From Fade in to Fade Out, join Owen as he analyzes on a daily basis new releases and culture classics from every corner of the globe.

  • MiniPato: Mobile Police Patlabor Minimum, 2002MiniPato: Mobile Police Patlabor Minimum, 2002
    Watched on Monday August 15, 2022.
  • Hedgehog in the Fog, 1975Hedgehog in the Fog, 1975
    Watched on Sunday August 14, 2022.
  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Police Tactics, 1974Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Police Tactics, 1974
    I can't believe it took me a year to get to the next entry of this brilliant series. The final scene of the third film was just so much to take in that I didn't really feel the need to zoom through the rest. That being said, this one's just as brilliant as its predecessors. I love how the first film is such an angry experience and the sequels get progressively sadder as they go along. Never did I think dwindling crime rates would make me so depressed.
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, 1982E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, 1982
    Watched on Sunday August 14, 2022.
  • The Color of Pomegranates, 1969The Color of Pomegranates, 1969
    Wasn't too into this for the first half, but it really clicked with me during the second. Wonderful imagery and a beautiful structure that supremely encourages highly personal interpretations from viewers. Not familiar with Sayat-Nova at all (nor do I have the slightest bit of knowledge about Armenian culture) and I'd imagine I'd get even more out of it having read some of his work, but sadly this isn't quite as powerful as Schrader's Mishima which actually got me into the titular writer's poetry.
  • If You Were Me, 2003If You Were Me, 2003
    Watched on Saturday August 13, 2022.
  • AHO-GIRL, 2017AHO-GIRL, 2017
    I may or may not have obtained a brain aneurysm.
  • His Motorbike, Her Island, 1986His Motorbike, Her Island, 1986
    This movie makes me so happy.
  • The Immortal Story, 1968The Immortal Story, 1968
    Watched on Saturday August 13, 2022.
  • Nowhere, 1997Nowhere, 1997
    Ah, so this is what happens when you cross La Chinoise with Clueless. I absolutely fucking hate it because I hate LA teenagers to death, but I also quite like it. Araki knows what he's doing.
  • Inu-oh, 2021Inu-oh, 2021
    Watched on Friday August 12, 2022.
  • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, 1985Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, 1985
    If they did the same thing with this as they did with Ideon where the last few episodes were turned into a movie, that movie would absolutely become an instant favorite. Seriously, the last two episodes in particular are some 10/10 shit.
  • Maison Ikkoku: Shipwrecked on Ikkoku Island, 1991Maison Ikkoku: Shipwrecked on Ikkoku Island, 1991
    Watched on Thursday August 11, 2022.
  • Shinjuku Mad, 1970Shinjuku Mad, 1970
    “Uhhhhh guys can you stop having sex in public and tell me who killed my son” 🤓🤓🤓
  • Digital Video Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro: The Real-World Guide to Set Up and Workflow, 2020Digital Video Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro: The Real-World Guide to Set Up and Workflow, 2020
    Watched on Thursday August 11, 2022.
  • Magnum Opus, 2022Magnum Opus, 2022
    Y’know that show from Futurama with the toad that hypnotizes people into thinking they’re watching something good? I feel like that’s where we’re at now.
  • Maison Ikkoku: The Final Chapter, 1988Maison Ikkoku: The Final Chapter, 1988
    Watched on Wednesday August 10, 2022.
  • An Attempt to Describe the Measure of a Man, 1977An Attempt to Describe the Measure of a Man, 1977
    Watched on Wednesday August 10, 2022.
  • Natsume's Book of Friends: Ephemeral Bond, 2018Natsume's Book of Friends: Ephemeral Bond, 2018
    Watched on Wednesday August 10, 2022.
  • Twilights, 1994Twilights, 1994
    Watched on Wednesday August 10, 2022.
  • Natsume's Book of Friends: The Waking Rock and the Strange Visitor, 2021Natsume's Book of Friends: The Waking Rock and the Strange Visitor, 2021
    Watched on Wednesday August 10, 2022.
  • Garzey's Wing, 1996Garzey's Wing, 1996
    Can’t imagine this being much worse than just a subpar Tomino schizofest in its original Japanese form. However, the English dub really is the stuff of legends. It feels like the voice actors read a script which was machine translated through three different languages.
  • The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo, 1955The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo, 1955
    Watched on Tuesday August 9, 2022.
  • Personal Statement, 1994Personal Statement, 1994
    "Holy cow, your penis is gigantic! gigaaaantic! Your penis is literally the biggest thing within the tri-state area! Your penis is bigger than a small elephant! It's bigger than like... a tree! A big ol' tree! Lots of branches on your penis. You must wake up every morning and thank the good Lord above! You're truly blessed! Congrats!"
  • Legend - A Dragon Ball Tale, 2022Legend - A Dragon Ball Tale, 2022
    Watched on Tuesday August 9, 2022.
  • Panic High School, 1976Panic High School, 1976
    Watched on Tuesday August 9, 2022.
  • Mushroom, 2001Mushroom, 2001
    Watched on Tuesday August 9, 2022.
  • Bag, 2001Bag, 2001
    Watched on Tuesday August 9, 2022.
  • The Wizard of Oz, 1939The Wizard of Oz, 1939
    Watched on Tuesday August 9, 2022.
  • Twilights, 1994Twilights, 1994
    Why aren't all movies like this??? Unacceptable.
  • U.S. Go Home, 1994U.S. Go Home, 1994
    Y'know every single teenage self-serious coming-of-age film that portrays the turbulations of adolescence? This is everything they're trying to be and more.
  • Prey, 2022Prey, 2022
    how about you prey for some bitches instead
  • Predator 2, 1990Predator 2, 1990
    Watched on Monday August 8, 2022.
  • Predator, 1987Predator, 1987
    Watched on Monday August 8, 2022.
  • Valentine's Day Special, 2005Valentine's Day Special, 2005
    Watched on Sunday August 7, 2022.
  • #Equality, 2015#Equality, 2015
    Watched on Sunday August 7, 2022.
  • Fraud, 2016Fraud, 2016
    Watched on Sunday August 7, 2022.
  • Bullet Train, 2022Bullet Train, 2022
    Watched on Sunday August 7, 2022.
  • Space Runaway Ideon: Be Invoked, 1982Space Runaway Ideon: Be Invoked, 1982
    Hands-down the most complex and philosophically elaborate war film ever made. Sure, it shows you the suffering and anguish of those who struggle on the battlefield like any other, but it also demonstrates the ideologies that go on behind the scenes as the leaders make their moves. Ideologies reflected onto the soldiers, causing them to put themselves through further harm. Human beings treated like economical gain and loss—the same beliefs that put the lives of the unborn before the born. The simultaneous awe and destructive fear that we feel towards power as well as the desire to harness it. We can never truly understand the cycle of Ide nor the true purpose behind death, yet it will occur no matter what. Plan for the future, but live for today.
  • Space Runaway Ideon, 1980Space Runaway Ideon, 1980
    Watched on Saturday August 6, 2022.
  • yam recs
    also play the video game insidealso watch the clannad TV seriesalso watch the sangatsu no lion TV seriesalso watch all of takashi ito's shorts The 47 Ronin The Lower Depths The Cranes Are Flying L'Avventura Jigoku La Notte Il Posto La Jetée L'Eclisse High and Low ...plus 121 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • pabloco recs
    you should also read the F/SN visual novelalso play the video game insidealso watch the clannad TV seriesalso watch the sangatsu no lion TV seriesyou should also finish monogatari you fucking hack Dante's Inferno Seven Samurai Jigoku La Jetée The Exterminating Angel 8½ Kwaidan War and Peace Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! The Face of Another ...plus 77 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • Don't tell Mom, 2015Don't tell Mom, 2015
    Watched on Friday August 5, 2022.
  • Tiny Robots, 2008Tiny Robots, 2008
    fuck you noahfuck you pabs
  • Grotesque, 2009Grotesque, 2009
    These gore films rely on three things in particular: creativity, transgressiveness, and escalation. That last one is where most of them tend to completely fuck up. After the first 30 minutes or so they never really get any more interesting and start to drag badly. Thankfully, Grotesque excels in all areas. The gore is interesting, the atmosphere is intriguing, the violence is shocking, and it paces itself extremely well. Would recommend.
  • Murder-Set-Pieces, 2004Murder-Set-Pieces, 2004
    Never has a movie title been so perfect that it practically serves as a replacement for watching the film.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury - Prologue, 2022Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury - Prologue, 2022
    Watched on Thursday August 4, 2022.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam, 1979Mobile Suit Gundam, 1979
    Watched on Thursday August 4, 2022.
  • Robots, 2005Robots, 2005
    If Bigweld can fix the corrupting disposition of capitalism leading up to the negligence of working-class citizens then could he fix my broken marriage?
  • TENSAI BANPAKU, 2014TENSAI BANPAKU, 2014
    Watched on Wednesday August 3, 2022.
  • Wonder, 2014Wonder, 2014
    Watched on Wednesday August 3, 2022.
  • Modern No.2, 2011Modern No.2, 2011
    Watched on Wednesday August 3, 2022.
  • Good
    I like these Rashomon 8½ Weekend 2001: A Space Odyssey Pastoral: To Die in the Country Hedgehog in the Fog The Angel Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer Ran Angel's Egg ...plus 18 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • Advanced Anime
    Anime is more than just the basics. This list explores the works of Japanese animation which push the medium to their limits and beyond. Expect the experimental and the extreme. No punches held!Edit: People have been telling me to add shit nonstop. I have seen and loved almost every one of those, and I have my reasons as to why they're not here (more often than not because it's already on the Beginner Anime list or because I feel as if there are other works already on here that do a better job representing its subcategories or themes). If it's something super super obscure and I haven't seen it, feel free to tell me about it. Otherwise, make like a tree. Belladonna of Sadness The final and most famed work in the spiritual "Animerama" trilogy. Tons of surreal imagery representative of 70s sexual liberation. Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer Takes the beloved characters and formula of Urusei Yatsura only to twist them on their heads. Wonderful metacommentary paired with Oshii's glorious sensibilities. The Death Lullaby Unabashedly political and angry. Looks and feels like a piece of lost media, but it's easy to find on even YouTube. Angel's Egg The removal of religion and loss of faith portrayed in all its sadness. One of the most melancholic films ever made. Urotsukidōji: Legend of the Overfiend Animation at its most exploitative and overwhelming. Also contains some absolutely gorgeous animation. Watch the English dub for the funnies. Revolutionary Girl Utena Gender roles challenged with Lynchian storytelling and gorgeous subtext from Ikuhara. Noiseman Sound Insect Morimoto's stylized aesthetics at their most extravagant. Sixteen minutes only, but insanely memorable. Serial Experiments Lain Quite possibly the greatest thing to air on the small screen. Tackles transhumanism and modern-age tech in an immensely gripping, abstract mystery fashion. A Piece of Phantasmagoria Soothing above all else. Simple, yet beautiful. Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Adolescence of Utena The incredible thematic conclusion to Revolutionary Girl Utena and a spectacle of experimentality unlike any you've seen before. ...plus 14 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • Beginner Anime
    Looking to see what this "Japanimation" craze is all about? Look no further! These are the ins and outs of what the medium has to offer. When you're done there’s even crazier stuff for you to appreciate! Mobile Suit Gundam The basis for anime’s most important subgenre. A beautiful cross between a distressing war piece and a Saturday morning cartoon. Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro Miyazaki's first feature film and the perfect Lupin adventure. Charming in every way. Urusei Yatsura: Only You An introduction to common comedic anime dynamics through this faithful film spin-off of the revolutionary animated sitcom. Before Urusei Yatsura, there were no waifus. DAICON IV Opening Animation A four-minute geeky passion project made with pure love. Beautifully animates and homages tons of popular properties. Grave of the Fireflies The most famous work of Ghibli’s other renowned auteur. A miserable tale of war brought to the civilians. Akira Gorgeously stylish cyberpunk bliss. Everything incredible about 80s sci-fi in one bombastic film. Ghost in the Shell More cyberpunk kino, but this time from the ultra-imaginative mind of Mamoru Oshii. The biggest influence on the widely beloved Matrix franchise as well as several other American productions. Neon Genesis Evangelion Literally Evangelion. The backbone of the creative boom in television anime that can still be felt today. Gunsmith Cats A stunningly crafted recreation of Chicago along with the most realistic portrayal of firearms found in the medium. Pure fun through and through. Perfect Blue Satoshi Kon's meticulously crafted thriller masterpiece. Will make you question reality at every turn. ...plus 18 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • Advanced Cinema
    Gone through all the essentials? You’re ready for the bizarre, vulgar, controversial, and downright ugly! Chances are that you won’t care for a lot of these, but that’s to be expected. It’s meant to introduce you to some of cinema’s niche subcultures and help you define your taste. This list has a complete disregard for sensitive content, so please make sure to go into these films as carefully as possible. Man with a Movie Camera Sprawling documentary footage used to construct an impactful narrative about everyday life. A modern alternative would be Koyaanisqatsi. Un Chien Andalou Luis Buñuel's avant-garde masterpiece and arguably the most important short film ever made. Meshes of the Afternoon Invented an aesthetic that practically revolutionized darker media as we know it. La Jetée Relentlessly brutal sci-fi which says more about the human condition in under half an hour than most masterpieces do in four times the runtime. 8½ Fellini's hellscape of comedy and madness. You've seen nothing like it. Woman in the Dunes Gorgeously shot and hypnotic, yet immensely displeasuring. Truly gives you a piece of the psychological torture that the protagonist suffers. Dog Star Man Brakhage's experimental quirks on full display. You will experience visions unlike anything you've seen before. Au Hasard Balthazar Bresson's minimalistic, despairing classic. Highly philosophical and somewhat exhausting. Daisies Chaotic and hilarious. These two girls will make you love anarchy like never before. Titicut Follies A scathing look at everything horrid about the American prison system. Documentary filmmaking with the power to make a change. ...plus 46 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • Beginner Cinema
    Want to get into cinema and don't know where to start? Well, this is just the list for you! A great balance of history and variety. Nothing too experimental or inapproachable... yet. Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages The (non-racist) start of Hollywood. An instantly recognizable epic and the perfect D.W. Griffith work for newcomers. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari The birth of horror. Its aesthetic remains immensely unique and untouched. A powerful work of German expressionism with outstanding classical set design. Battleship Potemkin An important insight into the rise of communism as well as an intriguing piece of propaganda filmmaking. Timeless in its technical merits. The General The perfect silent slapstick comedy. Sure, Modern Times could've easily taken its place, but I prefer this one. Metropolis The most important science fiction film ever made. Worth studying inside and out. The Passion of Joan of Arc A historical biopic notable for its use of a real-life transcript and claustrophobic cinematography. The Wizard of Oz Pure technicolor bliss. The film that essentially defines cinema in the 1930s. Fantasia The perfect demonstration of visuals created for music. Also displays the capabilities of western animation better than any other film. Citizen Kane What the fuck do you want me to say? Double Indemnity The most important noir of them all. If you have to watch just one, make it this. ...plus 39 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • My Collection
    Nothing too impressive so far, but it's slowly growing.Not mentioned:It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Seasons 1-3 DVDMr. Robot Season 1 DVD Godzilla Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films Criterion Set Godzilla Raids Again Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films Criterion Set King Kong vs. Godzilla Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films Criterion Set Mothra vs. Godzilla Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films Criterion Set Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films Criterion Set Invasion of Astro-Monster Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films Criterion Set Ebirah, Horror of the Deep Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films Criterion Set Son of Godzilla Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films Criterion Set Destroy All Monsters Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films Criterion Set All Monsters Attack Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films Criterion Set ...plus 116 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.

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