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More recent animation

The exquisite imagery of Isao Takahata's masterpiece, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

Studio Ghibli’s Isao Takahata creates a masterpiece in his final feature, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, while Hiroyuki Okiura seems a worthy successor to the studio’s achievements with A Letter to Momo; less successful is Ari Folman’s live action/animation hybrid Robin Wright at The Congress.

Watching Horror

Carrie Lorraine as Judy, holding on to her Punch doll, in Stuart Gordon's creepy fairytale Dolls (1987)

Watching horror, like watching war films, is a way to experience fear without actually being vulnerable. Vicarious thrills allow us to indulge emotions which, in real situations, would be very unpleasant. We always have the guarantee of personal survival, the threats contained within structured narratives which, traditionally, provided us with a way back to normality.