Todd Gaines’s review published on Letterboxd:
The blurred line between what is real, and what is not. A theme explored in movies such as: Repulsion, Belle de Jour, Triangle and Black Swan. A film aspect that's never been a favorite of mine. However, I found the outlier. Perfect Blue hooked me from the opening, and I was on the edge of my seat until the final credits rolled.
Perfect Blue is batshit crazy in an eat your heart out Darren Aronofsky type of way. It's the movie Black Swan only wished it could be. It's simply a badass flick with a lot of social commentary on the media, fame and internet usage for dummies circa 1997. At least in my mind it is.
Part Giallo. (Fun murder mystery) Part Brian De Palma. (That deformed lookin' fella and the sleazy photographer look like they morphed from the set of Body Double or Dressed to Kill) Part insanity. (That bloody blood) All equals one hell of a fuckin' film. I've made a new friend in Satoshi Kon. The animation he created is simply magic for your eyes. I'm going to be extremely careful the next time I order pizza. I thought the English dub was fuckilious™. (You can quote me on that) Odd, how I'm enjoying dubs over subs. That's not how I usually roll. I want to immediately rewatch. I'm sure a lot flew over my Dirty South head.