Yes, there’s lots of ping pong, but also a surprisingly nuanced exploration of the thin line between friendship and rivalry.
I’ve yet to see a Wong film that didn’t impress me on some level, but I’ll admit it was difficult to make it through Ashes of Time.
Mamoru Oshii’s films are usually more satisfying and challenging than this.
The first Evangelion walks a tricky line between appealing to otaku without feeling like a shameless cash-grab.
A simply brilliant adaptation of one of the most classic horror stories of all time.
Vexille’s CGI strives for powerful sci-fi storytelling but frequently lands in the uncanny valley.
Part semi-autobiography, part self-exorcism, part post-modern narrative, and a career rejuvenation for Van Damme.
Deeply heartfelt, with captivating visuals and indelible images, Ink handily sidesteps its flaws.
Morisset’s extreme, even experimental style is the perfect visual counterpart for Sigur Rós’ beautiful sonic onslaught.
Fish Story is ultimately an examination of how even seemingly random events are subtly connected in ways that nobody can truly foresee.
Arguably one of Ghost Box’s most accessible releases to date, as well as one of their loveliest.
Autumn Is the End sounds like the penultimate spaghetti western soundtrack.
Two decades after its original release, Havalina’s third album remains as much an unsung masterpiece as ever.
The Romanian trio will beat you down one massive riff at a time, but they’ll also build you back up, stronger than before.
Post-rock, electronic music, film scores, modern classical, and jazz figure into Grails’ graceful, sublime music.
Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams stars in this superhero origin story for the social media era.
This gorgeous space-themed EP blends metal and shoegaze to stunning effect.
Minimalist industrial punk; the return of a shoegaze legend; dreamy inter-dimensional post-punk; and darkly lush pop from Germany.
Vertical Comics’ excellent reprint captures all of the engrossing and unsettling detail in Nihei’s intricate artwork.
It’s passable late night entertainment but with a script that made better use of its ideas, it could’ve been a lot more.