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Another Decade with Takashi Miike: Saying the Unthinkable

Another Decade with Takashi Miike: Saying the Unthinkable

Another Decade with Takashi Miike is a series of essays on the 2010s films of the Japanese maverick, following Notebook's earlier survey of Miike's first decade of the 21st century.If movie history is defined as much by absences as by the films that actually get made, then one of the critical lacunae of 2010s cinema is the relative lack of movies about mass shootings. Random killings in highly populated public spaces mark one of the most distressing issues in contemporary American life, as these atrocities became more and more common over the last decade. This may not be as much of a concern in other countries, which have greater safeguards to keep people from access to assault weapons, but it should be alarming to anyone. How horrible it must be to die as part of some sick person’s fantasy—horrible, in part, because of its uncanny resemblance to

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