Note: This is a review of the first three volumes of Outcast: A Darkness Surrounds Him, A Vast and Unending Ruin, and This Little Light.
There’s a lot I want to like about Outcast. When done right, possession is one of my favorite horror subgenres. Peeling back the veil into the supernatural and seeing how it manifests in our physical realm creates for intriguing metaphysical horror. It’s also a fascinating exploration of good and evil and the battle between the divine and demonic. Sadly, Outcast lacks a lot of these thematic underpinnings. Continue reading Outcast
Tokyo Godfathers opens with Christmas mass. The Tokyo congregation is not made up of finely dressed churchgoers, but a ragged group of homeless people. Amidst the throng of people are Hana (Yoshiaki Umegaki) and Gin (Toru Emori). As the two wait in line, Hana bemoans that he’s a woman trapped in a male body and wonders if he might become the virgin Marry and conceive without sex. When he tells the server he’s eating for two, the shock is palpable. The duo returns to Miyuki (Aya Okamoto), a spunky teen with a chip on her shoulder. Continue reading Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
Once Upon a Time in the West is a film of faces. While the sprawling dusty landscapes of the West comprise many of the shots of the film, the film is more fascinated with the human landscape of the face. The face can be rough with many crevices and the signs of age, or smooth with youth and beauty. Emotions and expressions bring the face to life. Continue reading Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
6 Anne of Green Gables
Marilla observers that Anne’s only real shortcoming is her penchant to daydream. Marilla decides to wait to tell Anne that she will stay at Green Gables. Of course, Anne asks at one point and Marilla tells her to get back to work. When Anne is finally told she imagines herself soaring to the sky. Anne promises to be her best. Continue reading Anne of Green Gables 6-10