By Andrew Osmond. Popular music and animation should go together like Lennon and McCartney; Simon and Garfunkel; Pinky and Perky. The animated music video is an established genre; animated music bands have broken the West in the shape of the anime-influenced Gorillaz. However, there aren’t many pop-music dramas in Western animation, and none of the […]
Jeremy Clarke on a story too crazy to be anything but true… The Lovers And The Despot concerns a South Korean film director and his leading actress, kidnapped by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il for the purpose of beefing up that country’s film industry – an incredible story that may be familiar from the earlier […]
By Jasper Sharp.It is that time of year again, as the tumbling temperatures, dwindling daylight hours and falling leaves signal the last gasp of summer, that UK film fans can take heart in the knowledge that a new season is just about to dawn – the film festival season. The past weeks have seen programme […]
By Chris Perkins. Stop-motion studio Laika – based in Hillsboro, Oregon – first burst onto the scene in 2009 with Coraline. Based on the book by the legendary Neil Gaiman, and directed by The Nightmare Before Christmas’s Henry Selick, their debut had quite the pedigree. The studio really began to forge its own way after […]
By Jonathan Clements. In The Untold History of Ramen, George Solt digs behind invented traditions to tell the story of one of Japan’s most famous dishes, not as a breathless account of urban cuisine, but a hard-nosed anaylsis of demographic changes, supply chains and industrial politics.