Fantastic Planet (1973)

Fantastic Planet, known as La Planète Sauvage in France, is a thunderously strange and haunting animation from 1973, a jarring experience for both the eyes and the ears of the audience. It is a small film that is perhaps in danger of being forgotten, when in fact it should be used as a benchmark of the medium, … Continue reading Fantastic Planet (1973)

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Entrapment and Escapism in ‘Punch Drunk Love’

Paul Thomas Anderson's beautiful and surrealistic romance Punch Drunk Love takes on a new appearance and meaning with every subsequent viewing. I originally watched Punch Drunk Love a few years ago for the intrigue and fascination over this supposedly masterful role from much-maligned comedian Adam Sandler, playing emotional and dysfunctional Barry Egan, but I now continually re-watch the … Continue reading Entrapment and Escapism in ‘Punch Drunk Love’

Personal Shopper: A Masterpiece of Emotional Horror

This article contains spoilers for Personal Shopper (2016). The best examples of the horror genre in cinema are the ones that give the audience a genuine reason to be frightened on the behalf of the vulnerable protagonist. This is a type of horror that evokes multiple reasons for fear; instead of the general fear of … Continue reading Personal Shopper: A Masterpiece of Emotional Horror

La La Land-Cynicism & Joy in the Modern Musical

Despite reports to the contrary, the cinematic musical never truly died. Even looking past the obvious examples of the yearly Disney instalment, we can see examples from recent years like Les Misérables, Rock of Ages, Annie, and of course, Mamma Mia. Cinema will always have an unbreakable bond with the love of song and dance, but there really hasn't been an attempt … Continue reading La La Land-Cynicism & Joy in the Modern Musical

Nausicaä and Laputa: Revisiting Miyazaki’s Early Masterpieces

When rediscovering the early films of Hayao Miyazaki's career, it is important to constantly notice and appreciate just how assured and expertly crafted they are. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) and Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986) are two of Miyazaki's very earliest works as a director of animation, but what sweeping and glorious efforts they … Continue reading Nausicaä and Laputa: Revisiting Miyazaki’s Early Masterpieces

Taking Delight in Depravity: ‘The Neon Demon’

After 2013’s Only God Forgives, I thought that the Danish film director, Nicholas Winding Refn, had entirely lost me as a fan. Unlike his earlier, more accessible films, Only God Forgives was an extreme: a mean-spirited, pandering film about nothing, a movie which thought of itself as very interesting and very smart when it was … Continue reading Taking Delight in Depravity: ‘The Neon Demon’

The Extraordinary Achievement of ‘The Tale of the Princess Kaguya’

To witness Takahata’s decade old project seems almost like a blessing unto itself. The charcoal strokes and painted brushes of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya wash over you and immerse you into a startlingly different world where the magic of fantasy is sharply balanced by the difficulties and sufferings of a life on earth, where … Continue reading The Extraordinary Achievement of ‘The Tale of the Princess Kaguya’