Interview: Masaaki Yuasa on ‘Lu Over the Wall’

Masaaki Yuasa’s background in animation goes back decades, but he’s probably best known to international audiences for his debut feature as a director, 2004’s Mind Game: a psychedelic trip of a movie that incorporates life, death, sex and yakuza feuds into one mind-bending package. Yuasa has mostly directed TV series, shorts or contributions to anthology movies… Read More Interview: Masaaki Yuasa on ‘Lu Over the Wall’

Review: The Bad Batch (Ana Lily Amirpour, 2016)

In 2014, writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour made a striking debut with A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. That black-and-white vampire drama was a blend of many disparate influences, from spaghetti westerns to a Jim Jarmusch-ian brand of cinematic cool. While Amirpour’s genre hybrid was a mixed bag in terms of lasting emotional resonance, A… Read More Review: The Bad Batch (Ana Lily Amirpour, 2016)

Why you need to see ‘Your Name’ in IMAX and the potential for more IMAX animation

By now, most sci-fi fans with even a cursory interest in animation will be aware of Your Name, director Makoto Shinkai’s body swap/time travel dramedy – think Freaky Friday meets Back To The Future – that became a global hit last year. At the time of writing, its worldwide gross is at over 355 million in US dollars, over $235… Read More Why you need to see ‘Your Name’ in IMAX and the potential for more IMAX animation

Review: Napping Princess (Kenji Kamiyama, 2017)

The filmography of writer-director Kenji Kamiyama is rife with updates of beloved anime or manga properties, most notably a TV expansion of Ghost in the Shell. What characterises most of his visions is a penchant for political commentary, which is a tad less prominent in his latest project, Napping Princess, a more straightforward fantasy adventure with some… Read More Review: Napping Princess (Kenji Kamiyama, 2017)

Interview: David Lowery on ‘A Ghost Story’, life after death and loving ‘Under the Skin’

David Lowery’s A Ghost Story is quite unlike most spectre-based tales you’ll have seen onscreen. For one thing, while there’s definitely haunting going on, it’s no horror film. Told in a series of slow-going sustained takes, it starts off as a tender romance before taking on paranormal qualities, eventually veering into sci-fi territory best left… Read More Interview: David Lowery on ‘A Ghost Story’, life after death and loving ‘Under the Skin’

Review: Transformers: The Last Knight (Michael Bay, 2017)

Transformers: The Last Knight makes no sense, but somehow still makes more sense than the previous film, Age Of Extinction. In almost only that sense, it is a success. There are glimmers of theoretically enjoyable daftness scattered throughout, but the trouble is there’s about ten different films crammed in: one about the hunt for an… Read More Review: Transformers: The Last Knight (Michael Bay, 2017)