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G. John Cole

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Fictional Places Have Their Passports Too. And They Are the Coolest!

It can be difficult to let go of a beloved fictional universe when you reach the end of the book, series, or movie in which it was contained.

You visited the fictitious homeland of your heroes daily (or more likely spent one ‘bingey’ weekend there!) and suddenly your trip came to an end. If only there were a way to travel there for real…

This thought inspired the people at Budget Direct Travel Insurance to create their newest series of speculative illustrations. They’ve got the bureaucracy of your dimension-hopping vacation all sewn-up with these imaginative conceptualizations of what it might be like to get a passport from one fictional country or another.


Continue reading at MakeMyTrip.

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The best Japanese movies of the past half-century

The Japanese film industry formed a strange landscape in the sixties, with often highly-constrained studio filmmakers churning out pulpish B-movies, flanked by an independent scene that grew out from the Japanese New Wave, and highly experimental narrative films from directors better known as visual artists.

Japanese society was evolving at a rapid rate following the fall of the Empire and greater cultural communication with the west. But if London was swinging and the hippies were challenging conventional morality in the States, cultural taboos were tougher to shake in Japan.

Cinema audiences could, however, live out their frustrations vicariously at the movies, where despite tight censorship laws the nation’s progressive filmmakers were pushing the envelope in their expression of love, lust, and all the weirdness in between.


My history of Japanese cinema for Itcher takes 5 movies from every half-decade since 1960, and explores some of the overlapping themes and styles employed by the nation’s greatest filmmakers:

1960-65 1965-70 1970-75 1975-80 1980-85 1985-90 1990-95 1995-2000 2000-05 2005-10 2010-15

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