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An Architect's Gifts: Close-Up on Satoshi Kon's "Tokyo Godfathers" and "Paprika"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Satoshi Kon's Tokyo Godfathers (2003) is showing December 18, 2017 - January 17, 2018 and Paprika (2006) from December 19 - January 18, 2018 on Mubi in the United Kingdom in the retrospective Satoshi Kon, Anime Maestro. Tokyo GodfathersIt could be said that consistency and eclecticism make up two sides of the auteurist coin, in which the artist's voice can be seen and felt across a body of work that is either noticeably focused in subject matter, thematic concerns, or stylistic approaches (Alfred Hitchcock, François Truffaut, Wes Anderson) or wildly varied in any or all of those areas (Louis Malle, Steven Soderbergh). In that respect, Satoshi Kon got to have it both ways with the final two completed animated features in his oeuvre, the satisfyingly odd parting pairing of Tokyo Godfathers (2003) and Paprika (2006). Sorely missed these past seven years since his premature death from pancreatic cancer on
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Perfect Blue review – groundbreaking anime horror rerelease

While it was undoubtedly innovative, the dubious sexual attitudes of this 1997 pyschological thriller make it difficult to watch

Re-released in acknowledgment of its 20th anniversary, there is no arguing that Perfect Blue is a groundbreaking anime. A twisted psychological horror, the film gets under the seemingly innocent skin of Japan’s idol culture – the teen J-pop princesses and the otaku, or obsessively proprietorial fans who follow them. It’s particularly perceptive about the emotional cost to the girls, marketed on their youth, once they are forced to move on to another career. But I found it very hard to get past the eroticised approach to rape and sexual violence which is a pervasive stain on this otherwise intriguing film.

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Leaff 2017 to celebrate 100yrs of Japanese animation

The London East Asia Film Festival (Leaff) 2017 is set to celebrate 100 years of Japanese animation with the special screening of three landmark films. Curated by author and specialist in Japanese cinema, Jasper Sharp, it includes Santoshi Kon’s award-winning Millennium Actress (2001) along with the premieres of two overlooked classics that have rarely been screened in the UK: Maasaki Yuasa’s hallucinatory cult fantasy Mind Game (2004), and Osamu Tezuka and Eiichi Yamamoto’s provocative Cleopatra: Queen of Sex (1970).

All these films reflect Leaff’s overarching theme this year of Time and the perception of time. In addition, there are two panel discussions in London and Bristol looking at the history and impact of anime.

Building on the success of last year’s first edition, London East Asia Film Festival (Leaff) 2017 is showcasing enchanting stories, insightful discussions, and diverse filmic voices from South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, China, and Southeast Asia.
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Crowdfund This: Quarxx's All The Gods From The Sky Needs Your Help to Kick Off Production

If you attended a genre film festival in 2016, you likely caught a glimpse of Quarxx’s artistic vision in the form of A Nearly Perfect Blue Sky (Un Ciel Bleu Presque Parfait). The 36-minute shocker was celebrated by no less than 80 festivals around the world, including Fantasia, Clermont-Ferrand, Screamfest and even Sundance 2017. The recipient of numerous awards, it has drawn favorable comparisons to Julia Ducournau’s Raw for being "a French genre phenomenon" (Benjamin Leroy, Mad Movies), but also for investing surface level thrills and grisly gore with deeper meaning. The feature film promises to expand on the short’s unique blend of drama, realism, sci-fi, and dark comedy, all centered around a fraught brother-sister relationship: Simon (Jean-Luc Couchard), a 30 year old man, works...

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Pretty Packaging: The French Perfect Blue Is A Total Jawdropper

As part of celebrating 100 years of Japanese animation, French distributor Kaze released a special edition of Perfect Blue, Satoshi Kon's debut film as a director. This happens to be one of my favorite anime. Satoshi Kon basically used the tropes of Italy's psycho-sexual "gialli" thrillers to create a unique perspective on extreme stress, and while many people wondered why this film is animated instead of live-action, it allowed for some seamless tinkering with hallucinations and illusions. Released back in 1997, Perfect Blue has been a major influence for many directors, and is openly referenced (sometimes credited, even) in films like Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream. Seven years ago, Satoshi Kon was unexpectedly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died a few months afterwards,...

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Mother!: Darren Aronofsky’s new film gets a first poster

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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But then came Noah. Fans and critics alike struggled to be as warm towards 2014's odd, Russell Crowe-starring biblical drama,
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Overlook 2017 Interview: Julien Jauniaux Talks Lovecraftian Nightmare An Eldritch Place

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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7 Classic Anime That Hollywood Should Remake After ‘Ghost in the Shell’ (And One That They Really Need to Leave Alone)

7 Classic Anime That Hollywood Should Remake After ‘Ghost in the Shell’ (And One That They Really Need to Leave Alone)
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
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Why the future’s bright for anime

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
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‘Anti-Porno’ Trailer: Japanese Director Sion Sono Returns with a Feminist Take on Sexuality

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‘Anti-Porno’ Trailer: Japanese Director Sion Sono Returns with a Feminist Take on Sexuality
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:

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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,
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First Trailer for Sion Sono’s ‘Anti-Porno’ Opens a Window to Erotic Fantasies

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.

Starring Ami Tomite and Mariko Tsutsui, check out
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Sundance 2017 Shorts Program

Sundance 2017 Shorts Program
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Sixty-eight short films will complement the lineup of longer fare at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The short film slate aligns thematically with other Festival categories, including Midnight and The New Climate, the Festival’s new programming strand highlighting climate change and the environment. The Festival hosts screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort January 19–29.

The Institute’s support for short films extends internationally and year-round. Select Festival short films are presented as a traveling program at over 50 theaters in the U.S. and Canada each year, and short films and filmmakers take part in regional Master Classes geared towards supporting emerging shorts-makers in several cities. Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and in partnership with The Guardian and The New York Times’ Op-Docs,
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Interview: Quarxx Discusses A Nearly Perfect Blue Sky, the Most Shocking Short of 2016

Those who have been keeping a close eye on the short film programs of international festivals will have seen a select number of titles popping up all over the world in 2016. Particularly noteworthy for the numerous awards they both collected are Tim Egan’s Curve and Quarxx’s A Nearly Perfect Blue Sky (Un Ciel Bleu Presque Parfait). The former is a harrowing edge-of-your seat nightmare about a woman who desperately tries to prevent herself from falling off a reclining surface into a pitch-black abyss. Coincidence or not, its potent combination of visceral thrills and metaphoric exploration of a mental illness is also what makes the latter such a singularly impressive work. Quarxx’s short focuses on Simon (Jean-Luc Clochard), an unstable man who tries his best...

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New Shorts Directed by Kristen Stewart, Laura Poitras & More to Premiere at Sundance 2017

With their feature film line-up now set (see here and here), Sundance have unveiled their 2017 short program, which in past years has included such gems as World of Tomorrow, Glove, and Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash. This year’s line-up includes Kristen Stewart‘s Come Swim, featuring a score by St. Vincent, as well as Project X, the latest film from Citizenfour director Laura Poitras.

Check out the full line-up of 68 films below, along with the first look at Stewart’s film.

U.S. Narrative Short Films

American Paradise / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Joe Talbot) — A desperate man in Trump’s America tries to shift his luck with the perfect crime in this story inspired by true events.

Cecile on the Phone / U.S.A. (Director: Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Screenwriters: Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Ellen Greenberg) — Overwhelmed by doubt and confusion after her ex-boyfriend’s return to New York, Cecile embarks on
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Sundance 2017: Short Films Lineup Includes Kaiju Bunraku, Dawn Of The Deaf & More

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Sundance Film Festival just gave attendees 68 new reasons to look forward to the January event with the announcement of their short films program that features several titles for genre fans to keep an eye on, including the creature short feature Kaiju Bunraku, the suburban satanic cult-centric Fucking Bunnies, and the post-apocalyptic Dawn of the Deaf.

We have the official press release below with full details, and stay tuned to Daily Dead for our upcoming coverage of the festival.

Press Release: Park City, Ut — Sixty-eight short films, announced today, will complement the lineup of longer fare at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The short film slate aligns thematically with other Festival categories, including Midnight and The New Climate, the Festival’s new programming strand highlighting climate change and the environment. The Festival hosts screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort January 19-29.

The Institute’s support for
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Sundance 2017 Announces Short Selections, With New Films From Kristen Stewart, Laura Poitras and Many More

Sundance 2017 Announces Short Selections, With New Films From Kristen Stewart, Laura Poitras and Many More
Short film lovers, never fear, the Sundance Film Festival has not forgotten about you. After rolling out their various feature categories, the annual winter festival has now announced their full short film lineup, including narratives, documentaries, animated offerings and midnight chillers. The slate is packed with picks from such diverse filmmakers as Laura Poitras (who will screen her latest, “Project X,” co-directed with Henrik Moltke, at the festival) and Kristen Stewart (who will make her directorial debut with “Come Swim”), along with Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Zachary Zezima, E.G. Bailey and many, many more.

If you’re hoping to find the next big thing in independent filmmaking, start here. Among the shorts the festival has shown in recent years are “World of Tomorrow,” “Thunder Road,” “Whiplash,” “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom” and “Gregory Go Boom.”

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Sundance Film Festival Announces 2017 Shorts Programs

Sundance Film Festival Announces 2017 Shorts Programs
Kristen Stewart’s directorial debut, “Come Swim,” which she created as part of Refinery29’s women-helmed Shatterbox Anthology series, will screen at the Sundance Film Festival alongside 67 other short films announced Tuesday. The shorts round out a program of competition and Next films, format-bending New Frontier projects, and star-driven Premiere and Midnight titles unveiled over the previous week.

Other shorts of potential interest include “Cecile on the Phone,” co-written and directed by Annabelle Dexter-Jones (daughter of Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones, sister of DJ Mark Ronson), and Joe Talbot’s “American Paradise.” Though feature filmmakers haven’t necessarily had time to process the impact of the recent election, Talbot’s satirical short imagines life under a Trump presidency.

Among the documentary shorts, Oscar winner Laura Poitras (“Citizenfour”) unveils her latest, “Project X,” while Lewie Kloster’s “Legal Smuggling With Christine Choy” chronicles a crazy chapter in the life of Oscar nominee Choy (“Who Killed Vincent Chin?
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NYC Weekend Watch: Kenneth Lonergan, King Hu, ‘After Hours,’ Satoshi Kon & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Museum of the Moving Image

The Kieslowski retrospective has its final weekend.

Some of documentary cinema’s recent bright stars are given dedication in “Pushing the Envelope: A Decade of Documentary at the Cinema Eye Honors.”

Margaret and You Can Count on Me screen this Friday and Sunday, respectively.

The Sword of Doom screens this Saturday,
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Horror Highlights: Wolfmen Of Mars, Anno Dracula, Hear The Living Dead, Screamfest 2016 Award Winners

Starting off this weekend's Horror Highlights, Wolfmen of Mars has made their entire music catalog available for a free / pay what you want price right now on their Bandcamp page. Continue reading for more details. Also: Anno Dracula comic series, release details for Hear the Living the Dead compilation album, and a recap of the Screamfest 2016 awards ceremony.

Entire Wolfmen of Mars Music Catalog Available Now: The entire music catalog of Wolfmen from Mars is now available at a “free/pay what you want” price on their Bandcamp page. Fans will also be able to hear the band’s music in the upcoming horror movie Boogeyman Pop, but until then, you can crank up their entire stock of tunes on Bandcamp. To learn more, visit their official Bandcamp page.

About Wolfmen of Mars: "Making music that combines the electronic analog sounds of the 70s-80s and mixing them with heavy grooves.
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Side-By-Side Comparison Video of Movie Scenes That Look Exactly Alike

I've got a fascinating video here for you to watch that offers us a side-by-side comparison of movie scenes that are shot exactly the same. It's pretty awesome to see how today's directors were heavily influenced by the filmmakers that inspired them.

The video was edited together by Candice Drouet, and he says that it "juxtaposes famous movie scenes with similar visual composition." The films that are compared in the video include Pulp Fiction and Moonrise KingdomFull Metal Jacket and Moonrise KingdomRequiem for a Dream and All That JazzPerfect Blue and Dark City; and more.
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