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Another invisible kid

This one, though, might be having some fun:

Maya (Kavya Madhavan) is an investigative journalist working for New India television. She is also a social crusader and a runs an orphanage for destitute children at her home. Her boss Radha Ramanan (Mukesh) has an eye on her, but she is fiercely independent. Her neighbour is a renowned international scientist Sekharan (Jackie Shroff). One of the mischievous boys in her orphanage Devan (Master Devan) drinks a green potion made by Sekharan, and he becomes invisible!

Athisayan is just out in India, and unfortunately I don’t speak a word of Malayalam, but I suspect this is enough of a kidflick for me to be able to follow it just from the visuals; hey, it almost works for Bollywood musicals.

(Via varnachitram.)

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Drama in the shadows

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t by Hungarian director Attila Szász is a 30-minute short with a full measure of terror, at least judging by the trailer. From the official synopsis:

But this day is different. This day Dad brings something home from the lab. And the next morning … Alex becomes invisible. Is it possible that a father makes his own son disappear? Or is there any other explanation? An unthinkable one… An unbearable one…

Szász’ visuals are stunning, and the score is equally compelling. Now You See Me has made the festival circuit a couple of times since its 2005 release; I’m hoping for a chance to see it myself.

(Seen at DirectorsNotes.com.)

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Practical applications of invisibility

Yes, there are some, and not just in warfare. Dafydd ab Hugh surveys the scene, and I have to admit, I like this idea:

How about movable, removable windows? If you could create an invisible section of any size or shape in a wall, simply by activating the nanobristles in that area, then you could turn windows on when you want them, move them around for aesthetic or other reasons, then turn them off when you retire for the night.

Windows would no longer be “weak points” for a burglar to enter; they would be walls, just like all the other walls. And depending on how well you can fine-tune the field, you might be able to select any of a number of preset “opacity designs,” similar to hand-carved window lattices… or even design your own.

The decorators are going to eat this up. Count on it.

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What’s with all the clothes?

There are those who have wondered how looking at empty clothing could possibly be a turn-on. Irishjoe23 on deviantART explains it here.

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Going unnoticed

You may remember Marcie Ross (played by Clea DuVall) from the Buffyverse: she was an otherwise-normal student who was overlooked so often that eventually she literally vanished, at which point she decided to avenge herself on everyone.

Now there’s a Japanese spin on this sort of story:

A very different tone from samurai drama and violent horror is struck by Kazuhiro Okamoto’s TRANSLUCENT, the story of an introverted junior-high school girl named Shizuka, who one day begins to turn literally invisible as well. The mysterious disease, whose cause, cure, and path of contagion are all unknown as the story begins, becomes a metaphor in the ordinary lives of the students in her class as they try to work their way through their relationships and friendships. Although not considered a shojo manga in Japan, Dark Horse believes TRANSLUCENT is a title, like OH MY GODDESS!, that will also interest shojo readers in America. Writer and artist Okamoto knows how important surfaces are to people — especially at this time in people’s lives — and TRANSLUCENT’s shifting variables between what people can see, what people think they see, and what people wish to see in themselves and others makes for a manga of emotional sensitivity.

According to MangaBlog, Translucent is due out this summer.

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