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  • Black Lizard

    Black Lizard

    ★★★★½

    Yukio Mishima was an avid reader of Rampo Edogawa's stories, particularly Black Lizard, from a young age - so Edogawa says in an afterword to a 1962 publication of the novella, 38 years after it was first serialised. The fascination Mishima felt toward the story led him to adapt it for the stage in 1962, together with producer Fumiko Yoshida. The play was so successful, it continues to be performed to this day (as of writing, a run in Tokyo…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★

    Villeneuve states that he and Johansson parted ways on this film as Villeneuve was after something that sounded more like Vangelis.
    Unfortunately what he got was what sounds like Hans Zimmer brusquely brushing Vangelis aside, saying “nah check this out this makes it sound heaps more epic”, and letting loose a few hertz down the lower end while smugly riding up on the low-pass filter (bbbbwwwwWWWAAAAAA) - over, and over, and over again. 

    In the theatre I saw this in,…

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  • The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

    The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

    ★★★★½

    Masaaki Yuasa very seldom makes a misstep, and 夜は短し歩けよ乙女 (The Night is Short, Walk On Girl) is not one of them.
    He continues to expand on the inventive style he explored in The Tatami Galaxy, but this time with only 90 minutes to do it in - however the manic pace that Yuasa's works are usually characterised by settles in nicely considering the 'single-night' narrative layout (something I hadn't actually realised when reading the book) here as well. Although there…

  • Twenty-Four Eyes

    Twenty-Four Eyes

    ★★★★★

    It's thirty minutes too long, over-melodramatic and way too sentimental, but I'll be damned if I can think of the last time a movie made me weep like this one did. Keeping in mind that Japan has a long history of people proclaiming how a full moon brought them to tears - one only has to skim through the country's vast body of ancient literature to get an idea - it's understandable that the Japanese people have an affinity with…