Pop Culture Lens on Akira

In the twenty-fifth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and I welcome friend of the podcast, Charley Reed, to discuss one of the most influential anime feature films of all time, Akira (1988). Charley is a tremendous fan of the anime and manga, as is Chris, and we wanted to talk bout…

The Unborn: Exorcism, the Holocaust, and Twins

Comic book fans will undoubtedly recognize the name David S. Goyer. For better or worse, he has become synonymous with Warner Brothers’ cinematic adaptations of their DC¬† Comics titles. Although he gained notoriety as the writer for a Marvel cinematic adaptation, Blade (1998), his most successful writing gigs have been with Christopher Nolan on the…

A Brief History of Postwar Japanese Cinema

In this latest blog post, A Brief History of Postwar Japanese Cinema, Christopher Olson discusses how being the only nation to suffer from an atomic attack impacted Japan’s national cinema and identity. From Godzilla to Akira, and even non-science fiction stories, the cinema shows that the fallout from Hiroshima and Nagasaki continues to impact Japan,…