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Review: Talking Head (Personal Favorites #40)

3 May 2012 5:41 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Mamoru Oshii (Kokaku Kidotai, Innocence, Patlabor 2, Sky Crawlers) has one hell of an impressive resume, containing some of the biggest, challenging and most successful animation films out there. At the same time he never stopped experimenting, expanding his oeuvre with smaller, more artistic films (think Tenshi no Tamago or Tachiguishi Retsuden). Talking Head clearly belongs to this second category of films and should be approached with at least some level of caution.Talking Head is part of the unofficial live action trilogy Oshii directed between '87 and '92. It's not a true trilogy though as Talking Head has little (actually nothing) to do with the other two films. Red Spectacles and Stray Dog are both set in the Kerberos universe, Talking Head is a meta »

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Review: Innocence (Personal Favorites #4)

9 March 2012 3:47 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Mamoru Oshii's (Tenshi no Tamago, Patlabor 2, Sky Crawlers, Tachiguishi Retsuden) Innocence is without a doubt one of the trickiest accomplishments of his already rich and challenging career. From the get go the film was doomed to fail, back then it simply seemed impossible for a sequel to live up to the standard of its predecessor (Kokaku Kidotai). But Oshii persevered and created what would become another benchmark in Japanese animation.To me Innocence is the perfect sequel. It's everything a good sequel should be, while at the same time avoiding all the predictable traps so many other sequels fall victim to. It's a film that respectfully refers to its predecessor but stands well on its own. It shares the same perks as Kokaku Kidotai, but »

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Review: Monday (Personal Favorites #51)

24 February 2012 4:53 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Hiroyuki Tanaka (Kanikosen, Blessing Bell, Drive) is a very big favorite of mine. Largely unknown in the West (unless you're part of a privileged fest crowd that is), Tanaka is a director with plenty of commercial appeal who failed to ride the (somewhat random) wave of popularity that many other Asian films enjoyed in the early years of the new millennium. If you want a taste of what he is capable of, Monday is probably your best and most entertaining entry point.There are still plenty of films out there that lack a proper English-friendly release (take Kyoshin, Tenshi no Tamago, Symbol) but in those cases I can at least sympathize with the financial risk of releasing such films over here. Even though Monday isn't without »

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Review: Ghost In The Shell (Personal Favorites #48)

19 January 2012 3:33 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Mamoru Oshii (Tachiguishi Retsuden, Sky Crawlers, Ghost In The Shell 2.0, Patlabor 2, Tenshi no Tamago) is without a doubt my favorite director out there, so there's really no way I could ever pass up on reviewing his ultimate classic: the 1995 adaptation of Masamune Shirow's much-lauded Ghost In The Shell manga. Almost 17 years after its original release, the film still houses a truly captivating and mesmerizing power. If Eraserhead and Tetsuo are the films that made me become serious about film as a hobby, Oshii's Kokaku Kidotai is the film that actually introduced me to the world of cinema. Sure enough I watched and liked films before this one, but only in a more simple and straight-forward entertainment-based manner. Before this film it »

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