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Paprika Review


Excellent
Like a KB Toys that stacks Kierkegaard and Jung next to the Nerf footballs, Satoshi Kon's ballistic Paprika couldn't be more ecstatically heady or peculiarly engaging. Following in a select lineage of hyper-intelligent anime, Kon's mash-up of technology, psychology, and a warped conga line of everyday utensils and spastic tinker toys could be the most intelligent science fiction enigma to pop up since Linklater went all "am I myself?" on us in A Scanner Darkly.

Dr. Atsuko Chiba has the honor of being one of the few psychotherapists to test out the next wave of psychological probing: The DC Mini. Designed by a jelly donut of a man named Dr. Tokita, the DC Mini allows Chiba to go into her patients' dreams, studying and interacting as her alter ego Paprika. She has made major breakthroughs with one patient, Detective Konakawa, but soon enough the DC Mini becomes a point of threat. It seems that certain proprietors of the Mini DC are committing suicide while in a waking dream populated by lunatic imagery including a disco-dancing refrigerator, teddy bears trotting around, and a monster mash of telephones, alarm clocks, and action figures. It becomes Chiba, Det. Konakawa, and Paprika's charge to find out who is behind these deeds and who has stolen one of Tokita's Mini's for their own use.

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Millennium Actress Review


Good
Anime has never exactly been known for presenting cohesive, logical stories. Millennium Actress, from the director of the controversial and much-maligned Perfect Blue, is exactly what we expect -- sans the robots and characters with blue hair. The story is something Jessica Tandy might have made in live action, about an elderly, retired, and reclusive actress who relives her past after a documentary crew comes calling. It seems that have discovered the key -- a real, brass key -- to unlocking the secrets of her past, which takes them right into her earlier movies, whether she's a medieval geisha or a space traveler, a teen or a middle-aged woman. Reality and fiction blend into one mysterious movie that fails in one critical component: We are never made to care about the main character.

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Perfect Blue Review


Unbearable

A senseless roller coaster ride through the unstable mind of a bubble-headed, Japanese teenager and flash-in-the-pan, cheese-pop singer, "Perfect Blue" is just the kind of anime that could turn Western audiences off from this generally fascinating genre all together.

Animated and written at a level a few steps above "Pokemon" but several stories below classics like "Akira" and "Ghost in the Shell," this absurd import takes weak passes at Hitchcockian mind bending, but winds up pitching gibberish.

Not only is the supposedly cerebral stuff hard to follow, but the heroine -- a sweet young thing named Mima, whose career handlers are pushing her away from the singing she loves and toward an acting career -- is so uselessly dim and giggly the only people who could possibly take interest in her are stalker types.

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