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Kww_121 Jan 25, 4:23 PM
Hey! I recently found out that Akiyuki Shinbou once gave out an interview talking about his favorite movies and directors, all live-action, and it's been leading me to some really interesting places I thought you might have some interest in, especially with how you were the guy who recommended me Requiem from the Darkness (and they are very much in that vein).

His main influence seems to have been the 1977 italian movie Suspiria, and it's actually just the closest I could find so far in live-action to Shinbou's style. The use of color seems to match Shinbou's philosphy in The Soultaker or Polymar (my favorite of his ovas) really closely, with a lot of red and blue and yellow in quite a good percentage of the scenes, which look phenomenal, and there's a similar predilection for symmetry and reflections, a couple of tricks that only show up there once but that Shinbou incorporates quite a lot in his series. I'm obsessed enough with Shinbou that I would watch the whole thing no matter what it was, and it's very goofy in terms of horror, but I'd actually recommend it over the great majority of anime arthouse and horror movies/ovas. Shinbou's words were, "Everything I want to do is contained in this movie", though my source is actually an amazon review which goes over the interview, while I don't have access to the book itself (The Supreme Movies Chosen by Anime Creators, which also features Imaishi, Yuasa, Kenji Nakamura -- I'm seriously considering trying to find it).

He also mentions The Evil Dead, The Thing, The Exorcist, Nightmare on Elm Street, The Return of the Living Dead, Re-Animator, I Know What You Did Last Summer, but, way more interestingly, the Japanese movies Bohachi Bushido: Code of the Forgotten Eight and Kaneto Shindo's The Iron Crown, plus Akio Jissoji and Ichikawa Kon as directors who influenced him. I was familiar with Kaneto Shindo because of Kuroneko (another simple horror movie with very strong cinematography), Akio Jissoji for being to Kamen Rider what Chiaki J Konaka is to Digimon Tamers, plus having directed the movie adaptation of the first Kyougokudou novel (the second is Mouryou no Hako, which I believe you watched the anime for), and Ichikawa Kon as the director of The Inugami Family, though I didn't like that movie at all nor did I find anything Shinbouy in it.

Well, I mostly just wanted to recommend Suspiria to you, but do you happen to have any movie recommendations yourself, or even maybe an imdb or letterboxd I could check? I've been getting way more into live-action as of late, Twin Peaks was cool, though it never quite reached the heights again of the first red room scene in episode 3 to me, neither did Mulholland or Blue Velvet, and I even watched Rashoumon, though I also currently prefer Kurosawa's more methodical, plot-oriented works for now (Seven Samurai and Yojimbo are my favorites, and I want to check out the Yojimbo anime one of these days). Some other movies I liked were Hideaki Anno's Shiki-jitsu, 12 Angry Men, Masculine Feminine, My Dinner With Andre, I didn't like Tarkovsky and Kubrick, I liked Sion Sono, Alfred Hitchcock. I'll take any arthouse or anything else, really, with how high our affinities are in this website, and I'm very new to the medium, so chances are I won't have heard of them.

sockerdricka Dec 23, 2023 7:46 AM
Frohe Weinachten, God Jul!
XyanZSE Nov 11, 2023 9:55 PM
You will wonder: why the question? And the answer is your interaction with FMmatron, you talk to FMmatron in English instead of German.
XyanZSE Nov 11, 2023 10:23 AM
What country are you from?
whiteflame55 Nov 2, 2023 8:34 PM
Wow, sounds like you had a number of reasons to connect with Monster. Glad to hear that the historical aspects are on point.

I'll have to add both of those to my ptw. With both Monster and Made in Abyss easily among my favorites, it seems like a foregone conclusion that I'll be getting to more of his work. Thanks for these!
sockerdricka Sep 29, 2023 12:34 PM
So did you manage to gather any more meaningful info froim these new MAL changes?
inim Sep 29, 2023 6:36 AM
23feanor Sep 24, 2023 10:20 PM
I thought that may be the case. I also have a bunch of shows I scored early on that I'm not sure I'd agree with now.
23feanor Sep 13, 2023 1:32 AM
Just read your initial review of LotGH back when you finished it in November 2019 and you said in your review 'this can't be a 10/10 for me for many reason', I'm genuinely intrigued, what changed your mind and caused you to retrospectively up your score from 8-10/10?

In terms of the politics, which seem to have initially rubbed you the wrong way, I quite liked the way that autocracy can be shown to be an effective and just form of rule, in the right hands, but the issue of future accountability and corruption are also explored (there was an episode towards the end when the Imperial councillors and count are discussing this very issue after it's announced that Hilda will become Kaierin and whether she should be able to hold power in her own right, or she just a ornate bauble to sit at Reinhard's side, questions that were asked by the English parliament hundreds of years ago when Elizabeth 1st came to power, and more recently when queen Victoria became queen as the Victorians didn't think a woman capable, despite eveidence in our own national history to the contrary) and even at the very end Reinhard says that the best candidate should succeed him and if his son, Prince Alex, doesn't have the right qualities then his dynasty will end.

And then you have some very apt depictions of the worst aspects of democracy ("best of a bad bunch" Churchill is famous for saying about how democracy is the 'least worst' from a bad pool of choices), which I found quite topical given the situation in many countries like the USA where the right wing have gone nuts and the country elected Trump, but then the British elected in favour of Brexit (and we're now paying for it, I did my dissertation on European Intergrattion and believed at the time that one day we'd have a United States of Europe, oh how naive I was, lol) and even chose Boris idiot Johnson as prime minister.

You also mentioned in your review that you didn't feel emotionally invested in any specific character, and I'd have to agree with that. There isn't one character that I really related or identified with, but the show made me cry out of sadness, pity and joy on more than one occasion, and even laugh a few times.
23feanor Sep 12, 2023 10:04 PM
It was a pretty damn good ending. It was pretty damn good from start to finish and feel like I've just finished the best story out there, well in terms of grand space opera.
Happosama Aug 27, 2023 10:58 PM
Schon sehr eigenartig, das Ganze ;-) Die müssen irgendwann das System umgestellt haben oder so, früher hab' ich auf der anderen Seite mit Leuten schon 89%+ geschafft, da stand dann je nachdem auch noch explizit "Compatibility: High, Very High, Low, Very Low" etc. mit drauf...
Happosama Aug 21, 2023 11:48 PM

Hier ist noch ein Deutscher, der ebenfalls in der EDV tätig ist. Die ganzen "Kinderserien" vom ZDF kenne ich auch noch.

P. S.: Toller Monty Python-Avatar. Niemand erwartet die spanische Inquisition. :-D
Rozzes Aug 12, 2023 5:25 PM
Thank's for accepting me, apyr.
23feanor Aug 9, 2023 4:51 AM
Glad you had a good break. Walks along a white chalk coast, seems like our south coast (Devon all the way to Kent), which if I'm not mistaken used to all be connected to the continent at one point. Doesn't look like we'll be able to afford a holiday this year as we've been getting bits for the house since we moved in. If we still had our boat we'd go on that as it's fairly cheap, but alas fair Andante is no more.

My guess is that Frederica Hill Yang and Julian will become venging angels for republicanism at some point soon. There's been lots of foreshadowing of Reinhard's death so expecting him to pop off at some time soon. He's waiting for an answer to his marriage proposal from Fraulein Mariendorf and just left for Heinessen, so wouldn't be surprised if he dies before he gets his answer. There's so many little things i love about this show, like for instance Mittemeyer and Reuenthal and their buddy relationship despite being completely different like chalk and cheese.

ANDy342 Aug 9, 2023 1:44 AM
AMAZING list. Bookmarked so I have more stuff to watch. Add me as a friend :)
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