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Kirsten Howard May 15, 2017
Black Swan director Aronofsky decided to join in with the Mother's Day celebrations overseas by dropping a poster for his latest outing.
Darren Aronofsky has made some absolutely cracking films over the last two decades. Pi, Requiem For A Dream and Black Swan all saw the director wearing his influences on his sleeve - from Tetsuo: The Iron Man to Perfect Blue to Suspiria - while he still managed to create very individual pieces of work and become a celebrated director in his own right, even picking up an Oscar nomination back in 2011.
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The Overlook Fest is in full swing, and besides feature films, immersive experiences and panels the Timberline Lodge also welcomes a select 16 shorts from all corners of the world. Among them we find festival favorites like A Nearly Perfect Blue Sky (click here for our interview with Quarxx) and also works that are just now starting to make a splash, like Julien Jauniaux’s An Eldritch Place. The short tells the story of Abdel, who accepts a job as a night watchman and promises to keep an eye on things in Francis’ garage. When he stumbles upon his employer’s strange secret, an occult world opens and threatens to swallow him whole. Having had its world premiere at the 2016 H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival in...
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It was always only a matter of time until modern Hollywood resigned itself to remaking anime. Which isn’t to suggest that the uniquely Japanese medium is somehow unworthy of being used as fodder for Western blockbusters — on the contrary, anime has provided some of the most progressive, adventurous, and visionary filmmaking of the last 30 years — but rather to acknowledge the palpable whiff of inevitability with which Paramount is releasing “Ghost in the Shell.”
It’s not like studio executives are obsessive fans of the franchise, it’s not like former Paramount CEO Brad Grey bought every new DVD of “Stand Alone Complex” as it was released in the United States and can walk you through every detail of the Laughing Man case, it’s not like the people in power were just patiently waiting for the entertainment climate to warm up to the idea of a star-studded Major Kusanagi »
- David Ehrlich
Ryan Lambie Feb 6, 2017
Beyond Studio Ghibli, a wave of directors and artists ensure that the future’s bright for animation in Japan, Ryan writes...
At its best, anime is diverse, vibrant, unfettered and unpredictable. Look through the history of Japanese animation, and you’ll find stories about baseball, cooking, friendly ghosts, ancient myths, dog detectives and robot cats from the future. You’ll find sci-fi and horror, fantasy and comedy, erotica and historical drama. Just about every country on the planet produces animation of some kind; few broach subjects as varied as the Japanese.
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In recent years, however, anime has faced threats from multiple angles. First, there’s the threat that will catch up with all of us eventually: time itself. In 2010, Japan lost one of its great storytellers, Satoshi Kon, who made such stunning animated movies as Perfect Blue (one of »
Nikkatsu has released the first trailer for Sion Sono’s “Anti-Porno,” with which the iconic Japanese studio is relaunching its famed (and infamous) Roman Porno (short for romantic pornography) label. Watch the trailer below.
The film premiered last year at L’Etrange Festival in France, where it was praised for its feminist take on sexuality that does, in fact, live up to its title. For its premiere, the film was described:
“Fashion star Kioko is bored in her apartment, waiting for a meeting with Watanabe, a chief-editor who’s interviewing her. In the domination and humiliation game between her and her assistant, the roles will slowly invert. Unless it’s all fiction?
A very good batch from stakhanovist-filmmaker Shion Sono with ‘Antiporno,’ a film commissioned by Nikkatsu to relaunch its Porn Novel, which the author turned into a personal and metaphysical exercise, »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Having directed nearly fifteen films this decade alone, Japanese director Sion Sono (whose Why Don’t You Play in Hell? and Tokyo Tribe seemed to get the most substantial U.S. releases as of late) will be adding onto his resume his latest film, Anti-Porno. Ahead of a Japanese release this month, the first trailer has now arrived.
For this project, Sono has collaborated with Japan’s mega entertainment company Nikkatsu with the goal of resurrecting the old iconic Roman Porno series—a series of Japanese softcore pornographic films that ran from November 1971 to May 1988. The director also plans to put forth his own creative touch on the pornographic genre with refreshing tones on women’s sexuality that’s rarely shown on the big-screen. While the trailer doesn’t have subtitles, one can glean a glimpse at Sono’s vibrant color palette.
- The Film Stage
6 items from 2017
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