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  • Boogiepop and Others

    Boogiepop and Others

    ★★★½

    In Japanese literature, the trend of "light novels" for young adults, that being stories averaging 50,000 words in length (A.K.A., the standard minimum for most English novels), boomed in the late 90's and became an extremely popular gateway path into getting into the wide array of written storytelling, especially for avid anime viewers given the frequency of art that accompanies said light novels. The Boogiepop series has been cited as a main instigator for this sudden interest, and has seen…

  • Boogiepop Phantom

    Boogiepop Phantom

    ★★★★½

    (NOTE: THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE ENTIRE SERIES EPISODE-BY-EPISODE. AS SUCH, SPOILERS ARE PRESENT ALL-AROUND. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED).

    Kouhei Kadono's Boogiepop series was a huge success in the realm of Japanese light novels, and the popularity of the series extends even to this day, as a steady stream of 22 novels in the franchise have been written by him with, at most, a two-year difference between installments. Given this, it was inevitable that some sort of adaptation would…

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  • Zorns Lemma

    Zorns Lemma

    ★★½

    An Odyssey, ft. Hollis Frampton (7/24)

    Zorns Lemma is unique in Frampton's filmography, as it was the first out of two films whose length approached that of a standard feature, even when being notably shorter than the average person's interpretation of "feature-length" (the other one, Magellan: Drafts and Fragments, was more of a demonstration of a larger project that we will get to soon enough). This makes it the most famous, or infamous, film in his entire filmography, simply based…

  • The Cremator

    The Cremator

    ★★★★★

    Although Juraj Herz is often considered as one of the most important figures to come out of the Czechoslovak New Wave, he himself did not consider himself a member of the colleagues that pioneered it, nor did they consider Herz a fit member for this movement. Herz studied puppetry in the same class as Jan Švankmajer, and would often have to sneak into screening rooms at the FAMU film school on account of not being very well liked by those…

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  • Blood and Black Lace

    Blood and Black Lace

    ★★★½

    Like many unsung visionaries, Mario Bava was a frequent pioneer in his country that most people didn't care about at the time. His shy demeanor and reluctance for a higher international profile, namely from Hollywood, contributed to contemporary disinterest, but his influence has been felt on a wide assortment of who you might consider the best directors of all time, and his contributions spearheaded and predicted some of Italian's most deeply-associated film genres. Blood and Black Lace falls into both…

  • Poltergeist

    Poltergeist

    ★★★½

    In the late 1970's, Steven Spielberg came up with an idea for a film titled Night Skies, a horror-themed sequel to Close Encounters of the Third Kind that would follow extraterrestrial scientists terrorizing a rural family to examine which of Earth's species are sentient. This film was never made, but was instead cannibalized into other projects, and immediately went into production as two completely different films, those being E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Poltergeist. Spielberg's contract with Universal, however, prevented him…