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On DVD: The Minoru Kawasaki Collection, "The General"

18 November 2008 7:26 AM, PST | | See recent IFC news »

By Michael Atkinson

I have to be honest: Japanese pop culture terrifies me. While American pop culture, with its adolescence fetish, prideful ignorance, superhero love and submergent video game fantasias, can merely make me queasy, what I see flowing out of Japan triggers a flight response: the cute cult, the schoolgirl obsession, the giant-penis-monster animated porn, the apocalyptic visions, the oceans of twisted-fairy-tale manga, the deification of inexplicable toys, the combinations of all of the above, and so on. It's as if, by Western junk-culture standards in the last three or so decades, Japan is going joyfully, helplessly insane.

Which accounts, obviously, for the stuff's worldwide popularity. I just can't often get my head around it, or see the opportunity to try, or track what kind of creative idea spawned something like Pokémon or Sailor Moon or the tentacle-rape epic "Urotsukidoji" or Satoshi Kon's "Paprika" or gold-plated poop-shaped cell-phone trinkets, »

- Michael Atkinson

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What I Watched: From 'The Phantom of the Opera' to 'Gosford Park'

22 September 2008 12:59 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The idea for this article came out of how many films I have been watching lately in an effort to up my film IQ. I am not watching these films to be any kind of film historian, but to just have an overall knowledge of movies. It is also a nice way to make up for how many bad films I have to watch. I will still continue to do my Cinematic Revival editorials as well as hopefully bring you more of these recap pieces. My larger goal is to begin writing full reviews for all of these films when I don't write up the longer Cinematic Revival essays to improve on my writing as well as bolster my list of written reviews. That said, here is a look at what I watched at home last week and if you have any films to recommend that you watched recently (it »

- Brad Brevet

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