Welcome to Morning, Roo! My name is Christopher. It’s a pleasure to meet you.
I started Morning, Roo in 2014 as an avenue to talk all things film. Today, it is home to movie and manga discussion, with a wide range of articles from detailed analyses, to reviews and unusual musings. You’ll also find a growing collection of original haiku, which I hope will offer a glimpse into the more whimsical and rapt mind of this author.
Film has been a life-long passion of mine and I have a specialist interest in Japanese cinema. In 2018, I wrote my MA thesis on heterogeneity and transnationalism in the cinema of Shunji Iwai, exploring the director’s distinctive aesthetics and challenging the narrow framework his films have often been viewed through in English-language academia.
I have been an avid reader of manga since 2008 and worked as a moderator for MyAnimeList for 4 years, between 2011 and 2018. I’m very fond of work by mangaka Taiyo Matsumoto, but have a wide range of other favourites, too. I also have interests in poetry and music. I am a diehard fan of singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey, and love bands Sigur Rós, alt-J, and MAMAMOO, to name just a few.
Like many others, this blog is a medium for self-expression. I don’t want to take it too seriously—I write simply because I enjoy it—but at the same time, I do put a lot of thought and effort into my pieces, so I hope they’ll entertain and inform you.
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