This article was originally published on Moviepilot.com on 13-07-2017 In 1969, a ten-year-old Luc Besson opened up the latest issue of Pilote, a French magazine that featured popular comics such as Asterix and Barbe-Rouge. Inside, he found the first two pages of Valérian et Laureline, a science fiction comic strip that, unbeknownst to him at the time, would change his life indefinitely. There’s this comic book every Wednesday. Inside, I discovered the two … Continue reading Worldbuilding With Luc Besson: Breathing Life Into The City Of A Thousand Planets
This article was originally published on Moviepilot.com on 23-06-2017 Japan is known for its unique and often awe-inspiring cultural traditions, but it’s also known to go to great lengths in order to preserve male fantasies. Recently, this has been explored in Kyoko Miyake’s Tokyo Idols, exposing the unfortunate truths behind the infatuation of female pop bands in Tokyo and the extremities of the phenomenon. Although we have exposés … Continue reading Omens Of Downfall: How Tokyo’s Schoolgirl Gangs Inspired Ultra-violence In Japanese Film & TV
This post was originally published on Moviepilot.com on 27-02-2017 (WARNING: This post contains spoilers for Moonlight and In the Mood for Love.) Moonlight has become one of the undisputed hits of this year’s awards season, most notably earning Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2017 Oscars. Over the past few weeks, critics had been speculating … Continue reading Why ‘Moonlight’ Owes Oscar Success To Wong Kar-Wai And The Hong Kong New Wave
This post was originally posted on Moviepilot.com on 07-02-2017 When it comes to new theories on some of cinema’s most beloved stories, they can usually be dismissed as fan fiction, ignited by a fanbase’s long-lasting love and over-analysis of a feature. After all, if a film was released 35 years ago, how can there still be undiscovered details to be found in 2017? Ridley Scott’s Blade … Continue reading ‘Blade Runner’s Deckard Is A Replicant, But Whose Memories Does He Have?
This post was originally published on Moviepilot.com on 20-10-2016 Watching the movies of Yasujiro Ozu has become a right of passage among film enthusiasts. His affects on modern cinema’s most popular auteurs means that fans of Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders and many more eventually find themselves wanting to study Ozu’s craft themselves. Affectionately known as “The Tofu Maker,” Ozu famously once said: “I can … Continue reading The Tofu Maker: 11 Must-See Yasujiro Ozu Movies
This article originally appeared on Moviepilot.com on 04-03-2015 The year is 1998 and animator Satoshi Kon has just released his directorial debut, Perfect Blue. The story of Mima Kirigoe, a pop singer attempting to change her image to become a serious actress, allows us to question the blurred boundaries between perception and reality when she is stalked by an obsessive fan and the ghost of … Continue reading Satoshi Kon’s Hollywood Matrix: How an Anime Mastermind Shaped American Cinema
(WARNING: This post contains spoilers for Ghost in the Shell (1995) and 1989’s Ghost in the Shell Vol. 1–11 and features adult material not suitable for younger readers.) #GhostintheShell‘s first live-action adaptation will be released later this month and if all goes well, it’s likely that this could be just the beginning for the Scarlett Johansson-led franchise. Recently, IMDB has confirmed that 2017’s adaptation has … Continue reading Should ‘Ghost In The Shell’ Have Censored the Franchise’s Adult Material for a PG-13 Rating?