Films and Showtimes
- The Royal Ballet presents The Nutcracker
- The Favourite
- Space Buddies (Local Film)
- Staff Picks: Perfect Blue (1997)
- Moxie Mornings
- On Stage: The Madness of George III
- Member Picks: Gilda (1946)
- Moxie Flix: The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (2017)
- Staff Picks: Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
- The Essentials: Fish Tank (2009)
- The Essentials: Pariah (2011)
- The Essentials: Wendy and Lucy (2008)
- The Essentials: Marie Antoinette (2006)
Staff Picks: Perfect Blue (1997)
- Starring: Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shinpachi Tsuji
- Director(s): Satoshi Kon, Hideki Hamazumm, Hisao Shirai
- Genre(s): Animation , Horror , Mystery
- Languages: Japanese (w/English Subtitles)
- Rating: R
- Running Time: 80 min.
Staff Picks Series
Every month a member of the Moxie staff picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen.
December’s pick was made by Mark Gillenwaters.
“I discovered Perfect Blue as a teenager and initially did not get it but the haunting images and fluid animation stuck with me. I rediscovered the movie years later and began suggesting it to anyone who would listen. Perfect Blue is a movie for adults that treats it’s audience intelligently and weaves a mystery through psychosis and distorted reality without succumbing to outright deceit. The heroine and the audience are left questioning reality in this tight, underrated, thriller.”
Synopsis: Mima was a pop idol, worshipped by the masses until fashion dictated otherwise. In order to salvage her career, she is advised to drop music and pursue acting. A soap opera role is offered but Mima’s character is less clean cut than desired. Regardless, she agrees and events take a turn for the worse. She begins to feel reality slip, that her life is not her own. She discovers (imagines) her identical twin, a mirror image that hasn’t given up singing. Internet sites appear describing every intimate detail of her life and a figure stalks her from the shadows. Her friends and associates are threatened (and killed) as Mima descends into a dangerous world of paranoid delusion. She fears for her life and must unravel fact from illusion in order to stay alive. Perfect Blue represents a major change from traditional anime subject matter, analysing the pop icon phenomenon, fame and its psychological impact on the performer.
- Not suitable for children
"Perfect Blue has much to say about fame as an addiction for star and audience – a mutual dependency heightened these days by the internet. "- Jonathan Romney, Sight and Sound
"'Perfect Blue' manages, through animation, to take the thriller, media fascination, psychological insight and pop culture and stand them all on their heads."- Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
- Friday, 12/28 tbd
- Saturday, 12/29 tbd