This is the second in a two-part trailer post (the first part can be found here). No other posts this week. I will try to resume writing soon. I did record a Heroic Purgatory podcast dedicated to Cowboy Bebop which was a lot of fun and lifted my spirits. I will let you know when it gets published.
This is the second part of the two-part trailer post. The first part is here. I’m slowly getting back into writing reviews. I covered fascinating documentary Whiplash of the Deadon Wednesday. I also started watching films again with the 2013 Korean thriller Hide and Seek.
I’ll be covering Cowboy Bebop on Heroic Purgatory tomorrow, so I have reading to do!
The psychic trauma of the actions and failure of the student protests of the 60s and 70s haunts the collective memory of Japan. Its constant presence is partly thanks to various cinematic treatments from figures like Koji Wakamatsu, Noriaki Tsuchimoto, and Nagisa Oshima who worked in that milieu at the time and produced politically-charged works, be they direct or symbolic critiques of country and its politics. Then there is the more measured analysis from later generations of dramatists and documentarians who are working with the benefit of hindsight and the distance of time to provide clear-eyed analysis. This sort of analysis is shown in Whiplash of the Dead, a fascinating documentary from Haruhiko Daishima who adroitly finds his entry point into this emotive and massive subject through the life and death of a protestor involved with the “first Haneda struggle.”
It’s getting colder as winter approaches. The above image captures the tone. It comes from John Carpenter’s THE THING which I reviewed here and also spoke about on the Heroic Purgatory podcast for Halloween.
I’ve started listening to more movie podcasts and have two recommendations:
Movie Night Extravaganza which I listened to Nicky and Mikey, The Blair Witch Factory, The Player, Parasite – all fun and packed full of thought-provoking moments.
The Pink Smoke and their four-hour talk on the works of Dario Argento.
I need to up my podcasting game in time for a talk about Cowboy Bebop!
As for trailers… you can find the first part of the trailer post here.