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Goth (Gen Takahashi, 2008) Interesting, if overlong, mystery that might have worked better as two separate films-a character study of its two would-be detectives (the goths of the title) would have fit the movie's pedestrian pace, while the mystery aspect could have been a separate, faster-paced film. That said, it is impossible to argue with the film's aesthetic decisions; this movie is beautifully shot from front to back, and full of the kind of eye candy that will leave you looking up the names of the cinematographer and camera crew in order to track down other movies they've made. Those aspects are not enough to carry the movie, but they're enough to give it a watch. ** 1/2
Very low-key in both acting and horror aspects. Focuses on two Tokyo teens who are hunting down a serial killer on their own due to their obsession with death. We don't get enough back story on the male of the pair to know what makes him tick; the female lead, as played by Rin Takanashi, is understated yet convincing in the role. The twist is lame and has little effect on the story. Still, I liked it.
Ethereal, slow-paced and sometimes oddly beautiful, this film would probably have been one of my favorites in my mid teens, when I had a rather morbid fascination with images of death/murder (the mutual appreciation of death is what brings the loner Morni and the popular but unhappy Kamiyama, the teen leads, together). Nevertheless, I'm sure this worked better as a novel and a manga than it does as a film - the repetition and otherworldly photography tires after a while. Saying that, the film definitely has a quiet power, there are some very talented people behind and in front of the cameras, and the ending is stunning.
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