In a new series, every week Team FC scours the best of the internet to bring you a list of great reads, watches and more, from the world of film and entertainment.
How Japan’s 90s Teen Delinquency Crisis inspired A Wave Of Killer Movies
This Dazed Digital essay looks at how a decade-long Japanese recession and sinking employment rates led to a spurt in minors committing crimes – a phenomenon that directors such as Takashi Miike, Toshiaki Toyoda, and Kinji Fukasaku were keen to capture through their moves. You can read it here.
VFX Supervisor Breaks Down 12 VFX Movie Monsters
Visual effects supervisor Kaitlyn Yang watches 12 CGI monster scenes from movies in this Insider video, analysing the character designs, breaking down the artistic challenges involved in their creation, reviewing the actors’ performance and even explaining how motion-capture technology has evolved since the early 2000s. You can watch it here.
Why Movies About Public Servants Are So Soothing in 2020
At a time when the larger political landscape is messy and confusing, there’s some comfort to be found in civil servants performing small tasks with conviction – from marriage ceremonies to debating what kind of decorations should be used at the town’s holiday party. This Vox essay recommends three documentaries about city-level politics. You can read it here.
The 10 Best Comedy Specials of 2020
If you’re finding it hard to keep track of all the stand-up specials that have dropped this year, this Vulture list cuts through the clutter and recommends the 10 best, from Hannah Gadsby’s Douglas to Kevin Hart’s Zero F**ks Given. You can read it here.
How David Fincher’s Control Freak Tendencies Manifest In His Movies
From twisted manipulators like John Doe in Se7en and Amy Dunne in Gone Girl to ordinary people who seemingly lose control of their lives like Nick Van Orton in The Game – the control freak tendencies of characters in David Fincher’s movies are often a reflection of the director’s own. This The Ringer video essay breaks down how. You can watch it here.