Adventures in (Post) Gradland

Thoughts on life after the PhD

Best of 2016

Is 2016 fucking over yet? I said recently that my pre-election social mediaverse looked like that sweet first date video camera footage that they accidentally recorded an alien apocalypse over … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · 2 Comments

Horror Movie Recommendations

Because I’ve been asked for recommendations half a dozen times in the past few months from people who haven’t seen many horror films, and I always draw a blank. So … Continue reading

July 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Deal with the Devil: Exploring the World of Japanese “Dating Simulation” Games

After a steamy courtship that included multiple rescues from stalky demons and a bit of frolicking and sandcastle-building on a beach, I’m happy to announce that I’m engaged. Granted, I … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · 2 Comments

Best of 2015

I’m a bit late with this list, but here it is. Japanese Movies (I saw 78 movies last year, a number I’d like to push to at least 100 this … Continue reading

January 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

Onward and upward!

Hello all, Apologies for the long absence, been working on a lot of stuff. Including (drumroll) this! Very pleased to announce the creation of Eiga Files, a new website for … Continue reading

October 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

No Illusions: Shinya Tsukamoto’s 野火 (Fires on the Plain)

I’m pretty tired of films that try to depict war as a clear-cut battle between good and evil, or really as anything resembling a world of order and reason. I’m … Continue reading

August 18, 2015 · 4 Comments

Chaos in the Wrong Place: Nihon no ichiban nagai hi (The Emperor in August)

The last few years have seen the release of several big-budget period dramas commemorating Japan’s wartime experiences both at home and abroad. One of the more controversial efforts was Eien … Continue reading

August 6, 2015 · 2 Comments