Tag Archives: Fantasy

Fantasy as Poetry, Fiction as Metaphor in Shinkai’s YOUR NAME

Your Name is a heartfelt, modern love story with an intricately layered narrative spanning philosophy, mythology, romance, and teenage fantasy within a science fiction melodrama. It is a brilliant feature anime, and the best I have seen since Takahata’s The … Continue reading

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La La Land and Film Criticism’s Malleable Perspective on Homage and Originality

Since its premiere at Venice, Chazelle’s third feature, La La Land—a euphemism for a fantasy world, also seen as LA—has met critical acclaim, mainstream approval, Oscar buzz, a critical backlack, a re-examination, and Oscar pundit denial and defense. It now stands … Continue reading

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Pompeii (Anderson, 2014)

Paul W.S. Anderson’s Pompeii (2014) blew me away. Judging the trailer and posters, one does not expect a masterful film, nor even a reasonably good film. 3D, CGI, and romantic melodrama rarely appeal to higher artistic sensibilities, and I for … Continue reading

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Pan’s Labyrinth (Del Toro, 2006)

Watched it last night, and it affected me more or less as it did the first time. The colours and special effects are glorious. The film is aMAZEing.. 😛 Okay, dad jokes aside, it’s pretty darn excellent, and Del Toro’s … Continue reading

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Lancelot du Lac (Bresson, 1974)

Lancelot du Lac (1974) is the last feature film of Robert Bresson that I am to see (although I have yet to re-watch and review Au Hasard Balthazar [1966]). Set in the medieval age, the story tells of the Arthurian … Continue reading

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