Every masterpiece has its cheap copy (that might also be a masterpiece, depending on who you ask)

With the new trailer for The Matrix out now, I’ve been thinking about a strange phenomenon regarding pop culture monoliths. The original Matrix film is, without a doubt, hugely influential and hugely successful. People love it, and many have been inspired by it. But, by the time I actually got around to watching the movie … Continue reading Every masterpiece has its cheap copy (that might also be a masterpiece, depending on who you ask)

Having trauma doesn’t mean you can only consume mild, boneless art.

“The most important thing becomes control. Engaging with it on your own terms. Anything to not feel helpless.” – Daisy Tonner, The Magnus Archives Content warning for mentions of violence, sexual assault, and some personal PTSD experiences involving dissociation and panic attacks. Despite being a sexual assault victim, and despite being someone who struggled with … Continue reading Having trauma doesn’t mean you can only consume mild, boneless art.

Sexual Assault in Perfect Blue: How Satoshi Kon’s Horror Classic Thoughtfully Frames A Woman’s Biggest Fear

On the surface, it seems like Perfect Blue has a relatively simple premise - an idol finds herself being stalked by an obsessive fan - the movie itself is far from simple. It does an excellent job of placing the viewer within the muddled mind of Mima as she struggles to figure out who she really is versus the person society/her manager/her fans want her to be.