Twenty years on from its initial release, the late Satoshi Kon’s debut feature still dazzles and disturbs like few other films. This tale of Mima (Junko Iwao), a young pop singer turned aspiring actress whose mind begins to unravel under the strain of both exploitative people and a medium that encourages it, carries extra resonance today with the recent revelations regarding historic abuse from powerful men in Hollywood.Read More
Back in 2014, Batman was one of the breakout successes from the excellent The LEGO Movie. It seems bizarre to refer to a then-75 year old character as being ‘breakout’, but Will Arnett’s portrayal of a self-congratulatory Bruce Wayne/Batman was a refreshing change to numerous serious portrayals of the character following the high-camp disaster of Batman & Robin in the 1997. Now this version of the Dark Knight has been promoted to his own starring role, and this feature film is a loving celebration of the history of Batman which is simultaneously unafraid of joking at its own ridiculousness.Read More
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