Oct 022015

Well, dear readers, it’s the first Friday of October. You all know what that means, right?

That’s right. It’s time for me to break out the shovel and pickax, shuffle off to the old cemetery, and unearth a fresh batch of RERUNS FROM THE CRYPT.

For those new to this, the set-up is largely similar – each -Friday, I’ll be looking at a short horror-themed series/season (as last year I split the bill for Twin Peaks and The Kingdom. This year it’s a full five, I promise) to do an overview writeup on.

This year, I decided to try my hand with the animated side of things to get the ball rolling. So for this run out, I’ve compiled five televised anime series of varying styles and degrees of horror.

And with that in mind, what better way to kick off the festivities then with the only series helmed by the late Satoshi Kon – Paranoia Agent?

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Feb 082013

Darren Aronofsky, one of the budding greats in the film industry today, bought the American rights to Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue. Why? So he could copy a scene in, which I like to call “Crouching Idol, Tiny Bathtub,” for his highly acclaimed film Requiem for a Dream.

But even though Aronofsky claims that Perfect Blue had little influence, is Black Swan the Americanized live action adaptation we’ve been waiting for? Let’s take a look at the two films and find out.

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Nov 252011

For those of you who don’t know, Satoshi Kon was one of the most celebrated Japanese directors. He use of the bizarre and psychological to add whimsy. He is responsible for one of my favorite films of all time Tokyo Godfathers. Unfortunately, he lost a battle to pancreatic cancer on August 24th, 2010, leaving a wonderful, but brief cinematic legacy behind.

This week on Manic Movie Magic, we’ll be looking at one of Kon’s most dark and influential pieces of cinema, as well as his directorial debut, Perfect Blue.

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