2006, Movie, R, 90 mins


DVD Tuesday: Animation vs. Cartoons and the Thrills of Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue courtesy Manga Entertainment

Satoshi Kons Perfect Blue is an animated thriller for grown-upsSend your movie questions to FlickChickSee Maitland McDonagh and Ken Fox review this weeks new flicks in Movie TalkWith Japanese animator Satoshi Kons surreal feature Paprika opening in theaters on May 25th Ive made his first film Perfect Blue 1998 my pick for DVD Tuesday This psychological thriller about a teenaged pop star trying to become a serious actress seethes with sharp observations about fame the tabloid media image and the commodification and fetishization of young girls Its also a cracking good story Unlike Hayao Miyazaki -- Spirited Away My Neighbor Totoro Howls Moving Castle -- who makes sensitive quietly sophisticated films about the complicated psychological landscape of childhood that can be enjoyed equally if in different ways by children and adults Kon isnt interested in family filmmaking His favorite subjects are mutable identity the vagaries of memory and the complex psycho read more

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