Kotoko: She sees in two. Physical matter and the soul, both versions born from a singular entity appear to her separately and with full autonomy. She doesn't know which is which. All she wants to do is love her baby boy. The shadows of others are assaultive and suffocating; further isolating her from any semblance… Continue reading Kotoko: Rediscovering Mental Illness
An artist mourns not for what he’s written or could write, but for what he can’t.
Lee Su-Jin’s Han Gong-ju powerfully explores the devastation that befalls the titular character of the film. Like many definitive works arising out of the Korean New Wave, the film is also deeply rooted within the anxieties and unconventionalities of the respective culture. The darkening subject matter, the bleak prognosis, the formless nature, the non-continuity in structure, and the absolute commitment to its ideas (with no adulteration). This trend of exploitation and exploration (for truth) bursts through here.
There’s a dreamless haze surrounding Lanthimos’s The Lobster. There is, seemingly, nothing mystifying about the landscape. Everything is black or white. There is no room for half-sizes or middling preferences. The society reflects the rawest form of binary code and they must adhere to this code. People here are required to have partners. If they… Continue reading The Lobster: Perfecting Concept for an Unperfect Reality
Title: Kanashimi no Belladonna (Belladonna of Sadness) Episode count: 1 Studio: Mushi Original Language: Japanese (Subtitled, English) Genre: Erotica, Horror, Historical Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ ☆ A corrupted woman is soaked in sin and gradually torn from her soul. Her purity that was once unscathed is now an unbounded commodity. Piece by piece, she is dismantled until… Continue reading Kanashimi no Belladonna: Aesthetics, Transformation, and Empowerment
Title: Nana Episode count: 47eps Studio: Madhouse Original Language: Japanese (Subtitled, English) Genre: Drama, Josei, Slice of Life, Music, Romance Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ ☆ The background of NANA feels like an endless white night. Things seem to be continuously in motion; beginnings and endings wrapped up in an infinite wave of falling snowflakes waiting to… Continue reading NANA: The Sublimity of Drama
“Star Wars is dead, and We have killed it.”- Friedrich Nietzche I was not impressed by the Force Awakens. It was the most blatant case of plagiarism I have seen since my freshman year in college. The story recycled the same tropes and plot points from the first Star Wars film, A New Hope. The… Continue reading PJ’s Film Corner- Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review. Spoiler alert- IT SUCKS!
Note: Spoilers for Ergo Proxy. This was originally published on my blog, ZNF Reviews, but that site's dead, so whatever. :3 An echo, a heartbeat pounding in the eye of the storm, Centzontotochtin sails over the earth, and the pulse of the awakening signals the beginning of the end. Ergo Proxy aired over ten years ago and to… Continue reading Welcome, to the Desert of the Re-L