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Terri: The Shapelessness of Youth

Terri (2011), directed by Azazel Jacobs, starring Jacob Wysocki, and John C. Riley, is a film that speaks to me on a very personal level. Not only with the themes it encapsulates, but with its true-to-life characters, and with its grounded aesthetic that manages to tie it all together in a package that is highly [...]

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Inuyashiki: How to Masterfully Convey Unease

From a list of more than ten shows I'm watching in the Autumn/Fall 2017 season, Inuyashiki continually makes me think the more than any other. Now, that does not necessarily mean I think it is the best. But, often incitation of thought is what I'm searching for... maybe above all else. I believe that a [...]

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Girls’ Last Tour: Developing Character

  On occasion, characters grab your imagination in the first few moments of you knowing them. Girls' Last Tour is a perfect example of this; how it manages to present its two characters in a way that is hardly exciting, but completely endearing. It's this slow revelation of who these two girls are where the [...]

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Parasyte: The Maxim – Anime Analysis and Review

It's fair to say,  Parasyte tickles me in all the right places. A feat that the majority of anime fails to come even close to doing. Not especially because the shows I watch are inherently unworthy, but because they simply do not compare with the truly brilliant shows I have had the pleasure of watching [...]

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Perfect Blue – Exploring Satoshi Kon’s Masterpiece

  Satoshi Kon. A name that is instantly recognised, and hugely respected within the anime community and business. Known for his distinct thematic elements, and unmistakable tonality of his films. Sadly, the man behind many other critically acclaimed classics such as, Tokyo Godfathers, Paprika, Millennium Actress, and Paranoia Agent passed away in 2010 after a very [...]

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The Gods Lie (Manga) : Youthful Innocence

  So, this is not anime. It's a break-away from what I usually write. It's manga. More specifically, The Gods Lie The Gods Lie is a 2013 manga written and illustrated by Kaori Ozaki. The story follows eleven-year-old Natsuru, a grade-schooler who dreams of one day being a succesful footballer. In amongst this he meets [...]

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Pom Poko – Environmental Resonance

  Pom Poko was within the first ten or twenty anime movies I ever watched, many, many moons ago. And, one I have loved ever since. It's one of those slightly underrated Studio Ghibli movies that don't get talked about all that often, or that is to say, nowhere near the level that the others [...]