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.

  • Theatre of Darkness: Yamishibai, 2013Theatre of Darkness: Yamishibai, 2013
    Watched on Friday September 3, 2021.
  • The Lonely 19:00, 2020The Lonely 19:00, 2020
    The pandemic film we truly needed. It's another one of Sono's bizarre hyperrealities, this time focusing on a worst-case scenario where Covid only gets more deadly and paranoia has increased exponentially. Even the internet seems to be absent from this world. There's something so very human about it all despite the weirdness. Definitely a far more relatable and effective film than Bo Burnham's polished piece of cringe, Sacha Baron Cohen's poor attempt at rejuvenating his old caricature, that horrid Netflix thing which was probably just a bad dream I had, and whatever the hell South Park tried to do despite not being relevant for nearly a decade now.
  • Terrence Malick Ranked
    Knight of Cups Badlands The New World The Thin Red Line The Tree of Life To the Wonder A Hidden Life Days of Heaven Song to Song Voyage of Time: Life's Journey
  • Japanese Relocation, 1942Japanese Relocation, 1942
    Watched on Thursday September 2, 2021.
  • Re: Cutie Honey, 2004Re: Cutie Honey, 2004
    Practically perfect for what it is. Equal parts horny, stylish, smart, creative, feminist, and frantic. What a lot of people don't understand is that sexualization does not automatically mean objectification, as there are tropes and traits that cause far more damage than pure titillation ever could. Honey is a fun, interesting, upstanding character that doesn't fall into any of those common traps. It's things like this that make me feel so proud to be an anime fan. On another note, that opening song is going to be stuck in my head for a month at the very least. This is not an exaggeration.
  • Fireworks, 2017Fireworks, 2017
    Rewatching this as someone far more familiar with the works of the story's original creator, I completely understand what SHAFT tried to do on an aesthetic level, and it'd be a lie to say that it doesn't work at all. Aside from the sexualization of the underage female lead (Shinbo I love you but please stop being a fucking creep) and the atrocious use of CGI, the visual work here is damn solid. Akiyuki Shinbo and his team excellently animated Shunji Iwai's distinct style and atmosphere. While at times it does try to match the spectacle of the megahit anime films, it stays fairly reserved for the most part and sticks to a vision that more closely imitates live-action Japanese SoL cinema rather than anime SoL. That's as much positive as I can say about this movie, since the execution in every other aspect is miserable. It may just be the copium talking, but it's hard for me to blame Iwai or Shinbo for this film's major shortcomings when it was produced by the same people as the highest-grossing anime film at the time: Makoto Shinkai's Your Name. The creatives were clearly held back by demands to follow Your Name.'s content to a T. What used to be a cute and simple plot with a non-diegetic time gimmick turned into a melodramatic bore that contained an abundance of anime-specific clichés. More romance, more time manipulation shenanigans, higher stakes, less depth. This film is literally double the length of its source material and feels twice as shallow. Not sure if it was worth rewatching, but at this point I'll take any chances I can get to use Shinkai as a scapegoat.
  • Akiyuki Shinbo Ranked
    Didn't make a list for him since a good chunk of his works aren't on Letterboxd, but I've decided to use placeholders. Yes, I have seen his pornographic works out of curiosity. Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part III: Rebellion Bakemonogatari March Comes in Like a Lion Placeholder for both seasons of March Comes in Like a Lion. ★★★★½ Hanamonogatari Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu To the Ends of the Earth Placeholder for both seasons of Owarimonogatari. ★★★★½ Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu WALT DISNEY TREASURES - ZORRO - The Complete Second Season Placeholder for Monogatari Series: Second Season. ★★★★½ Goku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Placeholder for all seasons of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. Hidamari Sketch Specials Placeholder for all seasons of Hidamari Sketch. ...plus 22 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • Shūji Terayama Ranked
    Grass Labyrinth is one minute short from being considered feature-length but I’m putting it here anyways. Pastoral: To Die in the Country Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets Farewell to the Ark Grass Labyrinth Smallpox Tale Emperor Tomato Ketchup Fruits of Passion
  • Smallpox Tale, 1975Smallpox Tale, 1975
    Watched on Wednesday September 1, 2021.
  • Swallowtail Butterfly, 1996 - ★★★★½Swallowtail Butterfly, 1996 - ★★★★½
    Watched on Wednesday September 1, 2021.
  • Pokémon: Twilight Wings, 2020Pokémon: Twilight Wings, 2020
    Watched on Tuesday August 31, 2021.
  • A Stranger Among Us, 1992A Stranger Among Us, 1992
    I'm as sus as hell, and I'm not gonna take this anymore!
  • The Nighthawk Star, 2013The Nighthawk Star, 2013
    Watched on Tuesday August 31, 2021.
  • Around, 2007Around, 2007
    Watched on Tuesday August 31, 2021.
  • Phallus: The Man, 1998Phallus: The Man, 1998
    Watched on Tuesday August 31, 2021.
  • Swing You Sinners!, 1930Swing You Sinners!, 1930
    Watched on Monday August 30, 2021.
  • Kung Fury, 2015Kung Fury, 2015
    Watched on Monday August 30, 2021.
  • To Your Eternity, 2021To Your Eternity, 2021
    Watched on Monday August 30, 2021.
  • Endgame, 1983Endgame, 1983
    Watched on Monday August 30, 2021.
  • Sunshine, 2007Sunshine, 2007
    Watched on Sunday August 29, 2021.
  • High Life, 2018High Life, 2018
    Under the Silver Lake meets Interstellar, but it’s not as good as either of those. As much as I love the only other Denis film I’ve seen, Beau Travail, I heavily struggled to find something to latch onto here. Not that it isn’t interesting (it still manages to be quite entertaining), but everything experimental about it feels rather shallow. Pair that with the overtly digital cinematography and you have a very stereotypical A24 movie. By the end, only one question remained in my mind: “Okay, and?”
  • Di Gi Charat: Winter Garden, 2006Di Gi Charat: Winter Garden, 2006
    I love how this franchise turned into the most bland & generic thing conceivable by man immediately after being handed over to J.C. Staff.
  • Temptation Stairway, 2021Temptation Stairway, 2021
    Watched on Sunday August 29, 2021.
  • Scat Porn
    Watched on Saturday August 28, 2021.
  • Top 10 Directors
    Ran Akira Kurosawa 8½ Federico Fellini Pastoral: To Die in the Country Shuji Terayama Love Exposure Sion Sono Eraserhead David Lynch April Story Shunji Iwai Kaiba Masaaki Yuasa Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part III: Rebellion Akiyuki Shinbo 2001: A Space Odyssey Stanley Kubrick Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion Hideaki Anno
  • The Silence Beneath the Bark, 2010The Silence Beneath the Bark, 2010
    Watched on Saturday August 28, 2021.
  • Urotsukidōji: Legend of the Overfiend, 1989Urotsukidōji: Legend of the Overfiend, 1989
    Has pretty much everything except a solid and comprehensible narrative. There's body horror, tentacle rape, superpowers, aliens, demons, and some absolutely phenomenal animation. Seriously, nothing I can say would be able to do justice to how fucking incredible this movie looks. If you're a sucker for the 80s anime cel aesthetic like I am, this is an absolute must-see. On top of that, the English dub (which is supposedly the first ever dub for a hentai) is the funniest thing I've ever heard and helps cushion some of the more fetishistic scenes.
  • John Cassavetes Ranked
    The Killing of a Chinese Bookie A Woman Under the Influence Opening Night Husbands Love Streams Minnie and Moskowitz Gloria Faces Shadows A Child Is Waiting ...plus 2 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • Baton, 2009Baton, 2009
    Watched on Friday August 27, 2021.
  • Steins;Gate: Egoistic Poriomania, 2012Steins;Gate: Egoistic Poriomania, 2012
    Watched on Friday August 27, 2021.
  • Trash Humpers, 2009Trash Humpers, 2009
    Watched on Friday August 27, 2021.
  • The Tragedy of Man, 2011 - ★★★★½The Tragedy of Man, 2011 - ★★★★½
    While I marginally prefer the condensed power of Marcell Jankovics' other masterpiece Son of the White Mare, there's no denying the sheer majesty and scale on display in The Tragedy of Man. It's constantly playing around with style, tone, sound, and pace to deliver an experience that truly feels like an epic never seen before. It not only thrives as a piece of experimental animation, but a culmination of everything theological in existence. It'll make you think just as much as it'll make you feel. There's a specific scene in this film that left me in tears. You'll know it when you see it.
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge, 1985A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge, 1985
    Watched on Wednesday August 25, 2021.
  • Holiday, 2018Holiday, 2018
    Watched on Tuesday August 24, 2021.
  • Vince Marcello Ranked
    Woman in the Dunes Revolutionary Girl Utena The Turin Horse The Cranes Are Flying Poetry Le Petit Soldat The Third Part of the Night Love Streams The Irishman Another Round ...plus 2 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • Teachers of Sexual Play: Modelling Vessels with the Female Body, 2000Teachers of Sexual Play: Modelling Vessels with the Female Body, 2000
    Watched on Monday August 23, 2021.
  • Modern Whore, 2020Modern Whore, 2020
    Watched on Monday August 23, 2021.
  • Creepshow, 1982Creepshow, 1982
    Watched on Monday August 23, 2021.
  • Annette, 2021Annette, 2021
    Watched on Monday August 23, 2021.
  • Pan 697, 1974Pan 697, 1974
    Watched on Sunday August 22, 2021.
  • Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, 1992Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, 1992
    Watched on Sunday August 22, 2021.
  • The Simpsons: The Good, the Bart, and the Loki, 2021The Simpsons: The Good, the Bart, and the Loki, 2021
    ENOUGH
  • Kamikaze Girls, 2004Kamikaze Girls, 2004
    Watched on Sunday August 22, 2021.
  • Calm, 2007 - ★★★★½Calm, 2007 - ★★★★½
    Watched on Saturday August 21, 2021.
  • Confessions, 2010Confessions, 2010
    If I had to rank the most technically remarkable films I've ever seen, Confessions would easily make the top twenty-five. If I had to rank the edgiest films I've ever seen, Confessions would easily be number one. This film is pretty much the cinematic equivalent of Radiohead (who is uncoincidentally in the soundtrack)—constantly brooding and perpetually pessimistic, yet awfully brilliant. Speaking of music, its score is in between that of a terrifying horror and a sappy melodrama. One of the best I've ever heard. The shot composition here is nothing short of masterful, containing profound use of a near-grayscale color pallet and an abundance of oddly appropriate slow-motion bits. Take notes, Snyder. With all that being said, I don't blame anyone for finding it a bit too overwhelming for them. It's such a stupidly dark experience that some might even label it as cartoonish.
  • Vampire, 2011Vampire, 2011
    Watched on Saturday August 21, 2021.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie: The Sacred Star of Milos, 2011Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie: The Sacred Star of Milos, 2011
    Watched on Friday August 20, 2021.
  • Di Gi Charat, 1999Di Gi Charat, 1999
    Next time anyone asks me what anime is I'm directing them straight to this. Bebop and Evangelion can kiss my ass.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist, 2017Fullmetal Alchemist, 2017
    Watched on Friday August 20, 2021.
  • Epilogue: The Punchline, 2019Epilogue: The Punchline, 2019
    Watched on Thursday August 19, 2021.
  • Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones, 2019Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones, 2019
    As someone who typically loves Dave Chappelle's sense of humor as well as his rather enlightening commentary, this is absolutely fucking insufferable. Gone are his witty jokes and engaging tales; say hello to edgefest 2019. Nothing here is in good spirit as he constantly mixes ironic(?) bigotry and his genuine opinions. It's practically impossible to tell the messages he wants to deliver. While Chappelle's comedy has always been very reactionary, never did it feel as if he was just saying a bunch of offensive things without rhyme or reason. Mix that in with sections that have a more serious tone and it's a recipe for disaster. The worst part? It's still funny. His impeccable timing somehow manages to shine through in these otherwise abysmal jokes and I did laugh on several occasions, but I felt as if I was being held hostage rather than having a good time. If there's someone on this planet who wants to watch a comedy that makes them feel bad for getting even the slightest bit of enjoyment out of it, it sure as hell ain't me.
  • DC Showcase: Death, 2019DC Showcase: Death, 2019
    Watched on Wednesday August 18, 2021.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa, 2005Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa, 2005
    Watched on Wednesday August 18, 2021.
  • Planetarian: Hoshi no Hito, 2016Planetarian: Hoshi no Hito, 2016
    Watched on Wednesday August 18, 2021.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist, 2003Fullmetal Alchemist, 2003
    Watched on Wednesday August 18, 2021.
  • TONIKAWA: Over the Moon for You ~SNS~, 2021TONIKAWA: Over the Moon for You ~SNS~, 2021
    Watched on Tuesday August 17, 2021.
  • Hideaki Anno Ranked
    Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion Ritual Neon Genesis Evangelion Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo Love & Pop Re: Cutie Honey Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time Shin Godzilla Gunbuster ...plus 2 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • Shunji Iwai Ranked
    April Story All About Lily Chou-Chou Swallowtail Butterfly A Bride for Rip Van Winkle Love Letter The Case of Hana & Alice Last Letter hana & alice Vampire Undo ...plus 3 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • Multi-Season TV Shows
    Letterboxd won't add a TV section, so I'm gonna do it myself. Including everything I've seen at least one season of. No anime as I have an AniList account and it would only serve to overcomplicate things. The Real Mad Men of Advertising Mad Men S1-S7 <3 ★★★★½ Twin Peaks Twin Peaks S1-S3 <3 ★★★★½ 12 oz. Mouse: Invictus 12 oz. Mouse S1-S3 <3 The Evil Dead Ash vs Evil Dead S1-S3 <3 BoJack Horseman Christmas Special BoJack Horseman S1-S6 <3 The Boondock Saints The Boondocks S1-S2 <3 El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie Breaking Bad S1-S5 <3 Castle Castlevania S1-S2 <3 Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm Curb Your Enthusiasm S1-S3 <3 Disenchanted Disenchanted S1 <3 ...plus 34 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • Best Feature Films & Miniseries of the 2020s (So Far)
    Last and First Men ODDTAXI The Green Knight Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time I'm Thinking of Ending Things Annette Red Post on Escher Street The Father Pretty Boy Detective Club The Forest of Love: Deep Cut ...plus 10 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • Japan Animator Expo Ranked
    Love, Death & Robots except actually good. Kanón until You come to me. ME!ME!ME! 20min Walk from Nishi-Ogikubo Station, 2 Bedrooms, Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, 2mos Deposit, No Pets Allowed Endless Night Cassette Girl Sex & Violence with Machspeed I can Friday by day! Yamadeloid The Diary of Ochibi ...plus 27 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • Federico Fellini Ranked
    8½ Nights of Cabiria Intervista La Dolce Vita And the Ship Sails On Toby Dammit La Strada Amarcord Juliet of the Spirits I Vitelloni ...plus 4 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • Paul Thomas Anderson Ranked
    There Will Be Blood Phantom Thread The Master Magnolia Punch-Drunk Love Boogie Nights Junun Hard Eight Inherent Vice
  • Joel (and Ethan) Coen Ranked
    A Serious Man Fargo Inside Llewyn Davis Barton Fink O Brother, Where Art Thou? No Country for Old Men Miller's Crossing The Big Lebowski Blood Simple Burn After Reading ...plus 6 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • Masaaki Yuasa Ranked
    Kaiba Ping Pong the Animation The Tatami Galaxy Mind Game Night Is Short, Walk on Girl Kemonozume Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Devilman Crybaby Lu Over the Wall Ride Your Wave ...plus 1 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • Stanley Kubrick Ranked
    2001: A Space Odyssey Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb The Shining Barry Lyndon A Clockwork Orange Paths of Glory Full Metal Jacket Eyes Wide Shut Lolita The Killing ...plus 3 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • "I dOn'T lIkE aNiMe"
    For the most stubborn of anime haters. Nothing made for kids, nothing with "fan-service," nothing with over-the-top comedy, nothing with cringeworthy dialogue, nothing with overused tropes, nothing to complain about. Belladonna of Sadness Angel's Egg Grave of the Fireflies Only Yesterday Memories Perfect Blue Berserk Cowboy Bebop Serial Experiments Lain Boogiepop Phantom ...plus 13 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • Japanese Kaiju Ranked
    Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris Shin Godzilla Godzilla Gamera: Guardian of the Universe Godzilla: Final Wars Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack Terror of Mechagodzilla Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster ...plus 19 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • Studio Ghibli Ranked
    Including Cagliostro and Nausicaä for shits and giggles. My Neighbor Totoro The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Spirited Away Only Yesterday Grave of the Fireflies The Wind Rises Princess Mononoke Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro My Neighbors the Yamadas Porco Rosso ...plus 14 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • David Lynch Ranked
    Twin Peaks: The Return Eraserhead Mulholland Drive Blue Velvet Inland Empire Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Wild at Heart Twin Peaks The Straight Story Rabbits ...plus 6 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • Akira Kurosawa Ranked
    Ran Rashomon Dreams Seven Samurai Dersu Uzala Ikiru Throne of Blood High and Low The Lower Depths Kagemusha ...plus 21 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • Sion Sono Ranked
    Love Exposure Antiporno The Whispering Star Hazard Why Don't You Play in Hell? I Am Keiko Guilty of Romance Cold Fish Himizu Tokyo Vampire Hotel ...plus 10 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 1-3Mr. Robot Season 1 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 52 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • Lupin the Third Ranked
    Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine 5 Placeholder for Part 5 of the TV series Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro Lupin the Third: The Mystery of Mamo 2 Placeholder for Part 2 of the TV series Lupin the Third: Green vs Red Lupin the Third: Alcatraz Connection Lupin the Third: Tokyo Crisis 1 Placeholder for Part 1 of the TV series Lupin the Third: Blood Seal of the Eternal Mermaid ...plus 44 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • Must-Sees
    Not particularly my favorites, but the works that I consider to be the most important due to how well they represent their genre/era or the sheer influence they had. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Battleship Potemkin The General Metropolis The Passion of Joan of Arc Man with a Movie Camera Un Chien Andalou The Wizard of Oz Fantasia Citizen Kane ...plus 55 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
  • Blu-Ray/Criterion Wishlist
    Autumn Sonata Ingmar Bergman's Cinema Criterion Set Before Sunrise The Before Trilogy Criterion Set A Woman Under the Influence John Cassavetes: Five Films Criterion Set Three Colors: Blue Three Colors Criterion Set PlayTime The Complete Jacques Tati Criterion Set The Human Condition I: No Greater Love The Human Condition Criterion Set Koyaanisqatsi The Qatsi Trilogy Criterion Set Days of Being Wild World of Wong Kar-wai Criterion Set M Criterion Brazil Criterion ...plus 55 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.
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