find Ohayo, Shelter & Destino on Youtube and Shelter on Crunchyroll.

If there's a movie, recording artist, anime, podcast or any other media that you'd like me to check out for possible inclusion on the rec list, please contact me and let me know about it.

Music/Marian Call

Music/Marian Call

Youtube/Squaresville

Youtube/Squaresville